Council of Inspiring Leaders

“At BYU Law, I hope that all of us are inspired with a simple but profound idea: we can change the world for the better. I refer to this idea as inspiring leadership actions that inspire members of our community to lead, as well as leadership that produces inspiration.” -Dean Gordon Smith

Law is a Leadership Degree

Help Build Tomorrow’s Leaders. Members of the Council of Inspiring Leaders make donations that change generations, giving $10,000 or more annually to support leadership initiatives at BYU Law.

Along with funding stipends for BYU Law’s Leadership Fellows, CIL Members act as mentors and role models for some of the Law School’s best and brightest. CIL benefits include participating with the Leadership Fellows on an annual Leadership Travel Study Tour.

An Inspired Program

The world needs more leaders who inspire by word and deed. We believe our students can better reach their potential by proximity to successful leaders. Engaged sponsorship can change lives. Hear what our student fellows have to say about their participation in this one-of-a-kind law school leadership program:

Meet Our Fellows

Kade Allred

Kade Allred (2L) is the BYU Law Student Bar Association’s vice president of students, an associate editor on BYU Law’s Journal of Public Law, a member of BYU Law’s Trial Advocacy Team, and a member of the A. Sherman Christensen Inn of Court I. He is currently a research assistant to three professors focused on administrative, constitutional, and international law. Kade is also a legal intern at Schaerr | Jaffe LLP, a firm based in Washington, DC, that specializes in high-profile trial and appellate litigation.

Alusine Conteh

Alusine Conteh (2L) is originally from Sierra Leone. He is vice president of BYU Law’s Black Law Students Association and a member of the BYU Law Trial Advocacy Team. Alusine has interned with the Utah Supreme Court, as well as Hayes Godfrey Bell, PC, and has served as a BYU Law faculty research assistant and student ambassador. Outside of law school, Alusine works with the nonprofit Future Scholars of Africa, which provides resources to African college students in Utah.

Marissa Flowerday

Marissa Flowerday (3L) is an aspiring judge. She has interned for the Utah Supreme Court and worked as a law clerk doing public defense, immigration, and civil litigation. She currently serves as president of the BYU Law Trial Advocacy Team and competes on the school’s national Trial Advocacy Team. Marissa is spending her final year of law school working with the Utah County Attorney’s Office.

Mike McKinley

Mike McKinley (3L) is enrolled in BYU’s JD/MBA joint-degree program. He is the executive editor of the BYU Journal of Public Law, an intern for Utah Supreme Court Chief Justice Matthew Durrant, and a law clerk for BYU’s Office of General Counsel and the US Senate Judiciary Committee. Mike has also worked as a summer associate at Snow Christensen & Martineau in Salt Lake City, Utah. Outside of law school, he volunteers his time as a humanitarian project director in developing countries around the globe.

Melissa Jo Townsend

Melissa Jo Townsend (3L) is passionate about appellate advocacy. After winning “Best Brief” in BYU Law’s 2020 Moot Court Competition, MJ was elected to the BYU Law Moot Court Board and drafted five appellate briefs during her 2L summer internship. She has externed on the Utah District Court and Utah Supreme Court and currently serves as a lead editor on BYU Law’s Journal of Public Law. As a 1L, MJ also received BYU Law’s J. Reuben Clark Award from her peers.

Vivian Tse

Vivian Tse (3L) is originally from Hong Kong. She spent both her 1L and 2L summers as an associate at Baker McKenzie, where she will return next fall as a first-year associate. Vivian is a member of the BYU Law Review and the BYU Journal of Public Law, and is director of events for the BYU Law Federal Bar Association. Vivian also works at Control4, one of the world’s largest pure IoT companies that focuses on cutting-edge home automation.

Meet Our Past Fellows

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