Meet the Center Scholars

Center Scholars are active partners in the Center for Law, Science & Innovation.  They actively participate in Center research, management, and events. To view last year's Center Scholars, click here.


The 2014-2015 Scholars are:


Third-year J.D. students

Robert Clarke graduated from Willamette University in Salem, Oregon with a double-major in Chemistry and Economics. For his senior thesis in Chemistry, he conducted research in organic chemistry synthesizing molecules with specific three-dimensional geometries through the use of organocatalysts. After graduation Robert worked two years as a claims adjuster at Progressive Insurance investigating automobile claims by analyzing the facts of collisions and estimating physical damage to vehicles. He is interested in intellectual property law and business law and is currently an intellectual property law clerk at PING golf. On his free time, he enjoys playing electric and acoustic guitar, exercising, and golf.

Katherine Hanna has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from ASU. After graduation, Katherine worked at the UCLA Gambling Studies Program for three years where she studied community-based treatment interventions for problem gamblers and implementation techniques for public health programs. Her interests include the influence of neuroscience evidence on criminal sentencing, scientific evidence education in the legal system, and implementation and efficacy of alternative justice courts. Katherine is involved in the Women Law Students’ Association and the Liberty Project, and enjoys photography, biking, hiking and film.


Gregory Measer graduated from John Carroll University in Ohio with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.  During his undergrad Gregory conducted research on relationship violence, athlete aggression, and attitudes toward the criminal justice system—earning both the Research Recognition Award and Applied Psychology Award.  Upon graduating, he chose to attend ASU to pursue his interests in health law and public health law.  Gregory is an associate editor on Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science, and Technology and a member of the Public Health Law Research Cluster.  Most recently he worked as an extern at the Arizona Center for Disability Law.  During his free time he enjoys music, reading, and hiking.  

David Medina graduated from Stanford University with a bachelor’s degree in Management Science and Engineering. Before coming to law school, Medina was the product manager at a Silicon Valley start-up that specializes in cross-border micro finance. He is interested in intellectual property law and would like to pursue a career in patent litigation. Medina recently worked for ON Semiconductor as an Intellectual Property Legal Intern, and will extern this fall with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington D.C. During his free time, Medina works on old American cars and plays sports.

Kellie Manders graduated from the University of Colorado with Bachelor’s degrees in Psychology and Sociology. After a medical mission trip to Nepal, she also gained a budding passion for health and medicine, and is interested in studying the intersections of psychology, health, and law while at ASU. Through the Center, she is pursing a certificate in both Health Law and Genomics and Biotechnology Law. She is the Executive Notes and Comments Editor for Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science & Technology, a researcher for the Law & Neuroscience Research Cluster, and is a leader in several other student organizations as well as a Student Ambassador. When there is time between her academic and student affairs, she spends time cooking, watching football, and spending time with her husband and puppy.

Justin Powley graduated from Colorado State University in Pueblo with a bachelor's degree in Computer Information Systems. As an undergraduate, he was an officer in the Association for Computing Machinery and completed his CompTIA A+ and Security+ IT Certifications. After graduating in 2010, Powley worked the last two years in the internal IT department at Progressive Insurance. His interests include intellectual property and the field of emerging technologies. In his free time he enjoys hiking, cliff diving, basketball and most outdoor activities.

Joshua Rayes graduated from California Polytechnic in San Luis Obispo with a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering. Prior to law school, Josh worked as a civil engineer on large-scale public works construction projects, and earned his licensure as a Registered Professional Engineer. He is interested in IP and looks forward to a career in patent prosecution and litigation. Josh has taken several IP related courses and continues to gain practical experience as an Intellectual Property Law Clerk for the golf company, PING. As a Staff Writer for the Arizona State Law Journal, Josh is researching and writing on patent troll related issues, and he actively participates on the Articles Committee. Josh is also pursuing a Law, Science, and Technology Certificate. This fall, Josh is working as a Judicial Extern at the Arizona Court of Appeals.  

Susan Russo graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in English.  Since starting law school, she has worked as a researcher for the Public Health Law and Policy Program and currently works for a firm on regulatory compliance for pharmacies.  Susan is on the boards for the Intellectual Property Student Association, the Health Law Society, and Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science, & Technology. She is pursuing the LST Health Law Certificate.

Daniel Staren graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a minor in biological sciences. He subsequently earned a master’s degree in molecular biology from Loyola University Chicago where he wrote a thesis characterizing the CXC chemokine receptor four agonist activity of ubiquitin. Daniel was recently a legal extern at the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) and is participating in the personalized medicine legal research cluster this fall. He is pursuing a Law, Science, and Technology Certificate to supplement his interest in the legal ramifications of personalized medicine.

 

Lauren Stewart has an undergraduate degree in Design from UC Davis. Prior to law school, she spent 10 years working in brand marketing and media as an art director and communication specialist where she caught the intellectual property bug. She is pursuing interests in trademark, copyright, and privacy law as applicable to Internet technologies and collaborative licensing. Lauren serves on the Executive Board of Jurimetrics, and is President of the Volunteer Legal Assistance for Artists pro-bono group. When not studying or tweeting about IP, Lauren practices yoga and gardens on her patio.

 

Cory Tyszka graduated magna cum laude from Wheaton College in Massachusetts with a bachelor’s degree in biology. While an undergraduate, Tyszka conducted prostate cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and developed a protocol to investigate genetic relationships within a population. Tyszka earned a master’s degree in education from ASU, specializing in secondary curriculum and instruction in math and science. She is pursuing a Law, Science, and Technology Certificate and serves as a Staff Writer for the Arizona State Law Journal. She is Director of the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional Literacy Project, the Liberty Project, and the ASU Chapter of the National Lawyer’s Guild. She also serves on the Wheaton College President’s Commission.

 

Second-year J.D. students

 
           

Asha Agrawal graduated from the University of Miami with a bachelor’s degree in Microbiology and Immunology with a minor in Chemistry. She has conducted research in the life sciences including molecular oncology, analytical microscopy, and biostatistics. She has also worked on projects developing more efficient transfection protocols. Asha is involved with the Health Law Society, and a board member for several other student organizations as well as a Student Ambassador. She plans to pursue a Law, Science & Technology certificate with a specialization in Genomics and Biotechnology Law.

Samuel Blake graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and a minor in Mathematics. He has conducted research in the fields of computational fluid dynamics, active flow control methods, and hybrid control systems. He also worked as a Control Systems Engineer at Honeywell Aerospace prior to entering law school. During his employment Blake received an Award for Outstanding Results for his work on a strategic project concerning the global expansion of Honeywell’s Aerospace division. Performing this work with Honeywell’s Mergers and Acquisition Group has steered Blake’s interest towards high technology business development in both domestic and international capacities. Blake is interested in IP and plans to pursue a career in patent prosecution and litigation.

Victoria Cook graduated from the Milwaukee School of Engineering with a bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering.  As an undergraduate, Vickie held positions as research intern at the Medical College of Wisconsin and an engineering intern at Baxter Healthcare.  After graduation, Vickie started working as a patent engineer at a large firm in Phoenix and has since become a registered patent agent.  She is excited to further her career in patent prosecution and plans to pursue a Law, Science, and Technology Certificate.  In her free time, Vickie enjoys playing soccer, traveling, and spending time with her husband and their chocolate lab.

Kevin Hawkes graduated magna cum laude from Utah State University with a bachelor’s degree in Chemistry. While studying at Utah State University, he was heavily involved in researching selective ionization processes associated with mass spectrometry. He also worked as a Chemist at Spectrum Industrial Products formulating high strength detergents prior to starting law school. He is fascinated by science and is excited to explore how it intersects with the law. When not occupied by law school, he loves to get outdoors and spend time with his wife and daughter. 

Peter Krehbiel graduated from Arizona State University with a BsE in Aerospace Engineering.  In industry he built a successful career as a Systems Engineer working a plurality of missile system and launch vehicle programs for the USN, MDA, USAF, and NASA. He returned to ASU to receive an MBA and developed a consultancy providing expertise in System Safety, Risk Management, and Regulatory Compliance issues surrounding missile and space launch vehicle systems.  Interested in continuing his education in law, he intends to explore the intersection of technology, economics, and regulation within law.  In furtherance of this goal he is co-founder of the Space Law and Policy Society at ASU.

Robert Makar graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor's degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. As an undergraduate, he worked as a teaching assistant for Behavioral Economics and assisted with an experimental psychology lab. His academic interests include the intersection of law, psychology, and economics. Robert is an associate editor on Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science, and Technology and a board member of the Law and Science Student Association. He is pursuing a Law, Science & Technology Certificate with a specialization in intellectual property.

 

Austin Miller graduated from Creighton University with a bachelor’s degree in Biology. As an undergrad, Austin gained a passion for the sciences and the study of living systems. He is also very dedicated to science education and spent time as a biology lab teaching assistant at Creighton. He enjoys giving his time to others and has volunteered in many different settings including, a hospital, a health clinic, and a science museum. While in law school, Austin is interested in learning about the legal aspects of scientific research. He also plans to pursue a certificate in Law, Science, and Technology.

Tucker Terhufen graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. His main design projects were focused on hydraulic fracturing wastewater purification, as well as carbon dioxide free production of electricity, drinking water, liquid fuel, and gaseous fuel. He considers himself a “tech-nerd”, and is excited to couple his science background with the law. Tucker is interested in emerging technologies, sustainability, and clean energy. He enjoys spending free time with his wife and daughter, as well as an occasional round of golf. 

Emmett Walsh comes to the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law with bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering and philosophy from the University of Florida. Prior to law school, he took a product engineering internship with FRAM in Perrysburg, Ohio where he gained valuable engineering experience as well as insight into the corporate side of the engineering process. Emmett is a member of the Intellectual Property Student Association. He plans to study sustainable energy, intellectual property, and emerging technology law here at the Center for Law, Science and Innovation.

 First-year J.D. students

 

Matthew Bury graduated from Utah State University with a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering. Prior to law school, Matt worked as a mechanical engineer at Van Boerum and Frank Associates designing HVAC systems on large-scale commercial building projects. He also lived in eastern Russia for two years as a missionary for the LDS church. Matt is interested in intellectual property law and plans to pursue a career in patent prosecution and litigation. In his free time he enjoys skiing, mountain biking, and spending time with his wife.

 

Josh Covey graduated from Ohio Valley University with a bachelor's degree in business management, and from Emmanuel School of Religion with a master's degree in religion. He has worked primarily in the financial sector as a district manager and financial advisor. He enjoys traveling, hiking, playing guitar, and he's an avid sports fan. His interest is the nexus of law, science, technology, and healthcare.

 

Tyler Fortner received a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering (Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering) from the University of Akron in 2014.  While completing his degree, Tyler worked as a mechanical engineer intern at Parker Hannifin’s Fluid System Connector Division and Philip Healthcare’s Computer Tomography Division. He begins his legal education with an interest in intellectual property law and plans to receive a certificate for his work with the Center for Law, Science, and Innovation. In his free time, Tyler enjoys weightlifting, golf and spending time with loved ones.

 
 Katherine Godinez
 

Jinwoo Kim graduated from Seoul National University in South Korea with a bachelor’s degree, and earned a master’s degree from University of Southern California both in Electrical Engineering. Prior to law school, Mr. Kim worked at various high-tech companies in Silicon Valley including Qualcomm Inc. and Intel Corp. as design engineer and manager developing high-performance semiconductor chips for server computers and mobile devices. He passed USPTO registration exam and is a registered patent agent. He is interested in intellectual property law.

 
 Erik Lee graduated from the University of California, Irvine, where he received his B.S. in biological sciences. While attending UCI, he helped conduct research in an evolutionary biology lab that utilized populations of Drosophila melanogaster in experiments involving aging and speciation. His primary interests in biology are issues concerning evolution and genetic engineering. In law school, Erik hopes to study the legal implications and issues of biotechnology. Although he is heavily invested in the study of law and science, Erik maintains a high level of enthusiasm for music. He enjoys exploring the history, theory, and cultural issues of music.
 

Nathaniel May graduated from the University of Arizona with a bachelor’s degree in Molecular and Cellular Biology. During his time at the University of Arizona he completed several research internships at locations such as the USDA and Barrow Neurological Institute. After receiving his bachelor’s degree, Nathan went on to receive an M.A. in Bioethics from Wake Forest University. His thesis at Wake Forest focused on the cross-section of transhumanism and film. Nathan’s interest in bioethical issues carries over into his legal interests. He is particularly interested in emerging technologies and how they impact society. In his free time, Nathan enjoys spending time with his friends and family.


 

Ken Ralston graduated from the University of Washington with a B.S. in Biochemistry.  After graduating, Ken tutored chemistry and math to middle and high school students.  He is interested in exploring legal issues related to health law and intellectual property.  Ken passed the USPTO registration exam and is awaiting final approval from the USPTO to be registered as a patent agent.  While he is not reading casebooks, Ken enjoys running, reading comics, and watching movies.

 

Johnathon Webb graduated from BYU with bachelor’s degrees in Biophysics and Russian Language and Literature. He conducted research both at BYU (studying proton channels on the influenza virus) and at Moscow State University (studying biofluorescent proteins). Johnathon lived in Ukraine for two years doing missionary work for the LDS church and four months in Israel engaged in Middle Eastern and Biblical studies. He worked at BYU’s Technology Transfer office where he advised professors and researchers pursuing patents for technologies produced at BYU. Johnathon is interested in the intersection of emerging technologies and the law. Special interests include biotech, pharmaceuticals, and genetics. He enjoys being outdoors and in nature as well as traveling and experiencing new cultures.

 

Sarah Wetter graduated from Cornell University with a BA in Biology and Society with a concentration in Health in Society as well as a minor in Spanish.  She combined her studies at Cornell to focus on the health of ethnic minorities in the United States.  While working on her undergrad, Sarah also competed on the varsity gymnastics team for the Big Red.  She comes to the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law with an interest in Health Law and is eager to learn more about the intersection of science and the law.  In her free time, Sarah enjoys swimming, riding her bike, and doing crossword puzzles.

 

Charles Wysocki graduated from Southern Methodist University with a B.S. in biology with minors in both chemistry and economics. He conducted research at both Vanderbilt University and SMU in cardiovascular medicine and biochemistry respectively. While continuing his education, Charles also competed on the SMU Mock Trial team, becoming the most award winning competitor in the programs history with over 20 awards and certificates. Charles came to the Sandra Day O'Connor College of law with an interest in intellectual property and personalized medicine. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, exercising, and swimming.

 

JD/PhD students

 
Keelah Williams graduated from the University of Michigan-Dearborn with a B.A. in Psychology. As an undergraduate she conducted research examining physiological correlates of prejudice. Keelah is a fifth year student in the J.D./Ph.D. joint program at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. Her Ph.D. is in social psychology, and her current research focuses on how evolutionary psychology can help inform our understanding of legal judgment and decision-making. Keelah is currently serving as Editor-in-Chief of the Arizona State Law Journal. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, rock climbing, and birdwatching.
 

Ashley Votruba graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s of science degree in Psychology. As an undergraduate she conducted research looking at lay perceptions of fairness, parenting, and child custody after divorce. In 2009, Ashley started the J.D./Ph.D. joint program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of law. Her Ph.D. is in social psychology and her current research focuses on the way differences in cognition between culture influences legal judgment and decision-making. In her free time Ashley enjoys training for triathlons, indoor rock climbing, and playing with her dog—a Chiweenie (Chihuahua and Dachshund mix) named Nosy.