Blackshear Presidential Fellows
In 2009, the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges was delighted to bestow on the Honorable Cornelius Blackshear, a dear friend and esteemed colleague, the distinction of naming its minority fellowship program, the Honorable Cornelius Blackshear Presidential Fellowship Program.
The Blackshear Presidential Fellowship Program provides an annual stipend of up to 50 percent of eligible expenses not to exceed $1500 for up to five qualified minority attorneys, with two to ten years of experience, to attend the annual NCBJ Conference. In addition to the stipend, the NCBJ Blackshear Presidential Fellows receive a copy of the 2009 Proclamation reminding them of the illustriousness Judge Blackshear brought to the U. S. Bankruptcy Court bench as he distinguished himself by his renowned scholarship and development of bankruptcy jurisprudence.
We’re proud to acknowledge this year’s honorees.
Adia Coley is a third-year associate at Vinson & Elkins LLP whose practice includes all aspects of restructuring and reorganization work, including representation of debtors, lenders, and equity sponsors as well as out-of-court restructurings. She serves on the firm’s associate’s advisory committee and pro bono committee, where she regularly works on immigration cases and helps other attorneys find opportunities that suit their interests.
Originally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Adia was admitted to the New York Bar in June 2021. She attended Columbia University School of Law. Prior to attending law school, she was a student at Duke University, where she received a double major in Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and Political Sciences. Adia currently lives in New York City with her dog Senator Amidala.
Born and raised in Florida to immigrant parents, Elizabeth Gabaud is a third-year associate at the BakerHostetler, LP. With aspirations of becoming an attorney, Elizabeth received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of South Florida. She then move to Washington, DC where she received her Juris Doctor at Howard University School of Law, class of 2020. During Law school, Elizabeth served as a research assistant to Professor Matthew Bruckner, Esq., a former bankruptcy practitioner, and participated in the notable 28th Annual Duberstein Bankruptcy Moot Court competition. It was these experiences combined that instilled her interest in Bankruptcy. Prior to joining BakerHostetler, Elizabeth was an associate at Tavenner & Beran, PLC where she was mentored by renowned bankruptcy attorneys with one serving as a Chapter 7 Trustee and the other a SubChapter V Trustee. Elizabeth has experience handling complex Chapter 11 and Chapter 7 bankruptcies and corporate reorganizations with representations often including multi-jurisdictional and cross-practice matters. In her spare time, Elizabeth loves to read, travel, go on walks or hikes, watch movies, and be around family and friends.
Anastasia Kazmina is an associate at ASK LLP’s Bankruptcy practice. Anastasia represents trustees, committees, and debtors in possession in preference analysis and litigation of avoidance actions. Representative matters include the prosecution of avoidance actions in large bankruptcies such as Dean Foods Company and Sears Holdings Corporation to name a few.
Anastasia was born in Russia and finished three years of university in Russia majoring in translation studies and world economics. Anastasia holds a B.B.A. in finance from Middle Tennessee State University and JD from the University of Minnesota Law School. Prior to joining ASK LLP, Anastasia was an associate at Walker & Walker Law Offices where she represented personal bankruptcy clients in Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceedings. Before Walker & Walker Law Offices, Anastasia clerked for Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid.
As a member of the Corporate Restructuring and Bankruptcy Group, Hailey represents lenders, secured and unsecured creditors, and businesses in a variety of restructuring and insolvency matters with default resolutions, collections and repossessions, loan workouts, and bankruptcy-related acquisitions.
Before joining Baker Donelson, Hailey clerked for the Honorable D. Sims Crawford, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Alabama, Southern Division.
Hailey received her J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law where she was Senior Notes Editor of the Mississippi Sports Law Review. She also served as judicial extern for the Honorable Stacey G. C. Jernigan, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas. She is a member of American Bankruptcy Institute and International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation.
Trevor is an Associate at Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP, in their New Orleans office and serves as Co-Chair of Hinshaw’s Black Attorney Affinity Network. As a member of Hinshaw’s Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Workouts team, he primarily defends the interests of national lenders in matters concerning bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, often advising both secured and unsecured creditors in consumer and commercial bankruptcy proceedings. He also helps lenders navigate negotiation and drafting of complex workouts, forbearances, amendments, extensions, and waivers of distressed commercial loans secured by various types of collateral. Trevor is also an active member of the American Bankruptcy Institute and was recently selected for the 2023-24 cohort of ABI’s Diversity Mentoring Program.
Prior to joining Hinshaw, Trevor worked for a boutique creditors’ rights firm in central Louisiana, representing national auto lender, regional banks and the City of Alexandria in creditors’ rights matters, including bankruptcy proceedings. He also served as a law clerk to Judge Monique Rauls in Louisiana’s 9th Judicial District Court, in Alexandria, Louisiana. Trevor is a native of Houston, Texas and graduated from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where he served as a Junior Editor of Southern’s Journal of Race, Gender & Poverty, and taught constitutional law to local high school students as part of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project.
Trevor is active in the New Orleans community where he is a board member of the non-profit, Providence Community Housing, and often volunteers to judge mock trial and moot court competitions for all four Louisiana law schools.