Darby Gooding, raised in Valdosta, GA, graduated from Emory University in 2007 with a Bachelor's degree in History and International Studies. Prior to attending Washington and Lee, she worked as a project assistant at King & Spalding, LLP in Atlanta, GA. For her 1L summer, she worked as a research assistant for Professors Wiant and Drumbl. During her 2L year, Darby served as a Staffwriter on the Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice.
Darby split her 2L summer between the General Counsel's office for Wounded Warrior Project in Jacksonville, Florida and Osterhoudt, Prillaman, Natt, Helscher, Yost, Maxwell & Ferguson, PLC in Roanoke, Virginia. During her third year, Darby will intern at Gentry, Locke, Rakes & Moore, LLP in Roanoke, Virginia.
Virginia Lane, raised in Charleston, SC, graduated from the University of Virginia in 2011 with a BA in History and French. During her 1L summer, Virginia worked as a summer associate for Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice LLP and for the United States District Court in Charleston, SC. For her 2L summer, Virginia worked as a summer associate at K&L Gates, and Nelson, Mullins, Riley & Scarborough LLP. Virginia is the Executive Development Editor of the Journal of Energy Climate and the Environment. During her third year, Virginia will intern at Essex Bank in Richmond, VA. Outside of the law school, Virginia prefers spending time with her dog, Boone.
Jillian Nyhof is from Georgetown, Ontario, Canada, but has lived in the Southeastern United States since she was 10 years old. Jillian graduated summa cum laude from Coastal Carolina University in 2010 with a degree in Political Science. During her four years at Coastal, she played on the university’s Division I volleyball team and was named an Academic All-American her senior year.
During her 1L summer, Jillian worked as a research assistant for Professors Moliterno and Bruner. For her 2L summer, Jillian worked as a summer associate at McGuire Woods LLP in Charlotte, NC.
In addition to serving as a Burks Scholar, Jillian is a Lead Articles Editor of the Washington and Lee Law Review. During her third year, Jillian will participate in the International Human Rights practicum and has a judicial externship with Judge Michael Urbanski, Federal District Court Judge for the Western District of Virginia.
In her free time, Jillian enjoys playing volleyball, waterskiing, hiking, and spending time with her family at the lake.
Chelsea grew up in Lewisburg, West Virginia, a small town much like Lexington. She attended West Virginia University, where she cheered on the Mountaineers and ran summer academic camps. After graduating with degrees in History, English, and Political Science, she headed straight to W&L. Her summer jobs include interning for the 11th judicial circuit of W. Va., serving as a research assistant, and working for Robinson & McElwee, PLLC. She now serves on the German Law Journal, plays for the Parole Models LSFL team, and works for a judge in Roanoke during the school year.
Chris Wagner, raised in Evansville, IN, earned a BA in Economics from Indiana University in 2007. From Bloomington he moved to Phoenix, AZ, where he spent four years teaching reading, writing, and math to middle school students with learning disabilities.
Chris spent his 1L summer interning for the United States District Court in Evansville, IN. He split his 2L summer between Ziemer, Stayman, Weitzel & Shoulders LLP in Evansville and McDonald Carano Wilson LLP in Las Vegas, NV.
In his third year, Chris will work in W&L's Community Legal Practice Center. In his free time, he enjoys live music, camping, and golf.
Jocelyn Wiese was born and raised in Keene, New Hampshire. Jocelyn competed both nationally and internationally in the sport of Dressage. She won the United States Equestrian Federation's National "Brentina Cup" Championship in 2009. Jocelyn earned a Bachelor's degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland-College Park after spending two years working as a Dressage trainer at Hilltop Farm in Colora, Maryland.
During her 1L summer, Jocelyn was a Summer Associate at Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green, a business law firm in Manchester, New Hampshire. She was invited to return to Sheehan Phinney Bass & Green for her 2L summer, where she gained experience working in both the corporate and litigation departments of the firm.
In addition to serving as Burks Scholar, Jocelyn is a Lead Articles Editor of the Washington and Lee Law Review. In her third year, Jocelyn will also be working in W&L’s Community Legal Practice Center. Aside from the law, Jocelyn enjoys road biking, competing in triathlons, and spending time with her dog, Renegade.
Lauren graduated magna cum laude from Rutgers University in 2011. Additionally she earned dual departmental honors in her history and political science majors. While in college, she authored and published an interdisciplinary honors thesis in women and gender studies and English. This academic year Lauren is working in the Community Legal Practice Clinic at W&L with Professor Belmont, helping Rockbridge County’s low-income residents with gratis legal assistance.
During Lauren’s One L summer, she worked at Johnston Barton Proctor and Rose, a general practice firm in Birmingham, Alabama where she drafted legislation for the Alabama Code. She also worked at the renowned boutique securities litigation firm, Talcott Franklin and for Assignment Judge Thomas Weisenbeck in the New Jersey Superior Court.
Following law school, Lauren has accepted a position as the law clerk to Presiding Chancery Judge Stephan Hansbury in the New Jersey Superior Court.
Lauren enjoys traveling and cooking for friends and family. She also enjoys learning different languages.