1st Year Scholars
Stephanie, a Colorado native, grew up in Fort Collins. She graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder, with degree in Integrative Physiology and a minor in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology. After college, Stephanie moved to O'ahu, Hawai'i to fulfill a two year commitment to Teach For America. While in Hawai'i, Stephanie taught Algebra I and Geometry to 9th and 10th grade students at James Campbell High School, the largest high school in the state. This experience challenged her to explore the depths of her own background, identity, and privilege to create lasting empowerment for her students inside and outside of the classroom. Stephanie's classroom vision centered on the mantra "your future begins now," and she used this as a guide to her culturally responsive teaching practice. After law school, Stephanie hopes to go into public policy to create a more equitable system for current and future generations.
Julia Morrison’s top passion is her home town of Arvada, Colorado. She has worked tirelessly inside her community for improved education and fair housing. The last three years she worked as a paraeducator with preteen children on the autism spectrum. This experience taught her patience, understanding and empathy that she hopes to translate into her career as a lawyer. She plans on working on local municipal policy issues, especially policies that pertain to economic development. Her dream is to see economic development work for communities, not displace them.
Geoffrey Carpenter grew up in Wisconsin and earned a B.S. in Athletic Training from the University of Wisconsin. After graduation he spent a year in Oregon volunteering for a public health department and a Coordinated Care Organization (company in charge of Medicaid dollars for a geographical area). The work he did with public health and Medicaid was the impetus for Geoffrey to learn more about health policy. After that year, he moved to Colorado and explored the intersection of health and education while doing a second year of service with a national education non-profit. After his two years of national service, he gained further experience in health innovation while working for the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing as Colorado was preparing to implement its Accountable Care Collaborative Phase II.
Geoffrey hopes to work on expanding access to health care for vulnerable populations and is exploring the different avenues law school offers.
Melissa is a student in the Part-Time Professional Program at Denver Law while working at the Region 8 office of the U.S. EPA where, pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act, she reviews and comments on other federal agencies' Environmental Impact Statements. Prior to joining Region 8, she was an Environmental Program Manager for the Association of Clean Water Administrators and a Science and Technology Policy Fellow in the U.S. EPA's Office of Water in Washington, DC. Before these jobs, she was a post-doctoral research associate at the University of Colorado's Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology. Melissa earned her Ph.D. in Molecular Microbiology from Tufts University in Boston, MA. She is excited to be given the opportunity to earn a J.D. and thereby improve her ability to protect our embattled environment and all who depend on it. In her free time, Melissa enjoys hiking, playing the french horn in Denver-area orchestras and caring for her beloved cats.
Richard was born in Inglewood, California and raised in Aurora, Colorado. He is the proud son of Guatemalan immigrants. He is the first in his family to attend high school, graduating from Smoky Hill High School in Aurora. Richard briefly attended Boston University and graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2018 with a B.A. in International Affairs and Neuroscience and a Certificate in Public Health. For three years, Richard worked as a coordinator for the CU Volunteer Resource Center's Alternative Breaks program which organizes and coordinates student-led, social justice focused service trips during academic breaks. Richard co-led a trip to Oklahoma City where students worked alongside organizations which advocated for the advancement of reproductive justice. Richard was the former Chair of Activism for UMAS y MEXA, a student group dedicated to the empowerment of Latinx students. Richard’s goal is to work toward dismantling systems of power that oppress marginalized people. His experience as a second-generation immigrant and student of color influences his passion for social justice.
Charles Allison-Godfrey was born in Connecticut and moved to Colorado after graduating high school. He attended Colorado College and graduated in 2013 with a major in Political Science and a minor in Race and Ethnic Studies.
After graduating, he moved to South Korea, where he spent a year teaching English to elementary and middle school students. He then spent several months managing a microfinance project in rural Nicaragua, helping families install clean cookstoves in their homes. During this period he was fortunate enough to travel extensively around Asia and Central America.
After several years abroad, Charles became homesick for the great Centennial State and all it had to offer. He moved to Denver and began working for the Urban Land Institute (ULI), a non-profit that encourages best practices in land use through research and educational programming. Though the several years Charles spent at ULI were the most fulfilling of his professional life, he felt there were other methods by which he could positively impact his community. He eventually came to the conclusion that a law degree would be the best way to do so. Charles feels privileged and humbled to have been awarded the Chancellor's Scholarship, and to share the honor with so many accomplished peers.
Ashley was born and raised in Southern California. Raised by a single mom, who emphasized the importance of hard work, service, and community, Ashley has incorporated public service into most of her life. At 16 and 18, she volunteered with a non-profit in Uganda providing administrative support and helping to build a database of their beneficiaries to increase individual sponsorships. It was this experience that led her to study International Development Studies at U.C.L.A to understand more sustainable development efforts. She went on to work in corporate social responsibility at TOMS Inc. for four years, managing their International Sight program and launching their Maternal and Child Health program. During the height of the homelessness crisis in Los Angeles, Ashley joined REDF, a venture philanthropy that invested in employment social enterprises. She worked on behalf of the City and County of Los Angeles to manage the LA:RISE program, a federal and locally funded employment pipeline that provided training, employment, and wrap-around services to over 1,5000 individuals who had been homeless or incarcerated. After serving in a public policy and programmatic role for three years, she realized she wanted to get involved in the justice system in a more tangible way: she hopes to become a public defender or civil rights attorney. Ashley is also very passionate about healthcare access for individuals with preexisting conditions and co-founded the young professionals board for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Los Angeles, raising over $25,000 in a little over a year. In her free time, she loves to cook vegan food and go hiking. She is incredibly grateful for this opportunity, honored to be a Chancellor’s scholar, and hopes to contribute towards the culture of public service at DU.
Jessica Breckenridge is a native of Colorado. Most of her childhood was in Colorado Springs, CO. She decided not to go too far for undergrad and stayed in state to attend CSU in Fort Collins where she graduated in 3 years with a BS in Psychology. Jessica spent several years working with youth in residential treatment facilities both in Wyoming and Arizona. Growing up in the foster care system, she was drawn to this population in hopes of helping cultivate a brighter future for those who felt like they might not have one. Originally wanting to go for child therapist, Jessica quickly realized her talents and passions would be better utilized in the field of law. She especially enjoyed her time working with youth with sex offense charges and saw what they went through in the legal system. Jessica hopes to use her law degree to work with youth who feel like they have no voice especially those that face social stigmatism for their legal misconduct when mostly they are simply misunderstood (what teenager isn’t!) In her free time, Jessica loves to read and spend time in the great outdoors with her favorite man, her 3 year old husky!
Rebekah, a Colorado native, grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado before moving to Denver to attend the University of Denver for her undergraduate degree. Rebekah's interest in public service began in high school as she volunteered for a daycare for children with disabilities. Through that experience, she developed a passion for child advocacy and upon moving to Denver she continued to work with programs in the area that allowed her to work with children in underprivileged groups and communities. Time spent volunteering with CASA, the Bridge Project, Joshua Station, and a variety of other non-profits in the area continued to foster her love for public service and for working with children in need in particular. Additionally, she competed on the DU debate team and traveled all over the country debating complex topics and issues which further sparked her interest in advocacy.
She received her undergraduate degree from DU in business information and analytics, but her heart for children and child advocacy is what led her back to DU to attend the Sturm College of Law. She continues to work at the Daniels College of Business at DU as the TA Coordinator for their Microsoft Office Specialist Program and loves getting to use some of her analytical skills to teach college freshmen. Now, Rebekah is excited to find a way to combine her analytics knowledge and skill set with her desire to work as a child advocate in the legal system.
Jesi is a Denver native who received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from CU Boulder in 2012. She worked as a mental health counselor on the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit at Children’s Hospital Colorado for six years. She was moved by the experiences of her patients, who, at such young ages, already faced unimaginable hardships. This inspired her to advocate for improved mental health care in Colorado, especially for disproportionately affected populations including transgender individuals, illegal immigrants, and victims of abuse. She decided that becoming a lawyer would be the most powerful way to help her community, and so set out on this journey at DU Law.
Outside of school, she can be found spending time with her partner, Tyler and their rescue dog, Tyson (named after renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson). She is a die-hard Broncos fan and season ticket holder. She also enjoys overzealous and fleeting pursuits of new hobbies, such as photography, craft brewing, and reading in hammocks.