I would like to take a moment to welcome the Summer 2015 UELIP Cohort to the office, we have such a large presences in the office and the whole building is buzzing about the addition of the 80 (YES 80!) best and brightest. This summer we are excited to welcome a group of Interns working in Office of the General Counsel at DCPS. After an exciting start I’d like to recognize this group, so thanks for joining us Jamie, David, Ariane, Sierra, Ashley, and Mamie!
Jamie Wamble: Jamie is from Tempe, Arizona and has a degree in Sociology from Arizona State University. She is now a student at George Washington University Law School and we are happy to her.
- What is the most exciting/interesting thing you have worked on so far? Trademark infringement issue with Anacostia High School.
- Can you think of one interesting thing you have learned from your internship so far? Foreign students (minor children) visiting the U.S. on a J-2 visa can attend DC Public Schools.
- What are you most looking forward to? Continuing to research and learn about a wide variety of issues. And field trips!
David Grau: David originally from North Caldwell, NJ is joining us from American University Washington College of Law. He previously attended University of Notre Dame where he studies Art History and Education Policy.
- What is the most exciting/interesting thing you have worked on so far? Researching and drafting a memo about “twice exceptional” students, i.e., students who have both disabilities and high cognitive skills, and the type of special education services that DCPS is obligated to provide for them.
- What is something you have learned from your internship so far? I’ve realized that my teaching background with Teach For America will be extremely helpful for my work this summer as a legal intern.
- Favorite restaurant in D.C.? Toki Underground! (He suggest you order the red miso ramen and a Toki Monster)
Ariane Schaffer: Ariane is a UELIP from American University studying Interdisciplinary Political Science. Being in DC for school has allowed her to see snow for the first time since she is originally from New Orleans, LA.
- What is the most exciting/interesting thing you have worked on so far? So far I have been working on streamlining the food appropriations process and updating the OGC website.
- What excites you the most about being a UELIP this summer? I am excited to be a UELIP this summer to learn from and work closely with education influencers in the nation’s capital.
- Favorite Subject: Anthropology
Sierra Murph: Sierra is a law student at George Washington Law School, and previously studied History with a minor in African American Studies in her home state at at South Carolina State University,
- What is the most exciting/interesting thing you have worked on so far? Drafting a cease and desist letter regarding copyright and trademark infringement.
- What are you most looking forward to? Expanding my legal knowledge in various fields of law, such as copyright and trademark law.
- Favorite thing about living in D.C.? Riding the metro and buses! I love being around so many other people all at once.
Ashley Macaysa: Ashley from San Diego/ Hilo Hawaii (on the Big Island) studied Political Science with a minor is Asian Studies at UC Santa Barbara now joins the OGC team as an American University Washington College of Law student.
- What is the most exciting/interesting thing you have worked on so far? Responding to a Civil rights complaint brought by the Department of Education against DCPS.
- What is something you have learned from your internship? I have learned a lot about client advocacy and special education law.
- Can you think of an Interesting fact about yourself? I drink a green smoothie every morning after my 5-mile run. (WOW)
And finally, Mamie Aoughsten: Mamie is another law student joining us from American University Washington College of Law. She previously studied International Relations and Global Studies/Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin.
- What are you most looking forward to in this internship? Attending Special Education Due Process hearings and working with all the attorneys in the office. I started just this past week and am still getting settled!
- Favorite thing about living in D.C.? Meeting new people every day, especially excited to meet all the other UELIP interns!
- Favorite drink at Starbucks: S’mores Frappuccino! I’m a true coffee snob!
Thanks to all the Interns and Staff at OGC, and good luck this summer! — Ashley Clark