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 the first-year small sections of Legal Research and Legal Writing. 

There are nine Burks Scholars for the 2020-2021 academic year: three for Research and six 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 analysis, research, 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 analysis and citation to one section of Legal Writing.

The Burks Scholar office is located on the Level 3 in Room 325 within the Law Library Administrative Office. Office hours during the 2020-2021 will be available both in-person and via Zoom so please check the schedule on the back of the Burks Office door, or your individual Burks Scholar, for specific hours and a link.  

2020-2021 Burks Scholars

Legal Research Burks

Namrata (Nam) Kang, Research Burks Scholar - Nam Kang is a third-year law student from Richmond, Virginia. She graduated from the University of Virginia with degrees in Politics and Religious Studies, and a minor in South Asian Studies. Prior to law school, Nam was a corps member for Teach for America in New York City and worked for a subsidiary of LVMH. After her first year of law school, she interned at Troutman Sanders in Richmond, VA. This past summer she worked for Morris, Manning & Martin in Washington, DC. During her 3L, she is participating in the Global Corruption and Good Governance Practicum. She is also a Law Ambassador and a Senior Articles Editor for the German Law Journal. In her free time, Nam loves to run, read, travel, and try different restaurants.   
Danielle Potter, Research Burks Scholar - Danielle is a third-year law student from Charlottesville, Virginia.  She graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in History and a minor in Art History.  During her 1L summer, Danielle interned for the Honorable Robert J. Humphreys of the Court of Appeals of Virginia.  This past summer, Danielle worked as a Summer Associate for Mayer Brown in Charlotte, NC.  Danielle is currently a Note Editor for the Washington & Lee Journal of Civil Rights & Social Justice and a Law Ambassador.   
Hunter Rush, Research Burks Scholar - Hunter Rush grew up in Richmond but has lived in the Shenandoah Valley since 2004. He holds degrees from James Madison University and Old Dominion University. Hunter taught K-7 and undergraduate students for several years in Harrisonburg, Virginia before law school. In addition to being a Burks Scholar, Hunter is Production Editor of the Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice and a student attorney in the law school's Black Lung Clinic. He has volunteered as a law clerk at Grace Immigration (Roanoke office), worked as a summer associate at Flora Pettit (Harrisonburg and Charlottesville offices), and interned for Chief Judge Roger L. Gregory of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.    



Legal Writing Burks  

Alexandra Clark, Writing Burks Scholar - Alexandra Clark is a third-year law student from Hendersonville, North Carolina. She graduated from Davidson College in 2015 with a degree in Political Science. Before attending W&L Law, Alexandra worked at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, DC. During her 1L summer, she interned for the Honorable Richard J. Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. This past summer, Alexandra was a Summer Associate at Latham & Watkins LLP in Washington, DC. In addition to being a Burks Scholar, she is Executive Editor for the Washington and Lee Law Review and will be serving as a Judicial Extern with the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia.
Lauren Hancock, Writing Burks Scholar - Lauren Hancock is a third-year law student from El Paso, Texas. She graduated from Texas Tech University with a B.S. in Social Work and a minor in Legal Studies. After her first year of law school, Lauren spent half of her summer at the Supreme Court of Virginia working in the Office of the Chief Staff Attorney. She spent the other half of her summer as an intern for the Honorable Robert Humphreys of the Virginia Court of Appeals. This past summer, Lauren was a Summer Associate for Morris, Manning & Martin in Washington D.C. Lauren currently serves as the Managing Editor of the Washington and Lee Law Review, an extern for the Honorable G. Steven Agee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, a Davis Chair on W&L's Moot Court Board, and the President of the Christian Legal Society. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor activities, board games, and reading for pleasure.  
Stephanie Kley, Writing Burks Scholar - Stephanie Kley is a third-year law student originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. She graduated from Colgate University with a B.A. in Economics and a minor in Art & Art History. After her first year of law school, Stephanie interned for the Office of General Counsel at the University of Hartford. This past summer, she worked at Alston & Bird in Atlanta. She currently serves as a Senior Articles Editor for the German Law Journal. Stephanie spends her free time golfing, hiking, and planning dinner parties.  
Scott Miller, Writing Burks Scholar - Scott Miller is a third-year law student from Fredericksburg, Virginia. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 2018 with a double major in Philosophy and Foreign Affairs. After his first year of law school, Scott interned as a clerk for the City Attorney's Office in Fredericksburg. This past summer, Scott worked as a Summer Associate at Hirschler Fleischer in Richmond, Virginia. In addition to serving as a Burks Scholar, Scott is a Senior Articles Editor for the German Law Journal, an extern for the Honorable Joel Hoppe in the Western District of Virginia, and Vice President of the Christian Legal Society. In his free time, Scott enjoys playing the guitar and ukulele, running, and outdoor activities. 
Rebecca Richardson, Writing Burks Scholar - Rebecca is a third-year law student from Salem, Oregon. She graduated from Davidson College in 2016 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Hispanic Studies. Prior to law school, Rebecca worked for two years as a paralegal at a law firm in Boston. In addition to serving as a Burks Scholar, Rebecca is a Lead Articles Editor for the Washington and Lee Law Review and will extern with the W&L Office of the General Counsel. Rebecca spent her 1L summer as a judicial intern to the Honorable Judge Jeffrey Howard in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. This past summer, she worked as a summer associate at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP in New York City. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys playing tennis, visiting local wineries, and watching Bravo.  
Sophie Rogers, Writing Burks Scholar - Sophie Rogers is from Scranton, Pennsylvania and received her B.A. in public relations and economics from Belmont University. After her first year of law school, Sophie split her summer between the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Tennessee in Nashville. This past summer, Sophie was a summer associate at Morris, Nichols, Arsht, and Tunnel in Wilmington, DE. In addition to her role as a Burks Scholar, she also serves as a Lead Articles Editor for the Washington and Lee Law Review.