Supervising Editor (Class of 2018)
Rachel Chang was born in Charlotte to immigrants from Hong Kong and Taiwan. She graduated from Emory University, with a major in International Studies and minor in Community Building and Social Change.
Her road to NCCU School of Law was unanticipated, but the driving force that led her and is keeping her there is her aspiration to provide legal services for those who lack access to it, and are easily exploited due to their complex circumstances. Ultimately, she seeks to integrate her passion for working with "the least of these" with her faith-motivated pursuit of establishing social justice with the law.
Rachel loves the study of language and culture. She speaks Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, and one day hopes to be as fluent in all three as she is in English. The top three countries she wants to visit are Israel, Peru, and India.
Constitutional Law Editor (Class of 2018)
Selam's parents immigrated from Eritrea. She grew up in Grand rapids, Michigan and English was not her first language. Selam has six sisters and two brothers, and she is the first in her family to attend graduate school. She received her bachelors from Grand Valley State University (GVSU), Allendale, MI.
After Graduating from GVSU, she went to Eritrea for three months where she volunteered at a local orphanage. Additionally, she visited the small village where her family is from. That experience made her realize that helping people is what makes her happy and that is what she wants to do for the rest of her life.
Sports/Entertainment Law Editor (Class of 2018)
Brandon was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. He earned his B.A. in History from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. While attending NC A&T, he was a member of the History Scholars, and The History Club.
Brandon is a 3L at North Carolina Central University School of Law, with an interest in Sports and Entertainment Law. He serves as the President of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society. Brandon is has interned with the North Carolina Central University Department of Athletics Compliance Office, and is currently externing with GlaxoSmithKline
In his spare time, Brandon enjoys playing basketball with classmates, reading, and watching movies.
Criminal Law Editor (Class of 2018)
Kyle Sherard is from Nashville, NC. After eighteen seemingly-endless years in Nash County, Sherard moved to Asheville, where he attended and earned a B.A. in Fine Arts from UNC-Asheville. Following school, he began writing a column for an Asheville independent newspaper and, separately, running a used book store. Taken together, these positions created an environment of intensive ongoing research into U.S. social history, law and public policy. These interests ultimately led him to North Carolina Central University’s School of Law.
Community Editor (Class of 2018)
Kofi Kufuor was born in Accra, Ghana. He moved to the United States in 2008 to pursue undergraduate studies. He graduated from Newberry College where he played varsity soccer (football) for four years. He majored in Political Science with a minor in English and History.
As an avid historian and civil rights activist, Kofi garnered a deep interest in hearing and relaying the stories of the underrepresented in society, and hopes to align this passion with what he sees as the need for history to be written through the eyes of not only those in power, but the marginalized in society. Kofi also harbors a keen interest in sports, and hopes to apply his advocacy in the field of sports law post matriculation. He briefly coached youth soccer in the triangle area prior to enrolling in North Carolina Central University School of Law.
Kofi is a 3L, and involved in a number of campus organizations including the African Law Students Association, where he serves as President; the Black Law Students Association; the Sports Law Association, and the Lawyers for Literacy Pro Bono Association.
Immigration Law Editor (Class of 2018)
I was born in the Dominican Republic. I immigrated to the United States at the age of 8, in 1997. I was raised in New York City. I moved to North Carolina in 2003, where I have lived since. I graduated from Southwest Guilford High School. I graduated from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University with a double major in Liberal Studies: Pre-Law and History with a minor in Philosophy. I graduated Magna Cum Laude. At A&T, I was also a student-athlete. I played baseball all four years, and I was captain of the baseball team for three. In 2010, I won the Conference Pitcher of year. At the end of my baseball career, I had become the winningest pitcher in the school’s history.
As an immigrant, I have always been interested in immigration law. I want to make the process easier for those that are immigrating here. From being better informed to have better access to lawyers when needed, I am passionate about helping those that are coming into this country in search of a better life.
I enjoy working out, food, movies (Huge Marvels fan), traveling, Netflix, and music.
Student Stories Editor (Class of 2018)
Born and raised in Ohio, I am the oldest girl of seven. I came to law school to continue a family tradition, which is to serve my community. My mother is currently a social worker who helped to pioneer and develop clinics for women who were chemically dependent (formally known as drug dependent) while pregnant. While working at the Ohio Health Department, she would take me to “Take your daughter to work day” and I would see the many women my mother helped get sober.
My father joined the city fire department when I was a young child and so he had many friends who were both fire and police men. Growing up seeing men who looked like my Daddy, who were strong, smart, and even cute, gave me such a sense of pride in the work they did for our community.
My last and the most influential person in my life, and one of the main reasons why I even came to NCCU School of Law is my great-grandmother Ann “Melba” Cagle-Cole. She was born around 1921. After high school, she went to Fayetteville State Teachers College (now Fayetteville State University). She later dropped out to serve in World War II with the American Red Cross.
I believe that in order to be able to serve your community, you must first take time to get to know your community and what their needs and concerns are at the present time. Only then can you truly begin to develop and plan out solutions for your community and its people.
Civil Rights Law Editor (Class of 2018)
Aviance Brown is a third-year law student at North Carolina Central University that hails from Greensboro, North Carolina. Aviance obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. During her undergraduate career, Aviance became interested in a legal career when she realized the inequities faced by minorities both in her community and nationally. This fueled her to found an NAACP Chapter at UNC-Charlotte. She also became a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, where she served as the President and Social Justice Chairman. Through creative programming in both of these organizations, Aviance challenged her peers to critically analyze social justice issues of minority individuals.
Aviance is the Student Bar Association President, President of the Christian Legal Society, member of Phi Delta Phi International Legal Society, and the Vice-President of the Civil Rights Society.
Interning at the Southern Coalition for Social Justice taught Aviance the importance of having a racial equity lens, and she encourages her peers to do the same. Aviance is interested in both Criminal Defense and Civil Rights Law. As a social justice advocate, Aviance is passionate about creating effective structural change in the American criminal justice system. She is determined to shake the system in order to bring about reform to ensure that it is serving ALL communities equally and effectively.