Member Bios

Jenna Al-Malawi

Half Korean and half Syrian, Jenna Al-Malawi is a nomad by blood and by nature. She has lived everywhere, but perhaps most notably spent her formative years in Hong Kong, Lebanon, and Chicago. After receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago, she worked at the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. for three years prior to law school. She is currently in her second year at UT and serves as an officer for the Asian Law Students Association. Jenna loves coffee, traveling, sailing, the Chicago Bulls, and pretty much anything by Henry James and Flannery O’Connor.

Iman Ali

Brittney Angelich

Brittney Angelich is originally from Orange County, California. She attended San Diego State University where she earned her degree in English and minored in Political Science. Brittney is one of the 2L representatives for the Student Bar Association at UT Law. This past summer she worked at a small law firm in Irvine, California and enjoyed learning the ins and outs of litigation. Outside of law school, Brittney enjoys traveling, reading historical fiction novels, and going to the beach with friends.

Daniel Benowitz

Dan is originally from the Boston area and attended the University of Massachusetts as an undergraduate, where he majored in Linguistics and Psychology. After graduating from college he traveled and worked in a number of places, including building a house in Alaska, teaching English in Korea, working as a linguist/supervisor at a company in Australia, taking the LSAT in Singapore and submitting his law school applications from Laos. This past summer he worked at the American Civil Liberties Union of Texas in Houston. In his free time he likes playing basketball, spending time with friends and being outdoors.

Sara Block

Sara Block was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She studied multiple languages at Union College and graduated cum laude with a degree in Spanish and French language and cultural studies. During college, she lived abroad in Rennes, France, Buenos Aires, Argentina, and Montevideo, Uruguay. Sara spent her 1L summer working for a District Court Judge in Chicago. In her free time she likes to watch hockey, play flag football, and visit Costco.

Jonathan Bodle

Alexander Brown

Alex Brown is a native of Great Falls, Virginia, and came to the University of Texas at Austin for his undergraduate degree in 2009. He majored in Sociology and minored in Government. After graduating from UT in 2013, Alex attended Emory University School of Law before transferring back to Texas to attend UT Law School in 2014. This past summer he worked with Professor Polly Price at Emory to develop a manual for state governments on the US-Mexico border to treat tuberculosis patients under the care of the state. He is pursuing a career in corporate transactional law with a focus on securities and antitrust litigation. Alex enjoys baseball and football, rooting for the Longhorns, the Baltimore Orioles, and the Baltimore Ravens.

Ben Brown

Daniel Cadis

Daniel Cadis grew up in Houston and attended Houston Baptist University, where he graduated summa cum laude with a degree in Mass Communication and Political Science. After graduating, he worked as a journalist for The New York Times and the Houston Chronicle before joining MMI Agency, where he led a team of digital designers and developers serving corporate and nonprofit clients. His legal interests include practicing in corporate law and tax law. Outside of law school, he enjoys spending time with his family, long-distance running, and tracking movie production.

Margaret Cannell

Maggie Cannell is from Honolulu, Hawaii. She graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Fordham University at Lincoln Center, then moved to Hong Kong for two years where she worked in the finance and fashion industries. She returned to the United States in 2013 to attend law school in Texas. Now a 3L, she spent part of her 2L summer interning in Tokyo, and hopes to pursue a legal career in international law. In her free time, Maggie likes taking walks around Lady Bird Lake with her dog, Peanut Butter.

Lorenza Cigarroa

Christaan Cleary

Michael Darling

Marc-Anthony Delgado

Michael Duran

Michael Duran is from Lubbock, Texas. He received his undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University. He attended Texas Tech University School of Law his 1L year before transferring to UT Law. This past summer, he clerked for the Killion Law Firm, a Lubbock firm that specializes in personal injury law. In his free time, Michael enjoys watching college football, attempting to play golf, spending time with his wife, Ella, and playing with his son/dog, Hershey.

Crystal Flinn

Articles and Notes Editor

Crystal Flinn is originally from Connecticut and spent several years in Washington, DC before coming to the University of Texas in Austin to receive a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. During her first summer from law school, Crystal worked for a domestic violence clinic in Austin before traveling to Israel to intern for an NGO working with antiterrorist legislation. Crystal hopes to begin a career in international transactions after graduating from law school. Outside of her law career, Crystal enjoys horseback riding, recreational travel, and SCUBA diving.

Eddie Flores

Amanda Fullerton

Madeline Gaffney

Leslie Gardner

Articles and Notes Editor

Leslie Gardner is originally from Indiana. She attended Butler University where she studied journalism and political science. Before law school, she worked as a Production Assistant at C-SPAN. The summer after her 1L year, she had the privilege of interning at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District. Outside of law school, she enjoys catching up on TV shows, swimming, and spending time with friends.

Andrew Gille

Leah Glowacki

Articles and Notes Editor

Leah Glowacki was born in Michigan and went to high school in Florida. She graduated from Occidental College (Los Angeles) in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Diplomacy and World Affairs and Spanish Studies. After graduating, she worked as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Puebla, Mexico. Leah has a strong interest in children’s rights and international human rights. She hopes to eventually visit every country in Latin America. Leah is currently a Human Rights Scholar at the Rapoport Center and on the Executive Board for Youth Court and the Human Rights Law Society. Finally, Leah loves cooking, baking, practicing yoga, running, and hiking.

Sophia Golvach

Symposium Editor

Sophia Golvach is from Houston, Texas and received her undergraduate degree in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic from Dartmouth College in 2011. She is a dual J.D. and M.A. student currently pursuing a master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies, with a focus in Islamic Law. Throughout law school she has worked in public service, at a large law firm, as a judicial intern at the Texas Supreme Court, and at the Department of Justice. In her fourth and final year, she is working with the Director Bobby Chesney at the Strauss Center for International Security and Law as a fellow to complete her thesis focusing on the intersection of humanitarian law and Islamic laws of armed conflict. She plans to pursue a career in international law. Her free time consists of her bengal cat, Zion, and the West Wing.

Helen Halldorsson

Executive Editor

Helen Halldorsson is from San Antonio, Texas. She received her B.A. in Government and Sociology from The University of Texas at Austin. After college, she worked at Kastner Huggins Reddien Gravelle, a small corporate law firm in Austin. During the summer after her first year of law school, she worked at The Department of Homeland Security as an immigration law intern in the Office of the Chief Counsel at United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. She plans to pursue a career in either government work or public service.

Brendan Hammond

Todd Hartis

Todd Hartis was born and raised in Houston, Texas. In 2013 he received his undergraduate degree in Economics from The University of Texas at Austin before attending law school. During his 1L summer he interned in the chambers of the Honorable Jeff L. Rose on the Texas Third Court of Appeals in Austin and the Honorable Frances H. Stacy of the United States District Court in Houston. In his free time, Todd enjoys concerts, traveling, sporting events, and exploring the Austin culinary scene.

Christopher Hefner

Christopher Hefner is from San Antonio, Texas. He graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in English before moving back to Texas for law school. During his 1L summer Chris split his time between Hornberger, Sheehan, Fuller, and Garza, Inc. in San Antonio and the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Court in Viera, Florida. Chris is interested in health law issues and international arbitration. In his free time, Chris enjoys traveling, playing soccer, and playing the piano.

Mike Heitz

Matthew Heller

Executive Editor

Matt Heller is originally from Katy, Texas. He received his B.A. from Cornell University where he majored in political science and also studied Japanese. Matt is happy to be in Texas (and warm weather) for law school at UT. Last summer, Matt clerked at the Houston office of Norton Rose Fulbright. After graduating from law school, Matthew will pursue a career at Norton Rose Fulbright with the employment and labor section. Matt has also worked as an intern at the EEOC, Winstead PC, and the First Court of Appeals of Texas. In his free time, Matt enjoys film, television, reading sci-fi/fanstasy novels, and hanging out with TILJ.

Kelly Hill

Forum & New Media Editor

Kelly Hill is originally from Cincinnati, OH. She attended Vanderbilt University for undergraduate, where she majored in Art History and Anthropology with a minor in International Politics. After graduation, she moved to New York and attended Sotheby’s Institute of Art, where she received a Master’s in Art Business. During her 1L summer, Kelly worked for the Honorable Xavier Rodriguez, a judge for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio, and she spent the second half in Houston working for the Honorable Justice Higley on the First Court of Appeals. She spent her 2L summer working for the Institute of Museum and Library Services and Congressman Brad Wenstrup in D.C. At the law school, she participates in the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic and is a Research Assistant for Professor Lynn Baker. In her free time, Kelly enjoys yoga, pilates, and spending time with her dog and cat.

Marisa Joyce

Helen Kerwin

Navneet Khinda

Charity King

Executive Editor

Charity King grew up in Stephenville, Texas. She moved to Fort Worth and graduated from Texas Christian University with an English and a History degree. Outside of law school, she enjoys reading and taking her dog on runs in the park.

Travis Korman

Brendan Lally-McGurl

Brendan Lally-McGurl is a second-year student from Boston, MA. He received a degree in finance from Tulane University in 2009. Prior to law school, Brendan taught English in Daegu, South Korea. He is interested in golf and travel.

Craig Lauchner

Managing Editor Business

Craig is originally from Flower Mound, Texas. He attended Texas Tech University from 2005−2009 where he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Political Science and Spanish. After graduation, he joined a team of international staff with The Navigators—a Christian nonprofit organization—in La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he lived and worked from 2011−2013. Craig’s academic interests include immigration law and policy and the international causes of refugee crises. After law school, Craig plans to move to Houston to work as a commercial litigator.

Rachel Lee

Grace Lentz

Articles and Notes Editor

Grace Lentz was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and grew up in The Woodlands, Texas. She earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Texas A&M University. While in law school, she has been a member of the Women’s Law Caucus and the Action Committee for Career Services. Last summer, she worked in the Texas House of Representatives. Outside of law school, Grace enjoys reading, running, and watching way too much Netflix.

Katy Leung

Jingjing Liang

Articles and Notes Editor

Jingjing (JJ) Liang grew up in Beijing, China, and moved to Toronto, Canada, at the age of 11 with her mother. She graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts degree with Honors Distinction in History and Religion. In the summer of her junior year, JJ studied at Oxford University in the UK. Prior to attending law school, JJ worked at a Chinese all-service law firm in Beijing and a Canadian litigation boutique in Toronto. JJ is a member of the Legal Research Board and a 2L representatives for the Student Bar Association at UT Law. JJ spent her 1L summer working for judges at the State Office of Administrative Hearings in Austin and the First Court of Appeals in Houston. JJ is interested in international transactions and international commercial arbitration with a focus on China practice. Outside of law school, JJ likes to play the piano, sing (and perform with UT’s acappella group, Medley), paint, and write reviews for films and concerts.

Erika Lopez

Alice Ma

Huayang Alice Ma was born in Zhengzhou, Henan, China. She got her LLB Degree At the China University of Mining and Technology (Beijing) and now studies at the University of Texas School of Law for a LLM degree. She obtained an internship at Haidian Court assisting a judge, and volunteered at a Legal Aid Center of the Chinese Coal Miner Pneumoconiosis Prevention and Treatment Foundation. At the University of Texas she is focusing on a business concentration and wants to pursue a career in this field. Outside of law school Alice enjoys traveling, cooking Yu food, and table tennis with her family and friends.

Christopher Marshall

Managing Editor Publication

Chris Marshall, a native Austinite, graduated from The College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio, with a double-major in Spanish and History and a minor in Latin American Studies. After his 1L year, he interned with U.S. Magistrate Judge Mark Lane and the General Litigation Division of the Office of the Attorney General of Texas. This past summer, Chris interned with the UN International Labour Organisation in Geneva. Chris is a dual-degree student with the LBJ School of Public Affairs and is pursuing a Master of Global Policy Studies degree. Outside of school, Chris enjoys reading, traveling, and watching terrible movies.

Cody Martinez

Sean McClay

Sean McClay graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in International Political Economy and European Studies, and worked in Austin before starting law school. Sean is the treasurer of Youth Court, a member of the Legal Research Board, and was a summer staffer with TILJ prior to full membership this fall. He has worked as a research assistant for Professor Justin Driver, and interned with the law firm Meyer Moser Lang. He plans to practice corporate law in New York City, despite his addiction to breakfast tacos. He has been interested in issues surrounding international institutions, particularly the European Union, for many years and hopes that his time on TILJ will allow him to learn about those issues from a legal perspective. When not working on law school, Sean enjoys trying new restaurants, games, electronic music, and exercising. That’s a lie; he spends most of his time trying desperately not to impulse-buy a pug.

Nick McCoy

Articles and Notes Editor

Nick McCoy grew up in Dallas, Texas before attending the University of Missouri where he majored in marketing and studied abroad in Bergamo, Italy. After college, he was a Teach For America corps member in the Rio Grande Valley teaching 8th grade math and coaching football. Afterwards, he received his M.B.A. from the University of Arizona before working in the financial services industry. After law school, Nick hopes to work for an international law firm as a litigator.

Berenice Medellin

Research Editor

Berenice Medellin was born and raised in Mexico City and moved to Dallas, Texas during middle school. She is a first generation college graduate from the University of Texas at Austin. Berenice graduated with a dual degree in Sociology and Social Work. During her first year in law school, Berenice remained committed to two of her greatest passions–––leadership and service–––by having the most pro bono service hours during her first year. Berenice is passionate about advocacy and is interested in pursuing a career in litigation practice. Outside of law school, Berenice enjoys traveling, fashion, spending time with her family and friends, photography, and community service.

Sacha Mount

Sacha was born and raised in San Francisco, California, where he attended Lowell High School (same high school as SCOTUS Justice Breyer!), and obtained an undergraduate degree in English from UCLA. He worked for the San Francisco Office of the Public Defender his 1L summer, and is aiming for a criminal law career upon graduation. He enjoys rooting for his Giants, Niners, and Bruins, and playing for Dean Keeton FC, the law school’s unofficial men’s soccer team.

Ha-Vi Nguyen

Director of Development

Ha-Vi Nguyen was born in Vietnam, but spent most of her life in Dallas, Texas. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Economics and Government. She spent most of her undergrad doing public policy work at The Texas Council for Developmental Disabilities, TRPSA Strategy Partners (a lobbying/law firm), and The Council on Foreign Relations. During the summer after her first year, Ha-Vi worked at the Office of the Attorney General of Texas and as a judicial intern at the Dallas County Criminal Court. After law school, Ha-VI hopes to either practice law in Washington D.C. or her hometown of Dallas.

Pamela Nickell

Ashley Nwonuma

Claire Ogburn

Jackson Oliver

Mariana Ortegon

Karla Perez

Jade Peterkin

Kristin Petkova

Submissions Editor

Jack Polisini

James Quail

Maegan Quejada

Maegan has lived on three continents, speaks two and 3/4 languages, and has played soccer competitively in six countries. She started undergrad at Singapore Management University, took a pit stop at LUISS-Guido Carli, and finished at the UT. Before law school, she worked in media relations where she placed articles on tracking envelopes and predistorting digital signals. Outside of class and TILJ, she promotes restorative justice in middle school through Youth Court.

Tyler Richardson

Tyler Richardson is from Midland, Texas and received both his Bachelor in Business Administration in Accounting and Master in Taxation from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to law school, Tyler worked both as an executive compensation and benefits consultant and a tax accountant. During law school, he has been a member of the Texas Business Law Society and Law Students Mentoring Undergraduates. This past summer, Tyler interned for a Federal District Court in Midland and worked at WP Engine in Austin as a corporate in-house counsel intern. Next summer, Tyler will be working at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley, & McCloy in New York. Outside of law school, Tyler is a die-hard UT sports fan and has competed in numerous bodybuilding shows.

Gregory Roper

Peter Rush

Stephanie Schmidt

Anna Shepard

Vidushi Shrimali

Vidushi Shrimali is from Coppell, Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas with a dual degree in Journalism and Asian Cultures and Languages, specializing in Hindi and Urdu. As an undergraduate she reported for the Daily Texan and the Austin-American Statesman. She loves to travel and having studied in Lucknow, India and Dubai, United Arab Emirate, hopes to one day live overseas. She is the Service Director for the Asian Law Students Association and spends what little free time law school gives her exploring Austin.

Sara Siegel

Sara Siegel is from San Antonio, Texas and graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a major in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Government. During the summer after her first year, Sara worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable Chief Judge Ronald B. King of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas and as a summer associate with Pulman, Cappuccio, Pullen, Benson & Jones. Outside of law school, Sara enjoys watching FRIENDS, walking along Town Lake, and spending time with her friends.

Rosa Sung

Rosa was born in South Korea, and she graduated from Seoul National University with a bachelor’s degree in international relations. Before coming to law school, Rosa worked as a business consultant for four years, focusing on real estate development projects. During her 1L summer, she interned at the Greater Boston Legal Services’ Housing Unit where she worked on emergency shelter cases and eviction cases. She is a cello player, and loves to read all sorts of non-fiction books.

Stephen Villarreal

Margaret Wittenmyer

Wang Yong

Anna Ziemnicki

Bryan Zubay

Bryan Zubay graduated from New York University with a major in economics and minor in Arabic. During law school, Bryan has served as a legal intern at the Texas Fair Defense Project and as a research assistant for Professor Charles Silver at the Center on Lawyers, Civil Justice, and the Media. Outside of law school, Bryan has strong opinions about bicycling as a primary means of transportation, Joanna Newsom’s musical genius, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Rachel Zummo

Editor in Chief

Rachel Zummo grew up in Houston, Texas and graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin, where she double majored in Government and Rhetoric. Since beginning law school, Rachel has interned with U.S. District Judge Gray H. Miller, Texas Advocacy Project, and Texas Appleseed. She enjoys research and has a particular interest in administrative law. Outside of law school, Rachel’s favorite activities include running, cooking, and watching movies.