Sofia Calleja is a 1L at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. She graduated with a dual bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Kentucky. She is pursuing the dual-degree track with the Kent School of Social Work and working towards an MSSW/JD. Sofia has worked as a legal assistant with a non-profit immigration law clinic in Lexington, providing legal services to low income immigrants as well as outreach events to educate the community. Sofia's interest focus on children, families and immigrants through family and immigration law.
Ryan Cannon is a 1L at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. He graduated from Indiana University Southeast with a double major in French and International Studies. As an undergraduate student, Ryan interned for the legal services office of Kentucky Refugee Ministries where he worked as a legal assistant and interpreter. After finishing his studies, Ryan relocated to France where he taught English in both Dunkirk and Lyon. Before applying to law school, Ryan participated in the Fulbright Program, focusing on English Language Learning in Thiès, Senegal. Through his participation in the Human Rights Advocacy Program, Ryan hopes to facilitate connections between local professionals in the legal and health-services sectors and Louisville’s immigrant and refugee communities.
Katie Davidson is a 1L at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. She graduated from Centre College with degrees in philosophy and history and a minor in international studies. During her undergraduate career, Katie studied religion and politics in the United Kingdom where she engaged with various diaspora communities living in London. Her passion for social justice in the Louisville community stems from summer internships at an employment law office and Kentucky Refugee Ministries. Katie is interested in pursuing health care law and expanding health care access in the Louisville area and Kentucky at-large. In her spare time, Katie enjoys reading, travel and spending time with friends and family.
Alexa Elder is a 1L at the Louisville Brandeis School of Law. She graduated from the University of Louisville in 2014 with a major in communications and a minor in gender studies. During college, Alexa coached the Walden Middle School Dance Team and volunteered for the Society of the Prevention of Aggression and Violence among Adolescents (JCPS), receiving the Volunteer of the Year award. During her junior year, Alexa spent a semester in Madrid, Spain, studying the Spanish language and culture. She has lived in Louisville most of her life and is committed to making positive contributions to the greater Louisville community. She has always known that she wanted to be an attorney and is particularly interested in championing the rights of people whose social or economic opportunities are lacking, either in the criminal justice system or for a public interest organization or firm.
Brittany Greenwell is a 1L at the Brandeis School of Law, with aspirations to pursue a future career as a civil rights litigator for a non-profit advocacy group like the Southern Poverty Law Center or American Civil Liberties Union. Brittany’s interests in law range from employment discrimination to voter suppression. She graduated from the University of Louisville in May 2018 with a bachelor’s degree in political science where she was the co-director of civic engagement on the university’s Engage Lead Serve Board and a member of UofL’s United Nations Association. She hopes that the Human Rights Advocacy Program will better equip her to fight against human rights violations in the South. She has previously interned with the office of Congressman Brett Guthrie, the office of Crain | Schuette Attorneys, and the Department of Public Advocacy in Danville, Kentucky. Brittany describes herself as “so extroverted it hurts” and loves meeting and talking to new people.
Danielle Hampton is a 3L at the Brandeis School of Law. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Louisville with degrees in Spanish and political science. She is very passionate about immigration law and has worked at Harvard Law School’s Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program where she helped clients apply for asylum and other forms of relief. She has also interned at the Department of Justice. She is involved in many activities in law school, including Law Review, Immigration Moot Court and the Student Bar Foundation. She is excited to continue working with the immigrant and refugee community in Louisville. Outside of law school, she enjoys running, spending time with friends and family and traveling.
Kylie King is a 2L at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. She graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from the University of Louisville. Throughout her undergraduate career, Kylie worked closely with Blessings in a Backpack to provide food for low-income elementary school students. In addition, she also filmed a disability awareness video for the nonprofit organization Life Happens. Kylie is interested in criminal or family law and hopes to primarily focus on helping children and low-income families.
Sue Eng Ly joined the community at Brandeis School of Law in August 2016. Prior to law school, she spent three years with the AmeriCorps program, serving as a middle school teacher in Hartford, Conn., a volunteer manager in Boston and a small business program coordinator in Louisville. She is deeply passionate about social justice and empowering those who are marginalized. As a Human Rights Fellow, she hopes to be more connected to Louisville’s refugees and immigrants and gain a better understanding of their struggles. Some of Sue Eng’s hobbies include baking, singing, journaling and giving people hugs.
Melvi Paul is a 1L at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. She graduated from Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in Spanish. During her undergraduate career she volunteered at the Refugee and Immigrant Center for Education and Legal Services (RAICES) in San Antonio, Texas. RAICES assigned her to work at the Karnes Detention Center in Karnes, Texas, where migrant women and their children are detained. Melvi performed intakes of new detainees, Credible and Reasonable Fear Interviews and Release Charlas (talks) to inform released women of available aid and legal resources. Melvi also volunteered at Hand-in-Hand Multicultural Center, a non-profit in Springfield, Missouri, helping candidates for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) apply and renew their permits. Melvi is interested in immigration law and is passionate about human rights and hopes the Human Rights Advocacy Program will further her commitment towards helping marginalized and underrepresented communities. Outside of her studies and volunteer commitments, Melvi enjoys camping, traveling and spending time with her friends and family.
Emily Pinerola is a 2L at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. Emily graduated with honors from Samford University where she majored in Spanish and psychology. During her undergraduate career, she studied in both Spain and Costa Rica and was an active member of many organizations centered around racial justice and cultural competency. After Samford, she began the Master of Science in Social Work program at the Kent School of Social Work at the University of Louisville. She served as the social work intern at the United Way of Southern Kentucky. Emily also participated in the Amigos Resource Network which serves to connect the Hispanic community with available resources in the community. She currently serves as a social work intern at the ACLU of Kentucky. This past summer, she was a legal intern at Harvard Law School at the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice. Emily considers it both her duty and passion to represent those who are marginalized and underrepresented. She is interested in prison reform and juvenile justice. She plans to be a criminal defense attorney.
Kaylee Raymer is a 1L who is passionate about criminal justice reform, indigent defense, due process for immigrants, restorative justice initiatives and a host of other social justice issues. Kaylee holds a bachelor's degree in Peace and Social Justice from Berea College. While at Berea, Kaylee served as a Bonner Scholar and worked in the Center for Excellence in Learning through Service (CELTS). At CELTS, Kaylee assisted in the planning and execution of campus-wide awareness programs. Kaylee was responsible for taking students on volunteer trips to local non-profits and organized the daily events for the 2016 National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Kaylee also spent six months serving as an Attorney Case Support Intern at public defender offices in Greensboro, North Carolina, and Richmond, Kentucky. In her free time, Kaylee enjoys Zumba, kayaking and reading.
Irina Strelkova is a 2L in the Human Rights Advocacy Program. As a human rights fellow, Irina has given several public addresses and has contributed to writing a publication in order to gain national recognition for the fellowship. She is also the vice president of the International Law Society at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. Irina graduated cum laude from the University of Louisville, majoring in criminal justice and paralegal studies, with a minor in French. While attending the University of Louisville as a Trustee’s Scholar, Irina took part in several student organizations such as the Engaging Issues Committee on the Student Activities Board and French Club and held several officer positions on the Leadership Council of Alpha Omicron Pi Fraternity. Irina also worked two summers in Izmir, Turkey, as a Space Camp counselor, where she saw the Syrian refugee crisis unfold. Upon her return, Irina began volunteering for Kentucky Refugee Ministries as a cultural mentor offering citizenship tutoring to refugees of the Louisville community. With a passion for immigration law, human rights advocacy and public service, Irina hopes to continue to educate and work closely with the Louisville community to further opportunity for refugee/immigrant/noncitizen aid and service access, as well as cultural integration. Outside of law school, she enjoys spending time with family and friends, playing the piano and traveling.