Student and Alumni Spotlights

VIDEOS: Listen to J.D. students and graduates talk about their experiences with practical, hands-on opportunities outside of the classroom. (Also, listen to international LL.M. graduates from across the world discuss their experiences.)

SPORTS / ENTERTAINMENT

Jordan Sarason, Class of 2015Jordan Sarason, JD'15
Originally from: Florida
Undergraduate School/Major: Tufts University, Political Science
Experience: George Washington University Athletic Department

 

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Carlos Nunez, JD '13

Carlos Nunez, JD'13
Originally from: Florida
Undergraduate School/Major: Florida International University/Economics
Law School Activity: President, International Moot Court Board
Summer Experience/Externships: Sony Pictures Entertainment, Miami, FL (Summer 2012); Bacardi & Yahoo!, Miami, FL (Spring 2012); Yahoo!, Miami, FL (Fall 2011); Telemundo, Miami, FL (Summer 2011)

Nefra-Ann Macdonald, JD '13Nefra-Ann Macdonald, JD'13
Joint Degree: J.D./M.M. in Music Business and Entertainment Industries
Originally from: Connecticut
Undergraduate School/Major: University of Miami/Broadcast Journalism, Political Science
Summer Experience: MTV Latin America, Miami, FL

Ryan Appel, Class of 2014Ryan Appel, JD'14
Originally from: California
Undergraduate School/Major: University of Southern California/Business Administration
Summer Experience: Legal Extern, Miami Dolphins

 

Lauren Spahn, JD'13Lauren Spahn, JD'13
Originally From: Florida
Undergraduate School/Major: Elon University, Political Science/PreLaw
Summer Experience: Warner Music Latina (Miami, FL) and ADG Live, West Palm Beach

 

LAW FIRM / CORPORATE

Simon GarciaSimon Garcia, JD'15
Originally From:
 Florida
Undergraduate School/Major, Florida State University/ Education Administration
Experience: Bacardi In-house Legal Department, Miami

 

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Tara Jackson, Class of 2016
Originally From:
 Jamaica

Undergraduate School/Major: University of Technology Jamaica, Law

Experience: Akerman LLP, Miami
 

Sara SolanoSara Solano, JD'15
Originally From:
 Florida
Undergraduate School/Major: University of Florida/ Journalism
Experience: Summer Associate at Burr & Forman LLP, Ft. Lauderdale

 

Mike KranzlerMike Kranzler, JD'15
Originally From:
 California
Undergraduate School/Major:  Vanderbilt University, Tennessee/ Psychology
Experience: Summer Associate for Wolpe & Leibowitz LLP, Miami

 

Ernesto AlvarezErnesto Alvarez, JD'15
Originally From:
 Massachusetts
Undergraduate School/Major:  Amherst College, Massachusetts/ Interdisciplinary Studies
Experience: Law Clerk at Ring Bender McKown & Castillo LLLP, Miami

 

Ashley AhearnAshley Ahearn, Class of 2016
Originally From:
  Florida
Undergraduate School/Major:  University of Miami/ Economics
Experience: Research Assistant to Prof. Rachel Smith at UM Law

 

Noel PaceNoel Pace, JD'15
Originally From: 
New York
Undergraduate School/Major:  Tulane University, Louisiana/ Business Management
Experience: Equal justice Veterans Rights Fellow, Miami Health Rights Clinic; Summer Associate at Kozyak Tropin & Throckmorton LLP, Miami

 

Rachel StreifeldRachel Streitfeld, JD'15
Originally From:
  Florida
Undergraduate School/Major: George Washington University, D.C./  Political Science
Experience: Summer Associate at Becker & Poliakoff LLP, Ft. Lauderdale

 

Eamon Welch

Eamon Welch, JD'14
Originally from: South Carolina
Undergraduate School/Major: Trinity College/ Duke, Philosophy/Humanities
Experience: Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Miami

 

Freddi MackFreddi R. Mack, JD'14
Originally from: Pennsylvania
Undergraduate School/Major: New York University, Music
Experience: K & L Gates, LLP, Miami

 

John E. Thornton JrJohn E. Thornton Jr., JD'14
Originally from: Florida
Undergraduate School/Major: University of Florida, Marketing
Experience: Sidley Austin LLP, Chicago

 

Jessica SblendoriaJessica Sblendoria, JD'15
Originally from: New Jersey
Undergraduate School/Major: The George Washington University, Interdisciplinary Studies
Experience: Fellowship at a New Jersey law firm gaining experience in public interest and constitutional law.

 

Octavia GreenOctavia Green, JD'15
Originally from: Maryland
Undergraduate School/Major: Virginia Tech University, Marketing
Experience: Sedgwick, LLP

 

JUDICIAL

Brooke Patterson, Clas of 2015
Originally from: Canada

Undergraduate School/Major: York University, Political Science

Experience:  Judge Edwin G.Torres, U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Florida

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Lanette Suarez, Class of 2017
Originally From: 
Florida

Undergraduate School/Major:  University of Miami, Political Science
Experience: Judicial Intern with Judge Jose E. Martinez, U.S.District Court of the Southern District

Howard Rapp, Class of 2017
Originally From: 
New York

Undergraduate School/Major:  Marymount Manhattan College, Communication Arts

Experience: Judicial Intern with Judge Cristina Miranda, 11th Judicial Circuit Court of Florida

Eli Gordon, Class of 2017
Originally From: 
Florida

Undergraduate School/Major:  New York University, Recreation Management

Experience: Judicial Intern with Judge Vance Salter, 3rd District Court of Appeals

Jacqueline Frisch, Class of 2015Jacqueline Frisch, JD'15
Originally from: Toronto, Canada

Undergraduate School/Major: McGill University, English

Experience: U.S. District Court for Southern District of Florida

 

Jordan HadleyJordan Hadley, Class of 2016
Originally From: 
Florida
Undergraduate School/Major:  FAMU, Political Science
Experience: Judicial Intern with Justice Darrin P. Gayles, Southern District of Florida

 

Mitun MitraMitun Mitra, JD'15
Originally from: Florida
Undergraduate School/Major: Florida International University, International Relations
Experience: Thirteenth Judicial Circuit – The Honorable Caroline Tesche

 

Mike Kranzler, Class of 2015Mike Kranzler, JD'15
Originally from: California
Undergraduate School/Major: Vanderbilt University, Psychology
Experience: Judge Raymond Ray, United States Bankruptcy Court

 

Shannon Williams, Class of 2014Shannon Williams, JD'14
Originally from: Florida
Undergraduate School/Major: Florida Atlantic University, Business
Experience: Kozyak, Tropin & Throckmorton; Judge Simonton

 

Antonio Hernandez, Class of 2015Antonio Hernandez, JD'15
Originally from: Florida
Undergraduate School/Major: University of Miami/ Political Science
Experience: Justice Lewis, Florida Supreme Court

 

INTERNATIONAL

Tom W. Davis, Class of 2014Tom W. Davis, JD'14
Originally from: Ohio
Undergraduate School/Major: Tulane University, Political Science
Experience: Study Abroad at the University of St. Paul in Brazil

 

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Lawrence Trey Dahl, Class of 2015Lawrence Trey Dahl, JD'15
Originally from: Florida
Undergraduate School/Major: University of South Florida, Political Science
Experience: HOPE Fellowship in La Paz, Bolivia

 

Erika Concetta Pagano, JD '13Erika Concetta Pagano, JD '13
Originally from: Florida
Undergraduate School/Major: Georgetown University, Italian
Experience: Works with LawWithoutWalls

 

Lauren Marsicano, JD'13Lauren Marsicano, JD'13
Originally From: Texas/Florida
Undergraduate School/Major: U. of Tampa/International Business & Finance
Summer Experience: Núñez, Muñoz y Cía. Ltda., Santiago, Chile

 

GOVERNMENT

Saren WilliamsSaren Williams, JD'15
Originally From:  Texas
Undergraduate School/Major:  Southern Methodist University, Dallas TX/ Accounting
Experience: Miami Dade County School Board’s Office of General Counsel, Miami

 

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Mike DeutschMike Deutsch, Class of 2016
Originally From: 
Florida
Undergraduate School/Major:  George Washington, Washington DC/ Government Service
Experience: Department of Justice, Criminal Fraud Division, Washington, DC 

 

Vincent Calarco, Class of 2017
Originally From:
 New York

Undergraduate School/Major: Flagler College, Public Affairs

Experience: Department of Homeland Security, Immigration Customs and Enforcement, Miami

Brendan CorriganBrendan Corrigan, JD'15
Originally From:
 Pennsylvania
Undergraduate School/Major:   Arizona State University/ Political Science
Experience: Legislative Intern at the U.S. House of Representatives for Joe Kennedy in Washington D.C.

 

Joshua Berman, Class of 2015Joshua Berman, JD'15
Originally from: Florida
Undergraduate School/Major: Emory University, Political Science
Experience: Administrative Office of the US Courts

 

Alexis Alvarez, Class of 2015Alexis Alvarez, JD'15
Originally from: Florida
Undergraduate School/Major: Florida State University, Philosophy
Experience: Coral Gables Court / 11th Judicial Circuit / UM

 

Alyssa Williams, Class of 2014Alyssa Williams, JD'14
Originally from: Florida
Undergraduate School/Major: University of Central Florida, Legal Studies/Criminal Justice
Experience: Florida Coastguard JAG, Seventh District

 

Andrew Rubin, Class of 2014Andrew Rubin, JD'14
Originally from: Maryland
Undergraduate School/Major: University of Rochester, Political Science
Experience: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA OC), Office of the General Counsel for International Law Section, Washington, DC

 

Denise Roberson, Class of 2014Denise Roberson, JD'14
Originally from: Ohio
Undergraduate School/Major: University of Akron, International Business/Human Resources
Experience: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission

 

Paul Agbeyegbe, Class of 2014Paul Agbeyegbe, JD'14
Originally from: Florida
Undergraduate School/Major: University of Miami/Political Science
Summer Experience: Intern in the Obama White House

 

PUBLIC INTEREST

Claire WheelerClaire Wheeler, Class of 2016
Originally From:
  Missouri
Undergraduate School/Major, Mount Holyoke College, Missouri/ History
Experience: American’s for Immigrant Justice – Fellow for the Unaccompanied Minors Project, Miami

 

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Wilford Harris III, Class of 2016
Originally From:
  North Carolina

Undergraduate School/Major, North Carolina A&T State, Political Science, Pre-Law, Philosphy

Experience: Miami Law Innocence Clinic

Amanda Powell, Class of 2017
Originally From:
  Arizona

Undergraduate School/Major, Northern Arizona University, Psychology, Speech Pathology

Experience: Legal Services of Greater Miami, Housing Division; Public Interest Hope Fellowship

Ariana Barlas, Class of 2017
Originally From:
  Connecticut

Undergraduate School/Major, University of South Florida, History

Experience: Catholic Charities Legal Services, Miami; Public Interest Fellowship

Stephanie Rosendorf, Class of 2016
Originally From:
  Florida

Undergraduate School/Major, Florida Atlantic Univesity, Political Science

Experience: Florida Legal Services Community Justice Project, Miami

Erica LohleinErica Lohlein, JD'15
Originally From: 
Florida
Undergraduate School/Major:  Florida State University/ Communications
Experience: Certified Legal Intern at Miami Dade State Attorney’s office, Miami

 

Lauren GeorgalasLauren Georgalas, Class of 2016
Originally From:  Texas
Undergraduate School/Major:  St. Edwards University, Austin TX/ Communications
Experience: Catholic Charities Legal Services, Miami

 

Christine FreerChristine Freer,  JD'15
Originally From: 
Florida
Undergraduate School/Major:  Florida Atlantic University/ Marketing
Experience: Certified Legal Intern Public Defenders Office of Miami-Dade, Miami

 

Ronald Walls, Class of 2015Ronald Walls, JD'15
Originally from: Illinois
Undergraduate School/Major: Murray State University, Public Relations/Business
Experience: Florida Jobs with Justice

 

Jesse Levine, Class of 2015Jesse Levine, JD'15
Originally from: Florida
Undergraduate School/Major: Emory University, Political Science
Experience: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Atlanta

 

Jennifer Melendez, LL.M.Jennifer Melendez, LL.M.
Originally from: Dominican Republic
Undergraduate School/Major: Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre Y Maestra, Law
Experience: Human Rights Clinic

 

Daniela Peterson, Class of 2014Daniela Peterson, JD'14
Originally from: Maryland
Undergraduate School/Major: Wheaton College, Communications
Experience: Power U through Miami Law Women and Women's Fund

 

Lauren Lee Pettiette, Class of 2014Lauren Lee Pettiette, JD'14
Originally from: Louisiana
Undergraduate School/Major: Tulane University, English
Experience: The Advancement Project, Washington, D.C.

 

Nejla Calvo, Class of 2015Nejla Calvo, JD'15
Originally from: Rhode Island
Undergraduate School/Major: Middlebury College/ Political Science
Experience: Florida Justice Institute