Matt Russo is a 3L JD candidate from Long Island, New York. Graduating in three years, magna cum laude, Matt received his B.S. in Accounting from the University at Albany, SUNY. Matt has interned with the Suffolk County District Attorney Economic Crimes Bureau, and most recently interned with PricewaterhouseCooper’s International Tax Services group. During the summers, Matt also works as a ferry captain of passenger vessels across the Great South Bay off of Long Island’s south shore. With his spare time, Matt enjoys spending time at the beach with friends and family.
Going forward, Matt plans to sit for the CPA examinations beginning Fall 2014 and, upon completing his JD, enroll in a LLM degree program with an emphasis on International Tax.
Vikram is a third year law student from St. Joseph, Michigan. He earned his Bachelors of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan. After spending summers in college working for political sociologist Michael Heaney and State Senator John Proos, he felt compelled to enter the legal profession and enrolled at Michigan State College of Law. Upon completion of his first year of law school, Vikram obtained a position as a law clerk for the Prosecuting Attorney’s Association of Michigan and was placed in Berrien County MI for ten weeks. The position allowed him to prosecute over 400 misdemeanor cases and provided unparalleled experience as a litigator. After taking a healthcare law class during his second year of law school, Vikram decided he had great interest in the subject area. In the spring of his second year, he was offered a summer compliance position at the University of Michigan Health System and gladly accepted the opportunity. Now in his final year of law school, Vikram hopes to use his summer experiences to practice healthcare law upon graduation.
Mi-Hae is a third year law student from Rochester, Michigan. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Michigan. During her summers in college, Mi-Hae had two international internships with LG Electronics in South Korea and China. She credits her summers working overseas with providing her invaluable insight as to how to work effectively in unfamiliar settings and with diverse groups of people. After receiving her undergraduate degree, Mi-Hae worked for an automotive supplier company, which supplied automotive parts to the Big Three. During this time, she also started her own third-party logistic services company with two of her fellow Michigan graduates. Her recent experiences include a judicial clerkship in the business sector of the Cook County Circuit Court in Chicago. Recently, she was a Summer Associate at Warner Norcross and Judd LLP in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Now in her final year of law school, Mi-Hae hopes to use her various business experiences to practice corporate law upon graduation.
Jacob Satin is a 3L student at Michigan State University College of Law. Jacob grew up in Richmond, Virginia and Ann Arbor, Michigan. In 2012, Jacob graduated cum laude from Michigan State University with both a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy and a Bachelors of Science in History. During law school, Jacob has interned for the Attorney General of Virginia, has served as an extern in chambers for the Honorable David McKeague of the 6th Circuit United States Court of Appeals, and this past summer, Jacob was a J.D. Associate at Paramount Pictures in Los Angeles, California. He was assigned to the International Distribution legal group. After graduation, Jacob plans to become an intellectual property litigator and hopes to practice in Michigan. In his spare time, Jacob enjoys training for marathons, riding his motorcycle, and playing electric guitar with his law school study group.
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Wiley is a third year law student from Salt Lake City, Utah. He graduated cum laude from Utah State University with a Bachelors of Science degree in political science and a minor in history. During college, Wiley interned for the Utah State Legislature and helped draft the Water Conveyance Facilities Safety Act of 2010 to identify and address potential structural failures within Utah’s extensive system of canals. While in law school Wiley has interned for the Washtenaw County Office of Public Defender and the Michigan State Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division. He has also found that he has a liking for tax law and has worked as a clinician for the Alvin L. Storrs Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic. In his free time Wiley enjoys spending time outdoors and loves to take his two corgis on hikes and to go to the beach.
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Sangik is a third year student from South Korea. He earned a Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering from Handong Global University in South Korea. After graduation, he began working at Samsung SDS, a major Korean Information Technology company, as a project manager and programmer. While in law school, he also worked at an international Korean law firm, LOGOS, the 51st Fighter Wing Headquarter Office of Staff Judge Advocates in South Korea, and the Chapter 13 Bankruptcy Trustee for the Western District of Michigan. He also worked as an intern for the Honorable Thomas P. Boyd at the 55th District Court in Mason and the Honorable Rosemarie E. Aquilina at 30th Circuit Court in Lansing. Currently, Sangik is working as a judicial intern for the Honorable Bernard A. Friedman at District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan in Detroit. After graduation, Sangik hopes to pursue his work in business and patent law.
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Adam is a third year law student from Plymouth, Michigan. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Michigan State University. Shortly after graduating from Michigan State, Adam traveled to the Republic of Korea to work as a teacher. Adam worked in Korea for five years where served as a Head Teacher of Gyeonggi English Village, and was responsible for teaching and creating programs for Korean judges, law students, government employees, as well as other international students. Due his time spent in Korea, Adam wrote his student note on the history of North Korean policy employed by each South Korean president, and remains very much interested inter-Korean relations. During law school, Adam has worked for the Ingham County Probate Court and the Michigan Department of Attorney General, and this fall, Adam will work as a teaching assistant for Equity and Secured Transactions. In his spare time, Adam likes to read and spend time with his family.
Matthew is a third year law student from Trabuco Canyon, California. He graduated from Washington State University with a degree in Business Administration; he also worked for the Cougar’s football and basketball teams with a role in the athletic marketing department. While in law school, Matthew has pursued interests in sports and tax law whiling working at the Rep1 Sports Group and the Alvin L. Storrs Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic. In addition, Matthew developed a growing interest in international law while studying abroad in Croatia as part of the MSU College of Law’s Intellectual Property Summer Institute. Upon graduation, Matthew plans to return to California and pursue a career in the professional sports industry.
Lauren is a third year law student from Cleveland, Ohio. She attended Ohio Northern University where she majored in Psychology and Dance. For two years prior to entering law school Lauren worked in Houston, Texas as a Licensed Foster Parent for an organization called Casa de Esperanza. Casa de Esperanza is a safe place for children in crisis due to abuse, neglect, or the effects of HIV. This organization provides children with residential care, and medical and psychological services depending on the needs of each child. It was this position that led her to law school and the desire to work as a child advocate. During her law school career Lauren worked for the 55th District Court in Mason, Glassen Rhead Law Firm in Lansing, she was an Advocacy Teaching Assistant, and she participated in the Chance at Childhood Clinic. In addition, during the summer after her second year of law school, Lauren was honored to become a Bergstrom Child Welfare Law Fellow through the University of Michigan Law School, and she worked at The Detroit Center for Family Advocacy.
Michelle is a 3L from Plano, Texas. She attended University of Arkansas and received a Bachelor of Science in International Business and was able to participate in organizations such as Students in Free Enterprise. During law school, Michelle worked as an intern at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, The Netherlands. She also had the opportunity to study abroad in Poland.
Bethany is a third year law student from Wilmington, Ohio. She earned a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University. Since starting law school, she has made Dean’s List every semester. Her focus has been on intellectual property law generally and patent law in particular. During the summer after her 1L year, she clerked at Rolls-Royce, and then received a summer associate at Dinsmore & Shohl during the summer following her 2L year. She hopes to practice patent law in Ohio upon graduation.
Graduating high school in northern Michigan, Greg attended the University of Michigan where he earned a B.A. in English and commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army, branching Judge Advocate General. While in undergrad, Greg spent his summers as a Boy Scout camp counselor instructing youths on shooting sports and amateur radio. After his first year of law school, Greg interned for the Federal Public Defender’s office in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He also pursued his interest in international law by attending the MSU Poland Study Abroad Program. Greg’s passion is to teach, and he taught high school students 1st Amendment law through the MSU First Amendment Clinic last fall, and served as Professor Favre’s Property class teaching assistant last spring. Greg currently finishing a large project as part of a directed study regarding the instruction and implementation of the rule of law abroad in post-conflict societies under the guidance of Prof. Barnhizer. He also currently works as a circulation desk employee at the law library and as a law clerk at Sinas Dramis Law Firm. Greg spends his free time hiking, target shooting, fishing, and reading history of the ancient Roman Republic.
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Stephanie Blumenau is a third year law student from Brighton, MI. She graduated from Siena Heights University in 2011 with a B.A. in Sports Management and a Spanish minor. While in undergraduate, she had a Broadcast and Multimedia Internship with the Detroit Pistons and Shock at the Palace of Auburn Hills and a Sales Internship with NASCAR’s Michigan International Speedway. She was also the President of the Student Senate. While attending Michigan State University College of Law (MSU Law), Stephanie has had an internship with the Michigan Immigrant Rights Center in Ann Arbor, MI and is a Civil Rights Clinician for MSU Law. She is also a member of the Geoffrey Fieger Practice Institute and the vice president of Communications for Triangle Bar. She has worked as a research assistant for the Talsky Institute (to include genocide education in schools) and as a research assistant for MSU Law professors. Stephanie hopes to work in Immigration or as a Civil Rights attorney once she graduates. Stephanie is fluent in Spanish and has spent time living in Cuernavaca, Mexico. She enjoys reading, creative writing, sports, and learning about quantum mechanics.