Samantha A. Arena
Malini (Malu) Malhotra
Elizabeth (Betsy) Mead
David S. Weintraub
Nancy Zambrana is a third year student at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and serving as Volume 2’s Editor-in-Chief. She was born in Cairo, Egypt and grew up in Astoria, Queens in New York. Nancy is particularly interested in gender parity, racial equality, and affordable housing policies due to her prior work experience in the nonprofit sector. She is currently the Direct Services Director for Penn Law Students for Reproductive Justice and is also sitting on the board of Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia as a Wharton Nonprofit Board Fellow. Nancy plans to pursue private practice and hopes to incorporate her passion for public service into her work. After graduation, she looks forward to working as an Associate at Paul Hastings in Los Angeles, CA. Outside of academia, Nancy enjoys kickboxing, hiking, and traveling.
Shilpa Soundararajan is the Managing Editor of the Journal of Law & Public Affairs. She is a current 3L at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Her interest in public policy stems from her prior professional experience for the City of Philadelphia, the School District of Philadelphia, the New York City Department of Education, and the U.S. Department of Labor. After graduation, she will work in New York City.
William Lee (Will) is a native of Camden, New Jersey and attended Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. He received a B.A. in Political Science with emphasis on Political Philosophy, graduating cum laude in 2012. While at Morehouse, Will served as President of the Morehouse-Spelman Pre-Law Society and was an Honors Program Scholar. Will’s undergraduate honors and awards include the Arnall Golden Gregory Leadership Award, a Morehouse College Institutional Academic Scholarship and the Alpha Phi Alpha, Zeta Omicron Lambda Chapter, Merit Scholarship.
Following Morehouse, Will returned to his hometown and worked as a community organizer with Camden Churches Organized for People. In this position, he organized a city-wide voter engagement campaign that impacted over 1,500 voters and worked with healthcare advocacy groups throughout New Jersey to implement a city-wide education and outreach program for Medicaid Expansion through the Affordable Care Act. Additionally, Will helped to develop curriculum to train clergy and community leaders in faith-based community organizing techniques.
Will is currently a third year law student at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is interested in health law, specifically with how regulatory schemes impact hospitals and other large health institutions. Will spent this past summer working at both Yale New Haven Health System and Wiggin and Dana LLP as the Wiggin and Dana Diversity Scholar, where he was able to research health law issues from both a firm and in-house perspective. Will currently serves as Managing Advocate with Penn Law’s Employment Advocacy Project, Head Executive Editor of the Journal of Law and Public Affairs, and a Senior Editor of the Journal of Constitutional Law. Following his graduation from Penn, Will plans to begin his legal career with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati P.C. in their corporate litigation department.
An Executive Editor for JLPA, Sara Bodnar grew up in Newton, NJ. Before law school, she worked in government in health care, so she wanted to support a publication at Penn Law focused on the intersection between law and public affairs. After graduation, she plans to work at a firm in Washington, D.C. When she’s not in school, Sara enjoys hiking and trips to the beach.
Esther Clovis is an Executive Editor of JLPA and 3L at Penn Law. A Teach for America Alumna, she has a deep-rooted interest in education policy. She looks forward to studying the intersection between the Dept. of Education’s regulations and the actual teaching that happens on the ground. Following graduation she’ll be joining Holland & Knight. She’s an avid foodie and was once featured in a commercial on the Cooking Channel.
Kim Kirschenbaum is a 3L at Penn Law and serves as an Executive Editor on the Journal of Law & Public Affairs. She hails from Tenafly, New Jersey. After graduation, Kim will be working at Gibson Dunn & Crutcher. Kim joined JLPA in light of a longtime interest in and passion for all areas of public policy, stemming from her closely related work in her capacity as Editor-in-Chief of RegBlog—a daily, online publication based out of the Penn Program on Regulation, devoted to coverage of regulatory news, opinion, and analysis—as well as her years-long experiences as a journalist before entering law school, during which she reported on a wide array of local and state government issues.
Meredith Tavallaee is an Articles Editor for the Journal of Law & Public Affairs. She is a third year law student from Dallas, Texas where she will return upon graduation and work for Dykema Cox Smith. Meredith graduated from Southern Methodist University with degrees in Art History and French, where she was able to study in Paris, France and intern at the Musée de Louvre and Musée de Cluny. Meredith joined JLPA because she wanted to be part of a student initiative that will provide a platform for public policy issues. Meredith is particularly passionate about women’s rights and last semester interned at the Women’s Law Project in Philadelphia.
Stefan Giudici is a Penn 3L and JLPA’s Online Editor. During and following undergrad, he developed websites for clients ranging from small businesses to international corporations. Stefan looks forward to applying this experience towards maintaining and growing Penn’s first online-only journal. Stefan will be joining Sidley Austin’s New York office following graduation.
Victoria Joseph is from Greenbelt, MD and a third year law student. She is currently the Comments Editor on the Journal of Law and Public Affairs. Additionally, Victoria is a board member on Penn Law’s Criminal Record Expungement Project and a member of the Black Law Students Association. Prior to law school, Victoria received her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania in Communications and French. After graduating from college, she worked as an Assistant Manager at Nordstrom and spent two years working in Alumni Relations at Penn Law. In her free time, Victoria enjoys fashion, food, and interior decorating and she is also currently training to run her first half-marathon. Next fall, she looks forward to beginning her career at Hogan Lovells in New York City.
James Rathz is the Symposium Editor for the Journal of Law & Public Affairs. James is a third-year law student from Bethesda, MD. He graduated from American University’s School of Public Affairs, where he majored in Communications, Legal Institutions, Economics and Government. Between college and law school, James was the Program Director for an NGO that educated policymakers on the importance of environmental conservation. After graduating law school, James will clerk for Judge Robert McDonald of the Maryland Court of Appeals. James is interested in all things public affairs, and is thrilled to be a part of the Journal. He has served food to three different heads of state, and has pet live cheetahs.
Adriana Fortune is from Pittsburgh, PA and a third year law student. She is currently the Research Editor on the Journal of Law and Public Affairs, as well as, the Research Editor for the Journal of International Law. Additionally, Adriana is a board member in Penn Law’s Entertainment and Sports Law Society. Adriana received her B.A. from Columbia University in Political Science in 2012. After graduating from college, she worked for two years as a paralegal in New York for the firm Fragomen, Del Rey, Bernsen and Loewy. In her free time, Adriana enjoys playing field hockey and following Pittsburgh sports teams. Next fall, she looks forward to beginning her career at Hall Render in Philadelphia.
Cary Coglianese is the Edward B. Shils Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania, where he currently serves as the director of the Penn Program on Regulation and has served as the law school’s Deputy Dean for Academic Affairs. He specializes in the study of regulation and regulatory processes, with an emphasis on the empirical evaluation of alternative regulatory strategies and the role of public participation, negotiation, and business-government relations in policy making.