Program Fellows share a passion for public service in the interests of justice, but are focused on a wide range of subject matter areas and have a diverse range of interests and experiences. Feel free to reach out to individual Fellows with questions about their paths and their experience in the Program.
Jah Akande is a second-year law student 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.
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.
Roger Dean is a second-year law student from Virginia Beach, VA. He graduated from George Mason University in 2016 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Criminology, Law and Society with a minor in Legal Studies. This past summer, Roger interned with the United State Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia in the Homicide Division. He hopes to become an Assistant United State Attorney or an awardee of the Attorney General Honors Program. Interests: Prosecution; Civil Rights; Public Corruption.
Raphaëlle Debenedetti is a second-year law student 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 last summer working at New York Legal Aid in the Immigration Unit. Interests: LGBTQ+ Law; Immigration Law; Public Policy.
Amy is a second-year law student from Baltimore, Maryland. Before starting law school, Amy worked at various non-profits 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, an Ireland-based non-profit that supports wrongfully incarcerated exonerees. At UVA, Amy is involved in the Virginia Innocence Project and a civil rights case with Professor George Rutherglen involving prison conditions. Additionally, she is the Co-President of the Virginia Law Prison Project, and on the boards of both the Law and Public Service Program and the Public Interest Law Association. 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.
Zachary Ingber is a second-year law student 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. Interests: National Security Law; Prosecution; International Trade/Sanctions Policy.
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.
Web Leslie is a second-year law school student 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.
Amanda Lineberry is a second-year student 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, building faculty partnerships and projects with local government agencies, nonprofits, and businesses. During that time, she also earned a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Studies. During her 1L summer, she interned at the Legal Aid Justice Center as an AmeriCorps Elder Justice Fellow. At UVA Law, she is actively involved in Virginia Law Women, the Minority Rights Coalition, the Virginia Journal of International Law, and the Health Law Association. During her free time, Amanda enjoys hiking, softball, and playing with her puppy. Interests: Health Law; Constitutional Law; Civil Rights.
Ashley Markson is a second-year 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.
Liam O’Connor is a second-year law student from Alexandria, Virginia. He graduated the University of Notre Dame in 2016, where he majored in the Program of Liberal Studies (a “Great Books program”) and took courses in Political Science and Economics. He spent his 1L summer working for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Access to Justice. Before law school, Liam interned with the Urban Institute, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Member of the United Kingdom Parliament, and Catholic Charities USA. In his free-time, he enjoys distance running and watching reruns of the West Wing. Interests: Litigation; Government; Public Policy.
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 is a second-year law student 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, 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. At UVA, he is involved with the Virginia Innocence Project, serves on the student board of the Law and Public Service Program, and is a Peer Advisor. Interests: Criminal Law; Criminal Justice Reform.
Gina Sato is a second-year law student 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. For her 1L summer she worked at a community legal services organization doing housing litigation in New York City. She serves on the executive boards of the National Lawyers Guild, the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, and the Virginia Law in Prison Project. Interests: Juvenile Justice; Civil Legal Aid; Impact Litigation.
Lauren is a Juris Doctor and Master of Public Policy dual degree candidate from North Carolina. She is a second-year law student, but is in the third 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 during her first summer. This past summer she worked as a legal intern for the Education section of the North Carolina Attorney General’s Office. 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 and State Government.
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.