Summer Associates

2020 Summer Associate Class

Our 2020 Summer Associate Class is currently represented by Harvard Law School and University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, and Stanford Law School:

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Benjamin Higgs

Benjamin (Ben) Higgs is a rising 3L at Stanford Law School, from San Diego, California. He is the Student Note Editor for the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties and a member of the Prisoner Legal Services pro bono program, the Plaintiffs’ Lawyers Association, and the Jewish Law Students Association. This past fall, he was a full-time certified law student in Stanford’s Criminal Defense Clinic. He spent last summer working as an extern for Judge M. Margaret McKeown of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Prior to law school, Ben earned a bachelor’s degree in History and Politics from Pomona College. Ben is a summer associate in the Washington, DC office.

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Shawn Musgrave

Shawn Musgrave is a rising 3L at Stanford Law School. He currently serves as a vice president of the Stanford Public Interest Law Foundation and a Public Interest Fellow. Shawn previously served as co-president of the Election Law Project, co-president of Older, Wiser Law Students (OWLS), and special issue editor of the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. He spent last summer working with the general counsel at the Center for Investigative Reporting in Emeryville, CA. Last winter, he was a legal intern at the Electronic Frontier Foundation, and last spring he was a full-time certified law student in the Juelsgaard Intellectual Property and Innovation Clinic. Before law school, Shawn worked as an investigative reporter in Boston, MA. Shawn is a Summer Associate in the San Francisco office.

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Muriel Kenfield-Kelleher

Muriel Kenfield-Kelleher is a rising 3L at Harvard Law School, hailing from the Chicago area. At Harvard, she has worked as a student attorney for the Domestic Violence Clinic and the Project on Predatory Student Lending. She serves as a board member for the Women’s Law Association, a student attorney for the Mississippi Delta Project, and a member of the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender. Last summer, Muriel interned at the Victim Rights Law Center in Portland, Oregon, providing civil legal aid to survivors of sexual violence. Prior to law school, Muriel earned a B.A. in English and creative writing from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, before spending three years as a legal assistant at a small firm in Chicago. Muriel is a summer associate in the Baltimore office.

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Fred Messner

Fred Messner is a rising 2L at Harvard Law School, hailing from Washington D.C. Since starting at law school, Fred has served as the Professional Development Chair of the new Harvard Plaintiffs’ Law Association, the Co-Chair of the Harvard Business School Palestine Trek, and a solicited content editor on the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Prior to law school, Fred earned a bachelor’s degree in International Political Economy and worked as a management consultant and technology investor. Fred is a Summer Associate in the Nashville office.

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Jarrod Nelson

Jarrod Nelson is a rising 3L at Harvard Law School, hailing from Knoxville, Tennessee. He serves as the Secretary of the Harvard Plaintiffs’ Law Association, the Communications Director of the Harvard Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, and a Student Attorney with the Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project. Last summer, Jarrod split his time between the Atlanta Legal Aid Bureau and the Chambers of Judge Jill Pryor of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Prior to law school, Jarrod attended the University of Tennessee and worked in the Communications Office of Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero. Jarrod is a Summer Associate in the Nashville office.

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Ashley Johnson

Ashley Johnson is a rising 3L at Berkeley Law School. She serves as an Online Editor of the California Law Review. During her second year, she served as the leader of the Survivor Advocacy Project, a student-run pro-bono project that assists local lawyers with Title IX cases, Berkeley Resistance Against Inter-Partner Violence, and as the Berkeley representative on the University of California Systemwide Title IX Advisory Board. Ashley was a law clerk at Legal Aid at Work in the Gender Equity and LGBTQ Rights Program, where she worked on a variety of employment issues. Prior to law school, Ashley spent seven years working in the film industry, working at United Talent Agency, Columbia Pictures, and most recently at Skydance Productions, where she was a Creative Executive. Ashley earned her Bachelor’s degree in Film & Media Studies and Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies from Washington University in St. Louis. Ashley is a summer associate in the San Francisco office.

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Armani Madison

Armani Madison is a rising 3L at Harvard Law School, hailing from Stockbridge, Georgia. He serves as an Editor-In-Chief of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and as a Student Attorney for the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. Last summer, Armani worked for Loevy & Loevy, a civil rights law firm based in Chicago, IL. Prior to law school, Armani earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and History before coming to Baltimore for two years as a Venture for America Fellow, working for a start-up company developing innovative solutions and in-person support structures to help uplift at-promise students in successfully transitioning to and persisting through college. Armani is a Summer Associate in the Baltimore office.

2019 Summer Associate Class

Our 2019 Summer Associate Class is represented by Columbia Law School, Harvard Law School, New York University, North Carolina School of Law, San Diego School of Law, Stanford Law School, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, and Washington University:

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Lolita De Palma

Lolita De Palma is a rising 3L at Harvard Law School. She serves as an Executive Editor of the Journal of Sports and Entertainment Law, as well as a Team Leader of the Tenant Advocacy Project and a Community Outreach Chair of the Disability Law Students Association. She also serves as a teaching assistant for 1L Torts and an online contributor to the labor and employment blog OnLabor. This past year, she was a semi-finalist in the Ames Moot Court Competition. During law school, Lolita has worked at the Disability Rights and Education Defense Fund (DREDF) in Berkeley, Legal Aid at Work in San Francisco, and the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office. Before law school, she worked as a Special Education and English teacher at a charter high school in Newark, New Jersey. Lolita is a Summer Associate in the Washington, D.C. office.

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Nicole Santoro

Nicole Santoro is a rising 3L at Stanford Law School. She served as co-president of the Criminal Law Society and a member editor of the Stanford Environmental Law Journal, and she volunteers in the housing pro bono program. Last fall, she was a full-time certified law student in the Community Law Clinic. She spent last summer working in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Nevada. This year, she will participate in the Kirkwood Moot Court Competition and serve as a Public Interest Fellow. Before law school, Nicole worked as a compliance investigator in the Fraud Unit of the Nevada Attorney General’s Office. Nicole is a Summer Associate in the Baltimore office.

Stanford Law School

Sarah Zandi

Sarah Zandi is a rising 2L at Stanford Law School. She will be serving as Co-President of Women of Stanford Law for the 2019-2020 school year, as well as Co-President of Stanford law Students Against Gendered Violence, and will be participating in the Kirkwood Moot Court Competition during the fall and winter quarters. She has volunteered for the SLS Domestic Violence Pro Bono Project, and served as a Member Editor for the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties. Prior to law school, Sarah earned a bachelor’s degree in English, before working for a company that provided technology-based solutions to address the epidemic of sexual assaults on college campuses, and volunteering as a rape crisis hospital advocate for a rape crisis center in Westchester, NY. Sarah is a Summer Associate in the San Francisco office.

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Delaney Anderson

Delaney Anderson is a rising 2L at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Since starting law school, Delaney has served as a 1L representative for Students Supporting the Women’s Law Center, a student organization providing opportunities for conversation and engagement around women’s issues and issues of gender-based violence in the law. She has also been active in If/When/How, a student organization that promotes reproductive justice. Prior to law school, Delaney graduated with her master’s degree in Social Work before working as a victim advocate, violence prevention researcher, and technical assistance provider focused on trauma-informed response. Delaney is a Summer Associate in the Baltimore office.

Columbia University

Jessica Marder-Spiro

Jessica Marder-Spiro is a rising 3L at Columbia Law School and serves as an Essays & Reviews Editor for the Columbia Law Review. During her second year, Jessica worked as an extern with the New York Attorney General’s Office in the Civil Rights Bureau where she conducted research on administrative law issues and gender discrimination and sexual harassment claims. She also served as a research assistant for a professor and focused on issues related to disability benefits, ADA public accommodations claims, and claims for lost personal time. Last summer, Jessica worked as judicial intern with the SDNY Office of Pro Se Litigation and reviewed complaints filed by pro se litigants to evaluate their claims. Before law school, Jessica worked as a communications consultant for an HR consulting company and assisted clients with internal communications related to employee benefits. Jessica is a Summer Associate in the New York office.

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Vanessa Canuto

Vanessa Canuto is a rising 3L at the University of North Carolina School of Law, where she serves as an Honors Writing Scholar assisting first-year law students in legal research and writing, and a Spanish interpreter for the legal clinics. She is also a Notes Editor for Volume 18 of the First Amendment Law Review and her student note Immigrants are “People” Too: Constitutionalizing Free Speech Protections for Undocumented Immigrants has been published in Volume 17. While in law school, Vanessa has also competed at the 24th Annual Uvaldo Herrera Moot Court Competition in Albuquerque, NM. Last summer, she interned at both the Civil Rights Corps and the North Carolina Department of Justice, where she worked on various issues such as bail reform, language access, and defendant’s Fourth Amendment rights. Vanessa is a Summer Associate in the Nashville, TN office.

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Spencer Bailey

Spencer Bailey is a rising 3L at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri. While in law school he interned for the St. Louis Metro Equal Housing & Opportunity Council where he assisted low-income tenants facing eviction, mediated landlord-tenant disputes in housing court, and was involved in fair housing litigation. He interned for Equal Justice Under Law in Washington, D.C. for the summer of 2018. Spencer is a senior editor on the Washington University Law Review and will be participating in the law school’s Appellate Clinic during the fall 2019 semester. Prior to law school he served as an AmeriCorps City Year member in Boston and as a UNICEF USA Global Citizenship Fellow in Nashville, Tennessee. He graduated from the Institute for Law, Justice & Society at Lipscomb University. Spencer is a Summer Associate in the Washington, D.C. office.

New York University

Jordan Berger

Jordan Berger is a rising 3L at New York University School of Law and a Root-Tilden-Kern Public Interest Scholar. She graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelors in Industrial and Labor Relations. Prior to law school, Jordan interned in the White House Office of Public Engagement and the U.S. Department of State. Jordan serves as a Co-Chair of the Disability Allied Law Student Association where she has organized career-oriented events and advocated for students with disabilities. Jordan is also the Senior Online Editor for the N.Y.U. Law Review, participated in the New York State Office of the Attorney General Social Justice Externship in the Civil Rights Bureau, and was a teaching assistant for the first-year Lawyering course. Last summer, Jordan interned for the ACLU Disability Rights Program. Jordan is a Summer Associate in the Washington D.C. office.

Harvard University

Sarah Bayer

Sarah Bayer is a rising 3L at Harvard Law School. She is active in Pipeline Parity Project, a student group that seeks to end harassment and discrimination in the legal profession, with special focus on eliminating the use of forced arbitration agreements in employment contracts. Sarah also participates in the school’s Housing Clinic, where she defends low-income tenants from eviction. She serves as Senior Article Editor for the Harvard Law & Policy Review. Last summer, Sarah interned at the Taxpayer Protection Bureau of the New York Office of the Attorney General. Prior to law school, she worked as a researcher for labor unions. Sarah is a Summer Associate in the New York office.

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Raquel Zilberman

Raquel Zilberman is a rising 3L at the University of San Diego School of Law. After graduating with a Bachelors in American Politics from the University of California, San Diego, Raquel worked for a start-up in Tel Aviv, Israel. While in law school, Raquel competed in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, where her team won first place brief at the US Pacific Regional. Her student comment on pay inequality is pending publication in the San Diego International Law Journal, where she will also serve as the Chief Comments Editor for Volume 21. As President of the Jewish Law Student Association, she has organized events addressing the recent rise in hate speech and violence against minorities. Raquel is a Summer Associate in the San Diego, CA office.

New York University

Kasi Wautlet

Kasi Wautlet is a rising 3L at New York University School of Law, where she serves as the Post-Hearing Support Coordinator for the Suspension Representation Project, a student-run organization that represents New York City public school students in suspension hearings. Kasi is also the Managing Editor for Production on the NYU Annual Survey of American Law, participated in NYU’s Government Civil Litigation Clinic with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York, and mentors a high school student in the Bronx. Last summer, she interned with Magistrate Judge Chip Frensley in Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to attending law school, Kasi taught physical science and worked as a program manager for iMentor, an organization that builds mentoring relationships to help students from low-income high schools succeed in college.

2018 Summer Associate Class

Our 2018 Summer Associate Class is represented by Harvard University, Stanford University, and University of Michigan law schools:

Stanford Law School

Cooper D’Agostino

Cooper D’Agostino is a rising 2L at Stanford Law School. He serves as a board member of the Stanford Social Security and Disability Project. Before law school, Cooper performed political philosophy and history research at Yale University. Cooper is a summer associate at the DC office.

Harvard University

Eugene Nam

Eugene Nam is a rising third-year dual-degree candidate at Harvard University: J.D. at Harvard Law School and M. Div. in Harvard Divinity School. At Harvard Law School, he’s worked for the Human Rights Program and the Harvard Immigration Project. Eugene split his first summer in graduate school between the World Bank’s unit for anti-corruption adjudication and Project South, an Atlanta-based nonprofit that specializes in community-organizing and movement-building. Eugene is a summer associate at the Nashville, TN office.

Michigan University

Hope Brinn

Hope Brinn is a rising 2L at the University of Michigan Law School where she serves as a board member for the Gender Violence Project and a student attorney with the Family Law Project. Prior to law school, Hope worked for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and for Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia, a college access organization. Ms. Brinn is a summer associate in the Nashville, TN office.

Harvard University

Izzy Macquarrie

Izzy Macquarrie is a rising 3L at Harvard Law School, where she serves as a board member on the Homelessness Coalition and a student attorney with Harvard Defenders. She spent last summer at a legal aid clinic in Toronto, providing criminal defense and civil legal assistance to children and youth. Izzy is a summer associate at the San Francisco, CA office.

2017 Summer Associate Class

Our 2017 Summer Associate Class is represented by Georgetown University, Harvard University, Michigan University, and University of Pennsylvania law schools:

Berkeley

Amis Pan

Amis Pan is a rising 3L at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, where she serves as a Productions Editor of the Berkeley Journal of Gender, Law & Justice and participated in the Domestic Violence Practicum. She was a law clerk at Legal Aid at Work, advocating for domestic violence and sexual assault survivors. She also interned at Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center, where she worked on LGBT and disability rights cases. Amis is a summer associate in the San Francisco, CA office.

Michigan University

Soojin Cha

Soojin Cha is a rising 3L at the University of Michigan Law School, where she is the Managing Articles Editor of the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, worked as a student attorney for the Child Welfare Appellate Clinic, and served on the boards of APALSA, Poverty Law Society, and Legal Advocates for Children and Youth. Soojin previously interned at the Bureau of Children’s Justice in the California A.G.’s office, where she worked on civil rights matters for the youth. Soojin also advocated for the indigent domestic violence survivors in her externship with the Family Law Project of the Michigan Poverty Law Program. Soojin is a summer associate in the San Diego, CA office.

Harvard University

Kate MacMullin

Kate MacMullin is a rising 3L at Harvard Law School, where she serves as an Executive Content Editor for the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, is active in the Prison Legal Assistance Project, and was involved in the Family Law and Domestic Violence Clinic. Last summer, she interned with the Civil Rights Justice Initiative of Legal Services NYC, where she worked on issues of language access and national origin discrimination. Kate is a summer associate in the San Francisco, CA office.

Harvard University

Joseph Breen

Joe Breen is a Summer Associate in the New York office of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP. He is a rising fourth-year in a JD-MPP program at Harvard Law School and Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He received a bachelor’s degree in American Studies from Yale. At Harvard Law School, Joe serves as an Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard Civil Rights – Civil Liberties Law Review, as an advocate in the Tenant Advocacy Project and as a researcher in the Access to Justice Lab. In previous summers, Joe worked at the New York Civil Liberties Union and the Brennan Center for Justice.

Georgetown University Law Center

Rob Van Someren Greve

Rob Van Someren Greve is a rising 3L at Georgetown University Law Center, where he is editor-in-chief of the Georgetown Journal on Poverty Law and Policy and vice president of the American Constitution Society. Prior to attending law school, he earned a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Amsterdam, taught undergraduate courses in philosophy, and worked in higher education administration in Los Angeles, California. Mr. Van Someren Greve is a summer associate in the Washington, DC office.

University of Penn Law School

Shaun Rosenthal

Shaun Rosenthal is a rising 3L at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he served as an associate editor of the Journal of Law and Social Change, is an InSITE Fellow, and is the founder and president of the UPenn Coffee Club. Last summer he interned for Lawyers for Human Rights in Pretoria, South Africa where he helped stateless people in their quest for citizenship. Prior to attending law school, he earned an Honors Business Administration degree from the University of Western Ontario at the Richard Ivey School of Business. Shaun Rosenthal is a summer associate in the Washington, DC office.

2016 Summer Associate Class

Our 2016 Summer Associate Class is represented by Harvard, New York U, Yale, Columbia, and Stanford law schools:

Harvard University

Colin Reeves

Colin Reeves is a rising 3L at Harvard Law School, where he is a member of the Prison Legal Assistance Project and worked on a brief for a client that was appealing a parole denial. Prior to attending law school, he was a newspaper reporter and later received a master’s degree in Philosophy. Mr. Reeves was a summer associate in the Washington, DC office.

New York University

Esther Kim

Esther Kim is a rising 2L at New York University School of Law, where she is a Student Advocate for the Courtroom Advocacy Project. Prior to attending law school, she was a paralegal in the litigation and compliance areas of a DC civil rights law firm. Ms. Kim was a summer associate in the Washington, DC office.

Yale University

Corey Meyer

Corey Meyer is a rising 2L at Yale Law School, where he is the editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation, and an editor of the Yale Journal of International Law. Prior to attending law school, he interned as a Public Benefits Law Clerk at the Legal Aid Society of Columbus, Ohio. Mr. Meyer was a summer associate in the New York office.

Columbia University

Shengxi Li

Shengxi Li is a rising 2L at Columbia Law School, where she is active in the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, Society for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, and Empowering Women of Color student group. Prior to attending law school, she interned for human rights organizations in the United States and internationally. Ms. Li was a summer associate in the New York and San Francisco offices.

Harvard University

Viktoria Safarian

Viktoria Safarian is a rising 3L at Harvard Law School, where she was on the steering committee of a “Frontier Torts” project, on the general board for the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Review, and active in the Negotiation Workshop. Prior to attending law school, she had a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in South Korea and co-founded a young women’s empowerment initiative called Girl Power! Korea. Ms. Safarian was a summer associate in the San Francisco office.

Stanford University

Zach Glubiak

Zach Glubiak is a rising 2L at Stanford Law School, where he is a participant in the Housing Pro Bono Program and a Member Editor of the Stanford Law Journal of Complex Litigation. Prior to attending law school, he was a New York City Corps Member and a teaching fellow at Teach for America. Mr. Glubiak was a summer associate in the San Francisco office.

2015 Summer Associate Class

Sanford Heisler’s 2015 Summer Associate Class was represented by Berkeley, Columbia, U Chicago, Duke, GW, Harvard, Michigan, and Stanford law schools:

Chicago University

Ainsley Dowling

Ainsley Dowling was a rising 3L at the University of Chicago Law School, where she was a board member on the American Constitution Society. She had also studied and wrote on the legality of voter-denial laws, and she volunteered with Neighbors, a service organization that assists high school students near the University of Chicago to write their college and scholarship applications.

Harvard University

Phillip Godfrey

Phillip Godfrey was a rising 2L at Harvard Law School, where he volunteered with the Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project, was a member of HLS Lambda and participated in the Journal of Law and Technology and the Journal of Law and Gender (where he was member of the Article Selection Committee).

Duke University

Sabian Hill

Sabian Hill was a rising 2L at Duke University Law School, where he participated in Mock Trial and is also earning a Master of Arts in English. Prior to law school he taught literature with Teach for America in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Columbia University

Cynthia Luo

Cynthia Luo was a rising 2L at Columbia Law School, where she participated in the Domestic Violence Project; Columbia Law Feminist Society; Journal of Gender and the Law; and Empowering Women of Color. She also worked as a Volunteer Advocate for Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Survivors at St. Luke’s Hospital and blogged on the intersectionality of race and gender for the East Coast Asian American Student Union.

George Washington University

Ashlend Moss

Ashlend Moss was a rising 3L at George Washington University Law School, where she was a member of the Federal Communications Law Journal. Two summers ago, she worked at the U.S. Department of Education-Office of Management.

Berkeley University

Joseph Pazzano

Joseph Pazzano was a rising 2L at Berkeley Law School. He was an Associate Editor of the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, an active member of the Queer Caucus and the Bay Area LGBT Bar Association (BALIF), and a student volunteer at the Workers’ Rights Disability Law Clinic. Prior to law school, Joseph wrote a Masters’ thesis critically analyzing disability-related jurisprudence in the context of other civil and human rights cases and assessed the contributions of the United States Supreme Court to the broader disability rights movement.

Stanford University

Anna Porto

Anna Porto was a rising 2L at Stanford Law School. She was a Member Editor of the Stanford Journal on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and a member of the Housing Pro Bono Project with East Bay Community Legal Services. Prior to law school, Anna worked for U.S. Senator Tom Harkin in the Labor Office of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, where she contributed to projects on protecting workplace safety, advancing paid maternity leave, raising the minimum wage, and securing nominations to the Department of Labor and the National Labor Relations Board.

Michigan University

Dana Ziegler

Dana Ziegler was a rising 2L at the University of Michigan Law School, where she was the Pro Bono Co-Chair for Law Students for Reproductive Justice and participated in the Women Law Students Association. Prior to law school, she worked as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Indonesia.

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