Class of 2016
Steven Alagna is a law school graduate 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.
In 2010, Gusharon 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.
Class of 2015
Tessa Reinhard Castner
Tessa Reinhard Castner is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. As a part of the law school community, she has been actively involved in many student organizations, including leadership roles in the Public Service Advisory Board and Class Giving Campaign. Tessa served as the Chief Notes Editor on the Washington University Law Review, overseeing the publication of over forty student notes this year. Tessa has pursued her interest in litigation through an internship with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio and a summer associate position with Frost Brown Todd in Cincinnati, Ohio. In her final year, she spendt a semester interning for the Honorable Audrey G. Fleissig in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri. Before coming to Washington University School of Law, Tessa attended The Ohio State University where she majored in Political Science and Spanish. Click here to listen to Tessa’s thoughts on public service.
Katherine (Katie) Wutchiett
Katherine (Katie) Wutchiett, throughout her time at Washington University has taken advantage of an incredible number of the opportunities the school has had to offer, both on-campus and off. On campus, she has worked as a research assistant to Professor Marion Crain and to Professor David Becker, competed in and earned the rank of finalist in the Wiley Rutledge Moot Court Competition, and held leadership positions with Women’s Law Caucus and the Labor and Employment Law Society. Off campus, she has volunteered as a mediator with the Better Business Bureau, interned with the EEOC, clerked at the Service Employees International Union’s headquarters, and participated in the Semester in Practice Program at the Legal Aid Society – Employment Law Center. She was an Articles Editor for the Washington University Law Review and a dedicated public servant. Since graduation, Katie is serving as a law clerk to the Hon. Bobby Shepherd, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit.
Class of 2013
Veronica Harwin currently works for the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office. A native of St. Louis, she earned her J.D. and A.B. in Political Science both from Washington University. As a law student, Veronica was an active member of the Women’s Law Caucus, assisting with its annual auction for the Public Interest Stipend. She also worked as the Executive Notes and Projects Editor on the Journal of Law & Policy. Additionally, Veronica was an intern with the Equal Housing and Opportunity Council, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office.
Mary Anne (Annie) Schlapprizzi
Mary Anne (Annie) Schlapprizzi currently works at Akin Gump in Washington, D.C. Throughout law school, she took advantage of a wide range of public service opportunities. As a third-year law student, she clerked at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, as part of the school’s International Justice & Conflict Resolution Field Placement. She also spent her 2L summer with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in its Criminal Division in Rome, Italy. During her 2L year, she participated in the Civil Rights & Community Justice Clinic, working at an immigration law firm, and interned for DOJ’s National Security Division in Washington, DC. Prior to law school, Annie received a Presidential Management Fellowship. Offered through the U.S. Department of State, the two-year federal appointments are granted to those committed to public policy leadership. As a fellow, Annie completed public service assignments both in Washington, DC, serving the U.S. intelligence community and acting as a policy desk officer, and in Paris, France, as a political officer. Prior to her fellowship, she received a Master’s Degree in International Relations with a foreign policy focus from Yale University. Her master’s followed a period in Italy, where she worked on a U.S. national security contract as an Italian media analyst and, separately, worked for the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See (then the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace).
Class of 2012
After earning her J.D., Sasha Appatova transformed her commitment to public service into a position with the Ohio Justice & Policy Center in Cincinnati, where she previously had contributed to ex-offender reentry initiatives and conducted community outreach legal clinics. While a law student, Sasha was a Staff Editor for the Washington University Law Review and served on the board of the Washington University Education Law & Policy Society. She also assisted with landlord-tenant disputes and housing policy analysis at the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunities Council. Before law school, she earned her B.A. in English and Political Science from Boston University.
A St. Louis native, Georganna Ekpo is currently working as a labor associate at Blake & Uhlig in Kansas City, where she continues her commitment to public service. Before law school, she served as a New York City Teaching Fellow for seventh-graders in the Bronx, NY. She also worked as a union organizer for several years, advocating for the rights of the working poor. Before earning her J.D., Georganna received her A.B. in History and African American Studies from Washington University and an M.B.A. from Webster University. As a law student, she interned at the Office of the Missouri Attorney General, the AFL-CIO’s Law Student Union Summer Program, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, and the St. Louis County Public Defender. Georganna was very active in the law school community, including serving as president of the Washington University Law School Democrats.
After earning her law degree, Jessica Mayo works at her dream job as an immigration attorney at the Migrant and Immigrant Community Action (MICA) Project, which she co-founded with Nicole Cortés, JD ’12. Her clients come from across the globe, including Latin America, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. She also is gaining experience in a full range of areas from legislative advocacy to organizing, communications, grant writing, working with donors, producing newsletters, planning events, and strategic initiatives. Jessica’s goal is to use these experiences and her position as a lawyer to challenge systemic injustice within law and society. She also loves spending time with her husband and two boys, Levi and Damian. She observes that her sons remind her daily of the challenges of eliminating hierarchy (get back in bed now!), while also exhibiting the “hope these little people bring to the world.”