Kaytlan Anderson ’22 is from Atlanta, Georgia. Prior to coming to Duke, she attended Kennesaw State University and majored in Political Science. Kaytlan graduated in December of 2018 and took a semester to relax before starting law school. At Duke, she is enrolled in a JD/MA dual degree program, pursuing a master’s degree in bioethics and science policy. Kaytlan plans to practice in Intellectual Property, Technology, or Healthcare. During her 1L summer, she worked as a research assistant part-time and as a legal intern for MagMutual Insurance company. She is involved with several organizations on campus including the Womxn of Color Collective, Mock Trial, Health Law Society, and the Black Law Students Association. Kaytlan is also the Emergency Travel Fund Chair for graduate students. For fun she loves socializing with friends and reading!
Gina Bianchi ’22 grew up in Rochester, New York and attended Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania. While at Lafayette, she majored in Philosophy and Anthropology/Sociology while minoring in Classical Civilization. Prior to attending Duke, she earned an MLitt in Moral, Political and Legal Philosophy from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. At Duke, she is involved in StreetLaw, the Cancer Pro Bono Project and is currently the Vice President for Career Development of the Federalist Society. During her 1L summer, Gina worked as a summer associate out of the Latham & Watkins Houston office. In her free time, Gina enjoys playing golf, practicing yoga, and exploring new cities. Gina is excited to meet the Class of 2023 and welcome them to Duke Law!
Elizabeth Brown ’22 was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. She graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2019 with a BA in International Studies and French. During undergrad, she spent a semester in Angers, France, and worked on updating the Mississippi Health and Hunger Atlas, a public health policy brief addressing food insecurity and health outcomes in the state. At Duke, Elizabeth has participated in the Cancer Pro Bono Project, the Veterans Assistance Project, and the Duke Law Texas Club. This fall, she will be a Co-President of the Transactional Law Society and the Vice President for Alumni Initiatives for the Duke Law Federalist Society. For her 1L summer, Elizabeth interned with the Service to State Agencies Section at the North Carolina Department of Justice. In her free time, she enjoys watching hockey and foreign movies, learning Dutch, and cooking Cajun food. She is excited to welcome the Class of 2023 to Duke Law!
Judd Chamaa ’22 was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana but was primarily raised in Huntington Beach, California. He attended University of California, Los Angeles and graduated in 2015 with a major in civil engineering. He then obtained his master’s in engineering in 2016 again at UCLA. After working as a project engineer for three years, Judd decided that engineering wasn’t his calling and decided to go to law school. At Duke, he’s involved with the Duke Law Innocence Project. He's also Vice President of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society and President of the Duke Law Basketball Club. Over the summer, he interned at the Huntington Beach City Attorney’s Office and completed research for Professor Young. The research focused on external limits on national power. His personal hobbies include watching and playing sports (especially basketball), camping and hiking, and music. He looks forward to getting to know each and every one of you!
Lindsey Cohen ’22 is from just outside of Boston, Massachusetts. She attended Johns Hopkins for undergrad, majoring in Political Science, Psychology, and Public Health, and then went on to earn her Master of Health Science at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health with a focus in the intersection of mental and physical health. She remains a loyal and passionate Hopkins Lacrosse Fan (even when they play Duke!). During her 1L summer she worked as a Research Assistant, splitting her time between the NCAA’s changing landscape for compensating its amateur athletes and an Amicus brief for the NC Supreme Court on jury bias. This year she will serve as the Vice President of Finance for the Sports and Entertainment Law Society and as the Vice President for the Jewish Law Students Association. In her spare time she loves exploring new brunch places, cheering for Duke basketball, and creating and sharing HIIT workouts with her friends (if you ever need help waking up at 5 a.m. to get that workout in before class she’s happy to motivate you/ give you a wake-up call!). She can’t wait to welcome the class of 2023 and be a resource throughout the year!
Meredith Criner ’22 was born and raised in Wilmington, North Carolina. She attended Cornell University where she played soccer and participated in the Cornell in Washington program before transferring to North Carolina State University. She graduated from NC State as valedictorian, majoring in history with a concentration in early American history and philosophy with a concentration in jurisprudence. During undergrad at NC State, she served on the executive board of several organizations and worked at almost every level of the North Carolina judicial branch. At Duke, Meredith has served in leadership positions for the Duke Law Federalist Society, the Women Law Student’s Association, the Innocence Project, and the Christian Legal Society. She was also part of the winning 2020 Twiggs-Beskind Mock Trial Competition team and is completing the Public Interest and Public Service Certificate. Meredith worked virtually as a Dave Kennedy Fellow at the Institute for Justice headquarters and as a research assistant at the Bolch Judicial Institute her 1L summer. During her free time, she loves hanging out with her dog, watching Food Network, attending Duke basketball games, and is an avid Pittsburgh Steelers fan. Meredith can’t wait to welcome the Class of 2023 to Duke!
Steven Dallas ’22 was born and raised in New York City. He graduated from Duke University in 2013 with a BA in Psychology. After his first stint at Duke, Steven returned to New York City to pursue a Ph.D. in Marketing from New York University’s Stern School of Business. While at NYU, Steven became an avid runner and fantasy football player, serving as the Commissioner for the Marketing Department’s fantasy football league. Because that was not enough school and he missed Duke, after completing his Ph.D., Steven returned to Durham for law school. Steven is actively involved in the law school’s Wrongful Convictions Clinic and is the Executive Director of the Duke Law Innocence Project. He spent his 1L summer with the Consumer Protection Division of the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office and his 2L summer working remotely for WilmerHale’s DC office. During his free time, Steven enjoys running, spending time with friends, and attending Duke sporting events (which he hopes will take place this year!). Welcome Duke Law Class of 2023!
Leigh Davenport ’22 was born in New Haven, CT and spent most of her childhood in Billings, MT, moving to Oklahoma City in the eighth grade. She graduated from Stanford University and stayed in California working in tech for 7 years, first at Google, then at a robotics start-up. She later formed her own production company that produced a feature-length narrative film. She has always been politically active, serving on a non-profit board, as well as the Black leadership team of Oakland's Anti Police-Terror Project. At Duke, Leigh served as a 1L representative for the Government and Public Service Society and the National Lawyers Guild and did pro bono work for the Innocence Project. This year she is the President of the NLG, Alumni/Development Chair for Womxn of Color Collective, a founding member of the Student Anti-Racist Action Project, and a member of the Black Law Students Association. She enjoyed interning remotely this summer at the Duke Civil Justice Clinic. Leigh currently lives in Durham with her husband James, their two-year-old son Roy, Clementine and Gemma the terriers, and Blue the orange cat. She likes to cook and sew and exercise, and pre-quarantine, she was working her way through Durham's great restaurant scene. Welcome to Duke!
Melissa English ’22 grew up outside of Chicago in Des Plaines, IL. She attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where she earned a degree in Political Science and minored in History. She interned for the Secretary of Commerce and at the Brookings Institution while in college. For a year before starting law school, she worked as a Leadership Consultant for Phi Mu Fraternity, traveling the country to work with sorority chapters on college campuses. Melissa serves on the If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice executive board and is a member of The Innocence Project. This summer, she worked as a legal intern at Rush University Hospital in Chicago and fostered a dog! In her free time, she likes to design her island in Animal Crossing, spend time outside, watch Wisconsin football, and hang out with the friends she made during 1L. She is so excited to meet all of the 1Ls and welcome everyone to Duke!
Jo Un (Jo) Eom ’22 was raised in Ethiopia before moving to California. She went to UC Berkeley for undergrad, where she majored in Political Science. Before coming to law school, she taught English in Thailand and discovered her love for papaya salad. She is currently pursuing a JD/LLM in International and Comparative Law, as well as the PILF (public interest) Certificate. She is the incoming co-president of the Human Rights Law Society and is a member of APALSA. This summer, she worked at a human rights litigation firm in CA, and attended the Duke-Leiden Institute all remotely from her versatile room in Durham. In her free time, she enjoys eating/discovering good food with her friends, looking for boba, and going hiking! She's excited to meet her LEAD group and the rest of the Class of 2023!
Dominique Estes ’22 is from Naperville, IL. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2019 with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Constitutional Studies. Throughout 1L, Dominique volunteered with the Fair Chance Project and captained the worst-ranked team in the Duke Law Bowling League. This past summer, she interned with the NC DOJ in the Education Section. For her 2L year, Dominique plans to serve on the executive board of the Government and Public Service Society and probably do some other things she hasn’t decided on yet. After graduation, Dominique hopes to pursue a career combining public defense and appellate work, ideally in or around our nation's capital. In her free time, she enjoys watching bad movies on Netflix, thrifting, making spreadsheets about her life, and eating pizza. She’s hoping to teach this incoming class of 1Ls everything she wished she’d known before starting law school – the forthcoming treatise is currently an empty Word document.
Gjelina Gjini ’22 was born in Tirana, Albania and raised in Brooklyn, New York. She attended Macaulay Honors at Brooklyn College, where she double majored in Political Science and English Literature. At Duke, she is on the executive board of First Generation Professionals (1GP) and on the board of Mock Trial. Over the summer, Gjelina was a legal intern at the Children’s Law Clinic, where she worked on special education and school discipline cases, among others. In her free time, Gjelina enjoys going on scenic drives, listening to Albanian folk music, and eating good food. She looks forward to returning to Duke Law remotely and welcoming the Class of 2023!
Kate Goldberg ’22 is from Weston, CT, a small town outside of New York City. She graduated from Cornell University in 2017, where she majored in Human Development and minored in Crime, Prisons, Education, and Justice. While there, she volunteered for the Cornell Prison Education Program, though which she was a TA for classes at a maximum-security prison. She was also on the Cornell cheerleading team and worked for the Cornell Infant Studies Lab. After graduating she worked as a psychometrician at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston for two years. At Duke Law School she is the co-president of the Duke Criminal Law Society, a communication chair for the Duke Law Innocence Project, and is active in the Clemency Project. This summer she worked as a legal/investigative intern for the New Hampshire Public Defender. When she isn’t working, Kate loves cheering on the Boston Red Sox, listening to musicals, reading, and playing card/board games. Kate can’t wait to meet the Class of 2023 and welcome you all to Duke Law!
Erodita Herrera ‘22 is from Miami, FL. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2014, where she majored in Criminology and Political Science and minored in French. After undergrad, Erodita lived in Manhattan and worked at a law firm as a litigation paralegal. She then moved to Miami and managed a small auto mechanic shop. At Duke, Erodita is on the executive board of the Latin American Law Students Association. She volunteers with DIRP, the Innocence Project and Expunction Clinic. She is also a member of First Generation Professionals and Women of Color Collective. This summer, Erodita worked at Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc. as a law clerk in Tenants’ Rights Unit. In her free time, Erodita loves to participate in group fitness classes, hang out with friends, and watch Netflix. She is very excited to welcome you all to Duke!
Sadie Kavalier ’22 grew up in the rural town of Tama, Iowa. Her family raised alpacas, horses, dogs, cats, and pheasants – oh my! Sadie graduated from the University of Oregon in 2019, where she earned a B.S. in Accounting while participating in mock trial, Business Honors, and student government. At Duke Law, Sadie is on the executive boards for the Duke Bar Association, Moot Court, OutLaw, and Tricky Dick. She enjoys running, baking new desserts, and gardening. Welcome to Duke Law!
Aaron Level ’22 was born in Lyon, France but spent the majority of his childhood in Nazareth, Pennsylvania. He attended Vanderbilt University for undergrad, where he studied Psychology and Corporate Strategy. He is currently pursuing a JD/LLM in Law and Entrepreneurship. During his 1L year, he served as a 1L representative for the Business Law Society and 1L representative for the Jewish Legal Students Association. This coming year, he is excited to be one of the incoming co-presidents of the Business Law Society. Aaron spent his 1L summer working as a research assistant for Prof. Buell, as well as an associate for the Duke Angel Network. Aaron loves to travel and has done road trips across three different continents! In his free time, Aaron likes to play pick-up basketball, go hiking, and play guitar. Aaron can’t wait to meet the Duke Law Class of 2023!
Connor Leydecker ’22 was born and raised just outside Buffalo, NY, and spent the last 15 years in Atlanta, GA. He graduated from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, double-majoring in Business and Linguistics. Before law school, he worked at Delta Air Lines for five years, working as a pricing analyst and then a strategy specialist for the Delta Sky Club team. With arguably best timing of his short life, he left the airline industry and moved to Durham. At Duke, he’s involved with the Duke Bar Association, the Government & Public Service Society, the Economic Justice Project, Outlaw, the Faculty Hiring Committee, and is an American Bar Association Antitrust Section Law Student Ambassador. For his 1L summer, he interned with the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection. In his spare time, he likes to cook, travel, ski, play trivia or board games, go dancing, run (slowly), and relax with his two cats, Meryl and Stanley. He’s looking forward to welcoming the class of 2022 to Duke Law!
Madeline Moore '22 was born and raised just outside of Chicago in Glenview, Illinois. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a BA in Economics and Psychology. Prior to law school, she worked for two years in consulting in Boston, helping companies with transfer pricing and global structuring. At Duke, Madeline is involved with the Business Law Society, StreetLaw, and VITA. This summer, she worked at the Attorney General’s office in Anchorage, Alaska. In her free time, she likes to read, hike, travel, bake, and cheer on the Chicago Blackhawks. Madeline is excited to meet the Class of 2023 and welcome everyone to Duke!
Nolen Moore ’22 was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She graduated from the University of Alabama in 2015 (Roll Tide!) with a BS in mathematics and a minor in psychology. During her time in undergrad, she interned for the environmental group at a large power company in the South. After college, Nolen went straight on to Duke, trading out football for basketball. As a law student, Nolen is a member of the Texas Law Club and the Women’s Law Student Association. During her 1L year she also participated in the Transactional Law Competition and cheered loudly for her section’s softball team from the dugout. This summer she interned at two law firms in Birmingham and gained expertise in the field of Zoom. Normally, in Nolen’s free time she enjoys going to restaurants with friends, eating Italian food, going to sports games (usually Bama or Duke), and traveling. Currently, she enjoys watching Netflix on her couch. She is very excited for this year with you all!
Mike Moserowitz ’22 grew up in New Jersey. He moved to Atlanta for college where he earned degrees in accounting and psychology from Emory University. While at Emory, Mike competed as a long and triple jumper on the Track and Field team and ran the university’s chapter of Relay For Life. After undergrad, Mike worked as a forensic accountant in Atlanta and Washington D.C. As a 1L, Mike was involved in the Innocence Project and Veterans Assistance Project. Additionally, Mike is a cadet in the Army ROTC program and can be seen around the law school in uniform a couple days each week. This summer, Mike worked at the North Carolina Department of Justice in the Public Safety and Special Prosecutions sections. Mike loves playing most sports, watching soccer (go Liverpool and Atlanta United!), and finding new stand up specials on Netflix.
Christine Mullen ’21 was born in Roanoke, Virginia and grew up in a small town outside of Worcester, Massachusetts. She graduated from Brown University in 2016 with a BA in political science. Before law school, she worked as a corporate paralegal at Cravath, Swaine & Moore in NYC. At Duke, Christine is the Managing Editor of the Duke Law Journal, is in the Immigrant Rights Clinic, and is a TA for LARW. Last year, she served as the President of the Women Law Students Association and on the board of the Immigrant and Refugee Project. During her 1L summer, she worked as a Pro Bono Scholar at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in NYC, where she returned as a summer associate this year. Christine moved to Durham with her Fuqua-student partner and recently adopted a puppy whose social calendar consumes all of her free time. She’s looking forward to welcoming her LEAD group and the entire Class of 2023!
Alex Murphy ’22 was born in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina but spent most of her school years in sunny Englewood, Florida. She attended Duke University and majored in Public Policy. Outside the classroom, she was involved with the Duke Political Union, Model UN, and helped run English classes for local refugee women. She graduated in 2019 and loved Durham so much she decided to stick around to get her JD. At the law school, she is president of the Duke ACLU and external vice-president for OutLaw, but her proudest accomplishment from 1L was pitching for her section softball team. During her 1L summer, she worked for the US Department of Justice in the Federal Tort Claims Act Section and did research on positive human rights developments associated with COVID-19 for Professor Fujimura-Fanselow. In her free time, she loves to listen to NPR, discuss politics, and watch Duke basketball.
Matt Naiman ’22 was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He attended college at Franklin and Marshall, where he majored in Latin and Classical History/Ancient Archaeology. After completing his undergraduate degree, he moved to England and attended the University of Oxford, where he earned his doctorate in classical numismatics. While across the pond, he was heavily involved in college life and served as the student body president for his constituent college, his boat club’s social chair, and master of croquet, among other roles. While Matt originally came to Duke with the intention of practicing art law, he has quietly been lured towards transactional law. He is now one of the VPs of Transactional Law Society and is looking forward to helping run this year’s 1L competition and coaching the intermural 1L team. In his spare time, Matt enjoys cooking, cycling, and playing boardgames.
Brayden Ringel ’22 is from Cincinnati, Ohio. He graduated from Ohio State with a BA in Business Management. As part of his education, he has become extremely proficient at spelling the word “Ohio,” as it is school custom to reply with “IO” every time someone shouts “OH.” Brayden has a background in analytics and statistics, having held two internships with S&P 500 companies in supply chain optimization roles, and from his experience as a statistics teaching assistant. This summer, he spent twelve weeks with Columbus-based Carpenter Lipps & Leland, gaining a wide variety of experience in various litigation-related issues. When he has free time, Brayden enjoys exercising, watching videos about terraforming Mars, and attending Duke basketball games. But, most of all, Brayden loves watching Ohio State football games and highlights. He sleeps well knowing that Ohio State has beaten Michigan in 15 out of the last 16 times the teams have played each other.
Arantza Ceballos Rojas '22 is from Whittier, California. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2016 with a B.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies. Before starting at Duke Law, she worked at an immigration office in Downtown Los Angeles. This summer she was a law clerk at Bay Area Legal Aid in their Economic Justice Unit. This year, Arantza will serve on the executive board of the Womxn of Color Collective as the Activism / Social Justice Chair and as Secretary for the Latin American Law Students Association. She also volunteers with the Duke Immigrant and Refugee Project and the Fair Chance Project. Arantza is also an active member of First Generation Professionals. In her spare time, she enjoys watching crime shows, being outdoors, playing with her two dogs, and spending time with her friends/family.
Jesse Ruth ’22 was born and raised in Southern California but grew tired of the sun and sand, so he ventured east to Massachusetts and graduated from Brandeis University in 2016 with degrees in International and Global Studies and East Asian Studies. He worked for three years as a paralegal in Boston, where he occasionally found time to play tennis and eat great ramen in Somerville. The summer before coming to Duke, he traveled through Asia for eight weeks and can’t wait to cross more countries off his list. Jesse spent his 1L summer participating in a virtual M&A competition and as a Summer Associate in King & Spalding LLP’s Charlotte office. At Duke, he’s a board member of the Business Law Society and a guardian ad litem for Durham County. He’s excited to meet everyone and more than happy to give out recommendations for the finest cuisine Durham has to offer.
John Sack ’22 is from Metro Detroit and spent his childhood in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He went to the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) where he majored in Economics with a minor in Applied Statistics. He graduated in 2019 and immediately came to Duke Law School. During 1L, John volunteered with PILF and the Cancer Pro Bono Project. He is now the External VP for the Federalist Society, President of the Christian Legal Society, and Director of Legal Services for the Economic Justice Project. He spent his summer with the Office of Foreign Litigation at the Justice Department, assisting attorneys with US legal matters in foreign courts. When not in a Zoom call or thinking about the law, John enjoys chess, camping, rock climbing, watching college football, and enjoying all the food Durham has to offer. Welcome to Durham, Duke Law Class of 2023!
John Schwarcz ’22 was born and raised in Kentucky. At Johns Hopkins in Baltimore, John majored in economics, history, and international studies. After graduating, John spent a year teaching English in Germany as Fulbrighter. After a last-minute cancelation of his Navy JAG internship, John spent the summer helping Professor Beskind and Professor Young. This year, John will continue to be active with the Duke Law Run Club, Cancer Pro Bono Project, National Security Law Society, and act as co-president of the Transactional Law Society. Outside the law school, John enjoys watching every West Ham and Juventus game, playing video games, and going to pub trivia. Welcome to Duke Law!
Rachel Sereix ’22 was born and raised in Hollywood, Florida and attended Duke University for undergrad. She graduated with a BA in Political Economy. While at Duke, she served as President of the largest foreign policy organization on campus, and ran both the Duke Political Review and Duke Undergraduate Law Magazine. She played Club Tennis for three years and continues to hit the courts. She loved Duke so much she wasn't ready to leave quite yet and went straight through to Duke Law after graduating. In the law school, Rachel acts as Vice President of Finance for the Women's Law Student Association, Co-President of the Jewish Law Students Association, and as the 2L Representative on the DBA Admissions' Committee. Rachel spent her 1L summer as a Legal Associate at Morgan Stanley and rotated to both transactional and litigation teams; starting with the Intellectual Property, Data, and Privacy team and rotating to the Employment, Labor, and Benefits Litigation group. She thoroughly enjoyed her internship and hopes to return in-house in the future. In her free time, you can probably find Rachel cheering on Duke basketball, at NuvoTaco with friends, or running the Al Buehler trail. Welcome to Duke 1Ls!
Chloe Shostak ’22 is from Cary, North Carolina. She attended American University in Washington D.C., and graduated with dual degrees in Environmental Studies and International Relations. While there she was a member of the Equestrian Team and spent time working in politics, human services, and lobbying. Afterwards, she decided to follow her true passion of collecting barely read textbooks and go straight through to law school. At Duke she is President of Law Students for Accessibility, Academic Chair of the Duke Bar Association, Co-Chair of Communications for the Innocence Project, part of the Dean’s Advisory Committee, and a member of the Environmental Law Society and the Women Law Student Association. She spent her 1L summer working for Littler Mendelson’s New York Office from her bedroom in Durham. In her free time, she enjoys working in her garden, cooking, and hiking at Eno State Park.
Melissa Stewart ’22 is a graduate of Mount Holyoke College, where she majored in English with an emphasis on medieval literature. Melissa is a Durham County guardian ad litem, and sits on the boards of Duke Law Mock Trial and OutLaw. She spent her 1L summer at Morrison & Foerster’s D.C. office as a Keith Wetmore Fellow, and plans to pursue a career in appellate litigation. She is excited to welcome the 1L class to Duke Law!
Stanley Sun ’22 was born in Seattle, Washington and raised in Portland, Oregon. He attained a B.S. in Mathematics from Chapel Hill, from which he graduated a year early because he just could not wait to attend Duke Law. He is a man of many hobbies, including various forms of tennis (you can challenge him to table tennis in the Blue Lounge when it reopens), weightlifting, painting, music production, and more. Fun facts about him include: he is the youngest in his class, has once solved a Rubik's Cube in 12.7 seconds, and can freestyle rap about almost anything. At law school, he is on the executive board for the Sports and Entertainment Law Society and creates graphics for the Innocence Project Podcast. This summer, he is working for the Wrongful Convictions Clinic under the supervision of Professors Coleman, Lau, and Newman. After law school, he wants to make it so big in life that being an attorney is a side hustle.
Anderson Vereyken ’21 is from Meadow Vista, a tiny town about an hour north of Sacramento famous for absolutely nothing. He attended the University of California Irvine and studied English and Philosophy. While in undergrad, he worked a summer job on the graveyard shift at an Amazon distribution center and wrote a thesis about automation in the workplace. These experiences helped him develop an interest in labor and employment law that he carried forward into Duke Law. During his 1L summer, Andy interned with the Duke Civil Justice Clinic, where he took part in a research program studying the causes of eviction and provided legal assistance for eviction diversion litigation. He returned to the clinic for the second semester of his 2L year, and he considers his work with the CJC the highlight of his time at Duke Law. For 2L summer, he interned with the Department of Labor’s national office in the Occupational Safety and Health Division. When not doing law school stuff, Andy enjoys reading a good book, playing cribbage, and getting way too excited about the lemurs at the Duke Lemur Center. He is really looking forward to meeting the class of 2023!
Linda Wang ’22 grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and graduated from the University of Southern California with degrees in sociology and philosophy. She worked for a few years in D.C. before coming to law school, first as an intern in the Obama White House and then as a civil servant at the Department of Homeland Security Office of Policy, European Affairs. She spent her 1L summer reading good books, cooking all kinds of recipes in her Instant Pot, and interning remotely for Winston & Strawn in Houston. She absolutely loves Durham and every brewery here. Welcome, Duke Class of 2023!
Bailey Williams ’22 is from Green Cove Springs, Florida. She graduated from Florida State University in 2016 where she studied International Relations with a concentration in Economics. After graduating from FSU, Bailey spent time in the Middle East studying Arabic before returning to the United States to work as an analyst at a consulting firm in Washington, DC. Bailey is currently pursuing a JD as well as an LLM in International and Comparative Law and is excited to contribute to the 2020-2021 volume of the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy in her second year. During her 1L year, Bailey worked as a submission editor for the American Journal of International Law and served as a research assistant working on issues surrounding the intersection of Covid-19 and foreign sovereign immunity claims. In her free time (?), Bailey enjoys yoga, baking (or watching baking shows), breakfast food at all hours of the day, and exploring the wonderful new spots around Durham with her husband and fur-baby, Tucker. She is excited to welcome the Class of 2023 and serve as a resource throughout their law school careers!
Emmy Wydman ’22 was born and raised in Ohio, and graduated from The Ohio State University in 2017. Before starting at Duke, she spent two years in Boston, Mass doing mergers & acquisitions work and political campaigns. Passionate about all things gender and the law, Emmy spent her 1L summer as a fellow at a women’s health nonprofit in Washington, D.C. focusing on maternal health disparities/the recent SCOTUS abortion case and conducting Title IX/gender-based violence research for Dean Abrams.
This year, Emmy serves as EVP of the Duke Bar Association (law school student gov’t), President of If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, and on the board of 1GP-First Generation Professionals. She’s also a co-lead of a domestic violence pro bono project, part of the Dean’s Advisory Council, and a member of the Public Interest Public Service Certificate program.
Outside of Duke, Emmy is active in North Carolina and Ohio politics and is a fellow with the SuperMajority Education Fund. You can find her running (with a mask on!) along the Eno River, grabbing a to-go iced latte from Cocoa Cinnamon, or binging Brené Brown podcasts. Welcome, Class of 2023—and a special welcome to my LEAD group!
John Zarrilli ’22 is originally from South Florida. He graduated from Princeton University in 2014 and majored in Politics with a focus in Latin American politics and political development. During his college summers, John interned at the Public Defender’s Office in Broward County. After graduating, John worked for Americorps as a tutor and mentor for high school students in Florida. As a student at Duke Law, John is a member of the Constitutional Law and Policy Journal, he is the 2L representative for the Graduate and Professional Student Council, he is a member of the Texas Law Club, and he was a 1L softball star. This summer John interned at two law firms in Birmingham and worked on several litigation projects. He is a big football fan, and roots for the Miami Hurricanes and Miami Dolphins. John enjoys going out to eat with friends, listening to podcasts, and trying his best to cook edible meals. He is very excited for this year with you all!
Zijun Zhao ’22 was born and raised in Shanghai, China. She graduated last year from Tsinghua University in Beijing with a BA in Law. During her undergrad, Zijun traveled and studied in different countries, including Japan, Denmark, and Ghana. She developed her academic interests in public law and human rights when she was a visiting student at Pembroke College, Oxford. At Duke, Zijun serves as the Co-President of 1GP and Co-Vice President of Human Rights Law Society. During her 1L summer, Zijun worked as judicial extern for Judge Edward M. Chen at the Northern District of California. She also worked as research assistant for Prof. Elisabeth de Fontenay (Limited Partnership Agreement terms project), and Professor Aya Fujimura-Fanselow (online tracker of positive human rights developments related to COVID-19). In her spare time, Zijun enjoys yoga, running, dancing, and playing guitar. Welcome, Class of 2023!