Executive Board Spotlight


Fredrick “TJ” Joshua is a 3L and currently the President for the Student Bar Association. Before going to law school, TJ worked for a personal injury firm for about ten years. TJ will be a 2021 Summer Associate for Reed Smith.

TJ likes to play basketball in his free time and enjoys meeting new people.

Alexandria Pollard- VP

Alexandria Pollard is a 3L at UIC Law School. She was born and raised in Richmond, VA, and went to Emory and Henry College. Alexandria grew up playing basketball, which has had a profound effect on the person she is today. She enjoys volunteering her time with the Irving Park YMCA Leader’s Club and being an Associate Board Member at Legel Prep Academy.

Brandy Johnson- Secretary

Brandy is a 3L1 who will be working with a youth defense and policy legal non-profit organization located in Oakland, CA, and D.C this summer.

In her free time, she’s an advocate for voting rights, being an active member of her sorority, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc, and being the cool aunt to awesome 5 kiddos.

One day, she would like to be an Appellate Defense attorney or part of a conviction integrity unit. One of her ultimate goals is to be the Chief of Staff for the President of the United States.

Life motto: “We must become the change we wish to see in the world.”-Ghandi

Nicole Vanek- Treasurer

My name is Nicole Vanek and I will be the SBA Treasurer for the 2021-2022 school year. I am a rising 2L, passionate about advocating for others, and want to pursue a career in Criminal Law. Within the law school community, I enjoy working with and getting to know my classmates. Outside of school and in a COVID-free world, I enjoy traveling and spending time with family.

Erica Fatima-ABA Rep

A native of Chicago IL., Erica earned her BA in Mass Media
Communications from DePaul University. Erica has one son, Ethan. “He is my life’s best gift.” Following a decade of successful government Public Relations work in Atlanta GA, she is actively pursuing a life-goal, becoming an attorney.

Recently, Erica completed an internship with the City of Chicago
Department of Law, Federal Civil Rights Litigation. Erica completed an earlier internship in Washington, DC as the Office of General Counsel legal intern with Airlines for America.

Post law school, Erica is interested in both defense litigation and
legislation. She is committed to advancing public policies that help
U.S. citizens thrive in the global economy.

“I enjoy meeting people, learning new concepts, and living life to the
fullest! Whether I am creating new programs, leveraging
partnerships, or challenging existing policies, when I see a need, I
work to champion change.”-Erica

Josary Iglesias

Josary Iglesias is a rising 2L, a first-generation law student, and a proud immigrant.  She was born in Honduras and was raised there for most of her childhood.  One of her passions is to advocate for human rights mainly because of her early experiences with injustices while living in Honduras.  Prior to law school, Josary worked as a paralegal handling a variety of legal matters in the private sector.  She worked closely with clients and attorneys in probate proceedings and handled real estate transactions from contract review through closing.  As a volunteer in a not-for-profit organization of Waukegan, Illinois, she successfully prepared lawful permanent residents with their naturalization interview and test.  As a result, all her students became U.S. citizens, and many were able to vote in the 2020 national election.

During her first year of law school, she has been involved in mentorship programs including the DSF First Generation Mentor-Mentee Program founded by Justice Jesse Reyes.  She is the current Vice-President of UNIDOS (a student organization raising awareness about issues involving immigration law), a member of the Latinx Law Student Association, and many other student organizations at the school.  Josary hopes to inspire and encourage fellow classmates to succeed in their legal career.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending quality time with her diverse family and friends.

Motto: “Take one day at a time.”

Three words that describe her: loyal, resilient, optimistic

Interests: Volunteer work, traveling, music, and taking on new challenges

Ivory Djahouri-CCBA

Ivory is a native Chicagoan and a current 2L student. Before going to law school and during her 1L year, Ivory worked full-time at a global insights and information company, where she developed her interest in intellectual property law. Upon graduation, Ivory intends to practice intellectual property law with a focus on trademarks and copyrights.

Ivory is passionate about positively impacting people’s lives – spreading positivity and energy in all spaces she occupies and comes across.

Ivory enjoys practicing yoga, city photography, and running along Chicago’s lakefront path. She is also a self-proclaimed foodie, so let her know if you need any recommendations!

Motto: Inspire and be inspired.

Toluwani Odueyungbo- CBA

Hi everyone! I am a 2L1 interested in corporate, immigration, international law, and litigation to name a few. I enjoy traveling, meeting new people, exploring Chicago with my friends,  dancing, and watching Netflix or YouTube videos for fun. I’m passionate about helping people and being a lifelong learner, a big part in my decision to go to law school. I’m from the south suburbs of Chicago and I’ve lived in the Chicago area my whole life. I’m also a proud daughter of Nigerian immigrants.

Christina Severino- Graduate Liaison

Born and raised in the quaint Norwood Park, Christina departed on a nomadic journey, graduating from Lake Havasu High School, followed by a brief tenure as a double major at the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa, where she was admitted to the graduate school jazz ensemble at 19 years old, and studying music composition.

She received her B.S. in Psychology at Northern Illinois University before journeying onward to Valparaiso, completing her J.D. in their accelerated program at 24 years old.

An athlete at heart, Christina competed in golf and bowling at the Division I level as a ‘Bow and Crusader. She now focuses her energy on bowling and bowling ball technology. Recently admitted to MIT’s Tribology graduate course, she will begin her research journey and patent development for a better bowling ball coverstock the summer of 2021.

Shawn Daniel-Evening Student Liaison

My name is Shawn Daniel. I am a 2L1 part-time evening law student. I’m from the southside of Chicago… raised in the Englewood Community. I have a rather large family (6 brothers & 3 sisters). I obtained my chemistry degree from the University of Miami (Florida NOT Ohio) and my Masters of Energy Engineering is from UIC. My legal focus is centered on intellectual property with the intent to concentrate in patent litigation.

As a Corporate IT manager, I manage strategic initiatives as part of an innovative team called Utility of the Future. For years, I worked as a nuclear chemist and maintained the emergency operations across Exelon’s nuclear fleet.

When I’m not working or in school, I am playing tennis, running a high-school mentoring program on Chicago’s Westside, or serving on the Young Professionals Board for ‘By The Hand’.

As a United States Veteran, I love this country and I am committed to fighting for Justice for all.


Hameed Odunewu- ARL

Hameed is a Chicago native and a December 2022 J.D candidate. In undergrad, Hameed majored in chemistry and intends to practice in patent law. Outside of school, Hameed enjoys making music as well as playing basketball. Hameed believes in an “everybody eats” mentality is the key to success.