Member Bios

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

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Austin Black
Editor in Chief
MGS_4764Austin was born in Memphis, TN, but moved around frequently until he settled in the DFW area, where he graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. Before coming to law school, he worked with the Congressional and Intergovernmental Affairs Section (CIAS) of the Embassy of Canada in DC. Outside of law school, Austin enjoys readying, studying languages, fencing, and painting.
Jae Won Kim
Managing Editor of Business
MGS_4589Jae Won was born in Daegu, South Korea. He came to the United States for college at the University of Notre Dame, where he received his BA in Political Science and French. Before law school, Jae Won was a freelance translator (Korean-English). During his 1L summer, he worked at the Consumer Protection Division of the Texas Attorney General's office and at Travis County Attorney's Office. In his free time, he likes singing, playing the piano, and traveling. 
Bridget Jeong
Managing Editor of Publication
MGS_4890Bridget Jeong was born in Germany and grew up in South Korea. She came to the United States for high school and received her B.A. in Classics and Comparative Literature from Brown University. Bridget spent her 1L summer clerking at the Travis County District Courthouse and Armbrust & Brown. She is interested in litigation, refugee rights, and cultural repatriation. In her free time, Bridget enjoys baking, running, and counting down the days to Christmas.
Haley Farrell
Executive Editor
pds headshot (3)Haley is a native of upstate New York, born and raised in Binghamton. She double majored in International Studies and Theology at Boston College, with a concentration in Ethics and Social Justice. After graduating from BC, she spent two years working in Cambodia and then in Australia as a research fellow for Jesuit Refugee Service. She contributed to reports on statelessness and refugee rights, in addition to fundraising efforts for direct services. During her 1L summer, she worked for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. In her free time, Haley enjoys rock climbing, hiking, running, and putzing around town with family and friends. 
Henry Knight
Executive Editor
MGS_4819Henry was born in New York and moved to Houston with his parents when he was 6. He grew up in Houston and returned to New York to attend NYU, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Politics. While at NYU, he competed on the Cross-Examination Debate Team (CEDA-NDT) and the Varsity Swim Team. He then went straight to law school and returned to Texas at UT. Henry worked at Lamar & Associates in San Antonio during his 1L summer and is interested in entrepreneurial law and music publishing. In his free time, Henry enjoys cooking and singing (shameless plug for the law school’s A Cappella group).
Alexa Lang
Executive Editor
Alexa Lang grew up in Louisville, Kentucky. She moved to D.C. to attend American University, where she got her degree in Latin American Studies and a minor in Business Administration. After graduation, she moved to the great state of Texas to work with a non-profit immigration legal service provider and ponder law school. She spent her 1L summer working for the Texas Civil Rights Project and is currently on the board of Women’s Law Caucus. Outside of law school, Alexa enjoys running and eating her way across Austin.
Mark Broom
Submissions Editor
MGS_4487Mark Broom was born in Tucson, Arizona and graduated with honors from Northern Arizona University with degrees in Finance and Spanish, as well as a certificate in International Business Studies. Before attending Texas Law, Mark spent two years working as a paralegal at a law firm specializing in bad-faith property insurance litigation. His hobbies include mountain biking, backpacking, skiing, and playing guitar.
Omar Khawaja
Submissions Editor
MGS_4809Omar Khawaja has spent time in Philadelphia, Denver, and Austin, but considers himself a Michigander at heart. He received his BA in Political Science and Economics from the University of Michigan- Ann Arbor. Before law school, Omar worked in the International group for a large company in Denver, doing finance and analytics. He spent his 1L summer interning with Judge Mott at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Texas, in Austin. He enjoys skiing, college football, and is currently taking improv comedy classes.
Julie Wilson
Submissions Editor
Julie Wilson grew up in central Ohio. She received her Bachelors of Arts from Tufts University in International Relations and German Studies. Following undergrad, she worked as a legal assistant in Frankfurt, Germany and New York City. During her 1L summer, she worked for the Antitrust Division of the DOJ and NYU Law’s Center for Human Rights and Global Justice. Outside of law school, she enjoys yoga, reading, and exploring Austin BBQ.
Ari Gardner
Symposium Editor
MGS_4562Ari was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri but has also spent time living in New York, Alaska, and Israel. He has a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University in New York, an M.A. in Government, Diplomacy, and Conflict Studied from the Interdisciplinary Center-Herzliya in Israel, and a professional background in political campaigns and marketing, among other things. He spent his 1L summer in Anchorage, Alaska, interning for the Labor & State Affairs and Special Litigation Sections of the Alaska Attorney General's office. Outside of law school, Ari enjoys trail running, culinary tourism, and random conversations. He also makes a mean shakshuka. 
Sarah Moseley
Director of Development
Sarah Moseley was born in New Orleans and lived in Singapore from ages 12 to 17.  She attended Vassar College, where she majored in Anthropology and minored in Asian Studies.  Prior to law school, Sarah worked as a paralegal at a New York City law firm.  During her 1L summer, Sarah interned for the Antitrust Division of the Texas Attorney General's Office and for Judge Sarah Vance in the Eastern District of Louisiana.  Outside of law school, Sarah enjoys cooking, watching documentaries, and playing with her pup, Frida.
Tucker Villarreal
Research Editor
MGS_4452Tucker Villarreal was born and raised in Corpus Christi, TX. He received his B.A. in Government and History at the University of Texas at Austin. After graduating in three years, Tucker went straight to law school where he split his 1L summer between the Travis County Courthouse and Graves Dougherty Hearon & Moody, P.C. in Austin. His interests include reading news/political articles, traveling, hunting and fishing, and overall relaxing.
Patrick Aana
Articles & Notes Editor
MGS_4672Patrick was born and raised in Houston. He studied history at the University of Houston and international relations at the University of St. Thomas. Prior to starting at Texas Law, Patrick worked at a Houston-area nonprofit dedicated to educating students and the local community on international topics. He returned to the city his 1L summer when he interned in the Appellate Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Texas. Patrick enjoys volunteering, running, and reading about current events.
David Dodd
Articles & Notes Editor
David Dodd is a current 2L at the University of Texas School of Law. He attended the University of St Andrews and the College of William and Mary in their Joint Degree Programme, focusing his studies on Middle Eastern history. Over the past summer he worked for the Office of the Consumer Credit Commissioner in Austin, TX.
Alex Kirincic
Articles & Notes Editor
MGS_4685Alex was born in Miami and moved to Dallas with her family when she was 12. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.B.A. in Business Management, a minor in Spanish, and certificates in International Business and Linguistics. Alex split her 1L summer between Lockton Dunning and the Haynes & Boone Fast Track program in Dallas. Outside of law school, she enjoys reading, yoga, and tennis.
Andrew Schick
Articles & Notes Editor
Andrew was born and raised in Orange County, California. He received his B.A. in Political Science (with a minor in Economics) from the University of California, San Diego. Before law school, Andrew worked as a policy intern at the San Diego County Taxpayers Association. Andrew split his 1L summer between the Texas First Court of Appeals in Houston, and the U.S. Western District Court of Texas in San Antonio. In his free time, Andrew enjoys watching sports, reading, and playing with his two kittens.
Johnathan Gooch
Director of Communications
Sandra Benyamin
Staff Editor
Sandra was born in New Jersey and moved to Austin, Texas with her parents when she was 6 months old. She has lived in Austin her whole life. She attended UT and graduated with a B.S. in Early Child Development. She then went straight into law school at UT. Sandra spent her 1L summer clerking at McGlinchey Stafford. Sandra is currently interning for Judge Davis in the Western District of Texas in a Bankruptcy Court. Outside of law school, Sandra likes to spend her free time playing sports and working with her kids in church.
Timothy Carney
Staff Editor
Tim Carney was born and raised in Winter Park, Florida. He majored in Economics at the University of Florida before attending Texas Law. He spent his 1L summer interning with the U.S. Navy JAG Corps. In his spare time, Tim enjoys traveling, watching college football, and weighing the pros and cons of getting a dog.
Paige Cheung
Staff Editor
Paige Cheung was born and raised in San Francisco, CA. She graduated from UCLA in 2016 with a major in Political Science and a minor in Asian Languages. She worked at at the Travis County Courthouse and Lloyd Gosselink her 1L summer and at the Office of the Texas Attorney General her 2L summer. In her free time, she enjoys baking, reading, and exploring the local food scene.
Delanah Colbert
Staff Editor
Delanah was raised in Houston, Texas. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree at Southern Methodist University where she majored in International Studies and minored in Anthropology. Prior to law school she worked in Madrid, Spain as an English language assistant. In her spare time Delanah loves playing with her toy poodle Penny and binge watching Netflix with her fiancé Quinten.
Mitchell Cooper
Staff Editor
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Andrea Crespo
Staff Editor
MGS_4800Andrea was born in Fort Gordon, Georgia but grew up overseas most of her life in various countries. She went to the University of Texas at El Paso and studied "Psychology and Political Science. While in undergrad, she was manager of a family business. Last summer, she worked at the Texas Higher Education Coordinating board as a legal intern. She also worked as a judicial intern for Judge Montalvo for the Western District of Texas in El Paso.
Outside of law school she loves to read and explore new things in Austin."
Laura Kate Diller
Staff Editor
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Domenic Frappolli
Staff Editor
Domenic was born in Dallas, Texas, but spent most of his childhood growing up in Chicago. Before coming to Texas Law, he attended Pepperdine University in California where he majored in Business Administration with a focus in Finance. During his 1L summer, Domenic worked for Jones Day in Dallas. In his free time he enjoys going for runs, reading a book, and relaxing with friends.
Sarah Gohary
Staff Editor
MGS_4841Sarah was born in Canada, but grew up all over the world, moving from country to country every 2-3 years until she graduated from high school. Sarah attended The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. for her undergraduate studies, where she double majored in International Affairs and Spanish. During summer after her 1L year, Sarah worked for the Juvenile Services Program at the D.C. Public Defender Service, providing direct services to incarcerated youths. Sarah hopes to live and work in New York immediately after graduation, and she enjoys doing pro bono work and traveling.
Alexandra Jones-Lafont
Staff Editor
Karim Kebaish
Staff Editor
Karim Kebaish is from Vienna, Virginia. He received his B.A. in English and French at the University of Virginia. Before law school, Karim lived with lemurs in Madagascar for two years as a Peace Corps volunteer.
Anne Lindsley
Staff Editor
Annie Lindsley was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She received a B.S. in Human and Organizational Development and a minor in Managerial Studies from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Annie continued to live and work in Nashville for two years before returning to her home state to attend the University of Texas School of Law. Annie spent her 1L summer working for the Sixth Court of Appeals in Texas. She is also involved with Texas Law Review and Texas Environmental Law Journal. In her spare time, Annie enjoys trying new recipes and hiking.
Victoria Newton
Staff Editor
MGS_4464Tori Newton was born and raised in McKinney, TX. She completed her bachelors at Texas A&M University where she double majored in Business Honors and Management and minored in Psychology and International Business. She spent her 1L summer interning with Andrews Kurth Kenyon in Houston. In her free time, Tori enjoys reading, running, and exploring new restaurants.
Katelin Norris
Staff Editor
Katelin Norris is a native Texan, born and raised in Houston. She received her B.A. in English at the University of Texas at Austin. Before law school, Katelin worked as a copy editor at Stratfor.com for 4 years and as an AmeriCorps literacy tutor for 1 year. Katelin split her 1L summer between Disability Rights Texas in Austin and Texas RioGrande Legal Aid in Mercedes. She loves reading, playing basketball, Barton Springs, and binging all the TV.
Eli Roden
Staff Editor
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Savanna Shaffer
Staff Editor
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Sabina Wahl
Staff Editor
MGS_4616Sabina was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri.  She graduated from Wesleyan University in 2014, where she double majored in Economics and History.  She received a departmental prize for her honors thesis in History, "Conversions to Islam: Personal Narratives of Muslim Women in Durban."  Prior to attending law school, Sabina worked as an Investment Management Paralegal at Ropes & Gray LLP in San Francisco.  During her 1L summer, she interned for the Honorable Judge Ezra at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas in San Antonio. Sabina loves to study languages, travel, and try new cuisines.