Detroit Mercy Law Dean's Fellows

Fellow AndrewAbdulNour

Andrew is a published mechanical engineer who plans to combine his interests in engineering, technology, and law by pursuing a career in patent law. 

 

Fellow Mark Adamaszek

Mark holds a BSE in Chemical Engineering with a concentration in Biopharmaceutical Engineering from the University of Michigan. He is interested in exploring how law adapts to changing technologies. Prior to law school, he worked as an engineer and volunteered with Habitat for Humanity. Read Mark's feature in the Legal News.

 

Fellow Matthew Chess

Matthew holds a BSE in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Michigan. He looks forward to merging his experience in the engineering field with his legal studies and pursuing a career in patent law. Read Matthew's feature in the Legal News. 

 Fellow Davis Bowers

Davis holds a BA in Criminal Justice from Tiffin University. Originally from Belle Center, Ohio, he chose the Canadian & American Dual JD program to further explore transnational criminal legal matters. He plans to use his US JD and Canadian JD to help individuals wrongfully accused on both sides of the border. Read Davis' feature in the Legal News.  

 

Fellow Yasmine Haidar

Yasmine is completing the Canadian & American Dual JD Program. She is interested in immigration law and foreign policy. She comes from an immigrant family and plans to use her US and Canadian law degrees to defend victims of discrimination and help immigrant families. 

 

Fellow Kaycee Berente

Kaycee, hailing from Toledo, Ohio, holds a BA and MA in Criminal Justice from Adrian College. She is passionate about constitutional law, family law, and advocating for the vulnerable individuals and communities. Currently, she has the privilege of teaching undergraduate students interested in law school and various constitutional law topics at her alma mater. 

 

Fellow Lauren Bolt

Lauren holds a BA in Psychology with a minor in Law, Justice, and Public Policy, and a minor in Spanish from Michigan State University. Prior to law school, she served as a Research Assistant to the Political Science department at Michigan State University, where she researched psychological influences in Supreme Court cases. Read Lauren's feature in the Legal News.

 

Fellow Cassidy Capoferri

Cassidy holds a BA in English and Journalism, with a concentration in Broadcast and Digital Journalism, as well as a minor in Anthropology from Wayne State University. As a future lawyer, her goal is to better the lives of others. Cassidy serves as the assistant coach to the Varsity Field Hockey team at her alma mater, Regina High School. Read Cassidy's feature in the Legal News

 

Fellow Fatmeh Cheaib

Fatmeh is an active volunteer in her community with an interest in immigration law. She plans to use her legal education to strengthen communities and empower marginalized individuals. Read Fatmeh's feature in the Legal News. 

 

Fellow Todd James Craven II

TJ is a professional musician who is pursuing a legal education to serve people in need. He volunteers extensively at his church in a multitude of roles and is interested in exploring careers in disability law and family law. Read TJ's feature in the Legal News. 

 

Fellow Chandler Dorris

Chandler holds a BSE in Chemical and Bimolecular Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. She is pursuing a career in intellectual property and emerging technologies. She founded Detroit Mercy Law's Intellectual Property & Entertainment Law Society and led the law school's inaugural team in the National Patent Application Drafting Competition hosted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

 

Fellow Emily Elmer

Emily holds a certificate in paralegal studies. She is completing her BA through our 3+3 program with Oakland University. Through the 3+3 program, a student's first year of law school also serves as the final year of undergraduate studies. Prior to law school, Emily worked as a paralegal and supported litigation. Read Emily's feature in the Legal News. 

 

Fellow Temi Fadayomi

Temi holds a BA in English with a minor in Psychology from Albion College, where he was a member of the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service. Prior to law school, he was published by the American Lawyer Media (ALM) while interning as a staff writer. His career goal is to advance public policy through legal journalism. 

 

Fellow Charein Faraj

Charein holds a BS in Environmental Science from the University of Michigan. She is a founding member of the Arab American Law Student Association and a member of the Environmental Law Society. She is interested in litigation and looks forward to participating in the Detroit Mercy Law chapter of the American Inns of Court.

 Fellow Jocelyn Flemons

Jocelyn is a licensed educator who decided to obtain a law degree to improve on her skill set and ability to advocate for students, families, and workers. After gaining invaluable experience as a federal intern and law clerk, she is looking forward to putting these skills to effective use in the legal community after she graduates in May 2021. 

 

Fellow William Frush

William holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Michigan. He is pursuing a law degree at Detroit Mercy Law to develop critical thinking and complex analysis skills, as well as a strong moral and ethical background, as he works toward his career goal of serving as an FBI agent. Read William's feature in the Legal News. 

 

Fellow Nara Gonczigusen

Nara's interest in law is rooted in her passion and commitment to social justice. Before law school, she worked as an immigrant rights organizer on campaigns mobilizing communities and elected officials locally and in Washington, D.C. As a future lawyer, Nara aspires to become an effective legal advocate for compassionate and comprehensive immigration laws and policies. Read Nara's feature in the Legal News,  and American Constitution Society. 

 

Fellow Brandon Hayes

Brandon holds a BS in Law and Economics and Philosophy from Central Michigan University. Brandon, the son of a pastor, learned the importance of faith and working for change at a young age. Whatever direction his career takes him, he plans to use his legal education to make a difference and hopes to inspire and create new pathways for the next generation. 

 

Fellow Mariah Herfi

Mariah holds a BS in Criminal Justice from Wayne State University. At Detroit Mercy Law, she serves as the Student Bar Association Executive President. she plans to use her legal degree to pursue a career that improves the lives of others as she is passionate about social justice. 

 

Fellow Kristianna Hettenbach

Kristi relocated back to Michigan after working professionally in North Carolina. She is inspired to make a difference in the lives of Michiganders who need it most and plans to pursue a career in public interest law. Read Kristi's feature in the Legal News. 

 

Fellow Yohana Iyob

Yohana, born and raised in Seattle, Washington, is passionate about social justice.  Through her work with Amnesty International and the Ferguson, Missouri protests, she has witnessed injustices in the justice system.  She plans to use her law degree to continue her work in pursuit of social justice. 

 

Fellow Kraig McAllister

Kraig is an advertising and marketing professional and disc golf enthusiast.  He is transitioning to the legal profession to help promote growth in his community as well as within himself.  He looks forward to exploring various areas of law and legal career paths. Read Kraig's feature in the Legal News. 

 

Fellow Macy Murasky

Macy holds a BS in Political Science from The Ohio State University. She is interested in exploring criminal defense and disability rights.  As a future attorney, she hopes to work for an Innocence Project. Read Macy's feature in the Legal News. 

 

Fellow Nicholas North

Nick, born and raised in Detroit, is the grandson of Charley North of the Detroit Mercy Titans Hall of Fame.  He chose to pursue a career in law because the legal field is intellectually challenging and provides the opportunity to rise to challenges while enhancing the lives of others.  He is interested in criminal law and plans to advocate for the wrongfully convicted. 

 

Fellow Lauren ParrottinoLauren graduated from Marquette University with a BA in History and Political Science. Prior to law school, she worked in criminal justice policy in Washington, D.C. She is a Title Editor for the Detroit Mercy Law Review and an Editor for the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. 

 

Fellow Kaila Pelczarski

Kaila graduated summa cum laude from Oakland University with a BA in Political Science. She is passionate about social justice and plans to use her law degree to serve others as an appellate attorney. Read Kaila's feature in the Legal News.

 

Fellow Savanna Polimeni

Savanna holds a BA in Criminal Justice with a minor in Psychology and a certificate in addiction studies from Oakland University. Prior to law school, she worked as a police cadet and as a juvenile social service specialist. She is interested in exploring careers in criminal law, family law, and litigation. 

 

Fellow Nicholas Prys

Nick holds a BA in Psychology from Duke University, where he was a four-year varsity letterman on the Men’s Soccer Team. He is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience in the behavioral health care industry and has a record of community service that includes coaching youth soccer. Read Nicholas' feature in the Legal News.

 

Fellow DeAndre Robbins

DeAndre holds a BA in Psychology from Wayne State University. As a Licensed Practical Nurse with experience providing patient care at rehabilitation centers, he is interested in exploring healthcare law.  He is also an advocate for civil rights, justice, and equal access under the law. Read DeAndre's feature in the Legal News. 

 

Fellow Aaron Roberson

Aaron is committed to service and solving problems that impact communities.  For the past year, he taught special education at Detroit's Thurgood Marshall Elementary while coaching their afterschool sports program.  He is also a co-founder of the L.A.B., a mentorship group for young men, focused on leadership, attitude, and brotherhood. Read Aaron's feature in the Legal News. 

 

Fellow Rita Soka

Rita is a native of Baghdad, Iraq who learned the English language in college while also raising her three children.  For the past ten years, she worked as a clinical lab scientist in the largest hospitals in metro Detroit.  She now plans to use her law degree in conjunction with her science background to pursue careers in health law and patent law. Read Rita's feature in the Legal News. 

 

Fellow Christos Strubakos

Christos holds a BA in Classical Studies and Psychology, a M.Div., and a Ph.D. in Physiology. Prior to law school, his research and experience focused on neurophysiology and neuroimaging and he taught as a sessional university instructor. He is fluent in Greek and knowledgeable of Latin and French. Read Christos' feature in the Legal News.  

 

Fellow Aidan Traynor

Aidan was adopted from China as a toddler and has resided in multiple cities throughout the US.  She contributed to a university history lab that focused on Detroit in the 1960-70s.  She is interested in environmental justice and civil rights issues. 

 

Fellow Joseph Williams

Joe recently returned from Denmark, where he played team handball semi-professionally.  During college, he played lacrosse and represented the US as a member of the U-21 National Team Handball team.  His prior professional experience includes working at Global Health Services Network, an international healthcare development, consulting, and management firm. Read Joe's feature in the Legal News. 

 

Fellow Briann Wilson

Briann is passionate about family law and aims to use her legal career to advocate for victims of domestic violence.  In college, she conducted research on domestic violence with a primary focus on economic abuse.  She has supported advocacy efforts directed at helping victims of domestic violence and has experience assisting individuals with disabilities.