Student Attorney Biographies


Adam Akeel

I am a 2L at Wayne State University. I’m an Egyptian-American from Rochester Hills, and I graduated from Albion College with a degree in Psychology and English. FLAC has been an incredible experience thus far. At FLAC you are responsible for your own clients, you appear in court on behalf of those clients, and you provide legal advice on a daily basis. FLAC puts the power in your hands, and with that power comes a lot of responsibility. I highly recommend FLAC to anyone interested in gaining hands-on legal experience.

Tony Blackburn

Hello friends my name is Dean Blackburn, but you can call me Tony. I grew up downriver, so this area is my home, and I am more than thrilled to be working at FLAC where we are helping many with their Family and Elder Law issues. I am an Alum of Eastern Michigan U. and I am proud to have been an eagle that turned into a warrior that will then become a lawyer. The people here are amazing and the Wayne State community as a whole should appreciate that this organization was founded and operates here.

Margaret Blanchard

I am a 3rd year law student at Wayne State University. I attended undergrad at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, NY. I have enjoyed my past three semesters as a FLAC student attorney and a member of the FLAC Family. I have appreciated being able to give back to my community by helping citizens of Detroit. I am interested in Public Interest Law and Social Justice Law such as LGBT Rights. I hope to continue with all the things that I have learned at FLAC throughout my legal career. When not studying or working at FLAC, I love to cuddle with my West Highland white terrier or watch British shows such as adaptations of Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot.

Ben Demsky

I am a 2L at Wayne State University School of Law. I completed my undergraduate at Central Michigan University, earning a B.S. in International Relations and Psychology. After law school, I intend on pursuing a career in civil rights law and specializing in habeas corpus-related issues. In my free time, I enjoy reading, driving my motorcycle and drumming.

Steve Ellis

I am a second year law student at Wayne State University. I am originally from Owosso, Michigan, and I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Sport Management from the University of Michigan. In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with friends, playing sports, and strumming my guitar. In the future, I look forward to starting my own firm as a sole practitioner.

Zena Faris

I am currently a 2L at Wayne Law. In 2011, I graduated from the University of Michigan (GO BLUE!) and worked for a few years overseas as a paralegal. FLAC has not only provided me with the best practical experience, but has also taught me crucial skills that many new attorneys wish they acquired in law school, such as properly conducting client intakes and speaking in front of a judge.

Victoria Lencione

I am a second year law student at Wayne State University and graduated from the University of Michigan in 2013 with a Bachelors degree in Psychology. I came to law school because I wanted to help people, and FLAC has given me the opportunity to gain practical legal experience while doing so. In my free time, I do community service and volunteer as a theater technician.

Parth Magharious

I am a third year law student from Toronto who has fallen in love with the city of Detroit. What I love the most about working at the Free Legal Aid Clinic is the opportunity to give back to the Detroit and Wayne Law Communities, a chance to be part of the FLAC family, and the practical education experience I have gained in the process. Because I have a BA and MA in Classical Studies, two of my favourite places in the city include the Detroit Institute of Art and the Detroit Public Library on Woodward Avenue.

Matt Mileto

I’m currently a 2L at Wayne State Law. I graduated from University of Michigan-Dearborn with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Philosophy in 2012. I love working for FLAC. It has given my the opportunity to get actual, real-world legal experience, while at the same time providing a valuable service to the people of Detroit who need it the most. I’ve also met some of my closest friends working here and sincerely look forward to coming to work every day to have fun and gain experience in the legal field.

David Navarre

I was born and raised in Michigan. The house is still standing, but curiously lacks a historical marker and is never pointed out to tourist. I’m a graduate of NYU and worked in the LA film industry where I became a producer after it was determined that I could fetch coffee with great skill and acumen. Seeking something more meaningful, I moved back to Detroit. I am now a second-year law student at Wayne State and FLAC is my way of doing just that–contributing to the needs of Detroit.

Frank Oyelade

Born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria, I was able to cultivate an interest in the law as a young boy growing up in the midst of change. I was able to expand this interest as an undergraduate at Wayne State University where I received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. I was also very involved in on-campus organizations such as Pi Kappa Alpha, where I eventually became President. I'm very committed to community service as I still serve on the Advisory Board of Pi Kappa Alpha and helped the organization amass over $100,000 in fundraising for various philanthropic organizations. I'm currently a candidate for my Juris Doctorate at Wayne State University Law School where I am a 2nd Year Student and serve as a Governor on the Student Board of Governors. I am also concurrently studying to get a Masters of Business Administration Degree from Wayne State University's School of Business. All this is with the hope of giving back to my community in an efficient and effective way that will hopefully change lives.

Nish Patel

I’m a 3rd year law student at Wayne State University. I graduated from the University of Windsor in 2009 with Bachelors degrees in Biological Sciences and Forensic Science. I joined the Free Legal Aid Clinic to gain practical legal experience while concurrently helping indigent members of the Wayne County community. Working at FLAC, thus far, has been very beneficial to my legal education. Additionally, being at FLAC has allowed me to meet and network with many people in the Wayne State law community. I look forward to applying the skills acquired at FLAC in the future as a practicing lawyer.

Cecil Roberson

Welcome to Detroit! My name is Cecil Roberson. I was born and raised in Detroit and a graduate of Cass Technical high school. I am currently a 2L at Wayne State University Law School and the current President of the Black Law Student Association. I am a graduate of Eastern Michigan University with a Masters of Business Administration and a graduate of Michigan State University with two degrees in advertising and journalism. Working at FLAC has given me the opportunity to give back to the city that I love. It is my goal to be a part of the city’s return to prominence. The future of Detroit is very bright.

Paul Taylor

I am a 3L at WSU Law. I received my Bachelor’s in Criminal Justice from Wayne State. I was born and raised in Garden City, Michigan, and previously worked in the Heating and Cooling trade. I have three children, two step-children, and a wonderfully supportive wife. I hope to eventually work in a small or solo practice in Livingston County where I live doing Criminal, Domestic, Estate and Tax law. I have found the work at FLAC to be extremely rewarding and educational, and I especially enjoy helping people find solutions to their problems.

Muhammad Zubair

I am a second year law student at Wayne State, and I am working with FLAC to get valuable hands on experience handling my own cases and representing my own clients. I think this is a great learning opportunity and have gained a lot from working here this summer. I am interested in using my legal education to pursue a career in Human Rights law.