Introducing Our Summer Bloggers


This summer, we  invited some of our students to blog about their summer work experiences. You’ll hear from students working in law firms, for the government, and in public defender offices, among other positions. Those posts will start up next week and run through August. In the meantime, you can learn a little bit about our student bloggers below.

claire2Claire Fernandez is from Danbury, CT and graduated from Wake Forest University with a major in sociology and a minor in political science.  At W&L, she is a Lead Articles Editor on Law Review, a Burks Scholar Writing Fellow, and the former secretary of LALSA.  Her interests include traveling, running, and spending time with friends and family. Claire spent the first half of her summer working for a judge at the Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Houston, Texas.   She will spend the next six weeks working for Judge Frances Stacy, also in Houston, who is a federal magistrate judge for the Southern District of Texas.

Roddy FlynnRoddy Flynn, from Wilmington, DE, graduated from American University in 2008. Roddy’s activities at W&L include the Journal of Energy, Climate, and the Environment; Burks Scholars; Kirgis Fellows; Moot Court; and the W&L LGBT Advisory Committee. His interests include cooking, yoga, and American theater. This summer Roddy is serving as a McCleary Law Fellow at the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, D.C.  The Human Rights Campaign is the nation’s largest gay rights organization.  He’ll spend his summer in the legislative counsel’s office working on supporting the advocacy attorneys in their work lobbying the federal government on LGBT legislative and regulatory matters, advocating before the courts as an amicus curiae, and participating in the judicial nominations process.


WPsandovalAnaeli Sandoval graduated from St. John’s University in 2005, where she majored in Criminal Justice and Forensic Psychology, and minored in Spanish. She is President of the Epicurean Society and the Latin American Law Students Alliance (LALSA), Treasurer of the Environmental Law Society, as well as a Law Ambassador and a BarBri Representative.  She participates in law school football and floor hockey, and takes yoga and zumba classes at the undergrad gym. This summer Anaeli is interning with the Army JAG Corps in El Paso, Texas. She will be working in the Military Justice department helping the JAG Officers prepare cases and charge sheets in connection with court martials and administrative separation hearings.

Mary Katherine Vigness grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, where she attended Trinity Valley School.   She earned a B.A. in History/Liberal Arts Honors and Theatre and Dance from The University of Texas at Austin.  Following graduation in 2008, Mary Katherine completed a fellowship with the Office of the Texas Governor before moving to New York City, where she worked at a public relations firm that serves clients in theatre, music, and visual art.   In the fall of 2009, Mary Katherine headed to Washington and Lee for law school.  This summer, she is clerking for a full-service corporate law firm as well as the civil division of the District Attorney’s Office in Dallas/Fort Worth.  Mary Katherine will return to W&L in the fall for her third and final year.

steve harperStephen Harper is from Garden City, New York and attended Georgetown University. At W&L, Stephen is executive editor of the Law Review and also works on the German Law Journal. This summer he will work for Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP in New York, New York as a summer associate.

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