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Capes Sokol Welcomes 2021 Summer Associates

Capes Sokol is pleased to welcome its 2021 Summer Associate Class – Calann “Cay” Edwards, Michael D. Garland, Livinus C. Isioma, and Khala K. Turner.

Calann “Cay” Edwards

Cay attends the Washington University School of Law and will graduate in May 2022. She is a member of the Black Law Students Association, the Women’s Law Caucus, and the If/When/How Washington University School of Law chapter. A 2019 David M. Becker Scholar, Cay received a Certificate of Excellence for oral advocacy in her legal writing class.

During her 1L summer, Cay performed public service work for the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing & Opportunity Counsel, where, during the height of the COVID-19 housing crisis, she helped tenants fight unlawful evictions and uninhabitable living conditions. This fall, she will continue her public service vocation by working in the WashULaw Civil Rights, Community Justice & Mediation Clinic, where she will focus on a variety of matters, including mediating housing disputes.

In addition, Cay served as a summer clerk for the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri, where she worked under the Hon. Stephen R. Bough, U.S. District Court Judge; the Hon. Lujana M. Counts, U.S. Magistrate Judge; and the Hon. Brian T. Fenimore, Chief Bankruptcy Judge.

Cay graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with two Bachelor of Arts degrees (English Literature and Linguistics). Prior to law school, Cay tutored for Teach English as a Second Language at Washington University and was a volunteer counselor for the Green Center in University City.

Michael D. Garland

Michael attends the Washington University School of Law and will graduate in May 2022. He is a member of the Phi Delta Phi honor society and a staff editor of the Washington University Global Studies Law Review. During 2020, Michael worked as an intern in the legal department at Fidelity Investments, where he supported Fidelity’s in-house attorneys on transactional and litigation matters.

Prior to attending law school, Michael gained a decade of experience in the business world, including as a chief operating officer of Athlete Venture, underwriter and financial analyst for Chubb, and as the founder of

Michael received his Bachelor of Business Administration (Finance) from the University of Pittsburgh in 2007. In 2013, he received his Masters in Business Administration (Marketing and Entrepreneurship) from the Hough Graduate School of Business at the University of Florida. In addition, Michael is a certified Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter.

Livinus C. Isioma

Livinus attends the University of Notre Dame Law School and will graduate in May 2022. He is the immediate past president and current 3L representative for the Notre Dame Law School chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. Livinus is also the 3L representative and past secretary for the Notre Dame Law School chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy. He is a member of the Black Law Student Association and the marketing editor for the Midwest Journal of Law and Policy, the annual law journal of the National Black Law Students Association, Midwest Region.

During his 1L summer, Livinus was a judicial intern for the Hon. Dean T. Kusakabe, Queens County (New York) Family Court. He has also served as a law clerk for the Hon. Richard R. Stalbrink, Jr., of the LaPorte County (Indiana) Superior Court. He has also worked as an intern for the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and as a research assistant for the Vigo County Veterans Treatment Court.

Livinus graduated magna cum laude from Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Science (Political Science) and two minors (Civic Leadership and Legal Studies) in 2019. As an undergraduate student, he served as the secretary of the Indiana State University chapter of the American Democracy Project and as a senator on the Student Government Association.

Khala K. Turner

Khala attends Saint Louis University School of Law and will graduate in May 2022. She is an international human rights faculty fellow for Professor Lauren Bartlett and a participant in the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ Pathways program.

Khala previously served as the director of social advocacy and external affairs of the Midwest Black Law Students Association. In the 2021-2022 academic year, Khala will serve as the president of the International Law Students Association and the SBA representative for the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis.

During her 1L summer, Khala worked as a law clerk for the Hon. Reuben F. Young of the North Carolina Court of Appeals. She joined Capes Sokol as a law clerk in the fall of 2020. Before law school, she worked as a litigation clerk assisting on mass tort, FELA and criminal defense matters.

Khala graduated from the University of Illinois, Springfield, with a Bachelor of Arts (Economics) in 2015. A certified paralegal, she received her Master of Arts (Legal Studies) from Webster University in 2018. Khala is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.

Capes Sokol Summer Associate Program

Capes Sokol’s Summer Associate Program provides second-year law students with challenging assignments which require them to work together with Shareholders and Associates in the real work of the firm. Summer Associates learn to address the practical problems our clients face under the guidance of our experienced attorneys. Capes Sokol commits significant resources and effort to conduct a high-quality Summer Associate Program that is both enriching for participants and beneficial to the firm as a whole.

For more information on the Capes Sokol Summer Associate Program, please visit our summer associate program page.

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