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Volume 30 Member Bios  


 Joshua Secor-Sanchez  Editor-in-Chief

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  Senior Managing Editor

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.

Amanda Callihan Senior Articles Editor

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. 

Kristen Hilferty Senior Notes & Comments Editor

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.

Nicole Rodriguez-Fierro  Senior Business Editor 

Nicole is a New Orleans native, in the J.D./M.B.A. dual degree program 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.


Nolan Bush 

Nolan is 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.

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. 

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 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.




D. Ryan Cordell  

Ryan is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma. He attended Tulane for undergraduate and graduate school and graduated with a Master’s degree in Environmental Biology. His passion for the outdoors and my biology background led to his interest in environmental law. During my 1L summer, he clerked in a boutique patent law firm in Houston, Texas. He currently serve as CLE chair for the Tulane Environmental Law Summit. After law school, he plans to live and practice in Texas. 


Tom Gosselin 

Tom is originally from West Hartford, CT and has enjoyed living in Cape Town, South Africa, Grand Raids, MI, and Los Angeles, CA.  He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in English.  Over the past summer, he provided research assistance to Professor Onnig Dombalagian.  Tom plans to harness his passion for social justice and background in environmental law to advocate for underserved people. 


Amy Fudenberg  

Amy Fudenberg is from the Bay Area, California. She graduated from the University of California Berkeley with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Conservation Resource Studies. This past summer, Amy served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Donald Myers and the Honorable Marc Lubet at the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida in Orlando, Florida. Amy currently is the Tulane Environmental and Energy Law Society Treasurer and the Tulane Environmental Law & Policy Summit Executive Finance Chair. Amy loves hiking, camping and the outdoors and is interested in natural resources law.  


Jamie Futral 
Jamie is originally from Pensacola, Florida. She graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication and a minor in Visual Arts. This past summer, Jamie served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Charles J. Kahn Jr. at the United States District Court Northern District of Florida in Pensacola.  She is currently the President of the Tulane Environmental & Energy Law Society


Shaun Abreu

Shaun Abreu is a New York native with experience in political management, civic engagement , and legislative affairs. In New York City, he served as vice president of the Barack Obama Democratic Club, a member of the board of directors for a local park, and as a court-appointed special advocate for children in foster care. His campaign work includes bids to elect Congressman Adriano Espailliat, the first Dominican-American elected to Congress, as well as city council members and state legislators. For the last two summers, he has held a position as a judicial intern for the Honorable Rolando T. Acosta. Shaun graduated from Columbia University with a bachelor's degree in political science. With his law degree, he will seek to strengthen environmental protections for urban centers




























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