Diversity at Marquette Law: Rising Stars

Aaron Hernandez, '13, is an Assistant Director of Enforcement, Football Development at the NCAA.  In 2015, he founded the Marquette Law School Externship Program with Enforcement. He is the 2019 recipient of the Charles W. Mentkowski Sports Law Alumnus of the Year Award. Read his complete bio.

At Marquette University Law School, we are proud of the accomplishments of our alumni. We are pleased to draw special attention to a group of “Rising Stars,” alumni who have graduated within the last ten years and who are having an impact on the community early on in their legal careers. These fine leaders exemplify the Jesuit quest for “magis” (i.e. doing more for others, “the more universal good). We celebrate what they have accomplished and look forward to their continued success.


Rachel L. Lindsay, '11, is Of Counsel in the Dallas office of Cooper and Scully, P.C. She was the first African American lead on The Bachelor franchise. She is a sports broadcaster and a contributing columnist when she's not practicing law.

Danielle Bailey, '12, is a Milwaukee County Human Rights Commissioner. She is the founder of the LGBT Bar Association of Wisconsin. She is the current President of the Board of Directors for TRUE Skool and a member of the Wisonsin State Bar Diversity & Inclusion Oversight Committee.

Andre Salhab, '12, is Associate Counsel with the Orlando Magic and Former Business Affairs Manager at ESPN Wide World of Sports/Disney Sports Attractions.

Melissa Soberalski, L'12, is the founder and managing attorney of Soberalski Immigration Law. She proudly fights every day to keep immigrant families together from around the globe. She is dedicated to public service and provides pro bono service to several nonprofit organizations.

Chad Hendricks, L'12, is an associate of the Law Offices of Randall E. Reinhardt and an Appellate Court Judge for the Oneida Nation and other Indian tribes. He is also an Associate Professor-Sports Law at UW-Parkside.

Rebeca López, L'12, is an attorney on Godfrey & Kahn, S.C.’s Labor, Employment & Immigration Law Practice Group. In 2015, Rebeca was named to The Milwaukee Business Journal’s “40 under 40,” and in 2016, she was recognized as one of Wisconsin’s 48 most powerful Latinos by OnMilwaukee.com. View her complete bio here.

Kristina Minor, '13, is the Associate Athletic Director for Compliance at Northwestern University.  She serves on the NCAA Division I Committee for Legislative Relief and NAAC Membership/Awards Committee.

Nida Shakir, '13, is an associate in the Chicago office of Husch Blackwell LLP where she focuses her practice on all aspects of real estate transactions.

Kristen D. Hardy, '14, is Counsel at Briggs & Stratton Corporation and an adjunct professor at Marquette Law School. She is the immediate past-president of the WI Association of African-American Lawyers, a board member of the Milwaukee Bar Association and the LOTUS Legal Clinic, as well as an appointed member of the WI Judicial Selection Advisory Committee and the WI Lawyer Regulation System's Preliminary Review Committee. In 2019, she was awarded designations to Milwaukee Business Journal's 40 Under 40, Top Corporate Counsel: Rising Star, and as one of the Wisconsin Law Journal's Up and Coming Lawyers.

Makda Fessahaye, '14, is the Administrator for the Wisconsin Department of Corrections' Division of Adult Institutions in Madison. She serves on the Wisconsin Association of African-American Lawyers Board of Directors and is heavily involved with the State Bar of Wisconsin. Makda co-founded the networking organization, Brunch of Professionals which was recently featured in Newaukee’s YP Week. She was recently honored by the Business Forum at the 10th annual ATHENA Young Professionals Award Celebration.

Stephanie Galvin, '14, is the Associate General Counsel for the Miami Marlins. She currently is a Florida Advisor for the National Sports Business and Leadership Association.

Christian Bray, L'14, currently serves as the Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance at Harvard University and previously worked as the Assistant Athletic Director for Compliance at Yale University.

Christopher K. Flowers, L'14, is an associate at Godfrey & Kahn, S.C., in the Litigation Practice Group. He is on the board of directors for the Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin and a member of the Milwaukee Repertory Theater's Spotlight Advisory Board. In 2016, he received the Small Business Association's Wisconsin Small Business Legal Assistance Champion Award.

Renae Flowers, L'14, is a Lead Analyst at the Office for Civil Rights, Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. She will serve on the board of directors for the State Bar of Wisconsin, Nonresident Lawyers Division from 2018 - 2020.

Emil Ovbiagele, '14, is the founder/owner of OVB Law & Consulting and an adjunct assistant professor at Marquette Law School. In 2017, Emil was named to both the Wisconsin Law Journal's "Up and Coming Lawyers" and to the Wisconsin Super Lawyers® "Rising Star" list as one of the top attorneys in Wisconsin.

Julia Bradley, '15, is a Human Resources Officer at District of Columbia Department of Human Resources where she works with the DC Retirement system. Prior to this, she supervised the centralized intake unit for the DC Office of Human Rights, the sole civil rights enforcement agency for the District.

Jamie Yu, '15, is associate general counsel at Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated and serves as secretary of the Board of Directors of PianoArts North American Competition and is on the advisory council for the Marquette Institute for Women's Leadership.

Larry Whitley, '16, is a commercial real estate attorney at The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company. In this role, he provides legal counsel to the company relating to its mortgage loan and equity portfolios.

Griselda Aldrete, '17, is the Executive Director od the Fire and Police Commission for the City of Milwaukee. In 2015, she was selected as a U.S. Delegate for the British American Project and named one of Wisconsin’s top 48 most powerful Latinos. In 2018, she was one of 47 U.S. delegates to the German Marshall Fund of the United States.