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You are welcome to contact Loyola University Chicago School of Law Student Ambassadors at the email address provided below. They will be available at campus visit days and admitted student events. Below is also a list of other current students who have volunteered to serve as contacts for prospective law students. In addition, if you would prefer to have a student contact you, please complete the request below.

1L Law Student Ambassadors 

2L Law Student Ambassadors

3L Law Student Ambassadors 

4L/Dual Degree Law Student Ambassador

Other Law Student Contacts

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1L Student Ambassadors

Khari Fischer
Home State: Florida
Email: kfischerpratt@luc.edu

Khari Fischer is a 1L at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. She was born in Tallahassee, Florida and lived there until undergraduate school when she moved down to Orlando, Florida. She attended the University of Central Florida where she received a major in Criminal Justice, a minor in Legal Studies, and a certificate in Victim Advocacy. While in Orlando, Khari worked for the Department of Homeland Security: Federal Law Enforcement Training Center and in the Sex Crimes Division at the Florida State Attorney’s Office. As far as her career after law school goes, she is interested in working with victims of human trafficking, rape, and domestic violence. Khari studied abroad in Spain her freshman year of college and it is an experience that she recommends everyone have! A few of her hobbies include yoga, traveling, baking, volunteering, and keeping up with all of the reality T.V. shows. 

Jenna Silver
Home State: Illinois
Email: jsilver2@luc.edu

A native of Elmhurst, Illinois, Jenna earned her BA in Public Policy and Education from Brown University.  After graduating in 2010, she became a Teach for America corps member (STL ’10) and earned her MA in Secondary Education.  She spent four incredible years teaching middle school English in St. Louis Public Schools.  Deeply passionate about youth empowerment and public education, she looks forward to pursuing a career in public interest law.  When not busy being a 1L, Jenna enjoys running, all things food related, and exploring the many gems Chicago has to offer. 

Jessica Pedersen
Home State: Michigan
Email: jpedersen3@luc.edu

Jessica is a 1L and originally from Eastpointe, Michigan, which is a city right on the northern border of Detroit. She graduated from Michigan State University in 2014 with a degree in journalism and public relations. Her legal interests include intellectual property and technology law, as well as advocacy and dispute resolution. When she's not reading for class, Jessica enjoys spending her time by exploring Chicago, reading poetry, and binge-watching TV shows on Netflix.

Carrera Thibodeaux
Home State: Tennessee
Email: cthibodeaux@luc.edu

Carrera Thibodeaux, 24, is a first year law student from Memphis, TN. She attended The University of Tennessee in Knoxville where she graduated with a B.A. in Political Science. Prior to entering law school, she worked for First Horizon National Bank for two years dealing with accounts before they entered the bankruptcy, foreclosure and short sale departments. Carrera is interested in contract and intellectual property law. Extracurricular activities Carrera hopes to pursue are mock trial and a journal. She is also going to pursue a dual JD/MBA degree. 

Caitlin Kelly
Home State: Michigan
Email: ckelly7@luc.edu

A born and raised Michigander, Caitlin graduated from Michigan State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Psychology and a specialization in Bioethics, Humanities and Society. After spending a year as a member of the litigation support staff for a large Michigan firm, she decided that Chicago was where she wanted to start her legal education and eventually, legal career. Upon visiting Loyola's campus, Caitlin fell in love with the city, the school, the students and the faculty, as well as the numerous opportunities that Loyola's Law School had for her. Her interest is in Corporate Business law as well as Tax law, as she hopes to pursue a specialty in Estate Planning. When not in the library, Caitlin is a pizza connoisseur, a Netflix addict and loves exploring the great city of Chicago with her friends.

Anna Perocchi
Home State: Massachusetts
Email: aperocchi@luc.edu

Anna Perocchi is a first-year law student originally from North Andover, MA. She received her BA in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College in 2012, where she played tennis on the Women's Varsity Tennis Team for four years. Anna is a part-time student and works in sales for a technology company during normal working hours. At Loyola, she is interested in the study of corporate law, with a focus on mergers and acquisitions. Outside of law school, Anna enjoys reading, exercising, and spending time with friends.

Michael Kwasigroch
Home State: Illinois
Email: mkwasigroch@luc.edu

Michael Kwasigroch is currently a first-year law student and a native of Burr Ridge, a western suburb of Chicago.  Michael received his BA from Indiana University in 2014, where he majored in economics and political science. His primary legal interest is corporate law.  Outside of the classroom, Michael is an avid golfer, alpine skier, and Chicago Blackhawks fan.

Christian Morgan
Home State: Nebraska
Email: cmorgan5@luc.edu

Christian Morgan is a first-year law student. Christian, originally from Kansas City, Missouri, now calls Nebraska home. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Arts in both Psychology and Spanish. Outside of law school, Christian enjoys exploring the city, staying active, and discussing the implications of last week's episode of Game of Thrones.

Xavier Vergara
Home State: Illinois
Email: xvergara@luc.edu

Xavier Vergara is a current 1L who hopes to concentrate his legal studies in the Health Law area. Born and raised in nearby Oak Park, Illinois, Xavier has a great love for the Chicago area and all it has to offer. A 2014 graduate of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, Xavier received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with minor concentrations in Philosophy and Spanish. Through his studies he was able to travel and take classes in both Seville, Spain and La Havana, Cuba. Xavier also played four years of collegiate football and served as an orientation leader as well as campus leader.

 

2L Student Ambassadors

Jordan Fries
Home State: Texas
Email: jfries@luc.edu

Jordan Fries is a 22-year-old second-year law student originally from Victoria, Texas. He received his B.A. in English Literature from the University of Iowa in 2013, where he worked for the student-run newspaper, the Writing Center (as a tutor), and as Director of Marketing for Iowa's student-athletics organization. At Loyola, he is committed to the field of public interest law, with specific interests in educational rights, low-income housing, and police misconduct. In his free time, Jordan can be found writing, reading Raymond Carver, playing basketball, or arguing the merits of The Wire." 

 

John F. Healy Jr
Home State: Illinois
Email: jhealy3@luc.edu

Jack Healy is currently a 2L at the School of Law. Jack grew up in the Chicago suburb of Wheaton and attended the University of Notre Dame, graduating with a degree in history. Strong family ties helped familiarize Jack with Loyola, as his father graduated from the School of Law and his mother graduated with a bachelor of science degree. Jack is on the International Law Review at Loyola and participated in the China study abroad program this past summer. When he is not reading and researching for his classes, Jack enjoys running, HBO programming and Chicago Blackhawks games.

Gail Jankowski
Home State: California
Email: gjankowski@luc.edu

Gail is a second year law student originally from California. She has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from George Washington University. Prior to entering law school, Gail spent one year working as a legal assistant for a real estate firm in Washington, DC. Gail is a Beazley health law fellow at Loyola as well as a member of moot court and the tutoring program for 1L classes.

Cote Klinefelter
Home State: Illinois
Email: cklinefelter@luc.edu

Cote Klinefelter is a second year law student from LaSalle, Illinois.  He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in Political Science. His legal interests include civil litigation, estate and business planning. In addition to being a Student Ambassador, Cote is an Academic Tutor and a Staff Editor on Loyola’s Consumer Law Review.  Outside of law school, Cote enjoys attending White Sox and Blackhawks games and curling whenever he gets the chance

Kejai McNeal
Home State: Illinois
Email: kmcneal@luc.edu

Kejai McNeal is currently a 2L JD/MSW dual degree student pursuing a certificate in Child and Family Law here at the law school while specializing in Children and Families at the school of social work. Kejai graduated DePaul University Class of 2010 with a BA in Communications. After undergrad she worked in a small commercial litigation firm in downtown Chicago. This past summer Kejai participated in the Rome Study Abroad and Strasbourg Field Study Programs. Upon her return she spent her last weeks of summer interning with Just the Beginning- A Pipeline Organization. Kejai currently serves as the 2014-15 Midwest Regional Director of Community Service for the National Black Law Students Association. Kejai also serves as member of Loyola’s BLSA and ChildLaw Society.

Elise Robie
Home State: California
Email: erobie@luc.edu

Elise Robie is a native of Southern California, who graduated from UCLA in 2008 with a B.A. in English. She moved to the Chicagoland area in 2010.  From 2011-2012, she attended Loyola University Chicago’s School of Continuing Professional Studies in order to obtain her Paralegal Certificate.  She worked for Loeffler Thomas P.C., a small insurance defense firm, from 2012 – 2014 as a paralegal.  During the summer after her 1L year, she worked as an extern at the Illinois Appellate Court.   

She is a currently an Assistant Symposium Editor for the Public Interest Law Reporter’s Symposium, a staff writer for Annals of Health Law, a Public Interest Law Society Auction Chair, a Legal Writing tutor, and works as a fellow at Loyola’s Health Justice Project.  She is pursing a health law certificate and public interest law certificate with the hopes of becoming an advocate for the elderly and disabled. 

 

Katelyn Sprague
Home State: Missouri
Email: ksprague@luc.edu

Katelyn is from Kansas City, Missouri where she completed her undergraduate degree with a B.A in Communications and a B.A in Spanish at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Prior to law school she spent one year working in public relations. She is currently enrolled in the JD/MBA dual degree program. Katelyn is also an Academic Tutor and member of Loyola Law Journal. She is a penchant for traveling, Scattergories, and Chipotle.

 

3L Student Ambassadors

Tyler Firmage
Home State: Utah
Email: jfirmage@luc.edu

Tyler is in his third year at Loyola University Chicago School of Law where he is pursing a certificate in tax law. He is from Salt Lake City, Utah, and graduated with a degree in Accounting from Miami University (Ohio) in 2011. Prior to law school, Tyler worked for one year as a Project Manager for BMW. He has worked as a summer associate for an appellate commercial litigation firm in Washington, DC and at a tax firm in Chicago. At Loyola, he is a member of the Student Bar Association (SBA), Phi Alpha Delta and the Business Law Clinic (BLC). Outside of the classroom, Tyler enjoys playing sports with friends, working out, and experiencing the great city of Chicago. 

Justin Gingerich
Home State: Indiana
Email: jgingerich1@luc.edu

Justin is a third year law student originally from Indiana. He graduated with a degree in Finance and Accounting Management from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Prior to coming to law school, Justin worked in corporate development and banking. Currently, Justin serves as the Editor-in-Chief of Loyola’s International Law Review and has the Director of Corporate Programming for the Business Law Society.  Previously, he has been a member of the Student Bar Association, the Criminal Law Mock Trial team, and Loyola’s Federal Income Tax Clinic.  

Nicole Grabianowski
Home State: Colorado
Email: ngrabianowski@luc.edu

Nicole is a 3L originally from Parker, Colorado.  She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance, a Bachelor of Science in Finance, and a Certificate in International Business from Arizona State University in May 2010.  Before entering law school she worked for a small finance company in Phoenix, Arizona for two years.  Nicole is pursuing a dual degree to receive her J.D. as well as her M.B.A. through the Quinlan School of Business.  Nicole is currently a Lead Articles Editor on the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal and a Student Fellow for the Loyola Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies.  During her second year of law school, Nicole served as a junior member of the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, as a staff editor for the Loyola Consumer Law Review, and as the Secretary of the Women’s Law Society.  In her spare time, she enjoys volunteering, all things outdoors, body pump fitness class, movies, shopping, and football.

Paige Steffen
Home State: Illinois
Email: psteffen@luc.edu

Paige is a 3L from Bloomington, Illinois. She graduated from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa where she studied Sociology and Law, Politics & Society in addition to running track and field.  This year Paige is participating in the Health Justice Project clinic, working on Loyola's Children's Legal Rights Journal, serving as a research assistant to Professor Benfer and Professor Gold, and assisting as a legal writing tutor. This summer Paige worked as a Summer Associate for Clark Hill PLC in its Health Law practice group. Outside of school Paige is very active and enjoys participating in weightlifting and CrossFit competitions.

Amanda Mueller
Home State: Illinois
Email: amueller3@luc.edu

Amanda graduated from the University of Illinois in 2009 with a degree in Accountancy and a minor in Spanish. Before starting law school, Amanda worked as an elementary school English teacher in southern Spain. She is interested in corporate law and international law. Amanda enjoys traveling, reading, and sports.

Jennifer Novack
Home State: New Jersey
Email: jnovack@luc.edu

Jennifer is a third year law student originally from New Jersey. She has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Scranton and a Master’s Degree in Psychology from American University. Prior to entering law school, Jennifer spent several years working in the community mental health field.

Erica Taschler
Home State: Alabama
Email: etaschler@luc.edu

Erica graduated from Boston College with a degree in Political Science and a minor in International Studies. She is a JD/MBA student at Loyola. While at Loyola she has participated in a variety of activities to advance her legal skills. She is an executive board member of Loyola's Law Journal, a member of Loyola's Ulvado Herrara Moot Court Team, and a Student Fellow of Loyola's Institute for Consumer Antitrust Studies. Outside of class, she enjoys listening to music, walking along the lake, and catching up with family and friends.

 

4L/Dual Degree Ambassador

Amanda Walsh
Home State: Michigan
Email: awalsh6@luc.edu

Amanda graduated from New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study in 2011 with a concentration called "Justice and Mental Health" and a minor in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies. At Loyola, Amanda is a ChildLaw Fellow with an interest in the intersection of child welfare law and mental health law. She participated in the dual degree program and completed her Master of Social Work in May 2014 and will complete her J.D. this year. She is the Managing Editor for the Children's Legal Rights Journal, the Editor-in-Chief of the School of Social Work's Journal Praxis, and a member of the ChildLaw Society and Public Interest Law Society. She has also held internships in a variety of public interest offices, including the Family Defense Center, Cabrini Green Legal Aid, the U.S. Probation Office, and the National Alliance on Mental Illness (all based in Chicago) and, most recently, the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law in Washington, DC. In her spare time, Amanda enjoys kickboxing and seeing Broadway shows with friends.

Other Law Student Contacts

Dan Gelwicks
Home State: Illinois
Email: dgelwicks@luc.edu

Dan is a third year law student at Loyola University School of Law where he is interested in Intellectual Property matters, specifically patent litigation and prosecution. Prior to starting at Loyola, Dan worked as a Lead Mechanical Engineer at Ambitech Engineering Corporation for 2 years, consulting the petrochemical, chemical and food processing industries, specializing in the design, engineering, and construction of mechanical equipment within different processing facilities. Dan has his Bachelor's of Science in Mechanical Engineering and a Minor in Mathematics from Villanova University. At Loyola Dan is an executive board member of the IPLS and a staff editor on the Consumer Law Review. Throughout both semesters of his second year, Dan has externed within the IP group at Steptoe & Johnson, LLP. This coming summer Dan will be a Summer Associate at McDonnell, Boehnen, Hulbert & Berghoff.

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