State Licensing Committee

Nicolle Vasquez Del Favero - Chair

MSJDN’s state licensing initiative is run by a committee of state directors working with teams of volunteers to implement strategic state licensing initiatives on a state-by-state basis. There is a need for State Directors in several jurisdictions. In addition, volunteers are needed to support State Directors around the country on MSJDN’s state-level initiatives.

Nicolle originally hails from Miami, and is a proud alumna of the University of Florida. A graduate of Northeastern University School of Law, Nicolle began her career in Hawaii as a Skadden Fellow advocating for domestic violence victims affiliated with the military. Today, Nicolle works as a civilian attorney with the Office of the General Counsel for the Department of the Navy. Nicolle has been a member of MSJDN since 2017, serving on the pro bono committee and as the co-director for Virginia’s State Licensing Committee. For the past three years, Nicolle has served as the State Licensing Director overseeing military spouse attorney accommodations in Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Kentucky, Iowa, New Mexico and Louisiana. She is excited for the opportunity to finish out her term as State Licensing Director while also serving as MSJDN’s President-Elect for the 2023-2024 year. Nicolle currently resides in Norfolk, Virginia with her husband, Maj Michael Del Favero, USMCR, their daughter, and two rescue pups, Casper the Disaster and Josie the Southern Belle.

Samantha "Sam" Sliney - Vice-Chair

Samantha “Sam” Arrington Sliney is an active-duty Air Force JAG currently assigned to Pope Army Airfield, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. She is also a military spouse married to an Army soldier and a mom to a boy and girl. A member of MSJDN since 2018, Sam previously served as the Lead Intake Coordinator for the Justice for Military Families project, the pro bono initiative of the MSJDN Foundation, for two years. She also serves as the President-Elect of the North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys and the Immediate Past-President of the Fayetteville Women Attorneys. Sam is also an active member of the Air Force Barrier Analysis Working Group, the Women’s Initiative Team, where she champions initiatives that seek the elite barriers to female military service. A graduate of North Carolina Central University School of Law (J.D.), Western Michigan University Thomas Cooley Law School (LL.M.) and Methodist University (B.A.), Sam is admitted to practice law in Florida and the District of Columbia.

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