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Levin Center at Wayne Law selects legal interns for U.S. Senate

May 24, 2016

DETROIT – The Levin Center at Wayne State University Law School has chosen two law students to serve as legal interns in congressional committee offices in Washington, D.C., this summer.

Kyle BrucknerKyle Bruckner of Royal Oak will work on the Minority Staff of the U.S. Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee with Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, the committee’s ranking member. Alexandra Kavieff will work on the Minority Staff of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations with Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Missouri, the committee’s ranking member.

Both positions will involve work with Senate staff from both parties and a bipartisan approach to congressional oversight. Bruckner and Kavieff will work under the supervision of an experienced attorney who is engaged in conducting oversight on behalf of a Senate committee.

This is the first year for the 10-week internships. The Levin Center is providing a financial stipend to offset travel and living expenses for the interns. Levin Center personnel will be providing ongoing support to the legal interns during their Washington experience.

Bruckner, a former U.S. Air Force intelligence officer, served as a student attorney with Wayne Law’s Transnational Environmental Law Clinic. He also clerked at the personal injury law firm of Ravid & Associates PC in Southfield. Last summer, he served as an honors intern with the U.S. Department of Defense General Counsel at the Pentagon’s Standards of Conduct Office. Prior to law school, Bruckner was chief of intelligence for the 55th Fighter Squadron at Shaw Air Force Base in South Carolina. He received the Air Force Commendation Medal for meritorious service.

Alexandra KavieffAt Wayne Law, Bruckner is president of both the Wayne Law Veterans Association and the International Law Students Association. For 2015-16, he served as an article editor for The Journal of Law in Society and was named a senior note editor for 2016-17.

Bruckner earned his bachelor’s degree in international relations from Michigan State University, where he served in the Student Senate and was a member of Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps.

Kavieff has worked as a legal assistant with Kim A. Grover PLLC in Allen Park and a case manager with the Solution Oriented Domestic Violence Prevention Court in Detroit. Previously, she served as a student attorney with the Free Legal Aid Clinic and an examiner with the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, both in Detroit. She was a judicial intern for Michigan Court of Appeals Judge Kathleen Jansen.

At Wayne Law, Kavieff is an active member of the National Lawyers Guild and the American Civil Liberties Union. She served as associate editor of The Journal of Law in Society for the 2014-15 school year. She was a recipient of a 2015 Public Interest Law Fellowship.

Kavieff earned her bachelor’s degree in politics and government and English from Ohio Wesleyan University.

Launched in March 2015, the Levin Center at Wayne Law strives to educate future attorneys, business leaders, legislators and public servants on their role overseeing public and private institutions and using oversight as an instrument of change. The center is named in honor of former U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, Michigan’s longest-serving U.S. senator, who retired at the beginning of 2015 after 36 years in the Senate. Levin serves as chair of the Levin Center and on the law school’s faculty as distinguished legislator in residence.

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  • Kyle Bruckner
  • Alexandra Kavieff

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