2017 Summer Externs


Samantha Briggs is a rising second-year student at Columbia Law School. She graduated from Cornell University in 2016 with a B.A. in Government and History. While in college, she worked as a congressional intern for Senator Chris Murphy in his Washington, DC office and Congressman Jim Himes in his Connecticut district office. Next fall she will be externing at the New York Attorney General’s Office and hopes to pursue a career in criminal law.


Tim Cuffman is a rising second-year student at Columbia Law School. He graduated with a B.A. in Philosophy, and then earned an M.A. in Philosophy from Stony Brook University. Prior to law school, Tim worked as a data analyst for an education management company in Michigan. At Columbia, he has been active with various pro bono projects and student organizations, including the International Refugee Assistance Project, the National Security Law Society, and Rightslink.


Emma Perez is a rising third-year student at the University of Chicago, where she is majoring in Global Studies with a concentration in Governance & Affiliations and minoring in Human Rights and French. On campus she is involved with the Organization of Latin American Students, Women in Law, and Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority. Previously, Emma has interned at the State Attorney’s Office in Palm Beach County and Miami-Dade County, as well as at the Legal Aid Project of Palm Beach County, where she worked with the Juvenile Advocacy Project.


Stacey Reimann is a rising fourth-year student at the University of Chicago double majoring in Law, Letters, and Society and Philosophy.  He is the founder and President of the Pre-Law Fraternity, Phi Alpha Delta, as well as captain of the UChicago Men’s Varsity soccer team.  He has also volunteered with the UChicago Institute of Politics where he was a Fellows Ambassador for Fellow Stuart Stevens.  Last summer he worked at Atlas Entertainment in Los Angeles as a film production intern.


Molly Shapiro will be a freshman at Yale University in the fall of 2017. She has worked as an intern at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in the Chambers of Judge Roslynn Mauskopf of the Eastern District of New York, and at the National Institute for Reproductive Health.


Julio Sharp-Wasserman is a rising second-year law student at Columbia University. He graduated from Pomona College in 2013 with a B.A. in Philosophy. Between graduation and law school, he performed music in Boston, and worked as a teacher in both Boston and Vietnam. He works on the Security Force Monitor project at Columbia, where he researches police statutes in Mexico.


Darby Sinel is an honors student at Binghamton University, double majoring in English and Anthropology. She is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honors Society and the Dean’s List. Darby has interned at the Nassau County Supreme Court, where she observed guardianship hearings and civil and criminal trials and assisted with daily court proceedings. Darby has also interned with the Broome County Clerk’s Office, where she helped process civil and criminal litigation records. Outside of legal internships, Darby has worked with adults and children with special needs for five years in vocational training classes and summer programs. She hopes to pursue a career in public interest law.


Lee Stark is an incoming 1L at the University of Chicago with a dedicated emphasis on civil rights and social justice. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has been an actress, director, and teacher in Chicago and New York for the last decade, and a co-founder of a 501c(3) arts residency program in rural Wisconsin.


Ian M. Swenson is a 2L at NYU School of Law. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with an A.B. in Biology in 2014. Prior to law school Ian was a legislative intern for the ACLU of Missouri where he worked on policing and criminal justice reform. He also worked as a publicity intern for Physicians for a National Health Plan Missouri, taught MCAT Physics for the Princeton Review, and waited tables at the best BBQ joint in St. Louis.


Jessica Vasseghi is a rising-second year in the college at the University of Chicago. She is a prospective Economics and Philosophy double major, with an interest in pursuing a career in law. She is particularly interested in the balance between constitutional rights and effective law enforcement, which is what prompted her to intern with the Policing Project.