WBA YLD Executive Board 2019-2020
Chair: Lucrecia P. Johnson, Esq., LL.M.
LPJ Legal PLLC
Founder & Managing Attorney
Lucrecia P. Johnson, Esq. LL.M. is the founder and managing attorney at LPJ Legal PLLC. She represents clients in all aspects of business law, education law, and real estate law. Ms. Johnson handles, contract disputes, draft agreements, competing and completing government contracts, trademarks and formation of businesses. In addition, Ms. Johnson represents parents and guardians of children with disabilities by advocating for the child’s rights for school-based services that accommodate the child in the classroom. She also advocates for student’s rights in disciplinary hearings, custody, and privacy of student records. She represents homeowners and developers in all real estate matters.
Prior to hanging up her shingle, Ms. Johnson worked as a corporate litigation attorney in a large law firm based in Washington, DC. She has also worked as an Attorney in Maryland, litigating a variety of matters to include business, family and special education.
Coupled with her professional career, Ms. Johnson is also active in her local community. Currently she serves as the Chairperson for the Board of Collaborative Solutions for Communities. Keeping with her love of the theater, she also serves as a member of the Young Patron’s Board for Arena Stage. Prior to being becoming Chair of the WBA YLD, she served as Secretary for the WBA and the WBA YLD. Because of her dedication to service, she was awarded “Young Lawyer of the Year” for the 2016-2017 bar year, and the Advocacy & Leadership Award for 2017-2018. Recently, she was awarded the President’s Award for the National Bar Association.
Ms. Johnson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, a Juris Doctor from Elon University, and a Master of Laws in Trial Advocacy from American University Washington College of Law. She is admitted to practice in Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the United States District Court for the District of Maryland.
Chair-Elect: Alexandra L. Cohen, Esq.
Alexandra Cohen currently serves as an Attorney-Advisor for the Departmental Appeals Board (DAB) at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. In this role, Alexandra assists Administrative Law Judges with deciding cases under various authorities such as those involving civil monetary penalties or program exclusions in connection with the Department's health care financing programs or sanctions on Medicare providers. In addition to her role at the DAB, Alexandra is an Adjunct Professor at St. Bonaventure University, where she teaches business law. She is also an active member of the Rho Mu Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Prior to assuming her role as Chair-Elect, Alexandra served as YLD’s Secretary and co-chair of the Community Service Committee. Alexandra is a graduate of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. She is from South Florida and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida.
Vice Chair: Robert Baldwin III, Esq., LL.M
Robert is a journalist and lawyer who have focused his career on telling interesting, nuanced stories in the media. Robert currently produces NPR’s flagship show, “All Things Considered,” and writes online content for the organization. In his time with NPR, Robert has covered 2018 midterm elections, the ongoing Mueller report, and had won an award for breaking coverage of the Tree of Life synagogue shooting. Before working for NPR, he has produced or written content for SirusXM Radio, HuffPost, ESPN, and ClearChannel.
Robert is also the managing attorney of Virtue Law Group, a Washington D.C. based law firm, which focuses on employment discrimination. Prior to founding Virtue Law Group, Robert worked of counsel with a local employment and business law firm. During his time with the American Federation of Government Employees, he worked on labor and employment concerns within the U.S. Department of Labor.
Treasurer: André Cotten, Esq.
André Cotten is a Regulatory Attorney at the Consumer Bankers Association (CBA). Cotten, an experienced attorney with a multifaceted financial services background, ranging from Capitol Hill to consulting to associations. His expertise covers a wide range of legal issues associated with consumer financial services legislation, regulation and implementation. Prior to CBA, Cotten served as Regulatory Compliance Counsel at the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions (NAFCU).
André received his B.A. in Public Policy Leadership and English from the University of Mississippi, where he was inducted into the Ole Miss Student Hall of Fame. He also graduated cum laude from the University of Mississippi School of Law with his J.D. André is a member of the State Bar of Maryland and the State Bar of Mississippi. He is also an active member of the American Bar Association, where he currently serves as a Business Law Fellow.
Secretary: Natasha Hudgins, Esq.
Natasha Hudgins is an Attorney-Advisor for the United States Department of Justice, Executive Office for United States Attorneys. Natasha has prior experience with the Department of Commerce, handling FOIA and Privacy Act matters for the Immediate Office of the Secretary in the Office of Privacy and Open Government. Prior to her work with the Commerce Department, she contracted for the United States Department of Justice, Criminal Division in Washington, DC. She has been a member of the Virginia State Bar since 2015 and in the legal profession since 2007. Natasha completed her undergraduate studies from George Mason University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Integrative Studies, with a concentration in legal studies in 2008. She went on to receive her Juris Doctor degree from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law in 2014.