Administrative Staff

Anita Youngkin

Anita Youngkin

Senior Human Resources Director

Anita has more than 20 years of experience managing and directing human resources operations nationally and internationally.

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Alec Konstantin

Director of Operations

During his undergraduate studies, Alec was particularly interested in law and economics, psychology and law, immigration law, and international human rights law.

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Paul M. Richards

IT Help Desk Lead

Paul Richards is Sanford Heisler Sharp’s IT Help Desk Lead. Paul has more than twenty years of help desk, technical support, and network management experience. He exhibits extraordinary troubleshooting and diagnostic skills, and he offers knowledgeable and reliable support. Paul can assist in the server environment and is proficient in Visual Basic, Java, and SQL. […]

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Anderson Riddick

Senior Legal Assistant

During his time at Duke, Anderson worked as an Operations Associate at Battleground Texas, a GPAC dedicated to supporting national, state and local Democratic Party candidates in Texas.

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Izi Silverstein

Senior Legal Assistant

In Psychology, Izi conducted research with a focus on adolescent maladjustment, co-authoring a study looking at amygdala reactivity as a mediator between harsh parenting and adolescent maladjustment.

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Jackson Willis

Senior Legal Assistant

While at Peabody, Jackson was the Student Co-Chair of the Peabody Diversity and Recruitment Task Force, which focused on making classical music education more accessible to underrepresented minority students.

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Daniela Calderon

Daniela Calderon

Senior Legal Assistant

While at Vassar, Daniela explored her passion for civil rights and social justice as an intern at the Dutchess County Public Defender’s Office, and at Project M.O.R.E.’s Women Center.

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Fernando Salazar

Senior Legal Assistant

Fernando investigated the effects of global climate change and progressive environmental degradation on the regional stability of Southeast Asia while in school.

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Annie Rojas

Senior Legal Assistant

As an undergraduate, Annie was a committee member of the college’s chapter of Partners in Health, which supported efforts to combat tuberculosis in Lesotho.

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Ayanna Martin

Senior Legal Assistant

While at Vanderbilt, Ayanna served as Chair of Project I Am, an organization dedicated to the personal and professional development of minority students.

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Pavel Velkovsky

Senior Legal Assistant

At Berkeley, Pavel was the acting assistant deputy director for the Nuclear Policy Working Group in 2018, as well as a member of the Nuclear Engineering Student Delegation.

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Zoe Kozlowski

Senior Legal Assistant

Zoe first explored her interest in law while interning at “And Justice For All”, a non-profit that provides free civil legal services for low-income Utahns facing discrimination.

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Xandra Xiao

Senior Legal Assistant

Xandra was previously a Program Associate at the Dui Hua Foundation in San Francisco, a non-profit human rights organization that focuses on criminal justice reform issues in China.

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Sophie Tohl

Senior Legal Assistant

Sophie has completed many internships in public policy, legislative, and non-profit work and advocacy.

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Isabelle Gonzalez Roy

Senior Legal Assistant

In the fall semester of her junior year, Isabelle lived in Jordan and focused on the studies of refugees, health, and humanitarian action.

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Merrick Black

Senior Legal Assistant

During her time at Yale, Merrick served on the executive committee of the Yale Legal Aid Association before being elected as her residential college’s inaugural college council president.

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Allison Toledo

Senior Legal Assistant

At Harvard, Allison served as the Co-Director for two years of the Harvard Program for International Education, which teaches Boston-area students about international affairs and current events.

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Alisa Vithoontien

Senior Legal Assistant

Alisa has previously interned with the Royal Thai Embassy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tokyo and for the Ministry of Commerce in Washington D.C.

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Molly Pines

Senior Legal Assistant

Molly wrote her senior honors thesis on the overlaps between poetry and psychoanalysis, concluding with an exploration of how the two disciplines can help generate hope in today’s tumultuous social and political climate.

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Carol Harding

Legal Assistant

During her junior semester abroad in Argentina, Carol conducted and published independent research in Spanish on Argentina’s intercultural jury system.

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Alexandra Johnson

Legal Assistant

At Penn, Alexandra was the President of the Penn Debate Society, the university’s debate team, and the American Parliamentary Debate Association, the nation’s oldest collegiate debate league.

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Carolina Sturla

Legal Assistant

As an undergraduate, Carolina worked on a research study for rare, undiagnosed genetic diseases, a clinical study on how stress impacts health outcomes for immigrant children.

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Katherine MacCary

Legal Assistant

Katherine wrote a senior thesis, which received departmental honors, on the sculptural program of the Cathedral of St. Lazarus in Autun, France.

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Niamh Lang

Legal Assistant

For her senior thesis, Niamh explored the reunification of Germany through the microcosm of Berlin’s Palace Square.

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Elizabeth Snyder

Legal Assistant

In the summer of 2018, Elizabeth interned with the DC Volunteer Lawyers Project helping victims of domestic violence while working within the DC Superior Court.

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Kayla Hollingsworth

Legal Assistant

While at Harvard, Kayla led the organization of Harvard’s international Model United Nations conference and worked at the Bernard Koteen Office of Public Interest Advising at Harvard Law School.

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Javier Alvarez

Legal Assistant

During his summers, Javier worked as a legal assistant and Spanish interpreter for International Services at the Y in Houston and the New Orleans Public Defenders office.

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Jenna Kwak

Legal Assistant

Jenna worked as a research intern for a South Korean ECOSOC NGO, leading its Universal Periodic Report research project for the United Nations, which outlined instances of child sexual assault in North Korea.

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Stephanie Smith

Legal Assistant

Stephanie’s academic interests included ethnic studies, poverty and social injustice, language, and US-Japan relations, which led her to travel to Japan as a Tomodachi Kakehashi Inouye Scholar.

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Jeremy Margolis

Legal Assistant

In the fall of 2018, Jeremy took a semester off from college to work on a successful U.S. House campaign in Iowa.

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Chloe Prendergast

Legal Assistant

At Yale, Chloe was a member and director of various comedy performance groups and publications.

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Jarrett Shapiro

Legal Assistant

Jarrett’s research has been featured by the Bowling Green Daily News, and his thesis is slated for publication in the 2020 edition of the Chicago Studies Annual, a professional peer-reviewed journal organized by the University of Chicago.

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Molly Biddle

Legal Assistant

Molly co-authored a criminology textbook chapter on alternatives to the separation of incarcerated mothers and their children and also assisted a London-based barrister with criminal cases over the summer of 2019.

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David Katahira

Senior Legal/
Administrative Assistant

David interned for the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Washington Field Office, both of which solidified his passion for protecting people’s civil rights.

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Louise Mulrennan

Legal Case Manager

Louise is an ardent activist, stakeholder and advocate for gender equality. During her time in Trinity, she was voted the Gender Equality Officer of the Students’ Union.

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Meredith Crockett

Legal Intake Specialist

Meredith’s senior thesis focused on expanding access to community courts and pre-trial diversion programs in highly incarcerated zip codes. Her hope is to use that work and research to inform a career focused on restorative justice practices in the state judiciary.

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Samantha Wood

Legal Intake Specialist

At Yale, Samantha worked as a First Generation and Low-Income Ambassador from 2018-2020.

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