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You are welcome to contact Loyola University Chicago School of Law Student Ambassadors at the email address provided below. They will be available at campus visit days and admitted student events. Below is also a list of other current students who have volunteered to serve as contacts for prospective law students. In addition, if you would prefer to have a student contact you, please complete the request below.

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2L Student Ambassadors

John Anders
Home State: Illinois
Email: janders@luc.edu

John Anders is a second year law student originally from Mount Prospect, Illinois.  He holds an undergraduate degree in Mathematics with a minor in Secondary Education from the University of Notre Dame.  After graduating in 2011, John went on to serve as a teaching fellow while earning a graduate degree in Education through Notre Dame's Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE).  During his time in ACE, John taught middle school mathematics and social science for two years in Jackson, Mississippi.  John moved back to the Chicagoland area in 2013 to teach high school mathematics at Rauner College Prep, a Noble Network Charter School.  John is a Part-time Evening student and serves as a section representative for the Student Bar Association (SBA).


Ama Gyimah
Home State: Florida
Email: agyimah1@luc.edu

Ama is a second year law student. She moved to Chicago from Florida and attended the University of Florida. She majored in Political Science with a minor in African Studies and a Political Campaigning certificate. Ama is interested in health law and is a member of the Health Law Society at Loyola. She is also involved with The Black Law Student Association and the Women's Law Society. In her free time, she enjoys watching her New England Patriots play and enjoys going for runs along Lake Michigan.

Meghan Murphy
Home State: Illinois
Email: mmurphy29@luc.edu

Meghan is a second year law student and originally from the southwest suburb of Mokena, IL. She graduated from the University of Miami in 2015 where she was a member of Women’s Varsity Swimming. She earned her BA in English Literature with minors in Business Law and Public Relations. She is now back in Chicago hoping to begin a career in corporate and business law.  When not in the library, you can find Meghan at brunch, at a White Sox game or staring at the maps app while wandering through the city.

Payal Patel
Home: Toronto, Canada
Email: ppatel67@luc.edu

Payal Patel is a second year law student at Loyola. She is the Outreach Coordinator of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Society and an Auction Committee Member of the Public Interest Law Society at the law school and has affiliations with various bar associations in the Chicagoland area. She became interested in law because she loves solving real world problems. She loves taking things that are seemingly dysfunctional and applying her knowledge and experience to make them better. In essence, she wants to help others grow and realize their own greatness.


Payal is originally from Toronto, Canada. Before moving to Chicago for law school, she worked at a provincial agency for the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport. She attended McGill University in Montreal and has a Bachelor of Arts & Science in political science and psychology. She loves spending time with her family, her friends and her Netflix account.

Michael Simonet
Home State: Minnesota
Email: Msimonet@luc.edu

Michael graduated from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota where he majored in marketing and minored in philosophy. During his time at St. Thomas, Michael worked on and off at a personal injury law firm. Michael came to law school right after undergrad and his legal interests include alternative dispute resolution, corporate law, and real estate law. Michael currently serves as a class representative for the Student Bar Association (SBA). When not seated next to a stack of textbooks, Michael enjoys exploring Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods, running near the lake, and eating large quantities of deep dish pizza.

Sarah Stewart
Home State: Kentucky
Email: sstewart6@luc.edu

A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Sarah earned her BS in Finance from the University of Alabama. Upon graduation in 2013, Sarah was an AmeriCorps member with Impact America and served the Birmingham community and surrounding counties. The next year, Sarah was promoted within the organization and served as their sole Fiscal Officer, gaining firsthand experience accounting for a multi-million-dollar non-profit entity.  Her interests include intellectual property law, corporate transactions, and litigation. Sarah also plans to pursue the JD/MBA dual degree program while enrolled at Loyola. In addition to serving as a Student Ambassador, Sarah is a representative for the Business Law Society and Women’s Law Society. Outside of school, Sarah enjoys teaching herself to cook, watching Pixar movies, and exploring the city of Chicago!

3L Student Ambassadors

Jenna Silver
Home State: Illinois
Email: jsilver2@luc.edu

A native of Elmhurst, Illinois, Jenna earned her BA in Public Policy and Education from Brown University.  After graduating in 2010, she became a Teach for America corps member (STL ’10) and earned her MA in Secondary Education.  She spent four incredible years teaching middle school English in St. Louis Public Schools.  Deeply passionate about youth empowerment and public education, she looks forward to pursuing a career in public interest law.  Jenna worked as Chicago Bar Foundation PILI Intern at Equip for Equality this summer and has volunteered for the Chicago Legal Clinic and Cabrini Green Legal Aid. 

Jenna is also very active in the Loyola community and serves as the President of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Society, member of the Mediation Team, Director of Academic Resources for the Cultural Impact Initiative, and executive board member of the Lawyers Assistance Program and the Loyola chapter of the National Lawyers Guild.  She also greatly enjoys working as an academic tutor.

When not busy with law school, Jenna enjoys running, all things food related, and exploring the many gems Chicago has to offer.

Jessica Pedersen
Home State: Michigan
Email: jpedersen3@luc.edu

Jessica is a third year law student, originally from Detroit, Michigan. She graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in journalism and public relations. Her legal interests include intellectual property and technology law, as well as advocacy and dispute resolution. Jessica is a staff member on the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal and a member of one of Loyola's moot court teams. She is also the Social Media Chair of the Intellectual Property Law Society, an academic tutor for Civil Procedure and Constitutional Law, and a law clerk at a litigation firm.

Carrera Thibodeaux
Home State: Tennessee
Email: cthibodeaux@luc.edu

Carrera Thibodeaux is a third year law student from Memphis, TN. She attended The University of Tennessee in Knoxville where she graduated with a BA in Political Science. Prior to entering law school, she worked for First Horizon National Bank for two years dealing with accounts before they entered the bankruptcy, foreclosure and short sale departments. Carrera is interested corporate transactions. A few extracurricular activities and positions that Carrera is involved in are Vice President of the Black Law Student Association, board member of the Business Law Society, and a member of moot court.

Caitlin Kelly
Home State: Michigan
Email: ckelly7@luc.edu

A born and raised Michigander, Caitlin graduated from Michigan State University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in Psychology and a specialization in Bioethics, Humanities and Society. After spending a year as a member of the litigation support staff for a large Michigan firm, she decided that Chicago was where she wanted to start her legal education and eventually, legal career. Upon visiting Loyola's campus, Caitlin fell in love with the city, the school, the students and the faculty, as well as the numerous opportunities that Loyola's Law School had for her. Her interest is in Corporate Business law as well as Tax law, as she hopes to pursue a specialty in Estate Planning. When not in the library, Caitlin is a pizza connoisseur, a Netflix addict and loves exploring the great city of Chicago with her friends.

Anna Perocchi
Home State: Massachusetts
Email: aperocchi@luc.edu

Anna Perocchi is from North Andover, MA. She received her BA in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College in 2012, where she played tennis on the Women's Varsity Tennis Team for four years. Anna is a part-time student and works in sales for a technology company during normal working hours. At Loyola, she is interested in the study of corporate law and family law. Outside of law school, Anna enjoys reading, exercising, and spending time with friends.

Xavier Vergara
Home State: Illinois
Email: xvergara@luc.edu

Xavier Vergara is a current 2L who hopes to concentrate his legal studies in Trial Work and/or the Health Law area.  Born and raised in nearby Oak Park, Illinois, Xavier has a great love for the Chicago area and all it has to offer.  Currently he is serves on the Student Bar Association Executive Board as Secretary.  He is a member of the Health Law Journal Annals of Health Law, and participates on the Philip H. Corboy Mock Trial team.  A 2014 graduate of the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, he received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics with minor concentrations in Philosophy and Spanish.  Through his studies he was able to travel and take classes in both Seville, Spain and La Havana, Cuba. Xavier also played four years of collegiate football and served as an orientation leader as well as campus leader.