Member Bios

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Jenna Al-Malawi
Ernesto Alvarez
Articles and Notes Editor
Ernesto Alvarez was born in Cotija, Michoacán, Mexico and grew up in Port Arthur, Texas. He graduated summa cum laude from Lamar University with a B.A. in Political Science. While in college, Ernesto studied at the University of Salamanca, Spain where he obtained a certificate in advanced Spanish language. Last summer, Ernesto gained experience in immigration law while working with the Immigration Services Division of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark; he focused particularly on asylum and U-visa petitions. Ernesto is interested in litigation and international public law topics. In his free time, Ernesto enjoys traveling, playing soccer, and spending time with his family.
Brittney Angelich
Paige Armstrong-Gutierrez Paige Armstrong-Gutierrez is from San Antonio, Texas. She majored in English and Persian Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. While in law school, she has served on the boards of the Chicano/Hispanic Law Students’ Association and the Public Interest Law Association. She has worked for both the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Immigration Clinic and Texas Legal Services Center. This summer, she will be working for USAA’s General Counsel in San Antonio, Texas. Outside of law school, she likes to watch cult television shows, read, draw, and cook.
Rex Bearden
Symposium Editor
Daniel Bell-Garcia
Articles and Notes Editor
Daniel was born and raised in Dallas, and came to the University of Texas for undergrad in 2007. He earned his degree in Economics and minored in Business Administration, and spent a year before law school working at a law firm in Austin and travelling. He is interested in pursuing a career in Corporate transactional law, focusing on mergers and acquisitions and securities. He hopes to study the international side of corporate law during his 3L year studying abroad in Australia. Outside of law school, Daniel is an avid tennis player and runner, and a Cowboys and Longhorns fan. He hopes one of his teams will stop letting him down in the near future.
Sara Block
Daniel Bradley
Shelisa Brock Shelisa Brock is a Dallas, Texas native and received her undergraduate degree in Communication Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. During law school, she has served as Secretary for the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society and been a member of the Women’s Law Caucus. This past summer, Shelisa worked at Jackson Walker LLP and McCathern PLLC. Outside of law school, Shelisa enjoys traveling, visiting museums, and spending time with family and friends.
Alexander Brown
Mary Lynn Bunkley
Managing Editor
Mary Lynn Bunkley is a 6th generation Texas, and a first generation Texas Longhorn. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in History and a minor in Cultural Diplomacy. She has spent time in the United States House of Representatives, the Texas House of Representatives, the Office of the Attorney of Texas, and the Robert S. Strauss Center for International Security and Law. Mary Lynn is on the Editorial Board of the The Rapoport Center’s Human Rights Working Paper Series, a member of the Texas Federalist Society, and mentor with the School to Prison Pipeline’s Youth Court program. In her free time she enjoys reading Arthurian legend, writing spoken-word poetry, and visiting museums.
James Burnett James Clayborn Burnett is a 2L that transferred from South Texas College of Law. He is a christian. He enjoys reading fiction novels, watching movies, and playing soccer. He is trying to learn Spanish, and he still undecided on what type of law that he wants to practice.
Margaret Cannell
Kristina Chung Kristina Chung is from Houston, Texas and received her undergrad degree in public relations from The University of Texas at Austin. While in law school, she has been involved with the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society. Kristina was a law clerk at the small law firm of Joel B. Bennett PC this past summer and currently interns at the Travis County District Attorney’s Office. Kristina is interested in criminal and family law. Outside of law school, she is learning to cook new dishes, playing with her puppy Marley, and watching Scandal and Once Upon a Time.
Cassidy Daniels
Articles and Notes Editor
Born and raised in San Antonio, Cassidy shipped off to New Orleans for college, graduating magna cum laude from Tulane University with a degree in political science and Spanish in 2012. During her 1L summer she interned in the chambers of the Honorable Edward C. Prado on the Fifth Circuit in San Antonio and at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid in Austin. Now a 2L, Cassidy is also on the board of Texas Law Fellowships. Outside of law school, she enjoys reading, finding excuses to visit New Orleans, and completing the Monday — Wednesday NY Times crossword puzzles.
Andrew Deas
Marc-Anthony Delgado
Priyanka DevDirector of Development Priyanka Dev was born in North Carolina and spent most of her life in Singapore before heading back to The University of Pennsylvania for her undergraduate degree. After her time in Philly, Priy spent two years working for the Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Office of International Affairs, in Washington, D.C., and then came to Austin for law school. While at UT Law, she has been involved in Youth Court, an alternative disciplinary program for underprivileged youth, participated in moot court, and been a mentor and writing teaching assistant to first-year law students. She is also a member of the Legal Research Board and a BarBri representative. During her 1L summer, Priy interned for a federal judge in D.C. and will be spending her 2L summer at Weil, Gotshal, & Manges LLP in New York and San Francisco. Priy loves her workout routine, dogs, and all kinds of Asian food.
Burton DeWitt
Executive Editor
Francesca Di Troia
Michael Duran
David Fawcett
David Fisher
Articles and Notes Editor
David Fisher is a new ANE this year for TILJ. He also serves as the Symposium Editor for the Texas Environmental Law Journal and is a research fellow at the Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law. David has a passion for international human rights law and transnational bodies, international environmental law, immigration policy, and sustainable development paradigms in Latin America. He is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Portuguese. In his free time, David likes to eat Thai food, swim at Barton Springs, and wakeboard.
Crystal Flinn
Lindsay Forbes Lindsay Forbes is from Maui, Hawaii. She received her undergraduate degree from New York University with a double-major in Middle Eastern & Islamic Studies and Religious Studies. Lindsay recently transferred to the University of Texas School of Law from St. Mary’s University School of Law in San Antonio, Texas. During the summer after her first year, Lindsay worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable Senior District Judge David Alan Ezra in the Western District of Texas and as a research assistant for John Schmolesky, a criminal law professor. Outside of law school, Lindsay spends most of her time watching Star Trek, completing cross-stitch projects, and commuting from New Braunfels.
Leslie Gardner
Leah Glowacki
Sophia Golvach
Executive Editor
Sophia Golvach is from Houston, Texas and received her undergraduate degree in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic from Dartmouth College in 2011. Between college and law school, she worked in Washington, D.C. for an international affairs journal and at a law and consulting group. She is a dual J.D. and M.A. student currently pursuing a master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies, with a focus in Arabic language. In law school, she is on the board of the American Constitutional Society, secretary of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, and a mock trial team member. She is interested in international commercial arbitration and human rights law, especially disability issues. Outside of school she enjoys reading modern poetry and British mystery novels, playing Boggle, attempting Krav Maga, and looking at the turtles in the creek outside of her apartment.
Todd Hartis
Rachel Heckelman
Student Notes Editor
Christopher Hefner
Matthew Heller
Lindsey Henrikson Lindsey Henrikson is from Buffalo Grove, IL, just outside of Chicago, and earned her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University in 2011. Prior to moving to Texas, she spent a year teaching English to university students in Hechuan, China. At UT Law she is a member of the Women’s Law Caucus and the Student Orientation and Recruitment Committee. Lindsey spent her 1L summer interning with the U.S. Marshals Service, part of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., where she learned to shoot a taser. Outside of school, she is currently training for the Austin Marathon and enjoys cheering on Chicago sports teams.
John Hernandez
Kelly Hill
Jordan Hunn Born in Houston, Texas, Jordan is a second-year student at UT Law. He holds a B.A. in history, and is interested in pursuing a career in government service. Jordan harbors a deep curiosity about the modern world and how it came to be, and how the events and institutions that define our lives relate to historical trends. In his spare time, Jordan collects records, and is an avid explorer of Texas highways.
Blake Jenkins
Brittany Johnson
Sandra Jonas Sandra Jonas is from Toronto. She spent two years teaching English in Japan, and then completed a MA TESOL and Applied Linguistics. She taught in colleges in Toronto, Boston and Austin before attending law school. Her interests include intercultural communications, civil litigation, and writing.
Navneet Khinda
Charity King
Travis Korman
Jessica Lance
Craig Lauchner
Sung Hwan Lee Sung Lee was born in Seoul, Korea and got his undergraduate degree in economics from UCLA. He interned at the Thirteenth Court of Appeals and at a law firm in Korea last summer. He is interested in international, antitrust, and tax law. He is also a big baseball fan.
Grace Lentz
Katy Leung
Cesar Leyva
Taylor Markway
Cody Martinez
Nina-Belle Mbayu
Sean McClay
Natalie McDermon
Berenice Medellin
Lauren Miller
Crystal Neifert
Adam Nelson Adam Nelson is from Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Before beginning law school, he worked as an Assistant Committee Clerk and Policy Analyst on the Texas Senate Committee on Education. This past summer he attended classes at Georgetown Law Center and the CATO Institute as well as interned in the lobby sector for the Alpine Group. Outside of school Adam enjoys traveling, water/snow sports, and brainstorming “the next big thing” of iPhone apps.
Michael Nelson
Ha-Vi Nguyen
Cameron Njaa
Imaeyen Nsien
Simone Otenaike
Alaina Oxford
Charles Pinney
Joseph Piorkowski
Mojdeh Pourmahram
Articles and Notes Editor
Stephen Pulsipher
Articles and Notes Editor
Stephen Pulsipher is from Simi Valley, California, and received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University. While in law school, he has been involved in the Action Committee for Career Services, the Health Law and Bioethics Society and the J. Reuben Clark Law Society. During his first summer, Stephen worked for the State Office of Administrative Hearings. Stephen is interested in health law and international law issues. In his free time, Stephen enjoys rock climbing and swimming..
Brian Quillen
Student Notes Editor
Brian Quillen graduated cum laude from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he was awarded the Outstanding Leader of a Student Organization as President of Georgetown’s Mock Trial program. He is a second-year student at the University of Texas School of Law. Brian is the current President of OUTLaw (UT Law’s LGBTQ group) and an active member in the Chicano/Hispanic Law Student Association. He is a William Wayne Justice Center Public Service Scholar and serves on the Justice Center Student Advisory Board. Since May of 2012, Brian has been the law clerk for Texas Legal Services: Criminal Victims Unit, a non-profit that provides free legal services for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. This summer, Brian will be interning for the United Nations at the International Labor Office in Geneva, Switzerland where he will be researching national legislation and evaluating those laws against international labor standards.
Rachel Ratcliffe Rachel Ratcliffe is originally from Norman, Oklahoma. She received her B. AD. in 2011 from the University of Oklahoma with a major in International Business and Finance and a minor in French. During law school, she has served as Staff Editor for the Texas International Law Journal, Vice President of Speakers for the Texas Federalist Society, and Sutton Society Coordinator through the UT Law Society Program. Last summer, she worked for a law firm in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. During the summer of 2013, she will be working as a summer associate for King & Spalding in Atlanta and Mayer Brown of Houston. She will also serve as Chief Articles Editor of the Review of Litigation in the coming year.
Renee Rayne
Executive Editor
Renee is originally from Tennessee and graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Arts in European Studies. Her interest in international relations led her to study abroad in Edinburgh where she interned for John Lamont in the Scottish Parliament. Last summer, Renee interned for Magistrate Judge E. Clifton Knowles of the Middle District of Tennessee. This summer, she will be staying in Austin to work in health law with Gjerset & Lorenz.
Desiree Rollins Desiree Rollins is from San Antonio, Texas. She received her undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin. After graduation, Desiree joined Teach For America in San Antonio where she taught Special Education at Kelly Elementary. While in law school, Desiree is involved with the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society, Street Law, and volunteers with Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) as a guardian ad litem for abused and neglected children. This past summer, she interned with the Travis County Civil Court, as well as Armbrust & Brown, PLLC. Desiree is interested in pursuing a career in litigation. Outside of law school, she enjoys watching movies and spending time with friends.
Tara Romero
Managing Editor
Tara Romero is from Houston, Texas and received her undergraduate degree in Management and Business Honors from Texas A&M University. During the summer after her first year of law school, Tara worked for Lone Star Legal Aid in Bryan, helping to bring legal services to those who cannot afford them. The summer after her second year of law school, Tara worked for Judge Frances Stacy of the Southern District of Texas, and interned at Baker Hostetler in Houston. During law school, Tara has been very active in the Texas International Law Journal. After law school, Tara will be at Baker Hostetler in Houston working in the Business group.
Julia Rubio
Stephanie Rzepka Stephanie Rzepka is from Erie, Pennsylvania, and earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Mary Washington. She volunteers as a mentor in UT’s Intellectual Entrepreneurship Consortium program and spent the last two summers working as a summer associate in the Cleveland office of Tucker Ellis LLP.
Hayden Schottlaender
Surim Seo
Articles and Notes Editor
Surim was born in Seoul, Korea and grew up in Korea, College Station, and Irvine, CA. She graduated from the University of Southern California in 2011 with a B.S. in Music Industry and B.A. in East Asian Languages and Cultures. Last summer, Surim spent three months in Seoul working for Barun Law and the Seoul Central District Prosecutors’ Office. Surim will be working for Pricewaterhouse Coopers in the International Tax Services division of the NYC office this summer.
Joanna Serrato
Kyle Shen
Articles and Notes Editor
Kyle Shen is from Cincinnati, Ohio, and graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in political science and a minor in mathematics. After college, he received a Fulbright grant to study and teach English for a year at a university in Macau, China. A 2L at UT, Kyle is a Rapoport Human Rights Scholar and works with the UT Human Rights Clinic. This past summer, he interned with Judge Cathy Cochran at the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Beyond law school, Kyle enjoys travel, food blogging, swimming, creative writing, and practicing several different martial arts.
Ayomide Shittu Ayomide Shittu was born in Lagos, Nigeria, and grew up in Nigeria and Houston, TX. She received her undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas. While in law school, she has been involved in the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society, Student Recruitment and Orientation Committee and American Constitutional Society. This past summer Ayomide worked in the Travis County District Courts and at Thompson Coe, Cousins and Irons, Austin, TX. Ayomide plans to spend her 3L Fall semester studying international law in London, England. Outside of law school Ayomide enjoys traveling, cooking and watching Netflix originals.
Rebekah Sills Rebekah graduated cum laude from Baylor University with a BA and MA in American Studies. She taught at Baylor upon graduation and then moved to Austin to work at Texas State University-San Marcos. Her activities in law school include holding an officer position in Youth Court and mock trial. She interned for Justice Nathan Hecht at the Texas Supreme Court after her first year. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her dogs, friends, and family.
Maxwelle Sokol Maxwelle Sokol was born in Santa Monica, California, and grew up in Los Angeles, California. She received her B.A. in philosophy from Loyola Marymount University in 2012. She transferred to UT from University of San Francisco School of Law in Fall 2013. This past summer, Maxwelle interned at the Equal Justice Center in Austin, TX, a non-profit law firm specializing in employment law.
Louis Stahl
Articles and Notes Editor
Marina Stefanova Marina Stefanova is from San Antonio, Texas and received her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University in Science, Technology, and International Affairs. While in law school, she has worked as a student attorney at the Immigration Clinic and has participated in the Rural Outreach Initiative with the Texas RioGrande Legal Aid. She is currently a Legal Research and Writing Teaching Assistant and a member of the Legal Research Board. Last summer, Marina interned with Judge Rodriguez at the District Court for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio. This summer, she will be a summer associate at Thompson & Knight and SNR Denton in Dallas.
Victoria Stephen Victoria is from McAllen, TX and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas in Finance. While in law school, she enjoys mentoring students through the Street Law and Youth Court programs and serving indigent clients of the Rio Grande Valley through the Pro Bono in January Program sponsored by the Equal Justice Center. Last summer, Victoria interned with Justice Contreras Garza at the Thirteenth Court of Appeals and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. She is interested in international commercial and corporate law. Outside of law school, she enjoys yoga, cooking and live music.
Julie Thompson Julie is from College Station, Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas with a dual degree in Journalism and Government. As an undergraduate she worked in Democratic politics and was a sports journalist at publications including the Austin American-Statesman. She has studied in Santander, Spain and London and plans to study abroad again in law school. She represents the Law School as a member of the Graduate Student Assembly and is on the Legal Services for Students Board, the Parking and Traffic Appeals Board and the Dean’s Advisory Board. She also mentors a UT undergraduate who hopes to attend law school.
Jing Tong
Article and Notes Editor
Jing Tong was born and raised in the Jiangsu Province of China. He received his undergraduate degree in philosophy from Wuhan University. Jing plans to work as a transactional lawyer after graduation, most likely in the areas of energy, M&A, and securities. Outside of law school, Jing has a preference for books, TV, movies, delicious food, and spending time with his wife.
Zahra Usmani
Brita Wallace Brita Wallace is from Austin, Texas, and received her undergraduate degree in Spanish from Trinity University. Brita spent a semester abroad during her undergraduate studies studying in Seville, Spain. During her first summer, she worked for the Texas Supreme Court and the Child Support Division of the Attorney General’s Office. She is interested in constitutional and international law issues. Outside of law school, Brita is an avid equestrian currently preparing her young horse for the hunter-jumper circuit. She enjoys reading, film, and travel.
Justin Wang
New Media Editor
Meredith Weaver
Symposium Editor
Meredith Weaver is from Georgetown, Texas, and received a B.A. from Brown University in International Relations. As a 2L, she was a Human Rights Scholar at the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice. During law school, Meredith has interned at Disability Rights Texas, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Office of General Counsel. She is currently working as a law clerk at Kator, Parks, and Weiser PLLC. Meredith is interested in international human rights law and private international law. Outside of law school, she enjoys travel, cooking and being outdoors.
Meghan Wied
Adam Workman
Min Woo Yoon
Marc Young
Jeffrey Zerda Born in San Antonio, Jeffrey Zerda graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service with a degree in International Political Economy. After his first year of law school, he interned at Bexar County’s Criminal District Court, writing memos for judges, reviewing applications for writ of habeas corpus, and drafting orders. Jeffrey currently works as a research assistant for Professors Lynn Baker and Charles Silver. Having developed an interest in state failure and formation, Jeffrey hopes to practice international law in the context of failed and conflict states. Outside of law school, Jeffrey enjoys swimming, hiking, and Hoya basketball.