2019-2020 Officers


Modinat “Abby” Kotun is an associate with Winstead PC, a member of the firm’s Labor, Employment and Immigration Practice Group, and a registered patent attorney. Abby regularly assists clients in drafting various litigation and employment related documents, including federal and state court pleadings, severance and release agreements, and injunction orders. She also regularly defends clients before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

Before starting her legal career, Abby worked as a process engineer, pipeline project manager, and business analyst for Chevron Corporation. Abby is a proud graduate of the University of Houston Law Center. Apart from her work, Abby is the Immediate Past President of the Houston Lawyers Association and Vice President of Fundraising and Sponsorships with the Nigerian-American Multicultural Council.

To speak with Ms. Kotun regarding more information about the AALS, please contact her directly here.

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The son of Haitian immigrants, Rudy is of the first generation in his family to complete higher education, graduating from not only the University of Texas College of Liberal Arts with a B.A., but also a Master in Public Affairs from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Texas School of Law. He has been a tireless advocate in the community speaking and working on a host of issues ranging from teaching at-risk children, co-authoring an honor code for the University of Texas, helping forge a partnership with local law enforcement and the State Bar of Texas to address the issue of community policing, and creating Pro Bono legal advice clinics for United States Military Veterans.
Before joining Chamberlain McHaney, a premiere civil litigation law firm in Central Texas, Rudy served as Special Counsel to the Health and Human Services Commission. He has also served on several local, state, and national boards and committees including the Board of Directors of the State Bar of Texas, Lone Star Circle of Care, Texans Soccer Club, Leadership Austin, Texas Young Lawyers Association, Austin Black Lawyers Association, and Young Catholic Professionals. Rudy has been recognized numerous times as one of the most influential young professionals in not only the Greater Austin area, but the State of Texas. His accolades include being awarded the Pflugerville ISD Community Partner of the Year, Texas Young Lawyers Association President’s Award of Merit, Greater Austin Black Chamber of Commerce Advocate of the Year, Austin Under 40 Government & Public Affairs Award Winner, and the Austin Area Research Organization McBee Fellowship. 

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Denise Alex is Legal Counsel at Sasol North America, the U.S. subsidiary of an international integrated chemicals and energy company. In her current role, Ms. Alex primarily handles transactional matters related to contracting, commercial issues, operations, and procurement.  Prior to joining Sasol, Denise worked as a compliance attorney at an international drilling services, rental tools and project management company in Houston, TX. Ms. Alex graduated from the University of Houston Law Center and holds degrees from the University of Houston and Texas A&M University.  When she is not working or volunteering, Denise enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, horseback riding and participating in fitness activities.

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Nekketta Archie is a transplant to Houston, TX from the West Texas Panhandle, born and raised in Wellington, Texas. She attended Grambling State University in Grambling, Louisiana, where she graduated honors with a Bachelor’s of Arts in Political Science. In pursuit of a legal education and career, Nekketta settled in Houston after graduating from college. After working as a legal secretary for seven years, Nekketta took a leap of faith in 2014 and resigned from her full-time employment to fulfill her lifelong goal of becoming an attorney. Ms. Archie graduate from Thurgood Marshall School of Law and is currently an associate at Robinson Law Group, a Texas based law firm which specializes in the practice of commercial litigation, creditor's rights (collection) and bankruptcy.

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Ebony R. Rivon is the Managing Partner of the Rivon Law Firm, PLLC, which handles family law, estate planning and probate matters.  Ms. Rivon is trained in collaborative law, ad litem services, and trial advocacy.  She serves on the Executive Board for Dallas Bar Association Family Law Section and is a member of the Annette Stewart Inn of Court.


Ms. Rivon received her Bachelor of Art in Psychology and a minor in Business Administration from Texas A&M University.  She graduated magma cum laude, along with University Honors and Foundations Honors.  She received her Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center. 


Ms. Rivon is very involved in many bar associations.  She was the 2015 President of the J. L. Turner Legal Association and currently serves on the J. L. Turner Legal Association Foundation Board of Directors.  In 2013, Ms. Rivon was the Vice-Chair of the Family Law Section for the National Bar Association.  In addition to currently serving as Chair of the African-American Lawyer Section, Ms. Rivon is a member of State Bar of Texas Diversity in the Profession Committee.


Ms. Rivon also believes in giving back to her community. She is a member of the Dallas Junior League, Co-Chair of the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program Pro-Bono Committee, and Founder of the Antioch Baptist Church Legal Clinic. For the last two years, Ms. Rivon has been recognized as a Texas Lawyer Rising Star and Best Lawyers in America in Family Law by the Best Lawyers Magazine.  In 2016, the Rivon Law Firm was recognized as one of the Best Firms by Best Lawyers Magazine.


To speak with Ms. Rivon regarding more information about the AALS, please contact her directly here.