Current Scholars

J.D. Candidates, 2016

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Steven Alagna

J.D. Candidate, 2016

Steven Alagna is a third-year law student from Kansas City, Missouri. In 2011, he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame where he majored in Political Science and Spanish and minored in Japanese. During his undergraduate career, Steven was a community service and environmental commissioner for his dorm community, and he volunteered as a mentor through the marching band’s Bandlink program. After graduating, Steven served in AmeriCorps with the Alliance for Catholic Education, a two-year service program established by Notre Dame. Through this program, Steven taught middle school social studies in Jacksonville, Florida. At the law school, Steven has served as a co-president of OUTLaw, as the public service coordinator for the American Constitution Society, and as a co-founder and co-president of the American Indian Law Students Association. He has worked in public-interest law at the ACLU of Missouri through the law school’s Lawyering Practice Externship. Steven is also a member of the National Moot Court Team and is the Chief Notes Editor of the Washington University Law Review. Steven is looking forward to beginning his legal career in St. Louis after graduating.

Gursharon Shergill

J.D. Candidate, 2016

Gursharon Shergill is currently a third-year student at the law school. In 2010, she received her bachelor’s degree from Oakland University where she majored in Public Administration and Public Policy, and minored in Biology. Throughout her undergraduate career, Gursharon held various positions in healthcare. Before coming to law school, Gursharon worked as a Research Compliance Administrator at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. Active in the law school community, Gursharon is Chair of the Honor Council, an Executive Editor on Washington University Law Review, a representative on the Facilitating Inclusive Classrooms Committee, a Peer Advisor in the Center of Career Development, and a member of the Black Law Student Association. Gursharon is currently in the Juvenile Law and Justice Clinic, where she represents young people in the St. Louis juvenile court system, represents youthful offenders, who are now incarcerated adults, in issues relating to parole, and examines policy issues surrounding St. Louis municipal codes and parole standards for youthful offenders. During the summer between her first and second year at the law school, Gursharon interned at Thompson Coburn LLP in St. Louis, MO. During the summer between her second and third year at the law school, Gursharon interned at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP in New York, NY. Following graduation, Gursharon will clerk for Judge Ann Claire Williams of the Seventh Circuit, in Chicago, IL.

J.D. Candidates, 2017

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Kevin Flannery

J.D. Candidate, 2017

Kevin Flannery grew up in the St. Louis area and is excited to be back in the city after six years working and studying in the District of Columbia and mid-Missouri. From 2008 to 2012, Kevin attended Georgetown University, where he studied theology and government. During his time at Georgetown, Kevin worked in the office of Senator Claire McCaskill and volunteered with LGBT advocacy groups on- and off-campus. With his bachelor’s degree in hand, he returned to Missouri and hopscotched across the state to build support for then-state Representative Jason Kander’s campaign for secretary of state. Not long thereafter, Kevin served as Secretary Kander’s spokesman and media liaison in Jefferson City. In addition to working full-time, Kevin took night classes and earned a graduate certificate in public management from the University of Missouri. Now, as a student at Washington University, Kevin promotes civic engagement and equal rights in the greater St. Louis area through his involvement in OUTLaw, for which he serves as co-president, and the Black Law Students Association, for which he is academic co-chair. Outside of the law school, Kevin has maintained his interest in journalism and current events. He covered stories for nextstl.com, the local urban planning and public policy news outlet, during the spring of his 1L year. As a 2L, he is working the law-enforcement, courts, and public-policy beat for the St. Louis American. He spent the summer between his 1L and 2L years at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn in Portland, Oregon, where he will return for the summer of 2016. He is currently applying for post-graduate judicial clerkships.

Kayla Ruben

J.D. Candidate, 2017

Kayla Ruben is originally from Los Angeles, California. In 2013, she graduated from the University of California, Davis, where she majored in Psychology and minored in Professional Writing. Throughout her undergraduate career, Kayla was an active leader in several on- and off-campus groups, including Teach For America, UC Davis’ Office of Grants and Research, and UC Davis’ associated student body. She also volunteered as a camp counselor at a summer camp serving homeless and foster youth, and interned at the Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles. After graduation, Kayla worked in the behavioral health field as Marketing Coordinator for an internationally-recognized center for the treatment of eating disorders, and volunteered as a crisis line counselor for a Sacramento-based suicide prevention program. As a first-year student at Washington University School of Law, Kayla is a member of the Public Service Advisory Board and the Family Law Society.

J.D. Candidates, 2018

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Ellen Coogan

J.D. Candidate, 2018

Ellen Coogan is a first year law student from Des Plaines, Illinois. She graduated in 2014 from the University of Alabama, majoring in philosophy and Spanish. As an undergraduate, she interned at the National Immigrant Justice Center in Chicago, Illinois, where she interviewed detained immigrant children, primarily from Central America, and delivered relief determinations from supervising attorneys. This experience inspired her to research the impact of the Cuban Adjustment Act on Cuban families while studying abroad in Havana, Cuba, and she based her philosophy honors thesis on exploring whether states have a right to exclude immigrants. She also volunteered by providing art therapy to an Alzheimer’s patient and her family in rural Alabama and by tutoring a third grade student through READ Alabama. After graduating, she moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where she worked for a healthcare real estate consulting firm and private equity fund. While in Milwaukee, she was a volunteer English tutor to Spanish-speaking immigrants through the English Language Partners of Wisconsin. Ellen is currently a member of the Public Service Advisory Board, a member of the first year committee for the American Constitution Society, and a member of the International Criminal Court Legal Tools Project.

Karen Hinkley

J.D. Candidate, 2018

Karen Hinkley graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas in 2009 with a bachelor’s in Psychology. During her undergraduate years she volunteered for organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters and Habitat for Humanity and worked for AVID, an organization whose mission is to close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society. After spending a summer as a camp counselor, Karen also began to work in youth ministry and continued to do so throughout her studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, where she obtained a master’s in Christian Education in 2011. During graduate school, Karen spent a summer volunteering in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where she designed and instructed an undergraduate-level course and taught a six-week seminar for international youth. After finishing her master’s, Karen worked for a non-profit women’s clinic for two and a half years, spending the majority of her time teaching in local middle and high schools. She spent five months studying language and doing mission work in Asia prior to applying for law school. Karen hopes to leverage a career in law to be a voice and an advocate for people in need.

Rose McCarty

J.D. Candidate, 2018

Rose McCarty is currently a first year student at the law school. She graduated from Washington University in 2014 with her bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies and Psychology. During her undergraduate career, Rose was a residential advisor and volunteered at the St. Louis city juvenile detention center, Innovative Concept Academy, and Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. Before coming back to Wash U for law school, Rose spent a year working as a paralegal at Legal Services of Eastern MO in the Volunteer Lawyer Program and was trained as a Court Appointed Special Advocate through Voices for Children in the city of St. Louis.