Young Lawyer’s Division Executive Committee 2014-2015

Executive Board

David L. Morrow, Esq.
David L. Morrow, Esq.Chair
David L. Morrow II is a regulatory attorney with BuckleySandler LLP, where he assists clients in the financial services industry with transactional, litigation, regulatory and compliance matters. Following law school, David worked for the Honorable Anna Blackburne-Rigsby of the DC Court of Appeals. He is the current Chair of the Washington Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. David was a member of the inaugural class of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Collaborative Bar Leadership Academy. David was also selected by the ABA Business Law Section to serve as one of five Fellows nationwide from 2013-2015. David received the 2013 Junius W. Williams Young Lawyer of the Year Award from the National Bar Association (NBA) and was recently named one of the NBA’s “40 Under 40” African American attorneys nationwide. David received his J.D. from Elon University School of Law in 2010, where he was a NAACP Legal Defense Fund (LDF) Earl Warren Scholar and B.A in Political Science from Elon University in 2007.
Dionna Maria Lewis, Esq.
Dionna Maria Lewis, Esq.Vice-Chair
Dionna Maria Lewis is a Judicial Law Clerk to The Honorable John McCabe on the Felony II docket at the D.C. Superior Court. Previously, Ms. Lewis worked as a fair lending attorney for two years at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) in the Office of Fair Lending and Equal Opportunity. Seh received her LL.M. in Litigation and Dispute Resolution from the George Washington University Law School. Ms. Lewis completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Virginia with a double Bachelor of Arts Degree in Philosophy and History. Outside of work, Ms. Lewis is very active in her community and within the legal profession. Professionally, she serves as National Membership Chair of the National Bar Association (NBA) Young Lawyers Division; Litigation Co-Chair of the Women’s Bar Association of D.C.; as a Resolution Team Member of the American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division (ABA-YLD). During the 2013-14 bar year, Ms. Lewis was selected as ABA-YLD Minorities in the Profession Scholar. For the 2014-15 bar year, Ms. Lewis recently accepted a Presidential Appointment from ABA President Elect Hubbard to serve on the “Task Force to Examine Association Policies Impacting Recruitment and Retention of Law Students and Young Lawyers as ABA Members.”
Kara Dannielle Hughley, Esq.
Kara Dannielle Hughley, Esq.Secretary
Kara Danielle Hughley is an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, where she counsels clients in securities and banking law matters. Kara received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School in 2013 and her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, in Communications with a minor in Consumer Psychology, from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. In addition to her legal practice, Kara serves on the advisory board for Heart of Man, a non-profit social engineering organization that provides fashion design entrepreneurship opportunities to high school students, and she volunteers with Young Ladies of Tomorrow, a non-profit dedicated to assisting young ladies who have become involved in the juvenile justice system.
Tyechia White, Esq.
Tyechia White, Esq.Treasurer
Tyechia is an associate in Kilpatrick Townsend’s Insurance Recovery Practice. Her practice focuses on complex insurance recovery through litigation and settlement. She represents policyholders in both federal and state courts on a range of insurance coverage matters. She also advises corporations in the procurement of insurance policies. Tyechia received her Juris Doctorate from Howard University School of Law School in 2009, cum laude, and her Bachelor of Arts, in African American Studies and English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2004. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. White worked as an associate in a boutique insurance recovery law firm in Washington, D.C. Previously, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Alexander Williams, Jr. for the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland where Ms. White participated in the resolution of civil litigation involving copyright and trademark infringement, Lanham Act violations, employment discrimination and civil rights.
Darrian A. Denman, Esq.
Darrian A. Denman, Esq.Immediate Past Chair
Darrian A. Denman, a native of Jackson , MS, is a 2005 graduate of Howard University School of Law. Prior to law school, she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi . Darrian is a founding partner of The DGO Law Group, PLLC. Her practice areas include employment law, family law, and civil litigation. Darrian is very active in the community and is a member of the American Bar Association, Greater Washington Area Chapter, Women's Lawyer Division, National Bar Association, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

Committee Chairs

Leigh Chapman, Esq.
Leigh Chapman, Esq.Social Justice
The Advancement Project
Thena Robinson Mock, Esq.
Thena Robinson Mock, Esq.Social Justice
The Advancement Project
Caeden C. Drayton, Esq.
Caeden C. Drayton, Esq.Professional Development
Becker & Poliakoff
Shannon Redd, Esq.
Shannon Redd, Esq.Community Service
District of Columbia Bar
Ericka Aiken, Esq.
Ericka Aiken, Esq.Community Service
DC Court of Appeals
Pia Winston, Esq.
Pia Winston, Esq.Raising the Bar Initiative
Mehri & Skalet, PLLC
DeAndre Morrow, Esq.
DeAndre Morrow, Esq.Raising the Bar Initiative
Leftwich & Ludaway
Nicholas K. Austin, Esq.
Nicholas K. Austin, Esq.Networking & Engagement
Foley & Lardner LLP
Nate Yohannes, Esq.
Nate Yohannes, Esq.Networking & Engagement
Money Management Institute
Wyatt Robinson, Esq.
Wyatt Robinson, Esq.Networking & Engagement
Securities & Exchange Commission

Chair's Advisory Coucil

Yaida Ford, Esq.
Yaida Ford, Esq.Former WBA YLD Chair
The Ford Law Firm
Jason A. Grant, Esq.
Jason A. Grant, Esq.Former WBA YLD Chair
The DGO Law Group, PLLC
Lani Shaw, Esq.
Lani Shaw, Esq.Former GWAC President
Office of Comptroller of the Currency
Michelle C. Thomas, Esq.
Michelle C. Thomas, Esq. Former NBA YLD Chair
M.C. Thomas & Associates
Will E. Wilder, Esq.
Will E. Wilder, Esq.Former NBA YLD Chair
The Groom Group
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