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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Erika Rigsby

Human Resources Coordinator

At the University of Memphis, Erika took a particular interest in criminology, criminal justice, and political psychology.

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Paul M. Richards

IT Help Desk Lead

Paul Richards is the IT Help Desk Lead at Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, a national law firm with offices in the District of Columbia, New York, California, Tennessee, and Maryland. He received his B.S. from the State University of New York College at Buffalo and holds CompTIA A+ CE and CompTIA Security+ CE certifications. Paul […]

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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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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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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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Niamh Lang

Senior Legal Assistant

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

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Jeremy Margolis

Senior 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

Senior Legal Assistant

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

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Jarrett Shapiro

Senior 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

Senior 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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Meredith Abato

Senior Legal Assistant

During the spring of 2019, Meredith studied abroad at the University of Amsterdam where she studied the sex work industry and its socio-political context in the Netherlands.

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Grace Vedock

Senior Legal Assistant

While at Middlebury, she co-led efforts to increase awareness of sexual violence and advocate for justice in the Title IX reporting process.

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Katie Swenson

Senior Legal Assistant

Katie interned with the Legal Aid Justice Center and the UVA Women’s Center Legal Clinic to help provide legal services to the greater Charlottesville community.

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Sunah Chang

Senior Legal Assistant

At Harvard, Sunah completed a senior thesis analyzing the intersection of Asian American migration and the rise of Zen Buddhism in American cultural discourses.

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Sarah Ryan

Senior Legal Assistant

While at Harvard, Sarah competed with and served on the Executive Board of the Harvard College Debating Union.

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Henry Muhlheim

Senior Legal Assistant

As an undergrad, he worked as a research assistant in the UChicago History Department, researching the history of unemployment, welfare, and labor rights in the US and around the world.

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Virginia Miller

Virginia Miller

Legal Assistant

Virginia Miller is a Legal Assistant in the San Diego office of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, a national law firm with offices in the District of Columbia, New York, California, Tennessee, and Maryland. She received her B.A. from Harvard College. Virginia’s studies at Harvard were a blend of environmental science and Slavic history, literature, and […]

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Samantha Wood

Legal Assistant

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

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Simon Schaitkin

Simon Schaitkin

Legal Assistant

Simon graduated cum laude from Yale University, where he received his Bachelor of Arts in English. He also received a Richard U. Light Fellowship for Chinese Study in East Asia, which he used to study Mandarin at Harvard-Beijing Academy in the summer of 2014.

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Sophia Bi

Legal Assistant

Sophia’s academic interests focus on public health and philosophy; she majored in public health studies at Johns Hopkins, taking master’s level courses at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and minored in philosophy.

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Dan Tepler

Dan Tepler

Legal Assistant

As an undergraduate, Dan studied politics with a focus on Latin America. He wrote his honors thesis on return migration and local politics in Mexico, studying the conditions under which Mexican migrants who return to Mexico become the mayors of their hometowns.

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Aakshi Chaba

Aakshi Chaba

Legal Assistant

Aakshi Chaba is a Legal Assistant in the Washington, DC office of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, a national law firm with offices in the District of Columbia, New York, California, Tennessee, and Maryland. She received her B.A. cum laude with departmental distinction from Yale University. Aakshi wrote her senior thesis about the factors that affect […]

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Sophia Loughlin

Sophia Loughlin

Legal Assistant

Sophia Loughlin is a Legal Assistant in the Baltimore office of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, a national law firm with offices in the District of Columbia, New York, California, Tennessee, and Maryland. She received her B.A. with honors from  Johns Hopkins University, where she majored in International Studies and History. At Hopkins, Sophia’s academic interests […]

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Seoyeon Kim

Seoyeon Kim

Legal Assistant

Seoyeon Kim is a Legal Assistant in the New York office of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, a national law firm with offices in the District of Columbia, New York, California, Tennessee, and Maryland. She received her B.A. summa cum laude from Amherst College, where she majored in English and Sociology. For her senior honors thesis, Seoyeon explored how migration […]

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Holly Shulman

Holly Shulman

Legal Assistant

Holly Shulman is a Legal Assistant in the San Francisco office of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, a national law firm with offices in the District of Columbia, New York, California, Tennessee, and Maryland. She received her B.A. from Vassar College, where she was awarded departmental honors in both her Latin American Studies and Hispanic Studies majors. Holly’s senior […]

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Thomas Siafa

Thomas F. Siafa Jr.

Legal Assistant

During his time at the University of Chicago, Thomas took a wide variety of courses in both Human Rights and History. The topics he found most interesting were African history, the distinction between human rights and civil rights, and the history of the American carceral system.

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Leor Rosen

Leor Rosen

Legal Assistant

As an undergraduate, Leor served as President of Michigan’s Hillel, the largest Jewish organization on campus. She was also actively involved in sexual assault prevention efforts on campus, including conducting bystander intervention and consent training. In addition, Leor worked as a sociology research assistant for a lab investigating university responses to sexual assault on campus.

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Yalda Saii

Yalda Saii

Legal Assistant

Yalda Saii is a Legal Assistant in the San Francisco office of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, a national law firm with offices in the District of Columbia, New York, California, Tennessee, and Maryland. Yalda received her B.A. from the University of California, Davis, where she majored in Sociology and minored in History and Communications. During […]

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Karen Xia

Karen Xia

Legal Assitant

Karen Xia is a Legal Assistant in the San Francisco office of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, a national law firm with offices in the District of Columbia, New York, California, Tennessee, and Maryland. She received her B.A. in economics from Columbia University in the City of New York. While at Columbia, Karen served as the […]

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Connor Halm

Legal Intake Specialist

In 2017, he worked as a Constituent Services Intern with the Office of Senator Mark R. Warner in Virginia, and in 2018 he was a Campaign Finance Intern at Tucker Green Consulting in New York.

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David Mollenkamp

David Mollenkamp

Legal Intake Specialist

David Mollenkamp is a Legal Intake Specialist in the Nashville office of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, a national law firm with offices in the District of Columbia, New York, California, Tennessee, and Maryland. He received his B.A. with honors from Stanford University. At Stanford, David was involved in a number of legal and political societies […]

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Julia Newman

Julia Newman

Legal Intake Specialist

Julia Newman is a Legal Intake Specialist in the Nashville office of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, a national law firm with offices in the District of Columbia, New York, California, Tennessee, and Maryland. She received her B.A. with high distinction from the University of Virginia, where she double majored in Leadership & Public Policy in […]

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Danya Rangachar

Danya Rangachar

Legal Intake Specialist

Danya Rangachar is a Legal Intake Specialist in the Nashville office of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, a national law firm with offices in the District of Columbia, New York, California, Tennessee, and Maryland. She received her B.A. magna cum laude from Davidson College, where she double majored in Political Science and Sociology. During her time […]

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Haoran Zhang

Civil Rights Litigation Support Specialist

Harry is currently working as a research assistant for the National People’s Congress (NPC) Observer—an independent English blog covering China’s national legislature and its standing committee.

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