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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

Mary Marshall Meredith
Class Year: 3L
Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
Undergrad: Davidson College
Activities: DF's; honor's writing scholar; soccer club
Summer Employment: Bradley Arant; Troutman Sanders; RA for Dana Remus
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Anywhere I can tap dance!!
Fun Fact: I wear a mouth guard to bed. My real hair color is salt & peppa.

Joseph (Joe) Kim
Class Year: 3L
Hometown: Ellicott City, MD
Undergrad:
Johns Hopkins University
Activities:
NCILJ (Editor in Chief)
Summer Employment: Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox; Summer 2015; Washington, D.C.
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill:
Back Bar (Back of Top-O)
Fun Fact:
I shook hands with Nelson Mandela and got his autograph.

Meet Your Dean's Fellows

Det Beal
Class Year: 2L
Hometown: Gastonia, NC
Undergrad: Washington and Lee University
Activities: North Carolina Banking Institute Journal, Staff Member; Holderness Moot Court, Corporate Law Team, Member
Summer Employment:
ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, May-June 2015, Memphis, TN; Professor Michael Gerhardt, July-August 2015, Chapel Hill, NC
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill:
Steel String Brewery
Fun Fact: I've been skydiving

Danielle Bernard
Class Year: 3L
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Undergrad: United States Air Force Academy
Activities: Conference on Race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity Treasurer (2014-2016); VALOR Treasurer (2014-2015); UNC Leadership Development (2014-2015); BLSA
Summer Employment:
1L - Interned at NC Prisoner's Legal Services; 2L - Interned at Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill:
University Mall
Fun Fact:
Never lived anywhere longer than five years my entire life

Andy Brown
Class Year: 2L
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.

Caitlin Counts
Class Year: 3L
Hometown: Alexandria, VA
Undergrad: Appalachian State University
Activities: Publication Editor, North Carolina Law Review
Summer Employment: Alston & Bird (RTP) 1L, first half; Brooks Pierce (Greensboro) 1L, second half; Alston & Bird (RTP), 2L full summer
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill:
He's Not or Back Bar
Fun Fact:
I have a dog named Larry.

Alex Covington
Class Year: 3L
Hometown: Kernersville, NC
Undergrad: NC State (Go Pack!)
Activities: NC Journal of Law & Technology (JOLT); Carolina Intellectual Property Law Association (CIPLA)
Summer Employment: 1L summer: Research Assistant for Prof. Chin; 2L summer: Intellectual Property Intern at Eastman Chemical Company
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill:
TRU or Foster’s
Fun Fact: I’m a certified scuba diver

Patrick Cross
Class Year: 3L
Hometown: Chapel Hill, NC
Undergrad: UNC
Activities: North Carolina Law Review (Executive Articles Editor)
Summer Employment: 1L Summer — Judicial Intern, Honorable Martha A. Geer, N.C. Court of Appeals; RA, Professor Jon P. McClanahan.; 2L Summer — Brooks, Pierce, McClendon, Humphrey & Leonard
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill:
Caffé Driade
Fun Fact:
All that music stuff. More succinctly: "For seven years prior to law school I spent approximately 265 days per year touring as the lead guitarist and tour manager for a band called "Who's Bad?". During my time in the band, we shared the stage with Aretha Franklin, Pitbull, the Backstreet Boys, Boyz II Men, the Four Tops, and Chairmen of the Board."

Ben DeCelle
Class Year: 2L
Hometown: Rockwell, NC
Undergrad: UNC - Pembroke
Activities: North Carolina Law Review
Summer Employment: Johnston Allison & Hord, 2015 (first half), Charlotte; Katten Muchin Rosenman, 2015 (second half), Charlotte
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill:
Backbar
Fun Fact:
I did this entire survey on my email and when I pressed submit it deleted all of my answers and took me to this Google Doc. (I'm not really angry but I did say to myself, "What the hell, dude?")

Preston Dole
Class Year: 3L
Hometown: Gastonia, NC
Undergrad: UNC
Activities: North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology (2L staff member, 3L article editor); Holderness Moot Court Environmental Appellate Advocacy Team (2L and 3L competing member); Environmental Law Project (2L Treasurer); Student Bar Association's Faculty Selection Committee (1L member, 2L chair)
Summer Employment: U.S. District Court for the Western District of NC, Hon. Richard Voorhees; U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of NC
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Pantana Bob's deck
Fun Fact: I worked in Beijing, China for an entrepreneur who started a gourmet pizza restaurant/delivery company one summer during college.

Zack Ernst
Class Year: 2L
Hometown:
Cocoa Beach, Florida
Undergrad:
Florida State
Activities: Moot Court
Summer Employment: US DOJ Trustee Program (bankruptcy law); US DOJ Civil Division
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill:
He's Not.
Fun Fact:
Hiked the Stairway to Heaven in Hawaii.

Elizabeth Falconer
Class Year:
2L
Hometown:
Atlanta, GA
Undergrad:
Appalachian State University
Activities: NC Journal of Law and Technology; Moot Court - Negotiations Team; Environmental Law Project (Treasurer); Women in Law; Center for Law, Environment, Adaptation, and Resources (CLEAR); Teen Court; Pro Bono, Winter Project Participant
Summer Employment:
Externship at the North Carolina Court of Appeals, Judge Martha Geer, Raleigh NC (2015)
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill:
Beer Study/Open Eye Cafe
Fun Fact:
I lived in Australia

Matt Farr
Class Year:
3L
Hometown: Bradenton, Florida
Undergrad:
UNC Asheville
Activities: North Carolina Journal of Law and Technology colloquially known as "JOLT"
Summer Employment: I worked as a Research Assistant last summer for Professor Eichner. This summer I am a 3L Certified intern at the Durham County District Attorney's Office- I have gotten to try cases myself, negotiate plea deals, and argue appellate motions in District Court.
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: The Dean E. Smith Center
Fun Fact:
I have never ridden in an Uber. But I have seen every episode of Girls, and Sex and The City.

Brett Fox
Class Year: 3L
Hometown: Huntersville, NC
Undergrad: UNC
Activities: Moot Court (Craven Bench Co-Chair); First Amendment Law Review; SBA (2L Class Council President)
Summer Employment:
Legal Compliance Intern, Morgan Creek Capital Management, Chapel Hill, NC (2014); Research Assistant, Prof. Burk, Chapel Hill, NC (2014); Professional Responsibility, Prof. McClanahan, Chapel Hill, NC (2014); Legal Aid of North Carolina, Morganton NC (2015)
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill:
Tie: the 17th green, UNC Finley Golf Course and the Waffle House on Franklin Street
Fun Fact: I can play six instruments: Guitar, Banjo, Piano, Mandolin, Harmonica, and Fiddle

Kirstin Gardner
Class Year: 2L
Hometown: Dobson, NC
Undergrad: UNC
Activities: First Amendment Law Review; Broun National Trial Team, Secretary
Summer Employment:
Worked with the Bankruptcy Administrator's office in Greensboro, 2015Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: The upper quad or He's Not Here (it's a tie)
Fun Fact: I have eaten tacos made with cow tongue.

Amanda Hawkins
Class Year: 3L
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Undergrad: UNC
Activities: North Carolina Law Review (Executive Comments Editor); Women in Law (President 2014-2015); Carolina Law Ambassadors
Summer Employment: 1L: Mayer Brown, Compass Group; 2L: McGuireWoods (all in Charlotte)
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: He's Not Here
Fun Fact: I once won first place in a gingerbread house making competition.

Troy Heisman
Class Year: 3L
Hometown: San Jose, CA
Undergrad: University of San Diego
Activities: FALR (notes editor); Moot Court, Corporate Appellate Advocacy Team; UNC Graduate and Professional Honor System (Assistant Attorney General)
Summer Employment:
RA for Prof. Nichol; Judicial Intern for Superior Court Judge; Summer Clerk at the Wake County Attorney's Office
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill:
To eat? Probs Top-O. For Breakfast Merritt's, for drinks Tru
Fun Fact: My knowledge of the show How I Met Your Mother far surpasses my knowledge of anything else in this world.

Travis Hinman
Class Year: 3L
Hometown: Lenoir, NC
Undergrad: UNC
Activities: North Carolina Law Review (Editor in Chief); Domestic Violence Action Project; Women in Law (Mentor)
Summer Employment:
The Honorable James A. Wynn, Jr., United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit; Judicial Intern, 2014, Raleigh, NC; Nexsen Pruet, LLC; Summer Associate, 2014, Greensboro, NC; Robinson Bradshaw & Hinson, P.A., Summer Associate, 2015, Charlotte, NC; Smith, Anderson, Blount, Dorsett, Mitchell & Jernigan, L.L.P., Summer Associate, 2015, Raleigh, NC
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill:
Do I have to pick just one? That's impossible. Polk Place is my favorite place on campus, and Buns is my go-to on Franklin Street. I also love the Kissing Bench up by Davie Poplar because it's where I got engaged.
Fun Fact: I am named after my valiant ancestor, Colonel William Travis, who was the commander at the Alamo. By the transitive property, I consider myself a great American hero.

Rick Ingram
Class Year: 2L
Hometown: Asheville, NC
Undergrad: UNC
Activities: North Carolina Law Review; Broun National Trial Team; Carolina Law Ambassadors
Summer Employment: North Carolina Supreme Court, Raleigh, NC, 1L Summer
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill:Maple View
Fun Fact: During TFA, I coached a Varsity Girl’s basketball team that made the Colorado State Playoffs for the first time in 23 years. #LostinRound1Though

Max Isaacson
Class Year: 2L
Hometown: Warwick, RI
Undergrad: NC State University
Activities: North Carolina Banking Institute (NCBI) Journal; Attorney General's Staff; SBA Alumni Affairs Committee
Summer Employment:
Senator Tillis and the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Summer 2015, Washington D.C.; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia, Summer 2015, Atlanta, Georgia
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill:
Gourmet Kingdom (technically Carrboro)
Fun Fact: I was once in a movie with Matthew McConaughey

Beth Kapopoulos
Class Year: 2L
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Undergrad: Clemson University
Activities: Carolina Law Ambassadors; Graduate School Honor Court; First Amendment Law Review; Holderness Moot Court Negotiations Team
Summer Employment: I was unable to get an internship this summer because I had to have a couple leg surgeries.
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Top of the Hill
Fun Fact: I've been to McDonald's in seven European countries.

Stacy Kelly
Class Year: 2L
Hometown: Van Horne, Iowa
Undergrad: Wartburg College
Activities: Graduate and Professional Honor System (Outreach Coordinator); Lambda Law (Secretary); Carolina Law Ambassadors (Communications Outreach Coordinator); Labor and Employment Law Society; Education Law and Policy; Sports and Entertainment Law Association
Summer Employment: NC Attorney General's Office - Services to State Agencies (Summer 2015); University of North Carolina General Administration - Legal Affairs (Summer 2015); Sports Law Associates LLC - Paralegal (Since 2012)
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Kipos
Fun Fact: One of my dogs is part Rottweiler, part Corgi - yep, looks even stranger than you imagine.

Laura Kessler
Class Year: 3L
Hometown: Charlotte, NC
Undergrad: UNC
Activities: Pro Bono- PR Director; Environmental Law Project- VP; Women in Law- Communications; Cancer Project- Attorney Coordinator; Moot Court Appellate Advocacy- Environmental
Summer Employment:
NC-DOJ Air and Natural Resources, Raleigh, NC 1L summer; Roberts & Stevens, Asheville, NC half 2L summer; Motley Rice, Charleston, SC half 2L summer
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill:
To eat: Shiki Sushi; To drink: Picadillo
Fun Fact:
I can lick my elbows and I live in an animal house

Tyson Leonhardt
Class Year: 2L
Hometown: Denver, NC
Undergrad: UNC
Activities: N.C. Law Review (Vol. 94 Board: Articles Editor); RRWA Honors Writing Scholar; UNC Graduate and Professional Honor Society (Atty. General's Staff); Carolina Law Republicans
Summer Employment:
Chambliss, Bahner & Stophel, P.C., Chattanooga, TN, Summer Associate, Summer 2015; UNC School of Law, Chapel Hill, NC, Research Assistant, Summer 2015 (Prof. Catherine Kim); UNC School of Law, Chapel Hill, NC, Research Assistant, Summer and Fall 2015 (Prof. Bill Marshall)
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill:
Top of the Hill patio in the springtime; preferably with a Blue & White in hand and a Tar Heel basketball game on the TV.
Fun Fact: I’ve taken a solemn vow to never allow my age to outnumber the number of countries I have visited.

Jamey Lowdermilk
Class Year: 2L
Hometown: Carrboro, NC
Undergrad: Sewanee
Activities: N.C. Law Review (staff member); UNC Cancer Pro Bono Project (Community Outreach Coordinator); Eagle's Nest Foundation (Trustee, experiential education nonprofit in western NC)
Summer Employment:
I served as a legal policy intern with the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association working on behalf of small food and farm businesses in North and South Carolina.
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill:
Favorite place: the bike path connecting Carrboro and Chapel Hill.
Fun Fact: I have a miniature poodle named Baby that loves bananas as much as I do.

Kaylan Meaza
Class Year: 2L
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

Maiysa Mesbah
Class Year: 3L
Hometown: Melbourne, Australia
Undergrad: UNC Charlotte
Activities: UNC Law Cancer Project; Lawyer on the Line; SBA Barristers Ball Committee; UNC Leadership Development Program
Summer Employment:
NCAOC Language Access Services (2014); Duke Energy (2014), (2015)
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill:
Top of the Hill
Fun Fact: Born in Australia.

Rebecca Plett
Class Year: 3L
Hometown: Hamburg, Germany
Undergrad: East Carolina University
Activities: DVAP (1L year); Child Action (VP 2L, advisory board member 3L); Banking Journal (2L)
Summer Employment:
2014 Legal Aid of NC, Pittsboro; 2015 Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (DC)
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill:
The Botanical Gardens
Fun Fact: I grew up in Germany.

Jamie Rudd
Class Year: 3L
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Undergrad: Elon
Activities: First Amendment Law Review (Symposium Editor); Pro Bono Board (3L Class Coordinator, Special Trips Coordinator); Holderness Moot Court (Clerk of Court)
Summer Employment: Chatham County DA's Office, and The Federal Public Defender Eastern District NC.
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: Kippo's.
Fun Fact: I once won a school-wide poetry out loud competition.

Maddie Salamone
Class Year: 2L
Hometown: Bel Air, MD
Undergrad: Duke University
Activities: Sports and Entertainment Law Association (Executive VIce President); International Law Journal; International Moot Court; Student Bar Association (1L Class Representative); Law Revue (Co-Chair); Leadership Development Program; Dean's Fellow; Pro Bono Program
Summer Employment: Research Assistant for Professor Ardia - Summer 2015, Chapel Hill; Research Assistant for Professor McClanahan - Summer 2015, Chapel Hill; Took Professional Responsibility during first session -Summer 2015
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill:
Not sure where to go with this one, so I'll be more specific: Favorite Place to Study: Root Cellar or Cafe Carolina; Favorite Place to Eat: Med Deli; Favorite Bar: Goodfellows; Favorite Place in the Law School: Rotunda...all right, maybe got a little carried away :)
Fun Fact:
I've had my front teeth knocked out four times (twice playing field hockey, once with a rock, and once on my friend's knee).

Trace Schilling
Class Year: 2L
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Undergrad: Florida State University
Activities: Banking Journal
Summer Employment: RA for Prof. Hazen, Corporate Securities Research, Summer 2015
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: The Quad
Fun Fact: Skydiving, traveled parts of Europe, love to play any competitive sport.

Adam Sorenson
Class Year: 2L
Hometown: Wilson, NC
Undergrad: Brigham Young University
Activities: Trial Team, International Law Journal
Summer Employment: Interned for Judge John Morris and Judge Michael Allphin in the Second District Court of Utah in Davis County.
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill: The Dean Dome
Fun Fact: I enjoy running anywhere I go (Meaning anywhere I go on vacation) and I try to run most days each week.

Mackenzie Willow-Johnson
Class Year: 2L
Hometown: Raleigh, NC
Undergrad: University of Georgia
Activities: North Carolina Law Review; Women in Law (President); Dean’s Fellow; UNC Law Leadership Development Program; Academic Excellence Program (Spring Enrichment Group Leader)
Summer Employment:
Troutman Sanders, 2015, Charlotte; WDNC - Chief Judge Whitney, 2015, Charlotte
Favorite Place in Chapel Hill:
Bread & Butter (they have the BEST muffins!). Or possibly Southern Season for brunch.
Fun Fact: I once won a muffin eating contest at camp... and I was the only female participant.

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