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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Jacob Brannon
Class Year: 3L
Undergrad: Presbyterian College
Summer Employment: I worked in-house at HondaJet
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Activities: Dean’s Fellows Program Co-Coordinator
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Crunkleton
Fun Fact: I played rugby in high school

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Merriwether Vaughan
Class Year: 3L
Undergrad: UNC Chapel Hill       
Summer Employment: Legal intern for Health, Education & Law Project, Legal Aid of Nebraska (Summer 2019); Externship with General Counsel at G1 Therapeutics, Inc. in Research Triangle Park, NC (Summer 2020)
Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC        
Activities: Dean’s Fellows Program Co-Coordinator, Startup NC Law Clinic
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen and Steel String Brewery
Fun Fact: I used to show dogs with my mom and we participated in the Westminster Kennel Club show in New York with her Borzoi (“Merlin”) one year.

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Erica R. Bluford
Class Year: 3L
Undergrad: UNC Chapel Hill
Summer Employment: Prisoner Legal Services; Roberts Law Group; Law Offices of Keisha D. Bluford
Hometown: Mebane, NC
Activities: Black Law Student Association; Broun National Trial Team; Holderness Moot Court, National Team
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Whole Foods!
Fun Fact: I am a licensed minister, law student, and social worker!

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Lindsay Byers
Class Year: 3L
Undergrad: UNC
Summer Employment: NC Coalition Against Sexual Assault- Raleigh, NC; Prosecutors and Politics Project: Research Assistant for Professor C. Hessick- Chapel Hill, NC; Bob Stitcher Attorney at Law, PLLC- Winston-Salem, NC; The Children’s Law Center- Winston-Salem, NC          
Hometown: Asheboro, NC         
Activities: First Amendment Law Review; If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice; Carolina Public Interest Law Organization; Innocence Project; Graduate and Professional Student Federation
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Dean Dome, Old Well in Spring, TOPO Balcony at sunset
Fun Fact: I’m a semi-professional tie-dyer

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Hannah Caison
Class Year: 2L
Undergrad: NC State University
Summer Employment: Intern with the Chatham County public defender’s office (Summer 2020)
Hometown: Supply, NC
Activities: Carolina Public Interest Law Organization, National Lawyers Guild
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Cat’s Cradle
Fun Fact: I love animals and adopted a puppy right before the start of 1L year. His name is Bean and he joined my cat Jay and my partner’s dog, Bonzo.

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Chennell Coleman
Class Year: 3L 
Hometown:  Raleigh, NC
Undergrad: UNC – Charlotte
Activities: Dean’s Fellow Program, Start up Clinic for the Spring. 2L activities-  Student Groups coordinator on the Pro Bono board, and Co-chair of the SBA multicultural and diversity committee
Summer Employment:  Winston & Strawn, Charlotte, NC (2019 and 2020), research assistant for Professor Wilson in the summer of 2019 and during the school year 2019-2020 was a research assistant for the Career Development Office.
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Bottle Rev
Fun Fact: I have 6 brothers and 3 sisters. 
*First Generation

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Kyle Compton
Class Year: 3L
Undergrad: George Washington University         
Additional graduate education: Master of Social Work       
Summer Employment: North Carolina Court of Appeals, 2018, Raleigh. Southern Coalition for Social justice, 2019, Durham.
Hometown: Palatine, Illinois      
Activities: I will be doing some work with moot court.
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Carolina North Forest        
Fun Fact: I like to scuba dive.

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Lauren Davis
Class Year: 3L
Undergrad: Michigan State
Summer Employment: 1L: summer associate at Shanahan Law Group; 2L: RA for prof Thomas and summer associate at Hall Booth Smith
Hometown: Lake Orion, Michigan          
Activities: Banking Journal, Moot Court, Start Up Clinic
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Bottle Rev
Fun Fact: I just rescued a puppy!
*First Generation

Robert DiDomenico

Robert DiDomenico
Class Year: 3L
Undergrad: East Carolina University                     
Summer Employment: Summer Judicial Intern (2019): N.C. District Court, U.S. Bankruptcy court. Summer Extern (2020): Alamance County District Attorney’s Office            
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Activities: SBA, Dean’s Fellows, Moot Court, Lexis Representative
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Bottle Rev
Fun Fact: I don’t lose at air hockey
*First Generation

Vincent Doa

Vincent Doa
Class Year: 3L
Undergrad: Western Michigan University
Summer Employment: Oak Grove Technology; Bank of America
Hometown: Brighton, MI           
Activities: Federalist Society; CALF; VALOR; Deans Advisory
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Kipos (RIP)
Fun Fact: I own a house in Hawaii

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Meredith Doswell
Class Year: 2L
Undergrad: Amherst College
Summer Employment: Legal Intern at Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, Criminal Bureau; Research Intern for the Massachusetts District Courts; Research Assistant for Professor Savasta-Kennedy (part-time)
Hometown: Richmond, Virginia
Activities: Women in Law; Carolina Public Interest Law Organization; Environmental Law Project; Journal of Law & Technology as a staff member
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: 2L
Undergrad: Vanderbilt University; Master of Marketing – Owen Graduate School of Management at Vanderbilt University
Summer Employment: North Carolina Department of Justice, 2020, Raleigh, NC       
Hometown: Charlotte, NC          
Activities: Student Bar Association, Broun National Trial Team, North Carolina Civil Rights Law Review as a Staff Member, Black Law Student Association, UNC Law Diversity and Inclusion Committee, First-Generation Professionals
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.
*First Generation

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Sarah French
Class Year: 3L
Undergrad: UNC Chapel Hill
Summer Employment: 1L Summer (2019): Judicial Intern, U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina, Charlotte, NC; Legal Intern, FCT Assembly, Fort Collins, CO. 2L Summer (2020): Law Clerk, Center for Biological Diversity, Asheville, NC; Marine Life Legal Intern, Animal Welfare Institute, Washington, D.C.
Hometown: Fort Collins, Colorado
Activities: First Amendment Law Review; Holderness Moot Court (Civil Rights Team)
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: He’s Not and Tru   
Fun Fact: When I was 10, my 3v3 soccer team won a National Championship in overtime.

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Kevin Goldman
Class Year: 3L
Undergrad: Caldwell University
Summer Employment: 1Vision Sports and Entertainment, Employer- Jake Thomas, 2019-Present
Hometown: Valley Stream, NY  
Activities: SELA, Law Revue
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Mr. Tokyo Sushi
Fun Fact: I get my hair cut every week.

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Jonah Hall
Class Year: 3L
Undergrad: Kansas State University
Summer Employment: Summer Clerk at the North Carolina Industrial Commission working on negligence claims against the state & prisoner inmate tort claims (2019). RA for Professor Holning Lau; Summer Associate at Husch Blackwell (2020)
Hometown: Wichita, Kansas      
Activities: Student Bar Association, Holderness Moot Courts Civil Rights Team, Education Law & Policy Society
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen, IP3 Pizza, or Al’s Burger Shack    
Fun Fact: I thought I was going to play NFL football, but then middle school happened and I only grew to be about 5’10.

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Rashaad Hamilton 
Class Year: 3L
Undergrad: NC State
Summer Employment: Moore Van Allen, Summer 2019 & 2020 
Hometown: Greensboro, NC     
Activities: NCLR, Dean’s Fellows, First-Gen Professionals, BLSA
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Hibachi & Co.      
Fun Fact: Worked for a member of Congress before law school.
*First Generation

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Le Ho
Class Year: 2L
Undergrad: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Summer Employment:  Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP, Intern for Hon. Frank D. Whitney, WDNC.
Hometown: Aberdeen, NC
Activities: Law Review, Carolina Law’s First-Generation Professionals (Co-President), Diversity & Inclusion Committee
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Eddie Smith Field House
Fun Fact: As a senior, I won UNC’s first Men’s National Boxing Championship. 
*First Generation

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Gabrielle James
Class Year: 2L
Undergrad: UNC Chapel Hill
Summer Employment: Compass Center and Summer Clerk for Bryan Brice F. Jr. law firm
Hometown: Pembroke, NC
Activities: Broun Trial Team, Co-Coordinator of Public Relations for BLSA, Pro Bono Board, Chancellor Advisory Committee, Compass Center, and a staff member on the International Law Journal
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: He’s Not Here
Fun Fact: I am obsessed with music of all kinds! (except country)
*First Generation

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Elisabeth P. Jones
Class Year: 3L
Undergrad: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Summer Employment: North Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence, Durham, NC; Wake County DA’s Office; The Law Offices of Abraham Penn Jones
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Activities: The North Carolina Civil Rights Law Review, the Conference on Race, Class, and Gender, National Lawyers Guild, BLSA, If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, CPILO, and SBA
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Downbar at Linda’s Bar and Grill
Fun Fact: I have an awful case of lepidopterophobia (excessive fear of butterflies and moths) from a horrifying experience at Duke Gardens as a child (yes, most uncomfortable experiences begin with Dook).

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Emily Jones
Class Year: 2L
Undergrad: North Carolina State University
Summer Employment: Judicial intern for the Honorable Judge Ridgeway of the North Carolina Superior Court (Summer 2020)
Hometown: My family and I are from Wales, United Kingdom and I moved to Raleigh in 2007, where I have been since!
Activities: Environmental Law Project, UNC Women in Law, the Transactional and Corporate Law Association
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: It’s a tie between Top of the Hill and TRU
Fun Fact: Since moving to the United States, I’ve learned how to do an American accent, and I can switch between my native Welsh accent and an American one no problem!
*First Generation

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Sarah Kirschbaum
Class Year: 3L
Undergrad: University of Georgia   
Additional graduate education:
Vanderbilt University, Masters in Child Studies
Summer Employment: Summer Associate with Boyd, Collar, Nolen, Tuggle, and Roddenbery, LLC    
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Activities: North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology; Dean’s Fellows; Law Students Against Sexual and Domestic Violence; Jewish Law Association
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: He’s Not
Fun Fact: I got Beyonce and Jay Z concert tickets for my twentieth birthday. They rearranged the floor plan at the last minute, and somehow I was given front row seats. I was sitting next to Carmelo Anthony and his wife La La.

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Julie Leopold
Class Year: 2L
Undergrad: Butler University  
Summer Employment:  North Carolina Department of Justice – Environmental Section, Research Assistant for Professor Wilson 
Hometown: Indianapolis, IN      
Activities: Pro Bono Board, the North Carolina Civil Rights Law Review, Women in Law
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Spotted Dog          
Fun Fact: I played goalkeeper on the Butler Women’s Soccer team.

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Roger Aaron Love
Class Year: 2L
Undergrad: East Carolina University 
Summer Employment: Post, Patton, & Foushee. May-July, 2020.
Hometown: Sanford, North Carolina
Activities: The Innocence Project
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: A tie between He’s Not Here and the Dean Dome.  
Fun Fact: I love being outdoors. Hunting, fishing, and hiking are my favorite activities.

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Adhitya Mahesh
Class Year: 2L
Undergrad: Michigan State University
Summer Employment: Legal Intern at Paragon Metals in Hillsdale, MI (May 2020); Law Clerk at Department of Transportation in Washington, D.C. (June 2020 – August 2020)
Hometown: Novi, MI
Activities: Carolina Law’s First Generation Professionals, Asian American Law Students Association, Transactional and Corporate Law Association
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: He’s Not Here
Fun Fact: I have travelled to 11 countries.
*First Generation

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Juan Carlos Pacheco
Class Year: 2L
Undergrad: St. Joseph Seminary College
Summer Employment: Triangle Privacy Research Hub (Hospital Data Privacy) – 1L; Judicial Internship with Justice Paul Newby – 1L; Faith-Justice Alliance (N.C. Judicial Branch) – 1L
Hometown: Marietta, GA 
Activities: HLLSA – President; Federalist Society – Vice President; McIntyre-Whichard Fellowship (CLS) – Director; Conservation & Agriculture Legal Foundation – Secretary
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Weaver Street Market       
Fun Fact: I am the proud father of six chickens.

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Alexis Pendergraft
Class Year: 3L 
Hometown: Raleigh/Chapel Hill, NC
Undergrad: University of South Carolina – Columbia
Activities: Death Penalty Project, Innocence Project, Immigration Clinic
Summer Employment:  US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants, Malekpour & Ball, Whole Community Health Project, RA for Professor Weissman
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: The Dean Smith Center
Fun Fact: I asked my grandmother to teach me Farsi, but the only words she taught me are words I really shouldn’t say.

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Chase Ponder
Class Year: 3L 
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Undergrad: Louisiana State University
Activities: North Carolina Banking Institute Journal, Holderness Moot Court (Arbitration Team); Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
Summer Employment:  1L Summer (2019): Judicial Internships with Judge Jay C. Zainey, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana & Judge R. Christopher Dillon, North Carolina Court of Appeals; 2L Summer (2020): United States Securities and Exchange Commission
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Goodfellows
Fun Fact: Until my 1L year, I had been to Mardi Gras for 24 consecutive years. I began a new streak this past February.

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Caroline Reinwald
Class Year: 3L 
Hometown: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Undergrad: University of Alabama
Activities: North Carolina Law Review, Honors Writing Scholar
Summer Employment: 1L Summer (2019): Internship with Judge Wynn at the U.S. Court of Appeals (Raleigh). 2L Summer (2020): Summer Associate at Robinson Bradshaw (Charlotte); Summer Associate at Smith Anderson (Raleigh).
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Steel String Brewery.
Fun Fact: I met Michael B. Jordan at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013 and taught him some quick French. 

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Logan Rigsbee
Class Year: 3L 
Hometown: Louisburg, NC
Undergrad: North Carolina State University
Activities: North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology; Holderness Moot Court – International Team; Student Bar Association; Women in Law; Carolina Law Ambassadors; Military and Veterans Law Clinic (Fall); Externship (Spring); Graduate Student Honor Court
Summer Employment: 1L Summer (2019): NC Real Estate Commission, Raleigh, NC; US District Court for the Western District of NC, Charlotte, NC. 2L Summer (2020): Research Assistant for Professor Carissa Hessick, Chapel Hill, NC; Summer Associate at Motley Rice, Charleston, SC
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Pantana Bob’s; Sutton’s
Fun Fact: My favorite travel memory is dog sledding on a glacier in Alaska.
*First Generation

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Camila Rohena-Maldonado
Class Year: 3L 
Hometown:  Mayagüez, Puerto Rico
Undergrad:  University of Florida
Activities:  Dean’s Fellow Program
Summer Employment: Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship at Poyner Spruill and Duke Energy (1L Summer)
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Bottle Rev
Fun Fact: I speak 3 languages.
*First Generation

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Ali Schmidt
Class Year: 2L
Undergrad: Clemson University
Summer Employment: Research Assistant for the Prosecutors, & Politics Project with Professor C. Hessick
Hometown: Trumbull, CT
Activities: Staff Member on North Carolina Law Review, Women in Law
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Bob’s
Fun Fact: I can quote the movie Mean Girls from start to finish.

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Madison Scott
Class Year: 3L
Undergrad: UNC            
Summer Employment: Hatley law office, 2019 and 2020 summer in Chapel Hill, NC
Hometown: Charlotte NC           
Activities: SBA
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Top of the Hill Back Bar
Fun Fact: I dyed my hair purple during quarantine.

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Christie Nicole Shaw
Class Year: 2L
Undergrad: University of Alabama (transfer); University of North Carolina at Wilmington (alum)
Summer Employment: Judicial intern for Judge Phil Berger, Jr. on the North Carolina Court of Appeals; In-House Counsel legal intern at SAS Institute.
Hometown: Commack, NY
Activities: Vice President of Hispanic Latino Law Students Association, VITAS, The Honor System, Extern at SAS, Law Review
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: He’s Not Here, Bar Taco, and Market Street Coffeehouse
Fun Fact: Once, I ate lunch directly next to Billy Joel. The same year, I sat next to Cardi B on a plane for three hours.
*First Generation

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Jack Taggart
Class Year: 3L
Undergrad: Brigham Young University
Summer Employment: Research Assistant for Professor Warf (2019)
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Activities: Broun National Trial Team
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Al’s
Fun Fact: I finished writing a novel during Covid.

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Zach Tilley
Class Year: 2L
Undergrad: Florida State University
Summer Employment: Summer 2020:  Internship with the Defense Services Organization, Legal Services Support Section-East aboard Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, NC.     
Hometown: Ormond Beach, FL 
Activities: Carolina Law Ambassadors
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Carolina North Forest        
Fun Fact: I can play two instruments (piano and double-bass).

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Anastasia Urian
Class Year: 3L 
Hometown: Troy, Michigan
Undergrad: University of Michigan
Activities: International Law Journal, Moot Court, and Environmental Law Project
Summer Employment: Pisgah Legal Services, Asheville & Hendersonville offices (1L Summer), legal intern at Natural Resources Defense Council in Santa Monica, CA (2L Summer)
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Carrboro Farmer’s Market 
Fun Fact: I love to make vegan ice cream and have been perfecting my recipes all summer.

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Jasmine Washington
Class Year: 3L
Undergrad: North Carolina A&T State University
Summer Employment: Southern Environmental Law Center (1L Summer), Chief Justice Cheri Beasley, Supreme Court of North Carolina (half 2L summer), Law Office Bryan Brice (half 2L summer)
Hometown: Bunn, NC
Activities: Journal of Law & Technology
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Tru
Fun Fact: My first, and last, 10k was in Torres del Paine, Patagonia
*First Generation

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Patrick Wolf
Class Year: 3L
Undergrad: Hope                         
Summer Employment:  Clerked for US District Court in Raleigh – 2019; Summer Associate at Husch Blackwell in Austin Texas – 2020
Hometown: Ann Arbor, Michigan           
Activities: Law Review
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Jordan Lake. Might As Well (at midnight) then Linda’s (after midnight).
Fun Fact: Russian mobsters taught me how to play chess when I was 10.
*First Generation