May 2, 2022

Meet the Atlanta’s John Marshall 2022-2023 Executive Board

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Keith Collins, President

Where were you raised: I was born and raised in Newport News, Virginia.

Where did you complete your undergraduate and/or graduate education: I am an incredibly proud graduate of Norfolk State University, an HBCU (Historically Black College or University). Behold!

What are your future career plans: My immediate interests are split somewhere between Criminal Law and Entertainment and Production Law. However, my ultimate career goal is still to become a Supreme Court Justice.

What do you look forward to as the President: There is so much to look forward to at Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School. As President, I am eager to see the growth of our law school community as we continue to define the standard of our law school experience and encounter the legal profession.

What are your goals in the position this academic year: There are several goals I wish to accomplish this academic year. I plan to lead with kindness, respect, and professionalism. Above all, I am excited to see an even greater display of student involvement and I want all AJMLS students to experience and recognize the remarkable value that our law school community has to offer. 

What do you want your classmates to know about you: I want my classmates to know that while it is my distinct honor to serve as SBA President, I am a student first, and that makes me no different from any one of them. Reach out to me. I’m accessible and I look forward to this journey.

Mercedes Dickerson, Vice President

Where were you raised: I was raised in Fortson, Georgia.

Where did you complete your undergraduate and/or graduate education: I went to Columbus State University in Columbus, Georgia, and I studied Political Science and Spanish.

What are your future career plans: I want to be a criminal defense attorney, but I am open to many fields of law, including family law and environmental law.

What do you look forward to as the Vice President: I am looking forward to supporting the SBA President to lead our executive board and to guide class representatives in their task to advocate for their classmates. I am also excited about collaborating with student organizations to plan school events to increase camaraderie and networking opportunities.

What are your goals in the position this academic year: My primary goal is to implement a unique system of communication between SBA and the student body to ensure students’ needs are met effectively and consistently. Another goal of mine is to collaborate with the AJMLS faculty and staff to educate students about on-campus and off-campus resources, so they can be more successful.

What do you want your classmates to know about you: I want my classmates to know they can always approach me if they need someone to talk to. If I do not readily have an answer, I will contact someone who can help. I care about my classmates and will continue to advocate for them.

Joshua Sachs, Treasurer

Where were you raised: I moved all over for most of my life- roughly 22 times before graduating. I was born in El Paso, TX and spent most of my childhood in Burlington, NC.

Where did you complete your undergraduate and/or graduate education: I graduated from North Carolina State University with a BA in Sociology.

What are your future career plans: I plan to work exclusively in Criminal Defense for the foreseeable future, and am considering entering politics later down the road.

What do you look forward to as the Treasurer: The opportunity to evaluate and reallocate our current budget, to maximize the amount of money we are able to spend on items that directly improve the student experience.

What are your goals in the position this academic year: My first and largest goal is to identify items that students are interested in having our dues spent on and find a way to purchase them. Because we all contribute to this fund, I see all students as stakeholders who deserve input into where these funds are allocated. As such, I would like to solicit a “shopping list” from students, so that we can purchase items students request such as coffee in the breakroom, an ice machine, coffee cups, etc. A smaller goal is seeing if we can partner with a local bar and grille housed in our food court to offer student discounts, to encourage a sense of community and a place for us to gather and get to know each other in a casual setting.

What do you want your classmates to know about you: Leaving behind a career and taking a leap of faith into the practice of law was a difficult decision, and I couldn’t be more happy that I took that leap of faith. I am genuinely passionate about pursuing this career path and each step along the way, and as such I am genuinely passionate about making the law school student experience the best possible. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any suggestions or questions I can assist with!

Katherine Collins, Secretary

Where were you raised: I was raised in Gainesville, Georgia.

Where did you complete your undergraduate and/or graduate education: I received my Bachelor of Science in Political Science with a minor in Sociology from Kennesaw State University. I also previously received my A.A. in Social Work from the University of North Georgia.

What are your future career plans: I am keeping all my options open as I journey through law school, but my passion lies in family law. As a previous foster parent, I also would love to work with juveniles in the foster care system as well as building legislation to fix the issues I have personally seen within the system.

What do you look forward to as the SBA Secretary: I look forward to working on the SBA Newsletter – the Dispatch, and I want to really focus on using communication like that to the best of our abilities to ensure everyone is “in the know.”

What are your goals in the position this academic year: My aim is to build off the momentum we have made in the previous year in ensuring open access to information, clear open lines of communication, and finding new ways to build transparency and openness between the students and the various student organizations to ensure we are all able to get involved and help build the community we desire at AJMLS.  

What do you want your classmates to know about you: I understand how hard it is to juggle everything — as a part-time, evening student with a full-time job and the added load of children at home, I understand that we are all juggling a lot, and if there is ever something I can do within my role to help ensure our communications are done in such a way that helps you keep it all organized, never hesitate to reach out!

Lamone Graham, Parliamentarian

Where were you raised: I was raised in Atlanta, Georgia.

Where did you complete your undergraduate and/or graduate education: I attended Valdosta State University as an undergraduate and Kennesaw State University for graduate school.

What are your future career plans: In the future, I plan to be a business owner and a practicing attorney. The business plans are under wraps for now but in terms of law, I am currently interested in four areas: Alternative Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Employment, and Entertainment. It may sound like a lot of different things but I am excited, open to learning, and going to go where God leads me.

What are your goals in the position this academic year: As Parliamentarian, my goals are to promote an orderly environment for the SBA and to help my peers feel heard and supported. Law school is not without its own challenges; so having a safe space where student concerns and needs can be shared in hopes of finding lasting solutions, is something I strive to create.