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Class of 2022

Jack Mok

Jack graduated from Vanderbilt University with a degree in Political Science and Economics. As a student, Jack was involved with the Asian American Student Association and helped advocate for the creation of an Asian American Studies program. Additionally, Jack’s passion for local politics led him to work on several municipal and judicial campaigns throughout his time in Nashville. This year, Jack will be working as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Center for Appellate Litigation to provide access to appeals for indigent New Yorkers. After his year of service, Jack hopes to attend law school and pursue a fulfilling career in public interest law.

Zoe Muse-Markle

Zoe is a recent graduate of UC Berkeley where she earned a degree in Global Studies: Peace and Conflict and minored in Public Policy and Human Rights. Following her college career and internship with the Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office, Zoe became an AmeriCorps VISTA member where she moved across the country to join the Access to Appeals (A2A) project with the Center for Appellate Litigation in New York City. As a current member of the A2A team, she will increase access to appellate representation and help indigent New Yorkers secure their right to appeal. After her service, Zoe plans to pursue a JD/Master’s in Public Policy dual degree.

Wyatt Ensley

Wyatt has called South Louisiana home all of his life. He grew up going to Jazzfest every year and was in the Superdome for the Saints first game back after Katrina. After attending LSU he has returned to New Orleans. As a data analyst Wyatt hopes to improve the capacity of the Orleans Public Defenders office by exploring how data analytics and warehousing can improve services, accountability, and outcomes for the community he serves. In his spare time, you can find Wyatt sitting down with a history book, working out and doing yoga. He also enjoys spending a lazy afternoon at a museum; especially NOMA and the World War 2 museum right here in New Orleans.

Vince Cunningham

Vince graduated from Cal State Fullerton University with a degree in Economics. He participated in Air Force ROTC attended UCLA and graduated with a Master's Degree from University of Wisconsin in Supply Chain Management. Vince has been involved with the Riverside County Courts System as a community partner. He helped advocate for the creation of Riverside County Veterans Court Program in 2011. Vince served as the Veterans Court Mentor Coordinator for Riverside County while advocating for those in need. This year, Vince will be working as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Riverside County Office of Public Defender. Vince attended Rio Hondo Police Academy in 2018 and is an active member registered with the Cailfornia Peace Officer Standards Training (P.O.S.T.). Vince is working to bring together community partners to help educated and advocate in an effort to remove structural racism and inequality within the criminal justice system in America.

Dawn Ippolito

Serving as a data engineer in Delaware's Office of Defense Services, Dawn conducts data collection and analysis and helps boost the public defender office's ability to listen to and communicate with clients, communities, and policymakers. She has produced digital and visual storytelling for nonprofit organizations around the country and supports anti-poverty and human rights initiatives. Her favorite place to rock climb is Joshua Tree, and her favorite place to run is the beaches in her home state of Florida.

Alexander Saltzman

Alexander Saltzman is currently attending Northeastern University pursuing a Master’s in Public Health. His previous work experience in social services in New York City where he worked with low-income and unhoused populations who either needed to pay off their rent arrears or needed housing. He is passionate about the fight for justice and equity. For fun Alexander likes to work out, paint, make music and play basketball.

Class of 2021

  • Aidan Bassett, Santa Barbara Public Defender’s Office
  • Lauren Bosserman, AmeriCorps
  • Bryan Burzon, AmeriCorps
  • Ashley Conyers, Law Office of the Public Defender, Augusta, GA
  • Peter Gaber, Augusta Judicial Circuit's Office of the Public Defender
  • Elizabeth Hansen, Office of the Appellate Defender in NYC
  • Grant Hoffman
  • Jade Mapp, Books Beyond Bars at the Center for Appellate Litigation
  • Jack Mok, Center for Appellate Litigation
  • Dalton Oberfoell
  • Daniel Odunukwe
  • Gracie Western, Office of the Appellate Defender
  • Julia Wicker, Office of State Public Defender
  • Loïs Vincent, Orleans Public Defenders Office

Class of 2020

 

  • Isabelle Appleton - Center for Appellate Litigation, New York, NY
  • Elizabeth Barnes - Augusta Judicial Circuit Office of the Public Defender, Augusta, GA
  • Emma Baylor - Office of the Public Defender, Maryland
  • Kristen Brown - Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel, Colorado
  • Jess Gaughan - Pima County Public Defender, Tuscan, AZ
  • Daniel Goldstein - Orleans Public Defender, New Orleans, LA
  • Nichele Hudson - Public Defender Services, Connecticut
  • Batya Kemper - Santa Barbara County, Public Defender, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Shantih Kleen - Public Defender Services, West Virginia
  • Alex MacDonald - Office of Appellate Defense, New York, NY
  • Donna Marain - Augusta Judicial Circuit Office of the Public Defender, Augusta, GA
  • Jason Masino - Office of the Alternate Defense Counsel, Colorado
  • Maisy Menzies - Contra Costa County Public Defender, Richmond, CA
  • Noah Mlyn - Orleans Public Defender, New Orleans, LA
  • Betsy Molgano - Aurora Public Defense, Aurora, CO
  • Logan Montel - Pima County Public Defender, Tuscan, AZ
  • Cara Netzer - Public Defender Services, West Virginia
  • Sarah Rothschild - Santa Barbara County, Public Defender, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Luis Vivaldi - Office of Appellate Defense, New York, NY

Class of 2019

 

  • Thomas Bacher - Public Defender Service Corporation, Guam
  • Pietro Bartoli - Center for Appellate Litigation, New York, NY
  • Daniel Breen - Montgomery County Public Defender, Norristown, PA
  • Dametrick Evans - Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender, Chicago, IL
  • Kellianne Elliot - NLADA, DC
  • Breonna Hendricks - City of Atlanta Public Defender, Atlanta, GA
  • Aimee Hernandez-Meza - Brooklyn Defender Service, Brooklyn, NY
  • Sonya Joseph - NLADA, DC
  • Wan Qi Kong - Orleans Public Defender, New Orleans, LA
  • Meagan McDaniel - 13th Circuit Public Defender, Greenville, SC
  • A'Narris Monger - Michigan State Appellate Defender Office, Detroit, MI
  • Trung Nguyen - Solano County Public Defender, Fairfield, CA
  • Grace Ortez - Office of Appellate Defense, New York, NY
  • Amanda Paison - Santa Barbara County, Public Defender, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Lizzie Sluchak - Office of the Public Defender, Maryland
  • Coulter Ward - Orleans Public Defender, New Orleans, LA

Class of 2018

  • John Brogden - Wisconsin Public Defender, Madison, WI
  • Andrea Dowlen - Montgomery County Public Defender, Norristown, PA
  • Julio Gomez -Public Defender Service Corporation, Guam
  • Deondra Henderson - City of Atlanta Public Defender, Atlanta, GA
  • Carly Jones - Public Defender Service Corporation, Guam
  • Shannon Kelley - Office of the Public Defender, Maryland
  • Anna Ladd - NLADA, DC
  • Cynthia Mar - Alameda Public Defender's Office, Oakland, CA
  • Daniel Mangoubi - Lubbock Private Defender's Office, Lubbock, TX
  • Grace Ortez - Office of Appellate Defense, New York, NY
  • Amanda Paison - Santa Barbara County, Public Defender, Santa Barbara, CA
  • Yamilex Pena - Lubbock Private Defender's Office, Lubbock, TX
  • Tanisha Pierrette - Orleans Public Defender, New Orleans, LA
  • Jen Santangelo - Maricopa Office of the Public Defender, Phoenix, AZ
  • Kameryn Sessoms - NLADA, DC
  • Celcise Stany - Defender's Office of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, MT