Law School Ambassadors

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Matt Agnew – Matt graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2008 with a B.S. in Ocean Engineering and commissioned into the United States Marine Corps. His initial assignment was as the intelligence officer for a task force conducting humanitarian aid operations in Haiti and military to military engagements in Africa. Matt also served with US Army Special Forces teams in Uruzgan, Afghanistan before becoming an executive officer for a company with 2d Intelligence Battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Matt also deployed with the 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit in 2012, serving as the Intelligence Battalion Detachment Officer In Charge. At the United States Pacific Command, Matt was a Counterterrorism Branch Chief and an Intelligence Planner for the Joint Intelligence Operations Center. Matt will be pursuing his JD/MBA at Stanford.


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Dan Areshenko – Dan was commissioned in the Infantry after graduating from the U.S. Military Academy in 2004.  As an officer in the U.S. Army he served as a platoon leader, executive officer, and company commander at Fort Lewis, WA, Fort Benning, GA, and in Iraq.  After leaving active duty, Dan graduated from Vanderbilt University’s JD/MBA program in 2013.  He is currently in private practice in New York City.


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Matthew Ball – Matt is a Pat Tillman Scholar and is pursuing a joint J.D. and M.A. in Public Policy at Stanford University.  Originally from Colorado, Matt received his B.A. from Wesleyan University in 2008.  Matt served as an Army Intelligence Officer for seven years, including a year-long deployment to Afghanistan with the 101st Airborne Division, two deployments to Afghanistan as part of 1st Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, and a deployment to Turkey with a Joint Special Operations Task Force.


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Chris Bealer – Chris graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2007 with a B.S. in International Relations. After graduating from West Point he served as an army engineer officer stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.  During active duty he completed a combat deployment in Iraq as a platoon leader and subsequently served as the lead planner for the theater engineer brigade in the Pacific where he focused on updating war plans and coordinating theater security cooperation exercises. After leaving active duty, he received his J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law with a certificate in National Security Law from the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism. After graduation he will serve a term as a law clerk in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas and then join Arnold & Porter in Washington, DC. He is also a consultant for Water Hands Hope, a non-profit focused on bringing sustainable water and healthcare solutions to the people of Papa New Guinea.



Alec Betz – Alec dropped out of college shortly after 9/11. After a successful career in the Army as a Special Forces Medic with two tours in Iraq (OIF III & IV), he continued his work overseas through the U.S. Department of State and the Australian Foreign Ministry. His last two years were spent in Afghanistan supporting counter narcotics operations with the DEA. During his time overseas, he completed his Bachelor’s of Science in Emergency Medicine through Western Carolina University. After his return home, he spent a week building a clinic in Tanzania and treating the 160+ orphans living at the school (Kilimanjaro Young Girls in Need). Recently, he has been accepted to Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville and will join the class of 2018.  He remains active with the military community by supporting fellow veterans and mentoring through U of L’s ROTC program.


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Jesse Birbach – Jesse spent most of his childhood in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but he’s originally from the Bay Area.  He received his Mechanical Engineering B.S.E. from Georgia Tech with Highest Honor and now attends Stanford Law School.  At Stanford, Jesse is a member of the Stanford Journal of Law, Science, and Policy and is interested in intellectual property, commercial transactions, and veteran’s advocacy. Before entering law school, Jesse served for seven years as a United States Navy submarine officer.  His duty stations included the Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion Training Center in South Carolina, the ballistic missile submarine USS Kentucky in Washington State, and the Pentagon in Washington, DC. In his spare time, Jesse enjoys playing San Francisco tourist with his wife Abby and daughters Molly (3 years old) and Penny (1 year old).



Michael Blauvelt – Michael received a BA in Economics and a BS in Journalism from Ohio University in 2001 and his J.D. from New York University in 2006. Before law school, Michael taught the LSAT for a test-prep company. After graduation, he spent two years as an associate at a midsized NYC firm. In 2010, he received a commission as an Air Force judge advocate. He served as the Chief of Military Justice and Chief of Civil Law at both Edwards AFB and Misawa AB and was the legal advisor to a Joint Special Operations Task Force. He left active duty in 2014. He is currently a freelance writer.



Dean Bunch – Dean received his commission through Army ROTC at Stetson University in 1969.  He earned bachelor’s degrees from Stetson (political science) and the University of Florida (journalism).  He served in Vietnam with the Americal (23rd Infantry Div.) in 1970-71, and received his JD from the University of Florida in 1973.  He was an assistant dean at UF 1974-76, and has been in private practice in Tallahassee since that time.  He taught legal ethics, served as chair of the Florida Commission on Ethics, and is presently chair of the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee, which provides guidance to Florida state court judges concerning the Code of Judicial Conduct.



Matt Capoccia – After graduating from the United States Military Academy in 2009, Matt was stationed in Baumholder, Germany, where he served as a Fire Direction Officer and Field Artillery Platoon Leader. In 2011 he deployed to Afghanistan and served first as a Platoon Leader and later as a Camp Administrator and Liaison Officer for an Afghan National Civil Order Police Training Center. He moved to Fort Jackson, SC in 2012 and was selected by the US Army Physical Fitness School to be a Master Fitness Trainer Course Team Leader, which he served as until 2014. He will be leaving active duty in August 2014 to join Yale Law School class of 2017.



Josh Carroll – Josh is a major in the United States Air Force Reserve. He spent eight years on active duty as an Intelligence Officer. While on active duty Josh co-founded a non-profit, social business called Flying Scarfs which sells handmade artisan scarves made by widows in Afghanistan. He is now a second year law student at Duke University School of Law, where he is the Chief Executive Editor of the Duke Law and Technology Review.  


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Phil Caruso – Phil received a B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from Cornell University and served for seven years in the U.S. Air Force.  In 2015, Phil will enter Harvard University as a J.D./M.B.A. candidate.



Brian Czarnecki – Brian received a B.S. in Nuclear Engineering from the United States Military Academy in 2008. He commissioned as an engineer officer and served as a route clearance platoon leader, intelligence officer, and assistant S3 in the 54th Engineer Battalion in Bamberg, Germany. Brian also deployed twice to eastern Afghanistan, once as a platoon leader and once as a staff officer. Brian is currently in his third year at Yale Law School and he will graduate in 2016.



Matt Folks – Matt graduated with an MBA from Oklahoma State University in 2014 and a B.A. in Advertising from Brigham Young University in 2009. As a Captain and a Space Operations Officer in the Air Force, Matt supervised launch operations for DoD satellites and ballistic missile tests. In his current position, he trains new officers in orbital mechanics and space operations. Matt was accepted to three of the top 14 law programs and will begin school in August 2016, following the end of his active duty service commitment.



Benjamin Haas – Ben graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2009 with a B.S. in International Relations.  After graduating, he commissioned as a military intelligence officer. He spent his time as a lieutenant and captain with the 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, NY, having been assigned to both 3rd Brigade Combat Team and 1st Brigade Combat Team.  Ben worked in several intelligence positions and deployed to Afghanistan twice, including one trip augmenting a special operations unit.  Ben will be starting at Stanford Law School in the fall of 2015.


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Dave Heckman – Dave received a BA in political science from George Washington University in 2008, then commissioned as a Field Artillery Officer through OCS.  He deployed twice to Afghanistan with the 2nd Infantry Division, once as an executive office and once as a fire support and company intelligence support officer.  Dave separated in 2013 and spent six months as a military intern at The Blackstone Group.  Dave is now a member of the Harvard Law School class of 2017.



Dan Hoffman – Dan trained as a Naval Flight Officer in the EA-6B Prowler after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2000.  As an officer in the U.S. Navy he served as a mission commander and Prowler Tactics Instructor in Whidbey Island, WA, and an Electronic Warfare training officer in Iraq.  While on active duty Dan graduated from Auburn University’s MBA program in 2006, and after leaving active duty Dan graduated from the George Mason University School of Law in 2013.  He previously clerked for the Circuit Court of Fairfax, Virginia, and is currently a clerk for the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, Office of Special Masters.


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Hyun Jung – Hyun received a B.S. in Economics and International Business from NYU Stern School of Business. He commissioned into the U.S. Army Reserve via Fordham (NYC) ROTC in 2011 as an intelligence officer. Hyun has deployed to Afghanistan on two occasions in 2012 and 2014, augmenting special operations forces. Hyun will attend University of Virginia School of Law as a member of class of 2018.


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Adrian Kinsella – Adrian was commissioned as a second lieutenant through Officer Candidate School after graduating from Cornell University. He served as a platoon commander, executive officer, and adjutant before transitioning into the USMC’s Excess Leave Program (Law). He is a recent graduate of Boalt Law School at Berkeley and will be returning to the fleet as a judge advocate.


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Jake Klonoski – Jake received an undergraduate degree in International Politics from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, and a Masters degree in Engineering Management from Old Dominion University.  He was commissioned into the Navy via the George Washington University ROTC and was certified as a nuclear engineer while aboard USS GEORGIA.  Jake deployed to Kabul as a Joint Fires Officer with ISAF, to Pristina, Kosovo with KFOR, served as a liaison to the European Union’s anti-piracy task force, and advised the Navy on nuclear contingency response after the 2010 earthquake in Japan.  He is currently in his third year at Stanford Law School and has worked for California Rural Legal Assistance and the US Attorney’s offices in Sacramento and Los Angeles.

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Joe Marshall – Joe graduated with a BS in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Military Academy in 2009. He served as an Infantry Officer at Fort Benning and Fort Carson from 2009 to 2015 including a deployment to Iraq as a Platoon Leader from 2010-2011. He is in his first year of the JD/MBA program at Northwestern Law School and the Kellogg School of Management. He is happy to help in any way possible with the application and transition process.


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Conor McNamara – Conor graduated from The United States Military Academy at West Point in 2009 with a BS in Environmental Engineering, and Majored in Mandarin Chinese. He then entered the U.S. Army where he served as an Officer in the Infantry for five years, deployed for one year to Afghanistan, and attended Ranger School. He married a wonderful woman in 2012, and left the Army to attend law school. Conor and his family moved to California in 2014, where he is currently a JD Candidate, Class of 2017, at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.



Kristopher McVay – Kristopher served in the Army Reserve from 2004 to 2014 as a Civil Affairs Specialist. In between deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan, he completed a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Oklahoma State University. He decided to pursue a law degree at the University of Tulsa after he left the Army. He will graduate in 2017, and is hoping to start a career in criminal law. His interests in law school include the Tulsa Law Review, Legal Aid, Women’s Law Caucus, and LawFam, a support group for nontraditional students and students with children. His wife is an Air Force Captain, and they welcomed our first child in May of 2015.



Alexandra Mealer – Alex received a B.S. in International History and commissioned from the United States Military Academy in 2007 as an Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) officer. While stationed at Fort Campbell, KY, Alex deployed to Afghanistan and served first as a platoon leader and later as a Headquarters Company Commander. Alex is currently in her third year of Harvard’s JD/MBA program and plans to move to Houston and work in the oil and gas industry following graduation.



M. Alejandra Parra-Orlandoni – Alejandra received a B.S. in Systems Engineering in 2005 from USNA and an M.S. in Mechanical/Oceanographic Engineering from the MIT-WHOI Joint Program in 2007. She subsequently served as a Surface Warfare Officer out of San Diego. During her tours, she completed two deployments to Fifth Fleet onboard the USS GERMANTOWN and the USS DUBUQUE. She left active duty in 2011, and traveled to Brazil to volunteer and learn Portuguese. She also taught Physics at Rutgers University for a semester. She is currently a third year law student at Harvard Law School and plans to work at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C. after graduation. She is interested in public international law and national security law and policy. During her free time, Alejandra enjoys painting, learning new languages, and working out. 



Adrian Perkins – Adrian was his Class President and Captain of the Track and Field Team at the United States Military Academy, from which he received a B.S. in Economics in 2008 before commissioning into the Field Artillery. He served as a Platoon Leader, Squadron Fire Support Officer, Battalion S3, and Company Commander in 3rd Infantry Division and the 101st Airborne Division. He has deployed to Baghdad, Iraq; Paktika, Khost; and Nangahar, Afghanistan. Adrian will be leaving active duty in the Fall of 2015 and attending Harvard Law School.


Juli Porto – Juli received an undergraduate degree in Economics from New York University, and a Juris Doctor from George Mason University School of Law.  She has worked in the Department of Justice, the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, and the Army JAG Corps as a civilian.  She is currently in private practice in Fairfax, Virginia.


Ryan Rieger – Ryan began his military service in 2006 by enlisting in the Texas National Guard as an infantryman. He was later commissioned through Texas A&M University’s Army ROTC program where he also received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Following undergrad, Ryan enrolled at South Texas College of Law in Houston. Between his second and third year of law school Ryan deployed to Afghanistan as an advisor to Afghan National Security Forces. Upon his return, he graduation from law school and moved to Austin to served as a law clerk for the Supreme Court of Texas. Ryan separated from the military as a Captain in 2015 and now works in private practice. He is married and has an extremely energetic puppy named Hank. 



Rich Rowe – Rich graduated from Georgetown University with a BA and MA in security studies, then commissioned as an Armor officer through OCS. He served with the 4th Infantry Division in Afghanistan and is currently a third-year law student at Columbia Law School.



William Son – William graduated from University of Pennsylvania with BA in political science. Originally from Brooklyn NY, he served in the South Korean Marine Corps after graduating from college. William is now a member of the University of Chicago Law School Class of 2017, where he is a first-year representative for Asian-Pacific American Law Students Association.  



Michael Stack – Michael was a Ground Intelligence Officer in the Marine Corps following his graduation from Georgetown University in 2009. He served as an Afghan National Security Forces Advisor and as a Scout Sniper Platoon Commander with 3d Battalion, Fifth Marines. Michael is currently a JD candidate at Columbia University.



Robert Tarleton – Robert is originally from East Texas and received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. He obtained his commission with the Marine Corps via the Officer Candidates School Platoon Leaders Course. After completing The Basic Course, he attended Fort Sill for training as an artillery officer and was assigned to 1st Battalion, 12th Marines in Hawaii. In addition, Robert deployed with Regimental Combat Team 7 in Iraq. After leaving active duty he earned his JD at SMU Dedman School of Law. He is currently in private practice in Houston, Texas.


Loren Voss – Loren is pursuing a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a concurrent M.A. in Global Affairs at Yale. She graduated with Honors from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in International Relations and Psychology. Following undergraduate studies, Loren was commissioned in the Air Force  where she served as an intelligence chief for an F-15 squadron and as an intelligence expert in the Air Force Central Command. In this role, she organized and chaired two conferences that created the Air Force’s reference document for understanding and training to threats. This past summer she interned in the Executive Office of the UN Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights.



Sam Walenz – Sam received a B.S. in International and Comparative Law and commissioned from the United States Military Academy in 2009 as an Armor Lieutenant. After graduation, he served as an Athletic Intern in West Point’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, where he assisted in managing the day to day operations of the Army Golf Team and helped recruit high school athletes to gain admission to West Point. Following his time as an athletic intern, he served as a dismounted reconnaissance platoon leader, troop executive officer, and as an assistant operations officer and advisor for an advisory team at Fort Drum, NY. Sam deployed twice to Afghanistan, once to Kandahar Province as a Platoon Leader and once to Wardak Province as an advisor to the Afghan National Army and Police. He is currently stationed at Fort Riley, KS where he is a plans officer. Sam will be attending law school beginning in the fall of 2015, and so far he has been admitted to study law at UCLA, Minnesota, and Florida State University.



Michael Webert – Michael received a BA in Philosophy from the University of Utah while serving active duty through the Navy’s Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program. After being medically discharged from Officer Candidate School, he studied higher education administration with a focus on student veterans at the University of Pennsylvania, and worked in the academic skills and resources office at Haverford College after receiving his masters degree. Michael will attend Georgetown University Law Center as a member of the Class of 2018.

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Matthew “Ocho” Wilcoxen – After graduating from the United States Air Force Academy in 2002 with a degree in Astronautical Engineering, Matthew completed undergraduate pilot training with the Navy and Air Force. Having served as both a T-6 instructor pilot at Pensacola Naval Air Station, Florida, and a KC-10 combat schoolhouse instructor pilot at McGuire Air Force Base, New Jersey, he has amassed 3,100 flight hours on worldwide missions. Matthew has completed five combat deployments while flying over 900 combat hours in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Horn of Africa.  He is pursuing law school at Washington University in St. Louis.