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Kierra PowellCassandra Hill

Associate Dean Cassandra Hill’s article published in 2013 in the Howard Law Journal, The Elephant in the Law School Assessment Room: The Role of Student Responsibility and Motivating Our Students to Learn, has been cited twice this year in law reviews. Professor Heather Field cited Hill’s article for its discussion on the importance of students taking responsibility for their learning in her article, A Tax Professor’s Guide to Formative Assessment, 22 Fla. Tax Rev. 363, 383 n.50 (2019). Then, Professor Yvonne Dutton, Professor Margaret Ryznar and Attorney Kayleigh Long reference Hill’s article in Assessing Online Learning in Law Schools: Students Say Online Classes Deliver, 96 Denver L. Rev. 493, 497 n.19 (2019), where they explain that student preferences should contribute to online course design since students are responsible for their own learning in an autonomous setting.

There are 6 additional faculty spotlight in this edition.





Amber Simpson 20

Kierra PowellI share my story to show that the only limitations you will ever have are the ones you put on yourself.
I am currently a third-year law student at Thurgood Marshall School of Law (TMSL), Chief Justice of the James M. Douglas Board of Advocates (BOA), and a person living with Sickle Cell Anemia.

I was diagnosed with sickle cell as an infant and have suffered through frequent emergency room visits, numerous hospital stays, debilitating pain, and many other physical limitations caused by the disease. The intermittent bouts of pain, often caused by stress, can render a person with sickle cell immobile for extended periods of time. Persons with the disease are often limited in the way that they function in everyday society, but my parents refused to allow me to be defined by any limitations. I worked harder to achieve my goals and never let sickle cell be an excuse for mediocrity. The pivotal point in my educational career came when I decided to forego deferment to the University of Oklahoma and began my freshman year just one week after receiving a life-saving blood transfusion; I have never looked back.

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Remeko T. Edwards ‘05

Kierra PowellThe Honorable Remeko Tranisha Edwards was born in Selma, Alabama. She spent the majority of her childhood in the suburbs of Dallas where she graduated from Lancaster High School in 1994.  Remeko began her college education at Prairie View A & M University; however, she received her Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Criminal Justice from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1998. After graduation, she became an employee of Dallas County as a Juvenile Detention Officer, Court Coordinator, and Probation Officer until 2002.

Remeko received her Juris Doctorate Degree in 2005 from Thurgood Marshall School of Law in Houston, Texas. Through much prayer, sacrifice, and support from her family and friends, Remeko became licensed to practice law in the State of Texas in November 2005.

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