National Pre-Law Director
National Black Law Students Association
Third-Year Law Student, Vermont Law School
South Royalton, Vermont/Alexandria, Virginia
Phanuelle Duchatelier serves as the 2017-2018 National Pre-Law Director for the National Black Law Students Association (NBLSA).
Phanuelle is a proud Haitian-American, and currently resides in Alexandria, Virginia. Prior to enrolling at Vermont Law School (VLS) in 2015, Phanuelle attended Calvin College where she majored in Political Science, Sociology and Spanish. While in college she served as a Legal Interpreter and Translator for Call Legal Services. Upon completing her undergraduate degree, her passion to advocate for marginalized and disenfranchised groups led her to work at the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants. There she worked closely with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) assisting in the placement of refugees across the nation.
Phanuelle is currently a third year student at VLS. She served as the 2016-2017 VLBLSA Chapter President, where she worked with student leaders to organize community events. As a recipient of the Jonathan William Fellowship, Phanuelle founded Lawyers for the Uprooted, a non-profit designed to rally lawyers internationally to combat social injustice. Phanuelle serves as a Student Ambassador and a Global Advocacy Mission Scholar. Phanuelle sits on the board of Institution Chrétienne Mixte Les Gédéons – a school in Haiti designed to bring and provide children from lower income homes with a private school education. Phanuelle enjoys storytelling and is the co-founder of “A Woven Thread,” a communal storytelling art designed to build communities in South Royalton, Vermont.
Phanuelle enjoys supporting local farmers. She makes homemade Haitian spices for the farmers’ market. She also enjoys traveling, kayaking and learning new languages.