Class of 2025 2L Mentors

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Sean Arrieta-Kenna

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Originally from Southern California, Sean graduated from Brown University in 2018 and then completed a two year master’s program in International Economic Policy in Paris and Mexico City. He is interested in government work, particularly in antitrust enforcement and consumer protection.

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Mahshad Badii

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Born in Iran and raised in California, Mahshad is a 2L passionate about antitrust, labor justice, and civil rights broadly. Prior to law school, she studied Political Science and Near Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley and later served as the senior paralegal in the policy section of the Department of Justice's Antitrust Division. At Stanford, she helps run the Workers' Rights Pro Bono, is a member editor for Stanford Law Review, and will participate in both moot court and SCOTUS Clinic. She spent her 1L summer interning for public sector labor union AFSCME. She will be spending her 2L summer at Gupta Wessler LLP.

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Harry Bagenstos

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Harry is from Ann Arbor, Michigan, and attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, where he majored in History and the College of Social Studies. His interests include labor and disability issues. During his 1L summer, Harry worked at McKnight Canzano Smith Radtke & Brault, a union-side labor law firm in Detroit. On campus, he is involved in Stanford Law and Political Economy, the National Lawyers Guild, the Workers' Rights pro bono, and the Plaintiffs' Lawyers Association, and he is co-Editor-in-Chief of the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. Outside of school, Harry enjoys reading history, political theory, and literary fiction, watching movies from around the world, and rooting on the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Pistons.

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Becky Berman

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Becky is from Belmont, California. She graduated from Bowdoin College in 2020 with majors in Government/Legal Studies and Francophone Studies and a minor in Computer Science. Before law school, she worked as a paralegal and primarily focused on class action cases advocating for people incarcerated in California state prisons. She also volunteered as a counselor on a hotline supporting survivors of sexual violence. At SLS, she is a member of the Domestic Violence Pro Bono Project and Stanford Law Review. She is also on the board of If/When/How and a co-founder of SLS’s new Reproductive Justice Pro Bono Project. Becky spent her 1L summer as an intern with the ACLU of Southern California’s LGBTQ, Gender, and Reproductive Justice Project and will join the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic this fall.

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Aidan Brice

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Aiden graduated from Brown University in 2021 with a degree in political science and economics. The following year, he taught at a Title I high school in Boston as part of the AmeriCorps public service program. Aiden wants to continue working on behalf of children and teenagers after he becomes a lawyer, and I spent last summer interning with a youth justice organization in Austin called the Lone Star Justice Alliance! His hobbies include playing saxophone, pickup basketball, and all things Detroit sports.

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Sophia Caldera

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Sophia is from Bethesda, Maryland. She graduated from Harvard College in 2019, majoring Philosophy and minoring in Molecular and Cellular Biology. Before law school, Sophia worked as a speechwriter for U.S. Senator Alex Padilla, a Marjorie Deane Intern at The Economist, and a reader for Judge David Tatel. At SLS, she is a member of SLLSA, the Social Security Disability Project, and the Stanford Law Review. She spent her 1L summer working for the Maryland Attorney General's Office on litigation related to the foster care system.

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Isaac Cui

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Isaac grew up in a mix of Beaverton, OR, and Austin, TX. He studied physics and politics at Pomona College and read two masters degrees in regulation and social data science at the London School of Economics on a Marshall Scholarship. At Stanford, he's helps coordinate the Native Law, Election Law, and Housing pro bono projects, contributes to research with Profs. Ho and O'Connell, and plans public sector professional development events for APILSA. He spent his 1L summer at the Voting Section of the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division and the Northwest Justice Project's Native American Unit. He also has a cat named Tangie and is an avid fan of Taylor Swift.

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Emma Dougherty

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Emma graduated from St. Olaf College in 2022 with majors in Philosophy and Music and concentrations in gender and sexuality studies and statistics and data science. A co-president of Outlaw and a leader of the Transgender, Gender-Variant, and Intersex Pro Bono Project, Emma is deeply committed to LGBTQ+ advocacy, especially where this work overlaps with the criminal legal system. At Stanford, Emma is also on the boards of SPARC and the Criminal Law Society and is a member editor on Stanford Law Review. Beyond LGBTQ+ advocacy work, they have a rich background in domestic violence and sexual assault advocacy, having worked as an advocate for survivors and volunteered on numerous dv crisis lines. During the summer of 2023, they worked at the Cornell Center on the Death Penalty Worldwide, working with lawyers opposing Uganda's Anti-Homosexuality Act and researching the use of gender stereotypes in capital sentencing.

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Sara Evall

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Sara grew up in Los Angeles, CA, and then attended college at Duke University in North Carolina where she studied forced migration. After that, she moved to Washington, DC for three years, working first for the American Constitution Society and then for a primarily appellate, plaintiff-side firm called Gupta Wessler. At SLS, Sara is VP of Community Development for OutLaw, a Member Editor of the Stanford Law Review, a participant the Project Clean Slate pro bono project, and a member of the Plaintiffs’ Law Association. She’s excited to be spending her 2L fall in the environmental law clinic. During her 1L summer, Sara worked at the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office (Worker Protection Team). In her free time, she loves to cook, spend time in the sun, consume various types of media, and spend quality time with friends

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Stephen Ferruolo

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Stephen graduated from Wesleyan University where I majored in government and psychology. He wrote his senior thesis on how immigration is covered in the media and its effects on public opinion and elections. After graduating, Stephen worked on a couple of political campaigns before working for an organization that helps to recruit candidates to run for local offices across the country. His interests include election and voting rights law as well as environmental law. At Stanford, Stephen has worked on the Environmental Law Pro Bono Project and is co-president of the Stanford Law Democrats.

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Hannah Fleischmann

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Hannah is from Seattle, Washington and she graduated from Emory University in 2020. After undergrad, she worked as a paralegal for the Federal Legal Clinic of the New York Legal Assistance Group, where she provided free legal assistance to litigants representing themselves in federal civil lawsuits. She also volunteered with Sanctuary for Families where she helped prepare gender and sexuality-based asylum cases. At SLS, Hannah co-founded the Reproductive Justice Pro Bono Project and is a board member of If/When/How and the American Constitution Society. She is also the Student Note Editor for the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and a member of the Domestic Violence Pro Bono Project. Hannah interned at Legal Momentum her 1L summer where she worked primarily on reproductive justice impact litigation and she will be joining the Immigrants’ Rights Clinic in the fall. In her free time, she enjoys eating good food and obsessively documenting restaurants she likes, hiking, running and reading fiction.

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Katie Garcia

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Katie is interested in criminal defense and civil rights litigation. This past summer, she worked at MALDEF in San Antonio, Texas, doing voting rights litigation and racial justice work. Before law school, she was a Fulbright grantee to the Netherlands.

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Dave Haines

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Dave is from Pittsburgh. Before attending law school, he served 14 years active duty as a pilot in the Marine Corps, and worked briefly as a civilian on the intersection of energy, climate, and national security.

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Harith Khawaja

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Harith is interested in public interest litigation, particularly at the appellate level. He worked at ICAP at Georgetown Law Center last summer. Prior to Stanford, he was a software engineer and attended Amherst College for his undergraduate degree.

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Sofia Kimball

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Sofia grew up in small town Vermont. She graduated from New York University with a degree in Global Liberal Studies. Since college, Sofia has moved many different places and held many different jobs. She worked as an immigration legal assistant in both the private and nonprofit sectors, served as an AmeriCorps member at a refugee resettlement organization, volunteered at an immigration legal aid nonprofit in Tanzania, and helped run a shelter for immigrant women and children in Texas. She remains passionate about immigrants’ rights, immigration reform, and expanding pro bono immigration representation. Sofia is a 2L transfer student at SLS and spent her 1L year at UC Law San Francisco (formerly UC Hastings). During her 1L summer, she interned at Kids in Need of Defense’s San Francisco office. In her free time, Sofia loves being outside, going to bed early, and sharing embarrassing stories.

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Justin Lannacone

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Justin is a 2L from South Florida. He is interested in legal opportunities in state and local government with a focus on civil rights enforcement and ethics and government accountability. During his 1L summer, Justin interned on the San Francisco City Attorney's Office's Government Team. Before coming to SLS, he worked in Washington, DC as a government relations consultant and held multiple roles in federal and municipal government. In his free time, Justin loves to cook with friends and spend time at the beach.

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Shannon Lee

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Shannon is from Queens, NY and is currently a 2L at SLS. She is planning to pursue a career in public interest law and is interested in civil rights litigation, class actions, and agency oversight. Prior to law school, she was a Director's Financial Analyst at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), where she worked in the Student Lending Markets Office and Section for Public Engagement. This past summer, she was a legal intern at the New York Legal Assistance Group's Special Litigation Unit where she worked on cases about government benefits, housing subsidies, and immigration. At SLS, Shannon is an editor of the Stanford Law Review and Co-President of the First-Generation & Low-Income Professionals affinity group. Shannon received her B.A. from Tufts University in Economics and Political Science.

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Jacqueline Lewittes

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Jacqueline was born and raised in New York. She graduated from the University of Chicago in 2022 with a degree in Law, Letters, and Society. She is primarily interested in criminal defense work and criminal justice reform. In college, she worked at UChicago’s Federal Criminal Justice Clinic. This summer, she interned at the Federal Defender Program for the Northern District of Illinois. At SLS, Jacqueline is an Articles Editor for the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Journal, a Member Editor for Stanford Law Review, and a Community Engagement Co-Chair for Women+ of Stanford Law. She also does pro bono work with the Reproductive Justice Pro Bono Project, and she will join the Supreme Court Litigation Clinic this spring. In her free time, Jacqueline enjoys working out, listening to podcasts, baking, and drinking copious amounts of caffeine.

Lisa Lu

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Lisa Lu is a second-year law student at Stanford Law School where she is involved with the Housing Pro Bono Project, the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights & Civil Liberties, the American Constitution Society, and the Women of Color Collective. She spent her first summer at the ACLU of Northern California. Before law school, Lisa earned a BA in Computer Science from Harvard University and worked as a Research Fellow at the Regulation, Evaluation, and Governance Lab and as a Software Engineer at Lyft.

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Emma Lurie

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Emma is a public interest technologist and law student exploring the intersection of technology, democracy, and law.

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Joelle Miller

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Joelle is a 2L KJD from Virginia and is pursuing a career in civil rights impact litigation. She worked at NAACP LDF this past summer and had an unbelievably rewarding time. Outside of school/work she loves hiking and nature, watching movies, and vegan food!

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Hannah Motley

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Hannah is a 2L from Kansas City interested in education law and policy. During her 1L summer, she completed a judicial externship in the Tenth Circuit. In her precious little free time, she enjoys printmaking, watching Orioles baseball, and meeting new dogs on campus.

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Alana Murphy

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Before law school, Alana Murphy spent time researching migration policy and working in international development in the Middle East, Northern Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America, China, and the United States. She was selected for a Fulbright Research Fellowship in the Philippines, and previously worked with DAI Global LLC, the International Organization for Migration, World Relief, and the U.S. Department of State. She also founded the Beautiful Crossing, an online platform providing educational resources about the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program ( Alana completed her BA in Public Policy Analysis at Pomona College, her MS in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University as a Schwarzman Scholar, and will receive her JD in 2025.

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Saseen Najjar

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Saseen was born and raised in Southern California. He completed his undergrad at the University of Pennsylvania, and worked for about five years before law school in nonprofit consulting, science journalism, and political data science. He loves rock climbing and skiing, cooking with plants, voting rights, and democracy reform.

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Stasia Reisinger

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Stasia is a 2L at SLS from Evansville, IN. She spent her 1L summer at the Orleans Public Defenders and is dedicated to prison abolition and ending mass incarceration. Before law school, Stasia worked in immigration advocacy in Chicago and is interested in the intersectional relationships between justice issues. At SLS, she assists the Worker's Rights Pro Bono Project, is mentorship co-chair for WSL+, and is the service co-coordinator for Stanford Prison Abolition Resource Coalition (SPARC).

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Rachel Schten

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Rachel is a UC Berkeley alumna and current 2L at SLS interested in government, environmental, and land use law. As a 1L, she split her summer between a 1L Fellowship for Advancing Diversity in the Profession in the San Francisco Office of Pillsbury, Winthrop, Shaw, Pittman and an internship with the San Francisco City Attorney's Office Land Use Team. During her 2L Fall quarter, Rachel will be working as an extern and conducting research for the California Attorney General's Office Consumer Protection Section. She has a B.A. in Urban Studies, B.S. in Environmental Economics & Policy, and Spanish minor from UC Berkeley where she focused on housing research. In her free time, Rachel likes to hike, do yoga, read, and go to concerts.

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Paige Singer

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Paige is from Maine and attended the University of Virginia for college. She then worked on antitrust cases at the DOJ as an economic analyst. At SLS, Paige is a volunteer with Project Clean Slate (our record expungement pro bono) and a member editor of the Stanford Law Review. She loved her 1L summer gig in the civil appeals bureau of the New York Attorney General and plans to continue working in the public sector after graduation.

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Ross Snyder

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Ross Snyder is a 2L at Stanford Law with an interest in civil rights and poverty law. Before coming to law school, Ross studied at Georgetown University, and completed a master's degree in political science at Oxford, where he explored the mechanisms that help sustain economic and racial inequality in progressive communities. At Stanford, he is a member editor for the Stanford Law Review, a member of the articles committee for the Stanford Law & Policy Review, Co-President of the Law & Political Economy Club, Co-Leader of the Social Security Disability Pro Bono Project, and a member of Stanford Law Students for Climate Action. As a 1L, Ross also served with the Housing Pro Bono Project and was a member editor for the Stanford Environmental Law Review, where he helped organize and co-moderated a panel on democratic participation in climate initiatives for the Justice in the Energy Transition Symposium. He has served as a research assistant for the Stanford Center for Racial Justice, for Prof. Desmond King and Prof. Rogers Smith in studying changing racial political coalitions in the U.S., and for Prof. Jane Schacter in studying abortion jurisprudence. He spent his 1L summer working as a student representative in Brooklyn Housing Court for Legal Services New York City (LSNYC). Ross is also a member of the Stanford Law soccer and basketball pickup and rec leagues and an avid fan of foamy coffee drinks, obscenely long books, and dog with legs too short for their bodies.

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David Toppelberg

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Originally from Boston, David moved to San Francisco after graduating from Yale with a degree in Economics. Before law school, David worked at the intersection of antitrust and health care policy, first as a researcher at various think tanks and later as a policy staffer in the Newsom administration. At SLS, David is Co-President of the Stanford Latinx Law Students Association (SLLSA); a Co-Director of the Workers’ Rights Pro Bono Project; a member of the boards of the Stanford Law and Political Economy (LPE) chapter and the Stanford Antitrust and Policy Association; and a member of the Jewish Law Students Association (JLSA). Additionally, he works as a research assistant for Professor Michelle Anderson on issues related to local and state government, inequality, and poverty. For his 1L summer, David clerked at Legal Aid at Work (LAAW), where he provided legal assistance to low-income workers. Next summer, he will be working at a union-side firm in California. Outside of law school, David can be found exploring California on his motorcycle, attending punk shows in the Bay area, skateboarding on Stanford’s idyllic campus, and making wood furniture.

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Lilly Weidhaas

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Lilly grew up in Connecticut before her family moved to California when she was in high school. She completed undergrad at Pomona College where she majored in politics, philosophy, and economics. Lilly is interested in children's law, particularly in the juvenile justice system and education law. At Stanford, Lilly is an SLA Academic co-chair, co-president of the Youth and Education Advocates (YEA), and involved with the Legal Education for Adolescents (LEAP) pro-bono. She spent her 1L summer completing a judicial externship in the D.C. Federal District Courts.

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Sarah Wishingrad

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Sarah is originally from Los Angeles and graduated from Stanford in 2018. Before returning for law school, she received a master's degree from Oxford University and worked as a paralegal. This past summer she interned at Reprieve UK.

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Victor Wu

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Víctor is a rising 2L interested in environmental law. He split his 1L summer between U.S. EPA and the California Attorney General's Environment and Natural Resources Sections. In undergrad, he interned with the Environmental Law Institute and DOJ ENRD.

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Angela Xiao

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Angela is a 2L from Brooklyn, NY and Shanghai, China. She studied history in college, spent 1L summer working at a US Attorney's Office and for a federal appellate judge, and is interested in all things criminal law and civil liberties! In her free time, she loves reading, watching bad reality dating shows, and swimming.