Coby Ascunce hails from the Commonwealth of Virginia although growing up in a military family has taken him many places across the country. For his undergraduate work, Coby went to the University of Virginia and is a diehard UVa football fan. Wahoowa! He spent his 2L summer working at Kirkland & Ellis in Washington, DC and hopes to return to the area and practice as a litigator. During his free time, Coby greatly enjoys playing soccer and tennis—so long as he is winning.
Jim Browning grew up in Miller Place, New York and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of Arts in Biology. After college, Jim was a Peace Corps volunteer in Cameroon, where he served as a science teacher for two years. After his first year of law school, Jim spent his summer as a research assistant for Professor G. Robert Blakey, researching common law culpability standards throughout the United States. During the past summer, Jim was a summer associate at Jones Day in Cleveland. Jim enjoys golf, crossword puzzles, and chess.
Sarah Burch is from Clearwater, Kansas and earned her Bachelor of Business Administration in marketing from the University of Notre Dame. After her first year of law school, Sarah spent her summer in Wichita, Kansas as a summer associate with Foulston Siefkin. Sarah returned to Foulston for her 2L summer. In her spare time, Sarah enjoys golf, cooking, running, and traveling.
Timothy Cantu is from Clearwater, Florida and graduated from Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula, California. He worked in the summer of 2011 as a research assistant for Professor Richard W. Garnett at Notre Dame Law School. Timothy spent his 2L summer as a summer associate with Miller, Johnson, Snell, & Cummiskey in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In his free time, he is an avid golfer and a fairly mediocre tennis player.
Mike Claus of Clarkston, Michigan went to DePauw University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Writing. After spending his 1L summer as an intern for the Honorable Gerald E. Rosen, Chief Judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Mike worked his 2L summer as a summer Associate at Winston & Strawn, LLP in Chicago. In his free time, Mike enjoys cheering on Notre Dame football and listening to his collection of classic rock vinyl LPs.
Joel Dendiu is from South Bend, Indiana. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Bethel College and a Master of Arts in Philosophy from Arizona State University before attending Notre Dame Law School. After Joel’s 1L year he spent the summer at the Notre Dame Legal Aid Clinic. This past summer he worked as a summer associate at Jenner & Block in Chicago.
Matt, originally from Ames, Iowa, graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2007. He joined Teach For America and taught social studies in the Bronx, New York at Carl C. Icahn Charter School from 2007–2010. In 2009, he graduated from Pace University with a Masters in Teaching. As an undergraduate, Matt interned with Indiana Legal Services and United States Senator Tom Harkin. In 2011, Matt was a summer associate with Barnes & Thornburg in South Bend, Indiana where he returned for the second half of the summer of 2012. During the first half of the summer of 2012, Matt worked with the Department of Justice, Antitrust Division in Washington, DC as part of the Summer Law Intern Program. When he is not studying or working for the Law Review, Matt enjoys travelling, obsessively following Notre Dame football, golfing, and spending time with friends and family.
Jonathan Edel is from Findlay, Ohio and earned his undergraduate degree at The Ohio State University, where he majored in Economics. He split his first summer, working as a summer intern in the chambers of the Honorable Jack Zouhary of the United States District Court in the Northern District of Ohio as well as a research assistant for Professor William Kelley. After his 2L year, Jon worked as a summer associate in Pittsburgh for Thorp Reed & Armstrong. Outside of school, Jonathan enjoys watching college sports, golfing, playing basketball, and watching South Park.
Joe Florczak is from Chicago, IL and is a graduate of the The Citadel: The Military College of South Carolina. He has previously worked as a summer associate in the Chicago office of Jones Day and as a summer extern for the Honorable Joseph S. Van Bokkelen in the Northern District of Indiana. Prior to law school he served as an Army officer and deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. His law school extracurricular activities in addition to Law Review include the Small Business Pro Bono Project and the GALILEE program.
Becky Friedrick grew up in Alma, Michigan. She completed her undergraduate studies at Albion College in Albion, Michigan, where she studied political science, public policy, and music. Before law school, Becky interned at Fortino, Plaxton & Constanzo, P.C., a small law firm in her hometown. While at Notre Dame, Becky has assisted Professor Robert G. Blakey on several federal criminal law research projects, spanning topics including mail fraud, honest services fraud, and RICO. During her 1L summer she interned with Chief Judge Stephen D. Gorsalitz at the Ninth Circuit Court Family Division in Kalamazoo, Michigan. This past summer, Becky worked as a summer associate at Honigman, Miller, Swartz and Cohn in Detroit, Michigan. In her free time Becky enjoys playing flute, attending concerts, and spending time with her family.
Joseph R. Ganahl grew up in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in ‘Cello Performance from UCLA where he also studied modern and classical Chinese. After a brief stint as a Chinese Language lecturer at UCLA Extension, he joined his wife in building a flourishing music studio in Los Angeles. He was actively involved in the music community in Southern California, performing chamber music and serving as board member, webmaster, and president of the Music Teachers’ Association of California, South Bay Branch. Joseph spent his 1L summer working in Washington, D.C. under the auspices of the Blackstone Legal Fellowship. This past summer, Joseph grappled with the proper tax treatment for L3Cs, benefit corporations, and flexible-purpose corporations as a research assistant to Dean Lloyd Mayer. When not working or studying, Joseph enjoys homegrown vegetables, homemade bread, and playing the cello.
Carter is from Memphis, Tennessee, and graduated with a degree in biochemistry from Florida State University prior to coming to Notre Dame Law School. He has worked for major firms in Las Vegas and Tennessee, for both prosecutors’ and public defenders’ offices, and as a research assistant to several NDLS professors.
Eric graduated from Boston College in 2010. While at Boston College, he studied both Finance and Philosophy. His undergraduate thesis explored the influence that Soren Kierkegaard had on Walker Percy. After finishing his first year of law school in 2011, Eric interned for Federal District Judge Stephen J. Murphy, III. During his 2L summer, he worked as a summer associate at Goodwin Procter in Boston. In addition to the Law Review, Eric spends his time on campus as an Assistant Rector in Fisher Hall and as a member of the Federalist Society, the Thomas More Society, and the Business Legal Forum
Chris Kieser was born in Queens and raised on Long Island. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and History from the University of Notre Dame in 2010. Following his first year of law school, Chris was a judicial intern for the Honorable Patrick M. Meter of the Michigan Court of Appeals. This past summer, Chris was a law clerk in the Civil Litigation Section of the Office of the Indiana Attorney General in Indianapolis. In his spare time, Chris enjoys golf, bowling, and cheering on his many favorite teams.
Amy McIntire is from New Orleans, Louisiana—shout out to the South! She graduated with a B.S.M. from Tulane University in 2010 with majors in Legal Studies in Business and English. In the summer of 2012, she clerked at Chaffe McCall LLP and Deutsch, Kerrigan & Stiles LLP, both in New Orleans.
Joseph “Jack” Miller comes from San Ramon, California in the San Francisco Bay Area. He got the nickname “Jack” as a tribute to his grandfather Joe Miller Jr., an Army Air Corps veteran and executive director of the Ohio State Bar Association. Jack graduated from the University of California-Davis majoring in Philosophy and Political Science. He previously worked as Communications Manager for ex-California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and as a paralegal at Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati, P.C. Jack is spending the Fall 2012 semester in Milan, Italy studying law at Bocconi University.
Kelli Mulder-Westrate grew up in Grand Rapids, Michigan and graduated from Calvin College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and minors in French, Spanish and Philosophy. While taking graduate courses in Education at Calvin, Kelli worked as a high school language and literature teacher, teaching courses in both English and Spanish. Kelli spent her summers as a research assistant to Professor O. Carter Snead and as a summer associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in Washington, D.C. Her work for Professor Snead continues throughout her 3L year. For amusement, Kelli skis, cheers for Notre Dame football and Detroit Red Wings hockey, and reads prodigiously long Victorian novels while relaxing on one of Michigan’s stunning beaches.
Patty graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in Finance, cum laude, a supplementary Spanish major, and an International Business Certificate. Patty grew up in Denver but has lived in South Bend, London, and Chicago throughout her college and law school careers. Patty interned at Grosvenor Capital Management during the summers of 2009 and 2011. During Patty’s time at Grosvenor, she worked in the Operational Due Diligence department, focusing on various financial projects her first summer and on transactional projects her second summer. In the summer of 2010, Patty worked at CSG Systems in Denver and was involved in both financial and legal projects. This past summer, Patty worked in the Corporate division at Holland and Hart in Denver, where she worked on a variety of transactional projects. In her free time, Patty enjoys playing tennis, golfing, and spending time outdoors.
Erinn Rigney is a 2004 graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Political Science and History and a 2006 graduate of Loyola University Chicago with a M.Ed. in Secondary Education. Before returning to Notre Dame, Erinn taught high school Government and Law in her hometown of Silver Spring, Maryland in addition to managing the service learning program, advising the student government association and coaching soccer. After serving as a research assistant for Professor A.J. Bellia during her 1L summer, Erinn worked as a summer associate at Sidley Austin in Chicago following her 2L year. In her spare time, Erinn enjoys playing sports, running, walking her dog, and reading.
Lauren Riley is from Mystic, Connecticut. She attended Providence College in Providence, Rhode Island where she majored in economics and political science. During her 1L summer, Lauren worked for Judge Thompson on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston, Massachusetts. Lauren was a summer associate at Choate, Hall & Stewart in Boston during her 2L summer. Lauren enjoys running, spending time with her family, and going to the beach.
Samantha Stauffer is from Phoenix, Arizona. She graduated from Northern Arizona University in 2009 where she studied Political Science and Criminal Justice. Samantha has spent the past two summers in Arizona working for the Scottsdale Prosecutors Office and the Legal Department at Enghouse Interactive International. In addition to her work for the Law Review, Samantha also enjoys working as an Assistant Rector in one of Notre Dame’s residence halls, volunteering with the law school’s admissions department, and playing the clarinet.
Born and raised in New Ulm, Minnesota, Kyle Ubl graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor of arts degree in English and music. Before law school, Kyle worked for Minnesota law firm Gislason & Hunter, LLP, as well as the Fifth Judicial District of Minnesota. After his first year of law school, Kyle spent his summer at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana. During the past summer, Kyle was a summer associate at Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., an international law firm based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After graduation, he will clerk for the Honorable Raymond Gruender of the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. In his spare time, Kyle enjoys performing music, golfing, fishing, and cooking.
Chris Wray, originally from Harrisonville, Missouri, graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2006 with a B.S.B.A. in Accounting and Finance. He spent his 1L summer with the Honorable Lisa White Hardwick on the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District and the Honorable W. Duane Benton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. During his 2L summer, he was a summer associate with Stinson Morrison & Hecker in Kansas City, MO. Chris is a research assistant to Professor Matt Barrett and Professor Jim Seckinger, and he serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Mendoza College of Business.
Laura Aronsson is originally from Shelburne, Vermont where her family lives on Lake Champlain. She attended Yale College and majored in history of art while swimming distance freestyle for Yale’s varsity swim team. She completed her master’s degree in American art in 2010 with a focus on folk art collecting. During her 1L summer, Laura worked for Judge Hall on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in Rutland, Vermont. Laura will spend her 2L summer with Cahill Gordon & Reindel in New York City. Laura continues to swim recreationally at Notre Dame and trains for marathons in her spare time.
Patrick Cassidy is from Brookfield, Wisconsin. He attended Boston College for his undergrad, where he majored in political science and wrote his honors thesis on natural law conservatism. During his 1L summer, Patrick worked as a legal intern for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty in Washington, D.C. Before law school, he taught high school social studies at Marquette University High School in Milwaukee. He’s an avid runner and golfer, and loves Wisconsin sports.
Veronica Couzo is most recently from New York City. She received herundergraduate degree in political science from Columbia University. During her 1L summer, Veronica worked for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Chicago. Veronica will be working as a summer associate for Jones Day in Chicago. Veronica enjoys Broadway musicals, traveling, and spending time with her friends and family.
Jason Cellier is from Port Clinton, Ohio. He attended Wheaton College in Wheaton, Illinois where he majored in political science. During his 1L summer, Jason was a summer associate at Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP in Toledo, Ohio. Jason enjoys basketball, tennis, and fishing.
Stephen DeGenaro hails from Youngstown, Ohio. He went to Georgetown University for undergrad where he majored in Government and minored in Psychology.Stephen worked as an extern for the Honorable Benita Y. Pearson in the United States District Court Northern District of Ohio in Youngstown. Stephen likes Rocco’s pizza, Georgetown basketball, Notre Dame football, and Ultimate Frisbee.
Brian Fox is from New York, New York. He attended Bucknell University in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, where he graduated with a degree in accounting. During his 1L summer, Brian worked for the Hon. John E. Jones III at the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. During his 2L summer, Brian will be a summer associate with Davis Polk & Wardwell in New York. Brian enjoys playing tennis
Jacquelyn Fradette is from Framingham, Massachusetts. She attended St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, where she studied the Great Books Program. During her 1L summer, Jacquelyn was a legal intern at the Federal Communications Commission in the International Bureau – Strategic Analysis and Negotiations Division. Jacquelyn enjoys figure skating, cooking, and spending time with her family.
Jon Heintz was born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania. A 2009 graduate of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, Jon majored in Finance and was a four-year resident of St. Edward’s Hall, where he currently serves as Assistant Rector. Jon spent two years working in Washington, D.C., before returning to Notre Dame for law school. He spent his 1L summer at the United States Attorney’s Office in Pittsburgh, PA, and will spend his 2L summer as an associate at Jones Day in Washington, D.C. Jon is an avid sports fan, particularly the Notre Dame football team, and enjoys playing golf and traveling to visit family and friends.
Christopher Hinman is from Horseheads, New York. He attended Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. During his 1L summer, Chris worked for the Honorable David G. Larimer, of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York in Rochester, New York. During his 2L summer, Chris will be working for White & Case LLP in New York City. Chris enjoys downhill skiing and is a member of Notre Dame’s amateur men’s boxing club.
Lynn Kaiser is from New Canaan, Connecticut. She attended the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in Washington, DC where she majored in international history with a focus on the Middle East. During her 1L summer, Lynn worked for the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corps at the Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut. Lynn is also an assistant rector in Lyons Hall on campus.
Stephanie Maloney is from Barrington, Rhode Island. She attended Loyola University Maryland, where she earned a B.A. in Political Science, and Emory University, where she received her Master of Theological Studies degree. During her 1L summer, Stephanie participated in the Blackstone Legal Fellowship and interned with Americans United for Life. Stephanie is Program Director for the Notre Dame Federalist Society and has participated in the Ethics & Public Policy Center’s Tertio Millennio Seminar in Krakow, Poland and The Witherspoon Institute’s First Principles seminar at Princeton University.
William McClintock is from Greenville, SC. Before entering Notre Dame, William graduated from Furman University with a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science. During his time at Furman, he worked for a year as an intern with the local Catholic Charities immigration attorney. During his 1L summer, he served as a research assistant to Professor G. Robert Blakey. In his spare time, he enjoys running, golfing, and watching movies.
Born in what is today the Republic of Macedonia, Kristian Mukoski was brought to the United States as a child and raised among the cornfields of Crown Point, Indiana. He attended Loyola University Chicago, where he graduated magna cum laude, majoring in political science and international relations. During his 1L summer, Kristian worked for the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. At Notre Dame Law School, Kristian is very active within the Federalist Society, serving as an officer. In his free time, Kristian enjoys playing tennis, following politics, and reading dystopian fiction.
Kevin Murphy is from Carmel, Indiana. He graduated from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana where he majored in Accounting and Finance at the Kelley School of Business. In 2011, Kevin was named the Indiana University campus-wide Intramural Athlete of the Year. During his 1L summer, Kevin worked with Professor Bob Blakey researching and writing on RICO. Kevin will be spending his 2L summer working at Jenner & Block in Chicago. Kevin enjoys running and playing tennis and is an avid fan of Manchester United.
Jason O’Brien hails from Chicago, Illinois (not the suburbs). He is a graduate of Villanova University in Villanova, Pennsylvania, where he majored in political science and earned a Master of Public Administration. During the summer of 2012, Jason interned with the United States Navy J.A.G.C., and was stationed at Naval Station Mayport near Jacksonville, Florida. Jason currently serves as the Secretary of the ND Military Law Students Association. In his free time, Jason enjoys music and volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America. Most of all, Jason loves spending time with his wife, Dulce (who lovingly tolerates his school assignments and Law Review duties).
Elizabeth Pfenson is originally from Annapolis, Maryland. She attended Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, where she majored in English Language and Literature. Before coming to Notre Dame, Elizabeth worked as a paralegal at Whittenberg Knudsen, LLP in Wakefield, Massachusetts. During her 1L summer, Elizabeth worked as a Research Assistant for Professors Margaret Brinig and John Nagle. Elizabeth enjoys cooking, exploring new places, and spending time with family and friends.
Kathryn Rosenbaum is from Oak Lawn, Illinois. She attended Xavier University in Cincinnati, where she majored in public relations and minored in history and political science, and served as Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of the Xavier Newswire. During her 1L summer, she interned at the Hamilton County Office of the Public Defender in the Juvenile Division. Kathryn enjoys college basketball, especially the Xavier Musketeers, as well as journalism.
Chris Waidelich attended the University of Southern California, majoring in Business Administration and International Relations. During his 1L summer, he worked for the Securities and Exchange Commission in the Salt Lake City field office. Chris will be a summer associate at Jones Day in Irvine, California during his 2L summer. Prior to attending law school Chris lived in Orange County where he worked in financial services and consulting. He enjoys college football, hiking, and spending time with his wife and dog.
Richard Waller is from Broomes Island, Maryland. He attended Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee where he double majored in History and Political Science while also traveling and competing nationally as a policy debater. During his 1L summer he worked for the Hiscock Legal Aid Society in Syracuse New York, and had previously spent two summers working for the Public Defender’s Office in Charles County, Maryland. When Richard is not boating, playing video games or watching sports he spends his remaining free time coaching the Notre Dame Undergraduate Policy debate team.
Megan Webb is from La Verne, California. She attended Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California, where she majored in international business and political science. She also attended Thunderbird School of Global Management in Glendale, Arizona, where she earned a master’s degree in global affairs and management. During her 1L summer, Megan participated in the Blackstone Legal Fellowship, where she worked as a research assistant at Handong International Law School in South Korea. Megan enjoys painting, hiking, and spending time with her family.
Katie Woodward is from West Chester, Pennsylvania. She attended the University of Notre Dame where she majored in political science and minored in the Hesburgh Program in Public Service. She spent a year working as a paralegal in the Appeals Bureau of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office before law school. During her 1L summer, she worked as a research assistant for Professor Joseph Bauer at Notre Dame Law School. Katie enjoys baking, cooking, singing, exercising, and traveling.