2022 Susman Godfrey Prize Winners

The Susman Godfrey Prize is an honor awarded annually to up to 12 students of color who are finishing their first or second year of law school. The Prize is part of the firm’s ongoing commitment to celebrate and promote diversity among civil trial lawyers.


Habib Abraham, Columbia Law School, 2L

Habib is a Senior Editor of the Columbia Law Review and serves as Vice President of the Black Law Students Association at Columbia. He was a member of the Frederick Douglass Moot Court and The Appellate Project. A Teach For America alum, Habib taught middle school math and served as a regional Board Member of TFA’s Association for Alumni of Color. Habib earned his B.S. in Economics and Political Science from American University.

Sydney Daniels, Yale Law School, 1L

Sydney is an Alumni Affairs Co-Chair of the Black Law Student Association and is on the board of the Yale Civil Rights Project. She is an active member of the Women of Color Collective and also served as an Editor of both the Yale Journal of Regulation and Yale Law & Policy Review. Sydney earned her B.A. at Yale University where she graduated cum laude and received the Arthur Liman Public Interest Fellowship and the Institute for Social Policy Studies Director’s Fellowship

Gabrielle Dohmen, University of Chicago Law School, 2L

Gabrielle is the Executive Articles Editor of the University of Chicago Law Review, President of the ACLU UChicago Chapter, and Academic Chair of the Black Law Students Association. She is a recipient of the Rubenstein Scholarship at UChicago Law and the Cook Country Bar Association Foundation Scholarship. She earned her B.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of Notre Dame, where she graduated magna cum laude and received the Notre Dame Scholar Award and the CBE Alumni Award.

Kevin Kuate Fodouop, NYU Law, 2L

Kevin is the Executive Editor & Quantitative Editor of the New York University Law Review and is a Pomeroy Scholar. He is also a Jacobson Leadership Program in Law and Business Scholar, an International Law and Justice Joyce Lowinson Scholar, and a Furman Academic Scholar. Before NYU Law, Kevin earned his M.A. in Statistics from Harvard University and both a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and M.S. in Management Science and Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique in Paris, France.

Brittney Foxhall, University of Chicago Law School, 2L

Brittney is a member of the Black Law Students Association and a recipient of the Earl B. Dickerson Scholarship. Brittney earned a Masters in Public Policy from the University of Michigan where she was a David Bohnett Public Service Fellow and a Graduate Student Instructor. She also has a B.A. from Howard University where she graduated cum laude and served as Executive President of the Howard University Student Association.

Diana Kensy, University of Texas School of Law, 2L

Diana is an Articles Editor of the Texas Law Review and a member of the Texas Law Veterans Association. She earned her B.S. in Life Sciences from the United States Military Academy, where she was recognized as a Distinguished Honor Graduate. Diana previously served as a Medical Service Corps Officer in the U.S. Army and deployed on a combat tour to Afghanistan. She also volunteered as a sexual assault victim advocate during her military service.

Layla Kousari, Harvard Law School, 1L

Layla is an Articles Selection Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Review and a member of Harvard’s Women’s Law Association and Middle Eastern Law Student Association. She  graduated cum laude from Harvard College where she majred in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology. At college Layle received the Endicott Peabody Saltonstall Prize and the Detur Book Prize and was recognized as a Harvard College Scholar and a John Harvard Scholar.

Emily Martinez, University of Houston Law Center, 1L

Emily is a Dean’s List student at Houston Law and is a member of it’s the First Generation Law Students group and the Hispanic Law Students Association. Emily received her B.A. from the University of Houston, where she graduated summa cum laude with a major in Political Science and a minor in Military Leadership. Emily served in the U.S. Army National Guard for four years before beginning law school.

Jason Onyediri, University of Texas School of Law, 2L

Jason Onyediri (University of Texas School of Law, 2L) Jason is the Editor in Chief of the Texas Law Review and serves as Co-President of Texas Law’s IP Law Society. Jason earned bachelor’s degrees in Biochemistry and Philosophy from University of Texas at Austin where he is recognized as a Presidential Scholar and received University Honors. At undergrad, Jason served as UT Chapter President of the Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society and was a Head Editor of the Texas Undergraduate Law Review.

Fernando Rojas, Yale Law School, 2L

Fernando is a member of the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic and a Features & Book Reviews editor for the Yale Law Journal. He is also an active member of Yale’s Latinx Law Students Association and First Generation Professionals group. Prior to law school Fernando earned his Masters in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge where he was a Gates Cambridge Scholar and was awarded the Clare College-Yale Fellowship. Fernando received both a B.A. & M.A. in History from Yale College where he graduated cum laude.

Talia Scott, NYU Law, 1L

Talia is an AnBryce Scholar and a Jacobson Scholar in Law and Business. A Questbridge Scholar, Talia  earned her B.A. from Haverford College  and received the Jonathan Mohrig 1986 Memorial Prize, a commencement award to student who made a special contribution to the quality of life at Haverford. Before starting law school, Talia founded her own non-profit, Legally BLK Fund, Inc., which provide mentoring support and financial resources to Black women applying to law school. Talia is also the Co-Chair of the NYU Law Black Allied Law School Association.

Jeffrey Xia, Stanford Law School Stanford, 2L

Jeffrey is an Articles Editor of the Stanford Law Review and received the Gerald Gunther Prize for Outstanding Performance in Introduction to Intellectual Property. He is a Teaching Assistant for the Gould Negotiation & Mediation Program and was a quarterfinalist in the Marion Rice Kirkwood Moot Court Competition. He also is an active member of the American Constitution Society and the Asian Pacific Islander Law Students Association. Jeffrey graduated from Cornell University with High Distinction, awarded to graduates who earn a cumulative GPA of 4.0 or higher.