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Class of 2011

ANTHONY BECKNEK
Anthony Becknek received his undergraduate degree from DePaul University in Political Science and Sociology. Upon graduation Anthony obtained his Masters Degree in Criminal Justice. Anthony lived in both San Diego, California, and Rome, Italy, preparing for the United States Olympic Trials as a professional athlete.

Anthony has spent his summers of law school working for the United States Attorney’s Office, National Security Unit, and United States Department of Justice, Interpol, in Washington, DC. Further, Anthony worked in the Cook County State State’s Attorney’s Office in Chicago, Illinois, as well as the Policy Department for the Department of Defense in the Canadian Parliament. Upon graduation, Anthony is looking forward to returning to Washington, DC to work in Federal law enforcement and national security. In Anthony’s free time, he enjoys running, biking, swimming, and taking in Chicago and Michigan State sporting events.

PHILLIP BERENS
Philip Berens received his Bachelors of Arts degree in Pre-Law/ Political Science from Michigan State University in 2008. Philip immediately began law school at Michigan State University College of Law in the fall of 2008. Philip spent his first summer of law school working as a judicial extern for the Honorable Judge Rosemarie Aquilina in Lansing, Michigan. Philip then spent his second summer of law school working as a law clerk for the Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office in Los Angeles, CA. Upon Graduation, Philip is looking forward to pursuing a career in personal injury or criminal defense in Los Angeles, CA. In his free time, Philip enjoys traveling, playing the bass guitar, exercising, and watching sports.

CAITLIN BORCHARD
Caitlin Borchard received her degree from Alma College with a major in Organizational Communication. Upon graduation, Caitlin worked for Morley Companies Inc., as a meeting planner. Caitlin spent her first summer of law school working for Justice Maura D. Corrigan of the Michigan Supreme Court in Detroit and Lansing. She spent her second summer working in the Saginaw County Prosecutor’s Office in Saginaw, Michigan. Upon graduation, Caitlin will be taking the Michigan bar exam.

BRITTANY CAMPBELL
Brittany Campbell graduated from Michigan State University in 2007 with a degree in International Relations from James Madison College. Throughout law school, Brittany has worked for various State agencies, including the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth. During the summer before her third year of law school, Brittany studied at Doshisha University College of Law in Kyoto, Japan as part of a study abroad program. She has been a competing member of the Moot Court & Trial Advocacy Board for two years.

Brittany is currently a law clerk at the Gallagher Law Firm PLC in Lansing. In her free time, Brittany enjoys playing violin, coaching dance and pompon, and attending sporting events with her husband Matt.

BRIGITTE CHIROYAN
Brigitte Chiroyan received her degree from Michigan State University with a major in Business Administration Pre-law before coming to Michigan State University College of Law. Brigitte spent her first summer of law school working for the 55th District Court in Mason, Michigan, and she spent her second summer working for the firm of Hutchings, Barsamian, Mandelcorn, & Zeytoonian in Boston, Massachusetts. During law school, she also served as a law clerk for the firm of Sinas Dramis in Lansing, Michigan. Upon Graduation, Brigitte is looking forward to working for a firm in the Detroit area. In her free time, Brigitte enjoys tennis, watching Michigan State Football, reading, and watching movies.

ANGEL DOTSON
Angel Dotson received her degree from University of Michigan with a major in Political Science. Angel has spent both summers of law school working as a Summer Associate for Miller Johnson in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Upon graduation, Angel is looking forward to working at Miller Johnson as an Associate. In her free time Angel enjoys reading, running, and traveling.

PATRICK DUFF
Patrick Duff received his Bachelor’s degree from Calvin College in 2008 with a major in Philosophy. He spent his first summer of law school working at Frost Law, PLC, in South Haven, MI. He spent his second summer conducting District Court bench trials as a prosecuting intern for the Muskegon County Prosecutors Office. Patrick is the Executive Director of the Trial Side Moot Court Board at MSU College of Law. In his free time, he enjoys friends, family, and sports.

OCTAVIO DURAN
Octavio Duran graduated from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana with a double major in Political Science and History. He is a currently a member of the Trial and Advocacy Board, where he recently finished as a semi-finalist in the TYLA competition. He also serves as the Class of 2011 Class President, where he is currently leading a scholarship campaign that will memorialize the name of a third year student who passed away. He is the Vice-President of Public Interest Law Society, where he is working on an additional scholarship campaign to cover living expenses of students who serve in Public Interest internships.

Octavio has worked for the Cook County Public Defender’s Office in Chicago for the past two years where he has tried bench and jury trials. He won all of his cases this past summer. Upon graduation, Octavio will work in Chicago. He hopes to own his own litigation firm some day.

MICHAEL EPSTEIN
Michael Epstein graduated from James Madison College at Michigan State University in the Spring of 2008 with a degree in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy. During his third year of law school, Michael served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan State Journal of International Law. During his law school career he has worked for the Michigan Attorney General's Office and the law firm of Sinas, Dramis, Brake, Boughton & McIntyre in Lansing.

Between his second and third years of law school, Michael worked for the New York State Attorney General in New York City as well as the labor bureau. Michael also worked as a Research Assistant for Professor Frank Ravitch and a Teaching Assistant for President Clif Haley's Mergers and Acquisitions class.

Michael is a fervent advocate of philanthropy and volunteer work, and has traveled to New Orleans and Israel during various holiday breaks to participate in volunteer legal programs. In his spare time, Michael enjoys reading, posting on his Law College blog, wining and dining with friends and family, and working out.

MARK GABRIELSE
Mark Gabrielse received his undergraduate degree from Calvin College with a major in Economics. During law school, Mark worked as a law clerk at the Abood Law Firm in East Lansing, Michigan, gaining experience in both criminal and civil matters.

In his free time, Mark enjoys sports and spending time with his wife Crystal and with family and friends.

BRIAN HENNING
Brian Henning received his degree from Illinois State with a major in Politics and Government. Upon graduation Brian taught fifth grade for a year before entering law school.

Brian has spent his law school summers working for the United States Navy JAG Corps and the Canadian Department of Defense.

Upon graduation, Brian is looking forward to a career in litigation. In his free time, Brian enjoys the outdoors, athletics and studying history.

CHRISTOPHER IANNUZZI
Christopher K. Iannuzzi received his degree from the University of Massachusetts with a major in Management. Before entering law school, Christopher worked for a law firm in New York's financial district called Rosiabianca & Associates. Christopher has spent both summers of law school working for the Washtenaw Public's Defender's Office and the law firm of Kronzek & Cronkright as its head law clerk.

Upon Graduation, Christopher is looking forward to working in litigation in some capacity. In his free time, Christopher enjoys traveling, playing sports, reading, running, and photography.

SCOTT IBBOTSON
Scott Ibbotson received his degree from Hope College with a major in Biology. Upon graduation, Scott served in AmeriCorps for a year as a paralegal at the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, helping indigent people navigate the public benefits system.

Scott spent his first summer of law school working at the Ionia County Prosecutor, in Ionia, Michigan. In his second summer, he worked at the Washtenaw County Office of Public Defender, in Ann Arbor, Michigan, as well as working part-time at Health Advocates Law, in East Lansing, Michigan.

Upon Graduation, Scott is looking forward to passing the bar, and while he does not yet have a position lined up, he is interested in working in the legal sector. In his free time, Scott enjoys traveling, running, playing rugby, and cheering on the Detroit Lions.

LAURA JOHNSON
Laura Johnson received a Nursing Degree from Saginaw Valley State University. Upon graduation, Laura worked as a Registered Nurse in a Neuro Intensive Care Unit in Saginaw, Michigan for almost 3 years.

Laura spent her first summer of law school as an extern for the former Community Health Division of the Michigan Attorney General's Office in Lansing, Michigan. She spent her second summer as a litigation clerk for the Goldwater Institute's Scharf-Norton's Center for Constitutional Litigation in Phoenix, Arizona. In Laura's free time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.

ELINOR JORDAN
Elinor Jordan received her degree from Hope College in Holland, Michigan with majors in International Studies, Political Science, and Religion. Upon graduation, she spent two years working in El Salvador, Central America for a nonprofit focused on human rights. She then brought that experience to Washington D.C. where she engaged in advocacy and awareness building regarding human rights in Central America.

Elly spent her first summer of law school working with Michigan Farmworker Legal Services. During her second summer, she was a Summer Associate at the law firm of Warner Norcross & Judd. Upon graduation, Elly is looking forward to a clerkship with the Honorable Judge David McKeague of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. She will then return to Warner Norcross & Judd as an Associate. In her free time, Elly enjoys distance running, triathlons, and travel.

YASMINE KIROLLOS
Yasmine Kirollos received her degree from York University, with a major in Criminology. Yasmine spent the first summer of law school working for the Washtenaw County Office of the Public Defender in Ann Arbor, MI and the second summer working for the Ohio Attorney General in Cleveland, OH. In her free time, Yasmine enjoys traveling and spending time with family and friends.

JENNIFER LAMAY
Jennifer LaMay received her degree from Alma College with a major in Political Science. Jennifer spent her first summer of law school working for St. Vincent Catholic Charities Immigration Law Clinic in Lansing, Michigan. Last summer, Jennifer clerked for Braun, Kendrick, Finkbeiner, PLC in Saginaw, Michigan. Jennifer was a member of the Appellate Moot Court Board and a teaching assistant for RWA Professor Stephanie Crino. Upon Graduation, Jennifer plans to pursue a career in civil litigation. In her free time, Jennifer enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family.

DAN MAGEE
Dan Magee received his degree from Cedarville University with a major in History & Political Science. Dan spent the summer after his 1L year working for Michigan Supreme Court Justice Stephen J. Markman in Lansing, Michigan. After his 2L year, Dan interned in the Pretrial Division of the Genesee County Prosecutor’s Office in Flint, Michigan. Upon Graduation, Dan will serve as a term clerk for Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. in Detroit, Michigan. In his free time, Dan enjoys spending time with his wife Brittany, working on their house, and exercising.

CHRISTINA MAYFIELD
Christina Mayfield received her degree from Michigan State University’s James Madison College of Public Policy with a major in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy along with a specialization in Science, Technology, Environment and Public Policy. Christina spent the summer after graduation studying the politics and culture of food in Montpellier, France. During law school, Christina worked as a law clerk for the Kent County 17th Judicial Circuit Court in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

In addition to her membership of the Trial Practice Institute, Christina was also as an Associate of the Journal of International Law. Upon graduation, Christina is looking forward to practicing trial law and will sit for the Texas bar examination in July, 2011. In her free time, Christina enjoys spending time on Lake Michigan (boating, bon fires, and beach volleyball), playing tennis, trying to play golf, and playing with her golden retriever, Sydney.

CARL NICHOLAS
Carl Nicolas received his degree from Florida State University with a major in History. Carl has spent both summers of law school working for the Lake County Public Defenders' Office in Waukegan, Illinois. Upon Graduation, Carl is looking forward to working in the Criminal Defense Field. In his free time, Carl enjoys catching up with friends, watching historical documentaries, and spending time with his family. .

MITCH OLSEN
Mitch Olsen received his degree from Brigham Young University with a major in Journalism. Upon graduation, Mitch worked for a public affairs department in Salt Lake City prior to attending law school.

Mitch spent his first summer working for the Honorable Dale A. Kimball who sits on the federal court in Utah, and during his second summer he worked for Wiener and Associates, a local lobbying firm in Lansing, Michigan. In his free time, Mitch enjoys reading anything but a law book, traveling, and training for triathlons.

PAUL RICARD
Paul received his undergraduate degree from Miami University, majoring in Political Science and Marketing. While at Miami, Paul was a member of the Varsity Swim Team, and was named Miami’s Male Athlete of the Year in 2007.

Paul spent both summers during law school working in public sector criminal law. After his 1L year, Paul worked for the Washtenaw County Public Defender in Ann Arbor, Michigan. In the summer after his 2L year, Paul conducted felony preliminary examinations for the Wayne County Prosecutor in Detroit, Michigan.

Upon graduation, Paul is looking forward to beginning his legal career at Pelini, Campbell, Williams, & Traub; a firm specializing in civil litigation in North Canton, Ohio. In his free time, Paul enjoys swimming, playing guitar, and eating anything seen on Man vs. Food.

ELENA ROZWADOWSKI
Elena Rozwadowski received her degree from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities with a major in Journalism and French in 2008. Elena went straight to law school, and has had a variety of internship experiences. She spent her first summer working for the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office in Detroit, MI, and her second summer clerking for the Hon. Charles A. Porter, Jr., in Minneapolis, MN. She is currently an intern with the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office in Lansing, MI. She is hoping to find a position as a prosecutor once she receives her license to practice law in the state of Minnesota. In her free time, Elena enjoys riding and showing her horse, cooking, and just trying to relax.

JAY SCHAFER
Jay Schafer graduated from the University of Michigan with a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering and a minor in Mathematics. After receiving his degree, Jay was commissioned as an officer in the United States Navy and served three of his six years of active duty onboard the USS MIAMI (SSN 755), a fast-attack nuclear submarine. During his sea tour, he made two six-month deployments and coordinated radiological controls for a reactor maintenance project.

After completing his naval service, Jay enrolled at the Law College. He has worked as a research assistant for Law College faculty, as a judicial extern for Judge David McKeague of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and as a summer clerk at McDonnell, Boehnen, Hulbert, and Berghoff, an IP boutique in Chicago, IL. Jay is also an Articles Editor for the Law Review. After graduation, he looks forward to practicing patent law at MBHB.

In his free time, Jay enjoys exercising, golfing, jazz guitar, and playing with his son, Gus.

ELIZABETH SIEGEL
Elizabeth Siegel received her degree from Michigan State University with a major in Humanities Prelaw. Upon graduation, Elizabeth continued her education at Michigan State University College of Law.

Elizabeth spent her first summer of law school working for the Ingham County Probate Court in Lansing, Michigan. Her second summer she worked for the Prosecuting Attorney’s Association of Michigan in Ingham County. Both these experiences combined with her position as a Board Member of the Moot Court Trial & Advocacy Board have been instrumental in developing her skills as an advocate.

Upon Graduation, Elizabeth is hoping to work as a prosecuting attorney. In her free time, Elizabeth enjoys traveling, reading, and cheering on the Spartans!


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