Adam Shareef J.D., TUPOCC Co-chair
Adam is a native of Newark New Jersey and a longtime Maryland resident. Adam graduated from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore where he received his Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. He went on to receive his Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law in May of 2017. Adam Currently serves as a Law Clerk for the Hon. Michelle Hotten on the Maryland Court of Appeals. After completion of the clerkship, Adam hopes to become a member of Office of the Public Defender where he can continue to serve indigent clients in need of representation. Adam has been a member of the Guild since 2015 and is a founding member of the UB law student chapter. Adam, currently serves as Co-Chair for TUPOCC and has previously served as TUPOCC Director of Communication. Adam continuously strives to combat injustices while helping to ensure that the Guild continues represent the interests of all communities of color.
Danielle King, TUPOCC Co-chair/Finance officer
Danielle King is an Attorney for the Child practicing in Family Court in New York City. Danielle recently received her J.D. in 2016 from Seton Hall University School of Law. Danielle received her B.A. in English from Michigan State University and her M.A. in Urban Affairs from Queens College (CUNY).
While attending law school, Danielle had a number of leadership roles. Danielle was the President of Lambda Law Alliance, Student Supervisor of Seton Hall Law’s Volunteer Income Tax Clinic (VITA) Clinic, Chair of the Take Back the Night Committee, Vice Chair of Seton Hall Law’s Honor Council, Diversity Council member and participant on the DASC committee to admit law students for Seton Hall Law’s Legal Education Opportunity (LEO) program. Danielle also participated in Seton Hall Law’s 2015 Gressman Moot Court competition and the Univ. of Maryland Francis Carey King 2016 Health Law Regulatory & Compliance competition.
Danielle has a passion for public interest law, having interned and/or worked with various non-profit legal organizations assisting on Child protective, LGBTQ rights, Disability Justice and general pro bono matters such as consumer rights. Danielle also was a clinical student Seton Hall Law’s Immigrant Rights’/International Human Rights Clinic where she helped clients with immigration matters and assisted in a published NJ Immigration Representation report. Danielle also conducted health law research and prepared a presentation for a Health Law Parity Conference at Seton Hall Law.
Ashley J. Lawrence, TUPOCC Secretary
Ashley J. Lawrence, originally hails from Jamaica, New York where she learned early on about the grave disparities of social and criminal injustice within her microcosm of Queens. She is a third-year law student at Howard University School of Law, in Washington D.C. and a graduate of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Ashley has a passion for in public interest, civil rights and social justice issues and learning how to mitigate racial injustice through public policy advocacy, litigation and community-based solutions. She has a demonstrated commitment to social justice which has been further fortified by an extensive training in social justice lawyering racial justice through her coursework and civil rights internships at the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, the NAACP LDF, and Advancement Project.
Prior to law school, Ashley served as a political advocacy associate with IMPACT Strategies, a boutique government relations firm in Washington, D.C. In this position, she led political advocacy projects, analyzed federal legislation, and prepared government policy proposals to further clients’ diversity and corporate responsibility goals related to the African American community. She came to this position following a three-year stint on Capitol Hill, and working with other civil rights organizations in both policy and legal support capacities.
Ashley is excited to work with the The United People of Color Coalition as the Secretary with the National Lawyers Guild to assist in advocacy that seeks to remove the stigma that both race and poverty have within society and to assist with promoting empowerment, justice and equality no matter what tax bracket, educational district, or community that an individual is born into.