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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.

1L Law Student Ambassadors

2L Law Student Ambassadors

3L Law Student Ambassadors 

Other Law Student Contacts

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1L Student Ambassadors

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

John Anders is a first 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 first 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 is a 1L representative for 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.

Brigid O’Keeffe
Home State: Illinois
Email: bokeeffe@luc.edu

Brigid O’Keeffe grew up in Elmhurst, IL a western suburb of Chicago. She attended the University of Iowa and graduated in 2012 with a degree in political science. Knowing that law school was always an interest for her but undecided as to what type of law she wanted to pursue, Brigid decided to work for a few years before going to back to law school. After graduating college, she worked as a paralegal for a large litigation firm in the city. During her time at the firm she was able to experience a complex litigation trial. Brigid developed a passion for the trial process and the strategy required to zealously represent your client. Simultaneously, she was able to participate in many pro bono criminal defense cases. Working on these cases affirmed her desire to litigate cases and represent underprivileged individuals

During Brigid’s time at Loyola, she has been actively volunteering at Legal Prep Charter Academy, a high school that developed a curriculum based on legal principles. Brigid has a passion for the intersection of law and education and hopes to be able to combine her interest in corporate litigation with her passion for improving the education system.

When not doing school work Brigid enjoys food, yoga, traveling, and spending time with her family and friends.

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

Meghan is a first 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 first 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 1L 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!

2L 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 second 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 second 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 a second-year law student originally 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.

Michael Kwasigroch
Home State: Illinois
Email: mkwasigroch@luc.edu

Michael Kwasigroch is currently a  second-year law student and a native of Burr Ridge, a western suburb of Chicago.  Michael received his BA from Indiana University in 2014, where he majored in economics and political science. His primary legal interest is corporate law. Outside of the classroom, Michael is an avid golfer, alpine skier, and Chicago Blackhawks fan.

Christian Morgan
Home State: Nebraska
Email: cmorgan5@luc.edu

Christian Morgan is a  second-year law student. Christian, originally from Kansas City, Missouri, now calls Nebraska home. He completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor of Arts in both Psychology and Spanish. Outside of law school, Christian enjoys exploring the city, staying active, and discussing the implications of last week's episode of Game of Thrones.

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.

 

3L Student Ambassadors

John F. Healy Jr
Home State: Illinois
Email: jhealy3@luc.edu

Jack Healy is a 3L JD/MBA student. He grew up in Wheaton, Illinois and returned to Chicago for law school after attending the University of Notre Dame. During his time at Loyola, he has been involved in the Beijing Study Abroad Program, International Law Review and the Corboy Mock Trial Fellowship. He has also held various internships/externships for circuit court judges, civil litigation firms and in-house legal departments. Please do not hesitate to reach out to him if you have questions about the Tax Law Certificate, dual degrees or any of the programs Loyola offers. He has truly enjoyed his time at Loyola and hopes you can take advantage of all the School of Law has to offer.

Gail Jankowski
Home State: California
Email: gjankowski@luc.edu

Gail is a third year law student originally from California. She has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from George Washington University. Prior to entering law school, Gail spent one year working as a legal assistant for a real estate firm in Washington, DC. Gail is a Beazley health law fellow at Loyola as well as the Chief Justice of the moot court program.

Cote Klinefelter
Home State: Illinois
Email: cklinefelter@luc.edu

Cote Klinefelter is a third-year law student from LaSalle, Illinois.  He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, majoring in Political Science. His legal interests include civil litigation, estate and business planning. In addition to being a Student Ambassador, Cote is an Academic Tutor and a Staff Editor on Loyola’s Consumer Law Review.  Outside of law school, Cote enjoys attending White Sox and Blackhawks games and curling whenever he gets the chance

Kejai McNeal
Home State: Illinois
Email: kmcneal@luc.edu

Kejai McNeal is currently a 3L JD/MSW dual degree student pursuing a certificate in Child and Family Law. She is specializing in Children and Families at the School of Social Work. Kejai graduated DePaul University Class of 2010 with a B.A. in Communications. After undergrad she worked in a small commercial litigation firm in downtown Chicago. Kejai participated in the Rome Study Abroad and Strasbourg Field Study Programs during the summer of her 1L year. Upon her return she spent her last weeks of her 1L summer interning with Just the Beginning- A Pipeline Organization. During her Fall 2014 semester, Kejai worked as an intern with the Cook County Public Guardian’s Office Juvenile Division. Kejai spent time working with Loyola University Community Law Center Clinic during her Spring 2015 semester and is currently working with the clinic for her Fall 2015 semester. Additionally, Kejai worked as a graduate Masters of Social Work intern with Youth Guidance’s W.O.W. Program conducting both individual and group counseling sessions with young girls in the 7th and 8th grade during her Spring 2015 semester. This past summer Kejai worked with Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS) as a 711 Licensed Law Student PILI Intern working on minor and adult guardianship matters. Kejai has carried over her time with CVLS as a 711 PILI Intern working on minor guardianship, adult guardianship, divorce, and adoption matters. Kejai served as the 2014-15 Midwest Regional Director of Community Service for the National Black Law Students Association and currently holds the position as Interim Director. Kejai also serves as member of Loyola’s BLSA and Child Law Society.

Elise Robie
Home State: California
Email: erobie@luc.edu

Elise Robie is a native of Southern California, who graduated from UCLA in 2008 with a BA in English. She moved to the Chicagoland area in 2010. From 2011-2012, she attended Loyola University Chicago’s School of Continuing Professional Studies in order to obtain her Paralegal Certificate. She worked for Loeffler Thomas P.C., a small insurance defense firm, from 2012 – 2014 as a paralegal.

She is currently an Advance Directive Editor for the Annals of Health Law, and Symposium Editor for the Public Interest Law Reporter. She is a Kott Scholar working for the Center for Disability and Elder Law, and 2015 recipient of the Women’s Bar Foundation Scholarship. She is pursuing a health law certificate and public interest law certificate with the hopes of becoming an advocate for the elderly and disabled.

 

Katelyn Sprague
Home State: Missouri
Email: ksprague@luc.edu

Katelyn is from Kansas City, Missouri where she completed her undergraduate degree with a BA in Communications and a B.A in Spanish at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  Prior to law school she spent one year working in public relations.  She is currently enrolled in Loyola's JD/MBA dual degree program.  Katelyn was an Academic Tutor for property and is the Executive Editor, Conference Articles for the Loyola Law Journal.

 

Other Law Student Contacts

Jennifer Thurswell Radis
Chicago, IL
Email: jradis@luc.edu

Jennifer T. Radis is a second-year student at Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Jeni is Executive Editor, Student Articles on Loyola University’s Law Journal, competes on the Family Law Moot Court team, and tutors for Legal Writing. This summer, Jeni will be clerking at Berger Schatz, a firm specializing in matrimonial and family law. This past fall Jeni was an extern for the Honorable Samuel Der-Yeghiayan at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and last summer Jeni externed for the Honorable William Stewart Boyd at the Circuit Court of Cook County, Domestic Relations Division. Prior to law school, Jeni graduated from the University of Michigan with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and had a varied career working as a fashion designer, CrossFit coach, and yoga instructor. Jeni lives in Chicago with her husband and three children, actively participates on the board of the Lynn Sage Foundation, and coaches a Girls on the Run team.