Current Scholars

J.D. Candidates, 2017

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Kevin Flannery

J.D. Candidate, 2017

Kevin Michael Flannery is a Missouri native. From 2008 to 2012, he 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. After graduation, he returned to Missouri to work on then-state Representative Jason Kander’s campaign for secretary of state. After the winning campaign, Kevin served as Secretary Kander’s spokesman and media liaison in the state capital. 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 through his involvement in OUTLaw, for which he previously served as co-president. In between school years, Kevin twice worked as a summer associate at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn in Portland, Oregon. Following graduation, he will have the privilege of clerking for the Honorable Rives Kistler of the Oregon Supreme Court and, subsequently, the Honorable Sheryl Gordon McCloud of the Washington Supreme Court.

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. Active in the law school community, Kayla served as Chair of the Wiley Rutledge Moot Court Competition during her second year of law school and is currently a Notes Editor on the Washington University Law Review. After graduation, Kayla will join the tax practice at Kirkland & Ellis in San Francisco, California.

J.D. Candidates, 2018

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Ellen Coogan

J.D. Candidate, 2018

Ellen Coogan is a second-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. In the summer after her first year of law school, Ellen worked on the Humanitarian Relief Project of the Immigrant Rights Program at Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto. In the summer of 2017, she will be working to protect internet privacy rights at the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, D.C. Ellen is currently a co-chair of the Pro Bono Committee of the Public Service Advisory Board.

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 college, Karen worked in youth ministry while attending 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 seminar for international youth. After finishing her master’s, Karen worked for two different non-profits, teaching in Dallas-area middle and high schools and doing mission work in Asia. In law school, Karen was a New York City Law Department Summer Honors Intern after her first year, working in the Family Court Division in Brooklyn. She is currently a Student Attorney in the Washington University School of Law Children’s Rights Clinic. She looks forward to working as a Summer Associate at McGuireWoods LLP in Charlotte, North Carolina, this summer. Karen ultimately 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 a second-year law student from Seattle, Washington. 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 returning to Washington University for law school, Rose spent a year working as a paralegal at Legal Services of Eastern Missouri in the Volunteer Lawyer Program and was trained as a Court Appointed Special Advocate through Voices for Children in the city of St. Louis. Rose spent her first summer at the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia. As a 2L, she will participate in the new Children’s Rights Clinic.

J.D. Candidates, 2019

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Sean Carlson

J.D. Candidate, 2019

Sean Carlson is currently a first-year student at the law school. In 2013, he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he majored in History and Russian Studies. Before coming to law school, Sean worked in three different AmeriCorps service positions focusing on environmental conservation, disaster preparedness, and youth at risk of homelessness. Sean is a member of the Public Service Advisory Board (PSAB), and is part of PSAB’s Public Service Committee.

Joshua Katz

J.D. Candidate, 2019

Joshua Katz is a first-year law student. He attended college at SUNY Geneseo, where he majored in math and philosophy. After college, he took graduate coursework and attended paramedic school at Texas A&M University. He is the former Chief of Emergency Medical Services for the Department of Parks and Recreation for the Town of Hempstead, a municipality with almost 800,000 residents on Long Island. Mr. Katz oversaw emergency response to the Town’s park district, which is the largest suburban park district in the United States. After working as a paramedic, he taught high school at a small boarding school in Westbrook, Connecticut, for seven years. In addition to overseeing health and safety and emergency preparedness, he chaired the math department and served as a dorm master. At the same time, he earned his master’s degree in mathematics at the University of Connecticut. He then spent several years teaching mathematics and statistics courses at Connecticut College and the University of Hartford. During that time, he also served as the Connecticut state director for Gary Johnson’s 2012 Presidential campaign, a member of Westbrook’s Zoning Board of Appeals, and a publicly elected commissioner on Westbrook’s Planning Commission. He continues to serve as a national board member for his political party, where his expertise as a Registered Parliamentarian and member of the National Association of Parliamentarians is heavily utilized. More locally, he serves on the executive board of the Federalist Society and is a member of the Jewish Law Society at Washington University Law. Throughout his life, Joshua has volunteered as a firefighter and paramedic whenever possible and holds numerous certifications in emergency services.

Jiyeon Kim

J.D. Candidate, 2019

Jiyeon graduated from Yale University with a B.S. and M.S. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. During undergrad, she was not only involved in many activities on campus but also in the New Haven community through teaching English as a second language and volunteering at the Yale-New Haven Hospital. This led her to pursue training in medicine through the MD-PhD program at University of Pennsylvania. During medical school, Jiyeon started working with a global non-profit organization helping rare-disease patients who underwent whole-genome sequencing by connecting them to experts around the world and through crowdfunding. Experiencing and recognizing issues in the healthcare system and governance of genomics and new technology, she found a deeper passion in health law and policy fueled by experiences in Europe including a Medical Ethics and Law program at King’s College London, which ultimately led her to study law at Washington University School of Law.

Jung-Hyun (Sandy) Lee

J.D. Candidate, 2019

Jung-Hyun (Sandy) Lee is from South Korea. She graduated from Boston College in 2014, majoring in political science and psychology. While at Boston College, she was a college student group leader at her church for three years. She organized numerous volunteer trips to alcoholics’ shelters and impoverished outer Boston area. After graduating from Boston College, for about two years, she worked in two NGOs on North Korean human rights. She was an English teacher at Heavenly Dream School in South Korea, which was a school for North Korean adolescents and adults refugees. Also, she worked as an intern at International Coalition to Stop Crimes against Humanity (ICNK), which is an umbrella NGO made up of 50 member NGOs on North Korean human rights worldwide. This organization’s main goal is the referral of North Korea to the International Criminal Court.

Tim Parrington

J.D. Candidate, 2019

Tim Parrington is currently a first-year student at the law school. He received a master’s of education, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado. During his undergraduate career, Tim worked on several campaigns that sought to make the campus a more inclusive environment for undocumented students and members of the LGBTQ+ community. Additionally, he volunteered for a youth center that provided after school programming for at risk students. After graduation, he joined Teach For America, a two-year service program that strives to place highly motivated teachers in low-income communities. Through TFA, Tim taught middle school science and sponsored several after school programs in Colorado Springs. Following completion of his term, Tim taught for three years at the American International School of Vietnam, in Ho Chi Minh City. Currently, Tim serves as a co-chair for OUTLaw’s annual Midwest LGBTQ+ Law Conference. The Conference is designed to build community involvement in the fight for equality and justice.

Matt Tharp

J.D. Candidate, 2019

Matt Tharp is a first-year law student from Round Rock, Texas. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 2014 with University Honors, majoring in Political Science. Prior to law school, Matt worked for two and a half years at Democracy Works, a Brooklyn-based technology start-up working to break down the logistical and practical barriers to voting. His team’s work resulted in millions of new and updated voter registrations. Now, Matt is co-chair of the 2017 Midwest LGBTQ+ Law Conference and a student member of the law school’s clerkship committee. He is excited to explore clerkship opportunities and a career in litigation after law school.