The Webster Society Scholarship offers students committed to public service a full tuition scholarship and a stipend and is named in honor of Judge William H. Webster, JD ’49.
Becoming a Scholar
The full-tuition Webster Society Scholarships are awarded to entering first-year J.D. students with exemplary academic credentials and an established commitment to public service.
- Any interested applicant should submit a 1-2 page statement summarizing their involvement in public service activities and commitment to pursuing public service work during and after law school along with their application for admission to be considered for this prestigious award.
- Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis, but we encourage early applications. Applicants may email their Webster Society Scholarship essay to firstname.lastname@example.org after they submit their application for enrollment.
- Applicants may use their personal statement as consideration for the Webster Society Scholarship. Please email email@example.com and let the admissions office know of your intention if you would like to do so.
Webster Scholars have demonstrated their commitment to public interest work in the following ways:
- Webster Scholars have worked with nonprofit organizations such as Americorps, United Way, Catholic Relief Services, Habitat for Humanity, and the Sierra Club.
- Before coming to WashULaw, some Webster Society Scholars have attempted to increase the effectiveness of social services for minority populations, enforce existing environmental protection policies, and raise the minimum wage.
- As undergraduates, our Webster Scholars held positions in student government, served as mentors for academically and economically disadvantaged students, and started Amnesty International chapters.
- To obtain a more global perspective, some Webster Scholars have studied or worked abroad in countries such as Bolivia, Senegal, and Ecuador.
Membership in the Webster Society offers each scholar:
- Full-tuition scholarship for three years;
- Annual stipend of $5,000;
- Preferred status for summer faculty research positions;
The opportunity to help select and host a speaker for the School of Law’s Public Interest Law & Policy Speakers Series; and
- Invitation to the Webster Society Dinner hosted by the Chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis.
Connecting with other Webster Scholars
Webster Scholars, past and present, are invited to connect with one another on a private LinkedIn group, created and managed by an alum. This group provides a great tool to maintain the Webster Society community, to stay in touch, and to network.
- Current Scholars
J.D. Candidates, 2024
J.D. Candidate, 2024
Madeline Derango hails from the Chicagoland area. She attended North Central College (NCC), graduating summa cum laude. While at NCC, Madeline sought out many opportunities to travel, participating in study abroad programs in Spain, Japan, and China, in order to broaden and deepen her understanding of human experience globally and in the United States. Madeline spent some of her time at NCC as a research assistant collecting and analyzing data from U.S. Census information and editing textbook chapters on inequality. In the future, Madeline hopes to land a clerkship after law school graduation and then to pursue government work.
J.D. Candidate, 2024
Emily Graue, who grew up outside Chicago, was an active history major at The Ohio State University, studying past injustices experienced by minorities and women and encountering similar present-day inequities. Taking these experiences to heart and pursuing ways to address the underlying problems, Emily was a founding member of Platform, a bipartisan training and lobbying group for women, and she assumed a leadership role within the organization. She also began working in 2018 at The Legal Aid Society of Columbus, Ohio, to support individuals in the Bankruptcy Bypass Program. Emily hopes her J.D. will help her widen access to legal services among historically oppressed populations. After graduation she hopes to pursue a judicial clerkship, and a dream job would be to work with the ACLU.
Rosalyn Jules Langrohling-Amanor
J.D. Candidate, 2024
Rosalyn Jules Langrohling-Amanor grew up in the deep south of Mobile, Alabama, but attended Amherst College on the east coast, where she double majored in mathematics and psychology and graduated magna cum laude with distinction in 2018. She wrote an honors thesis on white racial identity and the understanding of race across twelve years, which in turn formed her approach to education as a teacher in Escambia County, Florida. Since 2018, Rosalyn has instructed 5th grade students with underprivileged backgrounds in math and science. Rosalyn seeks a J.D. to champion the rights of children. Through her work with students and with her involvement in working alongside the foster care system in her personal life, she has seen the legal system’s imperfections, which she hopes she can help address in her career.
J.D. Candidate, 2024
Elaine Pennington, originally from Texas, completed Washington University’s Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program, graduating with college honors in 2020. Before joining the Class of 2024, Elaine served as a student consultant within the School of Law’s Environmental Law Clinic, assisting on an active matter involving federal and state coal ash regulations. Elaine also worked at a criminal justice reform center in Dallas, where she researched unique challenges that rural communities face in accessing justice. These experiences fueled Elaine’s desire to earn her J.D. so that she can provide legal aid to underserved communities and increase access to justice.
J.D. Candidate, 2024
Christina Ralston attended the University of Kansas, where she studied biology with an emphasis on genetics, aspiring to a medical career. Yet, after graduating with highest distinction in the University Honors Program in 2015 and several years working in a hospital and then in healthcare software, she found that medicine did not fulfill her passion. During that time, she discovered new interests, including environmental issues affecting her community. Using her influence within her company, Christina was able to make organizational changes to promote sustainability efforts. With her J.D., Christina can envision future work in environmental law, health law, and/or intellectual property.
J.D. Candidate, 2024
Elise Zaniker discovered her passion for discourse and debate in interactions with her father. At Purdue University, majoring in environmental and ecological engineering, she gained expertise in an area worth fighting about the climate crisis. Elise pursued relevant opportunities, joining the Green Infrastructure Design Team and the Indiana Resilience Cohort. Both groups looked for engineering solutions to advance “green” initiatives. In the future, Elise hopes to work at the intersection of science and law to address global issues requiring innovative, cross-disciplinary interventions, including issues of sustainability.
J.D. Candidates, 2025
J.D. Candidate, 2025
Annesley Clark, who comes from Wilmette, IL, and currently hopes to stay in St. Louis for her career, graduated from St. Louis University in 2018, with a major in Women’s Studies. Annesley brings to the law school a passion for disability rights and women’s rights. She founded the Disability Peer Group at SLU and has spoken at many conferences and symposia, including the Global and Local Social Justice Conference. Annesley has worked with disability advocacy attorneys on The Hill during various conferences. She has also served an intern at Planned Parenthood, informing members of the public about health care and advocacy initiatives, and at the ACLU of Missouri, completing Sunshine Law information requests and working directly with complainants. Annesley is a graduate of The Second City’s Musical Improvisation Conservatory, a year-long intensive improvisation and music program in Chicago.
J.D. Candidate, 2025
Molly Cooke joins WashULaw after graduating from the University of Kentucky in 2022 with majors in Political Science and Sociology. Molly participated as a Varsity member on the University of Kentucky Mock Trial Team, serving as the Vice President and Team Captain. She also interned at MML&K Government Solutions, a government research firm, and served as a Government Relations Coordinator for UK’s Student Government Association. Molly’s interests focus on criminal defense and trial advocacy, as well as wrongful conviction and post-conviction relief initiatives. Molly moved from England to Columbus, Ohio, at the age of eight.
J.D. Candidate, 2025
Michelle Taikeff grew up in San Jose, California, and graduated from San Jose State University in 2019 with a major in Justice Studies. Michelle served as Co-Captain for the San Jose State University NCAA Division I Women’s Water Polo Team and as the Executive Secretary for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee. Michelle then became a Project Assistant for the Record Clearance Project, spending several years working in San Jose with persons seeking expungement services and providing resources to formerly incarcerated persons to assist with their reintegration into society. Michelle aspires to create a world in which individuals facing challenges in the justice system are treated with dignity and in which all people have equal access in navigating the law.
J.D. Candidates, 2026
J.D. Candidate, 2026
Jonathan Crosmer joins WashULaw after working as a principal software engineer for QAD Redzone. In addition to his software background, Crosmer is a classical musician – composing music and playing the viola and piano professionally. Crosmer graduated from Hendrix College summa cum laude in 2005 with majors in computer science and music, and he received his Master of Music in Composition and Doctor of Musical Arts in Viola Performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2008 and 2011, respectively, where he studied under Clark Potter. Crosmer is interested in government lawyering and trial advocacy, and he aims to pursue public defense or prosecution before becoming a judge. In his free time, you can find Jonathan working on a composition or playing gigs in Lexington or St. Louis. As an arts entrepreneur, he enjoys producing chamber music concerts. WashULaw is excited to have Jonathan’s perspective and background in the Class of 2026.
J.D. Candidate, 2026
Allison Whitehead joins WashULaw after graduating from Mercer University with a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Law, Public Policy, and Economics. While at Mercer, Allison was on the President’s List, she was named a Mercer Service Scholar, and she was selected as the Outstanding Student in Economics and Outstanding Junior in Law and Public Policy. Beyond her studies, Allison served as Executive Director of MerServe, Mercer’s student-led community service programming board, where she implemented strategies and projects to help alleviate city-level poverty tailored to needs in Macon, GA. She also formed an Environmental Committee to plan more sustainability-focused events. During her senior year, she partnered with several nonprofits including Bike Walk Macon, Napier Heights Food Co-op, and Georgia National Plant Society to fight poverty and blight in the city. She also worked for the Macon-Bibb County Clerk on a project to increase citizens’ ease of access to public records. Based on her experience in Macon, after earning her law degree Allison
- Recent Alumni
Class of 2023
Erin Brinkman was born in Chicago, but grew up abroad, spending the majority of her childhood and high school years in Kosovo and a small village in Germany. She studied at Sarah Lawrence College; received her BA in English from Covenant College, where she served as editor of the creative writing journal; and earned a Master of Urban Education degree through the Memphis Teacher Residency program. Erin then taught for seven years at the high school and college levels in Memphis, TN, with duties that included career counseling, coaching the cheer squad, teaching a feminist literature elective, and leading a support group for pregnant students and young mothers. Erin currently focuses her commitment to public interest on issues at the intersection of gender, sexuality, and race.
Cody Dickerson comes from Plattsburg, MO. Majoring in Religious Studies & Chinese, he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013. Cody’s interests focus on public service and diplomacy. He served within the U.S. Foreign Service as a Consular Fellow in Beijing and Shanghai and used his Mandarin language skills to conduct nearly fifty thousand visa interviews. He served in the Fraud Prevent Unit at both posts and has successfully taken aim at human trafficking. He hopes to land a position in DC that would allow him to use his foreign work experience and JD degree to create policy proposals and recommendations.
Class of 2022
Sylvia Wilson, a 2018 graduate of the University of Kentucky – Lexington with majors in Political Science and Biology, has long dreamt of becoming the Mayor of her hometown, St. Louis, MO. Her goals include eliminating the Delmar Divide and bringing economic development to poor areas. As a project scientist at Trileaf Corporation, Sylvia has performed National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) reviews on telecommunication projects and has consulted with Native American Tribal Offices, the State Historic Preservation Office, and the Department of Natural Resources. In her spare time, Sylvia volunteers for the St. Louis Cardinals by helping raise funds for the Cardinals Winter Warm-Up.
Class of 2021
Ryan Schultheis is a first-year law student from Evansville, Indiana. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 2015 with majors in Political Science and International Economics. Before coming to Washington University Law, Ryan spent a year in Oaxaca, Mexico on a Fulbright scholarship teaching English in a public high school and volunteering at a shelter for unaccompanied migrant children from Central America. After his Fulbright year, Ryan interned with the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) in Washington D.C., where he published research on return migration to Mexico. He then spent two years working as a program assistant and paralegal for Kids in Need of Defense (KIND) in Houston, Texas, a non-profit legal organization that represents unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children in their deportation proceedings.
Rachel Mattingly Phillips
Rachel Mattingly Phillips grew up in Indiana and spent a year in Dresden, Germany before attending Denison University in Granville, OH. There she majored in International Studies and Environmental Studies, focusing her senior research on sustainable development in rural Thailand. Rachel was a leader in the campus interfaith discussion group and the fair trade alliance, as well as a founding member of the venture philanthropy club. After graduating in 2011, Rachel returned to Indianapolis to work for a neighborhood-based community development corporation, where she managed a program that provided energy efficiency upgrades to aging homes and businesses in a low-income area. After the completion of that program, Rachel worked for a statewide association of nonprofit organizations. In that role, she developed and led training, conducted organizational assessments, provided technical assistance, and planned educational events for the association. In addition, Rachel served on the boards of directors for a neighborhood community center and neighborhood-based school in Indianapolis. She looks forward to using her law degree to continue serving her community, with a particular interest in supporting small businesses and cooperatives.
Class of 2020
Spencer Bailey graduated in 2015 from the Institute for Law, Justice, and Society at Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN. While in college he volunteered, interned, and worked for various organizations promoting human rights, fighting human trafficking, providing legal aid, conducting SNAP outreach, and more. Following graduation he served as an AmeriCorps City Year member in Boston, working in an under-resourced urban school. After City Year, he was the Nashville Community Engagement Fellow with UNICEF USA in the Global Citizenship Fellowship.
Hopey Fink is a second-year law student who graduated from Georgetown University in 2015 with majors in anthropology and linguistics. As an undergraduate, she studied abroad in Senegal, where she interned at a children’s rights NGO. She also worked at a research center in Washington, DC, on projects covering vulnerable children and international development. After graduation, she spent two years teaching in rural Montana on the Ft. Belknap Indian Reservation through the Jesuit Volunteer Corps Northwest/AmeriCorps, which led to her interest in tribal law, child advocacy, environmental justice, and the intersections of these practice areas. Hopey spent the summer after her 1L year interning with the Oglala Sioux Tribe in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, through the American Indian Law Summer Program, focusing on policy initiatives affecting tribal education and families. As a 2L, she is a co-chair of the Public Service Advisory Board’s Careers Committee and a staff editor for the Washington University Journal of Law and Policy. She is also a student attorney for the Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic.
Megan Ferguson is currently a second-year law student. Although she grew up outside of Portland, Oregon, she went to college at Seton Hall University, in South Orange, New Jersey, where she graduated with honors and majored in Diplomacy and Philosophy. While in undergrad, Megan tutored adult English language learners and taught an English club for underserved middle-schoolers while studying in Taipei. After graduation, she taught elementary English in Kinmen, Taiwan, through the Fulbright program. She is now excited to begin exploring options for her legal career.
Jake Villarreal is a 2L from Monterey, California. Before coming to WashU Law, he earned his bachelor’s degree from Trinity College in Connecticut, then worked as a labor organizer for the Retail, Wholesale, and Department Store Union in New York City. He loves documentaries, snakes, and contemporary fashion. After law school, Jake plans to either work in criminal defense or provide legal services to nonprofits, and to remain politically active.
Class of 2019
Sean Carlson is currently a third-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 graduated in 2019. 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 served 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 was Vice President of Outreach of the Federalist Society and President of the Jewish Law Society at Washington University Law. He also helped found, as served as Vice-President of, the Arch Metro Unit of the National Association of Parliamentarians. Throughout his life, Joshua has volunteered as a firefighter and paramedic whenever possible and holds numerous certifications in emergency services.
Mr. Katz spent his 1L summer at Cunningham, Vogel & Rost, P.C., in Kirkwood, Missouri. The firm exclusively represents municipal governments. He is spending his 2L summer at Schlichter, Bogard & Denton in downtown St. Louis, a plaintiff’s firm specializing in breach of fiduciary duty and public-interest litigation against corporate defendants. He currently is clerking for the Honorable Clint Bolick on the Arizona Supreme Court, and will clerk in 2021 for the Honorable Paul B. Matey on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
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
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 is currently a third-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 is a third-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. During law school, Matt was co-chair of the 2017 Midwest LGBTQ+ Law Conference and co-instructor of an undergraduate class on the intersection of law, gender, and justice. During the summer of 2017, Matt was a summer associate in the Washington D.C. office of Steptoe & Johnson. During the summer of 2018, Matt was a summer associate in Kirkland & Ellis’ New York City office. Matt will spend his final semester of law school as a full-time judicial extern to The Honorable Naomi Reice Buchwald, of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. After graduation, Matt will clerk for the Honorable Gabriel W. Gorenstein, also of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Class of 2018
Ellen Coogan is a 2018 graduate of Washington University School of Law. Ellen is 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 worked to protect internet privacy rights at the Electronic Privacy Information Center in Washington, D.C. Ellen is currently a Domestic Surveillance Fellow at the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), where she uses FOIA, agency comments, and other administrative routes to advocate for transparency and civil liberties. For example, I recently submitted comments pointing out that the Dept. of Health and Human Services’ new practice of transferring data obtained from unaccompanied immigrant minors to ICE for enforcement purposes was directly in contravention of the agency’s relevant Privacy Impact Assessment. “I love my job, and I am thrilled to be in Washington, DC.”
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-profit organizations, teaching in Dallas-area middle and high schools and doing mission work in Asia.
During her time at Wash U, Karen participated in the Children’s Rights Clinic and the Appellate Clinic. She spent her first summer working for the New York City Law Department’s Family Court Division in Brooklyn, and her second summer as a Summer Associate at McGuireWoods LLP in Charlotte, North Carolina. Karen served as an Executive Editor for the Washington University Law Review and was honored to receive the National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Law Graduate Award. She returned to McGuireWoods after graduation, where she practices complex commercial, financial services, and securities litigation.
Rose McCarty is a 2018 magna cum laude graduate of Washington University School of Law. Rose is 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 participated in the new Children’s Rights Clinic and was a Court Appointed Special Advocate in the city of St. Louis. Rose was also Publishing Editor for the Washington University Law Review and a member of the National Moot Court team.
Class of 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. While a law student at Washington University, Kevin promoted 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. Kevin currently has the privilege of clerking for the Honorable Rives Kistler of the Oregon Supreme Court and, subsequently, will clerk for the Honorable Sheryl Gordon McCloud of the Washington Supreme Court.
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 was a Notes Editor on the Washington University Law Review. Kayla graduated law school magna cum laude as a member of the Order of the Coif. After graduation, Kayla joined the tax practice at Kirkland & Ellis in San Francisco, California.
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 spent 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.”
Washington University School of Law awarded the first Webster Society scholarships in the Fall of 1999 to students who demonstrated a commitment to public service and had strong academic credentials. The Webster Society was conceived not only a scholarship program, but as a group of students who would, as attorneys, use the law as a tool to improve society and promote justice through service.
About Judge Webster
The career of Judge Webster reflects a lifelong commitment to public service and the legal profession. He directed the Central Intelligence Agency and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, served as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, and served as a judge on both the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Among his many professional appointments, he serves as chair of the Homeland Security Advisory Council and is a member of the law school’s National Council.
Judge Webster served as a lieutenant in the United States Navy in World War II and the Korean War. In addition to his public service, he worked as an attorney in private practice in St. Louis and Washington, D.C. He has received numerous awards and honors, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and has honorary degrees from over a dozen colleges and universities.
Over the course of his career, Judge Webster’s memberships have included the American Bar Association, the American Law Institute and its Council, the Order of the Coif, the Missouri Bar Association, and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. He also served as Chairman of the Corporation, Banking and Business Law Section of the American Bar Association and is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
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