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Emerging Leaders Network

DC Appleseed's Emerging Leaders Network, ELN, is a community designed to support and develop the next generation of leaders here in the District. 

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Jordan Malone is an Associate in the Government Contracts practice group at Greenberg Traurig, LLP. She received her J.D. from Howard University School of Law and her B.A. from the University of Mississippi in International Studies and Arabic. As a Mississippi native, Jordan was involved in grassroots projects and organizations while studying at the University of Mississippi to advocate for voting rights and increase voter participation in the state.

Jordan Malone

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Tara Woods is an associate at Steptoe, specializing in transportation encompassing rail and autonomous vehicles. Her practice includes advising prominent rail clients on transportation matters before the Surface Transportation Board (STB). Additionally, she has experience assisting government contractors with compliance issues and bid protests. Prior to graduating from law school, Tara worked as a paralegal at Steptoe for five years. She has also assisted with several pro bono immigration cases, and serves on DC Appleseed’s Workforce Development Team.

Tara Woods

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Carter Rosekrans is an associate in Hughes Hubbard’s Washington, D.C. office and is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department, where he assists on a broad range of matters, primarily within the Arbitration practice group. Carter maintains an active pro bono practice, and has worked on DC Appleseed’s gun safety project since 2019.

Carter Rosekrans

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Imani Roberson is a 3rd year law student at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC Law) . From Cincinnati, OH, she attended the University of South Carolina where she received her bachelor’s degree in Sociology. Imani aspires to be a corporate lawyer focusing on transactional and ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) work. At UDC Law she currently serves as the Student Bar Association President. In 2022, Imani completed a fellowship at DC Appleseed. 

Imani Roberson

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Nicole Franklin is an associate at Akin in the environment and natural resources practice, with a focus on regulatory counseling on climate, sustainability and environmental protection law and policies. She engaged in numerous pro bono opportunities regarding juvenile incarceration, education, and applications for asylum; this year she has earned the distinction of being a Pro Bono Hero, given to attorneys at Akin with over 60 pro bono hours. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Nicole spent three years in the classroom as a high school math teacher through Teach for America.

Nicole Franklin

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Katherine Taylor is a litigation associate in Hughes Hubbard’s Washington, D.C. office where she focuses on securities matters and internal investigations and anti-corruption matters. Katherine has been involved with DC Appleseed’s gun violence prevention initiative since 2022. Katherine graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2019 and lives in Washington, DC.

Katherine Taylor

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Meet Our Emerging Leaders Network Committee

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