Kirgis Fellows

The Kirgis Fellow program is a mentoring program designed to assist first-year and transfer students with the adjustment to law school by providing guidance and advice about academics, the job search process, and life in Lexington. The Kirgis Fellows are upper-level law students who mentor a first-year, small-section class, with two Kirgis Fellows, one male and one female, assigned to each small section. Transfer students also have Kirgis Fellows, which include both former transfer students as well as second-year students.  

Kirgis Fellows play a large role during Orientation and share their perspective as experienced students throughout the year. Over the course of regular meetings, Kirgis Fellows meet with first-year students to discuss study strategies, summer jobs, law school exams, coping with the stress of law school, and the traditions that make W&L Law unique. In addition, Kirgis Fellows are available throughout the year to answer questions and to provide support to first-year students. Students are encouraged to keep in touch with their Kirgis Fellows and ask for help and advice as they encounter questions and challenges during their first year of law school.

Head Kirgis Fellows

Leilani Bartell

Leilani Bartell is a third-year law student and recipient of the Sidley Austin Law Scholarship. Her hometown is Chantilly, VA and she went to James Madison University for her B.A. in Political Science. During the summer of 2018, she was a Summer Associate at Troutman Sanders in Richmond, VA where she will return for Summer 2019.

Leilani is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa ("ODK") this year. She is a Chair of the Davis Moot Court Competition for the Moot Court Executive Board, and a member of the Women's Law Student Organization, where she also serves as a mentor for a first year student. Additionally, Leilani is a research assistant for Professor Carliss Chatman.

Whitney Davis

Whitney Davis is a third-year law student from Asheville, NC. She graduated from Covenant College in 2014 with a BA in History and Political Studies. While in undergrad, Whitney occasionally taught self-defense classes for women, and worked for the student intramurals program. She wrote her undergraduate thesis on Great Britain's WWI era law and policy concerning the use of front line reporting as propaganda. After college, she worked for two years as a legal assistant in Chattanooga, TN, and volunteered with a local youth group. While working, Whitney researched mid-century Georgia death penalty cases for local attorney Sam Gowin. She also participated in pro bono work for Bridge Refugee, a Tennessee non-profit dedicated to aiding refugees.

During her 1L summer Whitney interned for the Office of the State's Attorney for Baltimore City, Maryland, violent felony division. This summer, Whitney is working as an intern for the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Virginia, criminal division.

Aside from being a Head Kirgis Fellow, Whitney is the Chair of the Moot Court Executive Board, overseeing all internal competitions at the school, a research assistant, is involved in the Christian Legal Society, the Women Law Students Organization, and Outlaw. She enjoys law school football (LSFL) in the fall, softball in the spring, and hanging out on her front porch with her roommates.

Kirgis Fellows

Tomi Akinmola

Tomi Akinmola is a second-year law student from Atlanta, Georgia. She attended Georgia State University and studied Political Science. While there she worked for political campaigns and worked as a First Year Residential Mentor. As a mentor, she developed engaging programs for first year students and won Diversity Program of the Year Award and The Who's Who Among Students Award.

As a 1L she competed in the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial competition and was the 1L representative for BLSA.

This summer, she will work for the City Attorney's Office, and Chambliss Banner & Stophel in Chattanooga, TN. Tomi looks forward to being a Kirgis, remaining active in BLSA, and working as a Research Assistant for the Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Student Engagement.

In her free time, she enjoys eating anything spicy, reading, traveling or going to the gym.

George Bouchard

George Bouchard is a second-year law student from Glen Ellyn, Illinois. He graduated from Earlham College with a B.A. in Philosophy. While at Earlham, he regularly participated in the college theater program, played on the Men's Tennis Team, and spent time researching Floridian harvester ants in Tallahassee. He studied abroad in Tanzania and Kenya for a semester, focusing on cultural development and biology.

After graduating from Earlham, George served with an AmeriCorps program called City Year in Chicago for two years. He then worked for a national bankruptcy firm in Chicago in various capacities, including partner relations and client management. While living in Chicago, George went through the Second City Training Program and took additional improv classes at the iO Theater.

During his 1L summer, George interned with the Alameda County Public Defender's Office in Oakland, California and worked remotely as a Faculty Research Assistant. Outside of law school, George enjoys playing music, board games, chess, and binge watching mediocre Netflix series. Feel free to hound him for some good recommendations, though. George strongly believes that he witnessed a UFO and would love to talk to you about it if you're into that sort of thing.

Alexandra Clark

Alexandra Clark is a second-year law student from Hendersonville, North Carolina. She graduated from Davidson College in 2015 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Hispanic Studies. Before attending W&L Law, Alexandra worked in antitrust at the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, DC. She also worked in the U.S. Department of Justice's Criminal Division enforcing the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and interned with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Office of the General Counsel, the City of Charleston Prosecutor's Office, and the Office of Congressman Heath Shuler.

During her 1L summer, Alexandra interned for Senior Judge Richard J. Leon of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Outside of her role as a Kirgis Fellow, Alexandra is a Law Ambassador with the Office of Law Admissions and a member of the Women Law Students Organization. In her free time, Alexandra enjoys eating beets, playing with her godson Milton (see Lucy's bio), and discussing the MVP of the NBA and her heart, Steph Curry.

Lucy Dempsey

Lucy Dempsey is a second-year law student from Chapel Hill, North Carolina. She graduated from Davidson College in 2016 with a degree in Political Science and a minor in Hispanic Studies. During undergrad, Lucy studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, "worked" as a lifeguard at Davidson's Lake Campus, and was involved in Turner Eating House.

Upon graduation, Lucy worked as a Law and Policy Aide at a large firm in Washington, D.C. She covered congressional hearings, managed over twenty calendars, and learned that attorneys still occasionally use typewriters.

During her 1L summer, Lucy interned for Judge Paul G. Feinman at the New York State Court of Appeals. Here at W&L, she is Treasurer of OUTLaw, Symposium Editor for the Women Law Students Organization, and an active attendee at any event with free food. In her free time, Lucy enjoys playing LSFL, eating at Napa Thai, and hiking with her dachshund mix Milton.

Matthew Hansen

Matthew Hansen is a second-year law student from Asheville, North Carolina. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 2016, where he majored in both Economics and History. While at UNC, Matthew held leadership roles in CRU and his fraternity, Chi Psi. Upon graduation, Matthew worked for a digital marketing agency in Raleigh, North Carolina before attending law school.

During his 1L summer, Matthew worked as a judicial intern for the Federal Circuit Court for the Western District of North Carolina, as well as an intern for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Salt Lake City, Utah. Outside of his role as a Kirgis Fellow, Matthew is a Sports Czar. When not studying, Matthew loves reading, fly fishing, hiking, and watching Cubs baseball.

Aaron Hardy

Aaron Hardy is a second-year law student from Richlands, Virginia. He graduated from Radford University in 2015 with a BBA in Marketing and a BS in Political Science. While at Radford, he participated in multiple student organizations including Alpha Kappa Psi, Model United Nations, and Help Save the Next Girl. Following graduation, he lived in Richmond and worked as a commercial insurance claims examiner.

During his 1L summer, Aaron worked for Citizen Advocacy Center, a non-profit that works to protect the public's assets and promote meaningful participation in the democratic process. Here, he worked with community lawyers to address anti-democratic barriers and get the Chicago area community involved in government on the local and state level through community organizing, coalition building, legal advocacy, civic education, and litigation.

At W&L, Aaron is involved with campus affinity groups and is an LGBT Peer Counselor for the university. Outside of school, he enjoys spin classes, Netflix binges with a (large) glass of wine and friends, and spending time with his Australian Shepherd, Kiko.

Seth Kuntz

Seth Kuntz is a second-year law student from Lexington, South Carolina. He graduated from the University of South Carolina (the real USC) with a B.S. in Finance and a B.A. in Business Economics with a minor in political science. While at USC, Seth worked at a wealth management firm and as a contract writer for a legal education company. He also was an avid intramural basketball participant, specializing in getting to the playoffs and then losing the very first game.

During his 1L summer, Seth worked as a judicial intern for the Honorable Judge Liam O'Grady in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia in the Alexandria courthouse. Here at W&L, Seth is treasurer of the Business and Law Association and acts as a Wellness Ambassador.

In the (little) time he spends outside of school, Seth enjoys watching Duke basketball, exploring the trails of Virginia, and amateur bartending.

Sophie Rogers

Sophie Rogers is a second-year law student from Scranton, PA. She completed her B.S. in 2018 at Belmont University, where she studied Public Relations and Economics. At Belmont, she worked in the Office of Communications, served on the executive board of the Public Relations Student Society of America, and competed in the PRSSA Bateman Research Competition.

At W&L, she is the Thomson Reuters Westlaw Student Representative and a member of the Women Law Students Organization. This year, she also participates on W&L's Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition team. During her 1L summer, Sophie worked in Nashville, TN, splitting her summer between the TN Criminal Court of Appeals and the U.S. Bankruptcy Court of Middle Tennessee. In her limited free time, she enjoys baking, running (to counteract the baking), and relaxing at Pronto (gelato and wine? Yes, please!).

Joanna Thomas

Joanna Thomas is a second-year law student from Falls Church, Virginia. She attended undergrad at the University of Virginia with a double major in Public Policy and Government. While at UVa, she was active in Honor Council, Class Council, and Greek life. She graduated in 2018 and came straight through to W&L.

At W&L, she is a member of the Women Law Students Organization and Phi Alpha Delta. During her 1L summer, Joanna worked in Richmond, Virginia. She interned for the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia in the Health, Education, and Social Services Division.

When Joanna is not at Sydney Lewis Hall, she enjoys cooking and eating Greek food, spinning, cheering on the Hoos, and watching American Idol auditions.

Ruta Trivedi

Ruta Trivedi is a second-year law student from Chantilly, Virginia. She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2016 with a BA in Biology and minor in Chemistry. While at VCU, Ruta was involved in volunteer work at the Maymont Nature Center and the Richmond Ballet Minds in Motion program. After graduating, Ruta worked at the Office of the Attorney General in Richmond, VA in the Criminal Appeals Division.

Ruta spent the first half of her 1L summer as a judicial intern for the Honorable Judge Rossie D. Alston, Jr. at the Court of Appeals of Virginia. During the second half of her 1L summer, she interned for The Honorable Judge Brian F. Kenney at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, Alexandria Division.

Ruta is a member of the Women Law Students Organization and in her free time she enjoys Keeping Up with the Kardashians, rooftop bars, and cooking.

Patrick Wright

Patrick Wright is a second-year law student from Tampa, Florida and a proud Double General. As an undergraduate at Washington & Lee, Patrick studied Physics-Engineering with an emphasis in German. He also served as team captain for the football team and was a four-year starter at defensive end. After graduating, he participated in the Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange fellowship in Germany. He spent time working for an engineering firm in Dresden and coaching semi-professional football.

This summer, Patrick will be returning to Germany to work for Jones Day in Frankfurt. There, Patrick will be working with attorneys in the Banking, Finance, and Securities group.

As a law student at W&L, Patrick serves as a Law School Ambassador and Sports Czar. He enjoys his study breaks by going to the weight room, fly fishing, and playing music.

Kevin Yeh

Kevin Yeh is a second-year law student from Fullerton, California. He graduated from Boston University in 2015 with a B.A. in Environmental Policy and Analysis. After college, Kevin worked as an analyst for an environmental consultancy and then as a minister for a Chinese-American church.

During his 1L summer, Kevin interned at the Virginia Supreme Court in the Office of the Chief Staff Attorney. Here at W&L, he is the Secretary for the Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA) and a member of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA).

Outside of school, Kevin enjoys going to the gym, cooking, drinking coffee, and bird watching.