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Volume 28 Member Bios  


Bethanne Sonne Editor-in-Chief 

Born and raised in New Jersey, Bethanne received her Bachelor of Arts in both Political Science and Jurisprudence from Montclair State University in Montclair, NJ.  Prior to law school, Bethanne enjoyed a successful 15-year career in Information Technology.  Since coming to Tulane University Law School, Bethanne has spent her summers working as a legal intern for the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General and as a legal intern for the US EPA Environmental Appeals Board in Washington, DC.  She has also interned for the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic and has served as a research assistant to Professor Oliver Houck.  In her third year at Tulane, Bethanne will work as a student attorney for the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic, and intends to practice environmental or administrative law after graduation.  In her free time, Bethanne enjoys running and riding her Kawasaki motorcycle for sport. 


Samantha Skains Senior Managing Editor 

Sam grew up in Charlotte, North Carolina. She completed her undergraduate degrees at Vanderbilt University, double-majoring in Ecology, Evolution, Organismal Biology and Spanish. Prior to attending law school, Sam worked as a legislative liaison at the TN Department of Environment & Conservation. Over the past two summers, she worked as a summer associate at Moore & Van Allen PLLC with the firm's intellectual property team. Sam intends to pursue a career in intellectual property law. In her free time, Sam enjoys music, taking her dogs to the park, bike-riding, and dancing. 


Devin Lowell Senior Notes & Comments Editor 

Devin Lowell is from Concordia, Kansas, and attended the University of Kansas for his undergraduate studies. He moved to New Orleans to do national service with Americorps for two years. After graduation, he would like to practice environmental law in Louisiana. In his free time, Devin enjoys reading science fiction and rooting for the Saints. 


Matt Landry Senior Articles Editor 

Prior to law school, Matt received his master’s and bachelor’s degrees at the University of New Orleans and taught undergraduate sociology. He has clerked at two New Orleans environmental law firms, Kanner & Whiteley, L.L.C. and Smith Stag, L.L.C., and has interned at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, the Louisiana House of Representatives, and the New Orleans City Council. In addition to his role as TELJ’s senior articles editor, Matt works as a Research Assistant to Professor Oliver Houck, serves as past-president of the Tulane Civil Law Society, and will work as a student attorney in the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic. 


Vanessa Graff Senior Business Editor 

Vanessa is originally from Traverse City, Michigan. She completed her undergraduate degree in Environmental Economics and Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. Vanessa has worked as a judicial intern at the Twenty Fourth Judicial District Court and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal. Over the past summer, Vanessa has worked at a commercial real estate firm and First NBC Bank. She is interested in pursuing a career in real estate law. In her spare time, Vanessa enjoys running, biking, hiking, camping, fishing and snowboarding. 



Carys Arvidson 

Carys is from San Diego, California and completed her undergraduate degree at University of California Davis. Carys enjoys spending her free time amongst animals and nature. She also enjoys exploring the city of New Orleans.​ 

Garreth DeVoe 

Garreth is from Madisonville, Louisiana and studied English and Music as an undergraduate at Tulane University.  During the summer and fall of 2013, he worked as a Judicial Intern for The Honorable Page McClendon of the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal.  During the summer of 2014, Garreth worked as a Summer Associate at Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith and Porteous, Hainkel & Johnson. He is currently a member of the Tulane Inn of Court, Student Bar Association Representative on the law school’s Academic Affairs Committee, Treasurer of the Business Law Society, and Events Chair of the Civil Law Society. Garreth is completing the Tulane J.D. / M.B.A. program and intends to pursue a career in energy, real estate, and admiralty law.  Garreth enjoys playing tennis, practicing piano, and, of course, rooting for the Saints. 

Devin Johnson 

Devin Johnson is a 3L at Tulane Law School. She graduated from Sewanee in 2009, then joined the Peace Corps in Rwanda from 2010-2012. As a law student, Devin is interested in public interest law and social justice. She spent the summer of 2014 working at the Orleans Public Defender's Office, and the summer of 2013 at the Supreme Court of Rwanda. 

William Lindsey 

Will Lindsey received his bachelor of arts in communication with a minor in environmental studies from the College of Charleston in Charleston, SC. He is currently pursuing a certificate in environmental law at Tulane. In his free time Will enjoys seeing live music, biking, hiking and paddling. 

Andrea Storer 

Caroline Wick 

Caroline Wick is a rising 3L at Tulane Law School and also a Masters of Public Health candidate at Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. Before arriving in New Orleans, Caroline worked for the National Wildlife Federation in Washington, DC, for three years. During her law school summers, Caroline worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Northern Virginia Capital Defenders Office. At Tulane Law School she serves as an Outreach Chair for the Public Interest Law Foundation and volunteers with the Project for Older Prisoners. In her free time Caroline enjoys cooking and playing Banagrams. 



Terence Alost 

Karuna Dave 

Alexander Johnson 

Maria Kalousi-Tatum 

Deidre MacFeeters 

Amanda Serfess 

Catherine Simon 

Emily Smith 

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