A native of Santa Fe, New Mexico, Sarracina (aka Cina) graduated from Columbia University with a BA in Environmental Biology and Dance in 2009. After college, Cina divided her time between touring with an all-Native American contemporary dance company and working for an independent think tank in New Mexico. She then spent some time leading a group of at-risk youth in green service-learning construction projects in the Santa Fe area. Before taking a year to explore life and the law in Seattle, Cina taught English in Thailand through the Fulbright Program. At Stanford, Cina is involved with the Native American Law Students Association, the Native Amicus Briefing Pro Bono, and the Environmental Law Journal. She spent her 1L summer with the National Indian Education Association supporting the organization’s work in fighting for increased tribal sovereignty in the realm of Native education. She hopes to use her JD as a tool in becoming an advocate for tribal populations within the US, particularly her home communities in the Pueblos of New Mexico.
Ashlee Pinto is a 2011 graduate from DePaul University and a member of the Tunica-Biloxi Tribe. After earning her bachelors in Political Science and in Public Relations, Ashlee worked at the Jewish Council for Youth Services, a summer pre-school, and later moved to Washington, D.C. to serve as the Program Specialist for the Native American Political Leadership Program. Ashlee spent her 1L summer as a Ford Fellow at the Indian Law Resource Center in Washington, D.C., and her 2L summer at Sidley Austin LLP, Chicago. Moving to the big apple, Ashlee has accepted an Associate position at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP.
Cassidy Rice grew up in Myrtle Creek, a rural logging town in Southern Oregon, and is a member of the Cow Creek Umpqua tribe. She graduated from Reed College in 2009 and spent the next three years working in her hometown’s lumber mill, teaching high school in South Korea, and traveling extensively around South Asia. Cassidy is a member of Stanford’s NALSA and is a student leader of the Volunteer Attorney Program for Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto. She is a senior editor of the Stanford Law Review and the Stanford Environmental Law Journal. She has participated in the Criminal Defense Clinic as both a full-time and advanced student. Cassidy spent her 1L summer interning with the tribal liaison at the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Oregon and her 2L summer with Sonosky Chambers, a small law firm dedicated to representing Native American tribes. She is excited to be externing at the Alameda County Public Defender this winter.
Kori is a graduate of William and Mary. Prior to coming to Stanford Law, Kori worked with the federal government and also with an international organization. At Stanford, Kori is involved with the Environmental Law Society, the Environmental Law Journal, and the Mock Trial Team. She also participates in StreetLaw and the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Program.
Nikki Marquez is a second year student at Stanford Law School. In law school, she is the President of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project and President of the Stanford International Human Rights Law Association. Nikki also volunteers for the Immigration Pro Bono project, is a member of the Native American Law Students Association, the Stanford Latino Law Students Association, and the Asian Pacific Islander Law Students Association. Originally from Monterey Park, California, Nikki received her B.A. in Public Policy from Stanford University, and her M.A. in International Relations and International Economics from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. Prior to starting law school, she worked on anti-human trafficking legislation and on the national human trafficking hotline.
Born in Honolulu and brought up on the Big Island of Hawai’i, Kip graduated from Stanford in 2011 with a degree in literature and ethics. Prior to law school he worked as an editorial assistant at a literary–political journal. He serves on the board of the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, and he has participated in Stanford Law’s youth and education clinic and the Stanford Three Strikes Project. Kip spent his first-year summer in the civil division at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in San José, California and his second-year summer at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund in San Antonio, Texas.