NALP Board of Directors and Leaders

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Board of Directors
Regional Structure
Regional Leadership Council
Conference Planning Coordinators
Nominating Committee
Officer Position Descriptions


Board of Directors 2023-2024

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Tony Waller
University of Georgia School of Law

Vice-President for Member Services and Education

Gwendolyn Ferrell
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center

Vice-President for Finance

Michael J. Ende
William & Mary Law School

Vice-President for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Courtney Carter
Jenner & Block LLP


Rebecca Calman
Sullivan & Cromwell LLP


Craig R Compton
University of California Davis School of Law

Keya Dasgupta
Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Dana Gray
Fish & Richardson P.C.

Tammy King
Washburn University School of Law

Marlon Lutfiyya
Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

Alisa Benedict O'Brien
University of Akron School of Law C. Blake McDowell Law Center

Maureen Reilly
University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School

Melanie Rowen
Latham & Watkins LLP

Rashida West
Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

Immediate Past President

Karl Riehl
Epstein Becker Green, P.C.

Regional Structure

NALP members within the United States fall into one of five regions: Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, and West/Rocky Mountain. Each of these general regions elects two representatives to the Nominating Committee, two Regional Representatives, and one Conference Planning Coordinator. The Conference Planning Coordinators play a significant role in planning and implementing specific components of the Annual Education Conference. The Nominating Committee solicits nominations for all NALP elected positions, slates members for the Officer and Director positions, and administers the election process.  The Regional Representatives serve on the Regional Resource Council and facilitate the flow of information between members and the Board, identify regional issues and volunteer opportunities, and support the existing groups in the region (e.g. city groups).

At the 2006 NALP annual business meeting, the bylaws were amended to permit creation of limited regions, and in July 2006, the NALP Board of Directors voted to make Canada NALP's first limited region. Limited regions elect one person to serve on the Nominating Committee or as a Conference Planning Coordinator in alternate years. Limited regions also elect one Regional Representative each year to serve a one-year term.  Limited regions permit broader governance participation by members who are in geographic areas that do not currently have the numbers to support full regional status.

For more detailed information about NALP's structure, nominations and election process, and opportunities to become involved, visit the "About NALP" section of NALP's website at

NALP Geographic Regions

MID-ATLANTIC (MA) New Jersey (southern), Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland, District of Columbia, Virginia.

MIDWEST (MW) Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin.

NORTHEAST (NE) Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey (northern).

SOUTHEAST (SE) West Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, Kentucky, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Puerto Rico, Texas, Oklahoma.

WEST/ROCKY MOUNTAIN (W/RM) Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Colorado, Wyoming, Idaho, Alaska, Hawaii, California, Nevada, Washington, Oregon, Montana.

CANADA (Limited Region)

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2023-2024 Regional Leadership Council

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Ryan Baker (2023-2025)
Bereskin & Parr LLP

Grace Premachandran (2023-2024)
Lincoln Alexander School of Law, Toronto Metropolitan University


Rob Hashimoto (2022-2024)
Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.

Sharon Buckingham (2022-2024)
Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law

Lisa Pachucki (2023-2025)
Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Freda Coleman-Jackson (2023-2025)
Washington & Lee University School of Law


Christie Vonk (2022-2024)
King & Spalding

Larissa Brewster (2022-2024)
Boston University School of Law

Ayanna Ryans-Holder (2023-2025)
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Naomi Bass (2023-2025)
Boston College Law School


Makiah Scott (2022-2024)
Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP

Paul Johnson (2022-2024)
Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology

Katherine Christoff (2023-2025)
Keating Muething & Klekamp PLL

Jacqueline Russell (2023-2025)
Chicago-Kent College of Law Illinois Institute of Technology


Tanisia Charles (2022-2024)
Jones Day

Amy McCarthy (2022-2024)
Georgia State University College of Law

Precillia Soares (2023-2025)
Holland & Knight LLP

Giovonni Wade (2023-2025)
University of North Carolina School of Law

West/Rocky Mountain

Ashley Gardner (2022-2024)
O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Elizabeth Granlund (2022-2024)
University of California, Berkeley School of Law

Jennifer Tran (2023-2025)
Cooley LLP

Matt Etter (2023-2025)
Seattle University School of Law

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2023-2024 Conference Planning Coordinators

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Cybele Smith (Chair)
Ice Miller

Lynn Iding (Vice Chair)
Stewart McKelvey

Amy Perez (Vice Chair)
University of Miami School of Law

Courteney Harris (Vice Chair)
UNT Dallas School of Law

Lisa Del Col (Canada)
York University, Osgoode Hall Law School

Michele Hoff (Mid-Atlantic)
Georgetown University Law Center

Debbie Atlas (Midwest)
Ice Miller LLP

Megan Slocum (Northeast)
O'Melveny & Myers LLP

Shawn Patrick McKenna (Southeast)
University of North Carolina School of Law

Kate Eklund (West/Rocky Mountain)
UCLA School of Law

Jeff Becherer
New York Law School<

Nirvana Dove
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Caroline Pao
Kirkland & Ellis LLP

Nancy Parker
Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP

Lindy Resh
Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.

Christopher Teague (Local Host)
Boston College Law School

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2023-2024 Nominating Committee

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Lois Casaleggi (Chair)
University of Chicago Law School

Sherry-Ann Smith-Gomez (Vice-Chair)
Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Yeshiva University

Brad Sprayberry (Vice-Chair)
Gunster, Yoakley & Stewart, P.A.


Robyn Marttila
University of Western Ontario Faculty of Law


Natalie Quinn
Fox Rothschild LLP

Elizabeth Dunn
Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law


Pascale Bishop
Ice Miller LLP

Samantha Zandman
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law


Lillian Evans
New York City Law Department

Quaime Lee
Northeastern University School of Law


Meghan Pier
Jackson Walker, L.L.P.

Mary Beth Nielsen
Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law

West/Rocky Mountain

Michele Ward

Amy Kimmel
UC Law San Francisco

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