Over the years, our team has welcomed a number of talented and driven individuals, many of whom have gone on to impressive careers in the law and other industries. Some of our distinguished alumni are highlighted below:
Natsumi Antweiler was a graduate fellow with CLCT and graduated from William & Mary Law School in 2019. Prior to law school, Natsumi Antweiler lived in Germany, Switzerland, France, and Japan. She graduated from Waseda University (2011) and holds a Master’s degree in International Law from The Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (2013). She worked at the United Nations Environment Programme specifically on mercury and hazardous waste management projects. She later became an international program coordinator at a mid-sized, Japanese mercury recycling company, helping improve the company’s international expansion program. During her spare time, she loves to travel and learn new languages.
Alex Ashrafi graduated from Rutgers University with a B.S. in Biotechnology & Bioinformatics. He then worked as a software developer designing and coding business management platforms for large chemical companies. Alex has a strong interest in film and theater and acted professionally in numerous television shows and Off-Broadway plays. In his free time, he enjoys playing bass and piano with other musicians, running, and writing fiction. He is working in civil litigation.
Allison Eastham is a 2018 graduate of Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota, and received a B.A. in Biology and Legal Studies, with a certificate of proficiency in Mandarin Chinese and a Paralegal Certification. Allison completed capstone projects on women in the workplace in post-Cultural Revolution China, creating international ethical standards for biological research, and the potential effectiveness of endolysins as a novel antibacterial treatment. She has worked with the Minnesota Department of Human Services and the Hamline Marketing Department. During law school, she has worked with Beijing Children’s Legal Aid and Research Center in Beijing, China, as a legal extern for The Honorable Teresa M. Chafin of the Supreme Court of Virginia, and as a summer law clerk for The Honorable William D. Cohen of the Vermont Supreme Court. She is the Web Editor for the Environmental Law and Policy Review, the Executive Pro-Bono Coordinator for the Native American Law Society, the Music Director for Law Cappella, and the Webmaster and a Research Fellow with CLCT. Aiming to pursue work in transactional law, she has focused her studies primarily on business and international law.
Mindy Gee was a graduate fellow at CLCT and graduated from William & Mary Law School in 2019. Prior to law school, Mindy was an International Affairs Specialist in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. In her role, she handled incoming and outgoing extraditions and mutual legal assistance cases in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Mindy graduated from Yale University in 2012, with a degree in English Literature.
Mark Garrett is a 2011 graduate of Virginia Tech with a B.A. in History and a 2013 graduate from Old Dominion University with an M.S. Ed. in Secondary Education Social Studies. He worked for Chesapeake Public Schools as a permanent and long-term substitute at Grassfield High School until 2015 and then worked as a 7th grade Social Studies teacher for Virginia Beach Public Schools at Bayside Middle School. While working at Bayside Middle, Mark taught U.S. History from 1865 to the Present in an inclusion setting, working with special education teachers, reading specialists, and teacher assistants to help Bayside Middle receive its accreditation during the 2017-2018 school year. Mark is currently a J.D. Candidate in the William & Mary Law School Class of 2021, where he also works with CLCT as a Fellow in the Court Affiliates and Virginia Law Related Education programs.
Hailey Guerra was born and raised in Miami, Florida, to a large Cuban family. Hailey aspired to be a lawyer since she was nine years old. That journey has taken her from Jacksonville, Florida, to Williamsburg, Virginia, and, most recently, to Kathmandu, Nepal, as a summer intern working for a non-profit organization dedicated to combating human trafficking in Nepal. Hailey began working with CLCT in 2017 and currently oversees the students working on the Court Affiliates website. Outside the classroom, Hailey enjoys spending time with her fiance and their dog, and, despite the heavy reading assignments in law school, loves reading in her leisure time as well.
Alex Houstoun is a 2010 graduate of Bard College and spent five years working as a publicist with Vintage & Anchor Books, a division of Penguin Random House, before starting at the William & Mary Law School in 2016. He served as a graduate fellow with CLCT until his graduation in 2019. As a student, Alex was involved with the Student Intellectual Property Society and has independently written on the Copyright Act of 1909 and its impact on pulp fiction writers of the early twentieth century. In his free time, Alex serves as an editor for a literary journal, enjoys making bread, and walking his dogs.
Mechelle King, a graduate of Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), comes to William & Mary Law School after working in digital marketing for nearly fifteen years. As a Fellow, Mechelle helps to publicize the work of CLCT via social media and email marketing. Prior to law school, Mechelle served on the MSOE Corporation Board and sat on the boards of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music and Exploit No More. In 2016, Mechelle was named to the Milwaukee Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 list, which recognizes the future of community leadership in southeastern Wisconsin, and received the Alumni Achievement Award from MSOE. Mechelle’s dream job is to have someone pay her to travel and eat her way around the world.
Jason Jian-Shuen Lai is a CLCT fellow interested in fintech development and regulatory frameworks such as crypto-asset regulations. At William & Mary Law School, he serves as the vice president of the Student Intellectual Property Society. Graduating from National Taiwan University and completing his military service in Taiwan, he worked in the Bureau of Foreign Trade for about four years. During the summer before law school, he was a member of the legal team at a cryptocurrency exchange, mainly responsible for government relationship and compliance work. In his free time, he enjoys learning new skills and is currently learning programming and skydiving.
Taylor Lain, a 2015 graduate of the College of William & Mary, holds a B.S. in Chemistry with a minor in Russian and Post-Soviet Studies. As an undergraduate student, she volunteered for the Buddy Ball Program, worked as a Peer Scholarship Adviser, sang with and directed Passing Notes A Cappella, and conducted biochemical research that eventually culminated in a successful Honors thesis. Upon graduation, she applied her technical expertise for two years as a Quality Assurance (QA) Analyst for Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Williamsburg Brewery, during which time she quickly took on additional responsibilities as the QA Department’s Voyager Plant Optimization Analyst and Defective Material Reporting specialist. At William & Mary Law School, much of Taylor’s academic work has centered around patent law, food and drug law, First Amendment law, and the modern interdependence of Artificial Intelligence and the law. Taylor serves as Chief of Staff of CLCT and Managing Partner of Lederer & Posey. She is additionally a McGlothlin Scholar, a member of the Student Intellectual Property Society, and a member of Law Cappella and has taken on the role of Criminal Law teaching assistant. She is happy to announce that she will begin work for Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, an intellectual property boutique, upon graduation.
David Lim conducted research on autonomous vehicle technology and the application of blockchain technology as a CLCT Fellow. David is a 2016 graduate of the State University of New York at Geneseo and is currently a second-year law student at William & Mary Law School. During his time at SUNY Geneseo, David served as the Founder and President of Geneseo’s Students for Sensible Drug Policy chapter and Vice President of Kappa Sigma Fraternity (Tau-Alpha). David was also a freelance photographer for two years in college. In his free time, David enjoys photography, gaming, and biking.
Kyra Lomonosoff , before coming to William & Mary to study law, graduated from Colgate University with a major in Japanese. Afterwards, they worked for four years teaching English in Aomori Prefecture, Japan, as a participant in the Japan Exchange Teaching Program. While there, they worked alongside local instructors not only to teach English to elementary and junior high school students, but also to develop new curricula aimed at teaching the language to students at even younger ages in line with the Japanese government’s policy of increasing English mastery among its population. In Summer 2019, Kyra worked as a remote intern for the International Bridges to Justice (IBJ) headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, much of their work focused on the creation of guides to help defenders advocate for their clients’ rights in the midst of pandemic measures and accompanying unrest around the world (particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia), as well as working with attorneys in Croatia and Serbia to expand IBJ’s Defense Wiki. Kyra Lomonosoff currently serves as a fellow with CLCT, where their main focuses have so far been AI and International Law, and they are a member of the Law School’s Immigration Clinic. They are pursuing a concentration in International Law to supplement their J.D. degree.
Molly Lovell, a vibrant member of the class of 2018, is a staff attorney at Northeast Legal Aid where she defends indigent persons in their eviction cases. She volunteers on a weekly basis for the Lynn United for Change and Empowerment Project, a non-profit organization, where she prepares pleadings for persons who are being evicted in the Lynn community. She also serves on the Human Rights Committee of Valley Collaborative, a program designed to give community support, education, and employment opportunities to persons with disabilities. Molly earned a M.A. in Political Theory at the Catholic University of America, and worked in a variety of roles to support herself through higher education. She is interested in martial arts, vintage fashion, and spending time with her friends.
Carl “Ott” Lindstrom was the Chief Technology Officer at CLCT. At William & Mary Law School, Ott was also the co-president of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, serves on the Business Law Review, and sang bass in the school a cappella group. Previously, Ott clerked for the Fauquier County Attorney’s Office, worked as the lead copywriter for a business development startup, and served for three years as a security guard supervisor with his undergraduate college’s police department. Ott is a 2016 graduate of Amherst College, where he received top honors for his thesis work on virtual reality.
Christina Lowry graduated from Washington & Lee University in 2014. She has served on active duty as a U.S. Army officer. As a Chemical Officer with the 10th Combat Aviation Brigade, she deployed to Korea and Germany before being selected for the Funded Legal Education Program. After law school, she will continue her military service as an Army JAG. She is currently on the boards of the William & Mary Law School Military and Veteran’s Law Society, Equality Alliance, and Women’s Law Society. In her free time, she enjoys travel, theater, and sewing.
Scott Meyer graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, in 2014 with a joint major in Accounting and Information Systems and a minor in Computer Science. After graduating he moved to Washington, D.C., and worked as an IT Strategy Consultant with Accenture. Focusing on improving client’s IT capabilities, he honed skills that now range broadly from defining IT operating models to rationalizing application stacks. During his four years with Accenture, Scott worked with many clients in hospitality, insurance, telecommunications, healthcare, energy, pharmaceuticals, and chemicals industries.
Kazia Nowacki is currently a 3L at William & Mary Law School. In CLCT, she works as a University of Montreal Cyberjustice Laboratory Fellow, researching new initiatives and problems in the legal industry pertaining to developing technology including artificial intelligence, online algorithms, and the like. As the creative content lead for CLCT, she drafts event and advertising materials and generates digital media content. Before making her career change to law, she spent four years in the entertainment industry at Pixar Animation Studios and Fox Sports. She has a B.S. in Music Industry, with minors in Business Administration and Video Production, from Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA. Her latest publication can be found under CLCT’s A.I. Commentary: Algorithmic Risk Assessments: A Leveling or Expanding of the Incarceration Playing Field?
Alexandra Pratt served as the Chief of Staff for CLCT. After graduating from the University of Virginia in 2007, she co-founded The Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads with the goal of making theater arts accessible to all Hampton Roads families. Alexandra also worked as a producer at Learning Curve Entertainment, where she ran educational performances and raised money for military charities. Since starting William & Mary Law School, she has interned at Kaléo, Inc., a pharmaceutical company, and the United States Attorney’s Office in Norfolk, Virginia. In her free time, she enjoys trying new restaurants and expanding her baking skills.
Michael J. Raposa graduated magna cum laude and earned his Bachelor’s degree from Stonehill College in 2007, with a double major in History and Political Science and a minor in Peace & Conflict Studies. During his time at Stonehill, he held numerous research assistantships and received the d’Agostino Prize for his History thesis. After graduating, he worked for Meditech, Inc., for five years as an Application Specialist and Technical Specialist; provided user-end and back-end support for Electronic Health Records (EHRs) and Physician Products across the U.S. and Canada; and traveled to Calgary, AB, Vancouver, BC, and Los Angeles, CA, to provide on-site support, optimization, and training for hospital staff. He trained Meditech staff in custom scripting programs and created training materials and documentation for use by both Meditech and hospital staff. Michael graduated William & Mary Law School’s Class of 2019, where he was the Senior Notes Editor for the Bill of Rights Journal. While enrolled at William & Mary Law School, he worked for the National Center for State Courts and Sullivan & Worcester LLP. As part of CLCT, he specialized in researching AI- and blockchain-related issues affecting EHRs and tax law.
Morgan Reeds, an alumna of Wellesley College and the French Culinary Institute, was a pastry chef in some of the best restaurants in New York and California before a desire to be of greater service led her to leave the kitchen for law school. Morgan has developed an interest in telecommunications policy and interned with the Federal Communications Commission and USTelecom Association. She is also pursuing a concentration in Intellectual Property law at William & Mary, and is particularly interested in the intersection of law, policy, and emerging technology. Morgan has been a Fellow with CLCT since the fall of 2018 and looks forward to another wonderful year with the team. She would like to thank her kids, August and Elinor, for putting up with her during law school and promises to make it up to them next year.
Ellen Rehnberg, a student from Sweden, graduated from Mount Holyoke College (B.A.) in 2015. She then worked at Blank Rome LLP as a litigation paralegal in New York City, and as an HR Specialist focusing on global mobility on behalf of a multinational FMCG company at Accenture in Prague. While at Accenture, she was also the Data Privacy Lead for the client. In 2017 she began her legal studies and earned her LL.B. from Queen Mary University of London. During her time in London she spent a summer as a tech law intern at the legal tech startup Lexoo, and worked part-time with Legal Geek, a legal tech startup community. Ellen is currently an LL.M Candidate in the School of Law, and the 2019 Draper’s Scholar. In her free time, Ellen is an avid road cyclist.
Kelly Rondinelli graduated from the University of Birmingham, United Kingdom, with a First Class degree in English. She went on to King’s College London to study for her Masters in Medieval English: Gender, Sex, & Culture. Upon graduating from this program, Kelly studied at Oxford University to obtain her Post-Graduate Certificate in Education to teach English, after which she headed back to London to teach for a year. She met her husband at Oxford and moved to Bahrain to join him, where she simultaneously taught English to high school students and worked as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Maryland University College, teaching writing, literature, and language courses to military members obtaining their associate degrees. Later, Kelly and her husband moved to the United States. She graduated from William & Mary Law School in 2019, and now clerks in the Eastern District of Virginia for Judge John. F. Anderson. She will then join Vinson & Elkins as an Environmental Associate. During her time at the Law School, Kelly worked as a CLCT Fellow for two years before becoming the Editor-in-Chief of the Bill of Rights Journal. As a fellow, she worked on several projects, including a forthcoming publication entitled Basic Virginia Law for Non-Lawyers.
Kelsey Ruszkowski is a 2019 graduate of William & Mary Law School, where she served as a CLCT graduate fellow. She earned her Bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, in Political Science from Niagara University, with minors in law, psychology, and philosophy. She focused her studies on the intersection of law and psychology, which included earning departmental honors after completing a thesis on implicit jury bias. From 2015 to 2016, Kelsey was inducted into five honors societies, received a student achievement award, and was a featured graduating student at Niagara University. Before starting law school, she served as Vice President of the Pre-Law Association and as Chair of the Commuter Advocacy Board, and, as a law student, completed internships with a busy litigation firm as well as judicial externships. In her spare time, she enjoys kayaking, spending time with her sisters, and attempting to learn foreign languages to aid in future travel.
Katherine Sorrell is a student at William & Mary Law School with experience in communications, organizational design, and academic research in the social sciences, particularly in religion, culture, and international development. Katherine earned a Bachelor’s degree in Narrative Studies from Davidson College and her first Master’s degree in Urbanisation and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science. She subsequently earned a Master’s degree in Sociology at the University of Notre Dame, after which she spent two years teaching reading and writing at YES Prep Gulfton, a charter school in the most internationally diverse neighborhood in Houston. Most recently, she worked in communications and new venture launching at the H.E. Butt Family Foundation and for several nonprofit organizations in Texas. Katherine Sorrell is a civil society veteran and current William & Mary law student specializing in corporations, international development, and human rights law. Katherine leads the Court Affiliates team, conducting research and creating content for our members on the latest developments in technology and the law. Prior to law school, she developed an expertise in program development, communications, and constituent engagement working with a number of nonprofits and philanthropic organizations. She has a Masters in Urbanisation and Development from the London School of Economics, a Masters in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame, and a Bachelor of Arts in Literature from Davidson College. In her spare time, Katherine loves to read and write fiction, swim, and enjoy time with her dog.
Taylor Treece served as the 2018-2019 Buswell Fellow and Assistant Director for Research at CLCT, where she performed grant-funded research on the legal issues arising from emerging technologies, with special focus on the liability risks of artificial intelligence assisted decision-making and predictions. At CLCT, she developed continuing legal education programs on emerging technologies, supervised legal research projects for CLCT’s graduate fellows, and was a co-creator and host of CLCT’s Exhibit AI Podcast, launched in April 2019. Ms. Treece holds a B.A. (magna cum laude) in Experimental Psychology and Political Science from the University of South Carolina, Honors College, and a J.D. (magna cum laude) from William & Mary Law School. While at William & Mary, she was a member of the William & Mary Law Review, a founding executive board member of the Data, Privacy, and Cybersecurity Legal Society, an award-winning member of the National Trial Team, and an inductee into the Order of Barristers. She now works as a Data Privacy Consultant in the Advisory Services practice of Ernst & Young (EY).
Josh Turiel graduated from The University of California, Berkeley, where he wrote his Honors thesis on challenges to community-oriented policing strategies on university campuses. He then served as the associate producer of the award-winning documentary film Better This World, which aired nationally on PBS. He worked for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco and founded a freelance IT consulting business. Josh began studying law at William & Mary in 2018 as a McGlothlin Scholar and CLCT Fellow.
Lindsey Whitlow served as the 2019-2020 Buswell Fellow and Assistant Director for Research at CLCT, where she continued the Center’s grant-funded research on the legal implications of AI and cybersecurity. While at CLCT, amongst other activities, she dedicated much of her time to exploring the legal consequences of smart city technology. This work motivated a series of episodes on CLCT’s podcast, Exhibit AI, on smart cities, which she researched alongside a group of CLCT research fellows, produced, and co-hosted. She also co-authored a legal commentary on initial coin offerings, and her paper on AI and patent law will be published in the second issue of Legal Issues in the Digital Age in October 2020. Ms. Whitlow holds a B.A. (summa cum laude) in Mass Communications from Louisiana State University, an M.S. in Hospitality and Tourism Management from the University of Central Florida, and a J.D. from William & Mary Law School. While at William & Mary, she was an Associate Editor for Volume 9, and Articles Editor for Volume 10, of the Business Law Review. She was also the president of the Graduate Counsel, the leading organization for all graduate programs at William & Mary. As president, Ms. Whitlow was chosen to be a part of the Inauguration Committee for the college’s 28th President, Katherine Rowe, as the sole graduate student representative. As a licensed attorney in Virginia, she hopes to continue the work she began at CLCT in the fields of AI and cybersecurity law in her future endeavors.
This content has been updated on November 8, 2021 at 10:13 am.