Burks Scholars

The Martin Parks Burks Scholars program brings third-year law students into the first-year legal research and legal writing curriculums as teaching assistants. Burks Scholars are third-year law students selected on the basis of research, writing, and teaching skills to provide support for the first-year small sections of Legal Research and Legal Writing.

Twelve Burks Scholars will serve for the 2021-2022 academic year: four for Research and eight for Writing. The Legal Research Burks serve as teaching assistants in the first-year Legal Research classes. Each Research Burks will work with a Legal Research professor in conveying the concepts of legal research, analysis, and citation to two sections of Legal Research. The Legal Writing Burks serve as teaching assistants in the first-year legal writing classes. Each Burks Scholar works with a Legal Writing professor in teaching legal writing, analysis, and citation to one section of Legal Writing.

The Burks Scholars office is located on the Level 3 in Room 325 within the Law Library Administration Office. Office hours during the 2021-2022 may be available both in-person and via Zoom, so please check the schedule on the Burks Office door, or with your individual Burks Scholar, for specific hours and meeting details.

2021-2022 Burks Scholars

Legal Research Burks Scholars

Courtney Blinn (works with Prof. Martin) - Courtney is a third-year law student from Ocala, Florida and received her B.A. in Political Science from Birmingham-Southern College. During her 1L summer, Courtney interned with the Honorable Judge David. S. Prince of the Fourth Judicial District of Colorado. During the first half of her 2L summer, Courtney interned with the Honorable Rebecca B. Connelly of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia. During the second half of her 2L summer, Courtney interned with the Colorado Office of the Attorney General. In addition to her role as a Burks Scholar, Courtney is an Online Lead Articles Editor for the Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice and a student attorney in the Tax Clinic. In her free time, Courtney enjoys practicing yoga, playing tennis, and catching up on true-crime podcasts.
Kylan Memminger (works with Prof. Christensen) - Kylan is a third-year law student from Sarasota, Florida. She graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Finance. This past summer, Kylan worked as a legal tax intern at Deloitte in Chicago, IL. In addition to being a Burks Scholar, Kylan is the Managing Editor of the Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice, a student attorney in the law school's tax clinic, and a Law Ambassador. In her free time, she loves to go on new hikes, shop at Trader Joe's, and everything Peloton.
Chris Swope (works with Prof. Runge) - Chris is a third-year law student from Jackson, Michigan. He graduated from the University of Michigan in 2016 with a degree in Neuroscience. Prior to law school, Christopher worked with an educational advocacy focused legal nonprofit in New York City and then with Legal Aid Chicago. During his 1L summer, Christopher interned with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Texas, and he spent his 2L summer interning with the United States Marshals Service's Office of General Counsel. In addition to being a Burks Scholar, Christopher is a Lead Articles Editor of the Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice, a McThenia Research Assistant, and a student attorney with the law school's Civil Rights and Racial Justice clinic. Additionally, Christopher is the President of the W&L Club Boxing Team and enjoys reading, hiking, and watching scary movies.   
Jake Walker (works with Prof. Martin and Prof. Runge) - Jake is a third year law student from Montgomery, Alabama. Jake graduated from the University of Alabama with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Philosophy. Prior to law school, Jake was a special education paraprofessional in Colorado Springs, Colorado. During his 1L summer, he interned for the Honorable Richard M. Berman of the Southern District of New York. This past summer, Jake was a Summer Associate at Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton in Washington, DC. In addition to being a Burks Scholar, he is a Lead Online Editor for the Washington and Lee Law Review and will be serving as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Anne M. Reed of the 25th Judicial Circuit of Virginia.

Legal Writing Burks Scholars 

Sarah Ashworth (works with Prof. Weiss) - Sarah is a third-year law student from Salt Lake City, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah with a B.S. in Philosophy and a minor in Mathematics. Before attending W&L Law, Sarah worked for the University Neuropsychiatric Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah. During her 1L summer, she interned for the International Trade Administration - Advocacy Center in Washington, D.C. This past summer, Sarah worked as a Summer Associate for Parr Brown Gee & Loveless in Salt Lake City, Utah. In addition to being a Burks Scholar, Sarah is a Managing Online Editor for the Washington and Lee Law Review and an extern for the Honorable Elizabeth K. Dillon of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia. In her free time, Sarah enjoys reading (and writing) fiction, baking cookies, and walking the Chessie trail.
T.J. Benedict (works with Prof. Weiss) - T.J. is a third-year law student originally from Pittsburgh, PA. He graduated from the University of Richmond in 2017, where he majored in Leadership Studies and Politics, Philosophy, Economics, and Law (PPEL). Before attending W&L Law, T.J. worked as a paralegal for a law firm in Richmond, VA. During his 1L summer, he worked as a Criminal Appeals Intern with the Virginia Office of the Attorney General. This past summer, T.J. was a Law Clerk in the EPA Office of General Counsel's Summer Honors Program. In addition to being a Burks Scholar, he is Managing Editor of the Washington and Lee Law Review, a Judicial Extern for the Honorable G. Steven Agee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and an Appellate Advocacy Chair on W&L's Moot Court Board. In his free time, T.J. enjoys hiking, camping, and reading biographies.  
Rich Gilliland (works with Prof. Houck) - Rich is a third-year law student originally from Essex, CT. He graduated from Yale in 2013 with a B.A. in Global Affairs. Before law school, Rich thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail and eventually ended up in Austin, TX, where he was a Sr. Operations Manager at Uber. After his 1L year, he interned with Opening Arguments-his favorite legal podcast-and its host's private practice. This past summer, Rich was a Summer Associate at Waller, Lansden, Dortch & Davis in Austin. In addition to serving as a Burks, Rich is a Lead Articles Editor for the Washington and Lee Law Review. He enjoys hiking, live music, board games, spicy food, and local breweries.
Scott Ingram (works with Prof. Kolinsky) - Scott is a third-year law student from Virginia Beach, Virginia. He graduated from James Madison University (JMU) where he majored in Political Science and Philosophy and minored in Classical Studies. After graduating from JMU, Scott worked as the Ethical Reasoning Engagement Fellow at JMU for a year. In that role he helped teach an ethical reasoning strategy across campus and coached two ethics debate teams. Scott also works with children with autism when he's back home in Virginia Beach. During his 1L summer, Scott interned with the Norfolk Public Defender's Office in Norfolk, Virginia. Scott then split his 2L summer between Pender & Coward in Virginia Beach and Harman, Claytor, Corrigan & Wellman in Richmond. At W&L, Scott serves as the Executive Editor for the German Law Journal and as a Research Assistant for Professor Alan Trammell.
Matt Kaminer (works with Prof. Kolinsky) - Matt is a third-year law student from Long Island, NY. He graduated from Washington & Lee with a B.A. in Business Journalism. Prior to returning to W&L, Matt worked as a paralegal at an antitrust litigation firm in New York City and volunteered as an evening caseworker with a suicide hotline. After his first year of law school, Matt worked in the chambers of the late Judge Paul G. Feinman of the New York Court of Appeals. This past summer, Matt was a Summer Associate for DLA Piper in New York City. In addition to serving as a Burks Scholar, Matt is a Lead Online Editor of the Washington and Lee Law Review, a Hearing Advisor, a Law Ambassador with the admissions office, a representative on the University Board of Appeals, and the Co-President of the Antitrust and Consumer Law Society. Last year, Matt won the Best Brief award in W&L's John W. Davis Moot Court Competition, and later received the National Second-Place Brief in the American Bar Association's National Appellate Advocacy Competition. In his free time, Matt plays basketball (poorly), watches mixed martial arts, and volunteers as an assistant coach with W&L's varsity wrestling team.  
Jake Lichtenstein (works with Prof. Houck) - Jake is a third-year law student from Roanoke, Virginia. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2019 with a degree in Cognitive Science. After his first year of law school, Jake spent the summer serving as a judicial intern for the Honorable M. Hannah Lauck of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. This past summer, Jake worked as a summer associate for Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, D.C. In addition to being a Burks Scholar, Jake is a student attorney in the Black Lung Clinic and a Lead Online Editor for the Washington and Lee Law Review.
Jordan Miceli (works with Prof. Lunsford) - Jordan is a third-year law student from Dallas, Texas. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2019 with a B.A. in International Affairs and minors in Women's Studies and History. During her 1L summer, she interned for Atlanta Legal Aid's Domestic Relations Unit. This past summer, Jordan was a Summer Associate at Boyd Collar Nolen Tuggle & Roddenbery, LLC in Atlanta. In addition to being a Burks Scholar, she currently serves as Managing Online Editor of the Washington and Lee Law Review, a McThenia Research Assistant, and will serve as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Charles N. Dorsey of the Roanoke County Circuit Court. In her free time, Jordan enjoys golfing, dinner with friends, and reality television.
Lauren Robertson (works with Prof. Houck) - Lauren is a third-year law student from Sarasota, Florida. She graduated from Florida State University with a B.A. in Creative Writing and a minor in Economics. During her 1L summer, Lauren worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable Judge Julie Sneed in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. This past summer, Lauren was a Summer Associate for Holland & Knight in Tampa, Florida. Lauren currently serves as the Editor in Chief of the Washington and Lee Law Review, an extern for the Honorable Judge Joel Hoppe of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, a Research Assistant for Professor Brandon Hasbrouck, and a class representative on the Student Library Advisory Committee. In her free time, she loves boxing, weight training, running, and going to breweries with her friends.