Boris Bindman is from Oakland, CA. After graduating from UCLA with a B.A. in Politics, Boris participated in a fellowship with The Organizing and Leadership Academy, an Oakland-based organization focused on grassroots organizing and the development of political strategy for various types of campaigns. During his 1L summer Boris worked at the Law Offices of Robert J. Bezemek, a labor law firm in Oakland, CA that specializes in representing teacher unions. He returned to the Bay Area to work for the Law Office of Adam G. Gasner his 2L summer where he is doing criminal defense work. After graduating from W&L, Boris hopes to work at the San Francisco Public Defender's Office.
In addition to his role as a Burks Writing Fellow, Boris is a Lead Online Editor for the Washington and Lee Law Review, a research assistant for Professors Joshua Fairfield and Kish Parella, and participates in the Criminal Justice Clinic. He enjoys playing tennis, guitar, and long walks on the beach with his two pitbulls.
Kelton Frye was born and raised in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Kelton graduated from Wake Forest University in 2012 where he majored in political science.
Kelton spent his 1L summer working for the Honorable Mark P. Ciarrocca in New Jersey Superior Court. Kelton spent his 2L summer working for the United States Attorney’s Office in Roanoke, Virginia where he focused on civil litigation and bankruptcy.
During his 3L year, Kelton will continue to work with the United States Attorney’s Office. In addition, he will serve as a Lead Articles Editor for Law Review. In his free time, Kelton enjoys golf and following his favorite Boston sports teams.
Originally from Vermont, Karen received her B.A. in graphic design and marketing from Loyola University New Orleans. Prior to attending law school, she spent several years working at a plaintiff-side complex litigation firm in Washington, D.C., aimed at serving the public interest, where she assisted in the representation of employees, consumers, investors, tenants' associations, and nonprofits.
After her first year of law school, Karen interned with the Office of the General Counsel of the American Red Cross National Headquarters in D.C., an experience that further honed her interest in working with individuals fighting for their labor and employment rights, as well as non-profit entities and businesses facing difficult litigation. After her 2L year, Karen worked as a summer associate at McCandlish & Lillard, a general practice law firm just outside of D.C., where she spent the summer completing a breadth of litigation and transactional assignments spanning several practices areas, including business, family and domestic relations, contract, real estate, and health care laws.
In addition to her position as a Burks Scholar, Karen is the Editor in Chief of the Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice, a university Honor Advocate, and an active member of the Women Law Students Organization. After receiving her J.D., Karen hopes join a public-spirited law firm and litigate cases challenging a variety of civil rights, employment discrimination, affordable housing, False Claims Act, and consumer protection abuses. When she's not immersed in the law, she enjoys globe trotting, jivamukti yoga, watching NHL games, and anything fine arts-related.
Elaine McCafferty is from Newtown, Connecticut and graduated from the University of Connecticut with a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy. Before law school, Elaine worked as a paralegal at a firm specializing in Social Security disability. After her first year of law school, she interned at the Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities, a state agency that enforces Connecticut’s anti-discrimination laws. After her second year of law school, she worked as a summer associate at Sullivan and Cromwell, LLP.
In addition to serving as a Burks Scholar, Elaine is a Lead Articles Editor for the Washington and Lee Law Review. She will be externing during her third year of law school for Judge Michael F. Urbanski on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia. After graduation, she will work as an associate in the litigation practice group at Sullivan and Cromwell, LLP.
Christina Rossi moved a lot as a child (New Jersey, Massachusetts, New York, and California) but went to high school in Camden, Delaware. She graduated from Clemson University in December, 2012 and received a BA in English. She spent her 1L summer working for Balch and Bingham in Birmingham, Alabama and interning for Resident Judge Richard R. Cooch in the Superior Court of Delaware in Wilmington, Delaware. During her 2L summer, Christina returned to Balch and Bingham and also worked for Smith, Currie and Hancock in Atlanta, Georgia.
As part of the 3L program, Christina will spend her third year as an extern with Judge Charles L. Ricketts, III in the Staunton Circuit Court. She will serve as a Senior Articles Editor on the Journal of Energy, Climate, and the Environment and the Publications Editor of the Washington and Lee Law News. In her free time, Christina enjoys playing soccer, softball, and cheering on the Clemson Tigers.
Christina Tacoronti has lived all over the country (California, Washington, Florida, South Carolina, Georgia, and New York), but went to high school and college in the metro-Atlanta area. She graduated from the University of West Georgia with a BA in History in 2006. Prior to enrolling at Washington and Lee, Christina spent several years working for a non-profit animal advocacy organization. During her 1L summer, Christina interned with the Honorable Glen E. Conrad, Chief Judge for the Western District of Virginia. During her 2L summer, Christina worked as a summer associate at Davis, Polk & Wardwell in New York City.
In addition to serving as a Burks Scholar, Christina is the Symposium Editor for the Washington and Lee Law Review and will be participating in the Tax Clinic. After graduation, Christina will clerk for Judge Conrad in the Western District of Virginia.