Wayne State University

Meet some of our students

Fernando Aceves

Residence: Dearborn

Undergraduate education: Bachelor's degree in philosophy and bachelor's degree in legal studies with a minor in human life studies from Franciscan University of Steubenville

Wayne Law class: Class of 2018

Law school activities/organizations: Officer of Federalist Society and member of Entrepreneurship and Business Law Society, Hispanic Law Students Association and Law Students for Life

Work experience: Law clerk for Deffenbaugh & Lange PLLC in San Antonio, Texas, and intern at Kootenai County Prosecutor's Office in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho

Future plans: Working in a medium to large firm in Detroit

Ebonie Byndon-Fields

LL.M. student

Residence: Ypsilanti

Undergraduate education: Bachelor's degree in general studies from University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

Graduate education: Law degree from Michigan State University College of Law, master of social work degree from University of Cincinnati and master of science in criminal justice from Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH)

Wayne Law class: LL.M. class of 2017

Future plans: Becoming a labor and employment law attorney

Kyle Bruckner

Residence: Royal Oak

Undergraduate education: Bachelor’s degree in international relations from Michigan State University

Wayne Law class: Class of 2017

Law school activities/organizations: President of Wayne Law Veterans Association and president of International Law Student Association

Work experience: U.S. Air Force intelligence officer, summer honors legal intern with U.S. Department of Defense General Counsel, law clerk with Ravid & Associates PC and Levin Center at Wayne Law legal intern with U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs

Law clinics: Transnational Environmental Law Clinic

Future plans: Working in public sector law or public policy

Jasmin M. Haynes

Residence: Detroit

Undergraduate education: Bachelor’s degree in urban and regional planning from Michigan State University

Graduate education: Master of social work degree from University of Connecticut

Wayne Law class: Class of 2018

Law school activities/organizations: President of Black Law Students Association, Wayne Law student ambassador and member of Women’s Law Caucus

Work experience: Charity Hicks human rights fellow at Edwards & Jennings PC

Future plans: Using her law degree to advance civil rights

Joe Duffy

Residence: Grosse Pointe Park

Undergraduate education: Bachelor's degree in music and bachelor's degree in social relations and policy from Michigan State University

Wayne Law class: Class of 2018

Law school activities/organizations: Student Bar Association Board of Governors representative to American Bar Association and past first-year section two representative

Work experience: Legislative assistant for state Rep. Tom Cochran

Amy Huang

Residence: Farmington Hills

Undergraduate education: Bachelor’s degree in psychology from University of Southern California

Graduate education: Master of arts in teaching secondary math from Oakland University

Wayne Law class: Class of 2017

Law school activities/organizations: Production editor of Wayne Law Review, Wayne Law Moot Court national team member and past president of Women's Law Caucus

Work experience: Intern for the Hon. Mark A. Goldsmith, law clerk for Pitt McGehee Palmer & Rivers PC, extern for Masco Corp. and summer associate for Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn LLP

Future plans: Doing transactional work at a big firm in Detroit

 

Ian Edwards

Residence: Detroit

Undergraduate education: Bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Kalamazoo College

Wayne Law class: Class of 2017

Law school activities/organizations: Chancellor of Wayne Law Moot Court, Wayne Law Review

Work experience: Summer associate at Dykema Gossett PLLC

Future plans: Working at a large law firm as a litigator

Nicole Lockhart

Residence: Westland

Undergraduate education: Bachelor's degree in persuasive writing and rhetoric from Oakland University

Wayne Law class: Class of 2017

Law school activities/organizations: Black Law Students Association, Sports and Entertainment Law Society and Women's Law Caucus

Work experience: Summer intern at 36th District Court, summer associate at DTE Energy Co. Office of the General Counsel and extern with WSU Office of the General Counsel

Future plans: Practicing corporate law, preferably a general counsel position with a focus on contracts and transactions

Ian Larkin

Residence: Detroit

Undergraduate education: Bachelor's degree in business administration from Wayne State University

Wayne Law class: Class of 2017

Law school activities/organizations: Black Law Students Association

Work experience: Government compliance analyst at Blue Cross Blue Shield and summer associate at Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC

Future plans: Practicing corporate/business law for a major Michigan firm

Rachel L. McDuffie

Residence: Belleville

Undergraduate education: Bachelor's degree in psychology from Xavier University of Louisiana

Graduate education: Master of public health degree from University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

Wayne Law class: Class of 2018

Law school activities/organizations: Black Law Students Association, Keith Students for Civil Rights, Law School Diversity Task Force, Mock Trial and Wayne Law student ambassador

Work experience: Human resources project manager at University of Michigan – Ann Arbor, Charity Hicks human rights fellow at Edwards & Jennings PC, student assistant in Wayne Law Marketing and Communications office and research assistant to Professor Justin R. Long

Future plans: Becoming a prosecutor

Kimberly Moehle

Residence: Royal Oak

Undergraduate education: Bachelor's degree in English and political science with a minor in philosophy from Western Michigan University

Wayne Law class: Class of 2018

Law school activities/organizations: Women's Law Caucus

Work experience: Legal assistant at a downtown Chicago law firm

Future plans: Clerking for a judge

Shanika Owens

Residence: Detroit

Undergraduate education: Bachelor's degree in economics from Michigan State University

Wayne Law class: Class of 2017

Law school activities/organizations: Past president of Black Law Students Association, public relations director for The Journal of Law in Society, third-year day governor of Student Bar Association Board of Governors and Wayne Law Diversity Task Force

Work experience: Policy analyst/senior advisor for Detroit City Council, judicial intern to Hon. Avern Cohn, summer associate at Butzel Long and research assistant to Professor Peter Hammer

Future plans: Practicing at a law firm that specializes in multiple areas

Madeline Sinkovich

Residence: Novi

Undergraduate education: Bachelor's degree in history from Kalamazoo College

Wayne Law class: Class of 2018

Law school activities/organizations: Social media coordinator for Law Students for Reproductive Justice and member of Keith Students for Civil Rights and National Lawyers Guild

Work experience: Intern at Legal Services of Eastern Michigan

Future plans: Public interest law

Jessica Soblesky

Residence: Canton

Undergraduate education: Bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Grand Valley State University

Wayne Law class: Class of 2018

Law school activities/organizations: Keith Students for Civil Rights

Future plans: A career in civil rights

Mari Yokhana

Residence: Sterling Heights

Undergraduate education: Bachelor's degree in psychology from Wayne State University

Wayne Law class: Class of 2018

Law school activities/organizations: Wayne Law student ambassador and member of Women's Law Caucus

Future plans: Becoming a litigator for a law firm or for a public interest agency

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