September 18, 2017

Meet Our Team

 

3Ls:

Charmaine Nyman – Charmaine Nyman is a member of the Class of 2022 at Richmond Law. She graduated in 2017 from Kutztown University with a B.A. in Political Science with Paralegal Studies, and a minor in Public Administration. At Richmond Law she oversees the pro bono program for Veterans and plans to continue to offer pro bono services to veterans while pursuing a career in the private sector.

 

Amanda Christensen – Amanda Markarian Christensen is from Chino, California and graduated in 2012 with her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Business Management minor. After graduation she worked in juvenile detention counseling at-risk youth and in the years prior to law school she worked in financial planning. Amanda spent her 2020 summer working at Virginia Estate & Trust Law and her 2021 summer working with the Honorable Bobbi Overfield of Wyoming’s 5th District Court. After work she enjoys going on adventures with her husband and baby girl trying new foods and exploring Virginia.

 

Enzo Chiariello – Enzo is a 3L interested in pursuing a career in the public sector. He hopes to stay in the Richmond area where he and his wife currently live with their six year old dog. In his free time he enjoys cycling, camping, hiking, and frustratingly fixing his old house.

 

Madeline Culbreth – Madeline Culbreth is a member of the Class of 2022 at Richmond Law. She graduated from UVA in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts in Foreign Affairs and Global Studies: Security and Justice. At Richmond, she is a Law School Admissions Ambassador and member of Richmond Women’s Law and the Public Interest Law Association. Her work experience pre-law school is in the refugee resettlement field.

 

Gordon Willis – Hi! I’m Gordon and I live in Richmond with my very patient partner, Josh, and our very impatient cattle dog, Sadie. In addition to being an ME for PILR, I’m a food enthusiast, lover of wine, and 3w2 enneagram. If you’re ever looking for me- you can skip checking the library (but you might find me at a table outside of the law school or on a blanket somewhere else on campus).

 

Natalie King – My name is Natalie King and I’m a 3L here at Richmond Law, and am one of the Symposium Editors for PILR.  After graduation I’m interested in Real Estate law.  An interesting fact about me is that I’m a quadruplet.  I have two sisters and a brother and we’re all super close!

 

 

Allie Frasca – Allie Frasca is a member of the class of 2022 at the University of Richmond, School of Law. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2018 with a double major in Global Security and Justice and Spanish. In addition to her position as Lead Articles Editor on PILR, she is the President of the Public Interest Law Association and the Vice President of the American Constitution Society.

 

Chris Davis – Chris Davis is the Notes & Comments Editor for PILR. Before law school, he attended the College of William & Mary, where he majored in Government and Psychology. He then taught social studies for five years at Thomas Dale High School in Chesterfield County. At U of R, he also serves as the Treasurer for the Moot Court Board.

 

 

John Dickinson – John Dickinson is a 2015 graduate of the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Government.  Before starting his J.D., he was Manager of Government Affairs for the Virginia Chamber of Commerce.  He spent the summer of 2020 with Virginia’s DMV and the summer of 2021 with the United States Capitol Police.  He hopes to pursue a career in public service.

 

Toviya Nabugero – Toviya Nabugero is a 3L from Fredericksburg, Virginia. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations. She has been heavily involved in different organizations throughout law school and is passionate about giving back to her community.

 

 

Patrick Rice – My name is Patrick Rice. I’m a 3L, born in Ketchikan, Alaska, but from Seattle. After graduating from Occidental College, I worked on cruise ships until I decided to go to law school with the intention of being a public defender and now, 2 internships later, that remains my goal. My hobbies include cite checking and mediocre juggling.

 

 

Matthew Wathen – I’m Matt, and I am a third-year law student from Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating from the University of Georgia I came to Richmond to pursue my goal of becoming a lawyer. I am interested in business and corporate law, and I hope to work in these fields after graduation.

 

Nina Belber – Nina Belber is a member of the Class of 2022 at the University of Richmond School of Law. Originally from Norfolk, Virginia, she attended Virginia Commonwealth University and earned a bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security and Political Science. In addition to her involvement with PILR, she is Alumni Chair of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association and a member of the National Lawyers Guild.

 

Greg Mills – Greg began his career at a public accounting firm in Portland, Oregon, before eventually deciding to set out on his dream of attending law school and working on Capitol Hill. Motivated by a passion for politics and public policy, Greg spent this prior summer with the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Education and Labor, where he worked on labor and civil rights legislation. In his free time, Greg participates in a book club, goes hiking and skiing, and watches Oregon Duck football and basketball games.

 

Mallory Ortmann – Mallory Ortmann is a third-year law student studying to practice law in the private sector. Her desired practice areas include immigration law, civil rights litigation, and constitutional law. Mallory is a Fulbright Scholarship recipient and the winner of the 2020 Intra-scholastic Trial Advocacy Competition. Outside of academia, she loves to create art, play with her six nieces and nephews, and go on hikes with her dog Hank.

Andrew Mullen – Andrew Mullen is a member of the class of 2021 at the University of Richmond School of Law and is the current General Assembly Editor for the Public Interest Law Review. Andrew graduated from Randolph-Macon College where he majored in Political Science, minored in Journalism, and was a four-year member of the varsity baseball team. In addition to being a PILR member, Andrew is on the Moot Court board. He hopes to pursue a career in civil litigation.

 

Haley Walter – Haley is a rising 3L who is pursuing environmental law. She was inspired to become an environmental lawyer after growing up in Cape Canaveral, Florida and learning about the importance of environmental protection. Haley is currently a law clerk for the EPA and hopes to work there after graduation.

Emily Siron – Emily Siron is a member of the Class of 2022 at the University of Richmond School of Law. In 2019, they graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.A. in Political Science. In the summer of 2020, Emily interned with NARAL Pro-Choice Virginia and in the summer of 2021 interned for the chambers of the Honorable Chief Judge Marla Decker on the Virginia Court of Appeals. After graduation, they hope to pursue a career as a litigator in the reproductive justice field.

Elizabeth Richer – Elizabeth Richer is a member of the Class of 2022 at the University of Richmond School of Law. In 2019, she graduated from SUNY Binghamton University, where she received a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Human Development. During the summer of 2021, Lizzie interned at the U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters in the Intelligence and Information Law department. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career within the Intelligence and Criminal Law sector.

Kelley Flint – Kelley Flint is a member of the Class of 2022 at the University of Richmond School of Law. In 2018, she graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University where she majored in journalism. In addition to being one of the Lead Articles Editors for PILR, Kelley is also a member of the Environmental Law Society Board as Action Coordinator. In her spare time, Kelley coaches high school lacrosse and enjoys gardening.

 

 

2Ls:

Owen Giordano – Owen Giordano is a member of the class of 2023 at the University of Richmond School of Law. A native of Richmond, he graduated with departmental honors from the College of William and Mary in 2020, where he obtained a major in Economics and a minor in History. In the summer of 2021, Owen worked as a judicial intern at the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Virginia under Chief Judge Edward Tomko III, Judge W. Allan Sharrett, and Judge Carson Saunders.

 

Jessica King – Jessica King is a member of the class of 2023 at the University of Richmond School of Law. She is originally from the Atlanta area and graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Social Science, with concentrations of Law & Society and Political Science, in 2020. In addition to her membership on PILR, Jessica is a member of the Career Development Office Student Advisory Board and Richmond Women’s Law. During her 1L summer, she interned at the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office in Rockville, MD.

Claudia Leonor  – Claudia Léonor is a member of Richmond Law’s Class of 2023. Claudia is a graduate of Georgetown University, where she studied Government and minored in Arabic and Spanish. Before law school, she taught English as a Second Language to court-involved immigrant children in Washington, DC. At Richmond Law, Claudia is a member of the Moot Court Board, a student advocate with the Wrongful Convictions Clinic, and a member of the Student Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Coalition. This past summer, Claudia worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable Arenda L. Wright Allen for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

 

Jessica Rooke  – Jessica Rooke is a member of the class of 2023 at the University of Richmond School of Law. She is from Glen Allen, Virginia, and graduated from The University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. During her 1L summer, she interned at Midtown GC Law Firm working primarily in mergers & acquisitions, as well as at The Hanover Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

 

Melissa Kouri – Melissa Kouri is a member of the class of 2023 at the University of Richmond School of Law . She graduated from James Madison University in 2019 with a double major in Philosophy and Political Science. She spent the summer of 2021 working as a law clerk with Blue Ridge Legal Services in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

 

Hannah Laub  – Hannah Laub is a member of the class of 2023 at the University of Richmond School of Law. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2016, where she studied sociology and studio art. Before starting law school, Hannah completed two years of AmeriCorps service in Baton Rouge and Seattle, and then moved back to Richmond where she was a community organizer fighting climate change. This summer, Hannah interned at the Federal Public Defender Office in Richmond, VA.

 

Albert Gutierrez –  Albert Gutierrez is a member of the Class of 2023 at the University of Richmond School of Law. A native from Miami, Florida, Albert graduated from Brandeis University where he double majored in political science and Hispanic studies and was a member of the varsity baseball team. In addition to his membership on PILR, Albert is also part of the CDO Board and ADR Board. During the summer of 2021, Albert was an intern at Vandeventer Black LLP.

 

Tiffany Ngo  – Tiffany Ngo originally hails from Northern Virginia, and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. In addition to being a staff member, she is currently the Vice President of Richmond Women’s Law and Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, and Secretary for the university’s Virginia Bar Association. This past summer, she was a law clerk for Consumer Litigation Associates, P.C. where she assisted consumers in need in state and federal lawsuits. After graduation, she plans on pursuing commercial litigation, commercial real estate, and family law.

Bushra Haque   – I am a member of the class of 2023. In addition to being on PILR, I am also Vice President and Co-Founder of the South Asian Law Student Association here at U of R. I am originally from Northern Virginia and I graduated from Virginia Tech in 2020 with a major in Biological Sciences. I am interested in pursuing a career in Patent Law and utilizing both my biology and legal backgrounds.

 

 

Samantha Callejas – Samantha Callejas graduated from Christopher Newport University in 2020 as a Political Science major. She spent her 1L summer as an immigration law clerk at the International Rescue Committee. In addition to her membership on PILR, Samantha serves as Vice President of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board, Richmond Women’s Law member, and Public Interest Law Association member.

 

 

Teresa Sun  – Teresa Sun is a member of the class of 2023 at the University of Richmond School of Law. Teresa is from Beijing, China and graduated from University of Minnesota, where she majored in Global Studies and Sociology. Teresa is also on the executive board of the First Generation Law Students association. In her spare time Teresa is a proud cat mom and plant mom.

Elizabeth Vanasse  –Elizabeth Vanasse is from Lancaster, Pennsylvania and graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2020 with a double major in English and French & Francophone Studies. She spent summer of 2021 working at a small Richmond law firm doing adoption and surrogacy, personal injury, employment, and estate planning. Elizabeth is a lifelong equestrian and can often be found at the barn taking breaks from law school.

 

Haley Edmonds – Haley Edmonds is a member of the Class of 2023  at the University of Richmond School of Law. She is a Virginia Beach native, and 2020 graduate of the University of Virginia, where she majored in English and minored in Government. In addition to her membership on PILR, Haley is the Treasurer of the Environmental Law Society, and a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board. During her 1L summer, Haley worked in the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Office with their environmental section. She hopes to pursue a career in environmental law.

Kiana Gilcrist  – My name is Kiana Gilcrist and I am from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and graduated from Duquesne University in 2020 with a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Political Science. During the summer of 2021, I interned at the Federal Public Defender’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. In addition to my membership on PILR, I serve as Secretary of the Black Law Student Association, a Peer Mentor to the incoming 1L class, and am a member of Richmond Women’s Law and Criminal Law Society.

 

Pablo Grijalva  – Pablo Grijalva is a member of the class of 2023 at the University of Richmond School of Law. He graduated in 2018 from Florida International University with a degree in Communications and Environmental Studies. Outside of academics, Pablo enjoys hiking, fishing and playing with his dog, Kayne.

 

 

Carley Ruival  – Carley Ruival is a member of the class of 2023 at the University of Richmond School of Law. Originally from Virginia Beach, she graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2015 where she received a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and in Psychology. In addition to being a PILR member, Carley is on the Trial Advocacy and Moot Court Boards.

 


Jenny Hernandez Austria  –
Jennyfer Hernandez Austria graduated from the University of Richmond in 2015 with a Bachelor or Arts in Political Science and International Studies. Before going to UR Law, she worked in various immigration law firms. During her 1L summer, she interned at the Lynchburg Public Defender’s Office. She hopes to pursue a career in criminal or immigration defense. When she’s not reading for class or working, she can be found caring for her million house plants and reading fiction books.

 

Amanuel Mekonnen  – Amanuel Mekonnen is a member of the University of Richmond School of Law Class of 2023. He received his B.A. in Classics with a concentration in Ancient Greek from the University of Virginia. In his free time, he enjoys learning languages, dancing and practicing martial arts.

 

Kira Davis  – Kira Davis is a member of the class of 2023 at the University of Richmond School of Law. She is from Newport News, Virginia, and graduated from Longwood University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Criminal Justice. During her 1L summer, she worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable S. Bernard Goodwyn of the Supreme Court of Virginia. In addition to being a staff member on the Richmond Public Interest Law Review, Kira is also a member of the First-Generation Law Students Association and serves as an Honor Council Justice.

Callie Keen – Callie Keen is a member of the class of 2023 at the University of Richmond School of Law. She graduated from Duke University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. In addition to her membership in PILR, Callie is an Admissions Ambassador and a member of Richmond Women’s Law. Callie worked as a legal intern for Virginia529 during her 1L summer, and will continue to work there throughout this year.

 

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