Brittany EliasSTUDENT NAME: Brittany Elias

LAW SCHOOL: Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

STATUS: Rising 3L

UNDERGRADUATE: University of California-Irvine, B.A. Art History;  minor, Women’s Studies

HOME CITY/STATE OR COUNTRY: Los Angeles, California

Understanding Brittany Elias means knowing how deeply connected she is to her Argentinean heritage, which she works to fuse with her American upbringing, and how passionate she is about the arts, the result of being raised in a family that encouraged creative thought. (It didn’t hurt that her father was a director for 40 years.) The intertwining of these two strands was manifest in 2009 when Elias, an undergraduate at the University of California-Irvine, established Museum of the Souls (Museo de las Almas) as a business. Five years later, the company still focuses on Hispanic and Latino artists, providing a platform to exhibit and auction their work, and for the up-and-comers, an introduction to the art market. Continue reading


Georgetown's Fawah AkwoStudent Name: Fawah Akwo

Law School: Georgetown University Law Center

Status: Rising 3L

Undergraduate: B.S. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, The Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Home City/State/Country: Limbe, Cameroon, in west Central Africa

Fawah Akwo worked as a senior software engineer at Oracle, where she developed customer relationship management web applications. A hallmark of her life, however, has been a devotion to helping women and children, especially girls. During her time in Silicon Valley, she founded a platform to enable youth in developing countries to organize and garner support for service projects in their communities. An advocate for women’s education, Akwo also founded and coordinates a “GirlTech” scholarship program in her home town to orient and nurture women students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).

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Student Name: Tyler A. Rube

Law School: Gonzaga University Law School

Status: Rising 3L

Undergraduate: U.S. Air Force Academy (Legal Studies)

Other Degrees: Masters, Webster University (International Relations)

Home City/State: Phoenix, Arizona

Tyler Rube, a rising 3L and current Gonzaga Law Student Bar Association vice-president, was born and raised in Phoenix, Ariz., and enlisted in the U.S. Air Force at 17. After a few years, Rube was accepted into the U.S. Air Force Academy and subsequently graduated as Class President in 2007. He then worked as a Special Agent for the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, where he conducted felony-level criminal and counterintelligence investigations. Continue reading


Student Name: Christine Doelling

UC HAST DoellingLaw School:  University of California,  Hastings College of the Law

Status: Rising 2L

Focus:  Media, Entertainment and Intellectual Property

Undergraduate Degree/Institution: BA American Studies (2008), George Washington University (Washington, D.C.)

Graduate Degree/Institution: Masters – Media, Communications and Critical Practice (2012), University of the Arts, London College of Communications

Home city/state or country: Berkeley, Calif.

Christine Doelling, a rising 2L, is immersed in the music industry, where she aspires to work. She has created and led multi-channel marketing initiatives for world-renowned artists, musicians, museums and media companies. Doelling founded Lunchbox Theory, a music promotion company in Washington, D.C., and has served as a music promotion consultant for National Geographic Live.

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BU Law Aaron Horth Law School: Boston University School of Law

Student Name: Aaron Horth

Status: Rising 3L

Undergraduate degree/major: B.A. Political Science

Undergraduate institution: University of Missouri

Home city, state: St. Louis, MO

During his undergraduate career, Aaron Horth spearheaded the IncludeME MU campaign to add gender identity and expression to the protected categories in the university’s non-discrimination policy. After graduating, he worked as a Residential Victims’ advocate at a shelter for those subjected to domestic violence.

Lawdragon: What were key factors you used to choose your law school?

Aaron Horth: Because most of the schools I got into were roughly the same in rankings, I looked mostly at geographic location. I chose Boston because I wanted to live in a larger city and a place that I knew would be progressive and queer-friendly.

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northeastern cerneaclarkStudent Name:
 Adam Cernea Clark

Law School:
 Northeastern University School of Law

Status: 3L

Focus:  International Development, Environmental Law

Undergraduate Degree/Institution: BA English (2005), Kenyon College

Graduate Degree/Institution: Masters, Environmental Law & Policy, Vermont Law School (joint program)

Home city/town, state or country: Houston, Texas

On a Northeastern law school co-op program in Bucharest, Romania last August, Adam Cernea Clark arrived just as thousands of protesters took to the street. The government was about to approve a private sector gold mining project that many Romanians feared would release cyanide into the environment. Cernea Clark, who studies environmental law and international development as part of Northeastern’s dual-degree program with Vermont Law School, said he felt compelled to get involved. Continue reading


Law School: The John Marshall Law School


Name: Paul Kossof

Status: 3L; LL.M., International Business and Trade Law ‘15

Practice area: Intellectual Property

Undergraduate degree/major: BA, Spanish and Philosophy of Law

Undergraduate institution: Villanova University

Graduate degree: Current International Business and Trade Law LLM Candidate

Graduate institution: The John Marshall Law School

Home city/town, state: Chicago, Ill.

Paul Kossof, an International Business and Trade Law LL.M. candidate at The John Marshall Law School, has written what seems to be the first book on China’s new trademark law, which took effect in May 2014. Continue reading


Law School: Stetson University College of Law

Name: Shivani Alamo

Status: 3L

Practice area: Advocate for Social Justice, Education Reform

Undergraduate degree/major: B.A., International StudiesShivani-Alamo

Undergraduate institution: University of South Florida

Home city, state: New York, New York

stet, a third-year Stetson University College of Law student, is an advocate for children and education reform. She traveled to New York City last year to accept the prestigious New Generation Award, a special Lewis Hine Award for Service to Children and Youth. The award is named for the National Child Labor Committee photographer who documented early 20th century exploitation of children to facilitate child labor reform. Continue reading


Law School: Georgetown University Law Center

Name: Brandon Stone

Class: L’15  

Practice area interests:  Technology law and women’s human rights

GULC Veterans Day Program with former FBI Director Judge Louis FreehUndergraduate degree/major: BA, Economics

Undergraduate institution/year: Ohio State University (with honors) 2004

Other: Officer, U.S. Navy, SEAL

Training institution: U.S. Navy Officer Candidate School/Naval Special Warfare Center

Home city/town, state:  Juneau, AK (Alaska)

Brandon Stone received a standing ovation when he spoke at Georgetown Law’s 2013 Veterans Day Program, honoring those who have served in the military. Stone, a second-year student in the J.D. program at Georgetown Law, graduated with honors from the Ohio State University in 2004 and joined the U.S. Navy. Upon his commissioning at Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Fla., he transferred to the Naval Special Warfare Center in Coronado, Calif., where he trained to become a SEAL officer. He later transferred to a SEAL Team in Virginia Beach, Va. Continue reading