2019-2020 Board Members
Paul M. Hebert Law Center
Black Law Students Association Executive Officers
DeMetris A. Causer
DeMetris Causer is a second-year law student and is native of Waycross, GA and an alumnus of Kennesaw State University. While enrolled in his undergraduate institution, DeMetris was initiated into the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc, where he served in leadership.
DeMetris broadened his leadership experience and became an active participant within the metro-Atlanta community. He advocated and coordinated community outreach for State Representative Park Cannon, and he initiated engagement between Leader Stacey Abrams and Atlanta’s church community during her campaign for governor.
Upon graduating magna cum laude with a B.S. in Political Science, DeMetris enrolled at Louisiana State University, where he pledges to growing and serving his community.
Brittney Esie is currently a third-year law student at the LSU Law Center who is originally from Lafayette, LA. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy Pre-Law from Loyola University New Orleans in 2016. Brittney enjoys taking on leadership roles and has had several during her academic career. At Loyola, Brittney served as Junior Coach for the Ethics Bowl, a debate-style competition which focuses on discussing ethical dilemmas in today’s society. She was also the Senator-at-Large for the Student Government Organization her senior year. In that role, Brittney helped to implement a new communications system to aid students and make their academic lives easier by making students’ access to information easier.
Since joining the Paul M. Hebert class of 2020, not only is Brittney the Vice President of the Black Law Students Association, she is involved with several other organizations on campus, some of which include the American Constitution Society (ACS), the Public Interest Law Society (PILS), and the Women Law Students Association (WLSA). In addition to her involvement on campus, Brittney spent this past summer working as a law clerk for a personal injury attorney in the Baton Rouge area.
Upon graduation, Brittney hopes to practice intellectual property while dedicating time to do pro bono work in her hometown of Lafayette, LA.
Jasmine A. Cole
Jasmine Cole, is a second-year law student and a native of Shreveport, Louisiana. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 2016.
She is entering her 2L year taking courses with a concentration in criminal law studies. In addition to being the Secretary of BLSA, she is currently the vice-president of LACDL, community chair of PAD, and a member of PILS, ACS, WLSA and SAL.
This summer, she took a summer law clerk field placement with the East Baton Rouge office of the Public Defender.
Zakia A. Nesbitt is a second-year law student who serves the 2019-2020 BLSA Treasurer at LSU Law School. She is responsible the management and oversight of the organization’s financial affairs. Ms. Nesbitt has over a decade of experience in the healthcare industry. Prior to joining LSU Law, she served as a Behavioral Health Clinical Supervisor at Aetna, Inc. She is also a National Certified Counselor with NBCC and holds the designation as a Licensed Professional Counselor in both North Carolina and Louisiana.
Ms. Nesbitt has been recognized for her leadership and achievement by numerous organizations including LSU Law’s Public Interest Legal Society, the National Association of Women Judges, and she was selected as a 2018-2019 Equal Justice Works Diversity Scholar.
Zakia earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Master’s in Counseling from N.C. A&T State University. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and interned at the Office of Employee Appeals in Washington, D.C. during her 1L summer.
Nigel A. Copeland
Nigel Copeland is a second-year law student from Baton Rouge Louisiana. He obtained his bachelor’s degree from the University of New Orleans in Film Arts and a minor in Political Science. While at completing his undergraduate degree, he became involved in several leadership roles at the university, including the president of the UNO Film Society, and an Ambassador for the Division of International Education.
Before coming to LSU Law, Nigel worked as a producer on short films in the New Orleans area. He credits one of the most meaningful experiences of his life being an opportunity to spend a semester abroad studying film and humanities in Kyoto, Japan. This experience was the catalyst for a desire to learn more about the fields of international law and foreign policy. Upon returning from Japan, Nigel became active with several organizations that focused on those respective fields such as the Japan Society of New Orleans, the World Affairs Council, and the Model United Nations.
While attending the Paul M. Hebert Law Center, he has continued this commitment to international law. He spent the summer semester of 2019 in Lyon, France studying comparative law, and upon graduating in 2021, is on track to receive a degree in comparative law along with his Juris Doctor. More recently, Nigel has been exploring the relations between the fields of international law and space law, an area in which he has great interest. One of the great honors of his time at the law center has been to hold the position of historian for the Black Law Student Association.
Sarah Njoku is a third-year law student and is from just outside of Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from Mercer University with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice.
In addition to serving as the Parliamentarian for the Black Law Student Association, Sarah also serves as the Social Committee Chair for Phi Alpha Delta. She is also involved in Women’s Law Student Association.
Sarah is taking courses with a focus in transactional law, and she hopes to work in real estate law doing real estate transactions and estate planning.
Director of Programming
Jared Tregre is a second-year law student born and raised in LaPlace, Louisiana. Jared has been on LSU’s campus since he began undergrad in 2013 where he graduated in 2017 with a degree in Sociology with a concentration in Criminology.
Since Jared’s time at LSU Law, he has become the President of Cornerstones, a LSU Law Ambassador, the Director of Programs for the Black Law Students Association and Society of Asian Lawyers, as well as the Programs Coordinator for Veterans Advocacy Club. He is also a member of OUTlaw, Public Interest Law Society, and the Hispanic Law Student Association. He has also been a member of Alpha Phi Alpha since he crossed at LSU in spring 16′.
Jared plans to take his studies of criminal law with him to work within the criminal justice system in Louisiana, and eventually looks to represent his community as a politician.
1L Class Representative
A native of Lake Charles, Louisiana, Chloe Keller graduated in the top five percent of her class at Barbe High School. Having been awarded several scholarships, she continued her education at McNeese State, where she studied Chemistry. She got involved in the Cowboy Club to show her pride in her school. She participated in Alpha Phi Alpha Miss Black and Hold pageant at both the local and state level.
After only three years of college, Chloe applied and was accepted to Xavier University of Louisiana College of Pharmacy. The election of class representatives was first on her agenda and served all four years as Secretary. She participated in numerous clubs and organizations and presented at a national forum in San Francisco, California. Upon graduation from pharmacy school, along with her Doctor of Pharmacy diploma, she was given two awards in honor of her outstanding commitment to her class and her school.
Before coming to the LSU Law Center, Chloe took a year off to study for and pass her Pharmacy Board exam. Throughout the past seven years, Chloe has also served as a leader in her Christian community, building her faith and encouraging others to do the same. Also important to her values is serving others, and she makes time to give of herself as she volunteers at community outreach events to spread awareness about causes that she feels are important.
Professor Raymond T. Diamond, the Jules F. and Frances L. Landry Distinguished Professor of Law and James Carville Alumni Professor of Law
Professor John Devlin, the William Hawk Daniels Professor of Law and Robert & Pamela Martin Professor of Law
Professor Darlene C. Goring, the Sam D’Amico Endowed Professor of Law and Nolan J. Edwards Professor of Law