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. 

2018-2019 Burks Scholars

Ari Alatriste Pena - Ari Alatriste is originally from Mexico and completed his undergraduate education at the University of California, Los Angeles. He studied Philosophy and Spanish literature, taking special delight in poetry. Ari's charming idiosyncrasies have led him to split time between the Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice and the German Law Journal.  He is also a Research Assistant to Professor Russell Miller. Ari could not go a day without listening to music.

Paige-Elizabeth Avery - Paige-Elizabeth Avery is from Buffalo, NY and graduated from SUNY Geneseo with a B.A. in International Relations. Prior to law school, Paige served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at a small nonprofit where she implemented new methods to increase the organization's outreach capacity. After her first year of law school, she assisted survivors of domestic violence at the Central Virginia Legal Aid Society in Charlottesville, VA. Paige was a Summer Associate at Harter Secrest & Emery, LLP in Buffalo this past summer. In addition to a Burks Scholar, Paige is a student attorney in the Black Lung Clinic, a research assistant for Dean Johanna Bond, and a Lead Editor for the Washington and Lee Law Review Online Edition. You will often find her in the law school with her Newfoundland, Izzy.  

Joseph DuChane - Joe DuChane is from Fredericksburg, VA. He earned his B.S. in psychology from Christopher Newport University in 2015. He currently serves as a Managing Editor on the Washington and Lee Law Review. This past summer he worked at Covington & Burling, LLP in Washington, D.C.  

Claire Flowers - Claire Flowers is a third year law student from Perry, Georgia. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English with an emphasis in Advanced Studies in English and a minor in Political Science. After her first year of law school, Claire interned for the Honorable Judge John T. Laney, III in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Georgia. She also worked as an intern in the in-house legal department of AFL, a telecommunications company located outside of Greenville, South Carolina. During her 2L summer, she served as a Summer Associate at K&L Gates LLP in their Charleston, SC office. In addition to being a Burks Scholar, Claire is the Symposium Editor for the Washington and Lee Law Review and Co-President of the Women Law Students Organization. During her 3L year, Claire will serve as the judicial extern for the Honorable Judge Rebecca B. Connelly in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia. In her free time, Claire enjoys cooking, traveling, watching UGA football, and enjoying Sunday breakfast with friends at the Pink Cadillac Diner in Natural Bridge.  

Kiersten Holms - Kiersten Holms is a third year law student from Austin, Texas. She graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in civil engineering in 2015. In addition to serving as a Burks Scholar, she is the SBA 3L Class President, President of the Environmental Law Society, and a Lead Articles Editor for the Washington & Lee Law Review. After her first year, she worked as a law clerk at Terris, Pravlik, & Millian in Washington, D.C and during her 2L summer, she worked as a summer associate at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City. In addition, during her 3L year, she will be working in the Black Lung clinic.  

Benton Morton - Benton Morton is from Wilmington, NC and received his B.A. in history from North Carolina State University. While at North Carolina State University, Benton was a member of the sailing team. Benton interned for the Honorable Louise W. Flanagan his first summer and interned for the Department of Justice's Tax Division his second summer. Benton is also a Lead Articles Editor for the German Law Journal and the Chair of the Tax Law Society.  

Danielle Novelly - Danielle Novelly was born and raised in Scottsdale, Arizona and graduated from the University of Arizona. Prior to attending law school, she worked at a law firm in Washington, D.C. for two years. Danielle is a Lead Articles Editor for the Washington and Lee Law Review, Negotiations Chair for the Moot Court Executive Board, and Co-President of the Women Law Students Organization. Danielle spent her 1L summer as a Judicial Intern to the Honorable Esther Salas in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. This past summer, she worked as a Summer Associate at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, LLP in New York. During her 3L year, she will serve as a Judicial Extern to the Honorable G. Steven Agee in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. In her spare time, Danielle enjoys cooking, traveling, and hanging out with her cat, Meeko.  

Alexa Shockley - Alexa Shockley is a current third-year law student from Danville, Virginia. She graduated from the University of Virginia in 2015 with a double major in History and Psychology and a minor in Government. Prior to law school, she worked for a Virginia non-profit that advocates for early childhood education. At Washington and Lee, Alexa is a member of the Women's Law Students Organization and Pro Bono Club. In addition, she is a Law Ambassador for the Admissions Office. She also serves as the Managing Online Editor for the Washington and Lee Law Review. During her 3L year, she will work in the tax clinic. This past summer, Alexa worked at Eversheds Sutherland in Washington, D.C.