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Kiana Knolland

Kiana Knolland

2020 LMJ Scholar Recipient


Microsoft Scholar
Howard University School of Law

Kiana Knolland is currently a law student at the Howard University School of Law. She is an honors graduate of Howard University where she studied Strategic, Legal, and Management Communications with an emphasis in Public Relations and a minor in Political Science. She aspires to become general counsel for a global corporation and positively transform how businesses operate throughout the world.

Kiana consistently centers the concerns of marginalized communities in her work. Before entering law school, she worked at the ACLU of Kansas running a statewide, non-partisan campaign aiming to reduce mass incarceration. Prior to joining the ACLU of Kansas, Kiana interned for the United States Senate, United States House of Representatives, the Department of Justice, and a presidential campaign.

During her freshman year of college, Kiana was named the 2013-2014 National Youth of the Year for Boys & Girls Club of America (BGCA). In this role, she served as the official teen spokesperson for the organization. She represented and advocated for nearly 4 million youth across the country and on military installations around the world.

In 2016, Kiana spent the summer at UC Berkeley as a policy fellow in the Public Policy and International Affairs program. During her senior year of college, Kiana was a Presidential Fellow at the Center for the Study of Presidency & Congress. In the summer of 2017, she was a Lex Legal Fellow in Madrid, Spain. In 2018, Kiana was a Mosaic Fellow in Taipei, Taiwan.

Ultimately, Kiana plans to use her legal education to continue to advocate for historically underrepresented groups within the legal profession and beyond.

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