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Volume 29 Member Bios  


 Carra Smith Editor-in-Chief 

Carra is originally from Ocean Springs, Mississippi. She graduated in 2012 from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Maritime Administration. Carra is currently a student attorney for the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic. She anticipates receiving her Juris Doctor degree from Tulane Law School in May of 2016 with a certificate in Admiralty & Maritime Law.    

Catherine Simon Senior Managing Editor 

Catherine Simon is a 3L pursuing the environmental law certificate. She is a student attorney at the Environmental Law Clinic. Catherine received her Bachelor of Science in public relations from Boston University in 2013. She will be returning to her home state of Florida to practice law.

 Ralph Smith Senior Managing Editor 

Ralph is originally from Atmore, Alabama. He graduated in 2013 from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and political sciences.

Rachael Waxler-Ruiz Senior Articles Editor 

Rachael graduated from Tulane University in 2009 as a member of the "Katrina Class" with degrees in Environmental Policy and International Relations. She then served for two years in the Peace Corps in Nicaragua as an Environmental Education Volunteer. Rachael is currently a student attorney in the Environmental Law Clinic and looks forward to returning to Chattanooga, TN after graduation.

Terence J. Alost Senior Notes & Comments Editor 

 Born in New Orleans and raised all over Louisiana, Terence attended Louisiana State University for undergrad. He is now a part of the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic as a student attorney and looks forward to practicing throughout the South.

Deirdre MacFeeters Senior Business Editor 

Deirdre is originally from Moorestown, New Jersey. She received a Bachelors of Arts in Environmental Studies with a minor concentration in Art History from Ursinus College. During her law school summers Deirdre has worked for the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office in Woodbury, New Jersey and at Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility in Washington, DC. Deirdre currently serves as a judicial extern for the Honorable Laurie A. White in the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court.



Karuna Dave  

Karuna graduated form Rutgers University in 2011 with a degree in Philosophy and a minor in Public Health. She is currently enrolled as a student attorney in Tulane's Civil Litigation Clinic, and looks forward to practicing litigation in New Orleans after graduation.

Scott Ferrier  

Scott graduated from Loyola Marymount in 2010 with a degree in English and History. He is currently a Managing Editor on the Tulane Maritime Law Journal and the Director of the Tulane Legal Assistance program's civil clinic.

Alex Johnson 

Alex grew up on a cattle farm outside Royston, Georgia and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia with degrees in History and International Affairs. Alex first worked for U.S. Rep. Jim Marshall and then two U.S. Senate Committees chaired by Senator Mary Landrieu where he worked on the economic recovery and claims process following the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill as liaison to the Gulf Coast Claims Facility, administered by Ken Feinberg. As a law student, Alex has worked for an international trade firm in Brussels, Belgium, the Jefferson Parish District Attorney's Office, and the U.S. Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana. Alex is currently a student defense attorney for the Tulane Criminal Litigation Clinic and writes book reviews for Faulkner House Books.

Jessica Marsh 

Jessica is originally from South Africa but grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. She graduated from the University of Southern California in 2011 with degrees in International Relations and Global Business and History. During her law school summers she has worked at an environmental litigation firm and with the Gulf Restoration Network. Jessica is currently a student attorney with the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic.

 Amanda Serfess 

Amanda graduated, with distinction, from the University of Oklahoma in 2013; she received a Bachelor's in Political Science. During her law school summers she work for the New Orleans Police Monitor and the Food and Drug Administration. Prior to law law school, Amanda worked as a School Improvement Coordinator for the Oklahoma State Department of Education and served for 14 years as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. Navy. Following law school, Amanda will return to active duty as an officer the Navy's Judge Advocate General's Corps.




 Nolan Bush 

Nolan is a 2L from Montgomery, Alabama. He graduated from the University of Alabama in 2014 with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and History. Nolan is pursuing a certificate of specialization in environmental law and serves on the board of Tulane's 21st Annuals Summit on Environmental Law & Policy.

Amanda Callihan 

Amanda grew up in Signal Mountain, Tennessee competing in equestrian events and spending time outside hiking and rock climbing. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of the South: Sewanee with a major in Environmental Policy and a minor in Spanish. Amanda currently serves as the Outreach Chair for the Tulane Environmental Law Summit. She has previously worked in freshwater species conservation and as a legal intern for the Honorable Jeffrey Hollingsworth in the Hamilton County Circuit Court. Following law school, Amanda plans to focus on environmental issues including water quality, agriculture, and preservation.

Amelia Carder 

Amelia is from Castaic, California. She graduated cum laude from Cal Poly Pomona in 2014 with a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science. In high school she interned at the Office of Congressman McKeon and was the President of the GREEN Club, which created and ran the recycling program at the school. While at Cal Poly she worked for Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich and for the County Parks and Recreation Department. During her law school summer she worked as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Judge Hayden Zacky at the Los Angeles Superior Court. Amelia is pursuing a certificate of specialization in environmental law and plans to practice law back home in California. 

Kristen Hilferty 

Kristen is form New Orleans, Louisiana. She graduated summa cum laude from Louisiana State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History and a minor in Business Administration. During her time at LSU, she served as an intern for U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu and as the state coordinator for the Louisiana Solar Energy Society. During her law school summers, she has held position as an intern for the Honorable Jay C. Zainey and for the Honorable Judge Raymond S. Steib, and as a law clerk for the Sangisetty Law Firm. She is interested in clean energy and coastal restoration policy work.

Dalton Hirshorn 

Dalton was born in Hong Kong but has lived in the United States wince he was six. He graduated from the College of William & Mary with a degree in history and a minor in Latin American Studies. Before law school, he had a variety of jobs, including hosting bar trivia in the Washington, DC area. In 2011 he was voted D.C.'s best trivia host by the Washington City Paper. While in law school, Dalton worked as an extern for Judge Betty Stinson of the Civil Branch, Bronx Supreme Court and as a summer associate for the Office of the Public Defender Baltimore City. Dalton was the Technology Chair for the 2015 Tulane Summit on Energy and Environmental Law, and is currently a member of Tulane Appellate Moot Court Team. 

Chance Raymond 

Chance is a second0year Juris Doctor candidate at Tulane University with a focus on environmental law, employment law, and civil rights. He is a member of the Environmental and Energy Law Society. He graduated form Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas with a dual degree in English and Psychology in 2009, the worked as a tabletop game designer and as a legal assisstant for a criminal defense and employment firm before coming to New Orleans. During his law school summers, Chance has worked as a law clerk assisting in litigation for the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center as well as for Varadi, Hair & Checki LLC.

Nicole Rodriguez-Fierro 

Nicole is a New Orleans native and current 2L working on attaining a civil law certificate. She graduated form Vanderbilt University with a bachelors degree in Political Science and Spanish in 2013. Nicole plans to practice law in New Orleans.

Joshua Secor-Sanchez  

Joshua is originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico and spent two years living in Vail, Colorado before attending Tulane. He spent this past summer working at an insurance defense firm working on an aiding and abetting breach of fiduciary duty case and researching hospital lien collection deception. Currently, he is a a volunteer intern at the New Orleans City Attorney's Office researching class action certification processes.

Christopher Swanson 

Chris Swanson is from New Orleans, Louisiana. He graduated from Connecticut College with an Art History degree. While at Connecticut College, Chris was a member of the varsity water polo team. Before returning home for law school, Chris worked as a paralegal at Sidley Austin's New York office. During his law school summer, he served as an intern for the Honorable Jay C. Zainey and for the Honorable Fredericka Homberg Wicker. After law school, Chris plans on living and practicing in Louisiana.

































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