J.D. Candidates, 2014
Elizabeth (Betsy) Allen is currently a third-year student at the law school. An active member of the law school community, she has leadership roles in the Women’s Law Caucus and the Public Service Advisory Board and participates in the school’s legal skills competitions, including the Regional Negotiation Competition, the 1L Negotiation Competition, and the 1L Client Counseling Competition. Betsy is also active in the community, volunteering with Ready Readers and StudioSTL. During the summer between her first and second year at the law school, she was a Research Assistant to Professor David Becker. Before law school, Betsy was the Executive Director of a nonprofit organization, Arts In Reach, in Portsmouth, NH and volunteered through AmeriCorps VISTA. She graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. in English and Art History.
Throughout Andrew (A.J.) Davitt’s four years as an undergraduate at Trinity University in San Antonio, TX, he was involved in various projects aimed at improving science education at the elementary and middle school level. He served as a tutor for students preparing for their TAKS (Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) science test and aided in the design and construction of a teaching garden at Mark Twain Middle School. Both projects aimed to promote interest in science and the native flora of Texas for predominantly low income, minority student populations. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in Biology in 2007. Following graduation, he pursued a master’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Rice University in Houston, TX, where he continued to work with the educational community to improve teaching methods, enhance the high school science curriculum, and promote scientific literacy. After completing his degree at Rice, he volunteered as a field assistant on a project restoring critically endangered sand dune habitat at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. During the summer after his first year of law school, he clerked for Chief Justice Richard B. Teitelman of the Supreme Court of Missouri. Currently, he is serving as a teaching assistant for the first year legal writing course. During his free time, A.J. enjoys exploring the outdoors and traveling.
J.D. Candidates, 2015
Katherine (Katie) Wutchiett attended the University of Minnesota, Morris, where she majored in both Economics and Political Science. Throughout her undergraduate career, Katie was involved in various school programs and internships, aimed to help others locally and abroad. In 2008, Katie worked with Vote Yes MN, a campaign to create new funding for protecting the environment and promoting the arts in Minnesota. In 2009, Katie traveled to India to research women’s roles in local government, eventually co-authoring a chapter of a book explaining how governments can better institute reservations that benefit underrepresented groups.
Tessa Reinhard Castner
Tessa Reinhard Castner is originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. Before coming to Washington University School of Law, she attended The Ohio State University where she majored in Political Science and Spanish. Throughout her undergraduate career she was actively involved in various leadership roles in the university’s Undergraduate Student Government, and was able to advocate for students as a representative on University Senate as well as other university committees. Tessa was actively involved in Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio for four years as a mentee to a child in the Columbus City School District. Currently, she volunteers for Girls on the Run here in St. Louis, which is a program that uses running to empower elementary aged girls to develop positive self-image and confidence. She is also a member of the law school’s Public Service Advisory Board. Tessa looks forward to taking advantage of the many opportunities to become further involved in the Washington University community.
J.D. Candidates, 2016
Steven Alagna is 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 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 through the Alliance for Catholic Education, a two-year service teaching program established by Notre Dame. Steven taught middle school social studies in Jacksonville, Florida. As a first-year student at Washington University School of Law, Steven holds leadership roles in OUTLaw and the American Constitution Society.
Gursharon Shergill is currently a first-year student at the law school. She attended Oakland University in Rochester, MI. Throughout her undergraduate career, Gursharon held various positions in healthcare providing care for elder residents and implementing social, recreational, and spiritual programs at a skilled nursing facility. After graduating with her B.S. in Public Administration and Public Policy and a minor in Biology, Gursharon worked as a Research Compliance Administrator, facilitating ethical research and ensuring the protection of human participants in research, at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. Gursharon currently volunteers with Ready Readers, reading to preschool age children from low-income communities weekly to enhance early literacy skills. Gursharon is also a member of the Black Law Students Association, participating in bi-monthly volunteering at the St. Louis City Juvenile Detention Center. During the summer between her first and second year at the law school, Gursharon will be interning here in St. Louis at Thompson Coburn LLP.