Pro Bono Scholar Profiles

Amanda Butler-Jones is an associate in our investment management practice. As a Pro Bono Scholar in 2012 Amanda partnered with Appleseed in Washington D.C.

Annie Banks is an associate in our litigation practice. As a Pro Bono Scholar in 2014, Annie interned with Bet Tzedek Legal Services in Los Angeles, where she was a member of the impact litigation team and worked on a variety of tenants’ rights issues. 

Elise Bernlohr is an associate in the litigation department. Elise was an Akin Gump Pro Bono Scholar in 2014. As a Pro Bono Scholar she worked at Bronx Defenders in New York.

Nafisa Bringe is an associate in our litigation practice. As a 2014 Pro Bono Scholar, Nafisa interned with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (“TRLA”) in Austin, Texas.

John C. (“Chris”) Chamberlain is an associate in our International Trade practice. Chris was a member of Akin Gump’s 2014 Pro Bono Scholar class and interned at the Legal Aid Society of D.C.

Melissa Chastang is an associate in our litigation practice. She first came to Akin Gump as a 2012 Pro Bono Scholar when she interned with the Southern Africa Litigation Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.

John Patrick Clayton is an associate in our corporate practice. John’s pro bono and prior professional experience has focused on reforms to improve the educational opportunities for low-income students. Before law school, John was a 2008 Teach For America Corps Member in Charlotte, NC, where he taught Special Education at Northridge Middle School. As a Pro Bono Scholar in 2011, John worked alongside the General Counsel of the KIPP Foundation, which provides various resources to the network of KIPP public charter schools.

Lauren Connell is Akin Gump’s pro bono counsel. In this role, she works with the pro bono partner to manage the firm’s pro bono practice. As a Pro Bono Scholar in 2012, Lauren interned with Her Justice in New York, NY, helping immigrant women who were domestic violence survivors gain legal immigration status in the United States.

Julia Furlong is an associate in our financial restructuring practice. As a Pro Bono Scholar in 2013, Julia interned with the Legal Affairs Team at Teach for America (“TFA”) in New York City. 

Kallie Gallagher is an associate in our litigation practice. Prior to attending law school, Kallie was a Teach for America corps member in Edinburg, Texas. She had an opportunity to return to the Texas Rio Grande Valley as a Pro Bono Scholar in 2013 to work for ProBAR, an organization dedicated to providing legal services to asylum seekers detained in South Texas by the United States government.

Daniel Graver is an associate in our health practice. As a Pro Bono Scholar in 2011, he worked with the National Center for Medical–Legal Partnerships helping Walmart set up the first corporate-sponsored Medical–Legal partnership in the U.S. with the Arkansas Children’s Hospital, where Walmart now provides free legal services to underprivileged, sick kids.

Eric Haitz is an associate in our financial restructuring practice. As a Pro Bono Scholar in 2014, Eric worked with the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP), which advocates for military veterans and active duty personnel.

Sarah Kirwin is an associate in our international trade practice. As a Pro Bono Scholar in 2015, Sarah interned at the Children’s Law Center.

Abby Kohlman is an associate in our litigation practice. As a Pro Bono Scholar in 2011, Abby interned with the Orleans Public Defender in New Orleans, Louisiana, helping interview clients, prepare for trial, and draft Fourth Amendment motions. Abby has also interned and clerked with the Charleston, South Carolina Public Defenders and the Public Defender Service of Washington, D.C.

 Andrew Lillywhite is an associate in our investment funds practice group. He was a Pro Bono Scholar in 2015 interning for Teach for America.

Amanda Lowe is an associate in the firm’s litigation practice.  Amanda was a Pro Bono Scholar in 2015 and interned at Human Rights First in D.C. 

Amanda McGinn is an associate in our labor and employment practice. While in law school, Amanda served as a legal intern at the United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights under Law. Amanda was an Akin Gump Pro Bono Scholar in 2014. 

A.Y. Mernick is an associate in the real estate practice. As a Pro Bono Scholar in 2015, A.Y. worked at Bet Tzedek in Los Angeles.

Jack Polisini is an associate in the oil and gas/natural resources practice. As a Pro Bono Scholar in 2015, Jack worked at KIPP.

Brad Powell is an associate in our international trade group. As a Pro Bono Scholar in 2013, Brad worked at Human Rights First where he supported advocacy efforts to repeal the 2001 Authorization for the Use of Military Force and to develop human rights commitments throughout U.S. foreign policy initiatives. He also supported ongoing litigation against two former foreign officials for crimes against humanity.

Ursula Rothrock is an associate in our litigation practice. Ursula interned at Bet Tzedek in Los Angeles in 2015, during her summer of being a Pro Bono Scholar.

Josh Rubin is a member of Akin Gump’s litigation practice group. Josh was a Pro Bono Scholar in 2013 where he interned at Bet Tzedek Legal Services in Los Angeles.

Josh Sekoski is an associate in our labor and employment practice. As a Pro Bono Scholar in 2010, Josh interned with the Tahirih Justice Center in Falls Church, Virginia, helping immigrant women and girls fleeing gender-based violence.

Jung Hwa Song is an associate in our international trade practice. As a 2012 Pro Bono Scholar, Jung Hwa interned at the Tahirih Justice Center in Baltimore, where she helped immigrant women file U Visa petitions based on their experiences with gender-based violence.

Libbie Walker is an associate in our investment management practice. As a Pro Bono Scholar in 2013, Libbie interned with Her Justice in New York, NY, helping women who are domestic violence survivors obtain divorces from their abusive spouses and gain legal immigration status in the United States.

Lech Wilkiewicz is an associate in our corporate practice. As a Pro Bono Scholar in 2011, Lech interned at Human Rights Initiative (HRI) in Dallas, Texas.

Lauren York is an associate in our litigation practice. As a Pro Bono Scholar in 2013, Lauren worked with General Counsel of the KIPP Foundation, which provides support, various resources, and legal advice to the national network of KIPP public charter schools.