Summer Youth Institute: About Us

Summer Youth Institute Faculty:

Melissa Love Koenig Professor, Marquette University Law School. Professor Love Koenig is a Professor of Legal Writing at Marquette Law School. Before joining the Marquette faculty, she was a litigator in practice in Milwaukee and clerked at the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Her interest in the Summer Youth Institute comes from her work as a high school English teacher before law school. Professor Love Koenig believes in the importance of educating youth on the American Legal System, teaching students to think and argue critically, and fostering a new generation of scholars. Professor Love Koenig was honored to receive the Community Involvement Award from the Association of Women Lawyers in Milwaukee in 2013 for her work on the Summer Youth Institute. Professor Love Koenig is also a member of the SYI Planning Committee. 

Nathan Hammons Professor, Marquette University Law School. Professor Hammons. Professor Hammons a Clinical Associate Professor and the Director of the Law and Entrepreneurship Clinic. The clinic, which Professor Hammons launched in 2015, is an in-house clinical program that provides pro bono legal services to startup businesses and entrepreneurs in southeastern Wisconsin, with a focus on clients who lack access to the traditional legal marketplace. Professor Hammons supervises and mentors law students who participate in the clinic. He is actively involved in Wisconsin's entrepreneurial ecosystem and routinely presents on legal issues impacting new businesses. 

Summer Youth Institute Planning Committee Members:

Magistrate Judge Nancy Joseph U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin. Judge Joseph is the coordinator for Kids, Courts, and Citizenship (KCC), an outreach program of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin and the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association to introduce Milwaukee students to the work of the federal courts, expose them to various careers in the legal profession, and to celebrate the privileges and responsibilities of citizenship. Judge Joseph is committed to the Summer Youth Institute’s goal of inspiring Milwaukee’s next generation of diverse thinkers, leaders, and lawyers. 

Katy Borowski Executive Director, Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association. Katy is the Executive Director of the Eastern District of Wisconsin Bar Association, a position which she has held since June 2006. In addition, she serves as the Director of Projects for the Milwaukee Bar Association. Prior to her work with the bar associations, she worked at various higher education institutions in the areas of student affairs and university advancement. She holds a BA from Marquette University and an MA from Michigan State University.

Isioma Nwabuzor Corporate Attorney. A double-alumna of Marquette University, Attorney Nwabuzor earned her Bachelor’s in political science and psychology. With a strong dedication to her profession, Attorney Nwabuzor presently serves as a Board Member for both the Sports & Entertainment Law and IP & Technology Law Sections of the State Bar of Wisconsin. She is an alumna of the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Leadership Development Summit and a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel. Attorney Nwabuzor’s dedication to her career is matched by her dedication to her community. Attorney Nwabuzor is a firm believer in “paying it forward” and has a particular soft spot for youth in urban communities. She currently serves in various capacities, including as a Rotarian, a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, and as a volunteer with the YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee.

Derek Mosley, Director, Lubar Center for Public Policy Research and Civic Education, Marquette University Law School. Derek Mosley graduated from Marquette University Law School in 1995. After graduation he served as an Assistant District Attorney for Milwaukee County from 1995-2002. As an Assistant District Attorney, he represented the State of Wisconsin in over 1,000 criminal prosecutions. In 2002, Mr. Mosley was appointed Municipal Court Judge in Milwaukee. At the time of his appointment, he was the youngest African-American to be appointed judge in the State of Wisconsin. For ten years, Mr. Mosley served as the Chief Judge of the Milwaukee Municipal Court. In 2023, Mr. Mosley became the Director of the Lubar Center for Public Policy Research and Civic Education at Marquette University Law School.

Hilary DeBlois, Program Manager, Lubar Center for Public Policy Research and Civic EducationMarquette University Law SchoolShe develops, promotes, and facilitates programming and outreach opportunities for the Lubar Center.

Many thanks to our generous partners who help to make the Summer Youth Institute possible:

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