The purpose of the Dean's Advisory Board is to assist the Dean of The George Washington Law School and the Dean's suite in an effort to build stronger relationships with the student body. This Advisory Board will serve the law school by representing diverse views amongst the student population in monthly meetings with the Dean. The Board will serve as an unelected independent body that advises the Dean on the issues and concerns of the students. The matters will range from, but not be limited to, pedagogy, academic policy, racial equity, and social justice on campus. The Board will bridge the aperture between the Dean and students by providing a communal environment where student and administrative perspectives are shared.
Nija Chappel is a 3L dual degree candidate (JD/MPH) serving as the Dean’s Advisory Board Chairwoman. Nija is a native of Seattle, Washington. She attended the illustrious Spelman College and majored in English while minoring in Japanese Studies. After graduating from college, Nija worked as a patient care representative for a Seattle health clinic, where she became interested in health law. During her 2L summer, she worked for Epstein Becker Green P.C., a health care and employment law focused law firm in Washington, DC. She is currently a law clerk at the firm. Nija is excited to assist in creating a safe space for student advocacy and community as the 2021-22 Chair for the Deans Advisory Board.
Phil Russell is a 2L from Buffalo, NY. He went to the University of Rochester for his undergraduate studies, earning a BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering and a minor in Arabic. At graduation, Phil commissioned as an officer in the US Navy and went to flight school. He earned Naval Flight Officer Wings and flew the EA-18G Growler, stationed in Whidbey Island, WA. During his career, Phil took part in a deployment to Western Pacific and in numerous exercises between the US and allied nations. In his final active-duty tour, Phil worked in the Growler Requirements department and assisted in setting the long-term funding priorities for the Growler program. During this time, he was selected to be a part of the Chief of Naval Aviation’s inaugural Junior Officer Leadership Symposiums, which provided Naval leadership feedback and advice on retention and the quality-of-life challenges faced by the Navy. Phil married his wife Kelly in November 2019, his daughter Sophia was born during the fall semester in October 2020, and he and Kelly are expecting a son in November 2021.
Miranda Hernandez is a 3L at the George Washington University Law School. She is a Miami, Florida native, but has been bicoastal since 2013. Miranda graduated from the University of California, Berkeley in 2017, double majoring in Political Science and Peace and Conflict Studies, with a minor in Public Policy. After graduating from Berkeley, she returned to Miami, where she joined Teach For America (Miami-Dade '17) and earned a Master of Science in Education and Social Change from the University of Miami in 2019. At GW Law, Miranda is the Volume 90 Senior Projects Editor of the George Washington Law Review and Co-President of the Latin American Law Students Association (LALSA). Outside of GW Law, Miranda serves as the National Chair of the Hispanic National Bar Association's Law Students Division. After law school, Miranda plans to return to Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in New York City as a litigation associate. She is passionate about equity and inclusion, advocacy, and ensuring that all voices are heard.
Jenna Fattah is a 3L at the George Washington University Law School. She is thrilled to be serving on the Dean's Student Advisory board for her second year. She graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Indiana University Bloomington in 2019 with dual degrees in History and Media. As a 1L, she interned with the Federal Communications Commission. During her 2L year she served as the Mentoring Chair for the Student Intellectual Property Law Association and as the Lead Student Advisor for Jackson Inn Inns of Court, and interned with the Federal Trade Commission. She spent her 2L summer with Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP where she will return after graduation. Her 3L year is spent as a Research Assistant, as Executive Managing Editor of the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal, and as an intern with the Commodity Futures Trading Commission.
Sarah is a second-year student focusing on government and public interest law. After graduating with a BA in International Relations, she spent three years promoting community outreach, marketing, and fundraising strategy as Development Coordinator at Willow Domestic Violence Center in Rochester, NY. Sarah has also worked for the United States Office of Special Counsel, the Mid-Atlantic Innocence Project, the New York State Division of Human Rights, and the European Parliament. Sarah is a member of the George Washington Law Review, Moot Court Board, and Lambda Law and serves as an Advisor for the Jackson Inn of Court. She spends her free time hiking and expanding her extensive recipe collection.
Evelyn Pereira is a second-year evening student at the George Washington University Law School. Evelyn is a North Bergen, NJ native and graduated from The College of New Jersey (TCNJ) in 2014, double majoring in Biology and Women’s and Gender Studies. After graduating from TCNJ, she moved to Washington DC where she earned a Master of Public Health from the George Washington University’s Milken Institute School of Public Health in 2016. Evelyn began her law school studies in the Fall of 2020 at the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law and transferred to GW Law in the Fall of 2021. Since 2016, Evelyn has served as a Biologist at the U.S. Food & Drug Administration, where she coordinates with international, federal, state and local regulatory and public health agencies to investigate foodborne illness outbreaks.
Sarah Pak is a 1L from San Francisco, CA. She earned her BA in English from the University of California, Berkeley. As an undergraduate, Sarah worked to improve student mental health and electronic resources in the library system as the Student Representative Board Member on the Berkeley Library Board of Directors and as the Library Programming Director of the Associated Students of the University of CA (the student government). She also served as the Recruitment Director of Phi Alpha Delta, and she planned networking events to connect undergraduate pre-law students and law students as the Undergraduate Fellow of Berkeley Law School. After graduating in Spring 2020, Sarah taught professional English to foreign business people for a year. At GW Law, Sarah is a member of the Corporate and Business Law Society and the International Law Society, and she is passionate about international law and relations.
Kailee Vick is a 1L student at the George Washington University Law School. They graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations. As an undergraduate, Kailee served as the Chief of Staff of SU’s undergraduate student government and interned at the U.S. House of Representatives. Kailee is interested in civil rights and constitutional law and currently serves as the Cardozo Inn’s 1L representative for Lambda Law. Kailee is eager to serve the GW Law community by advocating for students on the Dean’s Student Advisory Board.
Mary Ameringer is a 1L at the George Washington University Law School focused on National Security and U.S. Foreign Relations Law. She graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in 2018 where she double majored in French and International Relations and Global Studies, specializing in International Security and European Studies. She was an Undergraduate Scholar with the Strauss Center for International Security and Law and studied with the King’s College War Studies program through the Clements Center for National Security. After graduation, she worked as a Legislative Director, Communications Director, and Committee Clerk at the Texas State Capitol, where she enjoyed serving others in the public sector. During her first year at GW Law, Mary is a 1L Representative for the Uyghur Human Rights Initiative. Mary hopes to transition to a career in the security sector where she will blend her love for national security, foreign affairs, and civil service. In her spare time, Mary loves cooking and spending time with her Shetland Sheepdog outside.
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