ODK to Initiate Five Honorary and 38 Student Members during 2016 Founders Day/ODK Convocation
Alpha Circle of Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society, will welcome five honorary and 38 student initiates at W&L’s annual Founders Day-ODK Convocation on Jan. 19 at 5 p.m. in Lee Chapel.
The convocation is free and open to the public. It will be broadcast live online.
Joseph Ellis, award-winning author and American historian, will speak on the topic “What’s the Fuss About the Founders.” The author of nine books, his newest is “The Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789” (2015).
ODK honorary initiates are: Tom Gage, W&L Class of 1970, retired sportswriter for The Detroit News; the Hon. Robert W. Goodlatte, W&L Law Class of 1977, Virginia’s 6th District representative to the U.S. Congress; Lucas M. Morel, Class of 1960 Professor of Ethics and Politics; Kimberley A. Ruscio, first lady of Washington and Lee University; and Robert D. Straughan, Crawford Family Dean of W&L’s Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics and professor of business administration.
Gage, a retired sportswriter for The Detroit News, has covered more than 5,000 major-league games in 54 ballparks and written more than 11 million words on baseball. His output included daily notes, gamers, plugs, writethrus — all on deadline — plus social media posts. The freshness and flow of his writing appeals to the hardcore fan’s family as well as the hardcore fan. He has been Michigan’s Sportswriter of the Year twice and won numerous other awards while at The Detroit News and at the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the paper where he started. Gage has served as longtime chairman of the Detroit Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America and on the screening committee that formulates the annual Hall of Fame ballot. Gage retired from The Detroit News in March 2015 and was awarded the J.G. Taylor Spink Award in 2015, making him the first W&L alum to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
Goodlatte represents Virginia’s 6th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. His political career began in 1977, when he was named district director for former Rep. Caldwell Butler. He served in the position for two years before entering private law practice in Roanoke. He was a partner in the law firm of Bird, Kinder and Huffman from 1981 until winning office in 1992. In the 113th Congress, Goodlatte was elected chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, the first from Virginia in 125 years. He has been chairman of the Subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition, and the Internet, vice-ranking member of the Judiciary Committee and ranking member of the Task Force on Judicial Impeachment, ranking member of the Antitrust Task Force, and vice chairman of the Subcommittee on the Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property. Goodlatte also served on the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security. He serves on the House Agriculture Committee. He is a member of the Subcommittee on Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit, which is of particular importance to the 6th District since it is one of the leading turkey- and poultry-producing districts in the nation. He also serves on the Subcommittee on Department Operations, Oversight, and Nutrition. He is co-chair of the Congressional Internet and the Congressional International Anti-Piracy caucuses as well as chairman of the House Republican Technology Working Group. Goodlatte is a graduate of Washington and Lee University School of Law, and he earned his undergraduate degree in government at Bates College, Lewiston, Maine.
Morel is the Class of 1960 Professor of Ethics and Politics at W&L where he has taught in the politics department since 1999. He teaches courses in American government, political philosophy, constitutional law, black American politics, and politics and literature. He received his B.A. from Claremont McKenna College and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Claremont Graduate University. Morel is head of the politics department, directs the annual Institute for Honor symposium and serves as a pre-law advisor. He is an Honored Visiting Graduate Professor at Ashland University, was a Garwood Visiting Fellow at the James Madison Program at Princeton University, and holds an honorary degree from Illinois College. Morel’s publications include “Lincoln’s Sacred Effort: Defining Religion’s Role in American Self-Government” (2000), “Ralph Ellison and the Raft of Hope: A Political Companion to ‘Invisible Man’” (2002), “Lincoln and Liberty: Wisdom for the Ages” (2014), and (with Marc C. Conner) “The New Territory: Ralph Ellison and the Twenty-First Century” (forthcoming, 2016). Morel is a trustee of the Supreme Court Historical Society, past president of the Abraham Lincoln Institute, board member of the Abraham Lincoln Association, editorial board member of the Journal of American Political Thought and of Books & Culture: A Christian Review, and has consulted on exhibits at the Library of Congress on Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War. Morel conducts history workshops for high school teachers throughout the country and has co-written lessons on antebellum and Civil War America and the modern civil rights movement for the EDSITEment website of the National Endowment for the Humanities. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, Christian Science Monitor, Claremont Review of Books, First Things, Richmond Times-Dispatch and Columbus Dispatch. Morel teaches Sunday School and serves on the men’s ministry team at Grace Presbyterian Church, and has coached soccer and baseball for the Rockbridge Area Recreation Organization.
Ruscio is the first lady of Washington and Lee University. Her primary focus is to promote and engage students, alumni, faculty, staff and the community at large in the life of the university. She describes her position as being an ambassador for Washington and Lee, particularly in support of the students. Ruscio was an active participant in the recently completed $542.5 million capital campaign, Honor Our Past, Build Our Future: The Campaign for Washington and Lee. She is involved in advancing leadership initiatives for women at Washington and Lee and has served as a facilitator and group leader of W&L’s Women’s Leadership Summit; she will give the keynote address at the 2016 summit. Ruscio also has been instrumental in restoring and preserving the historical integrity of Lee House, home of the university president, by promoting through educational events, collaboration with campus and community organizations, the historical role that Lee House and the Lee family played in the history of the university. From 1991 to 2002, Ruscio worked in the Admissions and Financial Aid Office at Washington and Lee, managing the university’s work-study program, coordinating the stewardship-scholarship program and developing the counseling program to assist students and graduates with the student loan process. In 2001, she was named associate director. Previously she worked for four years as a financial analyst for the Chapter Thirteen Bankruptcy Trustee, Eastern District of Virginia, in Richmond. Ruscio graduated from the American College of Switzerland, majoring in fashion design and merchandising. While there, she interned with a leading haute-couture house of design in Paris. Ruscio spent 13 years in the women’s fashion industry, working as a sportswear buyer for Bonwit Teller, New York City; an accessory merchandise coordinator at Sibley’s, Syracuse, New York; and as a district/regional manager for Casual Corner, a national women’s retail chain, specializing in wardrobe concepts and designs for the professional woman. She received several awards and recognitions for her visual displays and store layouts. Ruscio also has worked as a retail consultant for the Virginia Main Street Program. She has been active in numerous community organizations, including on the boards of the Lexington Downtown Development Association, Yellow Brick Road Early Childhood Development Center, and Child-Net After School Enrichment Program, president of the Rockbridge Area League of Women Voters, a literacy tutor, and a United Way volunteer. She is a member of the Kendal at Lexington board of directors and currently serves on the national Kendal Corporation Board, chairing the affiliate services and oversight committee.
Straughan is the Crawford Family Dean of Washington and Lee’s Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics and a professor of business administration. He previously served 12 years as associate dean. He earned a B.B.A. in marketing and management from Baylor University and a M.B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Houston. Prior to returning to graduate school, he worked in the refining and marketing division of Shell Oil. Straughan joined the Williams School faculty in 2000 following several years on the faculty at Baylor. At W&L, he teaches or co-teaches a variety of marketing and international business classes, including two in Copenhagen, Denmark, on international corporate social responsibility and sustainable business strategy. Straughan has worked with Professor Elizabeth Oliver for more than 15 years as faculty co-advisors for Washington and Lee Student Consulting, a co-curricular student organization providing pro bono consulting support for businesses and not-for-profits in the U.S. and abroad. He has helped place students in internship or field research opportunities in Belize, Brazil, Denmark, Greenland, Italy, Romania, Spain and the U.K. He has assisted at various times with the Williams School’s Investment and ADMARCOM trips to New York, the government and public policy trip to Washington, the London Summer Internship Program, and the New York Program in International Commerce. Straughan is involved with the Aspen Institute’s Undergraduate Business Education Consortium and is a member of the Danish Institute for Study Abroad’s Business Faculty Advisory Council. He is the author or co-author of more than a dozen journal articles and book chapters and has made more than two dozen presentations at professional conferences. His research on cross-cultural marketing and business education has won awards and commendations from the American Marketing Association, Association of Collegiate Marketing Educators and MCB University Press. In Lexington, Straughan has been active as a baseball and basketball coach with the Rockbridge Area Recreation Organization and as a board member and coach with Lexington Lacrosse.
Undergraduate Class of 2016
Laura Margaret Spencer Ackell (Appleton, Wisconsin) is a business administration major and poverty and human capability studies minor. She has served on the Campus Kitchen Leadership Team for four years, coordinated Volunteer Venture pre-orientation trips to Greensboro, and traveled to Vietnam with the Shepherd International Internship Program. She is a project manager for Washington and Lee Student Consulting and the fundraising coordinator for 2016 Mock Convention. She received the Glynn Family Scholarship for her interest in entrepreneurship and community service.
Rachel Adams-Heard (Austin, Texas) is a business journalism major. A recipient of the Journalism Department’s Landon B. Lane Memorial Scholarship, she has interned at “CBS Evening News,” The Charlotte Observer and Bloomberg News. She received the Society for Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Award for the region and was a national runner-up. She is the campus coordinator for Rockbridge Area Special Olympics.
Edward (Teddy) Holmes Corcoran (Rochester, New York) is a philosophy major and Africana studies minor. He is a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity, the men’s varsity golf team, a four-time scholar-athlete and received First-Team All-ODAC honors. He is the founder and editor in chief of The Mudd Journal of Ethics and director of the journal’s accompanying inaugural conference. He is vice president of both Phi Sigma Tau Philosophy Honor Society and Philosophy Club, an opinions writer for the Ring-tum Phi. He was captain of W&L’s first-place 2015 VFIC Ethics Bowl team and is a member of 24 Student-Athlete group.
Maya Epelbaum (Morristown, New Jersey) is a psychology major and environmental studies and philosophy minor. A Johnson Scholar, she is president of the Student Environmental Action League, captain of the Compost Crew and trip leader of the Outing Club. She is Torah study leader and past community service vice president and communications vice president for Hillel. She is a member of Beta Beta Beta, Phi Eta Sigma and Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society, and she received the A. Paul Knight Scholarship for conservation research.
Johanna Goergen (Kinnelon, New Jersey) is a computer science and mathematics double major. She serves as resident adviser, an LGBT peer counselor and a teaching assistant for computer science. She served as the computer science officer and vice president for Women in Technology and Science. She is the senior class liaison in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
Margaret Anne Hammer (Boston) is an English major and a mass communications and creative writing minor. A recipient of the George A. Mahan Award for Creative Writing, she is also the vice president of recruitment on the Panhellenic Council and was on the council since her first year. She is a resident adviser, has interned for Shenandoah and was a chair on the Voting Regulations Board.
David Heinen (Milwaukee) is a psychology major. A Johnson Scholar, he serves as a peer counselor and a Writing Center tutor. He is vice president of Slow Food W&L, a founding member of the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD) program and a tenor in the University Singers. He received an HHMI Research Grant, a Kendrick Award and a Johnson Opportunity Grant.
Katherine Renée Hodges (Durham, North Carolina) is an economics and politics double major. A member of Phi Eta Sigma, she received the John McKenzie Gunn Scholarship in Economics and was political chair of the 2016 Mock Convention. She was a senior market launch advisor for HavenLock, summer business consultant at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management and a Washington Term intern with the Richard G. Lugar Center in Washington.
Richard (Randy) Karlson (Hudson, Massachusetts) is a politics and mass communications double major. He is a captain on the football team and co-director of communications for the 2016 Mock Convention. He received the ODAC All-Academic Award for the past three years. For the past two years, he interned with Van Scoyoc Associates, a lobbying firm in Washington and for Rep. Kate Hogan at the Massachusetts House of Representatives. He has published in the Washington and Lee Political Review.
Brian Michael Krouskos (Alpharetta, Georgia) is an accounting and business administration major and computer science minor. A four-year member of the men’s tennis team, he has twice been named to the All-ODAC first team. He is an associate director of the Williams Investment Society and worked with Washington and Lee Student Consulting 2013–2014. He is a Eucharistic minister for Catholic Campus Ministry and a peer tutor for introductory accounting and computer science classes.
Paul Villere Lagarde Jr. (Mobile, Alabama) is a politics major and philosophy minor. A recipient of the M.J. Reis Honor Scholarship, he was a class representative on the Executive Committee 2013–2015. He helped re-start the Washington and Lee Spectator magazine and was its editor in chief for two years.
Juan Cruz Mayol (Mar del Plata, Argentina) is a physics-engineering and economics major. He is president of Engineers Without Borders and co-president of Sigma Pi Sigma, the physics honors society. He is co-director of the Entrepreneurs and Inventors Society and was vice-president of Phi Kappa Psi. He was involved in the establishment of the International Student Collaboration Program, and researched and developed a concept for an eco snowboard in Argentina. He served on the editorial committee of Pluma, the Spanish language creative writing magazine.
Bruce McCuskey (Saint Albans, West Virginia) is majoring in history, philosophy and classics. He has completed the Virginia Program at Oxford, the City University of New York Summer Greek Institute and the Notre Dame Medieval Latin Summer Program. He was published in Vexillium: The Undergraduate Journal of Classical and Medieval Studies and The Columbia Undergraduate Journal of Undergraduate Studies. He studied abroad during his junior year at Hertford College, University of Oxford. He teaches religious education classes at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Lexington, and serves on the leadership team of the Catholic Campus Ministry. He is the political research officer for the Iowa delegation of the 2016 Mock Convention. An inductee into Phi Beta Kappa, he holds the Martin Baldwin Whittaker Scholarship in history.
William Payson Miller (Charlotte, North Carolina) is an accounting and business administration major and a recipient of the L.K. Johnson-Rosasco Scholarship. A member of the accounting honor society Beta Alpha Psi, he is active in Kathekon, the Student Recruitment Committee and 2016 Mock Convention. He is a peer counselor, a lead class agent and a member of the Reformed University Fellowship Ministry Team.
Kevin Ortiz (Charlotte, North Carolina) is a politics and sociology/anthropology double major and education minor. A Johnson Scholar, he received the McJunkin Endowment for Student Engagement and the Endeavor International Student Collaboration Grant. He is a member of Pi Sigma Alpha (politics) and Phi Eta Sigma honor societies, is a peer tutor, co-chair of the FYOC Perspectives event, alternate justice on the Student Judicial Council, tour guide and is a political analyst for the 2016 Mock Convention.
Nicole Simpson (Wayzata, Minnesota) is a business administration and East Asian languages and literature double major. A member of the Campus Kitchen Leadership Team and Kathekon, she was a peer tutor, tour guide and university big sister. She is the philanthropy chair of her sorority and is a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Beta Kappa and Beta Gamma Sigma honor societies.
Madison Smith (Marietta, Georgia) is an economics major and poverty studies and education minor. An R.E. Lee Scholar, she is the co-chair of Kathekon and the president of Kappa Alpha Theta. She is the events chair for the 2016 Mock Convention and is on the Reformed University Fellowship Ministry Team.
Dillon Stanfield (Cincinnati) is a biology major and studio art minor. A four-year member of the Washington and Lee football team and senior captain, he participated in the General’s Leadership Academy. A member of TriBeta National Biological Honor Society, Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedical Honor Society and Fellowship of Christian Athletes, he received the W&L Scholar Athlete Award and ODAC All-Academic Award. He was an Outing Club trip leader and volunteers for the Rockbridge County chapter of Habitat for Humanity.
Chase Weber (Wayne, Pennsylvania) is a biology major. He is assistant head resident adviser of the First-Year Leadership Council and was general co-chair of the First-Year Orientation Committee. He founded the W&L Boxing Club, is publicity chair for the Pan Asian Association for Cultural Exchange and volunteers at Stonewall Jackson Hospital. He was a small group leader for the Generals Christian Fellowship and a Summer Research Scholar.
Xiaoxiang Yang (Vermillion, South Dakota) is an economics, physics and mathematics major. An international student from China, he has received the Edwin Claybrook Griffith Scholarship in Economics; the Williams Prize in Mathematics; the Physics, Engineering Sophomore Award; and a 2015 Johnson Opportunity Grant. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Omicron Delta Epsilon National Economics Honor Society, Pi Mu Epsilon Mathematics Honor Society, Sigma Pi Sigma National Physics Honor Society and Phi Eta Sigma. He is a peer tutor, a mathematics tutor and a teaching assistant for Intro to Physics. He has played the violin in the University-Shenandoah Symphony Orchestra. He and two other students founded the Racquet Sports Club.
Undergraduate Class of 2017
Diana Banks (Glenwood Springs, Colorado) is a business administration major. A Robert E. Lee Scholar, she received the Jack S. Callicott ’49 Honor Scholarship and the Douglas Halstead Scholarship and is head resident adviser for staff development. She is a member of the LEAD Team and the key staff for the Outing Club. She is president of Slow Food W&L, CRUX Climbing Team and is an instructor in W&L’s group exercise program.
Matthew Carl (Edmond, Oklahoma) is an economics and German double major and mathematics minor. A member of Phi Eta Sigma, he received the James Wood Prize and is a Buford S. Stephenson Scholar (German department). A co-founder and co-director of Friday Underground Productions, Matthew is a resident adviser, a DAAD Young Ambassador, co-president of the German Club and co-chair of logistics for the Contact Committee. He played on the varsity men’s soccer team 2013–2015 and was on the ODAC Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll.
Elliot Emadian (Normandy, Tennessee) is a mathematics major and dance minor. A national merit scholar, he is a resident adviser, activities chair for the First-Year Orientation Committee and a tour guide. He is co-president of the W&L Repertory Dance Company and belongs to Nu Delta Alpha National Honor Society (dance). He was vice president of fellowship for Alpha Phi Omega Service Fraternity, a member of Phi Eta Sigma, and received the Francis P. Gaines Scholarship and the Todd Jones Memorial Scholarship.
Sam Gibson (Jamestown, North Carolina) is a history and politics double major and French minor. A Johnson Scholar, he is secretary of the Student Judicial Council, is a peer counselor and is the California state chair for 2016 Mock Convention. He is a member of W&L’s Mock Trial team and the co-editor in chief of the Political Review.
John Wilson Miller II (Dallas) is an economics and studio art double major. A recipient of the Dallas Alumni Chapter Honor Scholarship, Wilson belongs to Phi Eta Sigma and is the Texas state chair for 2016 Mock Convention. He is vice president of the Executive Committee and was EC secretary and class representative.
Austin Piatt (Dayton, Ohio) is a double major in politics (with a focus in American government) and philosophy. A member of the men’s basketball team, he is a resident assistant and coordinator of the peer tutors. He is a member of Phi Eta Sigma, Kathekon and the 24 Student-Athlete Group. He is an alternate justice for the Student Judicial Council, writer-researcher for the Mock Convention Platform Committee, editor for The Mudd Journal for Ethics, student representative on the Community Grants Committee and a tour guide. He served on the White Book Review Committee and received the John Warner Public Service Award.
Noelle Rutland (St. Petersburg, Florida) is a global politics and Spanish double major. A Bonner Scholar, she is chair of in-school tutoring for English for Speakers of Other Languages and Lexington trip senior coordinator for the Volunteer Venture program. For her work as the project manager of the Facing Sexual Violence Project, she received the 2015 W&L Decade Award. She has been accepted into several competitive internship programs, including the Shepherd Internship and Washington Term and was a 2015 recipient of the Gilday-Roberts Internship Fund. She was vice president of communications for Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women and is Pi Phi’s vice president of fraternity development.
Katrina Karen-Xiaoming Spiezio (Taunton, Massachusetts) is a politics and studio art double major. A QuestBridge Scholar and Phi Eta Sigma member, she received the DuPont/Hearst Essential Opportunities Grant, the Gilman Scholarship for study abroad in China and the Evans International Experience Grant for a Shepherd Internship in the Dominican Republic. She is a Bonner Scholar, Volunteer Venture leader, secretary of the Club Polo Team, belongs to the W&L Repertory Dance Company and is a member of Phonathon and Kathekon.
Law Class of 2016
John Zachary Balasko (Morgantown, West Virginia) is a 2013 magna cum laude graduate of West Virginia University, with a degree in international studies and world languages, literatures and linguistics. He is lead articles editor for the Washington and Lee Law Review and managing editor of the German Law Journal. Upon graduation, he will serve as a law clerk for the Hon. Paul M. Black, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke.
Alexandra Lian Klein (Staunton, Virginia) graduated cum laude from Virginia Commonwealth University (2007), where she majored in theater with a concentration in costume design. She is a member of the Public Interest Law Student Association, is senior articles editor of the Washington and Lee Law Review and is a resource assistant. She belongs to the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse. She interned with the Virginia Capital Representation Resource Center and with the Office of the Federal Public Defender. Her note, “The Freedom to Pursue a Common Calling: Applying Intermediate Scrutiny to Occupational Licensing,” won the 2015 Washington and Lee Law Council Law Review Award and will be published in the Law Review in 2016.
Claire Leonard (Washington) is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (2011) where she was a political science major. She is managing editor of the Washington and Lee Law Review and received the Roy L. Steinheimer Law Review Award for Outstanding Student Note. She is a student caseworker in the Black Lung Clinic. She was a judicial intern for a U.S. District judge in the District of Columbia, and upon graduation will work as an associate for White & Case in Washington.
Markus X. Murden (Orlando, Florida) graduated from the University of Central Florida in 2013, where he majored in legal studies and philosophy. He works as a McThenia Research Assistant and serves on the board of the Black Law Student Association. He intends to return to Florida and start a practice in criminal defense.
Charlotte Weatherford Rhodes (Huntsville, Alabama) is a graduate of Southern Methodist University (2012), where she majored in mathematics and economics. She is an executive editor of the Washington and Lee Law Review and was a student attorney in the W&L Tax Clinic. Upon graduation, she will work as an associate for Baker Hostetler in Cleveland, Ohio.
Luke Stone (Dallas) graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in business administration. At W&L, he served as a sports czar, president of the Federalist Society, member of the Student Judicial Council and treasurer of the Christian Legal Society. He has interned at Norton Rose Fulbright the past two summers.
Brooke Alexandra Weedon (Richmond, Virginia) is a graduate of the University of Virginia (2013) and majored in foreign affairs and Spanish. She is an executive editor of the Washington and Lee Law Review, lead articles editor of the German Law Journal and a hearing advisor for the Student Judicial Council and the Executive Committee. After graduation, she will clerk for a federal district judge before joining McGuireWoods LLP as an associate in the business and securities litigation practice group.
Law Class of 2017
Lucas M. Barta (Glendale, California) is a graduate of Virginia Tech (2014), where he was president of the Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Chapter and graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in English. He is a staff writer on the Washington and Lee Law Review and is a Kirgis Fellow mentoring first year law students. This summer, he will be working as a summer associate for Morrison Foerster LLP’s corporate practice in northern Virginia.
Leanna Catherine Minix (Salem, Virginia) is a graduate of Davidson College (2012), where she majored in philosophy. She is a hearing adviser for students accused of violating the Washington and Lee Honor System and mentors first-year law students as a Kirgis Fellow. She is a staff writer on the Washington and Lee Law Review and will start a yearlong internship and externship position with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Roanoke this summer.
Dean McNair Nichols Jr. (Harrisonburg, Virginia) graduated with a degree in history from Wheaton College (Illinois). He is a staff writer for the Washington and Lee Law Review, is a member of the Lewis F. Powell Jr. Distinguished Lecture Series Board, mentors first-year law students as a Kirgis Fellow and is vice justice of Phi Alpha Delta. He co-won the John W. Davis Appellate Advocacy Brief Writing Competition.
Jessica Ann Winn (Newberg, Oregon) is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University (2007), where she majored in political science with a minor in technical theater production. She is a law ambassador and is active on the boards of the Women Law Students Organization, American Constitution Society and Public Interest Law Student Association. She is a staff writer for the Washington and Lee Law Review and a junior editor for the German Law Journal. She is a research assistant for Professors Todd C. Peppers and Johanna E. Bond.