Fellows-Elect

The following law students are Tony Patino Fellows-Elect at Columbia, Hastings and Chicago:

Columbia Law School

Kirk Coleman

Class of ‘19

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Kirk Coleman was born in Virginia, and raised in California for most of his life. During his tenure at the University of California Berkeley, Kirk used the knowledge learned in his sociology program to advocate for people of color on and off campus. He served as the Executive Director of both the Black Recruitment and Retention Center and Bridges Multi-Cultural Resource Center, where he fought for the recruitment and retention of under-represented students. Kirk also served as a Resident Assistant, where he helped transition freshmen and sophomores into residential life. At Berkeley, Kirk was named a Benjamin L. Gilman Scholar International Scholar and studied abroad twice in Madrid Spain. He not only learned the Spanish language, but also gained valuable perspectives about the lives of those outside of the United States. After receiving his BA in Sociology in 2014, Kirk continued his passion for serving under-represented communities by joining the 2014 DC Teach for America Corps. In DC he taught middle school Spanish for two years at William Hall Academy. Kirk also served as the Foreign Language Department Chair at William Hall Academy, and founded and directed the William Hall Student Government Association. After completing his Corps commitment for Teach for America, Kirk worked with Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) Law Fellowship, in which he interned at Skadden, Arps, Meagher & Flom LLP for 10 weeks. This summer, Kirk accepted an offer at Morrison & Foerester LLP as a 1L Diversity Scholar and Summer Associate. At Columbia Law School, Kirk hopes to use his legal training to continue to advocate for people of color. Kirk is excited to join the Tony Patiño community, where he can develop lasting relationships with like-minded social justice advocates.

Haris A. Durrani

Class of ‘19

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Haris A. Durrani is an engineer, author, academic, and lawyer-in-training born in Norwalk, Connecticut. His parents came to America in the 1960s, his mother from the Dominican Republic and father from Pakistan. They met in New York City.

At Columbia Engineering, Haris was an Egleston Scholar, a Named Scholar for “socially-responsible engineering and applied science leaders whose work results in the betterment of the human condition, locally, nationally, and globally.” Haris majored in Applied Physics, studied space debris with astronaut Michael Massimino and was President of the Muslim Students Association. During this time, he worked on a cheap, lightweight assistive robotic arm for quadriplegics at the Columbia Robotics Lab and on satellites at Boeing Defense, Space and Security. Responding to NYPD surveillance of Muslim students, he cofounded The Muslim Protagonist Symposium on “literature as an agent of social change,” the first major literary conference of its scale for Muslim and allied writers, activists, and academics. Haris grew concerned with the impact of technology on disenfranchised groups, particularly the Latino, South Asian, and Muslim communities he came from.

After graduation, Haris completed a master’s in History and Philosophy of Science at University of Cambridge, interrogating “global humanity” in the international politics of spaceflight. His articles and academic works are taught at Stanford and cited in publications and conferences at Cambridge, Columbia, and elsewhere.

Haris’s book, Technologies of the Self, is taught at Yale and fictionalizes his family’s experiences—with time-travelling space demons. Haris has spoken widely about his work in the U.K. and U.S. and has appeared regularly on NPR. He is winner of the McSweeney’s Student Short Story Contest, and his short fiction, essays, and academic articles have appeared in The New Inquiry, Comparative Islamic Studies, Skin Deep, Catapult, Lightspeed, Media Diversified, Analog, The New York Review of Science Fiction, Buffalo Almanack, and altMuslimah. Buffalo Almanack describes his fiction as “stories about colonialism, neoliberalism, conspiracy bullshit, and a Trumped-out America at the gates of hell.”

At Columbia Law School, Haris focuses on technology and community in public international law. The escalating militarization and commercialization of space activities pose complex challenges about property, law, and sovereignty in the context of surveillance, drones, border security, and debris. Applying legal academia to policymaking, Haris intends to reorient these global concerns to serve communities on the ground, whose stories, as an author, he hopes to tell.

Armando Lozano

Class of ‘19

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Armando Lozano is from Mission, Texas and is a graduate of Columbia College where he graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa in Political Science and Latino Studies. Armando was extremely active in the Latino community at Columbia, serving as president of the Chicano Caucus—an organization for Mexican-American students at Columbia—and chair of the Columbia Mentoring Initiative-Latino Family Tree.

Armando is passionate about immigration policy issues. His senior thesis examined the experiences of unaccompanied minors from Mexico and Central America as they underwent removal proceedings in US Immigration Courts and received the highest honors for a graduating student from the Center for the Study of Ethnicity and Race. After graduation, Armando worked in management consulting before matriculating to Columbia Law School. He hopes to become active in the Latino Law Students Association and participate in the immigration and refugee clinic at the school. After law school Armando wants to clerk for a judge before working for a public interest firm doing impact litigation to affect immigration policy.

Mohini Banerjee

Class of ‘18

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Mohini P. Banerjee is a rising 3L at Columbia Law School where she is a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar. She will be spending her third year abroad pursing an LLM at the London School of Economics. She studied Philosophy at Smith College, graduating in 2013, and then worked for two years as a research assistant at The Hastings Center, a bioethics and public policy think tank in Garrison, NY. At Columbia, she has been involved in the Society for Immigrant and Refugee Rights and the South Asian Law Students Association and has most recently completed an externship at the International Committee of the Red Cross, UN Delegation.

Katherine Berry

Class of ‘18

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Kate Berry is originally from Seattle, Washington and joined the Columbia Law School community after over three years in Washington, DC as a Specialist at Polaris, an anti-human trafficking non-profit. In that role, Kate assisted countries worldwide with their efforts to build human trafficking hotlines, improve victim identification and assistance, and collect and analyze data about trafficking.

At Columbia, Kate has continued to pursue her interest in human rights, joining the Human Rights Clinic and working on matters of armed conflict and the right to mental health, particularly in Yemen. Her observations about the impact of the immigration executive order on scholarship and research were presented in before the US Senate and in Huffington Post. She serves as a Submissions Editor for the Columbia Human Rights Law Review and Research Chair for Rightslink. In response to potential violations of human rights under the current administration, Kate joined a group of law students and professors to create the Trump Human Rights Tracker, undertaking legal analysis of on-going human rights developments.

Kate spent her first summer in law school at the New York Office of the Attorney General in the Civil Rights Bureau, concentrating on employment and housing discrimination. Her second summer will focus on employment law from a firm perspective, at Paul Hastings in New York City. A graduate of Amherst College, Kate hopes to pursue a career in human rights law.

Grant Johnson

Class of ‘18

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Grant was born in El Paso, Texas. When he was 14, he began attending university at California State University, Los Angeles, as part of that institution’s Early Entrance Program. There, Grant majored in Political Science and Economics. On campus, he was heavily involved in student organizations, serving as an at-Large representative on the student government and as president of numerous student organizations. Off-campus, Grant volunteered with the Los Angeles County Department of Consumer Affairs, the Loyola Law School Center for Juvenile Justice, and the Greater Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce. Grant graduated magna cum laude, at the age of 17, and immediately began an MSc in Political Theory at the London School of Economics and Political Science, where he graduated with Distinction. Grant then matriculated at Columbia Law School, where he is currently studying. While there, he has been involved with several student organizations, including as chair of the Federalist Society’s Capitalism and the Rule of Law lecture series, Careers chair of the Texas Society, and Managing Editor of the Columbia Journal of European Law. During the summer of 2016, Grant interned with two federal appellate judges, Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Judge Danny J. Boggs on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. In the summer of 2017, Grant will be working as a summer associate at Susman Godfrey L.L.P. and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors Legal Division. During his first year of law school, Grant was a Columbia Law James Kent Scholar, one of the law school’s highest honors.

Jack Allen

Class of ‘17

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Jack Allen was born in New York City and grew up all over New England. In 2009, Jack Allen graduated the United States Naval Academy with a B.S. in Economics and a minor in Mandarin.  He was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps.  He was trained as a Ground Intelligence Officer before deploying twice to Helmand Province, Afghanistan.  In his first deployment, he was the Regimental Targeting Officer. On his second trip, Jack worked as an advisor to the Afghan police force as part of a small 16 man team.  At Columbia, he was the 1L representative for the Law Students for Social Enterprise group. He also tutored with the Harlem Tutorial Project and was the President for the Columbia Law School Military Association. He is also Richard Paul Richman Leadership Fellow.  Over his 1L summer, he interned at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. In his 3L year, he participated in the DC Government Externship program, working in the General Counsel’s Office for the Department of Defense. Upon graduation, Jack will be working in the litigation department at Cleary Gottlieb. He is very interested in returning to public service down the road, likely in the government, and in the shadow of the courtroom.

Cassie Black

Class of ‘17

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Cassie Black was born in Somers Point, New Jersey and grew up in Vienna, Virginia. She received her undergraduate degree from The College of William & Mary in government and psychology. During her time in college, she was actively involved in politics, working for Governor Chris Christie in New Jersey, completing the Eisenhower Internship at the Republican National Committee headquarters, and working part time for Virginia’s Senate Majority Leader and as field director of a local campaign. She was also committed to public service, running her college’s tutoring program, working as a mentor for elementary school children, and acting as the campus representative for Soldier’s Angels.

Cassie continues to pursue these interests at Columbia. She has served as president of Columbia’s Federalist Society, president of Columbia’s Criminal Justice Action Network, director of the Harlem Tutorial Project, and programming chair of the Domestic Violence Project. She has also participated in the Suspension Representation Project, the Uncontested Divorce Workshop, and she is an articles editor for the Journal of Law and Social Problems. While at Columbia, Cassie has participated in two externships, one with Judge Lynch at the Federal Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and one at the Domestic Violence Unit of the Queens District Attorney’s Office where she had the opportunity to prosecute over 30 cases in a first chair capacity under a New York practice order. Cassie spent her first summer working at the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York and her second summer working for the law firm Sullivan & Cromwell LLP where she will return as an associate following graduation.

Libby Marden

Class of ‘17

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Libby Marden was born and raised in Overland Park, Kansas. In 2013, she graduated from Vanderbilt University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and history, where she was both a Chancellor’s Scholar and College Scholar. While at Vanderbilt, Libby worked for the Bureau of International Organization Affairs at the U.S. Department of State, raised $30,000 for an underprivileged children’s daycare center, and served as editor-in-chief of the Vanderbilt Political Review. In 2014, she received a master’s degree in international relations at the University of Chicago. While at the University of Chicago, Libby conducted research and wrote a thesis on anti-corruption and served as a policy analyst for a Chicago-based think tank.

Libby currently pursues her interests in litigation, international law, and public policy at Columbia. She serves as the Director of the Columbia Law School First-Year Legal Writing Program, working with faculty to develop 1L curriculum and oversee the Foundation Moot Court program. Libby is also a former competitor and current coach of the Columbia Jessup Moot Court team, competing on a team that received awards for best written advocacy and third best oral advocacy at the world championships. She is also a research assistant to Professor Amal Clooney, researching arbitrary detention for a forthcoming book on the right to a fair trial under international law. Libby was the chairperson for Columbia Arbitration Day, the largest university-sponsored international arbitration conference in the world. She is a member of the International Fellows Program and also serves as an Articles Editor for the Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual, which is a practical guide of legal rights and procedures designed for use by people in prison. After graduation, Libby will return to Polsinelli PC after serving as a summer associate in their Kansas City office during both her 1L and 2L summers.

University of California, Hastings College of the Law

Ian Murphy

Class of ‘19

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Ian Murphy is a Northern California native; he was born in Castro valley and grew up in the Red Bluff area. He attended the University of San Francisco on an army ROTC scholarship, and graduated in 2011 with a degree in politics. He was also recognized as a distinguished military graduate and recipient of the George C. Marshall award for leadership, and received his Commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army on the same day as his graduation. He received training as a chemical weapons defense officer, and was assigned to the 2nd Battalion 23rd Infantry Regiment at Fort Lewis, Washington. From November 2012 to July 2013 he was deployed to Kandahar province, Afghanistan, where he primarily worked in civil-military operations and nation building. Ian left the army at the rank of Captain in July 2016 to attend UC Hastings, and plans to pursue a career in government.

Leanna Marie Sac

Class of ‘19

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Leanna Marie Sac was born in Scotland, raised in England until the age of eight, and has been living in the East Bay Area since then. She began her undergraduate education in the Peralta Community Colleges, earning A.A. degrees in Sociology and the Humanities. She then transferred to UC Berkeley, where she got her B.A. in Hispanic Languages and Bilingual Issues, with a minor in Global Poverty and Practice.

While at UC Berkeley, Leanna spent most of her time outside of class volunteering at East Bay Sanctuary Covenant (EBSC), a nonprofit organization that serves low-income refugees applying for asylum and other immigration benefits. She decided to learn Mam Maya, an indigenous Guatemalan language spoken by most of the clients that she works with. She created a Mam and English language exchange that lasted for two years.

After graduation, she started working full-time at EBSC. She took online classes in immigration law and received accreditation from the Board of Immigration Appeals to represent EBSC clients as legal counsel before USCIS. Through her work, she has observed the limitations of the current immigration system, and of migration itself as a remedy for persecution and systematic deprivation. She decided to attend law school in order to expand her capacity for advocacy in displaced communities.

Leanna has continued to work at EBSC part-time throughout her 1L year at UC Hastings, and will be there full-time during the summer, representing clients at the San Francisco Asylum Office.

Belle Yan

Class of ’19

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Belle Yan is a rising second-year law student at UC Hastings, where she is a board member of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, and has represented Hastings as a delegation member on an international human rights trip to Haiti. The first in her family to attend college, Belle graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor of Arts in Asian American Studies and Political Science. After graduation, she served as a City Hall Fellow, a public service fellowship, for the City and County of San Francisco, and then transitioned to work as a legal assistant for the San Francisco Public Defender’s Office for almost three years. She is a native San Franciscan, Cantonese speaker, and avid traveler.

During the summer before 2L year, she will serve as a judicial extern to the Honorable Therese M. Stewart of the California Courts of Appeal, First Appellate District.

Kelsey Campbell

Class of ’18

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Kelsey Campbell is the 2017-2018 Editor in Chief of the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly. During her 1L summer, she externed for Honorable Judge Garrett L. Wong at the San Francisco Superior Court.

Outside of law school, Kelsey is involved in the local community. She provides pro bono legal support to the International Action Network for Gender Equity & Law (IANGEL), serves as a Commissioner on the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Commission, and is a 2017 Fellow with the New Leaders Council, San Francisco chapter. She was also named a Veteran Fellow by the San Francisco World Affairs Council in October 2016. She has been featured on KQED, Southern California Public Radio, and KGO, advocating for refugees.

Prior to returning to her home state of California, Kelsey served over a decade in national defense. She most recently served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, where she started her civil service as a Presidential Management Fellow. During four years in the Pentagon, Kelsey served a tour at the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, as an advisor to U.S. special operations teams in Latin America, and as a key member of the 2014 Nuclear Enterprise Review. Prior to her civilian career, Kelsey served in Air Force intelligence for 7 years. She graduated from the Defense Language Institute, receiving the Commandant’s Award for her achievements during the Russian Basic Course. In 2007-2008, she was deployed with the U.S. Army, leading a specialized intelligence team in East Baghdad. Kelsey has a Master’s in International Affairs with a focus on economic and political development from Columbia University. Her writings have been featured in The Huffington Post and Foreign Policy.

Samuel Francis

Class of ‘18

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First and foremost, I am a father to three amazing children.  I was born and raised in the Bay Area.  After high school, I joined the Marine Corps Reserve, during which time I attended college.  I later worked as a police officer in Oakland, CA, where I served as a canine officer.  After thirteen years, I returned to school at California State University, East Bay, and completed an undergraduate degree in Spanish.  Shortly thereafter, I began attending U.C. Hastings, College of the Law.  My areas of interest include immigration and criminal law.

Daniel Galindo

Class of ‘18

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Daniel H. Galindo is a third-year law student at U.C. Hastings where he participates in the Hastings Appellate Project representing a pro se litigant in their appeal before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.  He serves as an editor of the Hastings Law Journal and has successfully competed in Moot Court, winning first-place brief in the ABA’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition.  Daniel also co-chairs the American Constitution Society and has served in leadership positions in Hastings OUTLAW and Hastings Students for Immigrants’ Rights (HSIR).  Prior to attending law school, Daniel worked with the ACLU of Northern California and the National ACLU’s Immigrants’ Rights Project.  He is a native of Texas and a proud graduate of Trinity University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and International Studies.  In addition to his native language, Spanish, Daniel also speaks French and German.  Daniel plans to pursue a career focused on appellate litigation related to civil rights.  In his spare time, Daniel enjoys training for open water swims, which have included swimming across the Golden Gate and from Alcatraz.

University of Chicago Law School

Marcus Bauer

Class of ‘19

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Marcus was born and raised in Nashville, Tennessee. He attended Father Ryan High School where he was captain of the baseball team. Upon graduation, Marcus moved to Boston to attend Boston College. While at BC, he took on a number of leadership roles. He served as a co-director for the Clough Center for Constitutional Democracy’s Junior Fellows Program – a program dedicated to student led discussions of contemporary constitutional issues. Marcus was on the leadership council of the university’s largest volunteer organization, the Appalachia Volunteers, which organized and led Spring Break service trips to the Appalachia region. He also served as Vice President of the Boston College Republicans. During his summer terms, he held internships at the Heritage Foundation and the Tennessee Center for Policy Research.

After graduating Phi Beta Kappa from Boston College with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Marcus joined Teach For America and moved to Huntsville, Alabama where he taught 6th grade math at University Place Elementary. After his first year of teaching, he was appointed to the position of Master Math Teacher by the district.

During his time as a teacher, Marcus also worked as an assistant high school baseball coach at J.O. Johnson High School. In his second year as coach, the team won five games breaking a six-year winless streak. He also founded and coached the math team at his elementary school. That team would go on to place third out of twenty-two elementary schools in the Huntsville District Tournament.

He moved to Chicago to attend the University of Chicago Law School. Upon graduation, he hopes to use his law degree to fight against the systemic injustices that plague Alabama schools and the education system as a whole.

Laurel Ann Hattix

Class of ‘19

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Laurel Hattix is originally from Racine, Wisconsin. She attended Vanderbilt University, where she was named a Chancellor Scholar. While at Vanderbilt, Laurel was a double major studying Human and Organizational Development and Political Science. In 2013, she traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark to study under Danish immigration lawyer Anne Brandt Christensen, who specializes in asylum cases for survivors of human trafficking. During her undergraduate career she was an intern with Court Appointed Special Advocates, focusing on court advocacy for child survivors of physical and sexual abuse, and International Justice Mission, where she offered support to global offices representing survivors of bonded labor, gender-based violence, and sexual exploitation. Upon graduating from Vanderbilt in 2016, Laurel was the recipient of the Rob Roy Purdy Award, the highest honor from the Dean of Students. Laurel is a current student at the University of Chicago School of Law and plans to specialize in civil rights law.

John Tienken

Class of ‘18

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John Tienken is a student at the University of Chicago Law School, where he is Managing Online Editor of the Law Review, and an active member of the Federalist Society, Chicago Law Foundation and Guild of Carillonneurs. Prior to attending law school, he worked in New York City as a segment producer for Fox News. For his undergraduate years, John studied political science and English at the University of Illinois Springfield (UIS) where he graduated Summa Cum Laude. At UIS, he captained the Squash team and served on the University of Illinois Board of Trustees. John has also spent time studying at the London School of Economics and working for the U.K. Parliament.

Neha Nigam

Class of ‘17

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Neha’s commitment to public service began in high school, when she became interested in civic engagement issues. After participating in government simulations where she drafted mock bills and speaking about current events on the Speech Team, she decided to try and show her peers the importance of getting involved in the community.

In college, Neha’s interest in civic engagement developed even further. She founded a coalition dedicated to registering students to vote in the 2012 elections. Through two months of extensive canvassing, tabling on the quad, and presentations to classrooms, the coalition of 48 volunteers registered over 700 students to vote. She also served as the Charles P. Wolff Intern at the Institute of Government and Public Affairs, where she assisted in organizing and facilitating leadership conferences for public officials. During this internship, she witnessed firsthand the strong impact civic engagement has on those officials.

After graduating summa cum laude and as a Chancellor’s Scholar from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Neha attended The University of Chicago Law School. There, she pursued her interest in public service by providing pro bono legal assistance to small businesses and indigent clients of the Orleans Public Defenders office. After witnessing the poor condition in which juvenile and capital defendants in New Orleans live, she became heavily involved in pro bono service as a summer associate at her firm. She will continue her commitment to pro bono work as an attorney for Winston & Strawn in Chicago.

Albert Parisi-Esteves

Class of ‘17

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Albert Parisi-Esteves was raised in Rochester, New York and graduated from Brighton High School.

After high school, Albert attended Cornell University where he studied Policy Analysis & Management. While at Cornell, Albert was the President of C.U. I.M.A.G.E., a student organization that worked with university admissions to increase diversity in the undergraduate student body. Albert’s summer internships included positions at the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, and Google. Albert made the dean’s list every semester and graduated with a 3.9 grade point average.

Upon graduation from Cornell, Albert joined Google in Mountain View, California as a financial analyst. His job entailed partnering with marketing directors to plan and measure the effects of Google’s marketing investments.

After two years at Google, Albert decided to further his education and attend the University of Chicago Law School. Albert is a member of the law school’s Doctoroff Business Leadership Program, a program dedicated to law students interested in pursuing a career in business law. Upon graduation, Albert will join Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati in Palo Alto, California as a corporate attorney dedicated to advising technology companies. Albert cites his time as a Patiño Fellow-Elect and the friendships he has made through the program as his most rewarding law school experience.