Crime Scenes, Detectives, Experts And Drafting Legislation
Advanced Law & Trial
Internship Summit Tier II
Decide The Fate of A Real Court Case
Learn From Leading Industry Experts
Lessons Taught By Elite Law Professors, Top Prosecutors, And Skilled Legal Consultants
Work with College Admissions Experts
One-On-One Application Assistance And Meetings With Top University Admissions Officers
Make A Real Change
For Your Client
Advocate Your Client's Case To Congressional Officials
Advanced Law & Trial Internship Summit Tier II
Legal Cases Of National Importance and Jury Selection
The Advanced Law & Trial Internship Summit Tier II is a first-of-its-kind program that allows motivated high school students to intern with Goodwin Weber PLLC, work with current and former FBI agents, participate in jury selection and intern on a real court case.
For the first time ever, student interns will work with government investigators on a real case, recreate the crime scene with a leading crime scene recreation specialist, develop jury selection plans with the nation's top Jury selection experts, and become advocates for their clients on Capitol Hill meeting directly with Senators and Congressmen.
Additionally, students will present one key aspect of the case to the legal team to assist with the strategy that will be used in filing the cases in the Fall of 2021.
These cases contain highly confidential information and will require non-disclosure agreements and background checks from students and parents.
Throughout the internship, students will connect with top law professors and leading attorneys about the cases, sift through legal documents, review evidence, and help prepare the case for trial.
On the final day, students conduct witness preparation with the client by conducting a cross-examination with a retired federal judge, and the legal team to assist with the client's final preparation to testify in court.
Rising Freshman To Graduating Seniors
July 18th, 2021 - July 31st, 2021
12:00 to 5:00 pm EST
THE ONLY ONLINE SUMMER PROGRAM IN THE WORLD
Students will intern for Goodwin Weber PLLC, and learn from one of the nation’s top attorneys, David P. Weber, who is the former Chief Investigator of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and now a lawyer in private practice.
Interns will meet online with clients, review case documents, and help prepare their client’s case. Students will experience the legal profession working on actual court cases and preview what a future in the field of law holds for them.
Students will work directly with a witness expert to properly explain information regarding the client to a jury.
Student interns with work with an expert witness to provide expert/technical analysis and opinion on an issue(s), based on the information provided by the client, court documents and how the case is proceeding.
Interns will develop recommendations for trial strategy based on empirical research that is completed with the help of a trial consultant.
Students will work with trial consultants to create an effective jury selection strategy for trial. Interns will provide to the client with the most effective jury selection questions permitted for this case.
Students will work with Congressional officials from Capitol Hill to advocate for enforcement of the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act of 2016
In addition, students will work directly with top Georgetown Law professors to understand why this law was created, what efforts are being made to enforce it and assist students in reviewing evidence that can be used at trial.
Create A Jury Selection Profile With A Leading Jury Consultant
Work With Legal Experts
Collaborate With Legal Scholars and Activists
Students will work with legal scholars and leaders from Georgetown University Law School, the FBI, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), and specialized legal experts.
Students will work directly with leading forensic accountants to understand how foreign banks assisted ISIS terrorists, along with data collection and surveillance experts to ensure each aspect of the crime is proven beyond a shadow of a doubt.
Students will create a jury selection portfolio working with a jury consultant for their case. Students will create a survey of the community where the trial is taking place to understand the background characteristics of the jury pool such as race, sex, marital status, age, income, and careers.
Students will create specific questions based on their case. Questions will be designed to discover the beliefs and attitudes likely associated with a favorable or unfavorable verdict for their client. Students will then create a jury selection profile that will be used when the case goes to trial.
Work With Jury Selection Experts
Create A Jury Selection Profile With Experts
Finalize A Jury Selection Plan With A Law Firm
Students will work directly with jury consultant experts to gather, analyze, compile and report information regarding individuals and organizations to the clients.
Through their work with the jury consultant experts, interns were able to develop a jury selection profile. Interns were asked to develop the ideal jury for their client and explain why their choices would be the most beneficial for their case.
Interns gained a deeper understanding of the US legal trial system and the job of a jury consultant. Interns also learned about the impact a jury will have on a client and the impact the client has on the jury.
Lawmaker Partnerships & Advocacy
Work With Lawmakers
& The National Press
National News Media Outreach
Students will speak to reporters from national news outlets to showcase their client's cases and work to gain national attention to the issues faced by their clients.
Students will work with a media prep team to create press releases and conduct practice interview sessions before meeting with reporters.
Interns will work with Senators and Congresspeople to advocate for their clients and to better enforce the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act.
Students will meet directly with top lobbyists to understand how to persuade congressional officials to publicly support their clients.
Work Directly With Leaders From The Following Institutions
Collaborate With Top Legal Minds
David P. Weber, CFE
LI Advanced Law & Trial Internship-Case Director/Goodwin Weber PLLC-Lead Attorney/University Of Maryland Global Campus Faculty Member
David Paul Weber is the former Assistant Inspector General at the Office of Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
In this role, David served as the SEC’s Chief Investigator and directed all criminal, civil, and administrative investigations into fraud, waste, or abuse concerning SEC programs on a nationwide basis. David’s notable cases included reporting misconduct in the Bernard L. Madoff and R. Allen Stanford investigations. Mr. Weber now uses this skill set to assist and defend clients and to investigate wrongdoing in private practice.
As one recent example, in Winter and Summer 2018, David represented a key witness in the United States v. Paul Manafort criminal prosecution and grand jury investigations and successfully obtained full immunity for his client in exchange for his client’s cooperation and testimony against Mr. Manafort, the President’s former campaign chairman. Ultimately, David’s lawyering, in part, played a role in Manafort’s guilty plea in September 2018 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
Weber was a whistleblower who reported allegations about foreign espionage against the stock exchanges, and misconduct in the Bernard L. Madoff and R. Allen Stanford Ponzi scheme investigations. He was terminated months later for supposedly unrelated reasons. He sued the SEC, claiming wrongful termination and retaliation against him for coming forward as a whistleblower. In June 2013, the SEC settled with Weber his whistleblower protection and U.S. District Court lawsuits by reinstating him and paying him $580,000, one of the largest federal whistleblower settlements in US history.
On July 30, 2015, Weber was recognized by six United States Senators and one member of the House of Representatives at the First Congressional Celebration of National Whistleblower Appreciation Day.
In 2015-2016, Weber served as the banking expert who assisted journalists in reviewing information now known as the Panama Papers, pertaining to hundreds of current and former world leaders. In 2017-2018, Weber presented findings from the Paradise Papers, which has now implicated some of the largest accounting firms in the world.
In Spring 2017, Weber was nominated for the American Accounting Association, Forensic Accounting Section, Best Teaching Innovation Award, for training students how to prepare Reports of Investigation into subjects identified in the Panama Papers.
In April 2017, the Panama Papers investigation was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting.
He is married to Julie Goodwin Weber, a tax, estates and trusts attorney, and has four children.
Leadership Institute-Vice President for the Campus Leadership Program
Bryan Bernys is the Leadership Institute’s Vice President of Campus Programs. He is responsible for all the Institute’s student training programs, it’s national field team and a nationwide network of more than 1,800 conservative student organizations.
Bryan also helped create and still oversees the daily operations of Leadership Institute’s campus news site CampusReform.org. Under his leadership, the site has exposed countless examples of liberal abuse in America higher education, is frequently cited by conservative news outlets like Fox News and The Drudge Report, and has lead to dozens of victories for conservative students and University policy changes.
Before coming to work at LI, Bryan served as the New Hampshire Field Director for Senator John McCain’s 2008 Presidental campaign. He also has extensive experience working to elect GOP candidates to state and federal office as well as work on two other national Presidental campaigns. He is a graduate of Amercian University in Washington, DC.
Georgetown University Professor
Professor Michael J. Cedrone teaches legal writing at Georgetown Law School. His courses involve simulations that challenge students to do the work of lawyers in the classroom, where they can study what to do, practice doing it, and reflect on how it went. In his legal writing class, students research the law to explore answers to difficult legal questions, and they create arguments to persuade courts to rule in their client's favor. In his Week One simulation class, students investigate corporate wrongdoing by interviewing a witness and reporting to the General Counsel of their corporate client (a role played by many of Georgetown’s most prominent alums). Finally, he teaches the Intro to United States Legal Systems course in Georgetown’s LLM program.
Professor Cedrone joined the Georgetown Law faculty in 2008 following a federal District Court clerkship and four years of practice at the Boston firm Peabody & Arnold, LLP. From 2005-07, he taught legal research and writing as an adjunct professor at Boston University School of Law and served as pro bono counsel for the Massachusetts Board of Bar Examiners, grading Massachusetts Bar Exam and representing the Board at a character and fitness hearing for an applicant to the Massachusetts bar. He is a magna cum laude graduate of Georgetown Law and Harvard College. Prior to law school, Cedrone taught for five years in the Massachusetts public schools and earned a master’s degree in education from Boston University.
Outreach Manager for the Legislative Engagement team of the Government Relations Department
Alex Cerussi is the Outreach Manager for the Legislative Engagement team of the Government Relations Department. Alex focuses on advocate engagement and relationship development through grassroots work. She joined the ASPCA in March of 2019.
Prior to joining the ASPCA, Alex worked as an attorney in Brooklyn, New York, where she practiced consumer protection law as it related to animal agriculture and the environment. Following her graduation from law school, Alex worked for a law firm practicing commercial insurance litigation and as Field Organizer for a local political campaign. Alex currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Animals in Agriculture Subcommittee of the American Bar Association (ABA), Young Lawyer Representative of the Animal Law Committee, and as Program Chair of the Animal Law Committee.
Alex earned her B.A. in Political Science and French from Elon University in 2013, and her law degree from Catholic University in 2017, where she focused her studies on animal welfare law and policy. Alex interned and clerked with a variety of animal welfare organizations, environmental non-for-profits, and federal agencies throughout law school. She currently lives in Washington, D.C. with her terrier mix, Piper.
Legal Director, Autistic Self Advocacy Network
Samantha Crane is Director of Public Policy at ASAN’s national office. ASAN engages in regulatory advocacy, litigation consulting, and very limited impact litigation. A graduate of Harvard Law School, Samantha previously served as staff attorney at the Bazelon Center of Mental Health Law, focusing on enforcing the right to community integration as established by the Supreme Court in Olmstead v. L.C., and as an associate at the litigation firm Quinn Emanuel Urquhart, & Sullivan, L.L.P., where she focused on patent and securities litigation. From 2009 to 2010, Samantha served as law clerk to the Honorable Judge William H. Yohn at the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is still a really small organization and has about 10 staff members, and not all of them are even full time. But for such a small organization, they have a really broad range of initiatives. And the consistent theme is to make sure that everyone of course, has the supports that we need in order to live in the community. And that includes Independent Living supports, safety supports, communication supports, support with decision making, employment supports, and, you know, the full range of things that people might need.
Associate at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
Kyle DeCamp is an associate in the commercial litigation practice group at Norton Rose Fulbright, the 3rd largest law firm in the United States and ranked 12th on The American Lawyer’s 2020 top law firm ranking. He is a recent graduate of the UCLA School of Law, having also graduated from UCLA with a degree in Political Science in 2016. As a lawyer, Kyle devotes his practice to large-scale contractual disputes, high-stakes research and analysis, and to pro bono asylum work.
Kyle’s passion is teaching trial advocacy. He began competing in Mock Trial in 7th grade and managed to compete all the way through the end of law school. He is a 6 time national qualifier, 8 time Trial All-American, the 2014 national champion, and was the first Bruin to ever be invited to Top Gun, the 1 v 1 national championship for the top 16 law school trial advocates in the country. In addition to competing, Kyle has been one of the head coaches of the UCLA Mock Trial program for 3 years and was immediately invited back to coach the UCLA Law School trial program last year. Kyle also has extensive experience coaching high school students in trial advocacy; Kyle spent 4 years coaching high school Mock Trial and has both run and been a lecturer for the UCLA Mock Trial Summer Institute.
Kyle loves any and all questions related to trial advocacy and can be reached at
Jeffrey T. Frederick
Director of Jury Research Services Division at National Legal Research Group, Inc
Jeffrey T. Frederick, Ph.D., attended North Carolina State University where he received his masters and Ph.D. in Social Psychology.
Jeffrey is currently the director of Jury Research Services Division at National Legal Research Group, Inc. and has been focusing on juries, including jury selection and jury research, since 1975.
He has worked on hundreds of cases while also using his experience and research to write books and publications. He wrote Mastering Voir Dire and Jury Selection: Gain an Edge in Questioning and Selecting Your Jury, 3rd Edition (ABA Press 2011) and The Psychology of the American Jury (Michie Co. 1987). He also speaks at different programs for the American Bar Association, the American Psychological Association, and many others about his experience with juries and the research he has done.
This summer Jeffrey will work with students not only teaching them about the rules and practices for choosing jurors, but he will also work with students on a jury selection simulation and help them make a jury profile for their case.
Associate at Dinsmore
Andrew focuses his practice on business and commercial litigation, as well as medical defense and professional liability. He has handled more than 100 cases that included investigating and evaluating claims, analyzing legal issues, conducting client and pre-deposition meetings, preparing and responding to motions, and taking and defending depositions. In addition, he has tried multiple cases to verdict as second chair.
He has managed cases concerning varying legal issues, such as shareholder disputes, breach of contract, trade secrets, employment disputes, product liability, premises liability, medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, construction law, and transportation law. His experience also includes arbitrations and negotiating resolutions through mediation or pre-trial settlement meetings with opposing counsel.
Associate, Archer Attorneys at Law
Najah A. Jacobs is an Associate in Archer’s Environmental Law Practice Group, where she specializes in complex environmental litigation, products liability claims, and toxic torts. Najah concentrates her practice on pursuing and defending complex environmental matters, focusing on a wide range of matters, including cleanup and response costs, soil and groundwater contamination, and natural resource damage claims.
Najah graduated from Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, where she served as the Executive Symposium Editor of the Drexel Law Review, and President of the Black Law Students Association. Najah was a competitor on Drexel’s nationally recognized Trial Team, helping the team to a National Championship victory in the Tournament of Champions Trial Competition, and a Regional Championship in the Texas Young Lawyers Association National Trial Competition. Najah was a Law School Ambassador, Diversity and Inclusion Fellow, and Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Fellow.
During law school, Najah served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Robert B. Kugler of the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey. Prior to that, she worked for Archer as a summer associate. Previously, she also served as an intern for the Philadelphia District
Director of Research and Give Smart at Future Now Fund
Aaron joined Future Now after co-founding the Give Smart project, which raised almost $1 million for state legislative candidates in 2018. Previously an attorney for various technology companies, he has also written extensively about elections for VICE Magazine and the University of Virginia Center for Politics.
Aaron started his career as a Bankruptcy and Financial Restructuring Associate at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. In 2011, he became the Director of Business Affairs/Associate General Counsel at Brevity Ventures, a video software/telecommunications company. Aaron then became the Corporate Counsel at Reval from March 2014 to April 2017. Before acquiring his current position, he became the Senior Corporate Counsel at MediaMathDates, the digital media buying platform for top brands and advertising agencies. He then went on eto become the Director of Research at the Future Now Fund.
Gerald R. Kunde II (Chip)
LI Board Chair & Ferrero-Senior Vice President, Government & Institutional Affairs
Kunde leads the development and execution of a comprehensive government and public affairs engagement strategy for Ferrero in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico.
Kunde joined Ferrero from food service distribution company Sysco, where he served as v.p. of government relations since April 2015. In this role, Chip led government relations efforts to promote and protect Sysco’s public policy interests at the local, state, federal and international levels. Prior to Sysco, Kunde was senior v.p. of government relations at Darden Restaurants. In addition to his corporate experience, Chip has held leadership positions at several national and state trade associations, including the International Dairy Foods Association, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the Connecticut Association of Realtors and the National Association of Realtors.
Thomas P. Mauriello
Adjunct Lecturer and Laboratory Instructor for the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice
Thoms P. Mauriello is an Adjunct Lecturer and Laboratory Instructor for the Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Maryland. For 38 years he has managed the school’s crime laboratory and taught a crime laboratory course where students get an introduction to criminalistics.
Thomas graduated from George Washington University with his Masters in Forensic Sciences.
Before becoming a professor at the University of Maryland he worked for the Department of Defense (DoD), was a police officer, and was a criminal investigator. When he was working for the DoD he held multiple positions such as Special Agent; Chief of Police; Senior Polygraph Examiner; Director, Occupational Health, Environmental and Safety Services; Director, Interagency OPSEC Support Staff (IOSS); Deputy Director for Security Education, Training and Awareness; Congressional Staff Investigator for the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations; and Chief of Polygraph for the Associate Directorate for Security and Counterintelligence. He received the DoD Exceptional Civilian Service Award, President’s Award, and the Donald B. Woodbridge Award.
Not only is he a professor, a retired member of the DoD, a criminal investigator, and a forensic sciences consultant but he is also a published author writing Criminal Investigation Handbook Strategy, Law and Science; and The Dollhouse Murders.
He stays active in his community by being a member of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, International Association for Identification, Maryland Polygraph Association, and the Operations Security (OPSEC) Professionals Society.
Thomas formed his forensic consultant company, ForensIQ, Inc., in 2011. ForensIQ, Inc. provides his clients with forensic investigation services; criminal case & evidence assessments; security & counterintelligence services; education, training, awareness and motivational public speaking presentations; and news media and film and TV production consultation.
This summer Thomas will work as the Crime Scene Recreation Expert for the Advanced Law and Trial Internship Summit Tier 2 where he will educate the students about crime scene recreation and its importance and assist them as they recreate their own crime scene.
Jury Consultant at Clarity Mediation & Jury Consulting
Jeremy Ostler was an interrogator and linguist in the military intelligence. As an interrogator he was trained and certified in analytical methods, operations, counterintelligence and force protection operations, interrogations, and legal principles.
His expertise in reading, profiling, and exploiting human intelligence makes him an invaluable asset in conducting jury consulting services. He learned to speak Spanish while living in Nicaragua and Mandarin Chinese while studying at the Defense Language Institute. Following his service in the military he joined a consulting firm advising the Department of Defense.
After working in the intelligence community for over a decade, Mr. Ostler decided to leverage his expertise to help trial lawyers and litigators prevail in successfully persuading judges, juries and arbitrators in trial and arbitration.
Associate, Faruki PLL
Melissa Watt is an associate with Faruki, P.L.L. in Cincinnati, Ohio. Her litigation practice focuses on business litigation, including business torts, breach of contract claims, and related complex legal disputes. She has taken and defended dozens of depositions, including expert and corporate representative depositions, and participated in multiple trials and mediations.
A cum laude graduate of the University of Cincinnati College of Law, Melissa clerked for now
Justice R. Patrick DeWine of the Ohio Supreme Court for two years while he was a judge at Ohio's First District Court of Appeals. Never one to take the easy route, Melissa started law school when her daughter was one and had her son during her second year of law school. She worked full-time while studying for the bar exam, and willingly speaks about her experiences to encourage young people to succeed despite barriers.
Before law school, Melissa earned her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Teacher Leadership from Miami University and started and ran her own company providing customizable training materials to manufacturing and industrial operations. Melissa also holds a Bachelors of Arts in English with an emphasis on Creative Non-Fiction Writing from the University of Iowa.
Melissa recently completed her second term as a Trustee for the Ohio Women's Bar Association, and serves on the Executive Committee of the American Mock Trial Association as the first woman to hold the position of Tournament Administration Committee Chair. She also regularly represents clients pro-bono through the Legal Aid Volunteer Lawyers Project.
When not practicing law, Melissa enjoys spending time with her two children and her two dogs. Melissa's hobbies include cooking, baking, and pretending that she has time to read the ever-growing stack of books on her coffee table. She is also a runner and is perpetually training for the next Disney half marathon.
Chief of Staff at Office of the Maryland State Senate President
Jacob has tried numerous family matters to conclusion, ranging from highly contested custody litigation to cases involving complex valuation issues. He has gained experience in many of the varied aspects of family law.
Jacob has also developed a skill set in the appellate arena, briefing and arguing cases before Connecticut's appellate courts, such as McKenna v. Delente, 123 Conn. App. 137 (2010) (co-author on brief), Brown v. Brown, 132 Conn. App. 30 (2011) (co-author on brief), Keller v. Keller, 141 Conn. App. 681 (2013) (co-author on brief), Pryor v. Pryor, 162 Conn. App. 451 (2016) (argued and co-author on brief), Weyer v. Weyer, 164 Conn. App. 734 (2016) (co-author on brief).
In 2017, Jacob briefed Chang v. Chang, 170 Conn. App. 822, cert. denied, 325 Conn. 910 (2017), which affirmed the client's successful claim at trial that the parties' premarital agreement was invalid.
In 2018, in Keusch v. Keusch, 184 Conn. App. 822 (2018), Jacob briefed and argued the finer points of setting and modifying child support pursuant to Connecticut's child support guidelines.
In Krahel v. Czoch, 186 Conn. App. 22, cert. denied, 330 Conn. 958 (2018), Jacob briefed and argued for a successful outcome affirming the trial court's sanction of testimonial preclusion based on the husband's failure to disclose important financial information and documents.
In 2019, Jacob briefed and argued Oudheusden v. Oudheusden, 190 Conn. App. 169, cert. granted, 332 Conn. 911 (2019). The decision represents a sea change in Connecticut law on "double dipping." Next year, the Supreme Court will weigh in.
In 2019, Jacob briefed and argued Barber v. Barber, 193 Conn. App. 190 (2019). Although the Appellate Court was constrained to dismiss his client's cross appeal on mootness grounds, Jacob successfully defended the trial court's favorable rulings from attack in the main appeal.
Jacob has practiced matrimonial law exclusively from the start of his legal career in 2007, alongside attorneys widely considered to be the best trial lawyers in Connecticut and legends of the matrimonial bar.
Jacob is a graduate of Fordham University. He earned his juris doctor degree at St. John’s University School of Law in 2006. He is admitted to practice in Connecticut, New York and the District of Columbia. Prior to attending law school, Jacob obtained a master’s degree in philosophy from the New School for Social Research. After graduating from law school, Jacob served as a legal research clerk for the judges of the Connecticut Superior Court.
Jacob is a member of the Connecticut Bar Association, the Fairfield County Bar Association and the New York State Bar Association. He was selected as a Super Lawyers® Connecticut Rising Star for 2013, and every year since. He was selected for a 2016 Top 10 Under 40 Attorney Award for the State of Connecticut by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys. He also volunteers his time as a court-appointed special master in the Stamford Superior Court for family law cases.
In 2017, Jacob presented on “Custody Evaluations: Understanding the Tools and Challenging the Report,” for the National Business Institute’s seminar on Advanced Custody and Support Issues. Jacob also published, with co-author Alexander J. Cuda, Esq., an article on May 12, 2017 in the Connecticut Law Tribune, “Court Time Is Valuable – Don’t Waste It.” In 2018, Jacob participated in a presentation at the Fairfield County Bar Association concerning the impact of the Supreme Court's decision in O'Brien v. O'Brien.
Meet With College Admissions Experts
Assistant Dean for Enrollment at Fordham University School of Law
Stephen Brown is Assistant Dean for Enrollment at Fordham University School of Law. Prior to returning to Fordham, he served at New York University School of Law, most recently as director of student finance, planning, and institutional research. He worked in financial aid at Columbia Law School and NYIT.
Steve is a frequent presenter at financial aid, admissions, career and student services conferences and takes special interest both in policy and introducing new professionals to the field. He has served on LSAC and ad hoc financial aid subcommittees – basically been around a long time! On the student side, Steve is a champion of informed decision making, the right school is the right fit at the right price for your long term goals!
Steve has been a consultant to law school admission and financial aid offices, as well as nonprofit loan repayment assistance programs (LRAPs). He earned his BS in psychology and philosophy and his MSEd in counseling from Fordham University. and EdM in counseling from Teachers College, Columbia University. Steve reports that his first career in mental health counseling has made his life in Law School administration so much easier!
Matthew D. Dillard
Director of Admissions at George Washington University Law School
Matthew D. Dillard is the Director of Admissions at George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. He enjoys working with one of the nation's largest law school applicant pools. Matthew also serves on the Board of the Northeast Association of Pre-Law Advisors and on the LSAC Misconduct and Irregularities Subcommittee. He is a graduate of Vassar College and GW Law.
Director of Admissions at the University of Maryland Law School
As Director of Admissions, Jonathan Glick handles all aspects of student recruitment and enrollment management. He works on the development and implementation of recruitment and student outreach initiatives and counsels prospective students regarding the law school application process. Mr. Glick is a member of the bar in Maryland and the District of Columbia. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland at College Park and Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Prior to returning to his alma mater in 2017, Mr. Glick spent several years as a civil litigator at Simeone & Miller, LLP in Washington, DC.
Kristine M. Jackson
Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Colorado Law
Kristine M. Jackson currently serves as the Assistant Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid. She came to Colorado Law in 2006 from the George Mason University Law School, where she was Assistant Dean and Director of Special Programs. She was primarily responsible for admissions and operations of the Intellectual Property and Law and Economics Master of Laws programs, the Juris Master program, and the international exchange programs, while also assisting in the admission of Juris Doctor students. In fall 2004, she taught the Introduction to U.S. Law class to the international master of laws students. She previously served as Director of Admissions for the eight graduate programs of the School of Public Policy at George Mason University.
Dean Jackson is a 1999 graduate of George Mason University Law School. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in the Administration of Criminal Justice from the University of North Carolina in 1991. Dean Jackson is a member of the Virginia Bar.
Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at the UCLA School of Law
Rob Schwartz has been the dean of admissions and financial aid at the UCLA School of Law since 2006. Prior to that, he was the dean of admissions at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law for 11 years. Dean Schwartz graduated magna cum laude from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and practiced law for several years before entering the law school admissions profession. Dean Schwartz has served on a number of Law School Admission Council (LSAC) committees, including the New Admission Personnel and Faculty Members Workshop Planning Work Group, the Annual Meeting and Educational Conference Planning Work Group, and the Services and Programs Committee. He has also served as Secretary of the LSAC Board of Trustees and is currently a member of the LSAC Assessments Committee.
Advanced Law & Trial Summit
Advanced Law & Trial Summit Tier II
July 18th - July 31st, 2021
Enroll Now To Receive A $500 Scholarship
47 Scholarships Remain
All-Inclusive Tuition Cost-$2400
Advanced Law & Trial
Although we got to meet many amazing people and learn many interesting things, my favorite experience was working with my teammates and discussing with the staff. Everyone was so much fun to work with, I loved the environment and atmosphere that the staff and team leads created."
Charter School of Wilmington, Class of 2021
Advanced Law & Trial Internship Summit Tier II
Advanced Law & Trial
I think all of the lessons and experiences these past 2 weeks were unique and interesting, but I would say my favorite was the jury consultant session we had with Jeremy and Laticia Ostler. I was able to learn about different aspects of the case and learned more about the voir dire process. This exemplified the importance of the jury in trial and in being able to identify different perspectives in any case."
Los Alamitos High School, Class of 2021
Advanced Law & Trial Internship Summit Tier II
Advanced Law & Trial
Working for Mr. Doe has been a motivator unlike any other, and the internship would not be the same without it. Knowing that my work could help Mr. Doe has made me proud to be doing this internship and makes me very happy. This case feels extremely worthwhile, and I am grateful to have gotten the opportunity to help. Knowing the possible weight behind my work has made me work at least 10 times harder than I would have if these were just exercises for the sake of practice."
Milton Academy, Class of 2023
Advanced Law & Trial Internship Summit Tier II
Advanced Law & Trial
I really enjoyed working with Goodwin Weber PLLC on a real case, since I got to see some of the inner workings of a case as it progresses on its way to trial. It was very easy to ask Mr. Weber questions if I got confused, and I never felt intimidated or nervous to do so."
Washington International School, Class of 2022
Advanced Law & Trial Internship Summit Tier II
Advanced Law & Trial
Hanging out with the interns and learning more about them every day was my favorite part of the program! This is the type of program where they won’t forget you after these two weeks, these connections will last which I’m not used to except with this program. Thank you leadership initiatives for everything you have taught me, I hope to come back next year!"
Sewickley Academy, Class of 2021
Advanced Law & Trial Internship Summit Tier II
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The college admissions team will then identify the most important areas students can focus on to increase their probability of gaining acceptance into their top college choices.
College Probability Modeling
Featured in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, and The Huffington Post, TestRocker is the premier online SAT/ACT training resource for high school students across the United States. All summer program participants will receive one year of free online SAT/ACT training from TestRocker valued at over $1200.
Students have increased their SAT & ACT scores by an average of 280 points and 4 points, respectively.
TestRocker utilizes personalized learning that incorporates technology & quality content to enable students to drastically increase their ability to take college standardized tests. TestRocker combines highly-effective private tutors with the best technology on the market to increase student scores.
Click here to request a TestRocker SAT/ACT Test Prep account.
TestRocker comes with customized lessons, full-length tests, and 24/7 customer service.
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We will email the students’ parents a bi-weekly report so that parents can keep track of their progress.
We take accountability to support our students throughout their test-prep journey.
Exclusive SAT/ACT Training From TestRocker
All summer participants are able to submit up to five college application essays for review by our partners at University Connection. University Connection employs college writing professors and admissions experts to help students craft the best essay possible for their college applications.
This offer is exclusive, and not available with any other institution or program!
Each student essay will be edited to ensure it makes an excellent impression at every stage of the competitive application process. The editors will improve the style, clarity, sentence structure and coherence of your application so that your achievements are noticed.
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To ensure language errors do not keep students from achieving their ambitions, every section of your university application will be carefully proofread to eliminate any mistakes in grammar, punctuation, spelling and more.
Editors bring their experience in many different backgrounds, including Science and Technology, Commerce, Management, and the Humanities.
College Essay Review Service
Students who participate in any of Leadership Initiatives Youth Development Programs will have the opportunity to have two letters of recommendation written for them from any Leadership Initiatives staff member, including the Executive Director Marshall Bailly.
Students that participated in the International Leadership and Business Summit can ask for letters of recommendation from their business partner or translator. Students of the Advanced Law and Trial Summit can request letters from the programs directors or lawyers they are interning with for letters of recommendation.
Students of the Advanced Medical and Public Health Summit can ask the patients they diagnose or the doctors they work with for letters of recommendation. Students receive glowing and personal letters of recommendation from individuals whose lives they impacted and professionals they have partnered with.
These unique and complimentary letters are one of the most highly regarded benefits that Leadership Initiatives has. Below are letters of recommendation from past students showcasing how the program transformed their lives:
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Matthew Matusiewicz - Full Ride to UC Berkeley School of Engineering
Matthew Chang - Over $30,000 in Financial Assistance to Attend Harvard University
Ricky Toh - Outside Merit Based Full Ride to Stanford University
Meredith Karle - Full Scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Letters Of Recommendation
Students will receive customized web pages based on which program they attend.
web pages include a portfolio that outlines the real court case each student
worked on, showcasing their actual internship with Goodwin Weber PLLC and their work advocating for clients on Capitol Hill.
web pages showcase the student's internship with a business in the
developing world and their solution development presentation to members of the United Nations, Harvard's University Admissions Panel, and the US Pentagon.
web pages include a full video of each student diagnosing a real patient
in the developing world using VR technology, the CPR, AED, and First Aid certification awarded by the Red Cross of America, and each student's work at the Howard University Medical Simulation Center.
A link to the website will be included in each student's personal letter of recommendation, allowing colleges to discover firsthand the once-in-a-lifetime experience each student has had alongside Leadership Initiatives.
Below are student websites from our 2019 summer programs.
Advanced Law & Trial Summit
International Leadership & Business Internship Summit
Advanced Medical Neuroscience Program
Advanced Medical and Public Health Summit
Student Career Websites
6. Student Career Websites
7. Elite College Admissions Panels
8. Career Mentorship Program
9. Scholarship Application Assistance
10. College Student Mentorship Program
College Selection Benefits
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Leadership Initiatives has partnered with top universities around the country to form a panel of college admissions officers to provide students with a firsthand account on how universities select their incoming students.
Students attend an exclusive Question and Answer Session with College Admissions Officers from Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Georgetown, George Washington, and American University. These experts will discuss the basics of filling out your application, content for inclusion and exclusion, what activities stand out the most in student applications, and techniques to write a memorable application essay.
Participants in each program attend a specific graduate-level admissions panel to plan ahead to Law School, Medical School, and Business School.
No other program in the country offers pre-professional school advice directly from admissions officers, allowing students to plan ahead to their future careers and shape their path to success.
Elite College Admissions Panels
Leadership Initiatives partners summer program students with a US-based mentor of their choice from the Leadership Initiatives community of supporters.
Potential mentorship partners include executives at some of the Country’s most successful businesses, top legal experts in Washington, D.C., Harvard Staff and Faculty, former State Department officials, Georgetown University Professors, NASA scientists, Federal Law Enforcement Officers, and more.
Over the course of 18 months, these mentors work with students to help navigate the way to their future colleges and careers.
Students receive the perceptive, wisdom, and life advice from these highly successful mentors to aid in their transition to college and their career beyond.
Career Mentorship Program
Leadership Initiatives has worked with high school seniors and current undergraduates to apply for scholarships for over two decades. Seniors who utilize our scholarship assistance program to apply for 12 scholarships, that we approve and professionally edit have a 38% chance of receiving a scholarship of at least $500 up to $62,000.
In 2020, Leadership Initiatives scholarship assistance program helped students to receive over $6.92 million dollars in financial aid for all four years of college.
Program participants received Merit Based Full Scholarships For:
UNC Chapel Hill
The University of Chicago (through a Questbridge Scholarship)
Program participants received additional scholarships for:
Stanford, Columbia, University of Virginia, William & Mary, University of Michigan, George Washington University, Northwestern University, Georgetown University, American University, and many more!
Scholarship Application Assistance
Current college students know first hand the best and worst qualities of their respective university, as well as the time-consuming and often stressful application process. Leadership Initiatives pairs summer program students with current college students from the school of their choice to get the most personal and authentic image of their dream school.
Students will have one-on-one calls with their college mentor to answer any questions, discuss the qualities of the college, and receive advice on the application process. LI has past students and current interns at the nations top colleges, as well as access to students at nearly every US college. These calls act as an exceptional resource during the college-decision period of every student’s life.
Summer program students also have the opportunity to network with past participants, who attend the nation's foremost universities, received internships at the UN, with US congressional officials, and many leading businesses nationwide.
These leaders will share the steps they took to achieve these goals and offer advice for your own personal journey into the university and career of your choosing.
College Student Mentorship Program