Student Research Associates

Team Leaders Spring 2014

Lauren White
Fellow and Adoption Team Leader

Lauren White is the fellow for the Center. In this capacity, she has significant administrative roles related to communication, marketing and fundraising, and is involved with training and organizing other students and staff members. Her area of scholarship and research for the Center is intercountry adoption, and she is the team leader for the Adoption Group. White has been a primary research assistant for Professor David Smolin in regards to the financial aspects of intercountry adoption; a topic related to Prof. Smolin’s role as an Independent Expert on Intercountry Adoption for the Hague Conference on Private International Law. White is a third-year student at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, and is also pursuing a M.B.A. at Samford in the school’s law and business joint-degree program. She received an Honors Bachelor of Business Administration with a marketing concentration from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2011. Lauren is an associate editor for Cumberland Law Review and has served on the law school’s Honor Court, which oversees issues related to the student body, since 2011. In addition to her work for the Center on children’s issues, her professional interests include business and tax law, and economic policy.

 

Stefan Bachman
Human Trafficking Team Leader

Stefan Bachman was born near Philadelphia, Pa.; however, he primarily grew up in Greenville, S.C. During his senior year of high school, he studied at a school near Berlin, Germany, which prompted him to major in German and International Trade at Clemson University upon his return to the United States. Bachman returned to Europe as an exchange student to study at Karl-Franzens University in Graz, Austria, during his junior year of undergraduate studies. Bachman joined the U.S. Coast Guard after graduating from Clemson University, and attended basic training in Cape May, N.J. During his time in the Coast Guard, Bachman served aboard two different ships and at a force protection unit. He was stationed in Norfolk, Va.; San Diego, Calif., and King’s Bay, Ga. While operations varied, Bachman spent a significant amount of time conducting anti-human trafficking and counter-narcotic missions in Central America, South America and the Caribbean. As part of these operations, he often worked to interdict children before they could be successfully trafficked into the United States for unlawful purposes. In 2012, Bachman matriculated to Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. He serves as a junior editor on the Cumberland Law Review and as the trafficking team leader for the Center for Children, Law and Ethics. During the summer of 2013, Bachman worked for the Alabama Attorney General's Office and on the Alabama Governor's legal staff. Bachman is married and has a 2 year old daughter.

 

Allie Thompson
Pediatric Bioethics Team Leader

Allie Thompson is a second-year student at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. She is the team leader for the Center's Pediatric Bioethics Division. She graduated from the University of Alabama in 2012 with a major in Advertising and a double minor in Psychology and Computer Science Application. Last summer, Thompson interned for the Bessemer Division of Jefferson County's Family Court. Thompson hopes to continue her child advocacy work after earning her law degree.

 

 

Anna Reilly
Reproductive Bioethics Team Leader

Anna Reilly is a second-year student at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, and a leader for the Center’s Bio-Ethics Team (Focus on Reproductive Technology). She has clerked for a surrogacy and reproductive technology law firm and hopes to use that experience towards growing this area within the Center. She graduated from Rhodes College, where she majored in Psychology and Education. While at Rhodes, she worked extensively with the Exchange Club Family Center and the YMCA. She does not know exactly what field she wants to enter after graduation, but has an interest in family law, child advocacy and human rights. 

 

Courtney Doubberly
Family Law Team Co-Leader

After graduating from the University of Georgia, Courtney Doubberly began working for BB&T bank. She transferred to the BB&T in Heflin, Ala., in 2011 and began working with the Department of Human Resources (DHR) Quality Assurance Board (QAB). As a member of the QAB, Doubberly reviewed DHR cases and determined the strengths and weaknesses of the case worker and how the general framework and processes were working in these individual cases. Through this experience, Doubberly became very interested in family law and domestic relations. She currently works for two family lawyers and assists in managing their offices and writing motions and briefs. Doubberly is a second-year student at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, she looks forward to a career of helping people navigate domestic relations issues. 

 

Mitch Relfe
Domestic Adoption Team Leader

Mitch Relfe is a native of Birmingham, Ala., and a third-year student at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. He graduated from the University of Alabama in 2008. After college, he spent three years in Washington, D.C., working as a legislative aide for Representative Spencer Bachus and the Senate Republican Conference before returning to Alabama. In the fall of 2013, Relfe led a group of Cumberland School of Law students in an extensive research project for the Center to assist in an important adoption case before the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals. In addition to his work for the Center, he serves as the writing editor for the Cumberland Law Review.

 

Alice Nix
Family Law Team Co-Leader

Alice Nix is a second-year student at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, and co-leader of the Family Law/Domestic Relations Team. She graduated from the University of the South-Sewanee with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology in 2012. Nix worked last summer under the director of Domestic Violence at the YWCA and volunteered with the Jefferson County Family Court. Alice hopes to practice in juvenile justice and domestic relations after graduation.

 

Ashley Waldrop
Child Abuse & Neglect Team Leader

Ashley Waldrop is a second-year student at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, and is a leader for the Center’s Abuse & Neglect Team. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Auburn University in 2008 and her Master’s in Public Administration in 2010. Following, Waldrop worked with the Department of Human Resources in the SNAP program and in child welfare. Before attending law school, Waldrop worked as a Family Preservation Caseworker. Waldrop is interested in litigation and criminal law.

 

 

Spring 2013

Stefan Bachman
After completing high school in Germany, Stefan Bachman earned his undergraduate degree in German and International Trade at Clemson University. Upon graduating, Stefan joined the United States Coast Guard conducting anti-human trafficking and counter-narcotic missions in Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Also, he worked to interdict children before they could be successfully trafficked into the United States for unlawful purposes. Stefan is currently a first-year student at Cumberland School of Law. He serves as the team leader of the Center’s Child Trafficking team.

Elizabeth Bannister
Elizabeth Bannister is a second-year student at Cumberland School of Law, where she works with the school’s Street Law program educating youth on legal issues. Her areas of scholarship within the Center are Pediatric and Reproductive Bioethics. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where she majored in Philosophy, with a Bioethics concentration, and minored in Philosophy and Law. Elizabeth has an interest in pursuing Medical Ethics Law or Juvenile Criminal Justice after earning her law degree. 

Katie Beall
Katie Beall is a second-year student at Cumberland School of Law. She is involved in the Center’s Pediatric Bioethics and Reproductive Bioethics teams. She is a junior editor on the Cumberland Law Review, member of the Cordell Hull Speaker Forum, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Cumberland Environmental Law Society, and serves as an honor court justice. Katie earned her degree in Political Science, with a minor in Environmental Law and Health Policy, from the University of Georgia. 

Courtney Brown
Courtney Brown is a member of the Center’s Abuse & Neglect Team. Courtney is a first-year student at Cumberland School of Law where she volunteers with the law school's Street Law program, introducing middle and high school students to the Juvenile Justice System. She graduated from the University of Georgia in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in English. Courtney has since been selected to BB&T’s Leadership Development training program, served as Financial Center Leader of the Lenox Branch of BB&T in Atlanta, Georgia, and Heflin, Alabama, and elected as a board member of the Cleburne Country Chamber of Commerce. Courtney is interested in working in Juvenile Justice and Family Court after earning her law degree.

Brittany Burgess
Brittany Burgess is a third year-student at Cumberland School of Law and a member of the Center’s Adoption Team. She is also a member of the law school's Trial Advocacy Board. She earned her undergraduate degree in Philosophy from the University of Alabama. Currently, Brittany externs in Family Court with the Legal Aid Society of Birmingham.

Haley Colson
Haley Colson is a third-year student at Cumberland School of Law, and a member of the Center’s Trafficking and Family Law Teams. After graduating with a degree in English and Spanish from George Washington University, Haley spent two years working in the legal field in Washington, D.C. Haley’s professional interests include public policy, specifically children’s rights, food safety and sustainability.  

Kacey Davis
Kacey Davis is a third-year student at Cumberland School of Law. Her area of scholarship within the Center is Juvenile Justice. Kacey is a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, Women in Law, and the Public Interest & Community Service Organization. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Political Science from the University of Alabama in 2009. Kacey is currently a law clerk at Rosen Harwood, P.A. in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

Brandi Elliott
Brandi Elliott is a first-year student at Cumberland School of Law, and a member of the Center’s Abuse & Neglect Team. She is an Honor Court Justice and a member of Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity. She earned her undergraduate degree in Justice Studies from Georgia Southern University. 

Aly George
Aly George is a second-year student at Cumberland School of Law, and a member of the Center’s Abuse & Neglect and Trafficking Teams. Aly is a joint-degree student, pursuing with her J.D. a Master’s in Public Administration at UAB. She is a member of Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity and Cumberland Public Interest and Community Service Organization. Aly hopes to work with local government or a non-profit organization after graduating. 

Lauren Glass
Lauren Glass is a first-year student at Cumberland School of Law. Her area of scholarship within the Center is Family Law. Lauren is currently a member of Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, and works with the Paternity Service Docket. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History, cum laude and with honors, from the University of Alabama. 

Abby King
Abby King is a first-year student at Cumberland School of Law, and a member of the Center’s Juvenile Justice Team. She earned her undergraduate degree from Auburn University. Abby is currently a volunteer at the Birmingham Family Court, and hopes to continue helping children after earning her law degree. 

Sophie Lemmon
Sophie Lemmon is an undergraduate law student at the University of East Anglia in Norwich, England, visiting Cumberland School of Law. Her area of scholarship within the Center is Juvenile Justice. Sophie has worked with the British Red Cross, teaching International Humanitarian Law. Professionally, Sophie has an interest in Children’s Rights, particularly under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and Geneva Conventions. 

Allison Linick
Allison Linick is a third-year student at Cumberland School of Law. She is a member of the Center’s Education Team.

Avery Livingston
Avery Livingston is a third-year student at Cumberland School of Law, and serves as the Center’s Education team leader. She received her BA in American Studies from Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, Georgia. Avery hopes to pursue a career in city planning, school, family, or non-profit law.

Mary McDaniel
Mary McDaniel is a first-year student at Cumberland School of Law and is a member of the Center’s Adoption Team. Mary earned her Bachelor’s degree in History from the Birmingham-Southern College Honor’s program in 2012. She is currently a member of Women in Law and Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity. After earning her law degree, Mary hopes to work in children’s rights. 

Madalyn Miller
Madalyn Miller is a second-year student at Cumberland School of Law. Her areas of scholarship within the Center are Family Law and Education. Madalyn earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia. She has since interned for the Birmingham Family Court and Athens, GA, Solicitor General’s office. Madalyn hopes to continue her work in Family Law and Children’s Issues after earning her law degree. 

Carter Montgomery
Carter Montgomery is a second-year student at Cumberland School of Law and a member of the Center’s Adoption and Education Teams. He has worked with children in a number of capacities, serving as a tutor to special needs and underprivileged children and shadowing an adoption attorney before attending law school. Carter earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Alabama. 

Lindsay Nadeau
Lindsay Nadeau is a third-year student at Cumberland School of Law, and a member of the Center’s Abuse & Neglect and Juvenile Justice Teams. She earned a Sociology degree from Spring Hill College, and has since interned at Legal Services, helping with domestic violence cases, and with the Mobile and Blount Country District Attorney offices. 

Alice Nix
Alice Nix is a first-year student at Cumberland School of Law, and a member of the Center’s Adoption and Family Law Teams. She graduated from the University of the South-Sewanee with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology in 2012. She wrote her senior thesis on “what works” at Blue Monarch, a safe haven and rehabilitative/spiritually based boarding home for women and children, most of whom were previous victim of substance and/or physical abuse. Alice has an interest in Family Law and Domestic Relations.

Breauna Peterson
Breauna Peterson is a third-year student at Cumberland School of Law. She is a member of the Center’s Juvenile Justice Team, Director of Community Service for Cumberland’s BSLA Chapter, director of mediation for the law school's Trial Advocacy Board, and director of alumni affairs for the 2012–13 SRBLSA academic year. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Alabama in 2010, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. 

Anna Reilly
Anna Reilly is a first-year student at Cumberland School of Law, and a member of the Center’s Family Law Team. She currently clerks for a surrogacy and reproductive technology firm based in Marietta, Georgia. She graduated from Rhodes College, where she majored in Psychology and Education. While attending Rhodes, she was a member of Order of Omega Honors Society and the Pan-Hellenic Counsel. She also worked with the Exchange Club Family Center and YMCA. She hopes to pursue Child Advocacy or Reproductive Technology Law after earning her law degree.

Abbyrae Stringfellow
Abbyrae Stringfellow is a second-year student at Cumberland School of Law. She is a Team Leader of the Center’s Abuse & Neglect Team. She earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science & Government, with a minor in Psychology, from the University of North Alabama in 2007. Prior to attending law school, she worked as an Independent Catastrophe Claims Manager, Trainer, and Adjuster. 

Megan Templeton
Megan Templeton is a first-year student at Cumberland School of Law. She is a member of the Center’s Adoption Team. She graduated from Auburn University in 2011 with a major in Psychology and a minor in Religious Studies. After graduating, Megan traveled to Eastern Africa, partnering with various mission organizations to aid in relief for orphans and trafficking victims. Megan hopes to continue her child advocacy work after earning her law degree.

Genevieve Turner
Genevieve Turner is a second-year at Cumberland School of Law. She is a member of the Center’s Abuse & Neglect Team, as well as the law school's trial team and Trial Board. Genevieve received her undergraduate degree in Journalism and Religious Studies from Colorado State University. After graduating, Genevieve served in the Knoxville Fellows Program, working with the District Attorney’s office.  She also worked with at-risk youth in Knoxville mentoring high school girls.

Virginia Underwood
Virginia Underwood is a first-year student at Cumberland School of Law, and a member of the Center’s Education Team. She graduated from Agnes Scott College in 2010, with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and English. After earning her law degree, Virginia hopes to pursue a career in criminal law, civil rights, and juvenile justice litigation. 

Ashley Waldrop
Ashley Waldrop is a first-year student at Cumberland School of Law, and is a team leader for the Center’s Abuse & Neglect Team. She earned her Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Auburn University in 2008 and her Masters in Public Administration in 2010. Following, Ashley worked with the Department of Human Resources in the SNAP program and in child welfare. Before attending law school, Ashley worked as a Family Preservation Caseworker. 

Quin Watson
Quin Watson is a second-year student at Cumberland School of Law. She is the Center’s team leader for the Juvenile Justice Team. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from the University of Alabama, Birmingham. While in college, Quin interned with the Jefferson County Family Court Probation Department. Before attending law school, she was employed with Alabama Clinical Schools as a Mental Health Associate. Currently, Quin interns with the Jefferson County Family Court and mentors with the Jefferson County Family Court Adolescent Mentoring Program.

Yenu Wadajo
Yenu is a first-year student at Cumberland School of Law, and a member of the Center’s Adoption Team. She earned her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia majoring in Speech Communication and double minoring in Mass Communication and African American Studies. Upon graduation, she moved to Washington, D.C. where she worked for a scientific journal while earning her Master’s in Journalism and Public Affairs at American University. She spent several years working as a news anchor and reporter prior to law school. Yenu currently serves on the board of the Alabama Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, represents the law school as a Cumberland Student Ambassador, and volunteers with Weimaraner Rescue of the South.

Nancy Yarbrough
Nancy Yarbrough is a third-year student at Cumberland School of Law, and a member of the Center’s Adoption Team. While in law school, Ms. Yarbrough clerked at the United States Attorney’s Office, White, Arnold & Dowd, Nationwide’s Trial Division, and for the Honorable Judge Houston Brown. She currently clerks at Simpson, McMahon, Glick & Burford, and at the family law firm of Shaw, Anderson & Peeples. Ms. Yarbrough was selected as the 2012–13 Rodney Max Mediation Fellow, and assists in mediations at the Bessemer Courthouse. She is a Judge Abraham Caruthers Fellow, has participated in moot court and trial competitions, and served as national team judge on the Henry Upson Moot Court Board. Before attending law school, Nancy worked in management in marketing at Regions Financial Corp. and was a reporter and editor at the Birmingham Post-Herald and at United Press International in Chicago, where she wrote about neglect, abuse, and the foster care system. Nancy is interested in preserving parents’ rights as they relate to adoption, dependency, and divorce.

Michael Yaworsky
Michael Yaworsky is a second-year student at Cumberland School of Law. His scholarship with the Center focuses on Abuse & Neglect. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from Florida State University. Thereafter, he began a career in government and politics in Florida, serving as Director of Gubernatorial Appointments for Governor Crist and Chief of Staff for the Department of Business and Professional Regulation.



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