Megan Ball is a clerk for Judge L. Steven Grasz of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. She will next clerk for Judge Stephen J. Murphy, III of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. Previously, she worked as a summer associate for Jones Day and as a judicial extern for the Honorable John R. Blakey of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. In law school she served as a managing senior editor of the Notre Dame Law Review, a moot court oralist, and as director of Notre Dame’s National Appellate Moot Court Competition for Religious Freedom. Ball holds a B.A. in history honors and theology from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from the Notre Dame Law School.
Tyler Becker will soon clerk for Judge Steven Colloton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Previously, he was a summer associate at Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and interned with the Federal Programs Branch in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Division. He is a 2020 graduate of Columbia Law School. While at Columbia, Tyler was co-president of the Federalist Society chapter, a research assistant to Professors Philip Hamburger and Matthew Waxman, and an Articles Editor on the Columbia Law Review. Prior to law school, he was a Teach for America teacher in Miami, Florida. He holds a B.A. in History & Political Science from Swarthmore College.
Christine Budasoff is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where she practices appellate and administrative law. She previously clerked for Judge David B. Sentelle of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. As a law student, she was articles editor for the North Carolina Law Review, president of the Federalist Society, and externed for three federal judges. She authored an article on civil forfeiture recently published in the Texas Review of Law & Politics. Budasoff holds a B.A. in political science from Wake Forest University and a J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law.
Howard Chang clerks for Judge Reed O’Connor in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. He will next clerk for Judge Peter Phipps in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He has previously worked as a law clerk for the Office of the Texas Solicitor General and Senator Ted Cruz on the Senate Judiciary Committee. Additionally, he has worked as a legal intern for the Department of Justice, Alliance Defending Freedom, and Secure World Foundation. As a law student, he was a symposium editor for the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy and an assistant coach for the Georgetown University rugby team. He has been a contributor to The Federalist and has authored an article forthcoming in the Proceedings on the IISL, a publication by the International Institute of Space Law. Mr. Chang holds a B.S. in neuroscience from Baylor University and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, where he was selected as a student commencement speaker.
Jeff Hetzel will soon begin clerking for Judge Kevin Newsom of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. He attended Stanford Law School, where he was president of the Federalist Society, a Bradley Fellow at the Constitutional Law Center, and a Hoover Institution Rising Fellow. He also served as a research assistant for Professors Michael McConnell and William Baude. He was a summer associate at Latham & Watkins LLP, Gibbs & Bruns LLP, and the New Hampshire Public Defender. Before law school, he worked in criminal defense for three years. He holds a B.A. from Middlebury College.
Florence Liu is a 2020 graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law where she served as a Publishing Editor on the California Law Review, Co-President of Christians at Berkeley Law, and as a research assistant to Professor John Yoo. She will serve as a law clerk to the Honorable Timothy M. Tymkovich of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit starting this fall. She has worked as a summer associate at Fenwick & West and as a legal extern for the Honorable Lucy H. Koh of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a major in Economics.
Colin Monaghan will graduate from Northwestern Pritzker School of Law in 2020 and then clerk for Judge James C. Ho of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit for the 2020-21 term. The following year, he will clerk for Judge Karen L. Henderson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. During law school, he worked as a summer associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, an intern for Judge Thomas M. Hardiman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and a volunteer legal intern for First Liberty Institute. As a law student, he served as an articles editor of the Northwestern University Law Review, president of Northwestern Law Students for Life, and vice president of the Northwestern Federalist Society. Prior to law school, Monaghan worked in various roles with Young America’s Foundation, the Texas Public Policy Foundation, Chesapeake Energy Corporation, and Senate Majority Leader William H. Frist. He holds a B.A. in political science from the University of Notre Dame and a M.A. in international affairs from the George Washington University.
Amanda Salz currently clerks for the Honorable Reed C. O’Connor of the Northern District of Texas. She will next clerk for the Honorable Andrew S. Oldham of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. While in law school, Salz worked at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, the Office of the Solicitor General of Texas, and Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP. As a law student, she served as president of the Texas Federalist Society, symposium editor for the Texas Review of Law & Politics, and a member of the Supreme Court Clinic. Salz holds a B.A. in journalism from Pepperdine University and a J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law.
Daniel Shapiro is currently clerking for Judge Neomi Rao on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He previously clerked for Judge E. Grady Jolly on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. While in law school, Daniel served as the Executive Editor of the Law Review, the President of the Federalist Society, the President of the Jewish Law Students Association, a research assistant for several professors and for the Center for the Study of the Administrative State, and was a member of the law school’s national moot court competition team. During law school, he also interned at the Department of the Treasury, Department of Defense, and White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Daniel received his J.D. from the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University and his B.A. from the University of South Florida.
Robert Smith is a law clerk to Judge Eric E. Murphy of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He will soon return to Sidley Austin LLP, where he previously worked as an associate. During law school, Mr. Smith served as president of the Federalist Society and as submissions editor for the Journal of Law and Politics. He also interned for Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton of the Sixth Circuit. Prior to law school, Mr. Smith worked as a legislative aide to U.S. Representative Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania. He holds an A.B. in Government from Dartmouth College and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Jace Yarbrough is a litigation associate at Baker Botts L.L.P. in Dallas. Jace is a board member of the Dallas Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society and an officer in the United States Air Force Reserves. He holds both a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and B.A. in Government from the the University of Texas at Austin, as well as a J.D. from Stanford Law School, where he served as president of the Federalist Society, co-president of the Kirkwood Moot Court board, and co-founder of Stanford Law School Republicans.