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Our “Associates”

We invite you to learn about our firm’s associates, who are second- and third-year law students enrolled in our class, Technology in the Law Practice.

     Musah Abubakar is a 3rd year student at the University Of Cincinnati College Of Law. He graduated from the Ohio State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, magna cum laude. Musah is interested in Immigration and International Human Rights Law. He was a member of the Human Rights Quarterly Editorial Board and Associate Member of the Immigration & Nationality Law Review. His legal experience includes working with the Legal Advisor at the Ministry of Education & Skills Development, Botswana, and serving as a legal intern at the Cincinnati Interfaith Workers’ Center.

     Brandon Ellis is second-year law student at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. A Cincinnati native, he graduated from La Salle High School before graduating from Xavier University as a part of the Philosophy, Politics, and the Public honors program. This unique interdisciplinary program gave Brandon the opportunity to work in a variety of political settings. He also has experience working in multiple capacities with a local logistics company, focusing on accounting. Along with this diverse background, Brandon has a passion for transactional law, which is currently being fostered by a varied course load and a legal internship at an estate planning firm.

     Darrell Kelly is a Cincinnati native and alumnus of Walnut Hills High School. He graduated from Howard University with a Bachelor of Arts in Radio Television and Film. He is a third-year law and finance certificate student at the University of Cincinnati and an MBA candidate at Xavier University.  Darrell has experience working at both a bank and a law firm. He hopes to incorporate that knowledge into a career in entertainment law.

     Jessica Nguyen is a second year law school student at the University of Cincinnati College of Law who received a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology at the University of Texas at Dallas with two minors in criminology and psychology. Originally wanting to pursue medicine, Jessica found that her passions lie elsewhere. After becoming involved in her community and local politics, she began to explore her options in the legal field and worked for a law firm in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Jessica came to law school with hopes to use her scientific background and pursue intellectual property/patent law. Once she has “paid her dues,” she aspires to give back to the community as much as she can by doing pro-bono work and striving to promote equality, diversity and inclusion in the legal community. She is the Vice President and founding member of the University of Cincinnati Law Women organization (UCLW), president of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA) and an active member of the Cincinnati Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section and CincyIP.

Vishal Noticewala is a second year law student at the University Of Cincinnati. Vishal’s present goal is to gain experience in trial experience as a prosecutor. This past summer he worked at the City Prosecutor’s office for City of Cincinnati. In the past, he has worked in sales at Verizon for Cellular Sales, where he successfully sold a variety of products across ten stores and became one of its top salespeople.

     Ronique Padda is a second-year law student at University of Cincinnati College of Law. Originally fromthe Pacific Northwest, Ronique chose to attend Cincinnati College of Law because of the school’s Urban Morgan Institute, which has an international reputation for educating and preparing human rights advocates. She is a second-year fellow for the UMI. As a fellow, Ronique is an Article Editor for the Human Rights Quarterly, and she also can attend dinners hosted by UMI, where she is able to meet distinguished human rights advocates from around the world. Ronique is also an Associate Member for the Immigration and Nationality Law Review, a student-edited American journal focusing on immigration law issues. During the summer after her first year of law school, Ronique gained experience in international criminal law by working for the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon. STL was created in 2009 to investigate and prosecute those responsible for killing the former prime minister of Lebanon. Ronique earned her B.A. in Economics, summa cum laude, from Gonzaga University, where she was a Mary Stuart Rogers Social Justice and Regent Scholar.

     Emily Pennington attends the University of Cincinnati College of Law, from which she will graduate in the spring of 2019. Last summer, Emily had the pleasure of working as a summer clerk for both Greater Cincinnati Water Works and the City of Cincinnati Labor and Employment Law department. Prior to law school, she received both her Bachelor’s degree in accounting and her MBA from Xavier University. Because of her business background, she hopes to work in some area of business law, ideally either in tax or employment law. In her spare time, she serves as Treasurer of the Cincinnati chapter of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and on the board of the Ohio Association of blind Students.

     Kristen Schulz is a second year law student at the University of Cincinnati. The summer after her first year of law school, Kristen began working at the Ohio Innocence Project as a student fellow. Working for this non-profit law clinic has provided her with public interest legal experience and expanded her knowledge of the criminal law field. Prior to law school, she completed an internship at the Cincinnati Prosecutor’s Office as an undergraduate. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration at the University of Cincinnati. In addition to her legal and business experience, Emily currently works as a master personal trainer and has been thoroughly involved in the health and fitness industry for many years. Her experiences in the health industry and acquired business knowledge fostered her newfound focus on entrepreneurship and sports/entertainment law.

     Zack Sobel is from Clearwater, Florida. Zack graduated from The Ohio State University in 2015 with a B.A. in Psychology. After spending the majority of his youth pursuing a professional golf career, Zack changed gears in 2016 by enrolling at the University of Cincinnati, College of Law. The activities that shape his legal interests include volunteering at the Ronald McDonald House and his 1L judicial clerkship in family court. Now in law school, he has developed a passion for public defense, land use, and estate planning. Additionally, Zack plans to help low-income families maintain ownership of their homes through affordable and prudent testamentary planning.