Xiaoying Zhang - University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Xiaoying Zhang graduated from Northwest University, Xi’an China with a B.S. in Analytical Chemistry. She holds a Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering from the Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Dalian China and worked as a biochemical research scientist before pursuing her J.D. at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. A 2016 Juris Doctorate candidate, Ms. Zhang is president of the Asian Pacific Law Student Association, an organization she revived and revitalized. She is a member of the Pitt Law Student Intellectual Property Law Association, a member of the W. Edward Sell Chapter of the American Inns of Court and a member of the Q. Todd Dickinson Intellectual Property Chapter of the American Inns of Court. She is a judicial intern to the Hon. Joy F. Conti of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.
Raina Ivy Yancey - Temple University Beasley School of Law
Raina Ivy Yancey is an honors graduate of Richmond, the American International University in London where she earned a BA in Business Administration with a concentration in International Business and International Relations. She received a Graduate Diploma in Law from the BPP Law School, the largest provider of professional and academic legal education in the United Kingdom, and an LL. M. in Professional Legal Practice and Skill from the City Law School before receiving a LL.M. for Foreign Lawyers from Temple University Beasley School of Law in 2014. The 2016 Juris Doctorate candidate is a member of the Temple Law School Disciplinary Review Panel, the Dean’s Committee, the Black Law Student Association, the International Law Society and the Women’s Law Caucus. A Dean’s List student and teaching assistant for Legal Research and Writing, Yancey has served as a judicial intern for the First Judicial District’s Complex Litigation Center and as a judicial aide and law clerk for judges of the First Judicial District. Additionally, Ms. Yancey maintains a legal consulting business providing detailed legal research and drafting services to small law firms and sole practitioners
Lauren Holzer - Penn State Dickinson School of Law
Lauren Holzer graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Sociology and a minor in Feminist Studies. A Phi Beta Kappa and Dean’s Honors student, Ms. Holzer also participated in the Honors Mentorship Program and studied abroad in Cádiz and Madrid, Spain. A 2016 Juris Doctorate candidate, Ms. Holzer is active in the Latino Law Student Association and Phi Delta Phi and is the Associate Editor of the Penn State Law Review. An IOLTA Fellow, Ms. Holzer is a legal intern for MidPenn Legal Services and volunteers in the Wills for Heroes program drafting legal documents for first responders and the STAND DOWN Homeless Veterans program helping veterans obtain low cost legal services for civil and criminal legal matters
Adara Lynn Combs - Beasley School of Law of Temple University
Adara Lynn Combs received a B.A. in Government and Public Policy with a Minor in Economics from Franklin and Marshall College. While an undergraduate, Ms. Combs sat on the Executive Board of the Franklin and Marshall College Women’s Center, served as president of the Franklin and Marshall College Black Student Union and was a student intern for Mid-Penn Legal Services and the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office where she is currently employed as a full time paralegal in the Juvenile Unit Pre-Adjudicatory Division. The 2015 Juris Doctorate spends her days working with the Youth Aid Panel, evaluating and interviewing first time nonviolent offenders for program eligibility and monitoring the offenders through the program. Additionally, Ms. Combs serves as a liaison between the District Attorney’s Office and Youth Aid Panel members within the communities and tracks and reports juvenile auto-related crimes. She also works as a clinical intern for the Philadelphia’s Homeless Advocacy Project, conducting intake interviews at the St. Francis Inn meal kitchen, researching various legal issues, and providing legal assistance. In the evening, she not only pursues her legal studies, but also serves as the 3L Evening Division Vice President of the Temple University Beasley School of Law Student Bar Association.
HyeJi Kim - University of Pennsylvania School of Law HyeJi Kim graduated summa cum laude from George Washington University with a B.A. in Political Science and a Minor in Criminal Justice. As an undergraduate, Ms. Kim was a member of Phi Sigma Pi, National Honors Fraternity and Phi Alpha Delta, studied abroad at King’s College London where she completed coursework in Human Rights Law, Criminal Law and War Studies, and served as a foreign volunteer, monitoring and reporting on cyber-sex trafficking rings involving Korean nationals. Before entering PennLaw, Ms. Kim was an Associate at Avalere Health where she conducted quantitative and qualitative research on healthcare quality, coverage and policy to identify strategic recommendations for clients and worked on a wide range of projects associated with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. A 2015 Juris Doctorate candidate, Kim is the Associate Editor of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change, active with the Custody and Support Assistance Clinic and the International Human Rights Advocates and clerked for the Office of the Child Advocate in Wilmington, Delaware.
Rebecca L. Hammond - University of Pittsburgh School of Law Rebecca L. Hammond graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina State University with a B.S. in Biochemistry. She holds a PhD. in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh where she received the Graduate Student Excellence Award and served as the student chapter president of the American Association of Pharmaceutical Scientists. The 2015 Juris Doctorate candidate is a contender for the Intellectual Property and Technology Certification, a staff editor of the Journal of Technology, Law and Policy, and a legal intern for the University’s Office of Technology Management where she conducts prior art searches for patent applications from university researchers. She is also a member of the Pitt Law Student Intellectual Property Law Association.
Erin B. Strang - University of Pittsburgh School of Law Erin B. Strang graduated from Grove City College with a BA in Psychology and Sociology. A 2015 candidate for a M.B.A. and Juris Doctorate, Ms. Strang is a Kenneth R. Woodcock Fellow of the Katz Graduate School of Business, serving as a guest board member on one of Pittsburgh’s not-for-profit organizations. A recipient of the Stover Scholarship, Ms. Strang is the 2013 recipient of CALI Awards for Legal Writing and Analysis and Lawyering, a recipient of the Eugene A. Caputo Scholarship, a staff editor for the Journal of Technology, Law and Policy, a teaching assistant for Legal Writing, a LexisNexis Student Representative and a member of the Pittsburgh Law Women’s Association, Phi Alpha Delta and the Allegheny County Bar Association. Ms. Strang sits on the Board of Directors of the Christian Legal Aid where she also serves as a law student volunteer, and has worked as a legal intern for the Allegheny County Public Defender’s Office and a judicial legal intern for the Hon. S. Michael Yeager of the Butler County Court of Common Pleas.
Lindsay A. Berkstresser - Penn State Dickson School of Law
Lindsay Berkstresser graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.S. in Business Administration. The 2014 Juris Doctorate candidate is the associate editor of the Penn State Journal of Law and International Affairs; sits on the Moot Court Board of the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Team and took first place in Mock Trial. Ms. Berkstresser is a law student representative for the PBA YLD, the vice president of the American Association for Justice (Penn Chapter) and a member of the Dickinson’s Public Interest Law Fund and Public Interest Loan Repayment Assistance Committee. A 2012 IOLTA Summer Fellow for MidPenn Legal Services in Bedford, Ms. Berkstresser has served as a volunteer for Wills for Heroes and as a legal intern for the Community Justice Project, an “unrestricted” legal services program that expands and protects the civil rights of poor families and low wage workers.
Diepiriye Abiye Anga - University of Pennsylvania School of Law
Diepiriye Abiye Anga received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with minors in Africana Studies and Peace & Justice from Villanova University. A 2014 Juris Doctorate candidate, Ms. Anga is also on track to receive a Certificate in Business, Economics and Public Policy from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Ms. Anga is the associate editor of the Journal of International Law and the recipient of the Morgan Lewis Book Scholarship. The professional development chair of the Black Law Student Association and the national director of International Relations for the National Black Law Students Association, Ms. Anga also serves as a researcher for the International Human Rights Advocates and as an instructor for the Urban Ventures Project, a Penn Law initiative dedicated to providing under-served youth in the Philadelphia area with an opportunity to have a positive impact on economic development in their communities.
Kimberly Bennett - University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Kimberly Bennett is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where she majored in Spanish and Political Science and received the Gary J. Rathburn Undergraduate International Research Award. In addition to being a 2015 Juris Doctorate candidate, Bennett is also enrolled in the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School for Public andInternational Affairs and on course to receive a Masters in International Development in addition to her J.D. Ms. Bennett is the senior editor of Social Media & Archives, a member of the Editorial Board for the Jurist and the Pitt Policy Journal and the recipient of several awards and scholarships including the Allegheny County Bar Foundation F.C. Grote Fund Scholarship and the Dean’s Scholarship.
Cristian M. Minor Sanchez - University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Cristian M. Minor Sanchez relocated to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania from Mexico where he received a diploma in Mediation as an Instrument for Resolution of Conflicts, a diploma in High Specialization in Human Rights, Public Safety and Administration of Justice, and a Lawyer, Notary and Actuary degree. A certified attorney in Mexico and the 2012 recipient of a LL.M from Pitt Law, Mr. Sanchez is a 2014 candidate for a Juris Doctorate and a 2014 candidate for graduate certificates in Global Studies and Latin American Studies. He clerked for the Commission for Access to Public Information and Protection of the Personal Data of Puebla State and worked as a legal intern for the Senate of the Republic in Mexico City and Puebla, Mexico. Additionally, Mr. Sanchez worked as a summer legal intern for Bayer MaterialScience LLC where he drafted legal documents for the Law, Patents and Compliance Department.
Geneva Campbell - University of Pennsylvania School of Law
Geneva Campbell is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Arts and Sciences where she studied English Literature and French studies. The 2013 Juris Doctorate candidate is a dual degree scholar pursuing a Master’s degree in bioethics at the University’s Perelman School of Medicine in addition to her J.D. She has clerked for the Hon. M. Teresa Sarmina of the First Judicial District, worked as a summer associate for GlaxoSmithKline and recruited lawyers for pro bono service as a Philly Fellow at Philadelphia VIP.
Patrick Lemon - University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Patrick Lemon graduated with distinction from Penn State University with degrees in both Spanish and Sociology. The 2013 Juris Doctorate candidate is the staff editor of the Law Review, a teaching assistant for First Year Legal Analysis and Writing and the Alumni Chair of the Pitt Legal Income Sharing Foundation. Lemon interned in South Africa for Lawyers for Human Rights, Refugee and Migrant Rights and was an AmeriCorps member with the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh, KEYS Service Corp.
Akiesha Gilcrist - University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Akiesha Gilcrist is a cum laude graduate of the University of Pittsburgh where she majored in Political Science, Communication Rhetoric. The 2013 Juris Doctorate candidate is member of Law Review, a recipient of the John P. Gismondi Civil Litigation Certificate, the 2L Class President of the Student Bar Association and active in the Black Law Students Association, Pitt Law Women’s Association and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. She serves as a judicial intern for the Hon. David S. Cercone, U.S. District Court, Western District and is a Law Student Associate for LEXISNEXIS.
Eileen M. Somers - Earle Mack School of Law of Drexel University
Eileen M. Somers received her Bachelor of Arts, with honors, in American Studies from Franklin & Marshall College. The 2013 Juris Doctorate candidate ranks eighth in the class, is a member of Law Review, a Marshall Brennan Constitutional Law Fellow; and the recipient of the Best Student Performance Award in Torts. She clerked for the Office for the Child Advocate in Wilmington, DE and worked as a legal intern for the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights.
David Lee Miles Brown - Penn State Dickinson School of Law
David Lee Miles Brown is a cum laude graduate from Clemson University where he studied secondary education. While an undergrad, Mr. Brown received the Southeastern Association for Employment in Education Scholarship and the School of Education’s Certification of Excellence, and upon graduation, taught eighth grade social studies for three years before heading to law school. Ranked in the top 18% of his law school class, Brown is the associate editor of the Penn State Dickinson Law Review; vice president of the Federalist Society; a Merit Scholarship recipient; and has served as a judicial intern in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania for the Honorable J. Andrew Smyser and in the Cumberland County Court of Common Pleas for the Honorable Merle Ebert.
Micah L. Craft - Penn State Dickinson School of Law
Micah L. Craft graduated cum laude from Rutgers University, Douglass College with a degree in Psychology. A Dean’s List scholar and a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor’s Society, Ms. Craft served as a student mentor and conducted informational sessions on the Rutgers admissions process for at-risk high school students. Academic honors continued for Ms. Craft at Penn State Dickinson School of Law where she has received the Dean’s Merit Scholarship, the Mabel Douglass Scholarship, the Keystone Bar Association’s Justice Robert N. C. Nix, Jr. Scholarship and the Corporate Counsel Women of Color Scholarship. She is a member of the Moot Court Board – Frederick Douglass Team, serves as the community service chair of the Black Law Students Association, and spent a summer as an associate at Highmark, Inc. conducting research in the areas of employment law, healthcare law, contract law and warranty law.
Daniel Carmeli - University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Daniel Carmeli completed a B.S. in Earth and Atmospheric Sciences at Cornell University and a M.A. in Environmental Conservation Education at New York University. Upon graduation, Mr. Carmeli worked in the fields of environmental policy and community outreach as a program assistant with the United Nations Development Programme’s Equator Initiative and as a consultant with D & R International. He worked closely with the U.S. Department of Energy and Housing and Urban Development and received the InterExchange Foundation’s Christianson Grant which afforded him the unique opportunity to spend six months volunteering with the Foundation of Ecological Security in rural India. A May 2012 candidate for J.D., Mr. Carmeli has received numerous academic honors including the Dean’s Scholarship and the CALI Award for the highest grade in Property; served as staff editor for the University of Pittsburgh Law Review; and completed a summer judicial internship with the Honorable. Rochelle S. Friedman of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania.
Lacee C. Ecker - University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Lacee C. Ecker graduated cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in Political Science and Business and a Public and Professional Writing Certificate. Her distinguished undergraduate career included eight semesters on Dean’s List, the Theta Phi Alpha Senior Service Award, the Golden Panther Award, the Thomas H. and Sara Jane McIntosh Fund Scholarship and the Wilma Binder Zeder Memorial Scholarship, as well as stints as a board member and business manager of the Student Government Board. Ecker also served as the programming vice-chair of the Black Action Society and as the president of Theta Phi Alpha. Continuing at Pitt for her J.D., Ms. Ecker is the staff editor of the Pittsburgh Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law, founder and president of the Business and Corporate Law Association, a student representative on the University Review Board and the University Senate Council, and a member of the National Moot Court team and the Black Law Student Association. She is a participant in the low income tax clinic and has served as a judicial intern in the U.S. District Court Western District for the Honorable Nora Barry Fischer and as a legal intern for the U.S. Steel Corporation.
Traci Marie Crosby - Widener University School of Law
Traci Marie Crosby received her B.S. in French Civilization with a concentration in International Business from Georgetown University School of Languages and Linguistics and her M.S. in Performing Arts from the American University College of Arts and Sciences. She spent her 1L year at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law where she worked as a research assistant in the Department of Government Relations and as a teaching assistant for the Civil Procedure class of the Mason Enhancement Program for Academic Success. She transferred to Widener Law as a 2L student and has since joined the Moot Court Honor Society where she was honored for best overall performance in the try-out competition. Ms. Crosby also won the award for Best Opening Argument.
Pablo Ariel Rubinstein Ize - University of Pennsylvania School of Law
Pablo Ariel Rubinstein Ize graduated with honors from University of California, Berkeley with a B.A. in Ethnic Studies. As an undergrad he received the California Alumni Association Emerging Leadership Scholarship, the Chancellor’s Community Service Award, and the Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowship; worked in University Relations, supervising the fundraising call center for the largest undergraduate unrestricted fund of the University of California; and served as a corps member and program coordinator for AmeriCorps, Stiles Hall, a program that provided social and academic support to 40-college-bound Latino and African-American students. Before enrolling at Penn Law, Mr. Ize worked as a freelance Spanish interpreter at a San Francisco law firm helping clients at immigration and asylum hearings and as an English instructor in elementary and secondary schools in Japan and Argentina. The 2012 J.D. candidate is associate editor of Penn Law’s Journal of International Law and recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship and the Morgan Lewis Book Scholarship. He is the class representative to the Council of Student Representatives; chairperson of the Diversity Committee; and the Latin American Law Student Association’s admissions liaison. Ize also participates in Penn Law Advocates for the Homeless and the Penn Law Immigrants Rights Project.
Esuga Abaya - Villanova University School of Law
Esuga Abaya received his B.A. in Business Administration from Bluffton University and his M.B.A. from University of Findlay. Prior to becoming a 2012 J.D. candidate at Villanova University School of Law, Mr. Abaya worked as a market analyst studying developing trends in global commerce and international law and as a marketing director developing web based strategies for attorneys and law firms across the U.S. and Canada. He also worked as a community resource coordinator lobbying local and state governments for domestic violence victim advocacy funds and assisting pro se litigants in filing court documents. Mr. Abaya is in the top 10% of his law school class and a member of Law Review, the Pro Bono Society, and the International Law Society. He is treasurer of the Black Law Students Association and spent the summer of 2010, as an associate with Pepper Hamilton LLP researching legal issues for state and federal litigation matters.
Marissa Prosky - Villanova University School of Law
Marissa Prosky is a summa cum laude graduate of the Villanova University School of Business with degrees in both Accountancy and Business Administration. The recipient of numerous academic honors including the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Scholar-ship, The National Society of Accountants Scholarship and the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants Scholarship, Ms. Prosky has passed the CPA exam and is completing the remaining CPA licensure requirements while pursuing her J.D. She is ranked second in her law school class and plans to concurrently enroll in Villanova’s LLM program in taxation. She is a member of Law Review, the Tax Law Society Executive Board, the Women’s Law Caucus, Beta Alpha Psi Honor Society, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society and Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society and has worked as an audit intern with Ernst & Young LLP and O’Connell and Company, a tax intern with Dechert LLP, and a tax assistant for Radnor Tax Services.
Julian Trent Emerson - Beasley School of Law of Temple University
Julian Trent Emerson graduated Cum Laude from Villanova University where he was a St. Martin De Porres Scholar – the recipient of a full tuition, four-year scholarship. As a law student, Emerson serves as the fundraising chair for the Black Law Student Association, an Academic Core Enrichment Counselor for first year law students and is a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity.
Merilee Arevalo - Beasley School of Law of Temple University
Merilee Arevalo received her undergraduate degree from New York University in Classics and Sociology. She is a Beasley Scholarship recipient, secretary of the Intellectual Law Society, a section senator of the Student Bar Association and a member of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association and the Women’s Law Caucus.
Bridget Marie Sedlock - Duquesne University School of Law
Bridget Marie Sedlock graduated Summa Cum Laude from Pennsylvania State University. She currently ranks in the top 11% of her law school class, serves as the assistant managing editor of Juris Magazine and participates in the Family Law Clinic.
Talon Rice - Duquesne University School of Law
Talon Rice graduated from the University of Virginia with a double major in English and Sociology and is on track to receive a Juris Doctorate and a Masters of Business Administration. Selected to participate in the Trial Advocacy Program, he is the treasurer of the Black Law Student Association and a member of the Corporate Law Society.
Earthen Johnson - Earle Mack School of Law of Drexel University
Earthen Johnson received her undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia where she was on the Dean’s List, a Merit Scholar, the recipient of the Longevity of Excellence Award and a member of the Phi Sigma Pi Honor Society. She is in the top 20% of her law school class, a member of the Drexel Law Review, a legal intern for the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania, a Drexel Presidential Scholar and a NAACP Earl Warren Civil Rights Scholar.
Christine Bartkowski - Penn State Dickinson School of Law
Christine Bartkowski received a Bachelor of Music Education with honors from Cedarville University and completed coursework on a Masters in Humanities at Wright State University. She is in the top 25% of her law school class, a member of the Yearbook for Arbitration and Mediation Law Journal and secretary of the Dispute Resolution Society.
Comeka Anderson - Penn State Dickinson School of Law
Comeka Anderson graduated from Pennsylvania State University as a Bunton-Waller 5-year scholar and fellow, obtaining three bachelor degrees. She is currently pursuing a Juris Doctorate and a Masters of Public Administration with a focus on not-for-profit organizational management and serves as vice-president of the Minority Law Students’ Association.
Remy Nshimiyimana - University of Pennsylvania School of Law
Remy Nshimiyimana, an immigrant from Rwanda and naturalized United States Citizen, graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Arts in French Studies. He is the associate editor of the Journal of International Law and a member of the Black Law Student Association and the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project.
Michael Follett - Widener University School of Law
Michael Follett, a graduate of the University of Delaware, is in the top 10% of his class and pursuing a M.B.A. joint degree with the Widener School of Business. He is president of the Democratic Law Caucus and a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution team and Women’s Law Caucus.
Ancy P. Ommen - Widener University School of Law
Ancy P. Ommen is a Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude graduate of Temple University. She is a member of the Women’s Law Caucus and provides interpretation and translation services via phone for the Nationalities Service Center.