Several Howard Law Alumni Appointed to Biden-Harris Transition Team

Biden-Harris Transition Team

Six Howard University School of Law alumni have been appointed to President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris’ Agency Review Teams, as part of the overall Biden-Harris Transition Team, in the following areas: The Department of Justice, Department of Education, and Environmental Protection Agency.

According to the Biden-Harris Transition website (, Agency review teams are responsible for understanding the operations of each agency, ensuring a smooth transfer of power, and preparing for Biden, Harris and their cabinet to hit the ground running on Day One. These teams are composed of highly experienced and talented professionals with deep backgrounds in crucial policy areas across the federal government. The teams have been crafted to ensure they not only reflect the values and priorities of the incoming administration, but reflect the diversity of perspectives crucial for addressing America’s most urgent and complex challenges.

Howard Law alumni appointees are as follows:

The Department of Justice team will also review the Federal Election Commission, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission, the Commission on Civil Rights, the National Council on Disability, the United States Access Board, AbilityOne, the State Justice Institute, and the Legal Services Corporation.

  • Danielle Conley, volunteer (J.D. ‘03)
    WilmerHale, LLC
  • Shirlethia Franklin, volunteer (J.D.  ‘07)
    Jones Day
  • Teresa Mason, volunteer (J.D. ’82)
    Bronx District Attorney’s Office

The Department of Education team will also review the Corporation for National and Community Service.

  • Donna Harris-Aikens, volunteer (J.D. ‘94)
    National Education Association
  • Paul Monteiro, volunteer (J.D. ‘07)
    Howard University


The Environmental Protection Agency team will also review the Chemical Safety Board.

  • Patrice Simms, Team Lead, volunteer (J.D. ‘98)