Kamesha Laurry is the 2020-2021 Borealis Racial Equity in Journalism Fund Legal Fellow
for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press where her work focuses on identifying, supporting, and addressing the legal needs of journalists, reporters, and documentary filmmakers of color.
Kamesha received her J.D. from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law, where she was an editor for the Northwestern Journal of Law and Social Policy. During law school, she obtained a temporary law license and worked as a student attorney at the Wrongful Convictions of Youth Clinic and the Civil Rights Litigation Clinic. She was able to represent clients who were wrongfully convicted and others who were victims of the structural and systemic challenges of the American criminal justice system. Kamesha’s highlight of her clinical experience involved working on a team that contributed to the exoneration of a client who was wrongfully convicted for 57 years.
Kamesha also has experience in the labor and employment practice area. She worked as a law clerk for law firms in Washington, DC and California. These two positions led her to become a certified mediator where she assists parties in negotiating settlements as an alternative dispute resolution.
Kamesha received her bachelor’s degree in Pre-law with a concentration in Political Science from Oakwood University in 2016 and graduated magna cum laude.
Not admitted to practice law.