Burks Scholars Program

The Martin Parks Burks Scholar 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 presentation skills to provide support for Legal Research 1 and the first-year small sections.  The Burks Scholars are the principle resource for citation instruction.

There are nine Burks Scholars for the 2017-2018 academic year. One Burks Scholar serves in a specialized role supporting legal writing and provides specialized assistance and support in the area of legal writing.  He or she is available by appointment to provide individualized support for students who seek to improve their skills of legal writing.  Research Burks Scholars work with students in small section and research classes to support research and citation instruction.  The Burks Scholar office is located on the third level within the Library Administrative Offices.  For specific Burks Scholar hours, please contact the Burks Scholar individually or check with your Legal Research professor. 

2017-2018 Burks Scholars

Aileen Almonte Aileen Almonte is a third year law student from Albany, New York. She graduated from Fordham University at Lincoln Center with a degree in Political Science before working as a litigation paralegal at Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP. After her first year of law school, Aileen interned at the United States Attorney's Office in the Northern District of New York. During her 2L summer, she served as a Summer Associate for the law firm of Whiteman, Osterman & Hanna LLP. In addition to being a Burks Scholar, Aileen is also a Lead Articles Editor for the Washington and Lee Law Review.     
Peter Askin Peter Scott Askin was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia and majored in political science at Davidson College. He is the Editor-in-Chief for the Law News, the Managing Editor for the German Law Journal, and the Class of 2018 chapter representative for the Virginia Young Lawyers Division. Along with his teammate Thomas Griffin, he was the 2016 winner of the Robert J. Grey Negotiation competition. While in law school, he has interned at the International Trade Administration, the Legal Aid Justice Center, the Virginia Division of Legislative Services, and the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia. He plans on clerking after graduation. In his spare time, he loves to hike, camp, whitewater kayak, and enjoy the outdoors. Askin is also an avid saxophonist and plays at events and restaurants in the Lexington area, and manages his own wedding band he began in college. Before law school, he developed a strong command of the Spanish language while living in Argentina, and served as a Virginia senate page for then Lieutenant Governor Tim Kaine.
Tommy Bishop Tommy Bishop was born and raised in Richmond, Virginia, where he studied Spanish and Classical Guitar at Virginia Commonwealth University and earned his Master's in education from the University of Richmond.  Prior to attending law school, he worked for the better part of a decade as a Spanish teacher, starting in rural and inner-city schools, and ending his teaching career with a five year run at St. Christopher's Episcopal School for Boys, where he taught in the lower school.  Tommy is an accomplished guitarist, having performed in classical ensembles and heavy metal bands alike.  He is an endurance sports enthusiast-running, stand-up paddle boarding, and biking-and loves all things outdoors, serving as the Law School's "Key Staff-member" for the W&L Outing Club.  During his 2L year, he worked in the W&L Law Immigrant Rights Clinic, and served as a Kirgis Fellow.  During his 3L year, he will serve the school's Capital Case Clearinghouse.  
Mark Bonin Mark Bonin is originally from New England and attended undergraduate and graduate school in California. He enjoys traveling and playing ice hockey (or any type of hockey really). Mark's favorite class in 1L year was Transnational Law. Mark has a border collie/retriever mix named Crosby. Mark worked at Thompson and Knight in Dallas this past summer.   
Roland Hartung Roland Hartung is a current 3L and a Senior Articles Editor for both Law Review and the German Law Journal. He earned his LL.M. in International and European Tax Law and his LL.B. in European Law at Maastricht University Faculty of Law. During his 1L summer, he worked for Jones Day in their Frankfurt, Germany office. This past summer, Roland worked for White & Case LLP in Washington, D.C., and will return there following law school. During 3L year, he will be working in the tax clinic. Roland is active in all law school sports.     
Brett Lawrence Brett Lawrence is from Fort Lauderdale, FL and received a B.B.A. in finance from Florida Atlantic University. Prior to law school, Brett worked in Miami, FL for TEAM Enterprises, an experiential marketing company, for two years promoting brands such as Volkswagen and Sparkling Ice. Brett interned at the Bronx District Attorney's Office his first summer and interned with the Honorable Judge Loren A. Smith in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims his second summer. Currently, Brett is a research assistant to Professor Tim MacDonnell.        
Kendall Manning Kendall Manning is a rising third-year law student from Norfolk, Massachusetts. She graduated from the University of Delaware in 2015 and came straight through to Washington and Lee University School of Law. Kendall studied English, with a concentration in Professional Writing. While at the University of Deleware, Kendall served as Treasurer of Students for Haiti and Volunteer Coordinator for the Student Association for Young Children. Kendall was also a member of the Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society. At Washington and Lee, Kendall is a member of the Omicron Delta Kappa National Honor Society and the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society, the Women's Law Students Organization and the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity. She serves as the Symposium Editor for the Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice, and has worked as a Research Assistant to Professor Michelle Drumbl and Professor David Baluarte. She enjoys reading, and volunteers as a reading tutor for the Rockbridge Regional Library's Youth Literacy Program.    
Ben Nye Ben Nye hails from Little Rock, Arkansas, and graduated from the University of Arkansas in 2010. Prior to law school, he spent four years at Sigma Nu Fraternity's national headquarters office in Lexington where he worked in publications and leadership development. He has split his summers at law firms in Little Rock and hopes to return there after law school.   When not reading cases, cite checking for the Law Review, or writing legal memoranda, Ben enjoys bass fishing, acoustic guitar, and frequenting the Palms.          
Sills O'Keefe Sills O'Keefe came to Washington and Lee School of Law after a sixteen-year career teaching and coaching middle and high school students at his alma mater, Norfolk Academy, in Norfolk, VA. Sills is no stranger to Lexington, having graduated with distinction from VMI in the mid-1990s. While at VMI, he served as the business manager of the yearbook and was inducted into Kappa Alpha Order upon graduation. After VMI, Sills earned an MA in military history from the University of Leeds in West Yorkshire, England. Sills spent his 1L summer as a research assistant for Professor Rendleman and interning for Judge Filson in the Rockbridge County Circuit Court. During his 2L summer, he served as a litigation intern for the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University's General Counsel's office in Richmond. In addition to serving as a Burks Scholar at W&L Law, Sills is a Coordinator for the Law Families club and works in the Community Public Law Clinic. He spends his spare time doing crossword and Sudoku puzzles, cooking, hiking, and spending time with his bride, Adele, son, Jack, and their Golden Retriever, Jester.