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Volume 29 Member Bios  


 Carra Smith Editor-in-Chief 


Catherine Simon Senior Managing Editor 


 Ralph Smith Senior Managing Editor 


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 



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 

Scott Ferrier 

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


 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.




 Amanda Callihan

Amelia Carder

Dalton Hirshorn

Chance Raymond

Joshua Secor  

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