Nakia D. Hansen
a sassy, savvy, sagacious Lover of alliteration living in Brooklyn
Hey there. I’m Nakia, your friendly neighborhood lawyer practicing at Odegard Law where I work with creatives, visionaries, do-gooders and game-changers to solve their legal problems.
My career has been more of a winding road than straight line which has allowed me to do pretty cool things at organizations I admire. I’ve visited Philadelphia shelters and soup kitchens to provide legal aid to the homeless, led Planned Parenthood's social media strategy from a big pink bus traveling across the South, and helped Egyptian students take their SATs amidst national unrest with the help of Facebook. For more than seven years I was focused on helping individuals and organizations utilize digital media tools and strategies to achieve marketing, communications, and advocacy goals. And I’ve given several presentations and trainings on the subject including “Social Media 101 for Domestic Violence Advocates” and “Running on All Cylinders: Using Integrated Communications to Achieve Advocacy Goals.”
I’m very committed to making a difference and advocating for causes I believe in. I served a 5+ year tenure on the Board of Directors of the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to improving societal and community responses to domestic violence and, ultimately, preventing its occurrence. And I've continued my service to the anti-violence movement by lending my content strategy expertise to the NO MORE campaign as a consultant in 2016-2017. I am a proud and active member of the Brooklyn Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, through which I exercise my commitment to public service and the empowerment of the Brooklyn community I now call home.
It would be an understatement to say that I've always liked school. I got a Bachelor’s in African & African-American Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2003, and in 2009 I obtained my JD from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law. With an appreciation for ongoing academic enrichment (or punishment, depending on who you ask) and a desire to deepen my expertise on the intersection of law and media, I earned a Master of Laws in Intellectual Property in 2014 from the Benjamin N. Cardozo Law School. I've even taken some classes in the field of public administration when I had "down time" from other studies. See, "understatement"!
I'm always connected to one social network or another -- it’s how I keep my finger on the pulse of what’s happening down the street and around the globe. It’s how I contribute to conversations that fuel news, trends, and sometimes social movements. But when I’m not logged in I love to travel and experience new things. I’ve been to a number of spots across the U.S. and abroad and always planning the next jaunt. Other things I’m into: cooking, rowing, interior design, dancing, brunch and biking.
Check out my resume if you're so inclined or drop me line to grab a strong coffee, a stiff drink, or a sweet treat!