Dean’s Fellows

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Dean’s Fellows serve as mentors for members of the 1L class, transfer students, and international students. The yearlong Dean’s Fellows program is comprised of maintaining relationships, being available to students, and creating a supportive, inclusive environment for all individuals throughout Carolina Law. These student leaders answer questions, address concerns, disseminate accurate information, encourage participation, and ultimately work to sustain a supportive community throughout Carolina Law.

Dean’s Fellows Coordinators

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Adhitya “Deets” Mahesh
Class Year: 3L
Undergrad: Michigan State University
Summer Employment: Summer Law Clerk, U.S. Department of Treasury; Legal Intern, U.S. Department of Transportation; In-House Legal Intern, Paragon Metals
Hometown: Novi, MI
Activities: Dean’s Fellows Co-Coordinator; Articles and Notes Editor for North Carolina Banking Institute Journal; Law Student Representative to North Carolina Bar Association; Startup NC Clinic
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Goodfellows
Fun Fact: I have traveled to 11 countries

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Zach Tilley
Class Year: 3L
Undergrad: Florida State University
Summer Employment: “Summer 2020 – Defense Services Organization, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune Summer 2021 – Installation Trial Services Office, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point”
Hometown: Ormond Beach, Florida
Activities: Dean’s Fellows Co-Coordinator; Dean’s Fellows; Sexual and Domestic Violence Clinic
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Carolina North Forest
Fun Fact: My longest term goal is to complete the Appalachian, Pacific Crest, and Continental Divide Trails

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Faduma Ali
Class Year: 2L
Undergrad: UNC Greensboro
Summer Employment: Summer 2021 – Summer Associate with Troutman Pepper (7 weeks) and Honeywell (3 weeks) in Charlotte, NC
Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Activities: SBA, BLSA, SELA, JOLT
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: PlayMakers
Fun Fact: I went to three music concerts in one week and met the Jonas Brothers and Sophie Turner at the last one.

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Avery Aulds
Class Year: 3L
Undergrad: University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Summer Employment: I interned for Justice Berger of the North Carolina Supreme Court this past summer
Hometown: Kingsport, Tennessee
Activities: Still waiting on journal
Federalist Society Pro Bono Director; Women in Law; Environmental Law Project; Christian Legal Society
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: I love He’s Not Here and I’m still exploring this wonderful city!
Fun Fact: I marched in Barack Obama’s second Inaugural Parade

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Fatmeh Basma
Class Year: 2L
Undergrad: College of William & Mary
Summer Employment: AbbVie Inc., Summer 2021, Remote
Hometown: Leesburg, VA
Activities: President – Immigration Law Association; 2L Class Representative – Student Bar Association
Favorite place in Chapel Hill: Mediterranean Deli and Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen
Fun fact: I paraglided over Beirut, Lebanon

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Jaaz Catterall
Class Year: 3L
Undergrad: Michigan State University
Summer Employment: 2020: NCDOJ Consumer Protection (Raleigh); Judge James Wynn (Fourth Circuit); Professor Marshall (UNC Law)
2021: Intern at Legal Aid NC (Wilson)
Hometown: Rock Springs, WY
Activities: UNC Pro Bono Board
First Generation College and Professional Students Organization
Critical Race Lawyering Clinic
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
Carolina Public Interest Law Organization
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Epilogue Coffeeshop and Bookstore
Fun Fact: I’ve lived in 12-13 towns/cities

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Alessandra Deiorio
Class Year: 2L
Undergrad: University of South Florida
Summer Employment: This summer, I worked at Fairview Investment Services in Raleigh doing regulatory and compliance work, and just started an externship with Triage Cancer doing research on resources available to caregivers of patients.
Hometown: Ocala, Florida
Activities: Next year, I will be Treasurer of Carolina Health Law Organization and on staff with the Journal of Law and Technology. I’m continuing my membership with Women in Law, Carolina Intellectual Property Law Association, and Student Bar Association. I’m also hoping to continue my pro bono work, especially in assisting the Cancer Clinic as we return to in-person work!
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Hooker Fields, where I like to play pickup soccer.
Fun Fact: I can eat a Chili’s molten lava cake in 6 minutes.

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Meredith Doswell
Class Year: 3L
Undergrad: Amherst College
Summer Employment: Summer Associate at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, Richmond, VA (Summer 2021); Research Assistant for Professor Maria Savasta-Kennedy (Summer 2020); Legal Intern at the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office in the Criminal Bureau, Boston, MA (Summer 2020)
Hometown: Richmond, VA
Activities: NC Journal of Law & Technology Honors Writing Scholar Women in Law Organization Environmental Law Project Start Up NC Clinic
Favorite place in Chapel Hill: Purple Bowl; Bob’s
Fun fact: I played basketball in college with my twin. She’ll tell you otherwise, but I beat her in one-on-one every time.

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Trey Ellis
Class Year: 3L
Undergrad: Vanderbilt University
Summer Employment: Summer of 2020 – Intern for the Services to State Agencies Section of the NCDOJ in Raleigh
Summer of 2021 – Summer Associate at Parker Poe in Charlotte; Summer Associate at Ellis & Winters in Raleigh
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Activities: Student Bar Association
Black Law Student Association
North Carolina Civil Rights Law Review
Broun National Trial Team
UNC Law Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
Graduate and Professional Student Federation
North Carolina Bar Association
Carolina Law First-Generation Professionals
Kaplan Bar Review
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Al’s Burger Shack
Fun Fact: I am a huge fan of the Rocky series, as well as all Marvel and DC superhero movies.

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Hashim Elwazir
Class Year: 2L
Undergrad: American University
Summer Employment: Baker McKenzie (Dallas office), Summer 2021
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Activities: Law Review, Carolina First Generation Professionals
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Steel String Brewery
Fun Fact: I have been to 23 countries and 6 continents.

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Nina Ganti
Class Year: 2L
Undergrad: University of Maryland College Park
Summer Employment: Legal Intern – Prisoners’ Rights Project at the Legal Aid Society
Hometown: Gaithersburg, Maryland
Activities: National Lawyers Guild
Immigration Clinic
Innocence Project
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Carolina North Forest
Fun Fact: I have visited India over twenty times.

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Adam Gillette
Class Year: 2L
Undergrad: University of Chicago
Summer Employment: Summer 2021: Judicial Intern, Justice Anita Earls of the Supreme Court of North Carolina
Hometown: Newport News, VA
Activities: American Constitution Society, Pro Bono, judicial externship with Judge James Wynn, 4th Circuit
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Carolina North Forest
Fun Fact: Bernie Sanders once yelled at me for being underdressed

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Audra Goldstein
Class Year: 2L
Undergrad: UNC Chapel Hill
Summer Employment: Troutman Pepper Hamilton Sanders, Raleigh, NC – Summer Associate, May 2021 – July 2021
Hometown: Orlando, FL
Activities: North Carolina Law Review
Carolina Health Law Organization (CHLO)
Jewish Law Association (JLA)
Lambda Law
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Linda’s Bar & Grill
Fun Fact: I have my pilot’s license.

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Courtney Goldston
Class Year: 3L
Undergrad: NC State
Summer Employment: Kennedy Law Associates, Charlotte NC Summer 2020
Charleston Pro Bono Legal Services, Charleston NC Summer 2020
Tin Fulton Walker Owen, Current, Charlotte NC
Hometown: Fuquay Varina NC
Activities: UNC Pro Bono Program, Domestic & Sexual Violence Clinic.
Favorite place in Chapel Hill: Lindas
Fun fact: Love to foster dogs

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Catherine Goodman
Class Year: 2L
Undergrad: Ave Maria University
Summer Employment: Half-Summer Law Clerk, Oak City Law, LLP, 2021 (Durham)
Research Assistant, Prof. Kathryn Sabbeth, 2021 (UNC Law)
Hometown: Silver Spring/Kensington, Maryland AND Naples, Florida
Activities: ‘- North Carolina Journal of International Law, Parents as Law Students, Transactional and Corporate Law Association, Carolina Law’s First-Generation Professionals, Dean’s Fellow
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: I’ve only been to Chapel Hill three times – thanks, COVID!
Fun Fact: I learned to love air conditioning in Spain, beer in Slovakia, and Paris in… well, Paris. And I spent a lot of time in trees as a child.

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Michael R Hall
Class Year: 2L
Undergrad: Elon University
Summer Employment: Edwards Kirby, LLP; Winter 2021 – Summer 2021
North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence; Summer 2021
Hometown: Durham, NC
Activities: Carolina Law First Generation Professionals, Innocence Project, TA for Prof. Eichner Torts class, Internship with North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence.
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Zogg’s
Fun Fact: Without counting internships, I’ve worked 11 different jobs in my life.

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Griffin Hamilton
Class Year: 3L
Undergrad: University of South Carolina
Summer Employment: 2L: In-house with Merz North America. 1L: Judicial Intern for Judge John M. Tyson, NC Court of Appeals.
Hometown: Cranbury, New Jersey
Activities: Transactional & Corporate Law Association, SBA Career Development Committee, Externships
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen
Fun Fact: I have a coonhound named Champ.

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Caroline Hitesman
Class Year: 2L
Undergrad: Boston University
Summer Employment:
Hometown: Asheville, NC
Activities: Lambda
North Carolina Civil Rights Law Review
Innocence Project
CPILO
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Tru, Merritt’s Pasture, or the Carrboro Farmer’s Market
Tru, Merritt’s Pasture, or the Carrboro Farmer’s Market
Fun Fact: I can balance 3 spoons on my face

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James Huey
Class Year: 2L
Undergrad: University of South Carolina
Summer Employment: Internship in the summer of 2021 at the North Carolina Department of Justice: Air, Water, and Natural Resources Division in Raleigh, NC.
Hometown: Charleston, SC
Activities: Law Review, Environmental Moot Court, Environmental Law Project (ELP), and Dean’s Fellows.
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: The Baxter Arcade
Fun Fact: I was almost on a reality TV show.

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Gabrielle James
Class Year: 3L
Undergrad: Unc Chapel Hill
Summer Employment: Law Office of Bryan F. Bryce (1L)
Compass Center (1L)
State Farm (2L)
Hometown: Pembroke
Activities: Start up clinic, pro Bono board, Dean fellow program, BLSA, Broun National Trial Team, Journal of International Law
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Supdogs
Fun Fact: I’ve rushed Franklin Street four times between beating Duke and national championship wins

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Bree Johnson
Class Year: 3L
Undergrad: Susquehanna University
Summer Employment: U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of North Carolina (2020 – Winston-Salem, NC)
Vision Quest Sports Agency (2020 – New York City)
Paul, Weiss (2021 – New York City)
Hometown: Brookline, NH
Activities: Dean’s Fellows
Banking Institute Journal (Institute Editor)
Sports Law Moot Court Team (Competing Member)
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Med Deli
Fun Fact: I am a huge sports fan! A few days ago, I made national television trying to catch a home run ball at Yankee Stadium. If you are wondering, I did not catch it.

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Julie Leopold
Class Year: 3L
Undergrad: Butler University
Summer Employment: 1L: North Carolina Dept. of Justice – Environmental Division, Research Assistant for Professor Wilson; 2L: US Dep’t of Labor – Solicitor’s Office
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN
Activities: Pro Bono Board, North Carolina Civil Rights Law Review, Women in Law, Critical Race Civil Rights Lawyering Clinic
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Fifth Season Gardening Co.
Fun Fact: I’m a good cook!

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Sara Margolis
Class Year: 2L
Undergrad: Georgetown University ’16
Summer Employment: Summer after my 1L year (2021), I interned full-time for the New York Legal Assistance Group in their Special Education Unit and worked part-time as a Research Assistant for Professor Michael Gerhardt.
Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC (or Carrboro, depending on how local ya wanna get)
Activities: Carolina Public Interest Law Organization (CPILO) and SBA Dean’s Advisory Council
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: But for COVID, I’d have said Elmo’s (RIP). But I’ll go with Dillo (that’s Armadillo Grill to non-townies).
Fun Fact: I’ve run the Marine Corps Marathon six times! Would recommend to anyone looking for their first 26.2.

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Jared Mark
Class Year: 2L
Undergrad: Appalachian State University
Summer Employment: U.S. Coast Guard Judge Advocate General – Summer 2021 – Washington, D.C.
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Activities: Conservation and Agricultural Law Federation, GPS Honor Court, Moot Court, Themis Bar Review Representative, U.S. Coast Guard JAG Intern
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Carolina North Forest
Fun Fact: I’m an identical twin!

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Billy McClelland
Class Year: 3L
Undergrad: Davidson College
Summer Employment: Summer 2020: Extern with UNC Athletic Department, Research Assistant for Professor C. Hessick
Summer 2021: Judicial Intern for The Honorable David C. Keesler, Magistrate Judge, Western District of North Carolina, Charlotte Division
Hometown: Waxhaw, NC
Activities: Carolina law Ambassadors
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Goodfellows, Summit Coffee, Eastcut Sandwich Bar (Durham, but worth the drive)
Fun Fact: I’ve been skydiving 3 times

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Will Meekins
Class Year: 2L
Undergrad: United States Military Academy, West Point
Summer Employment: ‘-Judicial Extern, Judge Cogburn, U.S. District Court, Western District, 2021
-Summer Associate, Young Moore and Henderson, P.A., 2021
-Research Assistant for Prof. Mary-Rose Papandrea, 2021
Hometown: Shelby, NC
Activities: North Carolina Law Review, VALOR, Broun National Trial Team, Research Assistant, Dean’s Fellow
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Finley Golf Course
Fun Fact: I’ve seen Frozen approximately 100 times.

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Claudia Valentina Perez
Class Year: 2L
Undergrad: University of Miami
Summer Employment: Summer 2021: Summer Associate at Wyrick Robbins Yates and Ponton in Raleigh, NC.
Summer 2021: Intellectual Property Intern at Locus Biosciences, Inc. in Morrisville, NC.
Hometown: Miami, FL
Activities: I will be a staff member on the North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology (JOLT) and a Dean’s Fellow.
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Merritt’s Grill
Fun Fact: I was the Captain of my college dance team!

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Jacob Perrone
Class Year: 2L
Undergrad: University of Delaware
Summer Employment: Intern to Judge Maryellen Noreika in the US District Court, District of Delaware
Hometown: Wilmington, Delaware
Activities: Journal of Law & Technology; Dean’s Fellows
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Might As Well
Fun Fact: I met McLovin’ from Superbad at a Patriots game.

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John Watson Pittman
Class Year: 3L
Undergrad: UNC Chapel Hill
Summer Employment: First Amendment Law Review, Community Law Development Clinic, VITA
Hometown: RA for Poverty Research Fund (Summer 2020); Legal Intern for Richard Daugherty – Employment Law (Spring-Summer 2021); Summer Intern at Legal Aid in Durham (May 2021);
Law Clerk at The Law Offices of F. Bryan Brice (Summer 2021).
Activities: Rockingham NC
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Woollen Gym, He’s Not Here
Fun Fact: While at UNC, all four of my siblings have been students here as well. #BornBredDead

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Pooja Ramchandani
Class Year: 2L
Undergrad: University of Georgia
Summer Employment: Truist Bank (SunTrust and BB&T, now Truist) (Summer 2021)
Hometown: Johns Creek, Georgia
Activities: North Carolina Law Review (Staff Member); Asian American Law Student Association (Co-Presidents); Deans Fellow
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: The Honeysuckle Tea House
Fun Fact: I was once on a Taco Bell Ad!

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Caroline Randive
Class Year: 3L
Undergrad: Bryn Mawr College
Summer Employment: NCDOJ Environmental Section (Air, Water and Natural Resources) 2020
Research Assistant for Professor Savasta-Kennedy 2020 and 2021
Judicial Intern for Supreme Court of Palau 2021
Hometown: Hampstead, NC
Activities: ELP, Honors Writing Scholar, Moot Court, Critical Race Lawyering Clinic (fall only)
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Epilogue Books
Fun Fact: I enjoy crafting and recently learned how to knit and quilt!

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Ali Schmidt
Class Year: 3L
Undergrad: Clemson
Summer Employment: Summer Associate at Hunton Andrews Kurth in NYC – summer 2021
Research Assistant for C. Hessick – summer 2020
Hometown: Trumbull, CT
Activities: Law Review
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Pantana Bobs
Fun Fact: I know every word to the movie Mean Girls

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Sabrina Shah
Class Year: 3L
Undergrad: UNC CH
Summer Employment: 1L – RA for Professor Hessick & Krause
2L – FilmNation
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Activities: SBA
CL1GP
IP Clinic
WIL
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Al’s burger shack
Fun Fact: I love extreme sports

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Gabby Supak
Class Year: 3L
Undergrad: University of Mississippi (Ole Miss)
Summer Employment: Brunswick County DA Office, Bolivia, NC (1L summer-2020)
The Olsinski Law Firm, Charlotte, NC (2L summer-2021)
Hometown: Wilmington, NC
Activities: JOLT, Trial Team, Teen Court, Startup NC Clinic
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: He’s Not Here
Fun Fact: Traveled to every continent except Antarctica

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Reaghan Wooster
Class Year: 2L
Undergrad: University of Florida
Summer Employment: Moore & Van Allen: Law Clerk; Charlotte, NC
Hometown: Tavares, Florida
Activities: Hispanic/Latino Law Students’ Association
Women in Law
Innocence Project
The North Carolina Law Review
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Carolina Brewery
Fun Fact: I am proficient in American Sign Language.

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Nicholas Zanzot
Class Year: 2L
Undergrad: N.C. State University
Summer Employment: Chief Justice Paul Newby (2021), Federal District Court Judge Frank Whitney (2021)
Hometown: Charlotte, N.C.
Activities: Pro Bono, Labor and Employment Law Association, Kilpatrick Tournament 2021 Semi-Finalist
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Summit Coffee
Fun Fact: I am an Eagle Scout