Students in the Law and Public Service Program have wide-ranging interests, experiences, and trajectories. Feel free to reach out to specific Fellows if you have questions about their experience in the Program.
Carly Crist is a second-year law student from Des Moines, Iowa. She graduated from Iowa State University in 2015 with a B.S. in Psychology. Carly interned with a criminal defense attorney and at Iowa Legal Aid before coming to UVA, and spent her 1L summer working at the Des Moines Public Defender’s Office. While at UVA, Carly has been involved with the Virginia Innocence Project Pro-Bono Clinic. In her free time, she enjoys playing softball, watching college basketball, and trying out different wineries near Charlottesville. Interests: Public Defense; Criminal Justice Reform; Prisoner’s Rights; Death Penalty.
Amy is a second-year law student from Baltimore, Maryland. Before starting law school, Amy has worked at various non-profits specializing in defending those facing the death penalty, including the London-based charity Amicus, Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, and the Arizona Capital Representation Project. She also volunteered at, and now serves on the Board of Directors for, The Sunny Center, a non-profit based in Ireland that supports those recently released after wrongful incarceration. At UVA, Amy is involved in the Virginia Innocence Project and is working with Professor Rutherglen on a civil rights case involving prison conditions. Additionally, she is the Co-President of the Virginia Law Prison Project, and on the student boards of both LPS and PILA. Amy completed an Alternative Spring Break trip at DC Public Defender Services and her 1L summer at the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center in New Orleans. Interests: Death Penalty; Public Defense; Prison Conditions.
Campbell Haynes is a second-year law student from Nashville, TN. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 2014 with a degree in Government. Campbell spent the next two years working as a Governor’s Management Fellow in the Office of the Governor in Tennessee. This summer, he worked at Justice for Our Neighbors, an immigration legal services nonprofit, and for Congressman Jim Cooper of Tennessee. Campbell is on the executive boards of the Minority Rights Coalition, the UVA Law Democrats, and the American Constitution Society. He enjoys playing and watching basketball, reading fiction, and trying new food. Interests: Government; Racial Justice; Legislation and Public Policy; Climate; Election Law; Immigration; Domestic Violence.
Courtney is a second-year law student from the suburbs of Phoenix, AZ. She graduated from Cornell University in 2015 where she majored in Environmental Engineering and minored in Music. After graduation, she stayed at Cornell to work for Facilities Engineering and the Campus Sustainability Office. This past summer, she interned at the regional office of the EPA in New York City. Courtney enjoys attending concerts, playing in concerts on her viola, and reading. Interests: Environmental Law; Human Rights; Government.
Ashley Markson is a second-year law student from Hopkinton, Massachusetts. She graduated from George Mason University in 2016 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminology, Law, and Society. Ashley has done Pro Bono with the Office of the Federal Public Defender here in Charlottesville as well as the Prisoner Legal Services in Boston, Massachusetts. She spent her summer of 2017 at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Hampshire. In her spare time, she enjoys running, bird watching, and watching Netflix. Interests: Criminal Law; Prosecution.
Mary-Catherine Overcash is a second-year law student from Lincoln, Nebraska. After graduating from Georgetown University in 2014 with a degree in Arabic, she resettled refugees for approximately a year and a half and then worked as Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee’s assistant. Mary-Catherine spent the summer after her first year of law school working at the United States Attorney’s Office in Greenbelt, MD. Interests: Criminal Law; Prosecution; Immigration; Refugee/Asylum Law.
Robbie grew up in Weston, Florida and attended the University of Florida, where he graduated with a degree in Criminology and a minor in Leadership Development. While at UVA Law, he has done pro bono work with the Legal Aid Justice Center, the Innocence Project, and the Public Defender Services for the District of Columbia. Robbie is the President of the Latin American Law Organization, a Peer Advisor, and a member of Lambda Law (the law school LGBTQ+ affinity group). During his 1L summer, he clerked at the Orleans Public Defenders. Hobbies/interests include singing, Netflix, and dogs. Interests: Public Defense.
Anna Purcell is a second-year law student from Watertown, New York. She graduated from NYU in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in English, and then completed a master’s degree in English from Columbia University in 2015. Prior to law school, Anna worked as an investigator for a public defender in DC. During her 1L summer, she interned for the Colorado State Public Defender. In her spare time, she enjoys trail running, mountain biking, hiking with her dog, and cooking vegan food. Interests: Public Defense; Environmental Law; Animal Rights.
Spencer Ryan is a second-year law student from Mamaroneck, NY. He graduated from Princeton University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. This past summer Spencer interned at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. Interests: Criminal Law.
Nathan is a second-year law student from Fairfax, Virginia. He graduated from Wheaton College in 2014. Last summer he interned at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Public Defender’s Office. He hopes to pursue a career as a public defender. Interests: Public Defense; Criminal Justice Reform; Criminal Law.