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.
Abby Burke is a first-year law student from Chesterton, Indiana. She graduated from Harvard College in 2019 with a B.A. in Social Studies and a focus in Law and the American Criminal Justice System. In law school, Abby has done pro bono work with the Porter County Prosecutor’s Office, and this summer she plans to intern at the Office of Enforcement Operations in the Department of Justice. Interests: Prosecution, Criminal Justice Reform, Government
Cait is a first-year law student from Goshen, Kentucky. She graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2014 with a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish. After graduation, she worked at a federal law enforcement agency where she was a paralegal on a civil litigation team. She also volunteered with adult English-language learners to improve literacy among migrant populations in the Shenandoah Valley. Cait will spend her 1L summer in the National Security Division at the Department of Justice and hopes to pursue a career in the Army JAG Corps. In her free time, she enjoys hiking and flower gardening. Interests: National Security Law, Military Justice, Prosecution, Government
Caroline Elvig is a first-year law student from Louisville, CO. She graduated from Texas A&M University in 2018 with a B.A. in History and a minor in Business. Prior to law school, Caroline spent a year in Colorado working on indigent defense cases through the Colorado Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel. This summer, she will be working in Washington D.C. at the Administrative Conference of the United States. At UVA, she is a 1L representative for the Public Interest Law Association and works on pro bono projects with the Innocence Project. Outside of law school, she enjoys running, cooking with her roommates, Aggie football, and traveling. Interests: Criminal Defense, Civil Rights, Public Policy
Chris is a first-year law student from Acworth, GA. He graduated from the University of Georgia in 2011 with a B.S. in Psychology and from Columbia University in 2015 with an M.A. degree in Sociology and Education. Before law school, Chris worked for five years in local government, most recently serving as Policy Advisor and Director of External Affairs within the New York City Mayor’s Office. While at UVA, Chris has done pro bono work for the Charlottesville Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office in Charlottesville, Virginia, and has also served as a research assistant. Interests: Education Law, Public Policy, Government
Christina is a first-year law student from Richmond, Virginia. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008 with a B.B.A in Finance. After college, Christina worked as a business consultant for 8 years before leaving her career to travel around the world for 2 years. While backpacking, Christina volunteered with United Nations-sponsored refugee organizations in Turkey and Bangladesh. Upon returning to the states, she volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate in Henrico County, Virginia for one year. This summer, Christina will be interning with the Legal Aid Justice Center in Richmond, Virginia, focusing on economic justice issues like housing and access to government benefits. Interests: Civil Rights, Economic Justice, Education, Policy and Legislation
Demi Kim is a first-year student from Seoul, Korea. She graduated from UCLA with a major in Psychology and a minor in Chicano studies. In college, she wrote a senior thesis on the workplace experiences of Latino workers in Los Angeles Koreatown. She also interned at the Koreatown Immigrant Workers Alliance, filing wage theft claims for low-wage workers and doing community organizing. For her 1L summer, she will be interning at the Community Legal Services in Philadelphia, where she will be part of the Employment Law Unit. Interests: Employment & Labor Law, Immigration, Government.
Duncan is a first-year law student from Pleasanton, CA. Duncan graduated from the University of Vermont in 2018, where he majored in Political Science minored in Middle Eastern Studies. After graduation, he worked at the International Union of Operating Engineers in Washington, D.C., providing research for local union organizers. At UVA, he is a 1L representative for PILA and has done pro bono work with the Federal Public Defender for the Eastern District of Virginia in Norfolk. He will spend his 1L summer working at the Federal Public Defender for the District of Oregon in Portland. Interests: Criminal Defense, Civil Rights, Employment & Labor Law.
Emily is a first-year law student from San Francisco, CA. Before law school, Emily volunteered on a political campaign in Montana and for a judge in Oakland. She graduated from New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study where she concentrated in American Myth-Making and the Politics of Rules. During college, Emily spent two years as a Liberty & National Security program intern at the Brennan Center for Justice. At UVA, she is a 1L representative for the Lambda Law Alliance and sits on the Student Police Advisory Board. Emily will spend her 1L summer at the American Civil Liberties Union in its National Security Project. Interests: Civil Liberties, Constitutional Rights, National Security, Criminal Justice, Civil Rights
Eliza Robertson is a first-year law student from Norman, OK. She graduated from Yale in 2018 with a degree in Theater Studies. Before law school, she served with the Episcopal Service Corps at St. Hilda’s House as a development intern at the Community Soup Kitchen in New Haven, CT. At UVA, she is involved with Lambda Law and teaches free yoga classes to law students. Interests: Health Care, Public Policy, American Indian Law, Legal Aid
Elizabeth is a first-year law student from Voorhees, NJ. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2018, where she majored in Public Policy. After graduating, she worked on Senator Claire McCaskill’s re-election campaign in St. Louis, Missouri, and then worked as a speech writer in Washington, D.C. At UVA Law, she is involved with the Innocence Project, Extramural Moot Court Competition, the Jewish Law Students Association, and the Peer Advisor program. She is spending the summer at the Public Defender’s Office in Alexandria. She hopes to pursue a career fighting for reproductive justice, gender equity, and criminal justice reform.
Elizabeth grew up in Houston, Texas and went to undergrad at Texas State University where she was a criminal justice major. Her passion for criminal justice led her to intern, and later be hired as a legal assistant at a prosecutor’s office in Hays County, Texas before she came to law school. She primarily worked in our civil division on child protective services and mental health cases, both of which she fell in love with. She partly chose University of Virginia School of Law because of its thriving public service programs and the amazing child advocacy clinic, which she plan to participate in next year. Elizabeth is interested in all areas of child advocacy including juvenile detention, education, foster care, etc. and will be delving deeper into these interests this upcoming summer at the Center for Children’s Advocacy in Hartford, CT.
Eric Seifriz is a first-year law student from just outside of Madison, WI. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016, where he majored in Economics and Political Science and studied abroad in Sydney, Australia. Prior to law school, Eric substitute taught every grade (and subject) Pre-K through 12th in his old school district, worked in state government, served as a research assistant, and was a summer camp counselor. At UVA, Eric serves as a 1L Rep for the Public Interest Law Association, teaches lessons at local high schools for Street Law, and is currently working on founding a new student organization — Sidewalk Law! Outside of law school, Eric enjoys being active, attending concerts and sporting events, working with kids, and following Wisconsin sports. Interests: Education Law, Public Policy, Government, Elections
Ida Abhari is a 1L from southern California. She studied philosophy and international relations at the University of Southern California. Before law school, she worked as a Fulbright fellow in Azerbaijan and at a consultancy in Iraqi Kurdistan. During her 1L year, she was a pro bono volunteer at Public Law Center in Santa Ana, California. Interests: Immigration & Refugee law, Labor Law, Human Rights
Jordan is a first-year law student from Ashburn, VA. He graduated from Washington and Lee University in 2017 with a B.A. in Global Politics and Japanese. After graduating, Jordan worked for his alma mater for two years as a college admissions counselor. At UVA, he is involved with the First Year Council, Black Law Students Association, Moot Court, and the Domestic Violence Project. Jordan will splitting his 1L summer between the Staff Attorney’s Office for the Virginia Supreme Court and Judge Randolph A. Beales in the Court of Appeals of Virginia. Jordan plans to pursue a career in the Air Force JAG Corps and state government. Interests: National Security Law, Government, Space Law
Kathryn Neuhardt is a first-year student from Westford, Massachusetts. She graduated from Boston University in 2017. She worked as a production assistant for the Boston Red Sox for four years prior to coming to law school. In her first year of law school she has done pro bono work with the Eviction Legal Helpline, and will spend the summer interning with the Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Virginia in Charlottesville. Outside the law school, she is a member of the University of Virginia Triathlon Club.
Kathryn is a first-year student from Orange County, CA. She earned an English degree from the University of San Diego in 2019, where she also had the opportunity to conduct a research project regarding the role of the British legal system in reinforcing class inequalities. Kathryn interned with the California Innocence Project in the Spring of 2019, and looks forward to her upcoming summer internship with Judge David O. Carter in the Central District of California. Interests: Criminal Justice Reform, Government
Kevin Breiner is a 1L from Chesapeake, Virginia. He graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a major in Political Science and minors in environmental studies and music. During his time at law school, he has done pro bono work with the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia. This summer, he will intern with Our Children’s Trust, a nonprofit representing youth in their fight to ensure a stable climate. In addition to law school, Kevin is pursuing a Master of Public Policy at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.
Maggie is a first-year law student from Northern Virginia. She holds a B.A in Economics from the College of William and Mary and a Master of Public Policy from George Mason University. Prior to coming to law school, Maggie worked for the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Pew Charitable Trusts, and the U.S. Energy Information Administration. At UVA, she is an active member of Virginia Law Women, the Virginia Environmental Law Forum, and the Virginia Bar Association’s UVA Council, and she has participated in pro bono projects with the Massachusetts Executive Office for Energy and Environmental Affairs and Charlottesville’s Legal Aid Justice Center. For the summer of 2020, Maggie is excited to be a law clerk for the Albemarle County Attorney’s Office. Interests: Environmental Law, Energy, Government
Megan is a first-year law student from Simi Valley, California. She graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Political Science and an emphasis in International Relations. Prior to law school, Megan performed research and planned conferences relating to international development in the Middle East. She also worked as a legal assistant in several law firms where she assisted with employment and First Amendment law. While at UVA, Megan has become involved with Extramural Moot Court, Mock Trial, and Domestic Violence Project. She completed a winter pro bono project at the Office of the Ventura County Public Defender, and in the summer after her first year she will intern in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Interests: Public Corruption, White Collar Crime, Police Brutality, Criminal Justice, Prosecution, Government
Meredith Kilburn is a first-year law student from Fort Mill, SC. She graduated from Lipscomb University in 2016 where she majored in Political Science, minored in History and Finance, and ran cross country and track. After graduating, Meredith taught English in Hangzhou, China and Hualañé, Chile. She also worked in Chicago, IL as an AmeriCorps volunteer coordinating Federal Court help desks for pro se litigants. At UVA, she is a 1L Representative for PILA and participates in pro bono projects with the Legal Aid Justice Center and Innocence Project. She will spend her 1L summer interning with the DOJ Civil Rights Division Special Litigation Section. Meredith loves running, hiking, cooking, and practicing yoga. Interests: Civil Rights, Impact Litigation, Racial Justice, Women’s Rights, International Law
Peter is a first-year law student from Larchmont, NY. He received his B.A. from Middlebury College in 2014, where he majored in Geography with concentrations in Arabic and political philosophy. Before law school, Peter was a strategy director at Helena. Prior to this, he worked as a manager at the Aspen Institute in D.C., where he focused on foreign and technology policy. He managed Aspen Ideas Festival, corporate partnerships, and special projects for the President’s Office. He has reported on international, national, and local politics for BuzzFeed and conducted geographical research for Princeton University’s Program in Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP). He is also a proud alumnus of the Aspen Strategy Group’s Brent Scowcroft Award Fellowship. At Virginia, Peter is Lambda Legal’s Career Chair; a member of the Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA) and UVA Law, Innovation, Security & Technology (LIST); and has done pro bono work at the Mississippi Center for Justice. He loves skiing, hiking, learning new languages, cold brew, and dogs. He will spend his 1L summer at Salesforce as a Legal Associate. Interests: Technology Law, Artificial Intelligence & Ethics, Civil Rights, Litigation.
Robert Mathai is a first-year law student from Arlington, Massachusetts. He graduated from Tufts University in 2015 with a B.S. in Quantitative Economics and a B.A. in Philosophy. After graduating, he worked as an analytic methodologist for Booz Allen Hamilton where he consulted with a variety of agencies in the national security arena. At UVA Law, he is involved with the Mock Trial Team and the International Humanitarian Law Tournament Team. He is splitting the summer at the National Security Division in the Department of Justice and the Department of Defense. Interests: National Security, International Law, Government, Military, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science
Sujaya Rajguru is a first-year law student from Lakeland, FL. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2019 with a B.A. in History and a minor in Spanish. Sujaya does pro bono work for the JustChildren Program at the Legal Aid Justice Center in Charlottesville and is also a part of the Spanish Speaker Pro Bono Project. She served as 1L Representative for Virginia Law Women and now serves as Professional Programs Co-Chair. She will spend her 1L summer at the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Immigrant and Employee Rights Section. Interests: Civil Rights, Government
Taylor is a first-year law student from Napa, California. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Peace and Conflict, as well as Santa Rosa Junior College. Prior to law school, Taylor worked in the service industry, interned in public defense, researched California criminal justice reform, and was a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Colombia. She will be at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund this summer. She loves rock climbing, comedy of all kinds, and people. Interests: Meaningful Criminal Justice Reform, Holistic Public Defense, Strategic Litigation
Tim Shriver is a first-year law student concurrently pursuing a master’s degree in religious studies. He graduated from Yale University with a bachelor’s degree in ethics, politics, and economics. Prior to school, he served as the president of the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC), a national and international Catholic social justice organization. Before that he facilitated youth development and youth leadership work in public high schools in New York City and San Francisco. During 1L he interned at the Charlottesville Commonwealth Attorney’s Office and this summer he will intern at the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office. Interests: Criminal Law, Civil Rights, Education, Prosecution, Religion and Law, Government
Tyler is a first-year law student pursuing a career in public interest environmental law. Tyler is originally from Virginia Beach, Virginia and graduated from UVA in 2013, where he majored in history and economics. Prior to law school, he worked for six years in consulting and business operations, focused in data analytics in the healthcare industry. At UVA, Tyler is a 1L rep for the Public Interest Law Association, is involved in the Virginia Environmental Law Forum, and has done pro bono work with the Colorado Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel and UVA’s Environmental Law Clinic. He will be working with the Legal Aid Justice Center’s Economic Justice Program this summer. Tyler enjoys hiking and basketball—he is happy to recount UVA’s national championship run in excruciating detail to anyone who will listen—and he and his wife are obsessed with their dog, who is basically their human child. Interests: Environmental Law, Environmental Justice, Civil Legal Services
Wes Williams is a first-year law student from Roanoke, VA. He graduated from Virginia Tech in 2014 with a B.S. in Applied Economic Management and a minor in Classical Languages. Before law school, Wes worked as a software engineer focused on social impact projects, first in Virginia, then in Mumbai and London. This summer, he will be working at the Office of the Solicitor General for the District of Columbia. At UVA, he has worked on pro bono projects with the Virginia Innocence Project and the Legal Aid Justice Center’s Economic Justice Program and is a research assistant for Professor Andrew Block. Interests: Criminal Justice Reform, Environmental Law, Impact Litigation