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Three Law School Alumni Recognized in Drexel Magazine’s ’40 Under 40’

three alumni honored in Drexel Magazine: Dorcas Adekunle, Juan Baez and Shelly Chauncy

March 20, 2019

Drexel Magazine recognized the accomplishments of three Kline School of Law alumni in its “40 Under 40” feature.

Dorcas Adekunle, ’13, was acknowledged for her leadership in launching the Congressional Caucus on Black Women and Girls in the U.S. House of Representatives as chief counsel for Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey. Now the deputy chief of staff and legislative director to Rep. Susan Wild of Pennsylvania’s Seventh District, Adekunle said she continues working to ensure that black women’s voices are a part of policy discussions. She said her co-op placement in the New Jersey state legislature gave her critical experience in crafting a legislative agenda.

Juan Baez, ’10, received recognition for his work as deputy managing attorney of the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, where he advocates for people living with HIV, members of the LGBT community and low-income individuals. Describing himself as a “quiet person,” Baez credited the law school and his classmates with helping him cultivate an entrepreneurial spirit and the confidence to become a leader.

A former intelligence officer with the CIA, Shelly Chauncy, ’17, was recognized for exemplifying the opportunities that non-traditional students can embrace and leveraging her experience in government service to become an advocate for change in the community. A candidate in the 2018 primary for Pennsylvania’s Fifth Congressional District, Chauncy is now an associate and the pro bono director at Lowey Dannenberg, a regional law firm with offices in West Conshohocken and White Plains, New York. Chauncy voiced gratitude to the faculty and staff of the law school for creating a nurturing environment.