Dean’s Fellows

Dean's Fellows waving

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

Christy Coates

Hannah Petersen 
Class Year: 3L 
Hometown: Winston Salem, NC
Undergrad: UNC – Chapel Hill
Activities:  NC Journal of Law and Technology, Environmental Law Project
Summer Employment: 1L-South Carolina Environmental Law Project; 2L-Southern Environmental Law Center in Asheville.
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Elmo’s Diner because breakfast food is always a good idea.
Fun Fact: I adopted a puppy mid-way through my 1L year and both he and I lived to tell about it. He’s a black lab named Biden, and he’s always looking for new friends.

Alexa Voss

Rebecca Rheney 
Class Year: 3L
Hometown: Greenville, SC
Undergrad: University of Alabama
Activities:  Women in Law, Transactional and Corporate Law Association, Holderness Moot Court – Intellectual Property
Summer Employment:   1L- Judge Berger, NC Court of Appeals
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: He’s Not Here (puppies everywhere!)
Fun Fact: I happened to be in Barcelona when Spain won the World Cup, and then in Munich four years later when Germany won. I was not so lucky last year.

Dean’s Fellows

Sarah Anderson

Jacob Brannon 
Class Year: 2L
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Undergrad: Presbyterian College
Activities: Graduate Professional Student Federation (GPSF), Moot Court- Arbitration Team, and Pro Bono Board
Summer Employment:  Interned with in-house counsel at Honda Aircraft Company (HACI) in Greensboro, NC.
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill:  Hops Burger Bar- the best burgers in town
Fun Fact:  I have met Pope Francis.

Samantha Aparicio

Phoebe  Bulls 
Class Year: 2L
Hometown: Tomball, Texas
Undergrad: UNC – Chapel Hill
Activities: Dean’s Advisory Council; Hispanic/Latino Law Students Association
Summer Employment: Judicial Intern at United States District Court for the Central District of California for Judge Andre Birotte jr.
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Tie between the roof of the Fed-Ex Global Ed Building, the Arboretum, and Graham Memorial.  
Fun Fact: After I graduated from undergrad, I moved to a village in Namibia that is so remote it is still not listed on Google Earth.  

Mike Baglino

Lindsay  Byers
Class Year: 2L 
Hometown: Asheboro, NC
Undergrad: UNC – Chapel Hill
Activities: First Amendment Law Review; The Innocence Project; Carolina Public Interest Law Organization; If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice; Graduate and Professional Student Federation (GPSF)
Summer Employment: North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault in Raleigh, NC; Research Assistant for Prof. Carissa Hessick
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Dean Dome, the Old Well in Spring, TOPO balcony at sunset 
Fun Fact: I’m a semi-professional tie-dyer.

PJ Cline

Erin Catlett 
Class Year:3L
Hometown: Holly Springs, NC
Undergrad: University of Virginia
Activities: North Carolina Banking Institute Journal, Christian Legal Society, Carolina Law Ambassadors, Women in Law
Summer Employment:  1L Summer – extern UNC Athletic Department; 2L Summer – summer associate at Fox Rothschild LLP (Raleigh)
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill:  La Residence and Maple View Farms
Fun Fact:  I met my husband when we were toddlers.

Evan Dancy

Madiha  Chhotani 
Class Year: 2L 
Hometown: Houston, TX
Undergrad: University of Houston
Activities: NC Journal of Law and Technology and Transactional and Corporate Law Association (TCLA)
Summer Employment: Legal intern at Self Help/ Center for Responsible Lending in Durham, NC.
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Med Deli
Fun Fact: Moved 7 times in 7 years. Mom of twins.

Sam Dearstyne

Chennell Coleman
Class Year: 2L 
Hometown:  Raleigh, NC
Undergrad: UNC – Charlotte
Activities: SBA Multicultural and Diversity Committee Co-Chair; Student Groups Coordinator on the Pro Bono Board; Vice President of the Construction and Real Estate Law Association; Treasurer and BLSA representative for the Conference on Race Class Gender and Ethnicity; Research Assistant for Career Development Office. 
Summer Employment:  Winston & Strawn in Charlotte, NC; US Bank in Charlotte, NC; and Research Assistant for Professor Erika Wilson. 
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Hops Burger Bar 
Fun Fact: I took the LSAT 8 months pregnant. 

Emma Ferriola-Bruckenstein

Robert DiDomenico
Class Year: 2L 
Hometown: Raleigh , NC
Undergrad: East Carolina University
Activities: CIPLA, Moot Court, International Law Journal (ILJ), Lexis Representative, National Lawyers Guild (NLG) Legal Observation
Summer Employment: Summer Law Clerk: Wake County District Court (mostly Family Court) Judge Walczyk; EDNC Bankruptcy Court for Judge Callaway; Legal Intern for Zeke Creech
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Morgan Creek Trail
Fun Fact: I am undefeated at Air Hockey.

Camden Freeman

Vincent Doa
Class Year:  2L
Hometown:  Brighton, Michigan/Ko Olina, Hawaii 
Undergrad:  Western Michigan University
Activities: North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology, Dean’s Leadership Curriculum Board, Dean’s Tuition Board, Federalist Society, Veterans Advocacy Legal Organization
Summer Employment: Oak Grove Technologies, Military Defense Contracting, Raleigh, NC
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Kipos of course
Fun Fact:  Being on the bomb squad or a sommelier

Joe Fields

Becca Fisher
Class Year:  3L  
Hometown:  Fredericksburg, VA
Undergrad: Davidson College
Activities: NC Law Review Board, Honors Writing Scholar, Lambda, Education Law Organization
Summer Employment:  1L- Clerk at Children’s Law Center: Guardian Ad Litem Team, Washington, D.C. and Research Assistant for Professors Wilson and Fedders; 2L- Litigation Law Clerk, Ropes & Gray, Boston, MA
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill:  Bolin Creek Trail to run and Neal’s Deli (in Carrboro) to eat.
Fun Fact: I have hiked three 14ers in Colorado. Only 50 more to go…

Jasmine Jennings

Sarah French 
Class Year: 2L 
Hometown: Fort Collins, Colorado 
Undergrad: UNC – Chapel Hill
Activities: First Amendment Law Review, Holderness Moot Court Civil Rights Team, Carolina Health Law Organization; Innocence Project, the Cancer Project (pro bono).
Summer Employment: FCT Assembly, Inc – Fort Collins, Colorado – Legal Intern; Judicial Intern – United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina – Charlotte, North Carolina
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: He’s Not, Tru, Spicy 9, and Bandidos
Fun Fact: I have lived in California, Colorado, Florida, Oregon and North Carolina! 

Natalie Kutcher

Miranda Goot
Class Year: 3L 
Hometown:  Oldsmar, FL 
Undergrad:  University of Miami 
Activities:   North Carolina Law Review; Environmental Law Project
Summer Employment:   1L- Judge Wynn, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Raleigh; Professor Hornstein; 2L- Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A., Charlotte; Tin, Fulton, Walker & Owen, PLLC, Charlotte; Professor Savasta-Kennedy
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill:  Maple View Farms – It’s technically not in Chapel Hill but worth the drive every time.
Fun Fact:  I was the only girl on my Single A baseball team, the Diablos. I thought for years I was this awesome feminist five-year-old breaking down gender barriers (read, I wanted to be just like my older brother). Turns out they just wanted my dad to coach and I was awful!

Jeff Miles

Savian Gray-Sommerville
Class Year:  3L 
Hometown:  Charlotte, NC
Undergrad: UNC – Chapel Hill
Activities: National Moot Court Team, North Carolina Journal of Law & Technology, Consumer Financial Transaction Clinic, Black Law Student Association (BLSA), UNC Law Ambassador
Summer Employment:  1L – Perry, Perry, Perry; 2L – North Carolina Supreme Court & United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill:  Honestly, my bedroom, but I don’t think that counts… So, I’ll go with Jordan Lake instead (which technically isn’t in Chapel Hill, but we claim it as our own!)
Fun Fact: I once shook President Barak Obama’s hand! (And by “shook”,  I mean, I barely brushed the hair on his hand as he was escorted through a massive crowd of people!)

Erin Grubbs
Class Year:  3L 
Hometown:  Farmington Hills, Michigan
Undergrad: Clemson University
Activities: Environmental Law Project, Journal of Law and Technology, Environmental Moot Court Team, Student Bar Association Academic Affairs Committee
Summer Employment:  1L – North Carolina Department of Justice – Air, Water, and Natural Resources Division, Raleigh, NC;
2L – Arnold & Porter, Washington, D.C.
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill:  Linda’s
Fun Fact: I’ve officiated three weddings.

Natalie Minois

Rashaad Hamilton 
Class Year: 2L 
Hometown: Greensboro, NC 
Undergrad: North Carolina State University
Activities: SBA, NC Law Review, Black Law Student Association (BLSA), Carolina Law Ambassador
Summer Employment: Moore & Van Allen (Charlotte, NC) 
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Sunrise Biscuits
Fun Fact: Every morning, I wake up at 4 am and start my morning routine, which includes an hour dedicated to shaving my head to the smooth sounds of Aretha Franklin, Michael Jackson (Smooth Criminal), and Earth, Wind & Fire.

Kayla Rowsey

Rebecca Howell
Class Year: 3L  
Hometown:  Asheville, NC
Undergrad: UNC – Asheville
Activities: Immigration Law Association; LAMBDA; Ambassador; American Constitution Society; Women in Law; Parents as Law Students (PALS)
Summer Employment: 1L – took PR, Soft Skills course, and Externship at the 15B Judicial District Drug Recovery Court; 2L – Internship at Wake County Public Defenders. Both were awesome!
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill:  Ben & Jerry’s
Fun Fact: In undergrad, I won gold and silver medals in the SEC Tandem Women’s White Water Slalom and Downriver Canoe Racing.

Erica Bluford

Sarah Kirschbaum
Class Year: 2L 
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Undergrad: University of Georgia
Activities: Jewish Law Association: President; Law Students Against Sexual and Domestic Violence: Vice President; Journal of Law and Technology, Staff Member; Holderness Moot Court Client Counseling Team Alternate; Honor Court Member
Summer Employment: Summer Associate at Boyd, Collar, Nolen, Tuggle, & Roddenbery, LLC 
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Cava
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.

Brooke Watson

Matthew Lancaster
Class Year: 3L 
Hometown:  Hendersonville, NC 
Undergrad:  UNC – Chapel Hill 
Activities:  North Carolina Law Review, Christian Legal Society 
Summer Employment:  1L-  Summer Program in International and European Economic Law and summer clerk for Judge Arrowood, NC Court of Appeals; 2L -Summer Clerk for Judge McGuire, NC Business Court
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill:  Sutton’s 
Fun Fact:  I ran a half marathon on the Great Wall of China.

Henry Zaytoun

Alyssa Leader
Class Year:  3L  
Hometown:  West Monroe, LA
Undergrad: Harvard
Activities: Moot Court- National Team; First Amendment Law Review; Domestic Violence Clinic
Summer Employment: 1L- End Rape on Campus Legal Fellowship, Washington, D.C.; 2L – National Women’s Law Center, Washington, DC. 
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Linda’s
Fun Fact: I can lick my elbow

Malindi Robinson

Isabel MacGuire
Class Year: 3L  
Hometown:  Savannah, GA
Undergrad: University of Georgia
Activities: North Carolina Journal of International Law
Summer Employment: 1L- Sanctuary for Families in New York, NY; 2L – American Bar Association, Washington, DC.
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen 
Fun Fact: Before law school, I walked the Camino de Santiago!

Erin Catlett

Emily Monnett
Class Year: 3L 
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Undergrad: UNC – Chapel Hill
Activities: First Amendment Law Review
Summer Employment: 1L- North Carolina Equal Access to Justice Commission and Pro Bono Resource Center; 2L – Doing social media for the PBRC during the school year, summer – Leventhal Puga Braley, a plaintiff’s firm, Denver, CO. 
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Al’s Burger Shack 
Fun Fact: My middle name is Olive, but olives are my least favorite food. I can’t stand the taste.

Nur Kara

Brett Orren
Class Year:  3L  
Hometown:  Selinsgrove, PA 
Undergrad:  University of Pittsburgh 
Activities:  North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Regulation, Asian-American Law Student Association, and Holderness Moot Court Team.
Summer Employment: 1L- Summer Associate/Legal Intern at GlaxoSmithKline, through the NC Bar Association’s Minorities in the Profession Summer Associate Program; RA Position with Professor Weissman; 2L – Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner in Washington, D.C.
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Bar Taco
Fun Fact: During my first weekend of law school I almost lost a finger while cutting an avocado #millennial.

Evan Hiatt

Darpan Patel
Class Year:  3L  
Hometown:  Marietta, GA
Undergrad: Columbia University
Activities: NC Law Review, SBA, Honors Writing Scholars, Asian American Law Students Association (AALSA)
Summer Employment: 1L – Summer Associate at Paul, Weiss (NYC); 2L – Summer Associate at Covington & Burling (DC); Paul, Weiss (NYC)
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Maple View Farm!
Fun Fact: I’m *hugely* into karaoke.

Brett Orren

Luke P de Leon
Class Year: 3L 
Hometown: Fuquay Varina, NC
Undergrad: UNC – Chapel Hill
Activities: North Carolina Law Review; Honors Writing Scholar
Summer Employment:  1L – Judicial intern for Judge Stephani Humrickhouse, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Raleigh, NC; 2L – Summer associate at Fredrikson & Byron, P.A., in Minneapolis, MN
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Merritt’s
Fun Fact: I’ve never broken a single bone, but have bitten a hole straight through my tongue before.

Maya Weinstein

Alexis Pendergraft
Class Year: 2L 
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Undergrad: University of South Carolina – Columbia
Activities: Death Penalty Project – President, Innocence Project
Summer Employment:  US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants; Malekpour & Ball Trial Consulting Firm
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.

Hannah Petersen

Chase Ponder
Class Year: 2L 
Hometown: New Orleans, LA
Undergrad: Louisiana State University
Activities: Holderness Moot Court, Arbitration Skills Team: Competing Member, North Carolina Banking Journal Institute: Staff Writer, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA): Executive Board Member
Summer Employment:  Judicial Intern: Hon. Jay C. Zainey, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana; Judicial Intern: Hon. R. Christopher Dillon, North Carolina Court of Appeals
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Goodfellows
Fun Fact: Until last year, I had been to Mardi Gras for 24 consecutive years.

Alyssa Leader

Caroline Reinwald
Class Year: 2L 
Hometown: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Undergrad: University of Alabama
Activities: North Carolina Law Review and UNC Innocence Project
Summer Employment: Judge Wynn – U.S. Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Steel String Brewery. Technically in Carrboro, but that’s close enough. 
Fun Fact: I met Michael B. Jordan at the Cannes Film Festival in 2013 and taught him some quick French. 

Miranda Goot

Logan Rigsbee
Class Year: 2L 
Hometown: Louisburg, NC
Undergrad: North Carolina State University
Activities: NC Journal of Law and Technology; Holderness Moot Court International Team – Competing Member, Women in Law, Construction and Real Estate Law Association, Graduate Student Honor Court, Carolina Law Ambassadors
Summer Employment: North Carolina Real Estate Commission; Magistrate Judge David S. Cayer, United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Goodfellows; Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen
Fun Fact: During my 1L finals, I fell in the ice going to a review session, which resulted in a concussion and 5 stitches in my nose. Probs wont be ice skating this year.

Isabel MacGuire

Camila Rohena-Maldonado
Class Year: 2L 
Hometown:  Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
Undergrad:  University of Florida
Activities:  Hispanic/Latino Law Students’ Association (HLLSA), Teen Court, Black Law Student Association (BLSA), Moot Court
Summer Employment: Summer Associate at Poyner Spruill and Duke Energy through the Charlotte Legal Diversity Clerkship Program
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Tru
Fun Fact: My favorite time of the day is 5:00 a.m.

Jennifer Serrano

Madison Scott
Class Year: 2L 
Hometown:  Charlotte, NC
Undergrad: UNC – Chapel Hill
Activities: Women In Law, SBA
Summer Employment: Hatley Law Office 2018/2019 Summer 
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Linda’s Bar and Grill
Fun Fact: My family lives on a farm.

Fara Soubouti

Fara Soubouti
Class Year: 3 L 
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Undergrad: UNC – Chapel Hill
Activities: Women in Law and Banking Journal 
Summer Employment: 1L- Robinson Bradshaw and Passport Inc. through the CLDC program; 2L – Robinson Bradshaw
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: UNC’s Arboretum
Fun Fact: My parents are from Iran, and I read and write Farsi.

Rebecca Howell

Sam Spalding
Class Year:  3L  
Hometown:  Syracuse, NY
Undergrad: UNC – Chapel Hill
Activities: Student Bar Association (SBA), NC Journal of Law and Technology, UNC Law Pro Bono Board, Holderness Moot Court, Youth Justice Clinic (spring only), Externship (fall only).
Summer Employment: 1L – Judicial Intern for NC Court of Appeals Chief Judge Linda McGee in May and June, and Judge John Arrowood in July and August; 2L – Summer Associate for Hall Booth Smith, Asheville, NC
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill:  At this point, probably the courtyard at He’s Not. The past two years of law school have provided lots of happy memories coming back together after breaks, celebrating the end of exams, and even better, celebrating Tar Heel victories.
Fun Fact: I am certified as a SCUBA Divemaster! But not currently insured, so not actively leading dives.

Darpan Patel

Chastan Swain
Class Year: 3 L 
Hometown: Belews Creek, NC
Undergrad: Appalachian State University
Activities: UNC Graduate and Professional Student Federation (GPSF), UNC Lambda Law 
Summer Employment: 1L & 2L – N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Raleigh, NC
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Driade Coffee Shop
Fun Fact: I unashamedly know every lyric to every Taylor Swift song. 

Rob Harrington

Jack Taggart
Class Year: 2 L 
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Undergrad: Brigham Young University
Activities: Trial Team, Carolina Law Ambassadors
Summer Employment: RA for Professor Warf
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Al’s Burger Shack
Fun Fact: I had a job offer to work on the last season of Parks and Recreation, but had to turn it down 🙁

Matthew Lancaster

Anastasia Urian
Class Year: 2L 
Hometown: Troy, Michigan
Undergrad: University of Michigan
Activities: International Law Journal, Moot Court, Environmental Law Project, Women in Law
Summer Employment: Pisgah Legal Services, 2019 Summer, Asheville & Hendersonville offices 
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.

Savian Gray-Sommerville

Merriwether Vaughan
Class Year: 2L 
Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC
Undergrad: UNC – Chapel Hill
Activities: First Amendment Law Review, Pro Bono
Summer Employment: Clerk for Health, Education and Law Project with Legal Aid of Nebraska in Lincoln, NE
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen and Hops
Fun Fact: I have 6 dogs.

Rebecca Rheney

Jasmine B. Washington
Class Year: 2L 
Hometown: Bunn, NC
Undergrad: North Carolina A&T State University
Activities: Environmental Law Project, Moot Court, Environmental Appellant Advocacy Team
Summer Employment: Southern Environmental Law Center, Chapel Hill, NC 
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: TRU
Fun Fact: I learned to speak 2 languages as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Paraguay, including an indigenous American language (Guarani).