Our Team

Leadership and Faculty

Justin Hansford

Executive Director

Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center

Bilqis Wilkerson

Managing Director

Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center

Fellows and Staff Attorneys

J. Orlando Johnson

Orlando Johnson is a Fellow and the point-of-contact for critical race theory legislation and school-to-prison pipeline matters.


Dr. M. Alex Evans

Dr. Evans is a Law Teaching Fellow who specializes in Black liberation and education justice. 

Maggie Ellinger-Locke

Maggie Ellinger-Locke, she/her, serves as environmental justice staff attorney for the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center. In this role she seeks to provide support to communities confronting the root causes of environmental harm, and support activists engaged in long term struggle.

Marques Banks

Marques Banks is a Staff Attorney who specializes in addressing  state sanctioned violence within the criminal legal system. He will focus on the criminalization of poverty and readdressing public safety.

Student Interns Make a Difference

Whether JD/BA students, Howard undergraduates, students from collaborating universities like Harvard, Columbia and HBCU's, volunteers have had a major impact on our ability to do the work the is required of our Center. We would like to acknowledge Jy'Mir Starks, Sabrina Burgess-Garrett, and Nyla Jones for completing over 200 hours of volunteer service. 

My experience at the Center helped me to land my summer job.