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3L Students

Matt Bates graduated with high honors from Michigan State University, with a degree in Hospitality Business. Working his way through law school, Matt has spent the last 5 years in management with the Andiamo Restaurant Group. While working for Andiamo, Matt has held several positions including General Manager. Matt has also dedicated time to learning the intricacies of motion practice through the shadowing of attorneys in Metro Detroit. Matt is interested in complex commercial litigation with emphasis on issues in the construction industry.

Lia Clarkson received her undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in Sociology. Lia serves as the Events Coordinator for the newly formed student group, the Federal Attorney Practice Association. She has spent past summers working for the Attorney General's Office in the Consumer Protection Division, as well as for the Genesee County Prosecutor's Office in District Court, where she will be returning to extern in Probate Court for the Juvenile Abuse and Neglect Division.

Mike Cole received his Bachelor's degree in 2008 from Albion College in Psychology. Mike spent his first summer as a clerk at the Michigan Court of Appeals for Hon. Richard A. Bandstra and then spent his second summer as a clerk to Hon. Paul L. Maloney in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan. Mike has been a law clerk at Hanes & Associates law firm in East Lansing while attending law school. Mike is also the Consulting Editor for the Journal of Medicine and Law. In his free time, Mike enjoys working and riding his motorcycle, learning to play guitar, and exercising.

As a third year law student with the goal of becoming a trial attorney upon graduation, Joseph Cox has engaged in all facets of trial preparation for clients of MSU's Civil Rights Clinic.

Joseph is an articles editor for Law Review and has worked as a Teaching Assistant to Professor Daphne O'Regan, and served as co-chair of the MSU Chapter of the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy.

He spent his first summer during law school working for the Florida State Attorney's Office for the 20th Judicial Circuit where he supported the Assistant State Attorneys' motion practice and trial preparation. His second summer was spent studying abroad in Poland as part of MSU's inaugural program in Comparative EU-US Law.

Joseph graduated from Florida Gulf Coast University where he earned a B.A. in Political Science with minors in Global Studies and History. He also served as captain of the university's first-ever mock trial team to compete at the Phi Alpha Delta National Mock Trial Competition, where the team placed third overall and took first place for Best Defense.

Outside of law school, Joseph enjoys playing ice hockey, hiking, cycling, traveling, reading, and collecting historical and antique books.

Jerome Crawford continued to bleed green after completing his undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree at Michigan State University. Jerome currently serves in several roles at the Law College including: as the Executive Director of the Moot Court and Trial Advocacy Board on the trial side, as Vice President of the Black Law Students Association, and as Director of Entertainment for the Sports and Entertainment Law Society. Over his summers he had the opportunity to work as a summer associate at two Detroit area law firms: Bodman, LLP and, most recently, Dickinson Wright, PLLC. He also interned for the Honorable Marianne O. Battani at the United States District for the Eastern District of Michigan.

Alex Duros received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Ripon College in 2009. At Ripon College, Alex played on the varsity baseball team and served as the President of the Ripon College Pre-Law Society.

Alex spent the summer after his 1L year working as a legal extern at the Wisconsin Department of Justice. After his second year of law school, Alex clerked at the Wisconsin Supreme Court for Justice Michael J. Gableman. Alex is also a member of the Appellate Moot Court Board.

John Fillmore received his degree from Alma College with a major in History. He played on the baseball team while at Alma. He is currently a member of the Michigan State Law Review. While in law school, John spent his first summer at the Research Division of the Michigan Court of Appeals in Lansing. He worked for the Prosecuting Attorney's Association of Michigan in Montcalm County during his second summer. He stayed with the Montcalm Prosecutor's office as an extern during his third year of law school.

After graduation, John hopes to work as a prosecutor in Michigan. In his free time, he enjoys the outdoors, sports, brewing, and spending time with his family.

Alyssa Floyd is from Sioux Falls, South Dakota and she received her Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice and Spanish from the University of South Dakota in December 2008. Prior to attending law school in the fall of 2009, she worked at a Children's Care Hospital and School with special needs children.

Alyssa spent her first summer of law school working as an extern with the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office in Detroit, MI. Also during that summer, as a part of an MSU-COL study abroad program, she studied at Universidad de Panamericana in Guadalajara, Mexico. During her second summer of law school she worked as a certified legal intern at the Sacramento County District Attorney's Office in Sacramento, CA. In her final semester of law school she will be completing an externship with the Ingham County Prosecutor's Office in Lansing, MI.

Upon graduation, Alyssa is looking forward to working as a prosecuting attorney. In her free time she enjoys reading, watching movies, exercising and traveling.

Bryan J. GenrichBRYAN J. GENRICH
Bryan J. Genrich graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Business Management. Prior to attending law school, he worked for two years as a commercial real estate agent in metro-Detroit. Bryan has been very involved at the Michigan State College of Law including being a member of several clubs and student groups, serving as a faculty liaison, and helping fellow students as a teaching assistant. He currently serves as President of the MSU College of Law Ice Hockey Club and is a Captain on the Appellate Moot Court Board.

Outside of the classroom Bryan has furthered his legal education through legal externships and internships. After his first year, he worked at the Washtenaw County Public Defender’s Office while also clerking for the Honorable Rose Marie Aquilina in the 30th Circuit Court of Michigan. Following his second year of law school, Bryan worked at the Michigan Supreme Court, Michigan Judicial Institute and also clerked for the Honorable Sean F. Cox in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Bryan also gained additional experience this year while working at the Small Business & Nonprofit Clinic at the MSU College of Law Legal Clinics.

In his spare time, Bryan enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing sports, and cooking.

Jessie Hutchison received a degree in Behavioral Psychology at Western Michigan University. She always knew that she wanted to pursue a legal career, but it was not until her child psychology class that she decided to help children from a legal perspective. Her focus at law school is Child Welfare and Family Law. Jessie participated in the Chance at Childhood Clinic at Michigan State University College of Law. After working with the clinic, she published an article in The Michigan Child Welfare Law Journal. During the summers, she has interned with a Guardian ad Litem attorney, and a Family Law attorney.

Crystal Kakos graduated from Wayne State University with a double-major in Political Science and International Relations. Crystal serves as the Senior Articles Editor for the Journal of Business and Securities Law and is the liaison for MSU-COL to the Oakland County Bar Association. She has been working as a law clerk at the Law Office of Attorney Richard Rashid in East Lansing since February of 2011 doing litigation oriented work. Crystal was also a civil procedure teaching assistant for Professor Robert Filliatraut. Additionally, she has extensive experience in the title and mortgage industry as she worked in a management capacity in the field for five years prior to law school.

Crystal enjoys travelling, watching movies and reading in her spare time. Upon graduation, she plans on practicing in Michigan, in the Oakland County area.

Erin Kelly graduated from Denison University in 2009 with a double major in Political Science and History. She is currently a member of the Appellate Moot Court Board where she recently finished as a semi-finalist in the Appellate Lawyers Association competition in Chicago, IL. Erin spent her first summer of law school working as a legal clerk at the Ohio Department of Commerce in Columbus, OH. She spent her second summer as a legal intern for the Cook County Public Defender's Office in Chicago, IL. Upon graduation, Erin is looking forward to pursue a career in criminal law. In her free time, Erin enjoys running, yoga, and spending time with friends and family.

Thomas Knox is from the very small cow-town of Worton, MD. He went to undergrad at WV Wesleyan College where he majored in criminal justice and minored in sociology and computer science. After graduating he stayed for another year to work full time as the graduate assistant of judicial affairs. While in GA, he took some MBA courses and got a degree in philosophy.

During his first summer of law school, he took several courses and interned at the circuit court of Wayne County for general legal counsel writing opinions and orders of the judges. This past summer, he split his time between Ingham County's Prosecutor's Office - Appellate Division and the law firm: Glassen, Rhead, McLean, Campbell & Schumacher. This semester he externed at Michigan's Department of Attorney General – Appellate Division.

When he graduates, he plans to return to WV to work in litigation with some of his undergraduate classmates who currently attend the law school at WVU. His personal interests are bowling, hunting, working on electronics, and doing anything outdoors.

Jen Lipinski graduated from the University of Central Florida with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Legal Studies. Jen serves as the Vice President of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund and is an associate editor for the Journal of Medicine and Law. She spent her summers clerking for Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A., a civil litigation firm located in West Palm Beach, FL that specializes in medical malpractice, wrongful death, and mass torts. Following graduation, Jen intends to return to Florida to practice. In her spare time, she enjoys playing with her dog Leilah, working out, and spending time with friends and family.

Jordan was born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He attended the University of Wisconsin, graduating in 2005. Immediately after his graduation, Jordan began working for Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle. Jordan worked for Governor Doyle for the next four years, holding a number of positions, leaving as the Deputy Finance & Political Director prior to enrolling in Law School.

Jordan has gone back to the Milwaukee area each summer of Law School, first working as an intern for the Hon. Marshall Murray, the presiding Judge of the Milwaukee County Children's Court. Following his 2L year, Jordan was hired as a Summer Associate at Friebert, Finerty & St. John, S.C. a Milwaukee litigation firm. Jordan is also a member of the MSU College of Law Arbitration team, and helped his team to win their Regional Competition in November 2011. In his spare time, Jordan loves watching and debating NBA Basketball.

Sean Rohan graduated from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with a degree in Political Science. Sean serves as the Senior Symposium Editor for the Michigan State Law Review. He spent his summers at Motorola, Inc., (now Motorola Mobility) in Libertyville, Illinois, and as an intern for United States District Judge Janet Neff. Sean also interned for Judge Thomas Boyd in Mason, Michigan.

In his spare time Sean enjoys cooking (mostly Italian), distance running, and visiting new places.

Jason Schmidt obtained his B.A. in International Relations from Michigan State University's James Madison College. He spent a year in downtown Chicago's real estate market before moving back to East Lansing for law school. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the International Law Review and a member of the Moot Court and Trial Advocacy board. He has interned for Chief Justice Robert Young at the Michigan Supreme Court, the Lansing City Attorney, and the Kent County Prosecutor. He enjoys playing ultimate frisbee and distance running in his free time and is an avid world traveler.

Heather Anne Smilde was born and raised in Southern California. She attended Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan for her undergraduate Studies. She graduated Calvin College in 2009 with a Bachelors of Arts in Business and Political Science. During her time in law school she has been a member of the Student Bar Association, the Arbitration Advocacy Team, and the Street Law Program. In the summer of 2010, she attended the Canadian Studies Program in Ottawa Canada, while there she worked for the Legal Counsel to the Senate and Parliament. During her second year in law school she taught law to high school students through the Street law program and the First Amendment Clinic. Since, the summer of 2011 she has been a Teaching Assistant for the First Amendment Clinic and also works as a Law Clerk for the Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Office. In her spare time she loves to travel and be involved with politics.

Quinton Spencer graduated from Oberlin College with a degree in Sociology. At Oberlin he was a three-year starter on the basketball team. This past summer he worked for The Law Office of Derek H. Jones, a solo practitioner in the greater Atlanta area, specializing in criminal defense. After Quinton graduates he will join forces with Derek.

Currently, Quinton is a Teaching Assistant (TA) for Professor Francis's and Professor Haywood's class (Legal English I for Foreign Lawyers). This spring will be Quinton's second semester as a TA for this class.

In his spare time, he enjoys reading and writing and traveling. He is currently working on publishing his first book.

Kanan Thaker graduated with a degree in Political Science from the University of Maryland -Baltimore County. She currently works at White, Schneider, Young & Chiodini as a clerical assistant. During her two and a half years in law school, Kanan has been a part of various organizations such as the Sports & Entertainment Law Society, where she served as the Director of Sports for a year, and currently on the executive board of the Media, Entertainment, Technology, and the Arts Law Society. She has also interned for the Honorable Sherrie L. Krauser in P.G. County, Maryland. Once Kanan graduates she plans on taking the Maryland bar and working in the Maryland/ Washington D.C. area.

During her free time Kanan enjoys various sports, dancing, cooking, reading, and other recreational activities.

Nathan Triplett received Bachelor of Arts degrees in Political Theory and Social Relations from the James Madison College at Michigan State University. He also holds a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. Nathan has worked as a Legislative Aide in the Michigan House of Representatives for nearly seven years. He is a member of the East Lansing City Council and was elected to serve as Mayor Pro Tem in 2011.

During Nathan's law school summers, he worked as a Law Clerk in the Office of the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan and as a Summer Associate at Clark Hill PLC. After graduation, Nathan has accepted an offer as an Associate in Clark Hill PLC's Litigation Practice Group in Lansing, Michigan.

Christina Zabek graduated from Bowling Green State University. At BGSU, Christina played on the women's soccer team, who her first year won the Mid-American Conference. She is originally from Hendersonville, Tennessee, and goes back as often as she can. She currently works for a local sole practitioner by the name of Richard R. Rashid.

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