Class of 2017

Our alumni share a passion for public service in the interests of justice, but are working in a wide range of legal roles and have diverse interests and experiences. Feel free to reach out to individual alumni with questions about their paths and their experience in the Program.

Daniel Boger

Daniel graduated from George Mason University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in political science. During his 1L summer, Daniel worked for the General Counsel at Apex Clean Energy, a wind energy company in Charlottesville.  Interests: Government, Environmental & Land Use Law

Stephanie Boutsicaris

Before law school, Stephanie did investigative work for the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center. During her 1L summer, she worked as a legal intern at the San Francisco Public Defender. During Stephanie’s 2L summer, she worked as a certified intern at the Arapahoe County office of the Colorado State Public Defender. Through that internship, she went to trial in several misdemeanor cases and handled a separate court docket caseload. While at UVA Law, Stephanie conducted research on forensic science and volunteered for several public defense-related pro bono projects including the No Exceptions Prison Collective, the Virginia Innocence Project and the Bronx Defender Alternative Spring Break. Stephanie was also the Director for the National Lawyers Guild.  Interests: Public Defense

Dan Cohen

Dan was a Hardy Cross Dillard Scholar at the University of Virginia School of Law. Through regulatory and litigation practice, he plans to work with public and private sector entities to promote the creation of sound consumer finance policies, and efficient compliance. He has worked with the Legal Aid Justice Center, Catholic Charities, the Office of the Attorney General, K&L Gates, and the Senate Banking Committee on housing, consumer finance, and consumer protection issues. Interests: Consumer Finance, Homelessness & Housing Law, Poverty & Economic Development

Lizzie Douglas

Lizzie, originally from the United Kingdom and who grew up in Massachusetts, graduated from Haverford College and worked at a middle school in Boston prior to law school. During her 1L summer, Lizzie worked in the Fraud Section, Criminal Division at the Department of Justice.  Lizzie participated in the law school’s Prosecution Clinic. She is currently clerking on the Sixth Circuit.  Interests: Government, Criminal Law

Jasmine graduated from the University of Florida in 2014 with degrees in Psychology and Criminology and a minor in Women’s Studies. She has worked for both Southern Legal Counsel in Gainesville, FL and Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville, VA to help provide, and expand access to, civil legal services. Interests: Civil Legal Services

Ryan Ezelle

Casey T.S. Jonas

Ryan, who is originally from the Chicago suburb, served in the Marine Corps and taught high school in Detroit prior to law school. During his time at UVA, he played bass for the law school cover band, Jefferson Clerkship. Ryan is currently working at the law firm Winston & Strawn in Chicago. Interests: Government, Legal Aid

Julia Schast

Julia Schast grew up outside of Philadelphia and attended Elon University for undergrad. She is currently clerking for Judge Robert A. Salerno in the D.C. Superior Court and intends to work as a prosecutor at the District Attorney’s Office in Manhattan. Interests: Criminal Prosecution, Criminal Justice Reform, Women’s Rights & Gender Equality Issues

Rachel Ellen Simon

Rachel is currently clerking for Judge Pamela Reeves of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee. She is from Lexington, Kentucky, and holds a B.A. in Theater Arts from Carleton College and an M.A. in Appalachian Studies from Appalachian State University. She spent her 1L summer working at Earthjustice in Philadelphia and her 2L summer at the Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Rachel has previously worked as a professional stage actress and singer, darkroom photographer, bartender, and freelance journalist. Interests:  Civil Rights, Poverty Law, Prisoners’ Rights, Environmental Justice

Amber Strickland

Amber is an assistant district attorney with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. Before coming to law school, she worked in India for the International Justice Mission, fighting to end bonded labor. She spent her first summer interning in Washington DC with the Department of Justice Civil Rights Criminal Section and her second summer interning with the ACLU Racial Justice Program in New York City.  Interests: Prosecution, Criminal Justice Reform, Civil Rights, Racial Justice

Joshua Wade

Joshua is currently clerking for the Honorable Norman Moon on the United States District Court for Western District of Virginia and will clerk with the Honorable Jerome Holmes on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit the following year. He is from Winchester, Virginia, and is a “double Hoo” having attended UVA for undergrad and for law school. During his 1L summer Josh worked at the Department of Justice, in both the Federal Programs Branch of the Civil Division and the Antitrust Division. During his 2L summer Josh worked at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher on a wide range of trial and appellate matters. Josh has done pro-bono work with the Legal Aid Justice Center and the Western and Eastern Districts of Virginia’s Federal Public Defender. He also was a member of the law school’s Supreme Court Litigation Clinic.  Interests: Criminal Procedure, Public Defense, Poverty Law, Civil Rights

James Whittaker

James, a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, Commissioned into the Army after spending four years at UC Davis as a Cadet. He is currently serving as Judge Advocate. James spent his 1L summer interning at the Small Business Administration’s Office of General Council, Procurement division, and his 2L summer interning at Fort Belvoir, in the USALSA Contract and Fiscal Litigation Division.  Interests: Defense, Government