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2017 Student Bios

Posted September 25, 2017, 17:09 ET | Comments Off on 2017 Student Bios

Hannah Bell
Hannah Bell is a native Arkansan and went to the University of Arkansas where she earned her Criminal Justice and Sociology degree. She enjoys hammocking, kayaking, playing with German Shepherds (and all other breeds), along with cooking and attempting to master new culinary skills. She is passionate about criminal justice reform and seeks to change the system for a more successful citizenry, particularly post-release. She has worked on multiple local, state, and federal elections and strives to remain informed and involved.

Ashton Copeland
I grew up on a farm outside of Edenton, North Carolina (about an hour south of Hampton Roads, Virginia and an hour west of the Outer Banks). I graduated in May from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where I double-majored in Public Relations and History. The two kinds of law that I came into school interested in learning more about- Media Law and Constitutional Law- were heavily influenced by what I studied in my undergraduate majors. I really enjoy learning about the backgrounds of major cases and seeing the more personal stories that are involved in them. I am an avid college basketball fan (Go Heels!) and my favorite place to be is the beach.

Mary Jane Egan
I grew up outside Philadelphia, and attended American University for my BA in Political Science. I worked for three years at a law firm advocating on behalf of disabled Veterans who had been unfairly denied their compensation and pension benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). I then worked for two years at Booz Allen Hamilton as business analyst, in an effort to improve VA’s IT infrastructure and explore new tech capabilities. In my spare time, I train for triathlon and mid-distance running races.

Brain Gubin
I was born in Centreville, VA (about 30 minutes south of the George Mason Law campus) so I’m one of the few non-transplants in the D.C. area. I went to James Madison University where I studied Business with a concentration in Management.
After college I moved to Arlington, VA and began working with the federal government, both as a contractor and as a GS employee. I have spent all my years with the Department of Homeland Security working within Customs and Border Protection. My jobs have been varied and have ranged from IT work (working with hardware/software, managing a computer programming team, etc.) to being a project analyst working with surveillance towers and Border Patrol facilities.
I had been thinking about law school for a long time but didn’t pull the trigger until now. I wanted something that would challenge me intellectually and allow me to be in a field where I could use more critical thinking skills. I enjoy watching/playing sports (Cowboys, Orioles, Roger Federer) and am an avid Seinfeld fan.

Keith Holleran
I graduated from William and Mary in 2016. I was an Economics major in college. I was also a member of the Cross Country and Track and Field team for two years at the school. This past year, I was a paralegal at a local firm in Reston, Virginia. I am not sure what I specifically want to do with a law degree, but am interested in litigation, anti trust law, and securities. I am a big sports fan, and support the Washington Wizards, Nationals, Capitals and the Dallas Cowboys (I know, I’m from DC and like the Cowboys, which annoys everyone).

Emily Kvalheim
I’m an INFJ. I’m from Westerville, OH. I graduated from American University in 2015 with two bachelor’s degrees in Political Science (Race, Gender, and Politics) and International Studies (International Development) with a minor in Spanish. I earned a Certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies after graduating from the School of Public Affairs’ Leadership Program. Some of the organizations where I interned during undergrad included the National Coalition for the Homeless, Hogar de Cristo (while studying abroad in Santiago, Chile for a semester), and Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH)’s Columbus office. As a volunteer, I taught English as a Second Language in a Home Depot parking lot to day laborers who were waiting to be picked up for work. I also spent time working with people experiencing homelessness, including living on the streets for a couple of days. After I graduated, I became a Certified Candidate for Ordained Ministry as a Deacon in the UMC. I served as a UMC Missionary in Miami, FL for the past 2 years, helping to provide free immigration legal services to low income immigrants, particularly unaccompanied children. I also volunteered in an immigration detention center and at a wildlife refuge. I love baby animals, although one time a macaque monkey tried to punch me in the face. I also love to travel. I’m not very passionate about the law, and I almost did not come to law school because it will preclude me from engaging in civil disobedience (and getting arrested). I feel called to pursue a career in faith-based social justice ministry; my hope is that a law degree will facilitate that calling.

Christopher Lloyd
I am originally from New Jersey but have been living in the Washington D.C. area since graduating from Patrick Henry College in 2014. I am passionate about the intersection of law and economics and am hoping to work as a corporate lawyer – specifically with the financial industry. After graduating from PHC, I worked for a media startup called Conservative Review where I researched legislative history and wrote on current events. I love to be outdoors and enjoy biking around D.C. and hiking in the Rocky Mountains. I hope to travel to all 59 national parks and have already crossed 11 off the list so far.

Joshua McKenney
I’m a Virginia local, from the Glen Allen/Henrico area, and I recently turned 24. I graduated May 2016 from Virginia Commonwealth University with a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Political Science before taking roughly a year off to enjoy the last bit of my youth and free time prior to law school. My legal interests are (currently) criminal law, military law, and anything within the scope of public interest, but I’m open to and actively exploring other fields that seem worthwhile, such as soft-IP. As for career goals, I’m hoping to work with the JAG program after graduation, but I’ll see where my 2L/3L experiences lead me. Lastly and more personally, while my interests have been somewhat limited by law school time constraints, I enjoy lifting weights, exploring fun new food options, and reading science fiction novels. Having recently read through several of the books in Isaac Asimov’s Foundation series, I highly recommend it.

Dan Thaler
Dan Thaler is excited to be attending law school close to his hometown of Bethesda, Maryland. He lived his entire life in Bethesda until 2012 when he moved to Columbia, Missouri to attend the University of Missouri (Mizzou). While at Mizzou, he served as brotherhood chair of the pre-law fraternity Phi Alpha Delta, worked as an intern at the Missouri State Treasurer’s office, and eventually earned his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration- Finance. Upon graduation from Mizzou in 2016, he returned home to Bethesda. With the gap year before law school, he interned part-time at the Washington D.C. office of the Cohen Seglias Pallas Greenhall & Furman PC law firm and served tables full-time at Founding Farmers in Potomac, Maryland. In addition, he enjoyed his hobbies of golfing and paddle boarding on the Potomac River as frequently as possible. Currently, he resides in Arlington, Virginia where he hopes to begin a successful career as an attorney.

Mattheus Wagner

I am a native of both Fresno, CA, and Truckee, CA (situated in North Lake Tahoe). My childhood was defined in alternating my time between exploring the orchards, rivers, and national parks of the San Joaquin Valley and skiing recklessly down the steep slopes of Squaw Valley and other breathtaking mountains across the world. This Twain-esque boyhood eventually led me to Harvard University. I graduated Harvard in 2016 with an AB in History and Celtic Studies, specifically concentrating in cultural and military history from late Antiquity to the Enlightenment. Inspired by professors who taught the value of Applied History, I developed a passion for high politics, especially geopolitics. My academic mentors encouraged me to pursue a law degree to further sharpen the critical thinking and writing skillset vital to a potential career in national security law and foreign affairs. Before attending Scalia Law, I spent a year in Fresno as a self-employed educational consultant, helping local impoverished high school students to attain their dreams of attending college, many becoming the first in their families to do so.

Kathleen Wills
I graduated from George Mason with my bachelors of science in Neuroscience and have spent several years researching attention, depression, and suicidal thoughts in psychiatric units and research labs. Most recently, I used EEG, fMRI, and MEG technologies for this purpose (measuring the effects of ketamine!) at the National Institutes of Health. I hope to apply this knowledge to the legal profession, potentially with Patent Law!

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2017 Student Bios

2014 Student Bios

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Edward (Ted) D. Bantle: I serve as a Commissioner with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, a position I have held since April 2011. In his capacity as a Commissioner, I work with parties in the private, public and federal sectors mediating employment disputes, grievances, and collective bargaining negotiations. In addition to his mediation work, I have traveled throughout the United States and internationally, most recently in Morocco, providing training on and analysis of dispute resolution systems and techniques. Recently, working in the Office of Alternative Dispute Resolution in Washington, D.C. I have had the opportunity to take part in the facilitation of “negotiated rulemaking” sessions pertaining to the potential modification of certain Federal regulations. I received a Bachelor of Science degree from the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University. In the final year of my studies, I had the opportunity to live in Dublin, Ireland, during which I studied labor relations at the Quinn Graduate School of Business – University College of Dublin. I live in Washington D.C., and enjoy traveling, playing golf, and spending time with friends.

Elizabeth (Beth) Cannon: I’m very excited to be a 1L at Mason Law School. I have been interested in studying law since high school and hope to pursue Environmental and Regulatory Law when we graduate in four years. I grew up in Northern Virginia and attended McLean High School. For my undergrad, I went to North Carolina to attend Wake Forest University. I graduated with my BA in 2012, with a major in political science and minor in philosophy. After graduation, I started working as a paralegal for Crowell & Moring, LLP in Washington, D.C. and have been remained at Crowell for the past two years. Crowell & Moring is a large firm that specializes in torts, antitrust, white collar crime, and environmental/energy law. I have become heavily involved in our torts department, specifically premises liability cases, and environmental department, specifically mining and natural gas cases. I am still undecided as to whether I will try to return to Crowell after graduation from law school, or pursue another firm. On the more personal side, I am an avid Redskins fan, I love to snowboard, and I enjoy most outdoor activities. I spent many years of my childhood playing travel soccer and planned on playing college until I received a season-ending injury my senior year of high school. Hopefully, this helps you get to know me a little better, and I certainly look forward to getting to know all of you better over the course of the next four years!

Ligia Xue Franco: I go by Xue (pronounced Sway). I received my undergrad degree in History and Government from the College of William and Mary in 2011. Since then I have been working in a small law firm in Old Town Alexandria as a paralegal.  I have also worked at the Department of Justice. I am interested in pursuing a general track of law while at George Mason Law School

Amy Hilton: I grew up in MS and TX, and graduated from Grace Christian School in 2002. I attended Gordon College in Wenham, MA and graduated in 2008 (I walked in 2006 and finished 1 remaining class in 2008) with a major in Communication Arts and minors in Political Studies and Spanish. I worked as the Administrative Assistant and Study Abroad Advisor in the School of International Education at Endicott College in Beverly, MA from January 2007 – May 2008. I worked as the Admission Events Coordinator at Gordon College in Wenham, MA from August 2008-August 2010. I then worked as the Dean’s Office Events and Faculty Services Coordinator at Harvard Law School from August 2010 – August 2012. I moved to the D.C. are in August 2012 to work in the Office of the Chief Prosecutor, Office of Military Commission, Department of Defense. I presently work in this office as the Legal Assistant to the U.S. v. Mohammed, et al. and U.S. v. Hadi al Iraqui Trial teams. On a personal note, I am an avid runner and weight lifter, I love travelling and studied abroad in Costa Rica for a semester during college. I love learning about other cultures, and plan to pursue a career in national security, international humanitarian, and national security law. My career goal is to work for the Department of Justice, Department of State, the FBI, or the CIA long-term.

Kendrick Hsu: I have a BS in Materials Science and Engineering from UCLA and an MS in Electrical Engineering from USC. I grew up in the Los Angeles area and lived there for my whole life before moving to the Northern VA area five years ago. I am currently a patent examiner at the USPTO and am interested in being a patent prosecution attorney upon graduation from law school.

Clay Massa: I attended American University’s School of International Service for both undergraduate and graduate studies in International Affairs, with specific areas of concentration regarding U.S. Foreign Policy, International Politics, and the Middle East. After completing his graduate degree, I entered the Presidential Management Fellows Program at the Department of Defense where he conducted rotational career broadening assignments at the Air Force International Affairs Strategy and Plans Division, the Air Force Strategic Studies Group and finally at the Joint Staff. Following the completion of the Fellowship, I was assigned to be a country director in 2013 for Air Force International Affairs in the Mideast Division. My interest in economics and the law led me to attend George Mason.

Caitlin McHale: I have a BA in English and minors in Sociology and Appalachian Studies from Virginia Tech. Although I grew up in this area and am definitely a city girl, I love the mountains and welcome any excuse to go back to Blacksburg, VA (especially Hokie football games!). I currently work for Mars, Incorporated, the candy company, and provide project support for the global Treasury and Investments teams. Before joining Mars, I worked on Capitol Hill for a Congressman from South Carolina for two years as a scheduler/executive assistant. During and directly after college, I also worked for the Department of Defense Office of Small Business Programs, where I helped small businesses in historically underutilized business zones identify Federal procurement opportunities. I have an interest in economics, which led me to George Mason, and at some point, I’d like to be a government relations associate and focus on financial services and food industry issues. On a personal note, I love college football, all Hokie sports, traveling, and learning new things. I’m excited to be a law student and look forward to getting to know all of you over the next few years.​

Dongil Moon: I came to Fairfax Virginia about 3 years ago because of my job as a patent practitioner. My wife and I have three daughters and we have enjoyed life in the US so far. While I was working as a Korean patent attorney in Seoul Korea in 2008, I planned to study law in the US and finally my dreams come true. It was busy but I tried to prepare myself for this law school course because I have had a strong desire to become a US patent attorney. It is a new beginning for me and I will try to enjoy this journey of learning. I studied Electrical Engineering and Management before studying law. I enjoy swimming, basketball games, and snowboarding.

Richard Morris: I have lived all over the place (pseudo-army brat), but I will claim Germany as home since I spent the longest there. I come from a strong technical background and currently work as a programmer (specializing in artificial intelligence), but have virtually no legal experience. In fact, coming to law school was more or less a spur of the moment decision and was never part of my intentions until last year. Hopefully it will turn out the way I imagine, but the best laid plans of mice and men…

Geoffrey Pechie: I am a registered patent agent in an intellectual property firm in Tysons Corner where I reside. I received a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering in 2010 from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida. Prior to switching to intellectual property, I worked as a Design Engineer at a prominent supplier for General Electric industrial division in Ormond Beach, Florida. I also did research in United States Air Force Stability and Control Digital DATCOM and its methods for calculating stability derivatives while attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. I also did extensive work designing flight control systems for simulation testing. I focus my prosecution practice at my firm in the areas of aerospace technologies, aerospace control systems, mechanics, optics and optical systems, material sciences, physical sciences, semiconductor technologies, display technologies, medical devices, metallic materials, wireless devices, electronic control systems, and mechanical devices.

Patrick Pennella: I am a Lieutenant in the U.S. Coast Guard and 2007 graduate of the Coast Guard Academy. Since June I have been assigned to Coast Guard Headquarters as a Program Analyst for the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Military Campaign Office. I assist with developing and implementing innovative solutions to meet the four strategic goals of fostering a culture intolerant of sexual assault, creating a strong preventative culture, providing timely and effective victim support, and advancing justice and accountability. Previous assignments included serving aboard two ships stationed in Florida, managing the Congressional reports and inquiries process in the Office of Budget and Programs, and studying Canadian-U.S. security cooperation on a Fulbright Scholarship to Canada.

Richard Sterns: I recently moved to the Washington D.C area from St. Louis, Missouri where I spent the majority of my youth. I received my Bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science this past May from a small liberal arts college in Missouri called Westminster College.  This school is quite small and best known for being the location of Winston Churchill’s Iron Curtain Speech. I also played football there. I moved to Washington D.C to attend law school because my legal interests center around legislation, regulatory law, and government relations. Most of my professional experience is in government as I interned for a Missouri Senator and I spent my last semester of my undergraduate career working in the Missouri State Legislature. Currently I work as a contractor for Randstad and have been working as a temporary research assistant at various D.C think tanks and non-profits since I relocated here. I am planing on pursing a concentration in regulatory law while at Mason. I enjoy all things sports. I particularly like playing football, basketball, and sand volleyball. I also enjoy taking advantage of the various trails and parks around Arlington.

(Paul) Marshall Ticer: I was born in New Orleans LA and raised back and forth between the MS Gulf Coast (Bay St. Louis) and New Orleans throughout High School. I graduated from a public high school of MS. I took two years off before attending college to start a computer company in Venice Beach CA and to hang out on the beach – (primarily to hang out on the beach). I returned to New Orleans to assist my immediate family who lost all of their possessions and homes in Hurricane Katrina. I ultimately accepted a deferred scholarship to Vanderbilt University to the school of engineering. I obtained a B.E. and an M.E. in Civil and Environmental Engineering with a minor in Engineering MGMT and Economics. I ended up in the DC area via recruitment efforts of Clark Construction. I was offered an opportunity to work on the new Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture as the onsite QA/QC rep for structural inspections. I worked outside for the last two years with laborers as a superintendent. I organized various construction unions to perform work and checked that it was done correctly and to code for structural steel elements and elements of structural concrete. I have always wanted to attend law school to eventually become a practicing Patent Attorney.

Caitlin Van Sant: I am from Hanover, Pennsylvania, a small town known primarily for Snyders pretzels and Utz potato chips. I graduated from James Madison University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in International Business and a Bachelor of Art in International Relations and two minors in Spanish and Latin American Studies. I interned in DC four times throughout college and knew I wanted to return following graduation. For the past four and a half years I have been at Biotechnology Industry Organization doing state government relations primarily focusing on health policy issues. I currently live in Old Town and my top three favorite things are my dog Jackson, pizza, and naps.

Pam Walsh: I’m a native of McLean, Virginia, although it took a bit of wandering for me to return to the D.C. area (and to eventually wind up in law school.) I graduated from Princeton in 2007 with a degree in Geosciences and a minor in Environmental Studies. After graduation, I worked as a field geophysicist and engineer doing offshore seismic exploration for an oilfield services company.  For three and a half years, I spent every other five week period living on a boat and working to (eventually) generate detailed 3D maps of the rock layers below the ocean floor in the Gulf of Mexico, North Sea, and Arctic Ocean. I learned during this time that I don’t get seasick, which is a life skill I am sure will come in handy at some point during law school. After leaving the oil and gas industry, I completed an M.S. in Environmental Science & Policy in 2011 at Johns Hopkins. I currently work at Northbridge Environmental Management Consulting in D.C. where I specialize in environmental finance initiatives focused on managing the cost of water infrastructure and achieving water quality standards for communities around the country. Outside of work, I enjoy running, biking, climbing, and most other outdoor activities.

Louise Zwicker: I came to America backpacking more than 25 years ago and, apart from a couple of trips home to finish my engineering degree and to visit my parents and friends, have been here ever since. I became a permanent resident in 1992 and lived on Block Island, a small island about 12 miles off the coast of Rhode Island, until 1998. Living on the island had its benefits, great friends, plentiful amounts of seafood and of course, the beach. Employment opportunities, however, were limited, especially in the winter. I was framing houses for a general contractor during the day and bartending or waitressing at night. I eventually gave up trying to find an engineering job in New England and decided to search further afield. I moved to Virginia 16 years ago and have been working as a civil engineer for the same land development company ever since. I love living in the middle of horse country even though I seldom have time to ride. I share a small, old, messy, house and a large yard with my 14 year old daughter, Katherine, my two German Shepherds, Jake and Red (aka “my boys” ), and my 7 year old Alaskan Malamute, Misty. When not at work, school or soccer games I spend most of my time on home improvement projects or yard work and getting distracted because I am either playing with my boys or popping over the fence to either of my neighbors, both of whom own vineyards.

A note to incoming students

Posted July 10, 2013, 12:07 ET | Comments Off on A note to incoming students

A student has asked for my comments on the books that GMUSL recommends as summer reading. I can’t say I found the list very helpful, No doubt, one’s views on the subject are bound to be idiosyncratic, as I am sure mine are. But here they are: Philip Howard’s The Death of Common Sense is still a good read, as is Walter Olson’s The Rule of Lawyers; more recently, there’s Cass Sunstein’s Nudge and Bob Frank’s Darwinian Economics. You might also look at Harvey Silverglate’s Three Felonies a Day and Nick Taleb’s Antifragile (which should have been 2/3 shorter).

Or not.

Please note that the first class in Contracts I is on August 22.

Enjoy the rest of the summer!