Meet The Team  


Sheldon A. Evans joined the St. John's faculty in 2018 and teaches Professional Responsibility, Immigration Law, and Intro to the Law. After receiving his undergraduate degree with honors from the University of Southern California, he earned his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, where he served on The University of Chicago Legal Forum. 

Professor Evans focuses his scholarship on criminal sentencing and its intersection with immigration policies. His work also follows emerging trends in technology and art, and their intersection with criminal and immigration law. His work has appeared in the Columbia Law Review, the Oklahoma Law Review, and the Federal Sentencing Reporter, among other academic journals.

Professor Sheldon A. Evans

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Professor Cheryl L. Wade

Cheryl L. Wade is the "Dean Harold F. McNiece" Professor of Law at St. John's University School of Law. She teaches Issues of Race, Gender and Law, Business Organizations, Corporate Governance and Accountability, and Race and Business. Her book, Predatory Lending and The Destruction of the African American Dream was published by Cambridge University Press in July 2020 and was coauthored with Dr. Janis Sarra, Professor of Law, Peter A. Allard School of Law, University of British Columbia. Professor Wade is a member of the American Law Institute, a national organization of prominent judges, lawyers and academics who work to clarify, modernize and reform the law.

Research Assistants

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Chante Cadiz is currently a second-year law student at St. John’s University School of Law. Prior to law school, she attended Lincoln University, the first degree-granting historically black college and university (HBCU). She earned her degree in English Liberal Arts, with a minor in Political Science and certification in Pre-Law. Chante wants to begin her career in a law firm with her ultimate goal being to open her own practice with a focus on helping and defending young children living in poverty. She feels a strong responsibility to our youth as they are often taken advantage of because they have no one to protect them or care for them. Teaching and the law are her true passions.

Chante Cadiz


As a descendent of survivors of the Middle Passage, Catherine strives to honor her ancestors through her work for racial justice and healing. She is using her platforms as a racial justice trainer and law student to push for racial equity and healing. Catherine taught for Dallas Independent School District and Brookhaven College and is currently a second-year law student at St. John's University. Catherine double-majored and earned a B.A. in Philosophy; Government and Politics and earned a M.A. in Government and Politics with a concentration in International Relations. She also holds an advanced certificate in International Law & Diplomacy.

Catherine Sims

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Jourden joined the St. John’s Law community in 2018. Prior to coming to law school, Jourden competed in track and field at the University of North Texas while earning a B.B.A. in Finance. The son of a Black father and a White mother, Jourden’s passion for racial equality stems from both his unique family upbringing as well as the external challenges he faced growing up as a biracial child in the rural south. Jourden has worked on numerous projects dedicated to promoting racial justice. He has also worked as a Summer Teaching Fellow for Legal Outreach’s Summer Law Institute. In this program, he used topics of criminal law, and police brutality to teach proper study habits as well as the importance of college to rising ninth graders.

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