Dannnye K. Holley, Dean and Professor of Law

Roben West

Reem Haikal

TMSL Graduating Class:   2017
Home:   Houston, Texas
Undergraduate Institution:   University of Houston- Downtown
Undergraduate Major:  

Bachelor of Business


  1. Judicial Intern at the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas with the Honorable Kenneth M. Hoyt
  2. Teaching Assistant at TMSL’s Center for Legal Pedagogy
  3. Civil Procedure and Constitutional Law Tutor at TMSL
  4. Research Assistant for Professor Asmara Tekle at TMSL

Scholarships, Organizations, and Extracurricular Activities

  • President, Class of 2017
  • First and second year Top 10% student
  • Full-tuition scholarship for the 2L year
  • Half-tuition scholarship for the 3L year
  • Thurgood Marshall School of Law Merit Scholarship for the 1L year
  • CALI Excellence in the Future Award for highest grade received in Constitutional law
  • CALI Excellence in the Future Award for highest grade received in Contracts Law
  • Deans List through 1L to present

Community Involvement

  • Active member at Amnesty International.
  • Advocating for refugees and migrant populations displaced by war or natural disaster.

My Story

Born Syrian, raised American, I was a witness to the lack of law in the Middle East. I have developed a fascination with the American Legal System and the U.S. Constitution in particular. 

I decided to attend Thurgood Marshall School of Law because of its comprehensive and bar-based curriculum.  In my years as a student at TMSL, I developed the essential skills for legal writing and research; arguing an unpopular position; and public advocacy as an enthusiastic speaker. Furthermore, TMSL’s supportive and diverse environment made me realize that I am much stronger and more resilient than I had ever known. Finally, TMSL’s extremely talented professors, staff and students always inspire me to reach higher and give me a new confidence with a determination worthy of those I wish to represent. Upon graduation, I plan to secure a Federal Clerkship, which will provide me with the necessary foundation for my work as a passionate attorney.


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