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 2019-2020 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 may also be held within the Law School building so please check the schedule on the back of the Burks Office door, or your individual Burks Scholar, for specific hours and location.  

2019-2020 Burks Scholars

Ashley Duckworth, Research Burks Scholar - Ashley Duckworth is a third-year law student from Greeneville, Tennessee. She graduated from Wofford College with a B.A. in Government and a minor in History. The summer after her first year of law school, Ashley worked at the Sullivan County District Attorney's Office in East Tennessee. This past summer, she worked at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission in the Division of Corporation Finance in Washington D.C. Ashley is currently a Note Editor for the Washington & Lee Journal for Civil Rights & Social Justice, Co-President of the Tax Law Society, a Law Ambassador, and works at the Law School Tech Desk. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, watching "The Office," and baking.
Cameron Johnson, Research Burks Scholar - Cameron Johnson is a third-year law student from Charlottesville, Virginia. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in History. After his first year of law school, Cameron interned for the Honorable Judge Robert Humphries of the Court of Appeals of Virginia. He also worked as a Research Assistant for Prof. Sarah Haan. During his 2L summer, he served as a Summer Associate for Gray Plant Mooty in Washington, DC. In addition to being a Burks Scholar, Cameron is the Editor in Chief of The Law News, a Lead Articles Editor for the German Law Journal, and the President of the Real Estate Investment Society. 
KC Kettler, Research Burks Scholar - FK.C. Kettler is from Alvin, Texas and graduated from the University of Houston - Clear Lake with a degree in Legal Studies. Before law school, he worked for two years as a paralegal at Chad T. WI in Houston. For his past two summers, K.C. has worked for Judge Hannah Lauck in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee. During his 3L year, K.C. works as a student attorney in W&L's Immigrant Rights Clinic, is a research assistant to Professor Jill Fraley, and is Vice President for External Competitions with the Environmental Law Society.
Caroline Crosbie, Writing Burks Scholar - Caroline Crosbie is from Manassas, VA and graduated from James Madison University with a B.A. in International Relations and a minor in French. After her first year of law school, Caroline 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 1L summer as a Summer Associate at Woods Rogers in Roanoke, Virginia. This past summer, Caroline was a Summer Associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York City. She currently serves as the Symposium Editor for the Washington and Lee Law Review and is a student attorney in the law school's Black Lung Clinic. In her free time, Caroline likes to attend trivia nights at local restaurants, listen to true crime podcasts, and watch anything related to the Bachelor franchise.
Bonnie Gill, Writing Burks Scholar - Bonnie grew up in Montclair, New Jersey and has called Virginia home since 2011. She holds degrees from Boston University, the American University of Paris, and the University of Virginia, where she taught French and was a Writing Center tutor for several years. In addition to being a Burks Scholar, Bonnie is Editor in Chief of the Washington and Lee Law Review and will be serving as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable G. Steven Agee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. She has worked as a summer associate at Bradley Arant Boult Cummings (Charlotte office), Brooks Pierce (Greensboro office), and Troutman Sanders (Richmond office).
Ryan Johnson, Writing Burks Scholar - Ryan Johnson is a third-year law student from Orange, Virginia. He graduated from James Madison University in 2017 with a degree in History. In addition to serving as a Burks Scholar, Ryan is a Lead Articles Editor for the Washington & Lee Law Review. Ryan spent his 1L summer as a judicial intern to the Honorable John Gibney, Jr. in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia. This past summer, he worked as a summer associate at Shearman & Sterling in New York City. During his 3L year, he will be a student attorney in the Community Legal Practice Center. Ryan spends his free time hiking, golfing, cooking, and having his heart crushed by the Washington Redskins.
Flynn Madden, Writing Burks Scholar - Flynn Madden is from Richmond, Virginia and graduated from the College of William and Mary with a degree in International Relations and a minor in Economics. After his first year of law school, Flynn interned for the USAID Governance for Inclusive Growth program in Hanoi, Vietnam. This past summer, he worked in the Office of International Development Policy at the U.S. Department of the Treasury in Washington, D.C. Flynn is also a Senior Articles Editor for the German Law Journal.
Katherine Phillips, Writing Burks Scholar - Kat Phillips is a third-year law student from Virginia. She graduated from the College of William and Mary with a double major in Art History and Sociology in 2014. Before law school, Kat interned at StoryCorps in Brooklyn, NY. Kat spent her 1L summer with the Federal Public Defender for the Eastern District of Virginia in Norfolk, VA. During her 2L year, she worked as a student attorney in Washington and Lee's Immigrant Rights Clinic and spent her summer as a law clerk with the Appellate Section of the Department of Justice's Office of Immigration Litigation in Washington, DC. In addition to serving as a Burks Scholar, she is a Lead Articles Editor for the Washington and Lee Law Review and a research assistant to Professor Johanna Bond. In her free time, Kat enjoys cooking vegetarian meals and exploring museums.
Amanda Triplett, Writing Burks Scholar - Amanda Triplett is a third-year law student from Yorktown, Virginia. She graduated from the College of William & Mary with degrees in English Literature and Accounting/Business Administration. After her first year of law school, Amanda interned at the Antitrust Division of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. During her 2L summer, she was a Summer Honors Intern in the Health Care Division of the Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Competition in D.C. Prior to law school, she also worked as an auditor and consultant for three years in D.C. In addition to being a Burks Scholar, Amanda is the President of the Public Interest Law Students Association, President of the Antitrust & Consumer Law Society, Student Note Editor for the Journal of Civil Rights & Social Justice, and a student attorney in the Black Lung clinic.