Meet the Peer Advisors

Alex LopezPhoto of Alex Lopez

Hometown: Tampa, FL

Undergraduate Institution: University of Virginia (undergrad and Masters in commerce)

Areas of Professional Interest: Finance and Product Management

Favorite Wellness or Stress-relieving Activity: Yoga and running

Favorite Thing to Do in DC: Running

First Year Section: Section 7

First Year Classes and Professors: Civil Procedure -Mezey; Torts-Feldman; Con Law -Barnett, Legal Writing -Shulman; Contracts-Fleming


Alexander NealonPhoto of Alex Nealon

Hometown: Miami, FL

Undergraduate Institution: Georgetown University (Government Major, Japanese Minor)

Areas of Professional Interest: Corporate Law, with an interest in IP, Technology, Sports, and Entertainment

Favorite Wellness or Stress-relieving Activity: Video games and internet memes

Favorite Thing to Do in DC: Go to baseball games and trying new ramen restaurants

First Year Section: Section 4

First Year Classes and Professors: Coming Soon!


Amelia DagenPhotography of Amelia Dagen

Hometown: Prague, Czech Republic

Undergraduate Institution: Biola University, B.S. in Business Administration (International Business)

Areas of Professional Interest: International law, immigration, international development

Favorite Wellness or Stress-relieving Activity: Mostly baking, but I am also a yoga and tai chi novice

Favorite Thing to Do in DC: Reading (fun) books on the National Mall and going out with friends!

First Year Section: Section 2

First Year Classes and Professors: Contracts – Spann, Torts – Rothstein, Civil Procedure – Mezey, Legal Practice – Wherry, Property – Park, Constitutional Law – Tew, Criminal Justice – Hopwood, International Law – Koplow


Ben VallimarescuPhoto of Ben Vallimarescu

Hometown: New York, NY

Undergraduate Institution: Vanderbilt University (Human and Organizational Development & Political Science)

Areas of Professional Interest: Government Compliance/Enforcement and Project Finance

Favorite Wellness or Stress-relieving Activity: Cooking

Favorite Thing to Do in DC: Visiting the monuments and memorials

First Year Section: Section 2

First Year Classes and Professors: Civil Procedure – Hyman; Contracts – Spann; Legal Writing – Simshaw; Torts – Rothstein; Criminal Justice – Gottesman; Con Law I – Lederman; Property – Sunder; International Law I – Koplow


Brittany NeihardtPhoto of Brittany Neihardt

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI

Undergraduate Institution: Georgetown University (Government Major, Justice & Peace Studies Minor)

Areas of Professional Interest: Human rights, public defense, and immigration

Favorite Wellness or Stress-relieving Activity: Reading and walking my dog

Favorite Thing to Do in DC: Visiting the Tidal Basin

First Year Section: Section 5

First Year Classes and Professors: Civil Procedure – Molot; Contracts – Gelpern; Legal Writing – DeLaurentis; Con Law – Bloch; Torts – Hasnas; Property – Gottesman; International Law – Koplow; Criminal Justice – Gorenstein


Bryan Thompson

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Hometown: St. Louis, MO

Undergraduate Institution: Washington University in St. Louis (BS/MS in Systems Eng. and Applied Math, Masters in Control Engineering) ;  Northwestern Pritzker School of Law (MS in Law)

Areas of Professional Interest: IP – Patent Litigation

Favorite Wellness or Stress-relieving Activity: Running– hoping to complete a half/full marathon in DC this year if available!

Favorite Thing to Do in DC: Brunch! And/or exploring all restaurants regardless of their possible bottomless mimosas.

First Year Section: Section 2

First Year Classes and Professors:Contracts – Spann. Civ Pro – Mezey. Torts- DeRosa. Crim – Hopwood. Con Law – Tew. Int’l Law- Koplow. Property – Sukhatme


Photo of Caroline OakumCaroline Oakum

Hometown: Hinsdale, IL

Undergraduate Institution: The University of Texas at Austin (Philosophy and Government)

Areas of Professional Interest: Lobbying

Favorite Wellness or Stress-relieving Activity: Working out or exploring the monuments at night

Favorite Thing to Do in DC: Going to brunch with friends

First Year Section: Section 2

First Year Classes and Professors: Torts – Rothstein; Civil Procedure – Hyman; Contracts – Spann; Property – Sunder; Legal Writing – Ross; How to Regulate – Hyman; Criminal Justice – Lopez; Con Law – Lederman


Claire Jenets

Hometown: Bethesda, MD

Undergraduate Institution: University of Pennsylvania (History Major, Comparative Literature Minor)

Areas of Professional Interest: Litigation, Administrative Law/Education Policy

Favorite Wellness or Stress-relieving Activity: Hot Yoga

Favorite Thing to Do in DC: Walking on the Mall and waterfront, Nationals/Capitals games

First Year Section: Section 4

First Year Classes and Professors: Civil Procedure – Arlyck; Con Law – Donohue; Contracts – Klass; Legal Practice – Perlin; Torts – Peller; Property – Foster; Criminal Procedure – Lopez; Administrative Law – Pasachoff


Dana HolmstrandPhoto of Dana Holmstrand

Hometown: Wheeling, West Virginia

Undergraduate Institution: The College of William & Mary (Public Policy)

Areas of Professional Interest: Data Privacy and Cybersecurity

Favorite Wellness or Stress-relieving Activity: Baking something new or taking a walk

Favorite Thing to Do in DC: Going to the Botanic Gardens or walking the monuments at night

First Year Section: Section 4

First Year Classes and Professors: Civil Procedure – Abernathy; Torts – Spann; Contracts – Klass; Legal Writing – Donahoe; Con Law – Tew; Property – Sukhatme; Crim – Butler; Leg. Reg. – Buzbee


Photography of Dru CorbeilleDru Corbeille

Hometown: Montgomery Cty, MD

Undergraduate Institution:Rutgers Uuniversity (Environmental Policy, Institutions, behavior. GIS)

Areas of Professional Interest: Environmental Law, Real Estate/Estate Law, Public Policy

Favorite Wellness or Stress-relieving Activity: Tennis, Billiards

Favorite Thing to Do in DC: Explore museums and other cultural landmarks and the like.

First Year Section: Section 5

First Year Classes and Professors: Civil Pro- Hyman. Conlaw- Chafetz. Contracts- Velikonja. Legal writing- DeLaurentis. Crim P- Gornstein. Torts- Hasnas. Property- Sunder. Int Law- koplow.


Dyllan Brown-BramblePhotography of Dyllan Brown-Bramble

Hometown: Queens, NY

Undergraduate Institution: Rutgers University (Psychology)

Areas of Professional Interest: Intellectual Property

Favorite Wellness or Stress-relieving Activity: Cooking and Tennis

Favorite Thing to Do in DC: Brunch

First Year Section: Section 2

First Year Classes and Professors: Civil Procedure – Hyman; Contract – Spann; Torts – Heinzerling; Crim Pro – Lopez; Con Law – Lederman; Property – Sunder; Legal Writing – Simshaw; Legislation and Regulation – Buzzbee


Erika Pringle BrownPhoto of Erika Pringle Brown

Hometown: North Little Rock, AR

Undergraduate Institution: Florida A&M University (Architecture)

Areas of Professional Interest: Employment Law and Health Law

Favorite Wellness or Stress-relieving Activity: Time with my kids, prayer

Favorite Thing to Do in DC: Explore the Architecture

First Year Section: Section 7

First Year Classes and Professors: Coming Soon!


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Hannah Nguyen

Hometown: Palo Alto, CA

Undergraduate Institution: UC Berkeley (Political Science)

Areas of Professional Interest: Commercial litigation, impact litigation, civil rights advocacy

Favorite Wellness or Stress-relieving Activity: Going on long walks while listening to NPR podcasts

Favorite Thing to Do in DC: Visiting Eastern Market on the weekends when the flea market is open

First Year Section: Section 5

First Year Classes and Professors: Civil Procedure – Hyman, Contracts – Velikonja, Constitutional Law – Seidman, Criminal Justice – Gottesman, Property – Sunder, Torts – Hasnas, Criminal Law Across Borders – Luban, Legal Research/Writing – DeLaurentis


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Jeremy Penn

Hometown: Cherry Hill, NJ

Undergraduate Institution: University of Miami (B.S. in Environmental Science, Physics, Geography)

Areas of Professional Interest: Electoral justice & constitutional law; antiracism, abolition, & reparations; federal Indian law; climate justice and the Green New Deal

Favorite Wellness or Stress-relieving Activity: Spending time with my neighbors & my loved ones

Favorite Thing to Do in DC: Going to the museums! Especially the National Portrait Gallery & the National Galleries of Art

First Year Section: Section 3

First Year Classes and Professors: Legal Process: Solum; Bargain, Exchange, & Liability: Super; Legal Writing: Wherry (Fall) & Tiscione (Spring); Property in Time: Munshi; Legal Justice Seminar: Seidman; Democracy & Coercion: McLeod; Government Processes: Molot


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John Covert

Hometown: Austin, TX

Undergraduate Institution: University of Texas

Areas of Professional Interest: Sports and Entertainment Law, Transactional

Favorite Wellness or Stress-relieving Activity: Playing basketball at the rec

Favorite Thing to Do in DC: Walk the mall or go to a sports game

First Year Section: Section 2

First Year Classes and Professors: Administrative Law- Pasachoff, Civil Procedure- Mezey, Constitutional Law- Tew, Contracts- Spann, Criminal Justice- Hopwood, Legal Practice- Wherry, Property- Sukhatmen, Torts- Rothstein


Justin LoScalzoPhotograph of Justin LoScalzo

Hometown: Huntington, NY

Undergraduate Institution: Colgate University (Political Science and Economics)

Areas of Professional Interest: International Law, National Security Law

Favorite Wellness or Stress-relieving Activity: Taking my dog for a walk

Favorite Thing to Do in DC: Going to Washington Nationals games

First Year Section: Section 2

First Year Classes and Professors:Contracts- Spann, Civil Procedure- Hyman, Torts- Heinzerling, Constitutional Law I- Lederman, Property- Sunder, Criminal Justice- Lopez, International Law I- Koplow, Legal Practice- Ross


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Kaylee Kinter

Hometown: Las Vegas, NV

Undergraduate Institution: University of Arizona (BS in environmental science, BA in political science)

Areas of Professional Interest: Environmental Law

Favorite Wellness or Stress-relieving Activity: Cooking and Painting

Favorite Thing to Do in DC: Picnics on the mall

First Year Section: Section 2

First Year Classes and Professors: Civil Procedure – Hyman; Contracts – Spann; Torts – DeRosa; Criminal Justice – Lopez; Con Law – Lederman; Property – Sunder; International Law, National Security, and Human Rights – Regan, LRW – Simshaw


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Kelsey Henderson

Hometown: Fairfax Station, Virginia

Undergraduate Institution: Princeton University (East Asian Studies)

Areas of Professional Interest: Juvenile justice, corporate law, international law

Favorite Wellness or Stress-relieving Activity: Baking something to share with friends

Favorite Thing to Do in DC: Visiting the free museums and exhibits! My all-time favorite is the US Botanic Gardens’ special wintertime display.

First Year Section: Section 2

First Year Classes and Professors: Legal Practice – Wherry; Torts – Rothstein; Contracts – Spann; Civil Procedure – Mezey; Criminal Justice – Hopwood; Constitutional Law – Tew; Property – Park; International Law, National Security, and Human Rights – Regan


 

Leemah NasratiPhotograph of Leemah Nasrati

Hometown: Omaha, NE

Undergraduate Institution: University of Nebraska – Lincoln (Political Science, Global Studies, Religious Studies, Arabic Studies, Latin (Classics))

Areas of Professional Interest: Immigration Law, specifically asylum, detention, and crimmigration

Favorite Wellness or Stress-relieving Activity: Cooking, listening to music, and watching the West Wing

Favorite Thing to Do in DC: Go to all the different museums

First Year Section: Section 1

First Year Classes and Professors: Civil Procedure – Arlyck, Con Law – Mikhail, Legal Practice – Carroll, Property – Byrne, Crim – Hopwood, Torts – Peller, Contracts – Velikonja, International Law National Security and Human Rights – Regan


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Mary Offutt-Reagin

Hometown: Montclair, NJ

Undergraduate Institution: Durham University (U.K.) (critical animal studies in literature)

Areas of Professional Interest: Animal and environmental law, public defense

Favorite Wellness or Stress-relieving Activity: Hanging out with my cat, reading

Favorite Thing to Do in DC: Take long walks

First Year Section: Section 3

First Year Classes and Professors: Bargain, Exchange, and Liability – Super; Legal Justice – Seidman; Property in Time – Munshi; Legal Practice – Tiscione; Legal Process and Society – Solum; Democracy and Coercion – McLeod; Government Processes – Shelanski


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Meredith Johnson

Hometown: Garden City, NY

Undergraduate Institution:Georgetown University

Areas of Professional Interest: Litigation, White Collar Crime

Favorite Wellness or Stress-relieving Activity: Baking cookies and reading

Favorite Thing to Do in DC: Running to the monuments and trying new restaurants

First Year Section: Section 1

First Year Classes and Professors: Civil Procedure – Abernathy, Constitutional Law I – Bloch, Torts – Spann, Legal Research & Writing – Cedrone, Contracts – Gelpern, Property – Gottesman, Criminal Justice – Butler, Criminal Law Across Borders Elective – Luban


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Odunayo Durojaye

Hometown: York, PA

Undergraduate Institution:Georgetown University (Bachelor of Arts in Government with Honors and minors in Spanish and Philosophy)

Areas of Professional Interest:White Collar Crime & Immigration

Favorite Wellness or Stress-relieving Activity: Reading outside

Favorite Thing to Do in DC: Walking around the monuments at night

First Year Section: Section 3

First Year Classes and Professors: Bargain, Exchange, & Liability – Super; Property – Munshi; Legal Justice – McLeod; Legal Practice – Tiscione; Legal Process & Society – Solum; Government Processes – Molot; Democracy & Coercion – McLeod


Photograph of Panya GuptaPanya Gupta

Hometown: Short Hills, NJ

Undergraduate Institution: University of Chicago (B.S. in Computer Science)

Areas of Professional Interest: Cybersecurity and Privacy Law, Litigation

Favorite Wellness or Stress-relieving Activity: Movies or phone calls with friends

Favorite Thing to Do in DC: Running by the National Mall

First Year Section: Section 3

First Year Classes and Professors: Legal Justice – Hunter; Bargain, Exchange, and Liability – Super; Property – Munshi; Legal Process and Society – Solum; Government Processes – Shelanski; Democracy and Coercion – McLeod; Legal Practice – Bonneau


Photograph of Rachel GoldRachel Gold

Hometown: Deerfield, IL

Undergraduate Institution:University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.S. in Community and Nonprofit Leadership, Certificate in Education and Educational Services)

Areas of Professional Interest: Disability Rights

Favorite Wellness or Stress-relieving Activity: Walking outside (especially if I happen to run into a cute puppy!!) or talking with friends

Favorite Thing to Do in DC: Running to the monuments

First Year Section: Section 1

First Year Classes and Professors: Civil Procedure- Abernathy, Torts- Spann, Constitutional Law-Cashin, Legal Research and Writing-Han, Property-Gottesman, Criminal Law Across Boarders-Luban, Contracts-Diamond, Criminal Justice-Butler


Photograph of Ricky RosenRicky Rosen

Hometown: Long Island, NY

Undergraduate Institution: Brandeis University (Political Science, Psychology & Philosophy)

Areas of Professional Interest: Corporate Litigation – White Collar-Crime / Antitrust

Favorite Wellness or Stress-relieving Activity: Cooking a gourmet meal while simultaneously listening to a Bill Burr podcast and watching a Mets baseball game

Favorite Thing to Do in DC: Leaving my cell phone at home, and sitting outside with my friends while procrastinating our readings

First Year Section: Section 1

First Year Classes and Professors: Contracts – Spann; Civil Procedure – Mezey; Torts – DeRosa; Legal Practice – Donohoe (Fall) / Ross (Spring); Criminal Justice – Hopwood; Constitutional Law I – Tew; Property – Sukhatme; Legislation & Regulation – Buzbee


Richard Bernache Photograph of Richie Bernache

Hometown: Boston, MA

Undergraduate Institution: Saint Michael’s College (Political Science & Theatre)

Areas of Professional Interest: Litigation, Government Regulation, and Legislation

Favorite Wellness or Stress-relieving Activity: Working Out / Baking

Favorite Thing to Do in DC: Trying new restaurants

First Year Section: Section 3

First Year Classes and Professors: Bargains, Exchanges, and Liability – Super / Legal Process and Society – Solum / Property in Time – Ernst / Legal Justice – Heinzerling & Luban / Legal Practice: Writing and Analysis – Wherry & Tiscione / Democracy and Coercion – McLeod / Government Processes – Molot


Sanaya TamboliPhotograph of Sanaya Tamboli

Hometown: Tampa, FL

Undergraduate Institution: University of Florida (Political Science and International Studies, minor in Anthropology)

Areas of Professional Interest: Election and regulatory law

Favorite Wellness or Stress-relieving Activity: Hiking

Favorite Thing to Do in DC: District Trivia nights!

First Year Section: Section 5

First Year Classes and Professors: Civil Procedure- Molot; Contracts- Gelpern; Constitutional Law- Bloch; Legal Writing- Reich; Criminal Procedure- Seidman; Torts- Hasnas; Property- Gottesman


Sarah TurnerPhotograph of Sarah Turner

Hometown: LaFayette, GA

Undergraduate Institution: Duke University (Psychology & History)

Areas of Professional Interest: Corporate Law

Favorite Wellness or Stress-relieving Activity: I love to workout or bake, there’s no in between

Favorite Thing to Do in DC: I love taking advantage of all the museums we’re surrounded by. My favorite museums to visit are the portrait gallery (the courtyard is a great place to study), the Renwick, and I have a special soft spot for the gem exhibit in the Museum of Natural History!

First Year Section: Section 2

First Year Classes and Professors: Civil Procedure – Hyman, Contracts – Spann, Con Law I – Lederman, Criminal Justice – Lopez, How to Regulate – Hyman, Legal Practice – Simshaw, Property – Sunder, Torts – Rothstein


Sofia MolodanofPhotograph of Sofia Molodanof

Hometown: Sacramento, CA

Undergraduate Institution: University of California, Davis (English with a minor in Communication)

Areas of Professional Interest: Health Care Law and Policy, Food and Drug Law, Regulatory Law

Favorite Wellness or Stress-relieving Activity: Working out

Favorite Thing to Do in DC: Walking around the DC Monuments

First Year Section: Section 2

First Year Classes and Professors: Civil Procedure – Hyman, Torts – DeRosa, Con Law I – Lederman, Contracts – Spann, Property – Sunder, Criminal Justice – Lopez, Legal Writing – Simshaw, Leg Reg – Buzbee