Member Bios

To access a specific TILJ member’s bio, please visit the Current Masthead and click on the member’s name.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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 third-year law student. He is a christian. He grew up in Lafayette, Louisiana. He graduated from the University of Houston with a degree in History and Political Science. He transferred from South Texas College of Law after his first year of law school. He enjoys playing soccer and watching movies. He is interested in Bankruptcy, Criminal Law, and Constitutional Law.

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

Burton DeWitt is from Miami, Fla., or Long Island, N.Y., or Houston, Texas. He studied history and medieval studies at Rice University. He is a former turf writer and former and current tutor. He also is a law student in his spare time. Burton’s life aspirations include making it to all the world’s major horse races, amongst other professional goals that he won’t bore you with. He holds very strong opinions about em dashes and other punctuation marks. He is the starting goalkeeper for Austin Power Soccer Club.

Francesca Di Toria

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.

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

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.

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

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.

Leah Glowacki

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

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.

Helen Halldorsson

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.

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.

Rachel Heckelman

Student Notes Editor

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.

Matthew Heller

Matthew Heller is originally from Houston, Texas. He received his B.A. at Cornell University where he majored in political science and also studied Japanese. Matthew was happy to be able to return to Texas (and warm weather) to attend law school at the University of Texas. Last summer, Matthew interned for Judge Radack at the First Court of Appeals of Texas and also interned with the corporate law group at Winstead PC in Houston. Matthew is passionately interested in employment issues, whether they be national or international in scope. After graduating from law school, Matthew plans to pursue a career in employment law. Matthew is also a huge cinema buff who enjoys following film and television.

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

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. In her free time, Kelly enjoys yoga, pilates, and spending time with her dog and cat.

Jordan Hunn

Executive Editor

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

Blake Jenkins was born in Enid, Oklahoma, and was raised in Weatherford, Oklahoma. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a B.A. in Letters in 2011. While in college, Blake founded an organization called Oklahoma Justice Mission dedicated to raising awareness about human trafficking in the United States. During law school, Blake worked as a law clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Texas and as a judicial intern for the Honorable David Hittner in Houston, Texas. Last summer, Blake clerked for Hogan Lovells US LLP and Locke Lord LLP focusing on commercial litigation. In his free time, Blake enjoys traveling, exploring new places to eat, and playing recreational sports.

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

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.

Jessica Lance

Craig Lauchner

Craig Lauchner grew up north of Dallas and attended Texas Tech University where he graduated magna cum laudewith a degree in Political Science and Spanish. After completing his undergraduate studies, he joined a team of international staff with The Navigators—a Christian nonprofit organization—in La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, where he worked for two years. His legal interests include general litigation, international human rights law, and immigration policy. In the summer of 2014 he worked in the Houston Immigration Court writing memoranda and drafting Court decisions to be taken under advisement of the Court.

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

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

Cesar Leyva

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.

Taylor Markway

Christopher Marshall

Articles and Notes Editor

Cody Martinez

Nina-Belle Mbayu

Nina-Belle S. Mbayu was born in Tokyo, Japan. Also, she was the first Cameroonian girl to be born in Japan. She spent most of her childhood in New Rochelle, NY, and went to Howard University in Washington, D.C. for undergrad. While at Howard University, she interned the Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to the US and For the Love of Children. Before coming to UT Law, she worked as an Administrative and Human Resources Assistant for the United Nations’ Department of Management and Department of Peacekeeping Operations. While at UT Law, she has been involved in the Thurgood Marshall Legal Society, and is now its Community Service Chairperson. Outside of school, she loves to cook, travel, and write poetry.

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.

Natalie McDermon

Berenice Medellin

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.

Lauren Miller

Articles and Notes Editor

Crystal Neifert

New Media Editor

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

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

Cameron Njaa

Cameron Njaa graduated from King’s College London in 2011, and went on to do diverse work while at the University of Texas School of Law, including a federal judicial internship with Judge Sam Sparks and a crisis management internship with Whole Foods Market. In her spare time, she maintains a demanding cat and attempts to find time to read for fun.

Ashley Nwonuma

Simone Otenaike

Jade Peterkin

Kristin Petkova

Charles Pinney

Articles and Notes Editor

Joseph Piorkowski

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.

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.

Desiree Rollins

Research Editor

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 Husch Blackwell in Dallas. Desiree is interested in pursuing a career in litigation. Outside of law school, she enjoys watching movies and spending time with friends.

Julia Rubio

Peter Rush

Hayden Schottlaender

Joanna Serrato

Kyle Shen

Submission Editors

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 carry out an independent research project as well as to teach English for a year at a university in Macau, China. A 3L at UT, Kyle spent his past summer in the Office of the Co-Prosecutors at the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He was a Rapoport Human Rights Scholar and works with the UT Human Rights Clinic. During his first summer, Kyle interned with Judge Cathy Cochran at the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals. Beyond law school, Kyle enjoys travelling, food blogging, swimming, creative writing, and training in 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.

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.

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

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.

Patrick Tatum

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.

Stephen Villarreal

Meghan Wied

Meghan Wied grew up in Round Top, Texas. Upon graduation, she attended The University of Texas at Austin, where she graduated with honors in accounting. While in law school, Meghan has served on the Submissions Review Board for the Texas International Law Journal, helped coordinate activities as the Publicity & Liaison Officer for UT Women’s Law Caucus, participated in mock trial, and been a member of the Calvert Inn of Court. She currently serves as Co-President of Women’s Law Caucus and works at a local litigation firm. Over the past two summers, she has interned with the First Court of Appeals of Texas and worked for Grant Thornton in Houston. Upon graduation, she hopes to pursue corporate work related to international tax. In her free time, Meghan enjoys cooking, playing volleyball, and country dancing.

Marc Young

50th Anniversary Executive Editor

Marc D. Young returned to school after many years spent working. Marc has served as an Assistant Insurance Commissioner of Oklahoma, a Legislative Assistant on Capitol Hill, owns his own company, and, among other pursuits, is also a military officer who has been deployed three times since 9/11. Marc earned his B.A. from the University of Oklahoma majoring in History with a minor in Political Science. He is committed to public and community service, and has a particular interest in international commercial arbitration. For fun Marc enjoys theater, music, sailing, bourbon, and is an amateur DJ.

Jeffrey Zerda

Managing Editor

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.

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

Articles and Notes Editor

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. After her 1L year, she interned at Texas Advocacy Project and with U.S. District Judge Gray H. Miller. Rachel is passionate about environmental issues and hopes to devote her career to advocating for clean air. In her free time, Rachel enjoys taking walks and improving her cooking skills.