Take a little time to meet the members of the University of Cincinnati Law Review. Some of their pictures and profiles are listed below.
Editor in Chief: Drew Lehmkuhl
Executive Editor: Ashley Ramm
Managing Editor: Allie Soisson
Publications Editor: Amona Al-Refaei
Notes and Comments Chair: Megan Hurd
Blog Chair: Monica Welker
Business Manager: Annie McClellan
Alessandro Botta-Blondet, Notes and Comments
Betsy Emmert, Notes and Comments
Jesse Knowlden, Notes and Comments
Gibran Peña-Porras, Notes and Comments
Joe Brammer, Articles
Candra Connelly, Articles
Alexander Foxx, Web Design
Marisa Lind, Social Media
David Wovrosh, Blog
David Dornette, Articles
Justin Hay, Articles
Will Miller, Articles
Patrick Reagan, Articles
Nick Richardi, Articles
J.R. Bernans, Citations
Maria Castro-Reece, Citations
James Gammell, Citations
Brittany Guenther, Citations
Angel Lasley, Citations
Before law school, Drew earned his B.S. in neuroscience and M.A. in experimental psychology, areas in which Drew has continued to publish articles in academic journals outside of his legal training. Accordingly, Drew’s interests center on the intersection between science and the law. Primarily, Drew has developed a strong interest in the strategy involved in the use of expert witnesses throughout pre-trial litigation.
Amona Al-Refaei received her B.A. in Journalism and undergraduate certificate in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Cincinnati. Amona is currently working as a law clerk for the Cincinnati Insurance Company. Last year, Amona was a student fellow for the Ohio Innocence Project. Amona is the 2018-19 Publications Editor for the UC Law Review.
J.R. Bernans is a 3L originally from Columbus, Ohio. J.R. is a double Bearcat at the UC College of Law having earned his degree in accounting from UC and stayed around to pursue an interest in criminal law. While on law review, J.R. was a member of the blog track during his 2L year, authoring around seven blogs throughout the course of the school year. As a 2L, J.R. was also a member of the UC Law Trial Team and competed at the Case Classic Competition in Cleveland. This upcoming year, J.R. will continue his involvement in law review and be a member of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Clinic.
While in his 2L summer, J.R. worked out of the College of Law at the Ohio Innocence Project where the mission was to help exonerate wrongfully convicted individuals and get them out of prison. Having past experience in law enforcement, criminal law has always been a passion of J.R.’s and the position with the Ohio Innocence Project allowed him to pursue criminal law while trying to make a difference in his community. Currently, J.R. works at Faruki Ireland Cox Rhinehart and Dusing where he works primarily in the firm’s white collar criminal defense practice. This position has enabled him to combine his heavy business background with the desire to still work in criminal law, specifically defense. For the 2018-19 school year, J.R. will be working as a citation editor.
Candra Connelly, Articles Editor
Candra is a rising 3L at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. She possesses a Bachelors of Arts in Globalization Studies from the University at Albany, SUNY. While at Albany she spent two semesters abroad, one in Italy and another in Vietnam. Candra is interested in pursuing a career in international business or corporate law. This summer she is interning in the Motions Department at the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
David was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Upon graduation, David moved to Washington, D.C. where he worked as the Staff Assistant for the Ways and Means Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives. David is now a rising 3L who plans on pursuing a career in litigation. He currently works for the Department of Justice’s Tax Division and has previously worked for the Honorable Michael R. Barrett of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cincinnati. David is an avid skier, golfer, Bengal’s fan, history nerd, and board game enthusiast.
Alexander Foxx, Blog Editor
Originally from Lexington, Kentucky, Alexander claims Cincinnati as home after moving here in 2011. He enrolled at UC College of Law in 2016, after spending some time after college working and getting licensed as a Certified Public Accountant. He is primarily interested in litigation. Alexander joined the Law Review in 2017 and loves the blog.
He is also the webmaster for the blog’s website. Send him any website concerns at email@example.com.
Kyle Greene, Associate Member
Kyle Greene is a Skyline and LaRosa’s loving Cincinnati native. Kyle received his B.A. from Miami (Ohio) University in Political Science with a minor in Philosophy. He is currently a fellow with the Ohio Innocence Project at UC Law. He is primarily interested in working as a Litigation attorney. In his free time Kyle likes playing basketball, seeing movies, and going to as many Bengals games as possible.
Brittany Guenther, Citations
Brittany Guenther attended the University of Cincinnati for undergrad and received a BA in Political Science along with minors in Psychology and Accounting. Throughout undergrad she worked for a small business, which is what initially struck her interest in becoming a corporate attorney. With that being said, she is interested in business law. Currently, she is working for The Kroger Co. as a law clerk.
Justin Hay, Articles Editor
Justin was born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. After competing as an NCAA Division I athlete for Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, Justin continued his athletic career in Europe. Ultimately, Justin returned to Nashville to work in the healthcare industry as a financial professional prior to attending the College of Law. Justin plans to use his previous financial experience to practice corporate law. During Justin’s 1L summer, Justin worked as a legal intern for Mortar and the University of Cincinnati’s Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic. During his 2L summer, Justin worked as a summer associate in Faegre Baker Daniels LLP’s Indianapolis office.
Megan Hurd, Notes and Comments Chair
Megan is the 2018-19 Notes and Comments Chair for the UC Law Review. She received her B.A. in Public Affairs and Political Science, summa cum laude, from The Ohio State University. Megan is currently working as a Summer Associate at Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP. Last summer, Megan interned for Cincinnati Public Schools in the Office of General Counsel. She also externed for the Hon. Susan J. Dlott in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio during the Spring 2018 semester.
Jesse Knowlden, Notes and Comments
Jesse Knowlden is a rare Cincinnati transplant with no connections to Proctor & Gamble. Hailing from the great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, he moved to Cincinnati to avoid the inconveniences of a long-distance marriage. Jesse attended Penn State and graduated in 2013 with Bachelor’s degrees in History and Criminal Justice. After graduation, Jesse sold his soul to the world’s largest oilfield services company. Even though he thoroughly enjoyed three years of 90 hour work weeks, sweating through coveralls and living in West Virginia hotels, Jesse decided to hang up his hard hat and attend law school. After finishing law school, Jesse hopes to remain in Cincinnati and practice criminal and/or business law.
Jesse, a rebellious millennial who still watches DVD’s and owned LL Bean boots before they were cool, believes in Penn State football, hunting, fishing, baseball, fine whiskey and eating meat with every meal. He rushes home every day to spend time with his wife, Alison, with whom he shares a 2-bedroom apartment and a mutual love for the tv show Friends.
Gibran Peña-Porras is a 3L student at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Born and raised in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Gibran got his bachelors degree in Accounting and Finance from the University of Texas at El Paso before joining the Cincinnati Law’s class of 2019.
An entrepreneur at heart, Gibran gravitates towards anything that has to do with business and business law. Before starting law school, Gibran worked as a Vice President of an insurance brokerage agency while managing and co-owning a bar and café in his hometown of El Paso, Texas. His favorite topics for scholarly reading and writing include contracts, technology, music, compliance, corporate, advertising, intellectual property, and any way in which these areas intertwine.
During his free time between school and working at the office/bar, Gibran weekend-toured Mexico with his pop/rock band. Although law school does not allow much time for touring, Gibran enjoys spending his free time producing music and learning other languages.
Ashley Ramm, Executive Editor
Ashley Ramm, Executive Editor, is a former corporate paralegal from Toledo, Ohio. In addition to her involvement in Law Review, Ashley is the President of the Federal Bar Association student division and is heavily involved Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky-John W. Peck FBA Chapter. Ashley is a Guy A. Zoghby Corporate Law Fellowship and plans to practice in M&A, ITC (international trade compliance), and/or regulatory compliance. During the summer after her first year, Ashley clerked for GE Aviation, focusing on regulatory compliance, and continued to clerk part-time during her second year. In 2018, Ashley was a summer associate at Frost Brown Todd LLC in their Cincinnati office. In her third and final year, Ashley will be clerking for the General Counsel of GE Additive, GE’s 3D printing business.
Patrick Reagan, Articles
Patrick is a native Cincinnatian who graduated from Northern Kentucky University in 2016 with a BS/BA in Economics and International Studies. He spent his fall 2015 semester at l’Université de Caen Basse-Normanidie in Caen, France, where he earned a Diplome d’Etudes de Langue Française, which is a certification of French fluency for non-native French speakers. He enjoys politics, traveling, and trying new restaurants with his friends. One little-known fact about him is that his favorite movies are “Top Gun” and “Thelma & Louise.”
During the summer between his first and second year, Patrick clerked for the Hon. Lisa Allen of the Hamilton County Court of Common Pleas, and externed for the Hon. William O. Bertelsman of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky during the fall of his second year. This summer, he was a summer associate at Dressman Benzinger LaVelle psc, where he will remain a law clerk through November. He has also been a research assistant for Prof. Ronna Greff Schneider since last year, helping her edit her legal treatise Education Law: First Amendment, Due Process & Discrimination, and will continue in that position through graduation.
Nick Richardi, Articles
Nick was born and raised in Connecticut. Desperate to explore the world, Nick set off to South Carolina where he attended Furman University and graduated in 2016 with a B.A. in History and Political Science. Immediately after graduation, Nick came to the University of Cincinnati College of Law to obtain his J.D. with a concentration in Business Law. Nick hopes to move to Boston upon graduation in 2019 to start his legal career and might one day enter into politics.
Dan Shinkle, Associate Member
Dan Shinkle is a current 2L at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Originally from Waynesville, Ohio, Dan attended The Ohio State University where he studied Agricultural Business and Economics. Prior to coming to law school, Dan worked as an agricultural chemical representative for DuPont. Following 1L year and during 2L year, Dan clerked for GE Aviation, focusing on regulatory compliance. He has a number of professional interests including corporate law, litigation, and the agricultural industry.
Michael Soder, Associate Member
Michael Soder is from Western Kentucky and he attended Transylvania University in Lexington, Kentucky where he received a degree in Politics, Philosophy, & Economics (PP&E). In his free time he enjoys running, reading, and water skiing and wake boarding during the summer.
He is very interested in a number of legal areas, including immigration, privacy, 14th Amendment issues, real estate and wealth management, and securities law. This past summer he worked as a summer associate for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Ohio.
Allie Soisson, Managing Editor
Allie is a Texan by birth, but spent most of her childhood in South Bend, Indiana. She attended undergrad at the University of Notre Dame, where she received a B.A. in American Studies and a minor in Education. After undergrad, Allie worked as an Eighth Grade teacher in Houston, Texas through Teach For America. During her 1L summer, she clerked at Musillo Unkenholt in Cincinnati and worked as a summer associate at Bricker & Eckler in Columbus during her second summer. In addition to serving as Managing Editor of Law Review, she is a member of the UC Trial Team and hopes to work as a litigation attorney after graduation.
Monica Welker, Blog Chair
Monica L. Welker is a member of the University of Cincinnati College of Law Class of 2019. Her broad legal interests include: Criminal Defense, Family Law, Juvenile Law, Appellate Law, Public Interest Law and Human Rights/Civil Rights Law. While in law school, she spent two months in Uganda on a team writing legislation aimed at curbing acid violence; interned with UC’s Domestic Violence Clinic; and spent a semester as an extern judicial clerk for Hamilton County Juvenile Court. She is currently a law clerk for Warren County Domestic Relations Court and a member of UC’s Indigent Defense Clinic.
In addition to being the Blog Chair for UC’s Law Review, Monica is a fellow with the Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights at UC Law, a senior article editor with the Human Rights Quarterly, and a contributing editor for the UC Social Justice Blog. She is also president of the UC Juvenile Law Club and on the board of UC’s American Constitutional Society chapter.
Prior to law school, Monica taught high school social studies in south-central Pennsylvania, helped manage a homeless shelter, and raised two daughters.
David Wovrosh, Blog Editor
David Wovrosh was born and raised near Cleveland Ohio and attended Heidelberg University for his undergrad, majoring in International Relations and German. After graduation, David worked in a nonprofit managing a volunteer tax program for low-income communities. After turning the reigns of the program over, he continued to volunteer managing volunteer tax sites for the next six years. During this time, David managed a volunteer dentistry program for low-income Ohioans. He also worked in the private field for an online medical software company working in the field of data analysis and project management. As a member of the University of Cincinnati Law Review, David has written on topics ranging from Fourth Amendment jurisprudence to bankruptcy. After winning the coveted 2L Distinguished Associate Member award for his contributions to UC Law Review’s blog, David felt compelled to serve as an editor for UC Law review’s blog, where he works to ensure that UC Law Review maintains a robust and valuable online presence.