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Dean's Fellows serve as mentors and role models for members of the 1L class, transfer students, and international students. The program requires a commitment to developing relationships, being available to help answer questions and address concerns, providing accurate information and honest advice as well as a commitment to creating a supportive community within the law school.

Meet Your Dean's Fellows Coordinators

Andy Brown
Class Year: 3L
Hometown: Mooresville, NC
Undergrad: Clemson
Activities: North Carolina Law Review
Summer Employment: 1L Summer: Johnston Allison & Hord (Charlotte); Bradley Arant Boult Cummings (Charlotte)
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill:
That sketchy Regal Timberlyne movie theater is pretty cozy. Or TOPO is fun too
Fun Fact: I was once internationally ranked in the top 200 guitar hero players in the world.

Kaylan Meaza
Class Year: 3L
Hometown: Fayetteville, NC
Undergrad: NC State University
Activities: 1L Class President, Student Bar Association; Kilpatrick Townsend 1L Mock Trial Competition, Co-Counsel; Black Law Students Association, Public Relations Chair; Participated in fall break pro bono trip; Barbri Bar Review, Student Representative; Leadership Development Program
Summer Employment:
Legal Aid of NC, Summer 2015, Wilmington, NC
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Carolina Brewery
Fun Fact: I am one of six kids, with my oldest sister being 17 years older than me

Meet Your Dean's Fellows


Richard Chen
Class Year: 2L
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Undergrad: NC State University
Activities: Holderness Moot Court- AALSA Team; AALSA; Carolina Health Law Organization (CHLO)
Summer Employment: ( 1L Summer 2016) Intern at HensonFuerst, P.A., in Raleigh (mainly Personal Injury & Med Mal work), and RA for Professor Klinefelter (helped with projects/presentations regarding Privacy Law)
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Honestly, I haven't explored Chapel Hill as much as I would've liked this past year since I commute from Raleigh. But I do like TOPO!
Fun Fact: I can eat a large Papa John's/Domino's pizza in one sitting. I may not feel good about myself afterwards, but life is about living for the moment.


Ben DeCelle
Class Year: 3L
Hometown: Rockwell, NC
Undergrad: The University of North Carolina at Pembroke
Activities: North Carolina Law Review
Summer Employment: ( 1L Summer 2015) Johnston Allison & Hord, PA (Charlotte, NC) and Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP (Charlotte, NC); (2L Summer 2016) Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A. (Charlotte, NC) and Johnston Allison & Hord, PA (Charlotte, NC)
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Kenan Memorial Stadium
Fun Fact: I am the only 5th grader at Rockwell Elementary School ever to win both the coveted overall grandmaster chess championship trophy and spelling bee in the same year. Some records were not made to be broken.


Roy Dixon
Class Year: 2L
Hometown: Salisbury, NC
Undergrad: UNC-Greensboro
Activities: Graduate and Professional Honor System (Assistant Attorney General); Holderness Negotiations Team; Student Bar Association (2L Representative); North Carolina Banking Journal (Staff Member)
Summer Employment: (1L Summer 2016) Balch & Bingham - Birmingham, AL (summer associate); Nexsen Pruet - Greensboro, NC (summer associate)
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Kenan Stadium
Fun Fact: I have made 6 holes-in-one in my life.


Elizabeth Falconer
Class Year: 3L
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Undergrad: Appalachian State University
Activities: NC Journal of Law & Technology/JOLT (Notes Editor); Holderness (Exec Board), Holderness Negotiations Team; Environmental Law Project/ELP (treasurer 2014-2015)
Summer Employment: (1L Summer 2015) NC Court of Appeals for Judge Geer, Raleigh, NC; (2L Summer 2016) Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, Atlanta GA
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Root Cellar
Fun Fact: I was in Rolling Stones once (in the bottom right hand corner of a very random article hah)


Brian Gamsey
Class Year: 2L
Hometown: Atlanta, GA
Undergrad: The University of Texas
Graduate: University of Georgia (MPA, 2009)
Activities: Entrepreneurial Law Association (President); North Carolina Law Review (Staff)
Summer Employment: (1L Summer 2016) Morris Manning & Martin, Atlanta, GA
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Honeysuckle Tea House
Fun Fact: Have attended the Olympics, World Series, Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four, MLB All-Star game, Rose Bowl, BCS National Championship and seen Outkast perform in three different decades.


Kirstin Gardner
Class Year: 3L
Hometown: Dobson, North Carolina
Undergrad: UNC-Chapel Hill
Activities: Broun National Trial Team/BNTT (former secretary); First Amendment Law Review/FALR (managing editor)
Summer Employment: Bankruptcy Administrators Office, Chapter 13 Trustees Office in Durham
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: He's Not Here
Fun Fact: I am from a town with a population of 1500.


Siya Hegde
Class Year: 2L
Hometown: Avon, CT
Undergrad: Colby College
Activities: International Law Journal; International Moot Court; Domestic Violence Action Project/DVAP
Summer Employment: (1L Summer 2016)Wake County Public Defender's Office (Felony Unit Internship), Raleigh, NC
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Close tie between Maple View Farm (technically Hillsborough) and Med-Deli
Fun Fact: I have never drank a full cup of coffee :)
I'm also a classical singer and Indian classical dancer.


Troy Homesley
Class Year: 3L
Hometown: Mooresville, NC
Undergrad: UNC-Chapel Hill
Activities: Trial Team (2L year); Law Review (Editor in Chief); American Constitution Society (Board Member)
Summer Employment: (1L Summer 2015) Half the summer as RA for Bill Marshall; half with my dad's law firm in my hometown; (2L Summer 2016) Law firm in New York City
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Sutton's
Fun Fact: I have been to over 20 different countries.


Rick Ingram
Class Year: 3L
Hometown: Asheville, NC
Undergrad: UNC-Chapel Hill
Activities: Articles Editor, North Carolina Law Review; 3L Coach, Broun National Trial Team/BNTT
Summer Employment: NC Supreme Court, Justice Cheri Beasley, Raleigh, NC; Ropes & Gray, LLP, New York, NY
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Maple View Ice Cream
Fun Fact: My uncle was Michael Jordan's college roommate during their time at Carolina.


Max Isaacson
Class Year: 3L
Hometown: Warwick, RI
Undergrad: NC State University
Activities: NC Banking Institute Journal (Publication Editor); Graduate and Professional Honor System - Honor Court
Summer Employment: (1L Summer 2015) U.S. Senate, Washington, DC (first 1/2 ); U.S. District Court for the Northern District of GA, Atlanta, GA (second 1/2); (2L Summer 2016) NCGA, Raleigh, NC (first 4 weeks); K&L Gates, Raleigh, NC (last 8 weeks)
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: He's Not Here, or Gourmet Kingdom
Fun Fact: I really love aquariums.


Beth Kapopoulos
Class Year: 3L
Hometown: Florence, SC
Undergrad: Clemson University
Activities: Firat Amendment Law Review/FALR (Chief Staff Editor); Holderness National Negotiations Team; Graduate School Honor Court; Law School Ambassador
Summer Employment: (2L Summer 2016) Mecklenburg District Attorney's Office, Charlotte, NC
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Any place my dog, Finn can go (but Back Bar & Peccadillo are a close tie for second).
Fun Fact: I have my own Etsy shop... and have only sold one item since I opened it.


Stacy Kelly
Class Year: 3L
Hometown: Van Horne, IA
Undergrad: Wartburg College (Iowa)
Graduate: M.S. Exercise Science, Sport Administration
Activities: Leadership Development Fellow (2015); Lambda (Secretary); Carolina Law Ambassadors (Communications); Sports and Entertainment Law Association/SELA; Education Law & Policy Society;
Labor and Employment Law Association/LELA; Committee on Student Conduct (Graduate and Professional School Rep); Graduate and Professional Honor System (AG Staff, Outreach Coord - 2015)
Summer Employment: (1L Summer 2015) UNC Summer Externship Program - NC Attorney General's Office, Services to State Agencies, and UNC General Administration Legal Affairs; (2L Summer 2016) NC State Internship Program - NC Attorney General's Office, Education and Special Litigation
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Hiking the trails around our neighborhood or the trails by the UNC Botanical Gardens with our dogs.
Fun Fact: I had Derek from this season's Bachelorette as a student.


Jamey Lowdermilk
Class Year: 3L
Hometown: Winston-Salem
Undergrad: Sewanee
Graduate: Clemson University, Applied Economics & Statistics
Activities: North Carolina Law Review; UNC Cancer Pro Bono Legal Project; Carolina Public Interest Law Organization/CPILO; Agricultural and Food Law (burgeoning group of students)
Summer Employment: Legal policy advocate, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association; Summer clerk, Federal Magistrate Judge Webster; Associate, Branan Law Firm PLLC
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Bike path connecting Chapel Hill & Carrboro; and also the arboretum at UNC
Fun Fact: I have a small poodle named Baby that loves sunshine and sleeping.

Maryjeanne Marrero
Class Year: 2L
Hometown: Miami
Undergrad: Florida International University
Activities: Environmental Law Project/ELP; NC Journal of International Law/NC ILJ
Summer Employment: (1L Summer 2016) Miami State Attorney's Office
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: The park in front of the well
Fun Fact: I skydived this past year.


Peyton Miller
Class Year: 2L
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Undergrad: Appalachian State University
Activities: North Carolina Law Review; invitation to join Holderness Moot Court National Team; Professional and Graduate Honor Court; the Innocence Project; Carolina Law Ambassadors; Women in Law
Summer Employment: (1L Summer 2016) Judicial intern to the Honorable Judge Robert Conrad, Jr. for the Western District of North Carolina
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: The Library
Fun Fact: I once got a nose bleed in the middle of feeding over 100 sharks while 60-feet underwater.


Seth Morris
Class Year: 2L
Hometown: Salisbury, NC
Undergrad: The University of the South
Activities: North Carolina Journal of International Law/NC ILJ; Holderness Moot Court National Team (Craven Bench); Pro Bono Program (2L Class Coordinator); Environmental Law Project/ELP (Treasurer)
Summer Employment: (1L Summer 2016) North Carolina Department of Justice, Environmental Division, Raleigh, NC
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: The Dean E. Smith Center
Fun Fact: I love to cook! Especially North Carolina-style whole hog barbecue.


Brittany Morrison
Class Year: 2L
Hometown: Edinburg, Texas
Undergrad: Texas Tech
Graduate : MBA - Texas Woman's University
Activities: President, Women in Law/WIL; Member, Hispanic Latino Law Student Association/HLLSA; Member, Carolina Health Law Organization/CHLO; Member, Domestic Violence Action Project/DVAP; Holderness Client Counseling Team; Academic Excellence Program Tutor; UNC Student Congresswoman for District 9
Summer Employment: (1L Summer 2016) Moore & Van Allen summer associate, and Ingersoll Rand summer associate
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Spicy 9 for food! And He's Not for drinks.
Fun Fact: I graduated high school and attended college as a sophomore at the age of 16


Rebekah Morrison
Class Year: 3L
Hometown: Madison, NC
Undergrad: UNC-Chapel Hill
Activities: NC Journal of Law & Technology (JOLT); Carolina Public Interest Law Organization/CPILO (volunteer coord); Death Penalty Project/DPP (VP), Women in Law/WIL.
Summer Employment: (2L Summer 2015) Fair Housing Law Project, MLK Intern, and Legal Aid, Raleigh, NC; (1L Summer 2015) District Attorney's Office, Alamance County, Graham, NC
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Monterrey
Fun Fact: I play in a kickball league with friends every Thursday


DeMarr Moulton
Class Year: 2L
Hometown: Wheeling, WV
Undergrad: Cornell University
Activities: Law Review; Black Law Students Association/BLSA; Sports & Entertainment Law Association/SELA; Attorney General Staff
Summer Employment: (1L Summer 2016) Intern with Judge Bailey (US District Court for Northern District of West Virginia); Summer Associate with Wyrick Robbins
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: TOPO
Fun Fact: I love the Office.


Alex Murphy
Class Year: 2L
Hometown: Corvallis, OR
Undergrad: University of Oregon
Activities: North Carolina Law Review, HLLSA (Vice President), Carolina Law Ambassadors, Volunteer Income Tax Association
Summer Employment: (1L Summer 2016) Robinson, Bradshaw & Hinson, Charlotte (first half), Bradley Arant Boult Cummings, Charlotte (second half)
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Med. Deli & He's Not
Fun Fact: I ate grilled scorpion and spider in Bangkok, Thailand.


Emily Notini
Class Year: 2L
Hometown: Lowell, Massachusetts
Undergrad: UMass Amherst
Activities: Student Bar Association (Secretary); National Moot Court Team (Competing Member); Women in Law (Member)
Summer Employment: Judge Rick Elmore, North Carolina Court of Appeals; 2016; Raleigh, NC.
Judge W. Earl Britt, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina; 2016; Raleigh, NC.
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: The first squat rack from the right at the Student Rec Center or Sup Dogs at 2 AM on a Thursday
Fun Fact: I have 12 siblings. Yes, from the same parents, and yes, I remember all of their names. I also unintentionally make really bizarre faces when I'm trying to concentrate or study. You'll see what I mean.


Nicole Panaggio
Class Year: 2L
Hometown: Jacksonville, NC
Undergrad: Elon University
Activities: UNC Innocence Project (President); Holderness Moot Court; Carolina Public Interest Law Organization/CPILO; Child Action
Summer Employment: (1L Summer 2016) NC DOJ Human Services Section Intern, Raleigh, NC
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Monterrey Mexican Restaurant
Fun Fact: I really like napping.


Stephen Robin
Class Year: 2L
Hometown: Marietta, GA
Undergrad: Duke
Activities: Law Review; Honor Court Judge; Frequent Cancer Project participant (Pro Bono)
Summer Employment: (1L Summer 2016) NC Ct of App, Judge Dillon (first half), RA- Professor Papandrea (second half)
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Mediterranean Deli
Fun Fact: I got married this summer (July 23) and had my honeymoon in Alaska.


Trace Schilling
Class Year: 3L
Hometown: Ponte Vedra, FL
Undergrad: Florida State University
Activities: Banking journal staff member
Summer Employment: (1L Summer 2015) Prof. Hazen research assistant, Chapel Hill; (2L Summer 2016) Dechert summer associate, Charlotte
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Tie between Speakeasy, Lucha Tigre, and my couch. Fun Fact: Been to the Tahitian islands and flipped a truck into a pond (depends on your definition of fun).


Andrew Simpson
Class Year: 2L
Hometown: Chapel Hill
Undergrad: UNC-Chapel Hill
Activities: Banking Institute Journal; Moot Court International Team; Broun National Trial Team/BNTT; Christian Legal Society (President)
Summer Employment: Worked as the sole associate as small/mid-sized litigation firm in Raleigh.
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Elephant Rock in the NC botanical gardens.
Fun Fact: I have sumo wrestled in front of sell-out crowds at the Durham Bulls stadium. Twice. Lost to my brother both times.


Mayukh Sircar
Class Year: 2L
Hometown: Frederick, Maryland
Undergrad: UNC-Chapel Hill
Graduate: Masters in Physiology and Biophysicis
Activities:Graduate and Professional Honor System (Attorney General); Carolina Law Ambassadors (Co- Vice President); Themis Representative; Carolina Intellectual Property Law Association/CIPLA; Asian American Law Student Association/AALSA
Summer Employment: (1L Summer 2016) Hutchison PLLC. in Raleigh, NC (5 weeks), and Myers Bigel in Raleigh, NC (6 weeks)
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Dead Mule Club
Fun Fact: I once ate a live baby octopus (as part of a delicacy at a restaurant, it came with dipping sauces).


Adam Sorenson
Class Year: 3L
Hometown: Wilson NC
Undergrad: BYU
Activities: Broun National Trial Team/BNTT (Vice President); NC International Law Journal/NC ILJ (Online Editor)
Summer Employment:(1L Summer 2015) Interned for two trial level state judges in Utah; (2L Summer 2016) Law Clerk in the US Attorney's Office, Narcotics Division
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: the Dean Dome... food: Carolina Brewery
Fun Fact: About me? I just finished my first triathlon.


Maddy Thompson
Class Year: 2L
Hometown: Greenville, SC
Undergrad: Clemson University
Activities: Transactional and Corporate Law Association/TCLA (Vice President of Operations); Women in Law/WIL
Summer Employment: Troutman Sanders, 2015 (Raleigh, NC); Western District of North Carolina Judicial Internship for Judge Robert Conrad, 2015 (Charlotte, NC)
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Tru or Med Deli
Fun Fact: On my second day of interning at the Federal District Court, I locked myself in the prisoners' holding cell with the defendants.


Browne Warren
Class Year: 2L
Hometown: Greenville NC
Undergrad: Duke
Activities: NC Journal of International Law/NC ILJ; Immigration Law Association/ILJ (Pro Bono Director); Carolina Health Law Organization/CHLO; Women in Law/WIL; Honor Court
Summer Employment: MLK summer law clerk - Legal Aid of NC, and Battered Immigrant Project, Charlotte
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Shooters
Fun Fact: I'm writing this from my hotel room in Amsterdam


Mackenzie Willow-Johnson
Class Year: 3L
Hometown: Princeton, NJ/Raleigh, NC
Undergrad: University of Georgia
Activities: Student Bar Association/SBA (3L Class Rep); Women in Law (President); Law Review (Staff Member); Leadership & Development Program (Fellow); LEAP (Enrichment Group Leader)
Summer Employment: Troutman Sanders, 2015 & 2016, Charlotte, NC; WDNC for The Honorable Chief Judge Whitney, 2015, Charlotte, NC
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Franklin Street
Fun Fact: I've studied abroad in both the UK and France.


Laina Womble
Class Year: 2L
Hometown: Advance, NC (outside Winston-Salem)
Undergrad: UNC-Chapel Hill
Activities: Student Bar Association/SBA (2L Class Representative); Women In Law/WIL (Mentor/Mentee Coordinator); Carolina Law Ambassadors (Member); Carolina Real Estate Law Association/CRELA (Member)
Summer Employment: Law Clerk for Kennon Craver PLLC in Durham, NC. (Summer 2016)
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Maple View Farms
Fun Fact: I love to fish and surf. My family goes on vacations for the sole purpose of going deep sea fishing, and I have been surfing since I was 10 years old.


Ballard Yelton
Class Year: 3L
Hometown: Kalamazoo, MI
Undergrad: Michigan State University
Activities: Banking Journal, Staff Member; Sports & Entertainment Law Association/SELA, Treasurer; Transactional & Corporate Law Association/TCLA; Carolina Law Ambassadors/CLA
Summer Employment: (2L Summer 2016) Troutman Sanders 2016 in Atlanta, GA;
(1L Summer 2015) Bankruptcy court in the western district of Michigan with Judge Dales in Grand Rapids, MI
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Pantana Bobs
Fun Fact: I am the Fourth person in my family with my name.

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