Meet the 2011-12 LEAD Fellows

August 8, 2011Duke Law News

Tim Calloway, 2012


Alyssa KahnTim grew up all over the South and has spent time in Memphis, Birmingham, Charlotte, Orlando, Montgomery, and now Durham. He graduated from Auburn University, where he majored in Computer Engineering and attended every Auburn home football game during his four-and-a-half year college career. After undergrad, he worked for the U.S. Attorney’s Office as their IT/Systems and Litigation Manager. Working around so many fantastic attorneys helped him make the decision to go to law school. With encouragement and cogent advice from his colleagues, he enrolled as a dual-degree student at Duke Law as a member of the class of 2012. Splitting time between the law school and his master’s program in Electrical and Computer Engineering, Tim still remains heavily involved in the law school. He is a member of two law journals, was a TA for his legal writing professor, plays on multiple softball teams, and led his bowling team to a law school bowling league championship his 1L year. He can’t wait to take you bowling or show you whatever else you’d like to see in Durham!


John Cosgriff, 2013


John CosgriffJohn is from Springfield, Massachusetts, the birthplace of basketball. He graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, in 2007, with a degree in English. After college, he worked in Washington, D.C., doing communications and government relations for a non-profit and then worked on a successful U.S. House campaign in Virginia. He also has a master’s degree in Religion, Ethics and Politics from Harvard Divinity School. At Duke, John is a member of the Mock Trial team, the Lateral Faculty Appointments Committee, the Veteran’s Assistance Project and the bowling league (which everyone should join). John spent his summer working for a federal magistrate judge in Massachusetts. Welcome to Duke!


Katie Ertmer, 2013


Katie ErtmerKatie grew up in Freeport, Illinois. She attended the University of Illinois, where she majored in Political Science and Anthropology. After graduation, Katie moved to California, where she worked for several years as a city planner and obtained her Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California. At Duke, Katie volunteers with Street Law, is a member of the Mock Trial Board and the Environmental Law Society, and next year, she will be a TA for a Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing section. Katie spent the summer working for the Duke University Office of Counsel. In her free time, Katie enjoys cycling, playing softball with her section-mates, cooking, and exploring Durham with her husband, Nick, and her dog, Gretel. Katie welcomes all of the new students to Duke Law, and she is looking forward to sharing this exciting and wonderful community!


Amy Feagles, 2013


Amy FeaglesAmy grew up outside of Washington, D.C. She majored in International Comparative Studies and Political Science at Duke University. After graduation, she worked for the U.S. Department of State on Iraq foreign assistance programs and policy for two years before returning to Durham to get her JD. She was a member of the executive boards of the Human Rights Law Society and National Security Law Society her 1L year, and will continue to serve in her 2L year. She spent her 1L summer working in the Criminal Division at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Alexandria, Virginia. She is incredibly excited to be back in Durham and welcoming incoming 1Ls to Duke!


Elle Gilley, 2013


Elle GilleyElle grew up in Vancouver, British Columbia, then moved to Montreal to study at McGill University. While there, she complemented her undergraduate degrees in History, Political Science, and French with Montreal's famous poutine, bagels, and chocolate. At Duke, Elle is a Guardian ad Litem for Durham County, a member of the Moot Court Board, and a faculty research assistant. This summer, Elle participated in the Fellowship at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics in Germany and Poland, interned at a Japanese law firm in Osaka, and studied at the Hong Kong International Institute as part of her JD/LLM joint degree. Still very much a foodie, Elle's specialty is baking bread, and she is always eager to explore and suggest Durham restaurants (fortunately, she also enjoys running the trails around Durham). Welcome Class of 2014!


Robert Gottfried, 2012


Robert Gottfried Bobby is a native of Washington, D.C. He attended Washington University in St. Louis, where he received his BS in Business Administration. While there, he called football and basketball games for the school radio station. An avid sports fan, he then worked as a production assistant for Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic in Bethesda, Maryland, just outside D.C. He has returned to the D.C. area each summer, and he worked at the firm Bregman, Berbert, Schwartz, and Gilday, LLC in Bethesda this summer. At Duke (the first time neither his school nor his home city has contained the word “Washington”), Bobby is a member of Law and Contemporary Problems, and is involved with the Sports & Entertainment Law Society, the DBA Admissions Committee, and is a tour guide for the law school. In his free time, Bobby enjoys attending Duke Basketball games, bar reviews, and spending time with his fantastic law school friends. Welcome to Duke!


Matt Haber, 2013


Matt HaberRaised in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Matt earned his BA from the University of Florida, concentrating on Political Science and Religion. Upon graduation, Matt worked as an organizer for the Obama for America campaign, beginning with the Iowa caucuses, and later joined the Presidential Transition Team. Prior to law school, Matt entered the private sector to work for The Nielsen Company as the Outreach Coordinator for the state of Florida. At Nielsen, Matt had the pleasure to provide community organizations and local causes with corporate dollars and resources. At Duke, Matt co-chairs the Innocence Project’s outreach team and is the 2L representative for the Hispanic Law Students Association. Last summer, Matt returned to Nielsen to work on privacy and international data transfer issues in the general counsel’s office and interned at the Legal Aid Service of Broward County, Florida. When he is not devoting his time to Duke Law, Matt enjoys barbecuing, drawing, and lying on the beach.


Katie Hoffmann, 2013


Katie HoffmanKatie Claire grew up in Lexington, North Carolina, the barbecue capital of the world. She majored in English and Political Science at Duke University. After graduation, she joined the Phoenix corps of Teach for America. Katie Claire spent three years teaching elementary and middle school special education. At Duke, Katie Claire is involved with the Innocence Project, Mock Trial, and the Haiti Legal Advocacy Project. She is co-chair of Street Law and the Education and Law Policy Society. Over the summer, Katie Claire worked at a public defender’s office and the Juvenile Law Center. She welcomes you to Duke Law!


Kevin Humphries, 2013


Kevin HumphriesKevin is a second year JD/MA English student. Born in St. Louis, Kevin grew up in Ohio and graduated from (The) Ohio State University with a degree in English. As an undergraduate, Kevin traveled to Dublin, Ireland, to study the life and writings of James Joyce. At Duke, Kevin is involved in the Innocence Project, Southern Justice Spring Break, and the Duke Softball League. He also volunteers at Legal Aid of Durham. Last summer, Kevin clerked for Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP in Columbus, Ohio.


Courtney Jamison, 2013


Courtney JamisonOriginally from Raleigh, North Carolina, Courtney is a Double Dukie. She double majored in International Comparative Studies and History and minored in French. She loved her undergraduate years in Durham so much that she decided to stay for law school. Since coming to the law school, she has spent her time volunteering at Legal Aid of North Carolina with the domestic violence attorney and serving on the executive board of the Coalition Against Gendered Violence. Courtney also spent a good deal of time with her section’s softball team and plans to continue her dominance on the diamond this fall. Courtney had a rewarding summer working for Hunton & Williams, L.L.P. and Altria Group, Inc. in Richmond, Virginia. She is anxiously awaiting your arrival and is ready to show you around Durham!


Alyssa Kahn, 2012


Alyssa KahnAlyssa is a third year JD/MA Psychology student. She was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Bethesda, Maryland. Alyssa is a proud “Double Dukie;” she received a BA in Psychology from Duke University in 2009. Since 2007, Alyssa has volunteered for the Guardian ad Litem program in Durham. At Duke Law, she has served as a representative to the Lateral Faculty Appointments Committee and worked as a research assistant for Professor Katherine T. Bartlett. Alyssa is the Notes Editor for the Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy. She spent her 1L summer at the U.S. Attorney’s Office – District of Maryland Criminal Division and just returned from a summer associate position at Hunton & Williams LLP in Washington, D.C.


Catherine Lloyd, 2012


Catherine LloydOriginally from Los Angeles, Catherine left California to attend American University, majoring in International Relations. After graduating, Catherine worked at a small D.C.-based consultancy training women running for office in Jordan, Turkey, Egypt, and Pakistan. At Duke, Catherine serves as Executive Notes Editor of the Journal of Comparative & International Law and is the Interscholastic Vice President of the Moot Court Board. She has previously served with WLSA and with the Duke North Carolina Bar Association. Earlier this year, she and two teammates took first place at the ABA National Moot Court Competition in Chicago. Catherine summered at the North Carolina Supreme Court and Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein in Raleigh.


Reed Lyon, 2012


Reed LyonReed was born and raised in Bellingham, Washington – the “City of Subdued Excitement.” After attending Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California, where he double-majored in Government and Literature while running on the track and cross county teams, he took a job doing marketing and public relations for technology start-ups in San Francisco. After deciding to attend Duke Law, Reed quit his job and moved back to Claremont to be an assistant coach for his former track team while focusing on his own training for the 2009 Boston Marathon. Immediately prior to law school, Reed spent four months teaching English along the Thai-Burmese border. Reed returned to San Francisco during his first summer to intern with the Homeless Advocacy Project. This past summer, Reed was a summer associate at the law firm Bingham McCutchen, also in San Francisco. He also serves on the executive boards of the Duke Journal of Comparative & International Law, as well as the Duke Forum for Law & Social Change. Reed continues to run and implores incoming students to make time for non-academic pursuits as they begin their legal studies.


Emily May, 2013


Emily MayA native North Carolinian, Emily grew up in Chapel Hill and attended Davidson College. As an undergraduate, she majored in History and studied abroad in France. At Duke Law, Emily volunteers as a Guardian ad Litem for Durham County, serves on the Moot Court and Mock Trial boards, and participates in the Bowling League. She will be a legal writing teaching assistant this school year. Over the summer, she worked as a research assistant for Professor Sara Sun Beale and as an intern for Judge Martha Geer on the North Carolina Court of Appeals. Emily enjoys exploring Durham’s foodie scene (and offering restaurant suggestions!), attending outdoor concerts, and welcoming newcomers to the area.


Katherine Miller, 2013


Katherine MillerKatie grew up in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, and attended Davidson College. While at Davidson, she majored in English, studied abroad in Argentina, and served as Editor-in-Chief of the newspaper. At Duke, she is involved with the Volunteer Income Tax Association and the Environmental Law Society. Katie also participated in the Duke Law Bowling League and 1L Intramural Softball. During her 1L summer, she worked as an intern for Judge Sanford Steelman on the North Carolina Court of Appeals and as a research assistant for Professor Paul Carrington. Katie loves sunscreen and tennis (preferably together), backpacking, and cooking blogs.


Ebosetale Okojie, 2013


Ebosetale OkojieEbosetale, who generally goes by the nickname Ebi, was born in Washington D.C. She attended St. John’s University in New York City, where she majored in Communication Arts with a focus in Journalism. She is currently pursuing her JD and an LLM in International and Comparative Law. At Duke Law, she is the president of the Black Law Students Association (BLSA), is the media and political action chair of the Refugee Asylum Support Project (RASP), and is a “take no prisoners” Duke basketball fan. During her 1L year, she served as a Guardian ad Litem for Durham County, participated in Southern Justice Spring Break and volunteered at the Center for Death Penalty Litigation. She spent this summer working in Beijing at Zhongtian law firm and taking classes at Duke’s Transnational Law Institute in Hong Kong. Ebi welcomes the incoming students and believes that it is imperative that they make their way to Cookout and indulge in one of the restaurant’s famous milkshakes as soon as possible (she recommends Banana Pudding).


Maia Pelleg, 2013


Maria PellegMaia was born and raised in Minnetonka, Minnesota. After eighteen snow-filled winters, Maia decided to move south to attend Duke University, where she graduated in 2007 with degrees in Political Science and History. After college, she spent two years in Boston working as a management consultant. Before starting law school, Maia moved to Africa for a year to serve as a Microfinance Fellow for Kiva, splitting her time equally between Kenya and Ghana. With her newfound interest in global health, Maia returned to Durham to enroll in Duke’s dual-degree program and is now completing her JD and MSc in Global Health. At Duke Law, Maia is a board member of the Health Law Society, Mock Trial, and the Innocence Project. Maia also co-founded the Haiti Legal Advocacy Project and volunteers with Street Law and the Mediation Project. This summer, Maia split her time between an internship at the Irish Centre for Human Rights in (you guessed it) Ireland and studying at the Hong Kong International Institute as part of her JD/MSc joint degree. Though Maia loves traveling and seeing new places, she is excited to be back in Durham to welcome you to Duke Law!


Josh Podolnick, 2013


Josh PodolnickJosh grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for undergrad and double majored in Journalism and Mass Communications and Communications. Josh enrolled in Duke Law immediately after graduating UNC. At Duke, Josh is an interscholastic coordinator on the Moot Court Board, he participates in Street Law, and he is one of the coordinators for the Southern Justice Spring Break trip to New Orleans. This past summer, Josh split his time between two firms in Louisiana: Liskow & Lewis and Kean Miller. Even though Josh continues to root for Tar Heel basketball, he has very much enjoyed his 1L year at Duke, and he hopes that you will, too.


Jameson Rohrer, 2013


Jameson RohrerJameson Rohrer was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Elizabethtown College in 2009, where he helped write and edit the student-run literary magazine and newspaper. Both during and after college, he was published in a regional daily newspaper and worked as Communications Editor for a local technology-integration firm. Now at Duke, he has served on an Innocence Project investigation, as Memo Coordinator for the Refugee Asylum Support Project, and pro bono for the ACLU Foundation Capital Punishment Project. He is currently a PILF executive board member and a Research Assistant for the J. Michael Goodson Law Library. Though he spends much of his free time hiking and trying to learn Spanish, Jameson occasionally writes (very bad) prose. He is fond of zoos, serial television crime dramas, and photo blogs.


Chase Rolls, 2013


Chase RollsChase was born and raised in Newport Beach, California. He spent his undergraduate years at Brown University, where he studied psychology and wrote for the Brown Daily Herald. Chase explored his love of journalism while interning at the Boston Globe before graduating from Brown in 2007. After graduation, Chase returned to California and worked two years as a paralegal in the Environmental Litigation Department of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. At Duke, he has been involved in the Public Interest Law Foundation and the National Security Law Society. He is also working towards founding other programs and organizations at Duke this coming year. Last summer, Chase worked at the office of the Judge Advocate General for the US Army JAG Corps in Washington, D.C. He spends his free time at the gym, hiking, volunteering, and trying out new restaurants around Durham. Chase considers it an honor to serve as a LEAD fellow and is ready to assist new law students in any way possible.


Tatiani Sainati, 2013


Tatiani SainatiOriginally from New Jersey, Tatiana grew up in Chicago, and majored in English at Northwestern University. She got her first taste of the South while getting her M.A. in English at the University of Virginia, where she also worked with AmeriCorps’ Jumpstart program. Tatiana eventually made her way back up to the frozen North and spent two years doing outreach work with refugee communities in the Twin Cities. At Duke, Tatiana is pursuing a JD/LLM in International Law, and serves as President of the Human Rights Law Society and Publications Chair of the International Criminal Court Student Network. She is also involved with the Refugee Asylum Support Project. Over the summer, Tatiana worked as a legal associate with the Documentation Center of Cambodia in Phnom Penh, researching and reporting on the trials before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, and participating in victim education and outreach initiatives.


David Tseng, 2013


David TsengDavid Tseng (pronounced "sen") spent most of his early years in upstate New York, where he became a devoted fan of both the New York Yankees and the San Francisco 49ers. He has spent the last 13 years of his life in South Carolina. He graduated in 2010 from Clemson University with a major in Political Science. He is the Volunteer Coordinator for PILF this year and is also involved with the Innocence Project, GPS, and various other organizations. He spent this past summer splitting time between two law firms in South Carolina as a summer clerk. In his spare time, he enjoys watching, following, and playing sports, trying new restaurants, rooting against all things Carolina (USC and UNC), and occasionally reading non-law related books. His most important advice to all incoming 1L's is "If you need/want to eat on campus, Fuqua's Cafeteria >>>>> Law School Refectory."


Rebecca Tseng, 2013


Rebecca TsengRebecca Tseng (don't let David T. deceive you; it's actually pronounced more like "sang") is a native San Franciscan transplanted to Duke Forest. Having studied peace and business at UC Berkeley (where else could you major in peace studies?!), she would love nothing more than to engage with you in discussions regarding corporate citizenship in fostering a just and peaceful world and, of course, what the law can (and should) do to support their endeavors. When not in class, Rebecca tries to spend as much time away from the law library as possible and enjoys afternoon runs on the Al Buehler Trail. Being active in the law school community, Rebecca is involved in the DBA, PILF, ASEI, GPSS, and VITA. (You will learn what the acronyms stand for soon enough!) This summer, she interned at the Department of Energy's General Counsel's Office. Never much of a sports fan, the only teams she will cheer for are the Cal Bears and the Blue Devils. Law school is what you make of it, so try to have a little fun while you're here!


Spencer Young, 2013


Spencer YoungSpencer Young was born and raised in Connecticut. After a brief foray into the Midwest to attend the University of Wisconsin-Madison, she returned back to the Northeast and graduated from the University of Connecticut with a dual degree in History and Italian Literary and Cultural Studies. Two weeks later, she finally escaped snowy winters and began Duke’s dual degree JD/LLM in International and Comparative Law program in sunny North Carolina. At Duke, she is a co-president of the Business Law Society, a Guardian ad Litem for Durham County, and the publications chair of the Human Rights Law Society. She spent her first summer working in the Banking Department at Norton Rose Milan and attending Duke’s Institute in Transnational Law in Geneva. As a connoisseur of all things ice cream, she is the perfect person go to for a review of Durham’s frozen dessert scene. Spencer enjoys baking, reading, and spending time with the wonderful people she has met so far at Duke! Welcome!

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