BLSA E-Board


Langie Cadesca ’24

Langie Cadesca is a 2L currently serving as co-chair of BLSA. She is from Brooklyn, New York, and she is of Haitian descent. During this academic year she will also serve as the secretary of the Northeast Region Black Law Students Association (NEBLSA) and as associate editor for the Northeastern University Law Review. Prior to law school, Langie attended the University at Albany and holds a B.A. in Criminal Justice. After her undergraduate career she worked in the New York State Senate. While she is still exploring different areas of the law, this summer, through the Law in Technology Collaborative, she will spend half of her time at a big law firm and the other half in-house with a tech company. Outside of law school she enjoys singing, styling hair, doing make-up and roller-skating.

Melissa Niles’24
niles.m@northeastern.eduMelissa Niles is a 2L currently serving as co-chair of BLSA. She was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Before law school, Melissa was at Lafayette College where she got her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Currently in law school, she is a member of the Intellectual Property Society and First-Generation Law Association. Melissa is interested in Intellectual Property and Criminal Law. Outside of law school, Melissa likes to explore Boston, travel and dance.
Sebastien Philemon ’24
philemon.s@northeastern.eduSebastien Philemon is a 2L from Boston, currently serving as secretary of BLSA. Prior to law school, he graduated in 2019 from Colby College in Waterville, Maine. At Colby, Sebastien earned a Bachelor of Arts in both Government and French Studies. He was also a senior captain of the varsity football team, a writing tutor and a volunteer youth mentor. Sebastien then spent two years working as a paralegal at a large law firm in Boston. Outside of BLSA, Sebastien is also an active member of the First-Generation Law Association at Northeastern Law. He is interested in becoming a litigator and remaining in Boston to practice law. In addition to law school, Sebastien is interested in travel, learning new languages and movies of all genres.
Jessica Andrade ’24
Jessica Andrade is a 2L from Pawtucket, Rhode Island. She is currently serving as treasurer of BLSA. Prior to law school, Jessica was the president of the Cape Verdean Student Association, vice president of Females Incorporating Sisterhood Through Step and the pre-professional senator for undergraduate government of Boston College. While in law school, she is serving as an associate editor of the Northeastern University Law Review, a student ambassador of Barbri and as the director of communications for the National Black Law Student Association. Jessica is interested in pursuing corporate transactional work. Outside of law school, she enjoys cooking and trying new restaurants.
Cameron Smith ’24
Director of Academic Affairs
smith.came@northeastern.eduCameron Smith is a 2L from Seattle, Washington, currently serving as the director of academic affairs of BLSA. Prior to law school, Cameron was a swimmer at Arizona State University where she graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelors of Science in Justice Studies and Health Sciences, concentrated in Health Policy. In addition to her role in BLSA, Cameron is also a member of the Health Law Society and an associate editor for the Northeastern University Law Review. She is interested in pursuing Corporate Law and exploring the intersection of Health Law, Bioethics, Intellectual Property and Data Privacy. Outside of law school, Cameron enjoys walking her dog through the Fenway Victory Gardens and cooking for her friends.
Kim Wyllie ’24
Social Chair
wyllie.k@northeastern.eduKim Wyllie is a 2L from Brooklyn, New York, currently serving as social chair of BLSA. Prior to law school, she served as the president of the Political Science Club and as a student director of the New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) at Queens College. She is also a Macaulay Honors College graduate who was nominated as a Kenan Scholar for public and civic service. Kim holds a B.A in Psychology and Political Science, concentrated in Law and Politics. In law school, she is serving on the newsletter committee of the Health Law Society and as a student ambassador of Barbri. Kim has interests in Corporation Law, Intellectual Property and Data Privacy. Outside of law school, she enjoys drawing digital art, journaling and taking nature walks.
Nia Lyles ’24
CAIR Representative
lyles.t@northeastern.eduNia Lyles is a 2L from San Diego, California, currently serving as the CAIR representative of BLSA. Prior to coming to law school, she worked for a nonprofit organization based in the DC area focused on child welfare. She also served in the BSA and Step Team of Pepperdine College. This summer, Nia is working as a student attorney in the Prisoner’s Rights Clinic. She spends her days advocating for currently incarcerated clients and her evenings playing intramural volleyball with her LO. She plans to work in Civil Rights and Juvenile Justice Law and Litigation and hopes to be able to engage in policy efforts throughout her career. Outside of law school, she enjoys spoken word.