Leadership


2019-2020 NALSAP Board of Directors

 

NALSAP is led by a dedicated team of volunteer leaders working within the field of law school student affairs. The eleven-person board of directors is the NALSAP governing body and is assisted by a number of committees each with their own charge. The board meets three times per year. Amember meeting is held once a year at NALSAP’s annual conference where the Board updates the membership about activities and projects. To learn more about becoming a member of the NALSAP board, click here.

 

2019-2020 Executive Officers

 

Macey Lynd Edmondson, J.D., Ph.D.

PRESIDENT

Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
The University of Mississippi School of Law (Oxford, MS)

Macey Edmondson is the Assistant Dean for Student Affairs at The University of Mississippi School of Law. In her role as Dean of Students, she assists students with disabilities by working with the Student Disabilities Services department and providing support and accommodations. She oversees all law student organizations and implemented the university’s first School of Law Living Learning Community for freshmen. During her first year as dean of students, she was chosen by the student body as the recipient of the Joan K. Murphy Outstanding Law School Staff Member Memorial Award. She also served as Co-director for the Council for Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO) three years in a row. Additionally, she was chosen as Chair of the Executive Board for the Student Services Committee of the Association for American Law Schools and to serve on the Mississippi Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights. Macey received her J.D. and Ph.D. in Higher Education at the University of Mississippi. She also received a B.S.B.A. in Banking & Finance from the University of Southern Mississippi. Macey is a founding member and President-Elect of the National Association of Law Student Affairs Professionals.

 

 

Pam Shea

NALSAP PRESIDENT-ELECT
CONFERENCE COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR

Director of Student Life
University of North Dakota School of Law (Grand Forks, ND)

Pam Shea is the Director of Student Life at University of North Dakota School of Law. Pam joined UND School of Law in 2011. In her role, she works primarily with programming, student organizations, examinations, accommodations, and data reporting (ABA, NALP, U.S. News, etc.). Prior to joining the School of Law, she worked with the College of Nursing and Professional Development at UND as the Graduate Program Specialist, assisting with admissions, retention and student records. Pam received her Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership – Higher Education from University of North Dakota and her Bachelor of Science degree in Childhood Studies Education from Plymouth State University.

 

 

Darren Nealy

Secretary

Assistant Dean of Students
The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law (Columbus, OH)

Darren Nealy serves as the Assistant Dean of Students at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. His office oversees academic advising, academic counseling, orientation, mentoring programs, student organizations, exams, accommodation implementation, course registration, records, and more. Prior to joining Ohio State, Darren served as the Director of Student Services at The University of Michigan Law School and the Director of Multicultural Affairs at Capital University Law School. Before working in higher education, Darren served as the Executive Director of the Tobacco Public Policy Center in Columbus, Ohio. His professional background also includes approximately seven combined years as a litigation attorney at the firms of Zeiger, Tigges & Little and Carpenter & Lipps.

 

 

Emily Scivoletto

NALSAP TREASURER
FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIR

Senior Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
UC Davis School of Law (Davis, CA)

Emily Scivoletto is the Senior Assistant Dean for Student Affairs and provides leadership for and management of programs and services in areas relating to student services and success. Dean Scivoletto regularly presents workshops and meets with students to provide academic advising, personal counseling, as well as guidance on student life & activities, diversity and inclusion issues, conflict management, state bar licensure and overall success in law school. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Irvine, an M.A. degree in Higher Education Leadership from CSU Sacramento and her J.D. from Pacific McGeorge School of Law. She also holds a Graduate Certificate from the International Institute for Restorative Practices and is trained in restorative justice and restorative practices conflict management. She is a member of the State Bar of California. Emily previously served as the Associate Dean for Academic and Student Affairs at UCLA School of Law and taught Leadership and the Law and Professional Responsibility. Prior to UCLA, she served as Dean of Students at the University of San Diego Law School as well as the Director of Academic Success at UC Davis and McGeorge Law Schools. Before entering academia, she practiced law in Sacramento for six years where she handled insurance defense and civil rights litigation cases. Emily is a founding member and the Treasurer of the NALSAP.

 

 

Rebekah Grodsky

NALSAP IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT

NOMINATING COMMITTEE CHAIR

Director, Academic & Student Affairs
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law (Sacramento, CA)

Rebekah wears a variety of hats at McGeorge School of Law including providing academic advising and personal support for law students, overseeing student organizations and the SBA, teaching a for-credit leadership course, authoring the Student Handbook, preparing the law school’s responses to the ABA Questionnaire, and working with the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs on curriculum planning and course scheduling. Rebekah has spearheaded many wellness initiatives at McGeorge including forming a Wellness Committee, coordinating bi-annual Wellness Weeks, and forming a meditation group for students, staff, and faculty. In her free time, Rebekah enjoys time spent in nature, personal growth work, and the company of friends who are like family. She is also a founding member and the President of NALSAP.

 

 

2018-2019 NALSAP Board Members

 

Markeisha J. Miner

NORTHEAST REGION REPRESENTATIVE (2019-2021)

Dean of Students
Cornell Law School (Ithaca, NY)

Markeisha Miner joined Cornell Law School on July 1, 2015 as Dean of Students. Previously, she served as Assistant Dean of Career Services and Outreach at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law, overseeing all aspects of career planning and professional development. Prior to that, she practiced as a commercial litigator in Dickinson Wright PLLC’s Detroit office where she was an inaugural member of the firm’s Diversity Committee and co-authored the firm’s Diversity Mission Statement. She clerked for the Honorable Anna Diggs Taylor on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan immediately following law school.

Markeisha earned her B.A., magna cum laude, at Mount Holyoke College and her J.D. at the University of Michigan Law School. As a law student, she served as Executive Editor of the Michigan Journal of Race & Law, Placement Chair of the Black Law Student Alliance, and a student attorney in Michigan’s Legal Assistance for Urban Communities Clinic, where she assisted community development organizations in Detroit with their transactional legal needs. She also completed an externship at the Commission on Gender Equality in Durban, South Africa.

Her NALSAP service includes serving on the Nominating Committee in 2017 and 2018. She is also the Clerk of the Mount Holyoke Alumnae Association Board of Directors, a member of the Board of Advisors for the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution at Cornell University, and a Board Member of the Cayuga Medical Center Foundation in Ithaca, NY. She is a member of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), previously serving in multiple capacities, including as a member of its Nominating Committee.

 

 

Tamla Lewis

SOUTH REGION REPRESENTATIVE (2019-2021)

Associate Dean for Administration, Compliance and Special Initiatives
University of Arkansas Law School
(Fayetteville, AR)

Tamla J. Lewis joined the University of Arkansas School of Law in March of 2017 as Associate Dean for Administration, Compliance and Special Initiatives. Prior to joining the law school, Ms. Lewis served for ten years as an Associate General Counsel with the Office of General Counsel for the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Ms. Lewis received a Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas School of Law and a M.Ed. in Workforce Development Education from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; she is a Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, with a B.A. in English. During law school, Ms. Lewis served for two years as a law clerk in the University of Arkansas General Counsel’s office. She returned to the University of Arkansas after serving as an Associate with the Rogers office of Mitchell, Williams, Selig, Gates & Woodyard, where her practice focused on civil litigation, including employment and business litigation. Prior to law school, Ms. Lewis was employed by the Jefferson County Public Defender’s Office and the Cross, Kearney & McKissic law firm in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.

 

 

Jennifer Espinola, J.D.

WEST REGION REPRESENTATIVE (2018-2020)
NALSAP CONFERENCE Co-Chair
NALSAP NEWSLETTER

Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Law School Dean of Students
Director, Frohnmayer Leadership Program
University of Oregon Law School (Eugene, OR)

Jennifer’s career in higher education student affairs spans over 20 years including work with undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Since 2013 as Dean of Students at Oregon Law, Jennifer serves as a member of the Dean's executive team which is focused on strategic planning, coordination, and implementation of academic and programming initiatives. Her direct responsibilities include all aspects of student life and her mission is to enhance the personal and professional success of each student. Jennifer advises SBA, and she supervises the Assistant Dean of Admissions, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Assistant Dean of Career Planning and Professional Development, Director of Diversity, Inclusion, and Leadership, and the Program Director for the Conflict and Dispute Resolution Master’s Program. Jennifer also directs the Frohnmayer Leadership Program – a comprehensive leadership development initiative, and she teaches the Leadership Practices for Professional Success course. Jennifer earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of South Florida and her J.D. from the University of Miami School of Law. She volunteers her time as a co-lead facilitator for LeaderShape, Inc. and also as a citizen buddy for Best Buddies, International.

 

 

Staci Patterson Rucker

Midwest REGION REPRESENTATIVE (2019-2021)

Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Student Affairs & Diversity 
University of Cincinnati College of Law (Cincinnati, OH)

Staci Patterson Rucker is the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and Diversity at the University of Cincinnati College of Law.  As a member of the dean’s senior administrative team, Rucker provides hands-on management of student issues, including academic advising, disability services, leaves of absence, and faculty/student relations.  She counsels students on a range of issues including academic and personal concerns, professional development and incidents of bias and harassment.

Rucker draws on her extensive experience in student affairs and academic support to build meaningful partnerships with faculty and administrators to support diverse and academically at-risk law students. Prior to joining Cincinnati Law in 2016, Rucker was the assistant dean for student affairs (2010-2016) and the director of academic support (2007-2010) at the University of Dayton School of Law.  She was the visionary behind the development of Dayton Law’s learning communities, dean’s fellows and academic advising programs. Rucker is a summa cum laude graduate of Howard University and a graduate of Harvard Law School. She is the immediate past chair of the AALS Section on Academic Support and an active member of several student affairs and academic support professional organizations.

 

 

Jennifer DiSanza

AT-LARGE REPRESENTATIVE (2018-2020)

AccessLex
Regional Manager - Midsouth

Jennifer DiSanza is currently a Regional Manager for AccessLex Institute's Center for  Education and Financial Capability.  Prior to joining AccessLex, she spent almost twenty years in law student services at three different schools.  Most recently, she was the Assistant Dean for Student Services and Law Chief of Staff at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. Prior to joining Brandeis, she served as the Assistant Dean for Student Administration at Capital University Law School in Columbus, OH and the Director of Student Affairs at the University of Maryland School of Law. She received her JD from the University of Maryland, MS from Johns Hopkins University and BS from Miami University in Ohio. In 2013, she served as Chair of the AALS Section of Student Services and was the 2019 NALSAP Conference co-chair. Before law school, DiSanza spent several years working in Human Resources and production management. In Spring 2019, DiSanza developed and taught a new course, “Law and Leadership” to upperclass Brandeis students.

 

Kaila Mikkelsen

AT-LARGE REPRESENTATIVE (2019-2020)

Assistant Dean, Students
Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia (Canada)

Kaila Mikkelsen is the Assistant Dean, Students at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. She provides personal and academic support and advising to law students, and creates programming to support student success and wellbeing. Her achievements include the creation of the Allard Law Ambassador program and the Peer Tutor program (the latter of which received the Helen McCrae Award for a program that makes an outstanding contribution to the student experience at UBC). She oversees first-year Orientation and Reorientation and supervises the student coordinators for UBC’s chapter of Pro Bono Students Canada (an organization which promotes the pro bono ethic in law students) as well as two senior student services staff positions responsible for student counselling and experiential education. Kaila has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Victoria, a law degree from Dalhousie Law School and a Master of Laws from the University of Cambridge (UK). Prior to her current position, she managed the Career Services Office at Allard Law, and practiced corporate and securities law at a national law firm in Vancouver. Kaila maintains active volunteer commitments in her community including sitting on the board of Rise Women’s Legal Centre, and taking leadership positions in local sports organizations. In her spare time, she enjoys playing Ringette, watching her kids speed skate, and exploring nature in the local mountains.

 

2019-2020 Additional Committee Chairs

 

Francine Herlehy

AWARDS AND RECOGNITION COMMITTEE CHAIR

Assistant Dean (Student Services)
University of Windsor, Faculty of Law (Ontario, Canada)

Francine Herlehy is the Assistant Dean (Student Services) at the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law, a position she has held since 2006. Francine is a graduate of Windsor Law (1989) and prior to her appointment at Windsor Law, practiced law with a focus on medical negligence and personal injury cases. Francine is active in many professional associations and regularly presents on matters related to law school admissions and student services.

 

Nicole M. Sandoz

Mentorship COMMITTEE Co-Chair

Director of Student Life
Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Liaison
Georgetown Law (Washington, D.C.)

Nicole serves as the Director of Student Life and Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Liaison (SARVL). She was an administrator at Cornell Law from 2013-2016, where she served as the Director of Career Services and an adjunct professor of law. Nicole is a graduate of Amherst College and Cornell Law. After law school Nicole practiced for five years as a labor and employment attorney in Los Angeles. As Director, Nicole oversees the Office of Student Life and its many co-curricular programs, including Orientation, our 120+ student organizations, the Peer Advisor program, and room scheduling. She is the primary administrative liaison to the Student Bar Association and is a co-Director of the Lawyers in Balance program and RISE program. Nicole also serves as the SARVL for the Law Center and provides support and confidential options counseling to student survivors of sexual assault and other forms of relationship violence.