January 17, 2022

Meet Our Team

3Ls:

Editor-In-Chief

Carley Ruival – Carley Ruival is a member of the class of 2023 at the University of Richmond School of Law. Originally from Virginia Beach, she graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2015 where she received a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and in Psychology. In addition to being a PILR member, Carley is on the Trial Advocacy and Moot Court Boards.

 

 

Executive Editor

Kiana Gilcrist –Kiana Gilcrist is a third-year law student from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Duquesne University in 2020 with a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Political Science. After graduation, she is interested in pursuing a career in personal injury law. In addition to her role on PILR, she also serves as Director of Student Organizations for the Student Bar Association and is a member of the Black Law Student Association, Richmond Women’s Law, and Criminal Law Society.

 

Managing Editor

Albert Gutierrez – Albert Gutierrez is a member of the Class of 2023 at the University of Richmond School of Law. A native from Miami, Florida, Albert graduated from Brandeis University where he double majored in political science and Hispanic studies and was a member of the varsity baseball team. In addition to his membership on PILR, Albert is also part of the CDO Board and ADR Board. During the summer of 2021, Albert was an intern at Vandeventer Black LLP.

 

 

Senior Manuscript Editor

Owen Giordano – Owen Giordano is a member of the class of 2023 at the University of Richmond School of Law. A native of Richmond, he graduated with departmental honors from the College of William and Mary in 2020, where he obtained a major in Economics and a minor in History. In the summer of 2021, Owen worked as a judicial intern at the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Virginia under Chief Judge Edward Tomko III, Judge W. Allan Sharrett, and Judge Carson Saunders.

 

 

Copy Editor

Claudia Leonor – Claudia Léonor is a member of Richmond Law’s Class of 2023. Claudia is a graduate of Georgetown University, where she studied Government and minored in Arabic and Spanish. Before law school, she taught English as a Second Language to court-involved immigrant children in Washington, DC. At Richmond Law, Claudia is a member of the Moot Court Board, a student advocate with the Wrongful Convictions Clinic, and a member of the Student Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Coalition. This past summer, Claudia worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable Arenda L. Wright Allen for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

 

Copy Editor

Elizabeth Vanasse – Elizabeth Vanasse is from Lancaster, Pennsylvania and graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2020 with a double major in English and French & Francophone Studies. She spent summer of 2021 working at a small Richmond law firm doing adoption and surrogacy, personal injury, employment, and estate planning. Elizabeth is a lifelong equestrian and can often be found at the barn taking breaks from law school.

 

 

Symposium Editor

Teresa Sun – Teresa Sun grew up in Beijing, China. She graduated from the University of Minnesota with a double major in Global Studies and Sociology, and she will forever hold the dream to one day go back and finish her degree in Art History. Her strong desire for social change has led her onto the career path of a public defender. In her spare time, she does introvert things.

 

 

Symposium Editor

Jessica Rooke –Jessica Rooke is a member of the class of 2023 at the University of Richmond School of Law. She is from Glen Allen, Virginia, and graduated from The University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. After graduation, Jessica will return to her 2L summer associate job with Sands Anderson as an associate with the litigation group.

 

 

General Assembly Editor

Kaylin Cecchini – Kaylin Cecchini is 3L and an aspiring Public Defender. She serves as the General Assembly co-chair here on PILR, a 3L Representative on SBA, the Symposium Co-Chair for Richmond VBA, the Co-President of the National Lawyers Guild Richmond Chapter, and a long term Student Attorney in the Children’s Defense Clinic. She is also a member of Richmond Women’s Law and a student member of three Bar Associations. She interned at the Chesterfield Public Defender’s Office over the past summer, and she is currently externing in the Housing Unit of the Legal Aid Justice Center. Her previous work history is centered around policy and advocacy work in the General Assembly.

 

General Assembly Editor

Haley Edmonds – Haley Edmonds is a member of the Class of 2023  at the University of Richmond School of Law. She is a Virginia Beach native, and 2020 graduate of the University of Virginia, where she majored in English and minored in Government. In addition to her membership on PILR, Haley is the Treasurer of the Environmental Law Society, and a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board. During her 1L summer, Haley worked in the Commonwealth Attorney General’s Office with their environmental section. She hopes to pursue a career in environmental law.

 

 

Lead Articles Editor
Jenny Hernandez Austria –
Jennyfer Hernandez Austria graduated from the University of Richmond in 2015 with a Bachelor or Arts in Political Science and International Studies. Before going to UR Law, she worked in various immigration law firms. During her 1L summer, she interned at the Lynchburg Public Defender’s Office. She hopes to pursue a career in criminal or immigration defense. When she’s not reading for class or working, she can be found caring for her million house plants and reading fiction books.

 

 

Lead Articles Editor

Bushra Haque – I am a member of the class of 2023. In addition to being on PILR, I am also Vice President and Co-Founder of the South Asian Law Student Association here at U of R. I am originally from Northern Virginia and I graduated from Virginia Tech in 2020 with a major in Biological Sciences. I am interested in pursuing a career in Patent Law and utilizing both my biology and legal backgrounds.

 

 

Notes & Comments Editor

Jessica King – Jessica King is a member of the class of 2023 at the University of Richmond School of Law. She is originally from the Atlanta area and graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science in Social Science, with concentrations of Law & Society and Political Science, in 2020. In addition to her membership on PILR, Jessica is a member of the Career Development Office Student Advisory Board and Richmond Women’s Law. During her 1L summer, she interned at the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office in Rockville, MD.

 

Publications & Online Editor

Tiffany Ngo –Tiffany Ngo originally hails from Northern Virginia and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. In addition to being on the editorial board of PILR, she is also a member of the Client Counseling and Negotiation Board (CCNB). After graduation, she plans on practicing civil litigation, representing insurance companies.

 

 

Blog & Social Media Editor

Samantha Callejas – Samantha Callejas graduated from Christopher Newport University in 2020 as a Political Science major. She spent her 1L summer as an immigration law clerk at the International Rescue Committee. In addition to her membership on PILR, Samantha serves as Vice President of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Board, Richmond Women’s Law member, and Public Interest Law Association member.

 

 

Blog & Social Media Editor

Max Petrie – Max Petrie is a member of the class of 2023 at Richmond Law. He is originally from Connecticut and graduated from Bates College with a double major in English and Politics and a minor in History. He spent the summer interning in the Chesterfield County Public Defender Office. In addition to PILR, Max is the President of the Public Interest Law Association.

 

 

Manuscript Editor

Kira Davis – Kira Davis is a member of the class of 2023 at the University of Richmond School of Law. She is from Newport News, Virginia, and graduated from Longwood University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a concentration in Public Relations and a minor in Criminal Justice. During her 1L summer, she worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable S. Bernard Goodwyn of the Supreme Court of Virginia. In addition to being a staff member on the Richmond Public Interest Law Review, Kira is also a member of the First-Generation Law Students Association and serves as an Honor Council Justice.

 

Manuscript Editor

Hannah Laub – Hannah Laub is a member of the class of 2023 at the University of Richmond School of Law. She graduated from Kenyon College in 2016, where she studied sociology and studio art. Before starting law school, Hannah completed two years of AmeriCorps service in Baton Rouge and Seattle, and then moved back to Richmond where she was a community organizer fighting climate change. This summer, Hannah interned at the Federal Public Defender Office in Richmond, VA.

 

 

Manuscript Editor

Callie Keen – Callie Keen is a member of the class of 2023 at the University of Richmond School of Law. She graduated from Duke University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. In addition to her membership in PILR, Callie is an Admissions Ambassador and a member of Richmond Women’s Law. Callie worked as a legal intern for Virginia529 during her 1L summer, and will continue to work there throughout this year.

 

 

Manuscript Editor

Amanuel Mekonnen – Amanuel Mekonnen is a member of the University of Richmond School of Law Class of 2023. He received his B.A. in Classics with a concentration in Ancient Greek from the University of Virginia. In his free time, he enjoys learning languages, dancing and practicing martial arts.

 

 

 

Manuscript Editor

Melissa Kouri – Melissa Kouri is a member of the class of 2023 at the University of Richmond School of Law . She graduated from James Madison University in 2019 with a double major in Philosophy and Political Science. She spent the summer of 2021 working as a law clerk with Blue Ridge Legal Services in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

 

 

 

Manuscript Editor

Caleb Thompson – Caleb is from the Shenandoah Valley area of Virginia, and graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in political science in 2020. He has been hired to work at a Richmond civil litigation firm after he graduates from UR in the Spring of 2023. In addition to being a member of PILR, Caleb is the Vice President of the Student Intellectual Property Society at UR Law. In his spare time, Caleb enjoys running, playing guitar, and reading.

 

 

Senior Staff

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Senior Staff

Abbey Lahnston – Abbey is a member of the 2023 law school class. Originally from Florida, Abbey went to the University of Florida and graduated in May 2020. There, she received a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology and Spanish and Bachelor of Sciences in Psychology. In addition to being a member of PILR, Abbey is on the Moot Court board and a member of Richmond Women’s Law Society.

 

 

2L Staff:

Heather Barden – Heather Barden is a member of the Class of 2024 at the University of Richmond School of Law. She received her B.A. degree from Christopher Newport University in 2012 and her Masters in Teaching degree from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2015. From 2015-2018 she taught 8th grade Civics and Economics in Henrico County. In 2018 she began working at VCU Health System as an Instructional Designer (a job she still holds today). She creates regulatory and compliance training for the health system along with designing and developing internal professional development programming. After graduation she hopes to pursue a career in litigation.

 

 

Kat Beatty Kat Beatty is a member of the class of 2024 at the University of Richmond School of Law. She graduated from Adelphi University in May 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. In addition to PILR, she is the Student Bar Association’s Director of Programming. A fun fact about Kat is that she has been to 49 out of 50 U.S. States!

 

 

 

Danni Bian Danni Bian is a member of the Class of 2024 at the University of Richmond School of Law. She graduated from the University of Missouri in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration. Before starting her J.D., she was a marketing and media specialist in a public institution. She is currently the Alumni Chair of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association at Richmond. During her 1L summer, she worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable Andrew P. Gordon and the Honorable Jennifer A. Dorsey in the U.S. District Court for the District of Nevada.

 

 

Abby Scanga Blackburn – Abigail Scanga Blackburn is a member of the Class of 2024 at the University of Richmond School of Law. In 2014, she graduated from Messiah College where she received a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in Chinese Studies. She received her M.A. in applied Human Rights from the University of York in York, England in 2016.  Prior to law school, Abby worked as a legal advocate for victims of human trafficking, sexual assault, and domestic violence.  She formed her county’s human trafficking task force, and brought together a multidisciplinary board of professionals to better identify and assist victims of trafficking.  She also served as a youth development volunteer for the Peace Corps in Morocco. During the summer of 2022, Abby interned with Senior Judge Gibney of the Eastern District of Virginia. After graduation, she will serve as Senior Judge Gibney’s term clerk from 2024-2025.

 

Reagan Cavanaugh – Reagan Cavanaugh is a member of the Class of 2024 at the University of Richmond School of Law. In 2021, she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a B.S. in Marine Science. During the summer of 2022, Reagan interned in London at Whitestone Chambers, working on business sustainability, and attended the University of Cambridge. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in environmental law or patent law.

 

 

Ashley Davis Ashley is member of the class of 2024 at the University of Richmond School of Law. She is originally from Northern Virginia and graduated from North Carolina State University in 2018. Prior to law school she worked for Richmond Symphony and Richmond Ballet, she is interested in returning to nonprofit work after law school.

 

 

Sarah DeLoach – Sarah is a member of the class of 2024 at the University of Richmond, School of Law. She is from South Carolina and graduated from Wake Forest University in 2021 with a double major in Politics & International Affairs and Communication. During her 1L summer, she interned with Heart of Adoptions Alliance and the Law Offices of Jeanne T. Tate in Tampa, Florida. Sarah hopes to pursue a career in family law.

 

 

Kennedy Eagle – Kennedy Eagle is a member of the Class of 2024 at the University of Richmond School of Law. Born and raised in Virginia, she graduated from the University of Virginia where she earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Education and majored in Youth and Social Innovation. In the summer of 2022, Kennedy served as a Judicial Intern for The Honorable Thomas T. Cullen in the Western District of Virginia and worked as a Law Clerk for the Advocates for Justice and Education in Washington, DC. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in education law.

 

 

Bailey Ellicott – Bailey Ellicott graduated from the College of William & Mary in 2018. Prior to starting her J.D., she worked for the Office of the Federal Public Defender in the Eastern District of Virginia. She spent the summer of 2022 interning for the Halifax Office of the Public Defender. In addition to her membership on PILR, she is a member of the Honor Council and Richmond Women’s Law, in addition to working part-time for the Federal Public Defender in Richmond. She hopes to become a public defender after law school and in her spare time enjoys live music, hanging out with her dog, and knitting ill-fitting sweaters.

 

 

Nicole Evans – My name is Nicole Evans and I am originally from Altmar, NY. I went to undergrad at the State University of New York at Oswego. I am passionate about disability issues and would like to go into a related field after graduation. This summer I interned at the disAbility Law Center of Virginia. A fun fact about me is that I am a figure skater and have been skating since I was 4 years old.

 

 

 

Laney Flanagan – Laney Flanagan is a second-year at the University of Richmond School of Law. She is from Charlotte, NC, and graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 2019 with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Spanish. Prior to law school, Laney worked as a paralegal for an IP firm in D.C. This past summer, she interned for Judge Reidinger in the Western District of North Carolina. After graduation, she hopes to pursue a career in civil litigation.

 

 

 

Kaitlyn Grant – Kaitlyn Grant is a member of the class of 2024 at the University of Richmond School of Law. She is from Oswego, NY and graduated from Adelphi University in 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Criminal Justice. During her 1L summer, she interned at the Caroline County Commonwealth Attorney’s Office and partook in the University of Richmond’s Cambridge Study Abroad Program. She is interested in pursuing a career in either criminal law or medical malpractice. A fun fact about her is she was a member of the Adelphi Women’s Bowling Team.

 

 

Tanmay Gupta – Tanmay Gupta is from Yorktown, VA. He graduated from UVA in 2021 with a bachelors degree. Prior to law school, he helped edit the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics: Crystal Ball newsletter. This past summer he primarily interned at the Petersburg Commonwealth Attorney’s Office.  At the moment, he is mostly interested in criminal law.

 

 

 

Melissa Hernandez – Melissa Hernandez is a member of the class of 2024 at the University of Richmond School of Law. Originally from Miami, Florida, she graduated from Florida International University in 2021 where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Relations. In her spare time, Melissa is a proud dog mom and loves to read fiction novels.

 

 

 

Daniel LaLonde – Daniel LaLonde is originally from Colonial Heights, Virginia, which is slightly south of Richmond. He attended Liberty University for his undergraduate studies, graduating in 2015 with a degree in Business Administration. After undergrad, he worked in banking and personal finance from 2015
until 2021, when he began law school. The summer after his 1L year, he interned at the Virginia Department of Corrections. After law school, he wants to work in litigation in the area of prisoners’ rights.

 

 

Zachary Lisner – Zach Lisner is a member of the Class of 2024 at the University of Richmond School of Law. In 2021, he graduated from Susquehanna University, where he received a B.A. in Political Science and Editing & Publishing. During the summer of 2022, Zach interned at the Attorney General’s Office of New Jersey in the ABC Law department. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a career within the criminal law sector.

 

 

 

Bin Lu – My name is Bin Lu and I am from China. I earned my undergraduate law degree in China. Then I graduated from Boston University with LLM degree in 2018. Before starting my J.D., I had internships in personal injury and bankruptcy practice areas. This summer, I worked as a research assistant and attended Cambridge Summer Program in UK. I hope to pursue a career in transactional law. In my spare time, I like running, cooking, and reading.

 

 

 

Marley Manjarrez – Marley Manjarrez is a member of the Class of 2024 at the University of Richmond School of Law. In 2016 she graduated from the University of Washington where she received a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology. Prior to law school, Marley primarily worked in programs at food justice non-profits, both on the NGO and community scale. During the summer of 2022, Marley interned at the City of Richmond’s Office of Sustainability. After graduation, she hopes to expand on her public service and community engagement experience through environmental and food justice policy work.

 

 

Courtney Mason – Courtney is from Midlothian, VA. She attended Radford University for undergrad and graduated with a degree in English Literature. This past summer, she worked as a Research Assistant for Professor Craft. Her current career aspirations are in academia and/or public policy.

 

 

 

 

Frank Morris – Frank is a former carpenter from Hudson, NY. He received a B.A. in History from the University of Texas in 2020 and is pursuing a career in public defense.

 

 

 

Madison Neale – Madison Neale is a member of the Class of 2024 at the University of Richmond School of Law. In 2018, she graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a B.A. in Political Science. Before Law School, Madison worked for the Richmond firm, BrownGreer, managing damages claims from individuals affected by the 2015-2019 California wildfires. During her first summer of law school, she interned with the Henrico Commonwealth Attorney’s Office in the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. After graduation, Madison hopes to pursue a career in criminal prosecution.

 

 

Amanda Palini – Amanda Palini is a member of the Class of 2024 at Richmond Law. She graduated from the University of South Caroline in 2020 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Experimental Psychology. At Richmond, she is a Law School Admissions Ambassador, a member of Richmond Women’s Law and the vice president of If/When/How.  Last summer Amanda worked for the Montgomery County State’s attorneys office in their domestic violence unit. She is interested in criminal and family law, and hopes to work in these fields after graduation.

 

 

Benjamin Raab – Ben Raab is a member of the Class of 2024 at the University of Richmond School of Law. He is originally from the Detroit area. Ben attended undergrad at Michigan State University where he majored in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy and History. Ben spent this past summer interning for a member of the United States House of Representatives.

 

 

 

Eric Ramputh – 

 

 

 

 

Rachel Ranieri – Rachel Ranieri is a member of the class of 2024 at the University of Richmond School of Law. She graduated from Samford University in December 2020, with a degree in Law, Politics, and Society, and Spanish. During the summer of 2022, Rachel interned at the Legal Aid Justice Center in their Economic Justice Program. In addition to membership on PILR, Rachel is an RWL member, an Admissions Ambassador, Alternative Dispute Resolution Board Member, and Trial Advocacy Board Competition Co-Chair for the 2022 Internal Competition.

 

 

Mariam Rasooli – Mariam Rasooli is a 2L at the University of Richmond School of Law. She graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Arts in Global Affairs in 2019. In addition to being a member of PILR, she is the Vice President of the International Law Society and the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association. Mariam spent the summer of 2022 interning for the Prince William County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office.

 

 

 

Kyara Rivera Rivera – Kyara Rivera Rivera is a member of the Class of 2024 at Richmond Law. She graduated from Christopher Newport University in December 2020 and proceeded to work as a Worker’s Compensation paralegal for about 9 months before law school. She spent the summer of 2022 as a Summer Associate at Troutman Pepper, and she looks forward to returning to the firm for the summer of 2023.

 

 

 

Courtney Squires – Courtney Squires is a member of the class of 2024 at the University of Richmond School of Law. Courtney is an Iowa native and graduated from the University of Iowa with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology. Prior to law school, Courtney worked as a Legal Analyst at a financial services company in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She is interested in family law, children’s rights & defense, and spent her 1L summer working under the Family & Child Welfare staff attorney at the Virginia Poverty Law Center. In addition to PILR, Courtney is the current Vice President of Richmond Women’s Law, and Networking Chair for the University’s Virginia Bar Association. She is also an Admissions Ambassador, a member of the Moot Court Board, and does the pro bono Veterans appeals program with the Carrico Center.

 

Erin Sweet – Erin Sweet is a member of the Class of 2024 at the University of Richmond School of Law. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2019, and spent the following two years in Wilmington, Delaware as an AmeriCorps Volunteer and non-profit coordinator. For her 1L summer, she worked at the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society and the Virginia Poverty Law Center. After graduation, she hopes to work in education law and policy. Outside of law school, Erin spends time with her dog, Tad, attempts to garden, and explores all the great food Richmond has to offer.

 

 

Kristie Thompson – Kristie Thompson is a member of the class of 2024 at the University of Richmond School of Law. She is from Manassas, Virginia and graduated from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Science in Economics. During her 1L summer she was a legal intern at the Office of the Children’s Ombudsman in Richmond, Virginia.

 

 

 

Laura Youngquist – Laura Youngquist is a member of Richmond Law’s Class of 2024. Laura is a graduate of George Mason University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a concentration in Childhood and Youth, as well as a minor in Childhood Studies. Before law school, she spent three years in San Antonio, Texas where she worked for a record retrieval and court reporting company, dipping her toes in the personal injury legal world. At Richmond Law, Laura is a member of Richmond Women’s Law (RWL), Sexuality and Gender Alliance (SAGA), and the Mindfulness in Law Society (MILS); she is also a legal research teaching assistant for the law library. Laura’s passions lie in family law and child advocacy, and she will be participating in the Children’s Defense Clinic in the Spring of 2023.

 

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