PSAB Biographies

Katie Crank, Co-Director
JD-MSW, May 2011
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
“I began serving on the Public Service Advisory Board during my first year at the law school partly because I wanted to work with other law students interested in service, and partly because I wanted to influence the culture around public interest law at the school. I have volunteered with several domestic violence agencies, including Redevelopment Opportunities for women; I have worked with many St. Louis City schools in a tutoring or mentoring capacity; and I coached for Girls on the Run, an organization focusing on shaping girls’ self-esteem through positive body images. I intend to practice public interest law in the areas of either domestic violence or housing (areas which make up the majority of cases seen by legal aid offices around the country).”

Jenny Shen, Co-Director
JD, May 2011
Hometown: Ames, IA
“I joined the Public Service Advisory Board to help build the public service community at Washington University School of Law. As law students, we are in a unique position to make an impact in the world of public service. I want to help make sure that every law student has the opportunity and resources to engage in pro bono and public service. Outside of the Public Service Advisory Board, I volunteer for the Brennan Center for Justice by doing research and writing on campaign finance reform and voter challenge and intimidation cases.  My research interests in law school include election law, specifically campaign finance and voting rights, and securities regulation”

Molly Carney, Campus Volunteer Coordinator/Public Service Project
JD, May 2012
Hometown: Grafton, OH
“ I am involved in public service because it is crucial to help less fortunate members of our community.  I realize that I am lucky to be receiving a legal education, as others have not had the same opportunities.  The legal profession is uniquely qualified to provide services to a large segment of society.  Plus, public service is a fun break from the law school grind and a great way to meet new people!”

Jessica Mayo, Community Volunteer Coordinator
JD, 2012
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
“Volunteering keeps me grounded.  It helps me keep my priorities straight and remember that there are more important things in life than grades.  And I think I did better in classes because I had that perspective.  Public service also allows you to make great connections with the community and to gain valuable experience.  I am on PSAB because I want to help more law student get involved.  Both the students and the community will benefit from that service.” Jessica is primarily interested in immigration law.

Raquel Frisardi, Public Relations Coordinator
JD, May 2012
Wellesley, MA
“I am on PSAB because I hope that service will always be a part of my professional life, and the group seemed like a great way to learn about how lawyers can stay involved in service. Some of the most significant volunteer projects I’ve been involved with have been: living for a summer in rural Appalachia volunteering for the Christian Appalachian Project, teaching and tutoring full time for a year at a charter school in Boston that serves inner-city students, and participating in a year-long AmeriCorps project designed to educate and embed strategic consultants at nonprofit organizations. My primary legal interest is complex litigation. I am also interested in consumer protection law, constitutional law, and federal tax policy.”

Erin Lueker, Bulletin Editor
JD, May 2012
Buffalo, MO
“It’s a common misconception that public service and the law overlap in only a few specific areas of law.  As a member of PSAB, I can help law students participate in public service projects that involve their particular interests in law.  It is my goal to help students find projects that they can continue working on after they graduate and are practicing the law.”  

Education Project

Ndidi Gbulie, Chair
Degree: JD, May 2012
Hometown: Toronto, Canada
“I have been committed to serving others from a very young age. Growing up in Canada, as an African immigrant, I became interested in public service initially through church-based activities. By sixteen, I volunteered at the local Salvation Army Community-based Residential Facility. Here I assisted and counseled young offenders, providing support and rehabilitative services to them. My first-hand exposure to how crime can ruin one’s life made me pursue an undergraduate degree in Criminology and a graduate degree in law. For four years I served as an Enforcement Officer at CBSA directly involved in sensitive immigration cases. I offered free consultation and advice, as well as assistance with the different classes of sponsorship applications, and referrals to the pro bono attorneys in a network I developed. My time sent at CBSA reinforced in me not only a respect and awe for the Rule of Law, but also entrenched my current pursuit of a career in Law. My passion and desire to help those in need fuel my interest in the Public Service Advisory Board.” Ndidi is interested in immigration, family and criminal law.

Lisa E. Brown
JD, May 2011
Hometown: Woodbridge, VA
“I became a member of PSAB to promote awareness about public service and applicable opportunities.  I am involved in public service in order to make a difference. My legal interests are in special education, juvenile justice, and racial justice.  Aside from law school, I enjoy volunteering and basketball.”

Kevin Fritz
JD 2013
Hometown: Allentown, PA
“I think it is important to give back to the community. Having a law degree, we will have an ability and a responsibility to help those in need. Being a part of PSAB is preparing me for my career and teaching me how to be a better advocate.” Kevin was a health policy intern for then Senator Barack Obama on Capitol Hill, a disability advocate mentor for the University of Illinois Disability Resources and Educational Services Center, and serves as a policy lead for the National Association of Law Students with Disabilities.

Kailey Burger
JD, May 2013
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
“Public service is just fundamentally important. Contributing to the community we’re so fortunate to be a part of is simply the right thing to do. I am passionate about animal welfare and hope to somehow use my law degree to promote this cause.”

Kimberly Harris
JD, May 2013
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
“I am in PSAB because I wholeheartedly believe in the value of service, and view it as a lifelong commitment.  Through PSAB I hope to strengthen and grow the service culture here at Wash U.  My favorite quote is, ‘Education is for improving the lives of others and for leaving your community and world better than you found it,’ by Marian Wright Edelman, President and Founder of the Children’s Defense Fund.” Kimberly’s is interested in child advocacy and family law.

Alexandra D. Klingenstein
JD, May 2013
Hometown: Potomac, MD
“Public service is extremely important for young lawyers and law students to consider and I want to help develop fresh volunteer opportunities that will inspire students to get involved in the local community as well as at a more national level.” Alexandra is interested in government law.

Pro Bono Project

Justin Lepp, Co-Chair
JD, May 2012
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
“I became involved with PSAB generally, and the Pro Bono Projects Committee in particular,  because I believe strongly in the ethical duty of lawyers to contribute their unique skills and knowledge to those in the community who are most in need of legal services. The ability to have your “day in court,” whether it be in a criminal case, a housing dispute, a domestic relations matter, or anything else, is a right so fundamental to our free society that no one should ever have to choose between fighting for what they believe is right and giving up, just because they cannot afford an attorney.” Justin is primarily interested in telecommunications/new media/Internet law, as well as constitutional, antitrust, and privacy law.

Young Cynn, Co-Chair
JD, May 2012
Hometown: Northbrook, IL
“I think it's important that law students realize that there is a great social responsibility that comes with the privilege of being a lawyer. And also, people who volunteer live longer.” Young is interested in regulatory work, including antitrust and corporate law.

Nicole Lytle
JD, May 2012
Hometown: Nashville, TN
“I think it is important to encourage law students to reach out to the community around them to enrich their education and show the community that we really are here to help. Nicole has volunteered with Beaumont High School and the St. Patrick’s Center.

M. Shelby Deeney
JD, May 2013
Hometown: Memphis, TN
“I believe that public service should be at the core of our legal education and experience.  I am on PSAB to promote and cultivate a culture of public service within out law school. I worked as an Education Fellow at the Institute of Southern Jewish Life, a non-profit based in Jackson, Mississippi for the past two years.  As an Education Fellow, I traveled the South providing Jewish education to isolated congregations and wrote the Judaism and Advocacy supplement to the Institute of Southern Jewish Life curriculum, which explored Judaism’s commitment to social justice.” Shelby is interested in juvenile justice, human rights law, and reproductive justice.

Mary Maher
JD, May 2013
Hometown: Needham, MA
“I'm hoping to become more involved in the St. Louis community and continue public service throughout law school.” Mary was involved with Teach For America Corps in Oahu, HI.  She is interested in international human rights law and educational policy.

Public Service Projects

Michael Gulinello, Co-Chair
JD, 2012
Hometown: Londonderry, NH
Michael is on PSAB because “everyone should do public service.” “Last year I organized a Relay for Life team. I participated in the MLK Day of Service cleaning a community center. I volunteered at Dance Marathon. I am a Big Brother. This year I organized a project for a group of 10 students on the Sept. 11th Day of Service to clean up the streets in conjunction with Operation Brightside.” His primary legal interest is in international law.

Beth Gunter
JD, May 2011
Hometown: St. Louis, MO
“I joined PSAB because I plan to practice public interest law, and I wanted to get more involved with public service at the law school. I think it is important for all law students to participate in public service and pro bono projects. I have been involved in serving food at Centenary in downtown St. Louis, the Women’s Law Caucus debate project at the Juvenile Detention Center, and English language tutoring through BIAS.” Beth is interested in immigration law, government benefits, and child welfare.

Ben A. Barnes
JD, May 2012
Hometown: Lakewood, CO
“I am involved in public service because I think it is important to be an active, contributing member of the community. I am an officer in the United States Marine Corps and will serve as a military Judge Advocate upon admission to the bar.”

Paul Cotter
JD, May 2012
Hometown: Warwick, RI
“I enjoy the opportunity to give back to those who need it most. In addition, community service is a great way to meet and have experiences that you wouldn’t encounter in your normal day to day experiences. During my time in Boston, MA, I was a member of the organization Boston Cares. As a member of Boston Cares, I participated in adult and youth tutoring, visiting with the elderly, soup kitchen service, and public health awareness activities.” Paul is most interested in corporate and transactional work.

Hannah Ahn
JD, May 2013
Hometown: Trabuco Canyon, CA
“Since a very young age, I was encouraged to give back to the community (Thanks Mom and Dad!) and every project, without fail, has been a wonderful experience.  Whether raising money for cancer research or helping under-privileged children learn to read, each opportunity has allowed me to grow and mature into the happy-go-lucky law school student I am today. Post law school, I hope to become involved in children’s rights issues - more specifically, I hope to make positive changes to the foster care system within the United States.  I am also very much interested in international children’s rights issues - having spent time researching child trafficking and child soldiers in college.”

Dave Collier
JD, May 2013
Hometown: Kansas City, MO
“My spare time as a 1L is precious -- naps, bike rides, time with my friends and family. I knew that if I was going to devote some of that time to a student organization, I wanted that investment to be fulfilling. With PSAB I know that all of my invested time is going to be rewarding. In the past, I've volunteered for campaigns, organized benefits concerts and fundraisers, and helped start a non-profit company dedicated to civic education and engagement. For the past year, I organized food donations for food shelters and non-profit or community fundraisers and events. I'm seeing where my 1L interests lead me. In a perfect world, I would get involved in real estate and land use law and wrestle with zoning and redevelopment issues at a municipal level. But I'm keeping an open mind.”

Joanna Zhang
JD, 2013
Hometown: Springfield, IL
“I would have to agree with Spiderman when he said, ‘With great power comes great responsibility.’ Our law school has amazing potential to contribute to the growth and development of the larger community, and I am excited to expand upon the progress already made. One of the most rewarding experiences I've had was co-founding a community center in northeast Philadelphia in which I taught reading and writing courses to prospective college-bound Chinese immigrants.”

Erin Robinson
JD, May 2013
Hometown: Midland, MI
“I wanted to get involved in PSAB to allow other students to be aware of all of the public interest opportunities there are in St. Louis and how they can get involved. I currently am involved with Legal Advocates for Abused Women, and I was a camp counselor for children with Autism and ADHD at Talisman Summer Camp.” Erin is interested in criminal defense law.