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Volume 31 Member Bios  



 Jamie Futral, Editor-In-Chief  

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. Before attending law school, Jamie worked as a legal assistant both in New Orleans and Santa Fe, New Mexico. This past summer, Jamie worked as a legal intern with Gulf Restoration Network, and served as Professor Houck's research assistant. Currently, Jamie is a Judicial Extern with the Louisiana Supreme Court, Central Staff Office. 

Ryan Cordell, Senior Managing Editor 

Ryan is originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma. He received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Environmental Biology and a minor in Business from Tulane University. The past two summers Ryan has clerked for an IP boutique in Houston, Texas. He enjoys spending time outdoors, particularly fishing along the Louisiana coast. 

Diem Ha, Senior Notes and Comments Editor 

Diem is from Pomona, California.  She attended Bowdoin College with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. This past summer, Diem worked as a law clerk for the Bohm Law Group in Marina del Rey.  

Claris Smith, Senior Business Editor 

Claris is a native of Tyler, TX.   She received an A.B. from Dartmouth College, where she majored in English Literature and Studio Art.  She later earned a Master’s Degree in Health Science from the University of Texas at Tyler.  Prior to enrolling in law school, Claris worked in the fields of clinical research and public health.  As a law studentshe has spent her summers working at Phelps Dunbar LLP in New Orleans, LA; the Social Security Office of Disability Adjudication & Review (ODAR) in New Orleans, LA; King, Krebs & Jurgens, LLP in New Orleans; and AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana in Baton Rouge. 

Tom Gosselin, Senior Articles Editor 

Tom is from West Hartford, Connecticut.  He graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts in English.  This past summer, Tom worked as a law clerk with Bohm Law Group in California.  Currently, he is a Student Attorney with the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic.  Tom lives with his fiancé and their two dogs.  He is getting married this winter and is looking forward to an exciting 3L year. 


Amy Fudenberg, Managing Editor 

Amy grew up in the Bay Area, California, and attended the University of California Berkeley where she completed a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Conservation Resource Studies.  This past summer, Amy worked as a summer associate at Jackson Lewis in Orlando, Florida. Amy loves hiking and the outdoors and is particularly interested in energy issues. 

Hannah Smith-Polakowski, Managing Editor 

Hannah is from Aiken, South Carolina. She graduated from the College of Charleston in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in British Studies. Hannah was the Outreach Chair for the 2017 Tulane Environmental Law Summit. This past summer, she worked in the Legal Affairs department at the International Maritime Organization in London, England. Hannah hopes to pursue an international career in environmental and maritime law. 

Shaun Abreu, Managing Editor 

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 Espaillat, 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 and served as a legal intern at the Natural Resources Defense Council. 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.  

Robert Tornillo, Managing Editor 

Robert Tornillo was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey and grew up primarily in Memphis, Tennessee. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English at Tulane University. This summer, Robert worked at the New York City Department of Environmental Protection. 

Christopher Halbohn, Managing Editor  

Chris is originally from Levittown, New York. He graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Environmental Studies and a minor in French. In the summer of 2016, Chris interned with the United States Air Force JAG Corps in the Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals. This past summer, Chris worked as a summer associate with the law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Houston, Texas. 


Dante Alessandri, Junior Member  

Dante is originally from Philadelphia, PA. He graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations and Asian Studies. Before attending law school, Dante worked as a paralegal at an environmental law firm in New Orleans and briefly lived in China. This past summer, Dante worked as a research assistant for Professor Houck on an article spanning coastal restoration and legacy litigation.  

Marshal Garbus, Junior Member 

Marshal is originally from Suffern, New York. He graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts in History and a minor in Music. This past summer, Marshal clerked with the Farmworker Program for Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, where he provided legal services in the Rio Grande Valley and performed outreach in the Texas Panhandle. Marshal is interested in the intersection of environmental law and social justice and is pursuing a certificate of specialization in environmental law. 

Brandon Faske, Junior Member  

Brandon is originally from Haworth, New Jersey, a suburb of New York City. He graduated from Tulane University where he majored in International Relations with minors in Business and Spanish. Before attending law school, Brandon spent two years at NBCUniversal. First, he was a member of the NBCUniversal Page Program where he worked with a number of company properties including Saturday Night Live and The Today Show. He then served as the Executive Assistant to the company's Executive Vice President and General Counsel. This past summer, Brandon interned in the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law working on voting rights, redistricting and campaign finance. Brandon is a co-founder of Tulane Law's ACLU chapter and is working on a voting rights initiative with local community activists. 

Drew RenziJunior Member 

Drew is from Winchester, Virginia. He graduated from Georgetown University in 2015 with a Bachelors of Arts in Economics and minors in Physics and French. Drew is interested in sustainable development and renewable energy. This past summer, he studied maritime law in Rhodes, Greece. He currently serves as the CLE Chair for the Tulane Environmental Law Summit. 

Lee Sharrock, Junior Member 

Lee is originally from Sugar Land, Texas. He graduated from The University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Communication Studies and a Business Foundations Certificate. Before law school, Lee achieved his Master of Science in Energy Management through Oklahoma City University and worked in the oil and gas industry. He worked in the upstream market as an independent landman before transitioning to the downstream market as a business analyst for Shell.  This past summer, Lee served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Rebeca Huddle at the First Court of Appeals in Houston. Lee enjoys running, swimming, and the outdoors and is interested in environmental law. 

Andrew Taylor, Junior Member 

Andrew grew up in the Kansas City area and is a graduate of the University of Kansas, Brown University, and the London School of Economics. Before law school, he worked in Connecticut, Korea, and China, and has long served as treasurer of a Kenya-based charity. Andrew recently worked as an extern at Rising Foundations, and also works as a paralegal and PhD dissertation analyst.




























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