The Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School (AJMLS) Advocacy Board is a student-run academic organization dedicated to promoting the art of written and oral advocacy in moot court and mock trial competitions. The Board is governed by its Executive Council.
Carolina Melguizo, President
Carolina Melguizo was born in Medellin, Colombia, and moved to the United States at the age of 15. With a passion for learning, Carolina earned a B.S. in history and political science from Georgia State University and a Paralegal Certificate from the University of Georgia. Carolina is currently a part-time student expected to graduate in May 2024. She currently balances her part-time student schedule with a full-time job, demonstrating her dedication to both her education and professional responsibilities. In her first year of law school, Carolina earned the CALI award in LWRA I and was invited to join the Advocacy Board. During her second year, she took on the role of SBA representative and showcased her legal acumen in the NAAC Moot Court Competition. During her third year, Carolina’s dedication to the Advocacy Board reached new heights as she was voted President of the organization. Under her leadership, the board’s presence in competitions reached new heights. Members actively participated in three moot court competitions and one mock trial competition during the academic year, marking a significant achievement in the promotion of written and oral advocacy for AJMLS. Additionally, Carolina joined CHALLSA as Co-President in the Spring of 2023 and she has served as a peer mentor since 2021. Carolina is deeply honored to lead the Advocacy Board as its President for the second consecutive year. Her goal is to ensure that the board’s members have an exceptional experience during competitions while continuing to elevate the board’s presence in both moot court and mock trial competitions.
Reddlene Lamour, Director of Operations and Finance
Reddlene Lamour was born in Miami Florida and raised in Orlando, Florida. She is currently a full-time student with an expected graduation date of May 2024. She attended thee illustrious Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University in Tallahassee Florida, the number one public HBCU in the country, where she earned a degree in political science with a minor in economics. Prior to law school, Reddlene dedicated her time to serving her community through dance outreach programs centered around giving students in underfunded districts opportunities to get involved and build leadership skills. Reddlene is a part of a National dance team and hopes to merge her passion for dance and the law in a way that can positively influence minority groups that are interested in the legal profession and the arts. She is thrilled to serve as this year’s director of operations and finance and is also excited to showcase the brilliant competitors for this year’s competitions.
Sandy Miller, Director of Moot Court
Sandy Miller is a part-time 3L student and serves as the Director of Moot Court and as a member of the Peer Mentor Program. She represented AJMLS at the National Jeffrey G. Miller Environmental Law Moot Court Competition where she received a top oralist distinction.
In addition to her law school focus, Sandy works as a paralegal for a personal injury attorney.
When not at work or school, you can often find her at the baseball field with her husband watching their son play or at Truist Park cheering on the Braves.
Wide Thomas, Director of Communications
Wide Thomas, a native of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, relocated to the United States in 2016, embarking on a journey to restart her college education, while simultaneously learning English. At Lynn University in Boca Raton, she successfully earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in American Law. Passionate about community service and dedicated to empowering youth, Wide serves as a voice and advocate for higher education within the Haitian community. With a goal-oriented mindset, she achieved recognition as the Best Oralist in LWRA, leading to an invitation to join the moot court team. Wide further demonstrated her legal wit by competing in the McGee Civil Rights Moot Court Competition in Spring 2023. Her contributions led to an offer to serve as the Director of Communication for the Advocacy Board, a role she enthusiastically embraces.