1st Year Scholars
Lillian Stone graduated from the University of Denver in Spring 2021, with a Bachelor of Arts in English and minors in Socio-Legal Studies and Leadership Studies. Throughout her time as an undergraduate, Lillian volunteered at Asbury Elementary, where she served as a teaching assistant, mentor, and friend to students with different abilities. An avid lover of education, Lillian continued her public service work as a teaching fellow with the Generation Teach STEAM Academy. In this role, she taught and mentored students in a five-week program, for which she designed a creative writing curriculum. Lillian co-founded Project Like A Girl, a girl’s empowerment program, and co-authored a curriculum for girls to explore their identities, build strong friendships, and nurture self-esteem and assertiveness in an all-girl space. The team facilitated the curriculum over a semester at Thomas Jefferson High School, where the students continue to utilize the curriculum. During her gap year between earning her undergraduate degree and beginning law school, Lillian was a law clerk at Kroll Law Offices. She is thrilled to be returning to DU’s campus and to be in a community with so many remarkable scholars!
Aili Miyake was born and raised in the Denver metro area. In 2020, She graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder with a B.A. in Political Science and Sociology, a minor in Japanese, and a certificate in Peace Conflict and Security Studies. While in Boulder, she volunteered as a restorative justice facilitator and was a mentor in the Miramontes Arts and Sciences Program, an inclusive academic community that supports first-generation and traditionally underrepresented students. After graduating she managed a successful campaign for a State House of Representatives seat in a competitive district in Greeley, Colorado. She then went on to serve as a legislative aide in the Colorado General Assembly for two years. Outside of work, Aili served as the board chair and treasurer for Building Bridges, a non-profit organization in Colorado dedicated to equipping inclusive leaders with skills to transform divides in their communities. She also serves on the steering committee of the Political Workers Guild of Colorado. Aili is passionate about creating a more just and inclusive world through community building and changing oppressive institutions. She is honored to be a part of the Chancellor's Scholarship program.
Ivana Porashka was originally from Bulgaria, but immigrated at an early age to San Diego, California and then grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. She majored in Philosophy and French at The University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee, where she spent time working with DEI and Title IX committees, volunteering to help women-owned businesses during pandemic-onset challenges, as well as advocating for worker's rights within campus and in the surrounding county. She has also worked as a legal intern in the Public Defender's Office in Maryland and the US District Court in South Carolina. Ivana spent the last year studying international humanitarian law in Nice, France, and hope to serve as a public defender after my three years at Denver Law. Outside of professional experience and prospect, she enjoys climbing, hiking, and dancing. Ivana is very close with her family, most of whom remain in Bulgaria.
Lisl Davies was born and raised in Falcon, Colorado. She graduated from the University of Denver in 2020 with her Bachelor of Arts in political science and public policy, and her minors in international relations and leadership. During her time as an undergraduate, Lisl served as the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Senator, Senate Affairs Chair, and Elections Commissioner for the Undergraduate Student Government during her senior year. She was also a member of the Writ Engagement Core (WEC), and helped teach an after-school language arts class at Grant Beacon Middle School. After graduating, Lisl worked for Colorado state Senator Brittany Pettersen as her legislative aide. She also participated in the National Democratic Training Committee’s Staff Academy, where members are taught how to be effective campaign staff for progressive candidates. Before coming to law school, she also worked for a childcare program called Base49. All of these experiences have furthered Lisl’s commitment to working for the public and bettering other people’s lives. She hopes to explore her passion for public interest work through constitutional law. She looks forward to being a member of the Sturm College of Law and is honored to be a Chancellor Scholar. In her free time, Lisl enjoys writing, raising chickens, and reading.
Teagan Foti was raised in Northern Virginia and moved to Philadelphia, PA for college where she studied criminal justice and English at Temple University. During undergrad, Teagan interned with the Pennsylvania Innocence Project, Pennsylvanians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, the Defender Association of Philadelphia, Necessary Behavior, and, while abroad, L’Osservatorio, an Italian research center that documents mass human rights violations. She also participated in the Inside-Out Prison Exchange Program, a weekly educational think tank inside a maximum-security prison, and conducted extensive research on capital punishment and compensation for exonerees, including assisting tenured professors on a project that analyzed legitimacy in the Philadelphia correctional system. After graduating in May of 2021 with distinctions in both of her majors, Teagan—on a leap of faith—moved to Fort Collins, CO where she worked to preserve housing for low-income community members as an Eviction Defense Paralegal at Colorado Legal Services. From Philadelphia to Fort Collins, Teagan has seen how false ideologies connect wealth with innocence and poverty with culpability—this is what brings her to the Sturm College of Law. Teagan plans to use her legal degree to highlight the funny, kind, and complicated humanity that lies within us all to help people regain autonomy over their lives, both in the legal system and beyond. For now though, she spends her time running, crafting, marveling at the mountains, and talking to her dog.
Michaela Krause was born and raised in Jefferson City, Missouri, and was raised into a community and family culture of service, too. She left Missouri to attend the University of Kansas, where she majored in political science and sociology with a minor in Spanish. Throughout undergrad, she sought out opportunities to do some good, often finding them in unexpected places – working for the Missouri State Recycling Program, serving as a legislative intern for a Kansas state representative, and riding her bike from the Florida Keys to Canada with a group of other service-minded young folks through an organization called Bike & Build, which raises money and awareness in support of affordable housing. After earning her undergraduate degree, still in search of the best way to make a positive impact, she joined Teach for America and moved to Kansas City. For three years, she taught middle school science at a public charter school, also completing a masters degree in secondary education. While she cherished her time as a teacher, challenges and all, her desire to make more of a difference than she could within the walls of her school swelled with each additional injustice she observed. Her experiences in the public education system, and a summer of policy work with the Urban Leaders Fellowship, solidified her decision to leave the classroom for law school. In her time at the University of Denver, Michaela plans to earn both a JD and a Master of Public Policy, and hopes to take advantage of the many service opportunities the University and the Chancellor’s Scholar program offer to further define her next steps towards a life and career of impact.
Ariell Bachman is originally from Chicago; her degrees are from the University of Minnesota and Northwestern University. She has worked for the past 16 years as a high school English teacher, both in the Chicago area and in the Denver metro area. In addition, she has served her school communities as a student advisor and advisory leader, creating and enacting public service programming both on and off campus that dovetail with students’ social, emotional, and civic development. For the past few years, she has also served as a volunteer victim advocate with her community’s police department, providing services ranging from safety planning to explaining victims’ rights in the judicial process; she additionally participates in ongoing training through the Colorado Organization for Victim Assistance and local law enforcement and nonprofit agencies. Ariell is passionate about serving the needs of the most vulnerable and championing the unique strength of each individual, be that through supporting a student filing a Title 9 complaint against their school or providing teddy bears and a listening ear to a family affected by domestic violence. She hopes to learn and practice trauma-informed lawyering, using her law degree to help individuals and families achieve the justice—and life—they deserve.
In May, Yudong Zhu graduated with a degree in public policy, focusing on immigration law and policy intersections throughout his undergraduate career. Specifically, Zhu was heavily involved in the advocacy component of our immigration law reform and numerous other campaigns launched and led by local immigrant communities in the Washington, D.C. area. His consistent work with CASA, ACLU, as well as other pro-immigrant NGOs was voluntary and unpaid. Zhu is hoping that he is able to advance his public interest involvements as a C-Scholar at Sturm, and to acquire more sustainable, specialized legal expertise in immigration law and policy. His tentative career goal after graduation is to work alongside Colorado state agencies that help immigrants assimilate into their new host country without fear of discrimination and other adversarial legal-political scapegoating, as well as represent those at risk of immediate deportation due to lack of legal representation by an immigration attorney. Zhu hopes that by becoming an immigration attorney working directly with lawmakers and policy advocates in Colorado, he can make immigration reform a concrete, commonsensical reality that taps into the rich natural resources and America’s structural labor need in elementary, infrastructure industries that provide for every human being living in the U.S. regardless of national origins, creeds, ethnicities, and sexual orientations.
Katie Quinn departed her hometown of Spotsylvania, Virginia to attend the University of San Diego where she graduated summa cum laude with a major in Economics and minors in International Relations and Business Administration in 2017. During undergrad, Katie was a school cafeteria worker, telefunder, and student-athlete tutor while also volunteering as a 4th grade tutor, Girls On The Run coach, and meal server at Nueva Vida Haven. When Katie served as sorority president, she organized female leaders to impose a grassroots probation on a fraternity repeatedly accused of drugging women. Prior to DU Law, Katie fulfilled a Fulbright grant in Malaysia and then worked as a public health analyst in Durham, North Carolina. It was in Durham that Katie discovered “The Monti,” a local storytelling nonprofit, as well as the Guardian ad Litem program. The former reinforced the value of community building. The latter entirely changed her professional trajectory when she realized her passion for legal advocacy work. Now, at DU Law, Katie hopes to develop a skillset for legal advocacy work, whether it be based in civil, criminal, or civil rights law. She is excited to find community at the Movement climbing gym, VooDoo Donuts, and DU Law; moreover, she is deeply grateful to be selected as a C-Scholar.
Zane McNeill (He/They) is a nonbinary activist from Morgantown, WV. He is dedicated to challenging normative narratives and raising historically marginalized voices through archival work and legal advocacy. He has a BA in History and a MA in Political Science and has worked primarily in the field of animal advocacy. He is passionate about increasing diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) in the nonprofit sector, challenging and dismantling carceral and neoliberal logics in animal law, and increasing workplace democracy and labor protections in the animal advocacy field. Their motivation to begin law school after working as a paralegal and independent scholar-activist for a few years is based upon their personal experience as a person who lives under multiple axes of oppression. They have watched the law be weaponized to harm their friends and comrades, limit civil rights, repress political participation, and uphold a violent, ever-increasingly authoritarian State. He would like to demystify legal protections for advocates, support whistleblowers, protesters, and other direct-action activists from criminalization and repression, and help nonprofit workers increase equity and justice in their workplaces.
Zelda grew up in Brunswick, Maine before moving to Schenectady, New York to attend Union College pursuing a degree in Environmental Policy. From a young age, Zelda has had a strong passion for the environment and a desire to pursue a career in climate policy. Throughout her undergraduate career she interned for various non-profits such as the Audubon Society and the Sierra Club and even interned at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. Zelda’s undergraduate research and senior thesis also focused on the cross section between racial discrimination and the environment. Her thesis work entitled “Environmental Racism in Siting Decisions for Locally Unwanted Land Use Areas in Albany, NY” was selected for presentation on a panel on race, power and privilege at her undergraduate institution’s annual symposium for student research. Following her graduation magna cum laude from Union in Spring 2021, she taught English in a small city in Thailand. In the future, she hopes to work for environmental non-profits and lobbying groups continuing to push to hold polluters accountable, work at the intersection between science and policy and fight for those in power to enact progressive climate legislation at the international level. In her spare time she likes to bake, ski, hike, and do yoga.
Faith Price moved to Colorado this summer after growing up in Cumberland, Maine. She attended Lafayette College and received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and English Literature. While there, she volunteered for a group called Journey Home which met with incarcerated women for a weekly creative writing class. Being able to hear the stories of these incredibly strong women helped her develop a passion for racial justice and prisoner rights. Faith has also interned for Greater Portland Health, a healthcare clinic for underserved communities in Maine, and spent time last summer learning how to become an better advocate through the ACLU National Advocacy Institute. Before her move to Colorado, Faith spent two years living in Huntsville, Alabama where she was the Racial Equity Team Leader for Groundbreakers, a social justice organization. Through this position she wrote educational articles on a variety of topics, including the Covid vaccine and Critical Race Theory. Faith hopes to use her law degree to create better reentry programs for the incarcerated. Outside of school, Faith enjoys skiing, playing ice hockey, and cooking. She is honored to have been chosen as a Chancellor’s Scholar at Denver University.