Dallin Adams '25 was born and raised in Mesa, Arizona. He graduated from Arizona State University with a degree in finance. While at ASU, he worked full time as the director of a multi-state coalition advocating for bipartisan immigration reform. This summer he worked as a private equity associate in the Dallas office of the Winston & Strawn. He and his wife are expecting a baby boy in September and can’t wait. Welcome Duke Law Class of 26!
Co-LEADer: James Mullen
Britt Ajaj '25 is originally from Oak Ridge, NJ. She graduated from the College of New Jersey in 2022 where she majored in Philosophy and English and minored in Business. At TCNJ, she served as the President of the Inter-Greek Council, where she fundraised over $50,000 for a fundraiser she founded called Operation Holiday Child. At Duke, she is a 2L Representative for the Duke Bar Association, Vice President of Finance for WLSA, Deputy of Active Investigations for the Innocence Project, and Vice President of External Affairs for 1GP. During her 1L summer, Britt was a SDIS Scholar at Akin Gump. When Britt is not in the law school, you can find her taking a Pilates class, hanging out at a local Durham coffee shop, or doing something adventurous. She looks forward to welcoming the Class of 2026 and cannot wait to be a resource for you all!
Co-LEADer: Indya Woodfolk
Maggie Ash '25 (she/her/hers) is from Canton, OH. She graduated from Ohio State with a degree in English and minors in Business and Public Policy. After graduation, she worked in state and local government in Columbus and participated in the IGNITE National fellowship program to support young, diverse candidates in running for office. At Duke, Maggie is involved with Run Club, Government and Public Service Society, and the Child Welfare Law and Policy Society. Her favorite experiences in 1L year were Mock Trial and Moot Court, as well as supporting all of North Carolina's awesome ice cream makers. In her free time, she likes planning chaotic weekend trips with friends, going to concerts, and reading speculative fiction. She is so excited to welcome you to Duke!
Co-LEADer: Jeremy Sharp
Aliyah Berry '24 grew up in the Atlanta, GA, area. She graduated from Georgia State University with a B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science in the Spring of 2021. Aliyah is a member of numerous clubs and organizations on campus including the Duke Black Law Students Association, Duke Law Womxn of Color Collective, Women Law Students Association, Mock Trial Board, and the Health Care Planning Project. She is also a proud Guardian ad Litem for Durham County! Aliyah spent her 2L summer working at New Direction Family Law in Raleigh, NC and as a Student Program Advisor for the Duke Pre-Law Fellowship Program. In her free time, Aliyah enjoys reading, binging the latest shows and movies, and exploring North Carolina. Welcome to Duke Law Class of 2026!
Co-LEADer: Jordan Berry
Jordan Berry ‘24 is from Bowie, MD. She attended the University of Maryland College Park and graduated in 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy. During her time at Maryland, Jordan interned on Capital Hill. At Duke Law, Jordan is involved in the Black Law Students’ Association, the Womxn of Color Collective, Mock Trial, and the Duke Journal of Comparative and International Law. This summer Jordan is a summer associate at Winston and Strawn LLP in Washington DC. In her free time, Jordan enjoys playing with her adorable Shih-Poo, trying new restaurants, reading, and traveling with her friends.
Co-LEADer: Aliyah Berry
Mackenzie Brabham ’25 grew up in Dallas, Texas. She attended the University of Richmond where she majored in Health Care Studies and minored in Anthropology. While at Richmond, she volunteered with the mental health organization Crisis Text-Line and interned for the House of Representatives and Novartis Pharmaceuticals. At Duke, she is the Vice President of Allyship for the Women’s Law Students Association. During her 1L summer, Mackenzie worked in Dallas as a Summer Associate at Vinson & Elkins. In her free time, she enjoys attending Duke basketball games, exploring breweries and restaurants, and going to trivia nights with friends (although, despite her best efforts, she has never won). Mackenzie is excited to welcome the Class of 2026 to Duke Law!
Co-LEADer: Natalie Leon
Sam Braden '25 is from a bunch of places, but mainly Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2022, where he studied Classics and Philosophy. In undergrad, Sam was involved in student gov and housing co-ops. At Duke, Sam is a member of OutLaw, First Class, Clemency Project, CLAPS, and LALSA. Sam interned this summer for Anita Earls, an Associate Justice on the North Carolina Supreme Court. Also, Sam has the sweetest dog ever, a 2-year-old German Shepherd named Athena who loves meeting new people!
Co-LEADer: Ruth Brindel
Ruth Brindel '25 is from St. Louis, Missouri. She graduated from Grinnell College in 2019 with a major in Biology. Following her undergraduate studies, Ruth served as a Teach for America corps member back home in St. Louis. While there she taught Biology and AP Biology in addition to serving as the Science Department chair in her final two years. At Duke Law, Ruth is the Director of Communications for OutLaw and the Vice President of Internal Affairs for First-Class. Because of her science background, Ruth is interested in Intellectual Property with an emphasis in patent law. During Ruth's 1L summer she worked as a Summer Associate in Jones Day's Chicago office. In her free time, Ruth loves to tune into her hometown sports teams (Cardinals, Blues & STL City SC), cuddle with her three cats, cook new recipes, or melt her brain with reality television. Ruth is so excited to welcome the Duke Law Class of 2026!
Co-LEADer: Sam Braden
Tyler Christensen '24 grew up in Goodyear, AZ, a suburb of Phoenix. He attended Brigham Young University where he double-majored in Accounting and Spanish. Following his freshman year at BYU, he took a two year hiatus from his studies to serve as a humanitarian missionary in Louisville, KY, where he learned Spanish and primarily served Latin-American immigrants. At Duke, Tyler is the president of the Texas Club and VP of Finance for the Sports and Entertainment Law Society. Tyler spent his 1L summer as a corporate summer associate at Winston & Strawn's Dallas office. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball and tennis, attending alternative and indie rock concerts, watching Phoenix Suns basketball, and spending time with his wife and son. Welcome to the Duke Law Class of 2026!
Co-LEADer: Katie Raya
Catherine Cole '25 (she/her/hers) is from Atlanta, GA. Despite studying English and Film and Media at Emory University, she has yet to pick a favorite book or movie. At Duke, Catherine is Vice President of the Mock Trial team, Vice President of the ACLU, and a Moot Court Jessup Cup coordinator. This summer, she worked at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia. Catherine is so excited to share her coffee, Taylor Swift, and Durham recommendations with her LEAD group!
Co-LEADer: Maya Schaer
Quentin Colo '25 (he/him/his) hails from Scranton, PA (yes, like The Office). He graduated from the University of Notre Dame (g'irish) in 2020 and worked for DOJ Antitrust for two years before coming to Duke. At Duke, Quentin is the Social Chair of Duke Bar Association and is on Moot Court and Mock Trial. Catch Quentin at bar review every Thursday or probably eating at Q-Shack. This summer, Quentin worked as a 1L Scholar at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. In his free time, Quentin enjoys running, talking about Survivor, and playing card games.
Co-LEADer: Maddie Harlow
Sarah Edwards '25 is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and attended Miami University (Ohio) for undergrad. On campus, she is one of the co-presidents of WLSA. This summer, she was a Summer Associate at Jones Day in Cleveland. In her free time, she loves to cook, bake, and practice yoga.
Co-LEADer: Ashley Nelson
Allison Frison '25 grew up in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She attended Williams College, where she played varsity volleyball and majored in English and Political Science. In between college and law school, Allison worked as a paralegal at a small employment law firm in New York City. At Duke, Allison is a member of the Latin American Law Student Association and served as an inaugural member of the Human Rights Pro Bono Board. She spent her summer at Morrison Foerster in San Francisco and is excited to be back in Durham and welcome the Class of 2026!
Co:LEADer: Tim Southam
Rohan Gohel '25 was born and raised in Marlboro, New Jersey. He graduated from Villanova University in 2022 with a B.A. in Economics and Political Science. While at Villanova, he ran the New Student Orientation Program, served on the Student Government DEI Committee, and served on the executive board for SAMOSA. Rohan came straight through from undergrad to law school. At Duke, he is involved in the South Asian Law Students Association, the American Constitution Society, and the Clemency Project. This summer, Rohan worked at Lowenstein Sandler in their New Jersey office. In his 2L year, Rohan will serve as the Co-President of SALSA and on the executive board for ACS. In his free time, he enjoys working out, playing video games, cooking, surfing, writing stand up jokes, and playing pickleball. Rohan is a big Yankees and Knicks fan, but loves all sports. Welcome to Duke Law!
Co-LEADer: Jungi Hong
Rachel Gu '25 is from Newton, MA. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2022 with a Bachelor and Master of Engineering in Bioengineering. At Penn, she danced in Penn Dance Company, was a campus tour guide in the Kite & Key Society, and was involved in Greek Life. Her internship experience ranges from R&D research in neuroscience to engineering medical devices. At Duke, Rachel is on the Moot Court Executive Board and is a member of APALSA, WLSA, and IP Law Society. During her summer, she was a 1L Diversity Scholar at Choate, Hall & Stewart in Boston, MA. In her free time, Rachel likes to craft, go to pilates classes, and watch trashy reality tv. She's excited to welcome the Class of 2026 to Duke!
Co-LEADer: Lucy Shoemaker
Jessica Hardee ‘25 (she/her) was born and raised in the little town of Morganton, North Carolina. She graduated from Wake Forest University with degrees in History and Art History, coming straight through to Duke Law. At Duke, Jessica has worked on the Clemency Project and Fair Chance Project. She is also a member of the Environmental Law Society. During her 1L summer, Jessica served as a Stanback Fellow doing policy research for environmental issues in North Carolina, precisely the type of work she wants to do when she graduates. In her free time, Jessica loves hiking (and is happy to give hiking recommendations in North Carolina!), painting, and playing with her two cats, Marcel and Bugtussle. She is excited to meet the incoming class this fall. Go Duke!
Co-LEADer: Will Knight
Maddie Harlow '25 is from Rockville, Maryland. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2019 with her degree in Journalism. Before law school, Maddie spent three years as a speechwriter at Lockheed Martin. At Duke, Maddie is the vice president of internal affairs for First Generational Professionals (1GP) and a member of the Duke Law Innocence Project's Active Investigations team. Following her 1L year, Maddie interned with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, D.C. In her free time, she enjoys walking the Al Buehler trail with friends, watching reality TV, and hanging out by the pool. Welcome, Class of 2026!
Co-LEADer: Quentin Colo
Jungi Hong '25 is from Southern California and graduated from UCLA. He previously worked in a restaurant and as an AmeriCorps member in FEMA Corps. He is interested in direct legal services and impact litigation. He enjoys hiking, table-top role-playing games, and hanging out with his cat.
Co-LEADer: Rohan Gohel
Skye Jackson '25 grew up in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. She attended the University of Florida where she double-majored in History and Economics. During her time at UF, Skye served as a student editor for Alpata, a journal of history and as the Associate Artistic Director for Florida Players, a student-led theatre company. After graduating, she came straight through to Duke where she will be the Vice President of the Duke Immigrant Stories Lab this upcoming year. Her favorite part of Duke Law so far has been getting to meet so many new people from so many different places, learning both with and from them! In her free time she enjoys going to concerts, traveling to new (and sometimes random) places, reading sappy romance novels, and showing people pictures of her cat, Arlo. She is so excited to be a LEAD Fellow and to meet Duke Law’s Class of 2026!
Co-LEADer: Olivia Komanduri
Will Knight '25 grew up in Morganton, North Carolina. He graduated from Appalachian State University with a B.A. in English and a B.A. in Religious Studies. While in undergrad, he worked as a campus organizer with Next Gen America and the Feminist Majority Foundation. He also co-founded a non-profit that identified and cleaned routinely littered areas in Western North Carolina. While at Duke, he has been active in the Clemency Project, and he is the TROSA Clinic Coordinator for the Fair Chance Project. He is committed to a career in public interest, and he spent his 1L summer as a MLK Fellow at Legal Aid of North Carolina.
Co-LEADer: Jessica Hardee
Olivia Komanduri '25 was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2019 where she majored in Philosophy, Political Science, and International Affairs. After undergrad, Olivia spent three years organizing on political campaigns in Nevada, Utah, Arizona, South Carolina, and New York City. She also spent a few months working at a polling firm in Washington, D.C. At Duke, Olivia is president of the ACLU and is on the board of the Government and Public Service Society, the Duke Immigrant and Refugee Project, and the South Asian Law Students Association. She spent her 1L summer interning at the public defender’s office in New Orleans and hopes to continue working in public defense. She loves exploring the Duke Gardens with her friends and watching every reality dating show in existence.
Co-LEADer: Skye Jackson
Natalie Leon ‘25 is a JD/MA in Bioethics, Bioscience, and Science Policy student from Bergen County, NJ. She graduated from Tulane University in 2021 with a B.S. in Public Health and Cellular and Molecular Biology. After undergrad, Natalie worked as a paralegal at a small boutique law firm in New Orleans. At Duke, Natalie is the VP of Events for the Duke Bar Association and 2L Representative for the Latin American Law Students Association. She was previously a 1L Representative for both DBA and LALSA. During her 1L summer, she worked as a summer associate at Simpson Thacher’s NYC office. Natalie loves trying new restaurants and hanging out with friends. She is super excited to welcome the Class of 2026!
Co-LEADer: Mackenzie Brabham
Cody Markel ‘25 was born and raised in Madison, WI. He attended Vanderbilt University where he played football. After graduation, Cody ran a pediatric cancer research non-profit called Turner's Heroes. At Duke, Cody is involved in the Duke Bar Association, Duke Texas Club, the Sports & Entertainment Law Society, and the National Security Law Society. During his 1L summer, Cody worked at Vinson & Elkins in Dallas, practicing corporate law and litigation. In his free time, Cody enjoys eating around Durham and watching sports with his fellow LEAD fellows. Welcome to Duke Law Class of 2026!
Co-LEADer: Evan Rodgers
Thomas Moy '25 is from Westport, Connecticut. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a degree in Global Studies and a minor in Japanese Language and Culture. During this past summer, he worked as a judicial intern for a judge on the D.C. Court of Appeals. At Duke, he is involved with the Duke Immigrant Refugee Advocacy (DIRP). In his free time, he likes playing golf, cooking, and watching baseball. Welcome to Duke Law!
Co-LEADer: Tianyu Wang
James Mullen ’25 is from Pocatello, ID. He graduated from Utah State University (go aggies!) with a degree in mechanical engineering. At Duke, James is the president of the Intellectual Property Law Society, participates in the Texas Club, and is on the mock trial team. He spent his 1L summer in Dallas working for Fish & Richardson. When he’s not studying, James enjoys fly fishing, frisbee golf, playing card games, watching college sports, and baking. After graduating, he wants to practice patent litigation and to announce high school football games on the side. He is excited to welcome the Duke Law Class of 2026!
Co-LEADer: Dallin Adams
Ashley Nelson '25 grew up in Orange County, California. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2020 where she majored in Sustainable Environmental Design and minored in City and Regional Planning. Following college, she dedicated her time to volunteering in her community and working alongside the mayor of her hometown to implement sustainable initiatives. At Duke, she serves as the President of the California Club and the Vice President of Finance for the Latin American Law Students Association. During her 1L summer, she was a research assistant for Professor Lee Reiners. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, watching movies, and exploring Durham’s coffee shops. Ashley is so excited to meet the incoming 1Ls!
Co-LEADer: Sarah Edwards
Katie Raya '25 is from San Diego, CA and graduated from UC Berkeley in 2019 with a degree in Public Health. She is also in the MA program in Bioethics and Science Policy. In undergrad, Katie was an EMT and cardio surgery intern until she decided she wanted to pursue a career in law. In between college and law school, she worked as a healthcare consultant in San Francisco for three years. At Duke, she is involved in the Healthcare Planning Project, Health Law Society, and California Club and is the President of the Latin American Law Students Association. This summer, Katie worked at Baker Botts in their San Francisco office. Welcome to Duke Law!!
Co-LEADer: Tyler Christensen
Evan Rodgers '25 is from Columbus, OH. After spending undergrad dual-enrolled at UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke through the Robertson Scholars Leadership Program, he graduated from UNC in 2020 with a degree in Public Policy. After graduating, he worked for the National Football League's headquarters, splitting time between New York City and Washington, D.C. At Duke, he is the Co-President of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society and a member of the Business Law Society and Veterans Assistance Project. After 1L, he spent the summer as a legal intern at Nike. He looks forward to beating you in pickleball, losing to you in fantasy football, and showing you all the amazing restaurants and bars that make Durham the best law school home in the country!
Co-LEADer: Cody Markel
Maya Schaer '25 is from Pittsburgh, PA, and went to Washington University in St. Louis. She took a year off before law school to work at a business law firm in Pittsburgh. At Duke, Maya has loved getting involved with pro bono projects. She is the Social Media VP for If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice and a 2L Representative for the Coalition Against Gendered Violence. She is also a student editor for Judicature, the Bolch Institute's scholarly journal.
Co-LEADer: Catherine Cole
Jeremy Y. Sharp '25 is a JD/LLM Candidate in International and Comparative Law from Los Angeles, California. He attended Cornell University as an undergraduate, where he studied Industrial and Labor Relations, obtained minors in History and Archaeology, and concentrated in Disability Studies. Before Duke Law, Jeremy had a variety of roles, including being a costumed interpreter at Old Sturbridge Village and an archaeological excavator at Pompeii. At Duke, Jeremy is the President of the Animal Legal Defense Fund's student chapter and is involved in other clubs such as the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA). During his 1L summer, Jeremy was a Summer Associate at Nishimura & Asahi's Tokyo office and studied at the Duke-Leiden Institute of Transactional Law as part of his dual degree program. In his spare time, Jeremy enjoys running off to Carowinds and reading about historical mysteries. He's excited to meet the incoming 1Ls!
Co-LEADer: Maggie Ash
Grace Castillo Shearman '25 was born and raised in Texas and has lived in various parts of the state including East Texas, Austin, and Dallas. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Government and a teaching certificate through the U-Teach Program. After undergrad, she worked in education for eight years during which she held various positions including bilingual teacher, curriculum writer, and instructional coach. Before coming to law school, Grace participated in the SEO Law Fellowship. At Duke, Grace is the co-founder and co-President of Duke Law First Class and is also involved in other clubs including LALSA and the Texas Club. During her free time, Grace enjoys going to parks and museums with her husband and son, cooking Mexican food, and cheering on her sports teams. Grace can't wait to meet the Class of 2026!
Co-LEADer: Gavin Small
Lucy Shoemaker '25 is from Arlington, Virginia. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2020 with degrees in Government and Spanish. After college, she worked as a paralegal at a small firm in D.C. for two years. At Duke Law, she is involved in the Healthcare Planning Project and Texas Club. During her 1L summer, Lucy worked as a Summer Associate at Baker Botts in Houston. In her free time, she likes hanging out with friends, going on walks, and exploring Durham. Lucy is excited to return to Duke for 2L and can't wait to welcome the class of 2026!
Co-LEADer: Rachel Gu
Claire Simpson '25 is from outside Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and went to undergrad at Dickinson College. There, Claire was very involved in her school's mock trial team as well as the economics program. At Duke, Claire is on the Moot Court Board and is the organizer for the 2023/24 Twiggs-Beskind Mock Trial Tournament (which everyone should totally sign up for it by the way). Claire is also on the board for Duke Law Ping Pong Society and enjoys going to trivia with her section. She can't wait to welcome the class of 2026 with her friend and LEAD partner, Sari!
Co-LEADer: Sari Wisoff
Gavin Small '25 is from Long Island, New York. He graduated from Williams College in 2022 where he majored in history. At Duke Law, Gavin is a Pro Bono Director for the Duke Immigrant and Refugee Project and is also involved in the Duke Art Law Society. During his 1L summer, Gavin interned for a justice on the Supreme Court of North Carolina. Gavin enjoys tennis and hiking. He can often be found at the law school playing ping pong in the Blue Lounge. He is excited to welcome the Class of 2026 to Duke Law!
Co-LEADer: Grace Shearman
Tim Southam '25 grew up in Los Angeles, CA with three older sisters and a dog, Mocha. For undergraduate, he went to Amherst College in western Massachusetts where he majored in Political Science and Economics. After graduating from Amherst in 2020, he moved to Chicago as a healthcare consultant to help hospitals and health insurance companies learn how to use Medicaid to fund social services, such as affordable housing and employment assistance. At Duke, Tim is a co-director for Lawyer on the Line, vice president of outreach for the Health Law Society and Competition Law Society, and the 2L representative for If/When/How. This summer he is back in Chicago, working with Legal Aid Chicago's Housing Practice Group. Tim enjoys exploring Durham's food and brewery scene with his friends, and can't wait to welcome the incoming class of 2026!
Co-LEADer: Allison Frison
Paul Tran ’25 was born and raised in Houston, Texas. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2022 with a BA in Political Science. While at Vanderbilt, he co-directed a mental health awareness campaign and was involved in the Asian American Students Association. During his first year of law school, he served as a 1L representative for the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) and 1GP (First-Generation Professionals). Following his 1L year, Paul was a summer associate at Kirkland & Ellis in their Houston office, where he worked on both transactional and litigation matters. In his free time, he likes to play Mario Kart and Super Smash Bros. Welcome to Duke!
Co-LEADer: Hank Wu
Tianyu Wang '25 is from Qingdao, China. She attended high school in Sandy, Utah before graduating from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Psychology and a B.S. in Business Administration. Outside of law school, you can find Tianyu on the green, at restaurants, or just on her couch. Tianyu worked as a judicial extern in downtown Los Angeles this summer.
Co-LEADer: Thomas Moy
Sari Wisoff '25 grew up in Marin County, California. She graduated from Emory University in 2022 with a degree in Creative Writing and Philosophy, Politics and Law. At Duke Law, she is the president of MENALSA (Middle Eastern and North African Law Student Association), and VP Pro Bono for the Coalition Against Gendered Violence, VP Events for If/When/How. She spent her 1L summer interning for a judge on the Superior Court of Fulton County. Her 2L summer will be spent as a summer associate at Arnall Golden Gregory in Atlanta, Georgia. Sari loves travel, trying new restaurants, bad reality TV, playing piano, and reading. She is so excited to meet all the new Duke Law students in August!
Co-LEADer: Claire Simpson
Indya Woodfolk '25 is from Maryland. She graduated from the University of Richmond in 2018 where she majored in Environmental Studies and Anthropology. At Duke, she is the President of the Environmental Law Society and the Public Interest Chair of First Class. Indya split her 1L summer between the Maryland Department of the Environment and the Food Research and Action Center. In her free time, she enjoys reading, binge watching (reality) shows, and spending time outdoors. She is very excited to welcome the class of 2026!
Co-LEADer: Brittney Ajaj
Hank Wu '25 is from Irvine, California. He graduated from Northeastern University in 2021, studying biology and entrepreneurship. After college, he worked as an engineer at Rivian. During 1L year, Hank participated in Mock Trial, the Transactional Law Society Competition, and was an active member in the Business Law Society and APALSA. And following 1L year, Hank was a 1L Summer Associate at Holland & Hart. In his free time, Hank likes playing his piano, going to the gym, and golfing. He is also a huge Lakers fan and a terrible (but improving) cook. Welcome to Duke Law, class of 2026!
Co-LEADer: Paul Tran
Caira Watson-Haynes '24 is from Chicago, IL. She attended Washington University in St. Louis for undergrad, where she studied Educational Studies and Urban Studies. While at WashU, Caira founded an organization for Black Student Athletes (WUBLAC) and was a 3 time Track and Field All-American. During her 1L summer, she was a judicial extern for the Honorable Sharon Coleman in the North District of Illinois and a summer associate at Sidley Austin in Chicago. She served as a 1L representative for the Business Law Association and for the Black Law Students Association (BLSA). During her 2L year, Caira was President of BLSA, a member of the school’s DEI Committee, and an Admissions Intern. Caira enjoys running, lifting weights, hiking, and listening to podcast. Welcome, Class of 2026.