Class of 2019

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.

Amanda Lineberry

Amanda Lineberry is a UVA Law alumna from Richmond, Virginia. She graduated from the University of Richmond in 2014 with a B.A. in Political Science and American Studies. After graduating, she worked at UR’s Bonner Center for Civic Engagement and earned a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Studies from UR’s School of Professional and Continuing Studies. At UVA Law, she was actively involved in the William Minor Lile Moot Court Competition and Virginia Law Women. During her free time, Amanda enjoys softball, listening to podcasts, and CrossFit. Interests: Health Law, Constitutional Law

Amy Fly

Amy is currently a Kennedy Fellow at the ACLU Capital Punishment Project in Durham, North Carolina, where she represents people facing the death penalty across the country. Following her fellowship, Amy plans to return to Phillips Black, a non-profit capital defense office in Philadelphia where she spent the Fall of her 3L year as a full-time extern. While in law school, Amy also interned at the Southern Center of Human Rights, the Louisiana Capital Assistance Center, and the Virginia Capital Resource Center. She was also heavily involved in UVA’s Innocence Project and Civil Rights Clinics. Outside of her internship / externship and clinic experience, Amy completed an additional 750 hours of pro bono work on death penalty cases and a civil rights case with Professor George Rutherglen involving prison conditions. Amy encourages UVA students interested in pursuing a career in capital defense to reach out to her. Interests: Death Penalty, Public Defense, Prison Conditions

Anna Purcell

Anna Purcell is a UVA Law grad 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. During her 2L summer, she worked with the Richmond Public Defender’s Office under the Virginia Practice Certificate Program. In her spare time, she enjoys trail running, mountain biking, hiking with her husband and dogs, and cooking vegan food. Interests: Public Defense, Environmental Law, Animal Rights

Ashley Markson

Ashley Markson is a UVA Law graduate 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 in Charlottesville, Prisoner Legal Services in Boston, Massachusetts, and Women Enabled International. She spent her 1L summer at the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of New Hampshire and her 2L summer at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston, Massachusetts. In her spare time, she enjoys running, reading, and hiking. Interests: Criminal Law, Academia, Prosecution

Campbell Haynes

Campbell Haynes is a UVA Law alumnus 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 Jenner & Block in Washington, D.C. and for Kaplan, Hecker, & Fink in New York City. Over his 1L summer, he worked at Justice for Our Neighbors, an immigration legal services nonprofit, and for Congressman Jim Cooper of Tennessee. Campbell is the Editor-in-Chief of the Virginia Law Review, and has served 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

Carly Crist

Carly Crist is a UVA Law grad 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. For her 2L summer, she was able to represent clients in court at the Alaska State Public Defender in Anchorage. While at UVA, Carly has been involved with the Virginia Innocence Project Pro Bono Clinic, the North Grounds Softball League, and The Libel Show. In her free time, she enjoys watching college basketball, and trying out different wineries near Charlottesville. Interests: Public Defense, Criminal Justice Reform, Prisoner’s Rights, Death Penalty Litigation

Courtney Koelbel

Courtney is a UVA Law Robert F. Kennedy Public Service Fellow with the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. She grew up in the suburbs of Phoenix, AZ and graduated from Cornell University in 2015 where she majored in Environmental Engineering and minored in Music. During her 1L summer, she worked at the regional office of the EPA in New York City, and during her 2L summer, she interned in the Environmental Enforcement section of the DOJ. While at UVA Law, Courtney participated in the Environmental and Regulatory Law and Criminal Defense Clinics and served as Director of the UVA chapter of the National Lawyers Guild and as the president of the Virginia Environmental Law Forum. Interests: Environmental Law, Civil/Human Rights, Social Justice, Government

Gina Sato

Gina Sato is a UVA Law alumna from the California Bay Area. She graduated from Brown University with degrees in International Relations and Religious Studies. While at UVA, Gina has done pro bono work with the Legal Aid Justice Center, the Virginia Innocence Project, and the Council for Children’s Rights in North Carolina. She serves on the executive boards of the National Lawyers Guild, the Virginia Law in Prison Project, and the Virginia Journal of International Law.  Interests: Juvenile Justice; Child Advocacy, Civil Legal Aid, Impact Litigation

Jah Akande

Jah Akande is a UVA Law graduate from Richmond, Virginia. He majored in Political Science at the University of Richmond and then went on to teach high school in the United Kingdom for three years. He is excited to be back in his home state. This summer Jah is interning with the Office of the Federal Public Defender for the Eastern District of Virginia (Richmond Office). Previously he has interned with Equality Virginia and The Virginia House of Delegates. Interests: Public Defense, Criminal Justice Reform, LGBT Law, Education law, Government

Lauren Schnepper

Lauren is a Juris Doctor and Master of Public Policy dual degree recipient from North Carolina. She is a third-year law student, but is in the fourth year of her dual degree program. Lauren earned her undergraduate degree in mathematics and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010 and then went on to earn her Master of Education from Wake Forest University in 2011. She taught high school math in North Carolina for four years before returning to school. Lauren interned with the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Policy and Legislation for her public policy internship. She worked as a legal intern for the Education section of the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office during her 1L summer. This past summer, Lauren was a summer associate at Orrick, Herrington, & Sutcliffe in Washington, DC. Lauren’s ultimate career goal is to work in state-level education policy and law, potentially as a legal adviser to a state board of education. Interests: Education, Federal & State Government

Liam O’Connor

Liam O’Connor, Class of 2019, currently serves as a law clerk to Justice Ming W. Chin of the Supreme Court of California. Originally from Alexandria, VA, he graduated from the University of Notre Dame, where he majored in the Program of Liberal Studies (a “Great Books program”) and took courses in Political Science and Economics. In law school, he interned for the U.S. Department of Justice, Arnold & Porter, and the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office. He prefers to spend his free time outdoors, especially running and cycling. Interests: Litigation, Government

Nathan Vanderpoel

Nathan is UVA Law grad 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

Raphaëlle Debenedetti

Raphaëlle Debenedetti is a UVA Law graduate who grew up in Paris and London. She graduated from Columbia College in 2014 with degrees in Politics and Philosophy, and moved to Washington, D.C. and New York, where she worked in anti-corruption law and taught chess in low income schools, respectively. She spent the summer of 2017 working at New York Legal Aid in the Immigration Unit and spent the summer of 2018 working at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where she worked on multiple asylum applications throughout the summer. Interests: LGBTQ+ Law, Immigration Law, Public Policy

Robbie Pomeroy

Robbie is a UVA Law grad who 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 and the Public Defender Services for the District of Columbia. He has participated in the Innocence Project Clinic and the Criminal Defense Clinic. Outside of LPS, Robbie is a member of the Latin American Law Organization, Lambda Law Alliance (the law school LGBTQ+ affinity group), and serves as a Peer Advisor. During his summers, he has interned at the Orleans Public Defenders and The Bronx Defenders. Hobbies/interests include singing, Netflix, and dogs. Interests: Public Defense

Roger Dean

Roger Dean is a first-generation college and professional student from Virginia Beach, VA. He graduated from George Mason University in 2016 with a B.S. in Criminology, Law and Society with a minor in Legal Studies. He went straight through to law school. In the summer of 2018, Roger worked with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in New York. During his 1L summer (2017), he interned with the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia in the Homicide Division. He is now employed with the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office in New York. His hobbies include cinematography, entertainment, graphic novels, and music. Interests: Prosecution, Civil Rights, Public Corruption

Spencer Ryan

Spencer is a law clerk to Senior District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III of the Eastern Distric of Virginia, Alexandria. He graduated from UVA Law in 2019 and from Princeton University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. During his 2L summer, Spencer interned at the Department of Justice in the Organized Crime and Gang Section of the Criminal Division. During his 1L summer, he interned at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. At UVa Law, Spencer was involved with the Virginia Innocence Project, the Law and Public Service Program, and the Virginia Law Review.  Interests: Criminal Law, Criminal Justice Reform

Web Leslie

Web Leslie is UVA Law school graduate from Connecticut. He graduated from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service with a Bachelor’s in “Science, Technology, and International Affairs.” Before law school, Web spent 4 years at the Department of Homeland Security primarily in the Office of Cybersecurity and Communications. This past summer Web interned in the Department of Justice National Security Division. Interests: Government, National Security, Data Privacy

Zachary Ingber

Zachary Ingber is a UVA Law grad from Greenlawn, New York. He holds a B.A. in history and political science from Brown University. Prior to law school, Zach received his master’s degree from the University of Cambridge, where he wrote his dissertation on Iran, state-sponsored terrorism, and terrorism financing. His interests revolve around the intersection of national security and the law, international trade and sanctions policy, and financial crimes. Zach spent his 1L summer at the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, where he worked on international extradition matters and his 2L summer in private practice focusing on government investigations and criminal pro-bono work in the federal court system. Interests: National Security Law, Prosecution, International Trade/Sanctions Policy