We are pleased to introduce you to our 1L Henderson Center Scholars! These 1Ls have demonstrated a stand-out commitment to social justice before even arriving on campus. As Henderson Center Scholars, they receive scholarship funds to attend law school, as well as special mentorship opportunities during their time at Berkeley Law.
Class of 2022
Ashleigh grew up in the Midwest and graduated from the University of Missouri in 2018. Since then, she's worked as a government contractor at Booz Allen Hamilton in DC where she engages with federal clients to capture and represent their interests as contract requirements. Her interest in law began as a Victims' Advocate with a DV and SA shelter in college. During this time, she worked with survivors to file ex partes, provide transitional housing, and establish safety from their abusers. She is excited to continue learning alongside the Henderson Scholars.
As a proud Southern California native, I enjoy the city as much as I do being outdoors. I attended the University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA) where I studied Environmental Studies and Political Science, which allowed me to explore the intersection of the environment and the law. Upon graduating, I relocated to the Bay Area as a San Francisco Fellow where I was exposed to the mechanisms and fiscal management of local government. Thereafter, I joined a statewide legal aid nonprofit where I helped connect Californians in need, especially in rural communities, to pro bono legal services. During law school and beyond, I intend to continue exploring my interests in environmental law, public service, and social justice.
Mallory Hale (pronouns: they/them/theirs) graduated summa cum laude from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2019 with majors in Women and Gender Studies and International Affairs. While there, they wrote a senior thesis on the discourse surrounding sexual violence committed by United Nations peacekeeping personnel. Specifically, they examined how discourse is used by institutions to erase the structural causes of sexual violence. During their time at CU, Mallory was active in campus organizing around issues of gender and racial justice, queer politics, and prison divestment. They also volunteered with the university’s restorative justice program. Off campus, Mallory worked with the local sexual assault crisis center as a victim advocate. After law school, Mallory hopes to pursue a career as a public defender or in legal aid. However, they recognize the landscape of social justice work is constantly changing and are ultimately focused on meeting community needs and advocating for victims of structural violence in the way that is most valuable. In their spare time, Mallory enjoys reading feminist fictions, cooking, and spending time with their cat.
Born in South Korea, Yeji immigrated to the U.S. (Atlanta, Georgia) in middle school. She then moved to Massachusetts to attend Amherst College, where she majored in Political Science with a concentration in Political Theory. She also studied Japanese, Chinese, and Russian, to immerse herself in diverse ways of viewing the world. Her experience at Amherst motivated Yeji to grow as a bridge-builder who can connect and provide resources to those in need. Yeji then received Master of Divinity in the field of “Religion, Ethics, Politics” from Harvard Divinity School, where she examined the intersection between religion and politics, as well as the bounds of religious hermeneutics in fostering a more inclusive society. Applying this knowledge, she helped to facilitate intercultural and interfaith dialogues at VISIONS Inc, a nonprofit for diversity and inclusion consulting. She has also volunteered as a CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) for abused and neglected children. Representing their voices ignited her passion in legal advocacy. She is very excited to attend Berkeley to grow as a legal advocate.
Grace Paine graduated magna cum laude from Yale University with a B.A. in political science. During her undergraduate years she worked on sexual violence prevention and refugee resettlement assistance, serving on the Executive Committee of Yale's Center for Public Service and writing her senior thesis on Indigenous-led resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. After graduating, Grace worked as a legal assistant in her home state of Virginia at a law office that provided pro bono services to domestic violence survivors in their civil and immigration cases. She also has experience volunteering with legal organizations working inside immigration detention centers. She is passionate about direct service work at the intersection of several social justice issues, particularly that of immigration and gender-based violence. Grace loves being around mountains and in her free time enjoys hiking and live music.
Knychelle "Skippy" Passmore
Knychelle “Skippy” Passmore was born and raised in Waterbury, Connecticut. She received her BA in English and Political Science from Howard University. During that time, she interned on Capitol Hill and for a political and strategic communications firm. Most recently, Knychelle worked in communications for the Patriotic Millionaires, a group of high-net worth Americans concerned about wealth and political inequality. Knychelle plans to use her legal education to further voting rights and advocate for marginalized communities. In her free time, she likes to travel, write short stories, and inundate her groupchats.
Evangeline (Evvy) Archibald Shulman
Evvy Archibald Shulman grew up in Northern California. She attended Reed College in Oregon, where she completed her B.A. in Sociology in 2016. At Reed, Evvy adjudicated students’ Title IX cases and wrote her senior thesis on the dissemination of anti-harassment polices in higher education. Since graduating, she has worked as a paralegal at a plaintiff-side law firm and completed an AmeriCorps year of service with a restorative justice middle school, where she mentored LGBTQ+ students and managed the program’s attendance and retention data. Coming from a family of teachers, Evvy developed a deep appreciation for union organizing and collective action, and she remains inspired by the work of the labor movement. She plans to put her law degree to use fighting for workers’ rights.
Victoria Sun is a first-generation Chinese-American and grew up in the Bay Area. She graduated summa cum laude from UCLA in 2015, where she studied Business Economics and Spanish. After graduating, Victoria worked as a financial auditor and then for two years as a paralegal at an immigration law firm in San Francisco, helping hundreds of undocumented immigrants apply for humanitarian and family-based immigration relief. In particular, she specialized in working with unaccompanied minors, victims of domestic violence, and LGBTQ immigrants. Her proudest accomplishment was preparing sixteen granted Special Immigrant Juvenile petitions in family and probate courts so unaccompanied minors could apply for permanent immigration relief. Victoria is attending Berkeley Law so she can continue to fight for immigrants’ rights in the Bay Area.
Amy grew up in Montana where she learned about mining, unions, cattle ranching, and other Montana things. She attended Georgetown University where she studied English and learned about Milton, Keats, Dickens, and other literature things. After graduating in 2014, she has worked in rural eastern Washington advocating for survivors of sexual and domestic violence and pursuing violence prevention initiatives. She thinks we should all focus more on ending violence against women and girls. She also thinks that everyone deserves to feel safe in their own home, and to be in control of their own body. She plans to use her legal education to make those thoughts realities. In her spare time, she hangs out with her burgeoning-feminist life partner, Travis, a physicist, and follows the mainstream media.
Robel’s passion for educational equity began as a child growing up in Maryland. His parents’ sacrifices and faith in the transformative power of education fostered in him the belief that every child should have access to a high-quality public education. His experiences as a student led him to begin his career in education as an English Language Arts teacher with Teach For America in traditional and charter schools in Nashville, TN. He later served as the Community Engagement & Outreach Manager at KIPP and led community efforts revolving around student recruitment, parental mobilization, and advocacy in the founding of KIPP Antioch College Prep Elementary School. Most recently, Robel worked as a parent organizer and facilitator at Kindred, a non-profit that focuses on building authentic relationships between diverse groups of parents through structured dialogues about their backgrounds, race and equity, and goals for their children. Robel earned undergraduate degrees in Spanish and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and a Master’s in Education from Lipscomb University. He is the son of Ethiopian immigrants, has two younger sisters, and enjoys running in his free time.
Class of 2021
Maya Campbell is a native of Silver Spring, MD. She received her B.A. in History from Reed College in 2015, where she wrote her senior thesis on social movements, particularly, how conceptions of racial identity shaped methods of self-defense among Black American, Asian American, and Black British communities in the 1960s and 1970s. Additionally, Maya worked as a research assistant studying the various ways that definitions of race in the United States have morphed over time and intersected with American judicial system, and also spent time as an intern in the race policy center at the Center for American Progress. Most recently, Maya was a paralegal at Cohen, Milstein, Sellers & Toll PLLC in Washington, DC, where she primarily worked on plaintiff-side class action antitrust cases and was also involved in the Flint Water class action litigation and Special Immigrant Juvenile Asylum cases. Maya’s professional interests center around privacy, race, immigration, and First Amendment Freedom of Expression and Fourteenth Amendment Equal Protection issues; specifically how they can work in concert to advance racial justice.
Katie Courtney grew up in Hermosa Beach, California and attended Bates College, where she majored in rhetoric and minored in Spanish. After graduating, she organized volunteers for the Democratic Party in Dover, New Hampshire for the 2016 election cycle. Most recently, as a FoodCorps AmeriCorps service member, she taught classes on cooking and gardening at a Washington, D.C. public elementary school while collaborating with the school community to improve access to healthy food.
Sarah Domenick graduated from Brown University in 2014 with a double concentration in international relations and French. After graduating, she moved to Paris, France for a Fulbright Scholarship to study the translation of humor and its social and political implications. While in France, Sarah taught English at an educational organization, Renovo, which works with high school students from the immigrant community in Paris. After, she moved back to her hometown of Philadelphia to work as a research professional at Cozen O’Connor Public Strategies, where she worked on a range of issues including immigration and health care policy. Sarah then did a Masters in Comparative Literature at Dartmouth, where she studied translation and translingual writing. She spent the last year learning Spanish and teaching English in Madrid, Spain. At Berkeley, Sarah plans to focus on immigration and refugee law.
Tempestt Edward graduated magna cum laude from UCLA with a degree in Political Science and Communications Studies. She previously participated in the Capitol Fellowship Program in Sacramento where she was a Senate Fellow for former California State Senator (now Congressman) Mark DeSaulnier. After the fellowship she spend the next 4 years working in the California State Legislature as a Legislative Aide for Assemblymember Jim Cooper. In her role she worked on legislation to improve the lives of all Californians. During her time in Sacramento she served as Communications Director for the Black Young Democrats of Sacramento and as Treasurer for the Fem Dems of Sacramento. As an Afro-Latina and a daughter of immigrants she is excited to be the first in her family to obtain a law degree and hopes to use her education at Berkeley Law to be an advocate for others. In her spare time she enjoys trying out new recipes, getting lost in a good book, and watching the latest movies.
Derek Ha was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Southern California with his family at a young age. He only discovered his interest in immigration law, however, when he started working as a paralegal for a solo immigration law practitioner, handling family-based immigration cases as well as waivers for undocumented individuals. He has also worked at a corporate immigration law firm in San Francisco and an education consulting company in China. He hopes to use his legal education, as well as his Chinese language skills and heritage, to practice immigration law and advocate on behalf of Asian-American immigrant communities
Ellen Ivens-Duran is a California native whose understanding of social justice is most informed by the Unitarian Universalist faith in which she was raised. Her undergraduate institution, Whitman College, gave her many opportunities to practice the values of equality, service, and ecological protection that Unitarian Universalism emphasizes. She was involved in writing for the student newspaper (The Wire), leading and planning community service pre-orientation trips, and Whitman’s environmental studies field program, Semester in the West. Her proudest accomplishment was being on the executive committee for the 2016 Power and Privilege Symposium, with the theme of Speak Up, Act Out. Since graduating, she has worked in education, coaching high school speech and debate and encouraging young women to hone their research skills, refine their ability to argue, and learn to advocate for themselves and others. After Berkeley Law, she plans to pursue criminal defense or civil rights law.
Savelle Jefferson graduated from the University of California-Davis in 2016 with a Bachelor’s in Sociology with an emphasis in Law and Society and a minor in Political Science. During his undergraduate career Savelle was a founding member of the Black Pre-Law Association at UC Davis, a member of the collegiate Mock Trial team and a High School Outreach Fellow for the UC Davis Student Recruitment and Retention Center. In addition to Savelle’s involvement on his respective college campus, Savelle has also been an advocate for change on the county, state and national level. While still pursuing his undergraduate degree Savelle worked as a Criminal Justice Researcher in his home counties’ Department of Probation. Within this position Savelle analyzed and collected data to evaluate the quality of the department’s re-entry services and their effect on the overall recidivism rate for the county. From there he went on to work at the AFL-CIO in both the Campaign and Civil, Human and Women’s Rights Departments where he participated in organizing and implementing a national program for the upcoming election to ensure legal voter protection and voting rights for all individuals regardless of background. Within this position he also assisted in developing a criminal justice reform training to educate interns within the labor field on the broader effects of mass incarceration. Taking this experience with organizing combined with a passion for voting rights , Savelle then went on to work for Fair Elections Legal Network as their North Carolina State Director. Within this position he supervised eleven fellows on eight university campuses , collectively they engaged college campuses across the state at an institutional level to drive nonpartisan civic engagement programs during the 2016 election. These initiatives promoted voter registration and equal ballot access that reached across the entire campus community at these universities. As Savelle enters law school he aspires to obtain a legal education that will allow him to make tangible change in our society for individuals who lack the necessary social and financial capital to make change themselves.
Maddie Lips grew up in Colorado where she gained a deep love for standing on top of mountains. She attended Yale University where she majored in Political Science and rowed for Yale Women’s Crew for four years, serving as elected captain her senior year. She also competed for the United States at the Junior and Under 23 World Rowing Championships, and raced at the 2016 U.S. rowing Olympic trials. Since hanging up her oars, Maddie has learned about many aspects of U.S. immigration law through her work as a business immigration paralegal, as well as her volunteer work with refugees, immigrants, and detained individuals in Denver. She has become passionate about fighting for the rights of immigrants in her community, and plans to leverage her legal education to advocate for immigrants as an attorney.
Samantha is a native of Southern California who joins the Berkeley community after spending the past four years living and working in Washington, D.C. She is passionate about the intersection between law and policy—especially regarding the environment, immigration, and human rights. Sam has worked as a policy fellow for the international oceans protection group Oceana, a legislative aide for California Congressman Sam Farr, and as a research assistant for the nonprofit Migrant Legal Action Program. After graduating law school, she hopes to work for the state of California on issues of environmental protection and environmental justice. In her free time, Sam loves spending time outside—she is an avid rock climber, a plein air artist, and a PADI divemaster. She graduated in 2014 from Williams College with a BA in Political Science.
Ehsan Sadeghi was born in Tehran and grew up in the Bay Area. He returned home after college to work at the San Francisco Office of the Public Defender, the Eviction Defense Collaborative, and the Prison Law Office. He remains passionate and curious about issues in the realm of criminal justice.