Jacob Beeson

Jacob graduated summa cum laude from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Psychology. He interned for the Davidson & Davie County District Attorney’s Office during Summer 2020 and worked during his 2L year in a private business and criminal law firm, where his job included writing complaints, legal research, motion drafting, visiting and meeting with clients, and much more.

Over Summer 2021, Jacob fulfilled his Leadership Fellows Externship by working for the Hon. April Wood in Raleigh, North Carolina, performing citation checks on the court’s opinions, researching novel and complicated legal issues, and helping to write the courts opinions.

Jacob intends to pursue a path in transactional and commercial litigation after graduating from law school.

Shena-Kaye Butler

Shena-Kaye graduated with honors from the University of Alabama in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Commerce with a focus on Strategic Management. While at UA, Shena-Kaye was awarded the Black Honors Academic Scholarship by the Black Faculty and Staff Association.

In August 2021, Shena-Kaye completed a Legislative Internship at the North Carolina General Assembly where she was able to effectively perform legal and fiscal research to aid in the amendment process of the state budget, Modernize Energy Bill, and the North Carolina Farm Act of 2021. Through this experience, she developed networks with state legislators and legislative assistants. Shena-Kaye previously completed a legal externship at the North Carolina Department of Justice in the Office of the Attorney General.

Shena-Kaye plans to pursue a legal career working for the government at a state or federal agency.

Andrew Parks Carter

Andrew graduated from the University of Louisville in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He was captain of the men’s tennis team and subsequently inducted into the team’s Hall of Fame. Academically, Andrew was a member of the National Political Honor Society and an ITA Academic All- American. Following his studies at Louisville, he competed internationally on the professional tennis tour. He founded On The Rise, an athletic service that coaches and mentors aspiring athletes across the country.

At Elon Law, Andrew is on the editorial staff of the Elon Law Review, a member of the Black Law Student Association, and a councilmember for the North Carolina Sports and Entertainment section. He was a resident at the Forsyth County Public Defender’s office and accepted an offer to be an associate at Ellis & Winters after graduation.

Lauren Hausman

Lauren is a proud “double Gator” having earned her bachelor’s degree in business management and a master’s degree in international business from the University of Florida. During her time at Florida, Lauren served as president of Alpha Kappa Psi, the Alpha Phi chapter, a professional business fraternity. Lauren also was a member of Alpha Epsilon Phi.

Lauren spent her 1L summer interning at the State Attorney’s Office for the 17th Judicial Circuit in Florida. During her 2L summer, she interned with Greenspoon Marder LLP in the Financial Services Department. Her favorite experience was doing a judicial clerkship for her residency.

At Elon Law, Lauren has loved being a Leadership Fellow, in addition to being on Law Review and Moot Court. She looks forward to working with other Leadership Fellows to complete a Capstone Project and hopes to leave a positive impact on the law school. She is currently interested in intellectual property, entertainment law, and public policy.

Luke Landis

Luke graduated in 2017 from Wittenberg University in Ohio with a Bachelor of Arts in finance and earned a master’s degree in educational leadership in 2019 from the College of William & Mary.  At Wittenberg he played football for four years, serving as team captain in his final season. During his graduate studies, Luke served as a graduate assistant for the William & Mary Alumni Association.

Luke is exploring multiple practice areas including corporate and education law. He will work as a law clerk in Summer 2020 at the South Carolina Department of Education.

Gabriella Lopez

Gabriella attended Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She graduated in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Legal Studies. Gabriella’s leadership experiences at NSU included being a part of the Women’s Rowing Team, Student Government Association, and Mock Trial Team. Before coming to Elon Law she worked in legal processing services and assisted in coaching her undergraduate Mock Trial team.

Gabriella has an interest in joining the Student Bar Association. She is interested in health law where she hopes to combine her knowledge about the medical field with her ever-improving legal education.

Aerin “Liz” Tarvin

Liz graduated in 2019 from American University in Washington, D.C., with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Statistics. While at American, she served as a student mentor and worked with the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors to support families grieving the loss of military loved ones.

At Elon Law, Liz is interested in criminal law and child advocacy She is excited to become involved on campus and explore additional areas of law. In Summer 2020, Liz will intern with the Missouri State Public Defender’s Office.


Jeannette Carson

Jeannette graduated magna cum laude from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education. She also received a Master of Arts in Reading Education from North Carolina A&T State University. Before coming to law school, she worked as an elementary school teacher for 15 years in Guilford County Schools. Jeannette served as the grade-level chairperson, led weekly grade level meetings, and provided instructional support for the teachers on her team. She also partnered with a local university to serve as a teacher-mentor for future teachers. Through this partnership, she hosted dozens of student interns in her classroom to help train and prepare the next generation of teachers.

Currently, Jeannette serves as a court-appointed Guardian ad Litem volunteer and advocates for abused and neglected children in Guilford County. During Summer 2021, she served as an intern at Legal Aid of N.C. (Greensboro) in the Domestic Violence Unit.

At Elon Law, Jeannette is an Orientation Mentor, a Moot Court board member, and treasurer for the Black Law Student Association. She is interested in pursuing a career in civil litigation or family law.

Emily Erickson

Emily graduated cum laude from The University of Montana Western in May 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance. While at Montana Western, Emily was a four-year varsity volleyball letter winner and a two-time team captain, and should would graduate from Winthrop University in 2019 with a Master of Science in Sports and Fitness Administration. From November 2018 through July 2020, Emily served as the director of marketing for Winthrop Athletics. Emily also served on the Winthrop Diversity Council, worked with the Sports Management program, and the Student Athlete Advisory Council.

At Elon Law, Emily is also a Law Review staff member and a Moot Court board member. Her current interests are student-athlete rights and appellate practice.

Vanessa Garcia

Vanessa graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Political Science. While attending UNCW, Vanessa was a chair of the Campus Conduct Board, founder and president of the University Political Action Committee, a research scholar, and a research assistant. During that time Vanessa interned at the local District Attorney’s Office as well as the Public Defender’s Office. These experiences solidified her desire to go to law school. After graduation Vanessa took a gap year and worked at a nonprofit that focused on providing low-income families access to early education.

Vanessa is currently interested in practicing as in-house legal counsel and hopes to have a career in corporate litigation.


Craig Almond

Craig graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and a minor in German. Prior to enrolling at Elon Law, Craig lived in Charlotte and worked for five years at 160/90, an Endeavor Company. He spent much of his time servicing the agency’s account with DICK’S Sporting Goods. In addition to day-to-day client and media relations, Craig represented DICK’S in several brand marketing deals with athletes, influencers, and other talent.

At the University of South Carolina, Craig served as president of his fraternity, Sigma Nu, and was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa Leadership Honor Society. As a Dean’s Scholar at Elon Law, Craig is exploring multiple practice areas including corporate law and sports and entertainment law.

Todd Bowyer

Todd is from Roanoke, Virginia, and graduated from James Madison University with a bachelor’s degree in exercise science and a master’s degree in sport management. After graduate school, Todd worked for a decade in higher education, specifically in student affairs as a campus recreation administrator, which included stops at East Stroudsburg University, Roanoke College, and Ferrum College.

At Roanoke, Todd served as the director of campus recreation, leading a comprehensive recreation department that included aquatics, fitness, recreational sports, and outdoor adventure programs while supervising three professional staff members and 100 student employees. He was also appointed to the student conduct council and served as an investigator for Title IX cases.

Todd has interest in both education and sports law, and he hopes to pursue opportunities in those and other areas at Elon Law. When he’s not studying, Todd enjoys spending time with his wife and two young daughters, reading biographies and memoirs, following professional and collegiate sports, and playing golf.

Jacob Dippold

Jacob graduated in 2021 from Wofford College in South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Government (concentration in American Politics) and English (concentration in film and digital media). While at Wofford, he played baseball for four years, serving as team captain in multiple seasons. Academically, Jacob was president of the Pre-Law Society, an Orientation Staff Leader, a prosecutor and defender on the Honor Council/Judicial Commission, vice-chairman of the Republican Society, and a screenwriter in the Wofford Film Festival. Jacob also volunteers his time at the Guilford Animal Shelter and helps coach a high school baseball team.

Jacob is exploring practice areas including criminal, sports and entertainment, civil litigation, and real estate law.

Piper Henderson

Piper, originally from Winston-Salem, North Carolina, graduated summa cum laude from High Point University in 2021 with a Bachelor of Arts in English an a minor in philosophy. While at High Point she was a student justice for the University Conduct and Honor Board, a member of Alpha Phi Omega, and an Honors Scholar.

Piper looks forward to exploring different fields of law while at Elon and getting involved in the community.

Kate Mendez

Kate came to Elon Law after working in the nonprofit sector for over 15 years.  She has worked in a variety of social service sectors including homelessness, rape crisis, and reentry.  Most recently, she served as the director of operations for a large public foundation in South Carolina where she oversaw data analytics, compliance, and $15 million in grants. Kate has served on multiple nonprofit boards including The Mujer Project, Keep Greenville County Beautiful, and the Upstate Human Trafficking Task Force.

Kate moved with her husband and daughter to North Carolina to attend Elon Law and she plans to pursue a future in Fiduciary Law.

Patrick Price

Patrick is a proud “Aggie” having graduated magna cum laude from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice. During his time at NC A&T, Patrick served as a member of the E.A. Ralston Criminal Justice Society, Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society, and the NAACP for his local branch, where he was appointed as the Youth and College Division Committee Coordinator.

Additionally, Patrick is a military veteran, having served in the U.S. Army for seven years. He intends to become more involved with veterans’ organizations within the law school. In his free time, Patrick enjoys mentoring the youth, traveling, weightlifting, and spending time with family.

Patrick plans to pursue a career working within the scope of criminal law and nonprofit law with a focus on aiding and providing legal representation to indigent marginalized communities within North Carolina.

Cassandra Saxton

Cassandra grew up in New Britain, Connecticut, and graduated from the University of Connecticut with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Africana Studies. While at UConn, Cassandra was involved with several organizations, including Public Interest Research Group, the African American Cultural Center, Women’s Legacy advocacy group, and Alima International Dance Team. She worked in various health clinics before pursuing her Juris Doctor at Elon Law.

As a law student, Cassandra is interested in a wide array of fields including Public Interest Law, Health Law, Public Policy, and Military Law. Her focus is to work for the good of the public; wherever that sentiment takes her in her career, and while in law school, she is sure it will be an adventure.

Caroline Wray

Caroline received a Bachelor of Arts from Randolph-Macon College in Sociology with a double minor in Black Studies and Women’s Studies. She received the Sally Ride Gender Equality Award by the Women’s Studies Department. Before her 2019 graduation, Caroline was involved in various leadership positions including the Student Conduct Board and Student Government Association. She interned with the Hon. David J. Novak in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia where she observed a variety of court proceedings and settlement conferences.

Caroline also interned for the Virginia 2020 General Assembly Session in Senate Committee Operations. She provided administrative support for Senate standing committees and clerked subcommittee meetings.

At Elon Law, Caroline looks forward to working with the Innocence Project and Family Law Society to continue her passion for service and plans to become involved with the Guardian at Litem program. She aspires to a career in family or public interest law.