Claremont Institute

2015 John Marshall Fellows

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Anastasia Boden is a staff attorney for the Economic Liberty Project at the Pacific Legal Foundation, where she brings constitutional challenges to irrational and onerous occupational licensing laws. Before working at the Pacific Legal Foundation, Ms. Boden was a legal associate at the Cato Institute and director for policy and outreach at the Washington Legal Foundation, where she was a regular contributor to Forbes. She earned a B.A. with Honors in Global Studies from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was research assistant to Professor Randy E. Barnett.

 

Melissa Burgess is a clerk at Mark Barnes & Associates, where she advises defense contractors and manufacturers on policy, regulatory compliance, and on exports of defense articles. Prior to joining Mark Barnes & Associates, she worked at the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies at The Heritage Foundation. As a law student, Ms. Burgess was senior articles editor for the National Security Law Journal. She holds a B.A. in French and a B.Mus. in Violin Performance from Southern Methodist University as well as a J.D. from George Mason University School of Law.

 

 

David Casazza will clerk for Judge Jennifer Elrod at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He previously served as a summer associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he worked in appellate and regulatory litigation practices on matters pending before administrative agencies in federal district courts and at the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Casazza also clerked for the Senate Judiciary Committee under U.S. Senator Mike Lee. As a law student, he was managing editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. He holds an A.B. in History from Princeton University, an M.A. in History from John Hopkins University, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

 

William Cole will clerk for Judge Edith Jones at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He previously worked as a summer associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and as an intern at the Claremont Institute’s Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence. As a law student, Mr. Cole was the editor-in-chief of the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Business Law, a symposium editor for the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, a member of Penn Law’s Supreme Court Clinic, a quarterfinalist in Penn’s Edwin R. Keedy Cup Moot Court Competition, a member of the Moot Court Board, and a Blackstone Legal Fellow. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Pepperdine University and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

 

May Davis will clerk for Judge Timothy Tymkovich at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. She previously worked as a summer associate for Latham & Watkins LLP, as a summer law intern at the Tax Appellate Branch of the U.S. Department of Justice, and as a judicial intern for Judge William Duane Benton at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. As a law student, Ms. Davis was executive editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. She holds a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Kansas, an M.A. in Elementary Education from the University of Missouri, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

 

Kevin Gallagher is a clerk for Judge Alice Batchelder at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He will join Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP as an associate in Fall 2015. Mr. Gallagher was managing editor of the Journal of Law & Politics and a Dillard Fellow at the University of Virginia School of Law. In 2012, he was a Blackstone Legal Fellow. Mr. Gallagher holds a B.A. in Political Science and History from Grove City College and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

 

Daniel Guarnera clerks for Judge Diane Sykes at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. In Fall 2015, he will join Kellogg, Huber, Hansen, Todd, Evans, & Figel PLLC as an associate. Before his clerkship, Mr. Guarnera was a summer associate for Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. He was also a summer law clerk at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia and at the Civil Division, Torts Branch of the U.S. Department of Justice. As a law student, Mr. Guarnera was a member of the editorial board for the Virginia Law Review. Before law school, he was the director of government relations for the National Association of Alcohol & Drug Abuse Counselors. He holds a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in French/European Studies from American University, an M.B.A from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

 

Jon Heintz recently finished clerking for Judge Paul Niemeyer at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and he will join Jones Day as an associate in Fall 2015. Prior to his clerkship, he was a summer associate at Jones Day, where he served primarily in the Issues & Appeals and Government Regulation practice groups. Mr. Heintz also worked as a legal intern for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania. He graduated from Notre Dame Law School, where he received the Colonel William J. Hoynes Prize for achieving the best academic record in his graduating class. As a law student, he was the executive articles editor of the Notre Dame Law Review. Mr. Heintz also holds a B.A. in Finance from the University of Notre Dame.

 

Brinton Lucas is a clerk for Justice Clarence Thomas of the U.S. Supreme Court. He previously worked as an associate for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and served as Bristow Fellow at the Office of the Solicitor General. Before that, he clerked for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. As a law student, Mr. Lucas was articles development editor for the Virginia Law Review and a research assistant to Professor A.E. Dick Howard. He holds a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a B.A. in History and Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Jordan Pratt clerks for Judge Jennifer Elrod of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. In Fall 2015, he will join the Florida Office of the Solicitor General as a deputy solicitor general. Mr. Pratt previously clerked for Judge Harvey Schlesinger of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. During law school, Mr. Pratt served as executive editor for a symposium issue of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy and as research editor for the Florida Law Review. He holds a B.A. in Criminology and a J.D. from the University of Florida.

 

Ryan Snyder recently finished clerking for Chief Justice John Roberts at the U.S. Supreme Court. In 2013, he was a Bristow Fellow for the U.S. Office of the Solicitor General. In 2012, Mr. Snyder clerked for Judge Raymond Kethledge at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He graduated from Notre Dame Law School, where he received the Colonel William J. Hoynes Prize for achieving the best academic record in his graduating class. As a law student, Mr. Snyder was senior editor of the Notre Dame Law Review. He also holds a B.A. in Political Science from Miami University.

 

Carol Szurkowski clerks for Judge Dennis W. Shedd at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She previously worked as a summer associate for Covington & Burling, where she will return in late 2015. Ms. Szurkowski also served as a summer associate at Yetter Coleman LLP and Cooper & Kirk PLLC, as a legal intern at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, and as a summer law clerk at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. She was deputy editor-in-chief for the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. She holds a B.A. in Classical Languages and Literatures from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

 

Michael Toth works at Palantir Technologies in Palo Alto, CA. He previously clerked for Judge Edith Jones at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and for Judge Ursula Ungaro at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida. Mr. Toth also served as a judge advocate and company commander for the U.S. Marine Corps and as a fellow at the Stanford Constitutional Law Center. As a law student, he was a board member of the Journal of Law & Politics. He holds a B.A. in History from Stanford University and an M.A. and J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

 

Jessica Wagner will clerk for Judge Jerry Smith at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She previously worked as a summer associate for Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Ms. Wagner also served as an intern to Solicitor General Lawrence VanDyke for the Montana Department of Justice. As a law student, Ms. Wagner was notes editor of the Virginia Law Review. Prior to law school, she worked at the Gloucester Institute. She holds a B.A. in Government from Patrick Henry College and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.

 

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