2013-2014 Members


Executive Board


Editor-in-Chief, Megan Petry

Megan Petry is a 3L at American University - Washington College of Law where she serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Criminal Law Practitioner.  During her time at WCL, Megan was a 2012-2013 Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project Fellow.  She is also a member of the Mock Trial Honor Society and the Criminal Law Society.  Prior to attending law school, Megan worked for two criminal defense attorneys in the District of Columbia, which confirmed her interest in criminal defense, specifically with regard to ensuring all indigent defendants are afforded quality counsel.  During law school, Megan interned at the United States District Court for the District of Columbia for Judge Paul L. Friedman and clerked at the Public Defender Service.  This past Fall, Megan worked as a Student Attorney in the Criminal Justice Defense Clinic in Montgomery County, Maryland.


Executive Editor, Joe Hernandez

Joe Hernandez is a 3L at American University - Washington College of Law where he is serving his second year as  Executive Editor of the Criminal Law Practitioner.  Prior to law school he worked at a large DC law firm specializing in white-collar defense and the Presidential Commissions on the BP Oil Spill where he was a member of the blowout investigation team.  While in law school, he has worked at the Maryland Public Defender's Office, the DOJ in the Asset Forfeiture Section, and a class-action litigation firm.  Last year he taught constitutional law in a DC public high school as a Marshall-Brennan fellow.  He currently works as a Student Attorney in the Criminal Justice Defense Clinic in Montgomery County, Maryland.  His legal interests are criminal defense, class-action litigation, white-collar criminal prosecution and defense, as well as oil and gas law.


Publications Editor, Rochelle Brunot

Rochelle Brunot is a 3L at American University - Washington College of Law where she serves as the Publications Editor of the Criminal Law Practitioner.  Rochelle is also a Senior Staff Member for the Administrative Law Review.  She has previously interned at the District Screening and Gang Unit of the Montgomery County States Attorney's Office, the House of Ruth Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, and the Office of Special Counsel-Hatch Act Division.  This past Fall, Rochelle worked as a Student Attorney in the Prosecution Clinic.


Managing Editor, Sarah Tynan

Sarah Tynan is a 3L at American University - Washington College of Law where she serves as the Managing Editor of the Criminal Law Practitioner.   Her interest in criminal law grew out of her work at the Vera Institute of  Justice, where she spent three years working on a project on improving oversight in prisons and jails before law school.  Sarah has interned in the Office of the Inspector General in the Prince George's County Police Department, in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, and at the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia.  She currently is a student attorney in WCL's General Practice Clinic, representing clients in areas such as consumer protection, bankruptcy, family law, and employment.  


Articles Editor, Calen Weiss

Calen Weiss is a 3L at American University - Washington College of Law where he serves as the Articles Editor of the Criminal Law Practitioner.  A graduate of the University of Connecticut, Calen has worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable Judge Rhonda Reid Winston of the D.C. Superior Court and as a law clerk for the Criminal Law Section of Immigration and Custom's Enforcement.  This summer, Calen worked as a Law Clerk for the Dolan Law Firm in San Francisco, California.  This past Fall, Calen worked as a student attorney for the Criminal Justice Clinic.


Blog Editor, Raleigh Mark

Raleigh Mark is a 2L at American University - Washington College of Law where she serves as the Blog Editor of the Criminal Law Practitioner.  While an undergrad, Raleigh worked at the New England Innocence Project and interned at the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office in Boston, MA.  Her legal interests include criminal law, wrongful convictions and investigative practices.  This summer, Raleigh worked at Mintz Group in NYC.  She currently interns at the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project.


Senior Editors


Cyle Barber

Cyle Barber is a 3L at American University - Washington College of Law where he serves as a Senior Editor on the Criminal Law Practitioner. 

Cyle spent a summer abroad in the Hague studying International Criminal Law and Terrorism, has worked as a judicial intern for the Senior Judges of the D.C. Superior Court, and as a law clerk in the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia's Violent Crime and Narcotics section.  He will be a student attorney for the Criminal Justice Clinic this upcoming spring. He is also the President of the WCL Democrats.


Jimmy Howard

Jimmy Howard is a 3L at American University - Washington College of Law where he serves as a Senior Editor on the Criminal Law Practitioner.

During the spring of 2013, Jimmy gained extensive criminal law experience through his internship with the Honorable Leo E. Green in Prince George’s County, Maryland.  This summer, Jimmy worked as a law clerk for Budow & Noble, P.C., in Bethesda, Maryland.  Jimmy will be a student attorney for the General Practice Clinic in the spring of 2014.


Monika Mastellone

Monika Mastellone is a 3L at American University - Washington College of Law where she serves as a Senior Editor on the Criminal Law Practitioner.  Monika is also an Article's Editor for the American University Business Law Review, and a member of WCL's Criminal Law Society.  She has dedicated her law school experiences to the specific field of criminal law.  During her time in law school, she interned for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, the Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia, a Maryland Circuit Court Judge, and is presently a law clerk at a private criminal defense office in downtown D.C.  Monika currently works as a student defense attorney in WCL's Criminal Justice Clinic.  Before law school, Monika graduated from The College of New Jersey with a B.S. in Business.


Robert Nothdurft, Jr.

Robert Nothdurft is a 2L at American University - Washington College of Law where he serves as a Senior Editor on the Criminal Law Practitioner. Robert is a teaching fellow for the Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project and is Vice-President of the Criminal Law Society.  He is also a member of the Mock Trial Honor Society, serving the society’s executive board as Tournament Director.  Prior to attending law school, Robert spent two years working on his Master’s degree in Government and Politics at St. John's University.  Robert solidified his interest in criminal law this past summer when he worked for the Maryland Office of the Public Defender.  He also spent some time working for a professor, who practices under the Criminal Justice Act.  Robert seeks every opportunity to help represent indigent criminal defendants in need of quality legal representation.


Kyle O'Grady

Kyle O'Grady is a 3L at American University - Washington College of Law where he serves as a Senior Editor on the Criminal Law Practitioner. 

This is his third year working with WCL's only publication focused solely on criminal law topics.  Kyle is the Vice President of the Mock Trial Honor Society and has worked with criminal law and trial advocacy professors as a Dean’s Fellow.  Dedicated to a career as a prosecutor, Kyle has interned at the D.C. Office of the Attorney General - Juvenile Section; US DOJ Criminal Division - Fraud Section; US DOJ Criminal Division - Organized Crime & Gang Section; and currently works as a Rule 16 clinic attorney in the Anne Arundel Co. State's Attorney's Office.

Meghan Zingales

Meghan Zingales is a 3L at American University - Washington College of Law where she serves as a Senior Editor on the Criminal Law Practitioner. 

Prior to law school, Meghan studied English at the University of Michigan.  During her time at WCL, Meghan was a Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project Fellow where she taught constitutional law to high school students at a charter school in the D.C. area.  She was also a Research Associate for the Public International Law and Policy Group.  She has worked at a law firm in Atlanta, Georgia and the D.C. Superior Court.  Currently Meghan works for a public policy research institute focused on women’s issues.


Senior Staffers


Ife Afolayan

Ife Afolayan is a 2L at American University - Washington College of Law where she serves as a Senior Staffer on the Criminal Law Practitioner. 

She is currently a Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project Fellow where she teaches criminal and constitutional law to high school students in the D.C. area.  Her legal interests include criminal defense, juvenile justice, and human rights.  This summer, Ife interned at the Legal Resources Center in Accra, Ghana where she worked on a legal aid mobilization project for indigent women.


Sammy Beyda

Sammy Beyda is a 3L at American University - Washington College of Law where she serves as a Senior Staffer on the Criminal Law Practitioner.  Sammy is from Washington, D.C. with a primary interest in criminal law.  She has interned at the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office in both the District Court and Circuit Court.  She hopes to pursue a career as a prosecutor one day.


Shayn Tierney

Shayn Tierney is a 3L at American University - Washington College of Law where he serves as a Senior Staffer on the Criminal Law Practitioner.  During his time at WCL, Shayn has been a competing member for the Moot Court Honor Society, and an actor for Law Revue.  He has been heavily involved in government ethics and public integrity working with the D.C . Office of the Attorney General's Ethics Counsel, the D.C. Board of Ethics and Government Accountability, and in the Department of Justice's Public Integrity Section.  He has further honed his criminal law experience by working for the Alexandria Public Defender's Office.  Shayn is a Student Attorney for the Janet R. Spragens Federal Tax Clinic.  


Ryan Watson

Ryan Watson is a 3L at American University - Washington College of Law where he serves as a Senior Staffer on the Criminal Law Practitioner.

  A graduate of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, Ryan worked as a legislative intern at the North Carolina General Assembly, and this summer he worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable Judge John Ramsey Johnson of the D.C. Superior Court.  He is currently a student attorney in the Criminal Justice Clinic, prosecuting cases in Montgomery County, Maryland.  His legal interests include prosecution and intellectual property.


Amber Wetzel  

Amber Wetzel is a 3L at American University - Washington College of Law where she serves as a Senior Staffer on the Criminal Law Practitioner. 

Amber is the Social Media Director and a youth mentor for Students United for Youth Justice.  Amber has previously worked at the Juvenile Services Program at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia, Mentoring Today and the Washtenaw County Public Defender.  This semester, Amber is practicing as a Rule 16 student attorney for the Criminal Justice Clinic.


Dave Zylka

Dave Zylka is a 3L at American University - Washington College of Law where he serves as a Senior Staffer on the Criminal Law Practitioner. 

A graduate of Michigan State University, Dave was heavily involved in state politics working for the Michigan Republican Party prior to attending law school.  Currently Dave is working as an associate with the General Counsel of Allied Associates International, Inc., a Virginia based defense and government contracting company.  Dave also serves as Assistant Managing Editor of the Modern American, WCL’s diversity publication, and he will be serving as a student attorney for the General Practice Clinic in the spring.


Staffers


Trevor Addie

Trevor Addie is a 1L at American University - Washington College of Law where he serves as a Staffer on the Criminal Law Practitioner. 

He is also a member of the Criminal Law Society, the Lambda Law Society, and a volunteer for the Equal Justice Foundation. While attending American University as an undergraduate, Trevor interned in the Upcounty Felony Prosecution Unit, the District Court Prosecution Unit, and the Special Prosecution Unit of the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office in Maryland.  His legal interests include criminal law, DNA exonerations, wrongful convictions, LGBT and civil rights, and constitutional issues. Outside of law, Trevor has academic interests in forensic science, cultural anthropology, archaeology, and human origins.


Luis Asprino  

Luis Asprino is a 2L at American University - Washington College of Law where he serves as a Staffer on the Criminal Law Practitioner.  Luis is also a Junior Staffer for the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law. In addition, he teaches Constitutional Law in D.C. public schools through the Marshall Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project.  This past summer he interned for an Administrative Law Judge at the Office of Administrative Hearings of the D.C. Government.  His interest in criminal law comes from his passion for the Fourth and Fifth Amendments.  He is interested in criminal defense and prosecution as well as white-collar prosecution.  


Omeed Assefi

Omeed Assefi is a 1L at American University - Washington College of Law where he serves as a Staffer on the Criminal Law Practitioner.  Following Omeed's graduation from Trinity College in 2011, he earned a Masters in Public Policy at George Mason University School of Public Policy.  Prior to law school he worked a as a graduate fellow in the United States Senate.  His legal interests are criminal prosecution and defense as well as white-collar crime.


Michael Bayern

Michael Bayern is a 2L at American University - Washington College of Law where he serves as a Staffer on the Criminal Law Practitioner. 

He studied Crime, Law, and Justice at Pennsylvania State University for his undergraduate degree before pursuing his J.D.  He worked with the Maryland Office of the Public Defender for the summer of 2013.  He is currently on the executive board of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Honors Society as well as a participating member in the ABA Arbitration competition.


Annie Berry  

Annie Berry is a 2L at American University - Washington College of Law where she serves as a Staffer on the Criminal Law Practitioner. 

Annie also serves as the Finance Chair of the Equal Justice Foundation, Treasurer of the Women’s Law Association, a Junior Staffer on American University’s International Law Review, and is an active member of the Mock Trial Team.  She is currently working for a criminal defense attorney in the District of Columbia, interning for the Criminal Justice Section of the American Bar Association, and a Dean’s Fellow for the Trial Advocacy Program.  Prior to attending law school, Annie worked for two yeas in a domestic abuse self-help clinic and as the Assistant Director of Forensics for the speech & debate team at Azusa Pacific University.  She hopes to pursue a position in criminal defense when she graduates.


Saifuddin Kalolwala

Saifuddin Kalolwala is a 2L at American University - Washington College of Law where he serves as a Staffer on the Criminal Law Practitioner. 

A graduate from the University of Houston, Saifuddin has gained substantial legal experience working with prosperous firms in Houston.  As a result of courses taken at WCL, Saifuddin developed an interest in litigation.  In particular, he is interested in white-collar criminal prosecution and defense, national security, and oil and gas.   This summer, Saifuddin has gained valuable trial experience working as a Law Clerk at the Patel Law Group.  He is currently still a Law Clerk at the Patel Law Group. 


Kathryn Kimball

Kathryn Kimball is a 1L at American University – Washington College of Law where she serves as a Staffer on the Criminal Law Practitioner.  She is currently a Spanish interpreter for the WCL Legal Clinics and for the Asian Pacific American Legal Resource Center.  Over the summer, Kathryn worked as a law clerk at Gupta & Wiora, P.C., a Dallas immigration firm.  Her legal interests include criminal and immigration law.


Robert Maes

Robert Maes is a 2L at American University - Washington College of Law where he serves as a Staffer on the Criminal Law Practitioner.  This past summer and fall, Robert served as an intern for the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office in their Screening Unit and the Major Felonies Division. This spring, Robert is a law clerk for the D.C. Public Defender Service.  His legal interests include public defense and the relationship between criminal law and national security.


Erica McKinney

Erica McKinney is a 2L at American University - Washington College of Law where she serves as a Staffer on the Criminal Law Practitioner. 

Erica is also a Junior Staff member for the Journal Of Gender, Social Policy & The Law. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Erica has worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable Alexander Williams, Jr. at the United States District Court for the District of Maryland. 


Jackie Morley

Jackie Morley is a 1L at American University - Washington College of Law where she serves as a Staffer on the Criminal Law Practitioner.  She is from West Islip, New York and graduated from Princeton University in 2013 with a B.A. in History.  Jackie also serves as a Junior Blogger on the Intellectual Property Brief.  She is interested in both criminal law and copyright law.



              
Hassan Mukhlis

Hassan Mukhlis is a 1L at American University - Washington College of Law where he serves as a Staffer on the Criminal Law Practitioner.  Hassan's first introduction to the Law was while he interned at the United States Department of Agriculture Civil Rights Division where he works directly under the Secretary of Civil Rights as a research/legal intern.  While attending the University of California at Irvine, Hassan worked for the Orange County District Attorney's Office as a legal intern.  His experience dealing with the prosecution of various individuals helped him develop a keen interest in criminal law.  He hopes to work as a public defender after graduation. 


Janissia Orgill

Janissia Orgill is a 1L at American University - Washington College of Law where she serves as a Staffer on the on the Criminal Law Practitioner.  After graduating from Northwestern University in 2011, she worked as a legal secretary at Cadwalader, Wickersham, and Taft, LLC and as a paralegal at Haworth, Coleman, and Gerstman, LLC.  She is passionate about criminal law and civil rights activism and hopes to translate that passion into a career post graduation from law school.


Cassandre Plantin

Cassandre Plantin is a 2L at American University - Washington College of Law where she serves as a Staffer on the Criminal Law Practitioner. 

She is currently interning for Judge Dayson at the D.C. Superior Court and is a Dean’s Fellow in the General Practice Clinic.  Cassandre has previously interned at the Nassau County District Attorney’s Office in New York where she was assigned to the Special Victims Bureau. 


Stephane Plantin

Stephane Plantin is a 2L at American University - Washington College of Law where he serves as a Staffer on the Criminal Law Practitioner. 

Prior to law school he received a Masters degree in psychology with a focus in forensic psychology, and worked at the New York State Psychiatric Institute.  While in law school he has worked at the Nassau County District Attorney's Office in Major Crimes division of the County Court Trial Bureau.  Stephane is currently a Deans’s Fellow in the General Practice Clinic. His legal interests are criminal prosecution and defense, and white-collar criminal prosecution and defense.


Jonathan Yunes  

Jonathan Yunes is a 1L at American University - Washington College of Law where he serves as a Junior Staffer on the Criminal Law Practitioner.  Following Jonathan's graduation from the University of Miami in 2012, Jonathan worked for a year at Smyth Law Offices, P.C. where he worked closely on all types of cases.  While at Smyth Law, Jonathan confirmed his interest in criminal law.  His legal interests include the development and application of criminal law.



                
Brian Zack

Brian Zack is a 1L at American University - Washington College of Law where he serves as a Staffer on the Criminal Law Practitioner.  While an undergraduate at the University of Florida, he interned at the Miami-Dade Public Defender’s Office and worked with the Criminal Pretrial Unit.  Throughout his internship, Brian conducted interviews with clients and performed translation work for the attorneys.  Apart from criminal law, Brian is interested in customs compliance and international trade law.