2016-2017 Editorial Board
Liz grew up in the Bay Area, CA and graduated from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA in 2011 with a degree in Foreign Languages and International Affairs. Liz’s interest in public service and the criminal justice system began in college when she volunteered at the Pierce County Juvenile Court writing diversion agreements for youth and at the Crystal Judson Family Justice Center supporting survivors of domestic violence in protection order court. After graduation, Liz worked in Denver Public Schools as a bilingual elementary school teacher through Teach For America. She interned with the Denver District Attorney’s Office during the fall of 2015 and with Judge Christine Arguello on the Federal District Court for the District of Colorado in the spring of 2016. Her interest in litigation brought her to Squire Patton Boggs during the summer of 2016. Liz is excited for 3L year and to serve as the EIC of the Criminal Law Review!
Sarah is currently entering her 3L year and couldn’t be more excited. She decided to attend law school after seeing the huge need for legal services and compassionate, understanding legal service providers in the Latina community in Portland, Oregon. A recent trip to the Family Detention Center (detaining women and children asylum seekers) in Dilley, Texas has re-cemented her goals and aspirations of working in asylum and immigration law. She looks forward to graduating and moving into the legal world to begin advocating for clients, wherever that may be!
Senior Articles Editor
Michael is from Colorado and intends on working here after law school. He spent the last two summers working for the Public Defenders. Last summer, Michael was first chair on a DUI trial and a careless driving trial. Both of his clients were acquitted. Michael has also substantially contributed to several briefs in the federal court system, including briefs to the Ninth and Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Michael hopes to focus on constitutional and criminal defense work after law school. Outside of school, Michael likes to go to concerts and sample beers from the various breweries in the metro area.
Since completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Arizona in 2013, Samit Bhalala now lives in snowy Denver, Colorado, where he is pursuing a JD/MBA at the University of Denver. Samit is eager to be the recruitment editor for the CLR for the 2016-17 school year, and looks forward to meeting all of the potential CLR candidates!
Lindsey came to law school thinking she would work in corporate law. After participating in Student Trial Lawyers Association she became interested in the world of litigation. Lindsey currently works for a private criminal defense firm. After graduation she wants to work as a public defender in Colorado. Outside of school she likes to cook, and play with dogs, and spend time with friends and family.
Uyen Dang was born and raised in Vietnam. She received her bachelor’s degree in International Business Economics from the Foreign Trade University in Ho Chi Minh. She is fluent in both Vietnamese and English. Uyen is interested in litigation. She interned for the Honorable Ann B. Frick in the criminal docket of the Denver District Court. She has also clerked for three Fortune 500 companies. In her spare time, Uyen enjoys cooking and doing outdoors activities.
Mackenzie moved from California to Denver six years ago. Now that her parents live in an RV, she has no plans to leave Colorado. After realizing that she felt comfortable using legal jargon in everyday life, Mackenzie knew that she definitely wanted to be a lawyer. She is interested in criminal appeals, constitutional law and civil rights issues. Mackenzie spent her 2L summer in the Appellant Division in the Office of the Colorado State Public Defender and is currently working for the Federal Public Defender. Outside of law school, Mackenzie enjoys long walks thinking about the beach, Bananagrams, and competitive intramural soccer.
Article Solicitation Editor
Alex is a third year law student and Denver native. After graduating from Hamilton College Alex worked in a white-collar criminal defense firm in Manhattan and for a Congressional member in Washington, D.C. While in law school he has worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Denver District Attorney’s office. He is also a member of the National Trial Team. Outside of the law school Alex enjoys spending time in the mountains, outdoor music, and cheering on every one of Denver’s sports teams.
Nick received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2011 from the University of Colorado at Boulder. At CU, Nick also pursued Peace and Conflict Studies and discovered a strong passion for constitutional and civil rights law. After graduating, Nick went to work for a Denver law firm specializing in civil rights, employment discrimination, and criminal defense. Nick has also worked with multiple nonprofits and political organizations. He is incredibly enthusiastic to take the reigns as the CLR’s Online Editor for the 2016-2017 term.