Student Ambassador Council

The UW School of Law is proud to have some of the brightest and most promising future lawyers studying here in Seattle. While all of our students lead busy lives inside and outside of the classroom, our SAC Members are willing to answer questions, offer candid advice, share their law school experiences, and help students navigate the challenges of adjusting to law school. Their primary goal is to help ensure that prospective and admitted students have all of the information they need to have a positive and productive law school experience.

Feel free to contact one of our ambassadors if you are interested in learning more about their decision to attend UW School of Law.

Jack Brumbaugh (2L/Concurrent Tax LLM)Jack Brumbaugh


Hometown: Oklahoma City, OK
Undergrad: Indiana University
Course of Study: Economics, Minor in Mathematics
Law School Activities: Washington International Law Journal, Law and Business Association, Student Ambassador Council
Other Interests: Mountaineering, Hiking, and Cycling
Professional Experience: Joint Legislative Audit and Review Committee, Financial Analyst (Commercial Banking), Outdoor Adventure Leader & Instructor, Data Analyst, and Commercial Real Estate Analyst


Haylee Hurst (2L)Haylee Hurst


Hometown: Lynden, WA
Undergrad: Western Washington University
Course of Study: Political Science
Law School Activities: Student Ambassador Council, Washington Law Review
Other Interests: Playing violin and piano, cooking, reading, and spending time with my husband
Professional Experience: Paralegal/Office Manager at a small civil litigation, business, and real estate firm; Legal Intern at Washington State Attorney General's Office

Vijay Kumar (2L)Vijay Kumar


Hometown: Snohomish, WA
Undergrad: Washington State University
Course of Study: Chemical Engineering
Law School Activities: Tech Law Society, Entrepreneurial Law Clinic, Moot Court Honor Board, Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts
Other Interests: International travel, watching and playing sports, marathons/triathlons, landscape photography
Professional Experience: Worked for 5+ years for an industrial gas company in the chemical and energy sectors, holding multiple positions as an engineer throughout operations, design, and commissioning & start-ups.

Julie Liu (2L)Julie Liu


Hometown: Mill Creek, WA
Undergrad: University of Washington
Course of study: Psychology
Law School Activities: Chinese American Law Student Association, Center for Human Rights and Justice, Law Students for Reproductive Justice, Mock Trial & Contracts Negotiation, Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts
Other Interests: Sewing/design, badminton, piano, cats
Professional Experience: Tribal court public defense, decision-making lab research assistant


Talia Loucks (2L)Talia Loucks

Hometown: Friday Harbor, WA
Undergrad Institution: California Lutheran University
Course of Study: Multimedia, Communication & University Honors Program
Law School Activities: SAC; Christian Legal Society, Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts, Lexis Nexis Student Representative, Federalist Society
Other Interests: I have a passion for fitness, running and traveling the world
Professional Experience: Personal Trainer, Graphic Designer, Legal Assistant at the Law Offices of James M. Kristof



Jake Mallory (2L)Jake Mallory


Hometown: Orem, UT
Undergrad: University of Utah
Course of Study: Philosophy (specialized in Philosophy of Religion)
Law School Activities: Mock Trial/Moot Court
Other Interests: Backpacking, camping, traveling, American football, videogames, breeding poison dart frogs
Professional Experience: I worked as a bartender for five years, construction for four years, and on a farm for three years. More recently I interned at Nelson, Snuffer, Dahle, and Poulsen


Molly Nivison (2L) Molly Nivison


Hometown: Kirkland, WA
Undergrad: University of Washington - Global Studies
Other Interests: Public policy, international human rights
Professional Experience: Legal clerk at law offices of Robert B. Gould (a legal malpractice firm)


Crys O'Grady (2L)Crys O'Grady


Hometown: Warren Grove, NJ
Undergrad: Stanford University
Course of Study: Sociology
Law School Activities: Native American Student Law Association, International Law Society, OutLaws, Street Youth Law
Other Interests: Hiking, Traveling, reading, documentaries, volunteering
Professional Experience: Policy Coordinator- California Youth Connection (CYC), Policy Consultant-National Resource Center for Youth Development (NRCYD), Judicial Intern- Judge Haikala (U.S. District Court of Northern Alabama), Judicial Intern- Judge Kallon (U.S. District Court of Northern Alabama)

Zach Parsons (2L)Zach Parsons


Hometown: Lynnwood, WA
Undergrad: University of Washington
Course of Study: Bachelor of Arts, Political Science and English
Law School Activities: Immigrant Families Advocacy Project, Student Ambassador Council
Other Interests: Hiking, camping, climbing, international politics, reading, golfing, Husky football
Professional Experience: King County Bar Association Neighborhood Legal Clinics


Daniel Rusk (2L)Daniel Rusk

Hometown: Shawnee on Delaware, PA
Undergrad Institution: Washington University in St. Louis
Course of Study: Environmental Studies; Minor: Legal Studies and English Composition
Law School Activities: SAC
Other Interests: Adventures
Professional Experience: Student Consultant Washington University in St. Louis Law School Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic


Courtney Schirr (2L)Courtney Schirr

Hometown: Spokane, WA
Undergrad & Graduate Institutions: Williams College (undergrad); University of Louisville (graduate)
Course of Study: English (undergrad); Secondary Mathematics (graduate)
Law School Activities: Public Interest Law Association, Education Law and Policy Society, Washington Law Review, Moot Court
Other Interests: Other Interests: Baking, spending time outdoors, exploring new places
Professional Experience: Summer associate at Patterson Buchanan Fobes & Leitch, former high school math teacher



Claire Sullivan (2L) Claire Sullivan


Hometown: Wallingford, CT
Undergrad & Graduate Institutions: Lehigh University
Course of Study: BA & MA in Political Science, MEd in Special Education
Law School Activities: Immigrant Families Advocacy Project and Center for Human Rights and Justice
Other Interests: Playing basketball, yoga, traveling
Professional Experience: Special education teacher for 3 years in Kona, Hawaii at Kealakehe Intermediate School, English teacher for the 2012-2013 academic year at An Giang University in Long Xuyen, Vietnam

Zach Williams (2L) Zach Williams


Hometown: Spokane, WA
Undergrad: Gonzaga University
Course of Study: Economics
Law School Activities: Student Ambassador Council
Other Interests: I enjoy reading (primarily history, economics/finance, and current affairs), golfing, skiing, tennis, and spending time with friends and family.
Professional Experience: I interned in the Spokane Congressional Office of Cathy McMorris Rodgers during my senior year of undergrad and then interned at Greater Spokane Incorporated (Spokane's Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Team) this summer.


Iris Wu (2L)Iris Wu


Hometown: Arcadia, CA
Undergrad: Whitworth University
Course of Study: Political Science
Law School Activities: Moderate Means Program, SBA, WILJ, Minority Law Students Association
Other Interests: Aerial silks, bird watching, travel, watching Planet Earth
Professional Experience: Attorney General's Office, Graphage, Inc., SKWC, People to People Ambassador Programs, Nordstrom


Rabia Ahmad (3L)Rabia Ahmad


Hometown: Tucson, AZ
Undergrad Institution: University of Arizona
Course of Study: Molecular and Cellular Biology; Political Science
Law School Activities: Street Law clinic; Mock Trial; Contract Negotiation competition; Appellate Advocacy
Other Interests: cooking/baking; reading; watching movies; travel
Professional Experience: Kaplan Test Prep; Law Clerk at Pima County Superior Court; Legal Intern for Karp & Weiss PC ; Summer Legal Intern for Ayni Education International; Legal Intern for Integrity Law Group


Lauren Berkowitz Lauren Berkowitz (3L)


Hometown: Winnetka, IL
Undergrad Institution: University of North Carolina—Chapel Hill; and Duke University
Course of Study: Peace, War, & Defense; National and International Security/Biological Anthropology and Anatomy
Law School Activities: 1L Rep to the Dean’s Committee on Diversity; Students for Labor and Economic Justice; Student Animal Legal Defense Fund; Negotiations Competition
Other Interests: dogs; politics; union organizing; hiking; organic farming
Professional Experience: Teamsters 117 Legal Intern; Unemployment Law Project; Candidate, Burien City Council; AFSCME C.28 (union organizing); UFCW L.21; men's violence prevention; tutoring coordinator; AmeriCorps

Eddie Burns Eddie Burns (3L)


Hometown: Redwood City, CA
Undergrad Institution: University of California – Berkeley
Course of Study: English
Law School Activities: Student Bar Association Advocates for Students Committee; Moot Court and Mock Trial; Immigrant Families Advocacy Project
Other Interests: golf; snowboarding, sports, computers, cooking
Professional Experience: Pierce County Prosecutor Office Rule 9 Legal Intern

Nic Corbett (3L)Jack Brumbaugh


Hometown: Quesnel, BC, Canada
Undergrad: La Sierra University, Riverside, CA
Course of Study: Business Management
Law School Activities: Law Business and Entrepreneurship, Center for Human Rights and Justice
Other Interests: Playing guitar, golf, cooking, snowboarding, craft distillation
Professional Experience: Production manager at Soft Tail Spirits, Filtration manager at NW Wine Filtration


Tamara GaffneyTamara Gaffney (3L)


Hometown: Walla Walla, WA
Undergrad Institution: University of Chicago
course of Study: History
Law School Activities: 2014 Bonderman Fellow; Immigrant Families Advocacy Project; Center for Human Rights and Justice; Immigration Clinic; Admissions Committee
Other Interests: running; crossfit; playing outside; cooking; socializing with friends; football (Go Hawks!)
Professional Experience: Alaska Public Defender Agency; Higher Ed; Legal Intern for US Department of Education- Office for Civil Rights; Americorps VISTA

Tong Li (3L)Tong Li


Hometown: Linyi, China
Undergrad: Nanjing Forestry University (China)
Course of study: English
Law School Activities: 2L Representative & Community Liaison of CALSA; Mock Trial; ABAW
Other Interests: Music, travel
Professional Experience: Summer legal intern in Shanghai; before law school: overseas education advisor; operation director for an international trading company

Caitline Park Caitlin Park (3L)


Hometown: Beaverton, OR
Undergrad Institution: Washington University in St. Louis
Course of Study: Philosophy; Biology
Law School Activities: Washington Law Review; Student Ambassador Council; Moot Court; Mediation Clinic; Immigrant Families Advocacy Project
Other Interests: traveling; skiing; hiking; spending time with my corgi
Professional Experience: Certified Nurse Assistant; Patient Services Representative at the Vancouver Clinic Cardiology Department; Columbia Legal Services Senior Advocacy Intern; Summer Associate at Davis Wright Tremaine

Nick PleasantsNick Pleasants (3L)


Hometown: Seattle, WA
Undergrad Institution: Columbia University
Course of Study: Economics & Political Science
Law School Activities: Asian Pacific American Law Students Association; Minority Law Students Association; Immigrant Families Advocacy Project; Technology Law & Policy Clinic
Other Interests: photography; fashion; traveling
Professional Experience: paralegal; extern at the Department of Financial Institutions Securities Division


Heather XuHeather Qiuwen Xu (3L)


Hometown: Nanjing, Jiangsu, PRC
Undergrad Institution: Peking University
Course of Study: International Politics & Economics
Law School Activities: Washington International Law Journal, Mock Trial and Appellate Advocacy competitions, Chinese American Law Student Association, Law Women’s Caucus
Other Interests: Singing
Professional Experience: Full-time Teaching Fellow in Teach for China; Summer Intern in Milbank Tweed; Legal Intern in Criminal Defense; Chamber Extern in State Court of Appeals



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