Internship Summit

Advanced Law & Trial

Intern At A Law Firm On A Case Of National Importance

On A Court Case

Gain Real Experience Working

Learn What It Takes To Be An Attorney In The 21st Century

Study With Leading Experts

Of U.S. Law

Leading Defense Attorneys And Prosecutors

Meet With Georgetown Law Professors And Washington D.C.'s

Meet With Law School Admission Experts

Become An Ideal Candidate For Acceptance Into The Country's Top Law Schools

Build Your Resume With A Law Internship

Start Your Law Education And Receive Three Letters Of Recommendation

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Advanced Law & Trial Internship

The Advanced Law & Trial Internship Summit is a first-of-its-kind program that allows motivated high school students to intern with a law firm on cases of national importance.

In this accelerated internship, students will spend fourteen days working on one of two cases. Last year students chose between a gender discrimination case involving a high-ranking federal agent who reported misconduct by the highest levels of her agency or a whistleblowing case involving endangered animals and environmental crimes. 2021 cases will be announced in the Spring.

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 clients for trial. During the conference, students will advocate for their clients virtually to Congressmen and women, senators, and leaders on Capitol Hill - all online.

On the final day, students will conduct pre-trial cross-examination or opening statements to prepare their client for witness testimony or introduce new methods for investigating or prosecuting the case to the client and legal team.

Students will receive letters of recommendation from the lead attorney trying the cases and may have their ideas implemented.

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Rising Freshmen To Graduating Seniors

14 Days

August 1st, 2021 - August 15th, 2021

12:00 to 5:00 pm EST

Online

Price:

$2250 *37 Financial Assistance Scholarships Are Still Available

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THE ONLY ONLINE SUMMER PROGRAM IN THE WORLD

WHERE STUDENTS...

Intern With A Law Firm

& Work On A Real Case

Advocate To Capitol Hill

Congressional Officials

Meet With Law School

Admissions Officers

Meet Directly With Legal Experts

To Assist With Their Case

Students will intern for a law firm, 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 with clients online, review case documents, and help prepare their client’s case. Students will experience the legal profession while working on actual court cases.

Advocacy to Capitol Hill leaders is one of the most powerful and advantageous ways to advance and impact legislative policy priorities facing our clients and nation. Interns will work to convince lawmakers to publicly support our clients through online meetings.

In 2020, students met with a combined 38 congressional offices, directly meeting with 12 members of the House & Senate.

Interns will virtually work with legal experts to understand current case law facing their clients. While interning, students will be exposed to civil procedure, legal ethics & case research from Georgetown Law Professors & top lawyers in Washington D.C.

Students will walk away from the program with direct experience working with leading legal minds.

Leadership Initiatives has partnered with top universities around the country to form our online Law School Admissions Panel to provide students with a firsthand account of what universities look for in their accepted students.

Students and parents attend an exclusive virtual online Q&A session with Law School Admissions Officers from Yale, Dartmouth, Georgetown, George Washington, and American University.

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Program Highlights

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 Crime Scene Recreation Experts

Work On A Real International Terrorism Investigation

Recreate A Real Crime Scene

Students will work directly with criminal investigators to gather, analyze, compile and report information regarding individuals and organizations to the clients.

Interns will recreate the crime scene to provide additional evidence that will be used at the trial. They will work with a former FBI crime scene recreation specialist and leading crime scene experts in undertaking this role.

Students will study with crime scene experts, travel to the University of Maryland's Crime Scene RecreationLab and complete classes in the forensic investigation of crime scenes.

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 Congressmen 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.

Previous Cases

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United States v. Manafort

One of the highest-ranking officers in her agency's history is facing discrimination based on her gender. This has hindered her ability to see her child, husband, and make advancements in her chosen career.

Due to our direct involvement in preparing Ms. Doe for the witness stand, Ms. Doe was able to credibly testify to several forms of fraud that Mr. Manafort had committed.

The Panama and Paradise Papers consist of more than 11.5 million documents leaked from two of the largest international law firm trafficking offshore shell companies throughout the world. These were the largest data breaches in history.

Gender Discrimination

Panama Papers

United States v. Manafort

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Virginia Trial

District of Columbia Trial

Manafort's trial in the Eastern District of Virginia began on July 31, 2018, with District Judge T. S. Ellis III presiding. Manafort was charged with various financial crimes including tax evasion, bank fraud, and money laundering.

Manafort was scheduled to be tried on charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States, failing to register as a foreign agent, money laundering, witness tampering and making false statements.

In Virginia, the jury found Manafort guilty on 8 of the 18 counts, including five counts of filing false tax returns, two counts of bank fraud, and one count of failing to disclose a foreign bank account.

In the District of Columbia Manafort plead guilty to two charges: conspiracy to defraud the United States and witness tampering. He also admitted to all other charges against him, both in DC and those for which there was a hung jury at his first trial in Virginia.

Ms. Doe's involvement and participation, as a key witness for the Special Counsel's office, directly contributed to Paul Manafort pleading guilty.

The Outcome

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Gender Discrimination

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Gender Disparity Within The National Park Service

The Case

Gender disparity, discrimination, and sexual harassment have been found to be widespread in the National Park Service (NPS). Thirty-nine percent of NPS employees say they have experienced harassment or discrimination on the job.

Although the women of NPS have made it clear they can perform to the same standards as their male counterparts, gender discrimination still holds many back. The NPS is failing to provide a fair and inclusive environment for all employees across the country.

This case has the potential to establish legal precedent in favor of women who face gender discrimination in the workplace, particularly those in federal law enforcement, as the federal government is supposed to be a “model employer.”

Many of the congressional offices that we met with agreed to write letters of inquiry to the Department of Interior to find out more about our client’s case.

If our case is successful, this case will be used to ensure equal payment, equal evaluations and equal promotions for millions of women who work within the United States government. Changing forever how women may advance in our society.

The Outcome

Panama Papers

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International Finance Crimes

The Case

We investigated individuals named in the Panama or Paradise Papers in order to bring them to justice. The Panama and Paradise Papers consist of more than 11.5 million documents leaked from two of the largest international law firm trafficking offshore shell companies throughout the world. These were the largest data breaches in history.

The files revealed world leaders, celebrities, politicians, and ultra-affluent individuals from around the world that were involved in offshore tax evasion and money laundering. While some use of shell companies may be legitimate, the vast majority of those found in the databases were engaged in some form of illegality.

More than $1.2 billion in back-taxes and penalties has been publicly collected by governments around the world after the 2016 investigation.

Hidden in 11.5 million secret files were over 140 politicians from more than 50 countries connected to offshore companies in 21 tax havens.

The first people charged with crimes in the U.S. arising from the Panama Papers will face trial in January 2020, according to new court filings.

Working with a top tier law firm, we were able to create reports that will hopefully be used by government agencies and press organizations to identify and expose criminal activities we identified in our studies.

The Outcome

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Collaborate With Top Legal Minds

Roscoe Howard

Partner at Barnes & Thornburg
Roscoe Howard

Partner at Barnes & Thornburg

Roscoe represents corporate and individual clients at virtually every stage of the criminal defense process, handling parallel civil and administrative litigation, grand jury subpoenas, multi-jurisdictional matters, congressional inquiries, and cases from onset through settlement, trial and appeal. He knows, from his experience as a federal prosecutor, the serious consequences that can result from criminal and regulatory investigations, and works diligently to mitigate and resolve claims at every phase of development.

Roscoe vigorously defends clients in matters involving bet-the-company sanctions and where personal freedom is on the line. A veteran advocate and trusted adviser, Roscoe brings seasoned experience to companies facing multiple investigations, whether criminal, regulatory, congressional, internal or by other parties or commissions. His guidance can direct productive decision-making and facilitate resolution. Roscoe can provide counsel on suspension or debarment actions following indictment or conviction and can guide clients through international investigations.

When businesses and executives need help, Roscoe is personally committed to helping clients obtain the desired result either before a charge is brought or at trial. Civil and polite, yet aggressive, formidable and effective, Roscoe knows how to negotiate with government agencies and advocate both in and out of the courtroom. His extensive experience at trial on both sides of the aisle when it comes to white-collar crime is enhanced by his honed people skills. A direct communicator able to grasp the big picture, Roscoe remains dedicated to assessing his client’s position accurately in order to mount the right defense.

Roscoe served as the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia from 2001-2004, by the appointment of President George W. Bush. During his appointment, he served on the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee. Roscoe was appointed as U.S. Attorney from a tenured, full professorship at the University of Kansas School of Law, where he taught from 1994 to 2001. He has twice served as associate independent counsel and was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the District of Columbia and in the Eastern District of Virginia in both Richmond and Alexandria.

As a federal prosecutor, Roscoe handled criminal cases involving narcotics trafficking, homicides, fraud, and public corruption, as well as dozens of trials and numerous grand jury investigations. He has also argued appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and served as the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force coordinator while in Richmond and chief of the task force that prosecuted cases arising from a local prison.

As a charismatic speaker and author, Roscoe frequently speaks nationally at white-collar crime seminars and institutes and has written articles on criminal law and procedure.

Sarah C. Stiles, PhD, JD

Georgetown University-Professor of Law & Sociology
Sarah C. Stiles, PhD, JD

Georgetown University-Professor of Law & Sociology

Sarah Stiles joined the Georgetown University sociology faculty in 2007. Prior to that, she taught at American University for eight years where she was Director of the Leadership Program in the School of Public Affairs. She met Marshall Bailly at American and has been proud to work with him ever since.

Professor Stiles specializes in courses on law and social entrepreneurship. She regularly partners with both the law school and the business school. Professor Stiles has won numerous awards for her teaching and student engagement. She currently is working on an effort to promote well-being among students. She believes if we are truly serious about changing the world for the better, we must be at our best, mentally, physically, and spiritually.

Professor Stiles holds a Ph.D. in political science from Boston University, a JD from Northeastern University, an MA in Spanish literature from New York University, and a BA in Spanish from Southern Methodist University.

Michael Cedrone

Georgetown University Professor
Michael Cedrone

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.

Bonita Prewitt

Civil Rights Investigator
Bonita Prewitt

Civil Rights Investigator

Bonita Prewitt has an MBA in Systems Management and is a graduate of Akron Leadership Academy. She has been a Civil Rights Investigator for 14 years.

She was the Director of Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action at the University of Akron for 12 years, where she managed and investigated inquires from students, staff and faculty involving complex sexual harassment and protected class discrimination and retaliation complaints.

Bonita is also formally the Gender Equity Director/Title IX Coordinator at Kent State University focusing on investigation of sexual harassment and sexual violence as well as prevention, for faculty, staff and students. She led the University’s compliance efforts regarding Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) amendments to the Clery Act; Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (including the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978); the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and other relevant gender discrimination, harassment and retaliation laws. In this role, she also trained students, staff and faculty on gender/sexual harassment and discrimination policies and procedures.

Dan Seikay

Of Counsel Barnes & Thornburg LLP
Dan Seikay

Of Counsel Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Daniel has deep knowledge of criminal, civil and internal investigations and can leverage that knowledge with the needs and reputation of his clients at the forefront. Daniel focuses his practice on white collar criminal matters, complex criminal and civil litigation, internal corporate investigations, implementation of compliance programs, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, domestic and international advisory matters, and internal corporate investigations. In the course of his career, he has handled investigations initiated by the U.S. Department of Justice, Securities and Exchange Commission, and local state and federal law enforcement agencies.

Prior to entering private practice, Daniel held several positions with the Department of Justice. At the DOJ, he was associate deputy attorney general in the executive office for national security and an assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia, where he was chief of the transnational and major crimes section and chief of the criminal division. In addition, he was assistant inspector general for investigations for the CIA, where he investigated allegations of fraud, waste and abuse involving CIA programs, personnel and resources. Before joining the DOJ, Daniel was a law professor at the University of Michigan School of Law and Antioch Law School.

Courtney Stewart

The National Reentry Network for Returning Citizens-Chairman/CEO
Courtney Stewart

The National Reentry Network for Returning Citizens-Chairman/CEO

Director for the District of Columbia Recovery Community Alliance (DCRCA), DC Jobs With Justice (DCJWJ) the Mayor’s Commission on Re-entry and Returning Citizens Affairs, and The Re-entry Task Force.

Mr. Stewart grew up in the drug-infested streets of the District of Columbia and struggled with two alcoholic parents in the household. He became a product of the juvenile justice system at the tender age of 9 years old and placed in foster care at 13 years old. Ultimately, this led to his introduction to the revolving door of incarceration until his parole from Lorton Reformatory in 1985. Since returning to the community:

Mr. Stewart has met every single challenge he has faced including drug use. He is an active member of AA, NA and has been drug and alcohol-free for 23 years and sponsors various support groups throughout the Metropolitan area, such as The Reentry Networks Community Focus Group and a weekly peer to peer mentoring group. Mr. Stewart understands that DC is home to about 60,000 people who have had some involvement with the criminal justice system, many of them previously incarcerated for non-violent and minor offenses. Yet, these individuals face many barriers when returning to the community.

Mr. Stewart cares about the quality of life for returning citizens who have paid their debt to society and who should have all their right’s as a US Citizen restored. This includes rights for equal employment, housing, mental health services, public assistance, heads of households and substance use treatment. Mr. Stewart has been fighting and advocating for social justice in DC for the past 20 years and he continues to establish relationships, organize and serve the re-entry community.

Dan Pond

District of Columbia-Public Defender
Dan Pond

District of Columbia-Public Defender

Dan Pond is a criminal defense attorney who has dedicated his career to working as a public defender representing indigent people at all stages of the criminal justice system, from initial arrest through trial and incarceration, and eventually back into the community. Earning his JD from Northeastern University School of Law in 2010, Dan became a trial attorney for Massachusetts’ Committee for Public Counsel Services, representing poor people accused of crimes in the trial courts of Brockton, MA until 2015.

He has also been a public defender in Pittsburgh, PA (2016). Since January 2017, he has been in the Prisoner and Re-Entry Legal Services division of the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia.

In this role, Dan has shifted his practice away from defending clients against the formidable resources of the prosecution at the trial level and re-focused on representing and assisting incarcerated people in their applications for release on parole from lengthy felony sentences as well as recently released people as they attempt to overcome the often devastating hurdles of re-entry. Dan also holds a Bachelors degree in Theology from Boston College (2001) and a Masters Degree in Theology from La Salle University (2005).

Gerald R. Kunde II (Chip)

LI Board Chair & Ferrero-Senior Vice President, Government & Institutional Affairs
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.

Philip Pasquarello

Medical Malpractice Attorney & Mock Trial Coach
Philip Pasquarello

Medical Malpractice Attorney & Mock Trial Coach

The recent graduate of the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University had a phenomenal record at the law school for winning mock trial competitions, culminating with his selection as winner of the “Top Gun” award given to the nation’s best individual mock trial advocate in 2018. He currently serves as an adjunct professor at Kline Law coaching the mock trial team.

In February 2020, Pasquarello was co-counsel in litigation that brought a $12.75 million settlement for a patient who suffered brain damage when a surgical device broke during intracranial surgery. Prior to that case, Pasquarello was co-counsel in litigation that resulted in an $80 million jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson for a woman injured by a surgically implanted vaginal mesh device. Several months earlier, Pasquarello was co-counsel in litigation that culminated in another vaginal mesh verdict against J&J. The verdict included $25 million in punitive damages.

Before becoming an attorney, Pasquarello served as a law clerk at Kline & Specter. His practice concentrates in medical malpractice and personal injury cases at the firm. Pasquarello also co-authored a case study book for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Pasquarello worked internships at the United States Attorney’s Office, where he handled both criminal and civil litigation. Pasquarello earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Delaware, where he also was mock trial team president.

Brandon Stevens

Attorney at Phillips Law Firm
Brandon Stevens

Attorney at Phillips Law Firm

Experienced Attorney. Skilled in Negotiation, Trial Practice, Privacy, Data Protection, Westlaw, and Legal Research. Strong legal professional with a Doctorate of Law (J.D.) from Southern University Law Center.

Kyle Decamp

Associate at Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
Kyle Decamp

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 complete 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

kyle.decamp@nortonrosefulbright.com.

Melissa Watt

Associate, Faruki PLL
Melissa Watt

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.

Jessica Falkenstein

Attorney at McLaughlin & Lauricella, P.C.
Jessica Falkenstein

Attorney at McLaughlin & Lauricella, P.C.

Jessica has a passion for trial advocacy and during law school competed on the Kline School of Law’s Nationally-Ranked Trial Team at prestigious competitions across the country. As a member of the Trial Team, Jessica was a National Champion at the National Board of Trial Advocacy’s Tournament of Champions, a Regional Champion at the Texas Young Lawyers National Trial Competition and a Semi-Finalist at the American Association of Justice Trial Advocacy Competition. Currently, she is a coach for the Kline School of Law’s Trial Team and is a recipient of the Philadelphia Trial Lawyer’s James J. Manderino Award for Trial Advocacy.

Jessica joined the McLaughlin & Lauricello firm as an Associate in the summer of 2019 after completing a clerkship for the Honorable Nan S. Famular, P.J. Ch., in the New Jersey Superior Court, Camden Vicinage, Chancery and Equity Divisions. Jessica was also trained as a family law clerk and became certified as a mediator by the New Jersey Superior Court.

Jessica is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University where she earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice and a B.A. in Spanish and was a member of the Phi Sigma Pi Honor Fraternity. Jessica is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese and is licensed to practice law in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Jessica earned her J.D. from the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University, where she was a recipient of the Rising Advocate Scholarship.

Aaron Kleinman

Director of Research and Give Smart at Future Now Fund
Aaron Kleinman

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.

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Meet With College Admissions Experts

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Meet With Undergraduate Admissions Experts

Zak Harris

Former Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Johns Hopkins University
Zak Harris

Former Director of Undergraduate Admissions at Johns Hopkins University

I am the former Director of Admission at Regis College in Weston, MA. I have also worked in the admission offices at Bowdoin College, Johns Hopkins University, and the George Washington University.

My passion for students has always fueled my work with students and their families. The college process is a journey and I enjoy providing guidance and insight for those who are going through it.

Outside of my work in higher education, I enjoy spending time with my fiancé and my family, running, and watching sports.

Susan Shifflett

Yale University-Assistant Director of Admissions (Former)
Susan Shifflett

Yale University-Assistant Director of Admissions (Former)

Born and raised in northern California, I am an ABC (American-born Chinese) of Hakka heritage and speak Chinese and English. As an Assistant Director of Admissions at Yale University’s Undergraduate Admissions Office, I am very familiar with high schools in the northern California and Washington DC regions.

I love working with students! As an admissions officer at Yale, I loved seeing students on campus that I had “met” (on paper) through the application process. Since then, I have continued to work alongside American and Chinese students who have interned in my workplaces, in the private sector, government, and NGOs, both in the U.S. and in China (I worked in Beijing for 3 years).

In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with my husband, Charlie, and our 2-year-old Golden Retriever puppy, Zebedee. Some of my hobbies include triathlons, guitar, and eating out!

Daniel Zawacki

Assistant Director of Admissions at the George Washington University
Daniel Zawacki

Assistant Director of Admissions at the George Washington University

Dan is an Assistant Director of Admissions at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C., where he's overseen the Visit & Events team since 2017. Responsible for the on-campus and virtual engagement experience of over 70,000 visitors each year, he also manages a recruitment and application evaluation territory that covers Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, and Missouri.

An active member of both NACAC and its PCACAC regional affiliate, Dan began his career as an Admissions Counselor at Frostburg State University in Frostburg, MD. He then worked as a Senior Admission Counselor at the Catholic University of America, also in D.C., before coming to GW. He earned his Master's Degree in Higher Education Administration & Policy from the Pennsylvania State University, and his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Michelle Stinson

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at American University
Michelle Stinson

Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at American University

Michelle Stinson graduated from Wofford College in Spartanburg, SC in 2013, double majoring in English and Government. Following graduation, she began working in Admissions at her alma mater.

In 2016, she worked in College and Career Readiness as a Dual Enrollment and Persistence Counselor at Charles R. Drew Charter School in Atlanta, GA.

As of January 2020, Michelle is currently an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions at American University, and works with students in DC, Virginia, and West Virginia.

Dejah Greene

Admissions Officer at Howard University
Dejah Greene

Admissions Officer at Howard University

Dejah Greene is an Admissions Officer at Howard University who has a passion for assisting students and families in the admissions process.

Dejah is an experienced admissions officer and administrative assistant with a demonstrated history of working in the higher education industry and federal government. Strong in the arts and social sciences with a Master's degree focused in Forensic Psychology from Walden University.

At Howard, Dejah primarily reviews prospective student applications for first preliminary recommendation for admission and works to make decisions based on a holistic view.

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My favorite experience of the two weeks was definitely the prisoner reentry panel. Mr. Joseph, Ms. Kendra, and Mr. Courtney shared such inspiring stories, and they really opened my eyes to the need for prison reform. While I have read about the flaws of our judicial system, hearing their firsthand accounts drove the issue so much harder."

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It was amazing to get first-hand experience with leaders within the law field. I now have a rich background in the law profession, preparing a real-life case, and advocating for my client. While working on this case, I had the honor to work with one of the best attorneys in the country and prepare the witness for the trial and perform a direct examination. By gaining an understanding of how to advocate for my client to a congressman, I learned how to use all the resources around me to benefit my client."

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Advanced Law & Trial Internship Summit Tier I

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School:

Lara M.

Advanced Law & Trial

Testimonial

Internship Summit

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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."

Student Name:

Washington International School, Class of 2022

Advanced Law & Trial Internship Summit Tier I

Summer Program:

School:

Elise N.

Advanced Law & Trial

Testimonial

Internship Summit

"

One thing that surprised me about the online format was how we were still able to make a connection despite not being in person. I got to know some really great people in my larger group, and while it was a bit harder not being in person, we still had fun conversations. I especially got to know both of my working partners a lot because of how much we had to meet up to work, but also have the opportunity to have some good conversations."

Student Name:

Incarnate Word Academy, Class of 2021

Advanced Law & Trial Internship Summit Tier I

Summer Program:

School:

Evelina T.

Advanced Law & Trial

Testimonial

Internship Summit

"

Hanging out with the interns and learning more about them everyday 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!"

Student Name:

Sewickley Academy, Class of 2021

Advanced Law & Trial Internship Summit Tier I

Summer Program:

School:

Breanna W.

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Academic, College Application

& Career Benefits

SAT/ACT Training

TestRocker is the premier online SAT/ACT training resource for high school students across the United States.

LI has designed a system that will calculate the probability of acceptance into the student’s top university choices

YDP participants have access to college admissions panels with representatives from some of the top universities in the nation.

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College Probability Modeling

College Admission Panels

College Essay Review

All YDP participants are able to submit five college application essays for review by our partners at University Connection.

YDP students will have the opportunity to have two letters of recommendation written for them by any LI staff member.

Students who participate in a YDP help create a new business or expand a growing business in a developing country

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Letters of Recommendation

Real-World Experience

Scholarship Assistance

LI has compiled a database of past scholarship recipients to identify these factors and ease the burden of scholarship application for YDP students.

All YDP participantsnts receive professional resume creation advice and help from Leadership Initiatives.

LI will work to ensure that your work to transform lives is recognized.

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Resume Editing Assistance

Community Service

Leadership Initiatives creates a personalized website for each International Internship Program team highlighting their collaborative efforts with their partner in the International Business & Development Internship, International Law & Advocacy Internship, or International Public Health Internship.

The website displays your team's solutions, grant proposal, photos of your partners, and illustrates the impact your team has had on the life and community of your partners. The website link is included in your letters of recommendation, allowing colleges to independently explore the phenomenal work done by each and every student.

Click below to view Youth Development Program websites.

Personalized Website

Advanced Law & Trial Internship

Advanced Medical & Public Health Internship

Advanced Medical Neuroscience Internship

International Leadership & Business Internship

National Security & Intelligence Internship