Member Bios

Get to know our wonderful body of staff for Volume 53!

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Celia Villarreal
Editor in Chief
Celia was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, where she graduated from Texas A&M International University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. As an undergraduate, Celia served as Editor-in-Chief of the university newspaper and mentored first-year college students. During her 1L summer, Celia worked for U.S. Magistrate Judge Hacker and for UT Legal Services for Students. Outside of law school, Celia enjoys running, reading, and practicing yoga.
Judy Schweinfurth
Managing Editor of Business
Judy was born in South Korea and moved to the U.S. with her parents when she was 7. She grew up in Coppell, Texas (suburb outside of Dallas) and moved to Austin to attend UT, the best university in the world. She graduated with a B.A. in Plan II Honors, a B.J. in Broadcast Journalism, and a Business Foundation Certificate. She then went straight into law school at UT. Judy spent her 1L summer clerking at Norton Rose Fulbright and the Attorney General's Office. Judy is interested in global finance and international transactions. She also likes to spend her free time singing, acting, and performing (especially with the law school's A Cappella group).
Erwin Reschke
Managing Editor of Publication
Jackie Groves
Executive Editor
Jackie is a native Texan, born and raised in Austin. She received her Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, in Political Science from Texas A&M University. While attending Texas A&M, Jackie double minored in English and Art and Architectural History, wrote an honors thesis entitled "The Purpose of Party Manifestos," and was inducted as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. This past summer, Jackie worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable Justice Debra Lehrmann of the Supreme Court of Texas, and as a summer associate for Norton Rose Fulbright in Dallas, Texas. Jackie currently serves as a 2L Co-Chair on the Texas Law Alumni Affairs Student Steering Committee. In her free time, Jackie enjoys hiking, cooking, and playing with her Golden Retriever.
Daniella Gruwell
Executive Editor
Lauren Davis
Executive Editor
Leo Mata
Submissions Editor
Leo Mata graduated from the University of Houston with Bachelor of Science degrees in Economics and Political Science. During his 1L summer, he worked for Chief Judge Ricardo Hinojosa of the Southern District of Texas and for the family detention team of the non-profit RAICES. Leo is interested in criminal law and international human rights law. Outside of law school, Leo likes to travel, rate and review dogs, and eat tacos.
Emilie Heck
Submissions Editor
Emilie Heck was born in College Station, Texas. She completed her bachelors at Texas A&M University where she double majored in Classics and Anthropology with a minor in French. She graduated with several honors and completed an undergraduate thesis focusing on frontal bone variation within pre-contact Native American groups. During her 1L summer, she worked for the Austin Bar Association's Veteran's Legal Assistance Program. Emilie is also president of UT Law's Student Animal Legal Defense Fund chapter and a board member for Law Students for the Arts. In her free time she enjoys cooking, running and playing with her two rescue dogs.
Thomas Sekula
Symposium Editor
Thomas Sekula

Thomas Sekula

Ana Cenaj
Director of Development
Ana Cenaj was born in Albania and spent the beginning of her childhood there before moving to San Antonio, Texas at the age of 10. She graduated from Georgetown University in 2012 with a major in government and a minor in history. While at Georgetown, she was an undergraduate fellow at the Berkley Center where she contributed to reports on the future of track-two diplomacy, peacebuilding, and law, religion, and liberty of conscience. Prior to attending law school, Ana was a Teach for America corps member in the Rio Grande Valley where she taught 6th grade English. She has interned for former United States Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, the National Albanian American Council, and the Albanian Central Election Commission. During her 1L Summer, Ana interned at the US District Court for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio with the Honorable Judge Biery and the Honorable Judge Ezra. She enjoys breakfast tacos, southern hospitality, and keeping up with current events. Ana roots for the San Antonio Spurs and the Georgetown Hoyas.
Julian Martinez
Research Editor
Vanessa Chorush
Director of Communications
Taylor LeMay
Articles & Notes Editor
George Miller
Articles & Notes Editor
George received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania where he studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Prior to law school he worked as a legal assistant in New York supporting leveraged finance and project finance attorneys. He spent his 1L summer at the New York Attorney General’s Office in the Investor Protection Bureau. George enjoys reading, running and tasting Texas craft beers in his spare time.
Austin Black
Articles & Notes Editor
Austin Black

Austin Black

Haley Farrell
Articles & Notes Editor
Ari Gardner
Articles & Notes Editor
Ari Gardner

Ari Gardner

Bridget Jeong
Articles & Notes Editor
Bridget Jeong

Bridget Jeong

Jae Won Kim
Articles & Notes Editor
Jae Won Kim

Jae Won Kim

Tucker Villarreal
Articles & Notes Editor
Patrick Aana
Staff Editor
Caroline Barrow
Staff Editor
Sandra Benyamin
Staff Editor
Sandra Benyamin

Sandra Benyamin

Mark Broom
Staff Editor
Carolyn Campion
Staff Editor
Carolyn was born and raised in San Antonio. She completed her bachelors at The University of Texas at Austin where she studied in the Plan II Honors Program, writing her undergraduate thesis on Shakespeare and public health. During her 1L summer, she interned for Judge Fred Biery in the Western District of Texas. Outside of law school, Carolyn enjoys volunteering and exploring local parks with her dog.
Timothy Carney
Staff Editor
Alicia Chan
Staff Editor
Delanah Colbert
Staff Editor
Mitchell Cooper
Staff Editor
Andrea Crespo
Staff Editor
Erin Cusenbary
Staff Editor
Erin is a native Texan, born and raised in San Antonio. She received her Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude in Political Science and Spanish from Trinity University, where she was also Captain of the Tiger Volleyball team and the President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. During the summer after her 1L year, she worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable Judge Prado of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Erin currently serves as the Executive Vice President of the Women's Law Caucus and is a proud member of the executive board and writing team of Assault and Flattery.
Laura Kate Diller
Staff Editor
David Dodd
Staff Editor
Sean Doyle
Staff Editor
Sean was born in South Korea, but he grew up in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He attended Washington and Lee University, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in economics and politics. Prior to attending law school, Sean worked as an ESL and SAT instructor in Seoul and Busan, South Korea, respectively. He split his 1L summer between the Travis County Courthouse and Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody, a local Austin law firm. Sean enjoys Netflix and sushi, as well as free food of any variety.
Haley Farrell
Staff Editor
Domenic Frappolli
Staff Editor
Sarah Gohary
Staff Editor
Alexandra Hecht
Staff Editor
David Holmes
Staff Editor
David is a native son of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He received his undergraduate degree from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee where he majored in the International Relations track of the Political Science department and minored in Economics. David split his 1L summer working in Austin between local firm Jackson Walker and as an intern at the Travis County District Courthouse. His loves include playing basketball, shoe collecting, singing, reading, exploring new restaurants, and dogs.
Alexandra Jones-Lafont
Staff Editor
Alexandra Jones-Lafont
Irene Kau
Staff Editor
Irene grew up in Sugar Land, Singapore, and parts of Ohio. She received a degree in Finance and International Business at New York University and worked at an investment bank prior to law school. During her 1L summer, she worked for the in-house legal team at Calpine Corporation. Outside of law school, Irene enjoys running, doing hot yoga, playing with her puppy, traveling, and watching science-fiction shows.
Karim Kabaish
Staff Editor
Omar Khawaja
Staff Editor
Omar Khawaja

Omar Khawaja

Alex Kirincic
Staff Editor
Henry Knight
Staff Editor
Alexa Lang
Staff Editor
Leslie Liberman
Staff Editor
Anne Lindsley
Staff Editor
Olivia Mora
Staff Editor
Olivia was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She received a B.S. in International Relations and Politics, an additional major in Decision Sciences, and a minor in French from Carnegie Mellon University, where she was also captain of the Varsity Women's Volleyball team. Before starting law school, Olivia was a Parliamentary Clerk at the Texas House of Representatives. During the summer after her 1L year, she worked at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid on the consumer protection and federal income tax teams. Olivia currently serves as the Latina Law Caucus Chair for the Chicano Hispanic Law Students' Association. She is fluent in French and conversational in Spanish.
Jonathon Morace
Staff Editor
Jonathon Morace is a native Texan who graduated from Texas A&M University with a degree in Political Science. After graduating, Jonathon spent his 1L year at The University of Alabama School of Law before returning home to Texas. During his 1L summer Jonathon worked for Judge L. Scott Coogler in the Northern District of Alabama. In his free time, Jonathon enjoys listening to jazz music, reading foreign policy books, and reading Politico.
Sarah Moseley
Staff Editor
Sarah Moseley

Sarah Moseley

Victoria Newton
Staff Editor
Katelin Norris
Staff Editor
Elizabeth Rozacky
Staff Editor
Elizabeth is a native Austinite. She attended the University of Texas, where she double-majored in Classics and Archaeology with a minor in Liberal Arts Honors (which is a real thing). During her 1L summer, she worked for Chief Justice Jeff Rose at the Texas Third Court of Appeals and for the Haddad Legal Group's business transactions section. Elizabeth interested in real estate and property issues. She is also a member of Medley, the law school's premier acapella group. Outside of law school, Elizabeth enjoys water sports, puns, and watching the West Wing.
Andrew Schick
Staff Editor
Tatyanna Senel
Staff Editor
Savanna Shaffer
Staff Editor
Savanna Shaffer

Savanna Shaffer

Trevor Vega
Staff Editor
Sabina Wahl
Staff Editor
Sabina Wahl

Sabina Wahl

Vickie Wang
Staff Editor
Julie Wilson
Staff Editor