Congratulations to our 2022 CLOC Scholarship Winners!
They are passionate, goal-oriented, and highly motivated. We are so excited for these talented emerging legal professionals to embark on their legal operations journey.See the 2022 Winners!
Tessa L. Cierny
Georgia State University's College of Law
Tessa Cierny is the Global Records Manager at WestRock and a second-year law student at Georgia State University’s College of Law, where she is president of the Legal Analytics Student Association and is pursuing the Legal Analytics & Innovation Certificate. She has a Bachelor’s degree from The University of Georgia, as well as a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. With 13 years of experience in Information Governance in both academic and corporate environments, she has spent the last 7 years driving operational innovations and business development in legal operations at Delta, Mercedes-Benz USA and WestRock, including implementation of Contract Lifecycle Management, Enterprise Content Management, Data Privacy, Data Retention, and eDiscovery and Legal Hold process improvements and solutions.
Theresa R. DiCenzo
Campbell Law School in Raleigh, NC
Theresa DiCenzo is a current law student at Campbell Law School in Raleigh, NC. Prior to beginning law school, she worked in marketing developing and analyzing campaigns for a global audience. She has a passion for blending creativity with analytics to improve her approach and appreciates the ever-changing landscape involved with digital marketing.
After law school, she’s aiming for a career in legal operations in order to blend her background of creativity and data analysis with her newly gained skills in law school in order to improve a company’s efficiency while operating in a global capacity.
In her free time she enjoys taking her Australian Shepherd on runs, exploring the city, and practices her second language skills.
Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Arina Filippenko is a second-year law student at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. Arina is currently a financial examiner with the Alaska Division of Banking and Securities where she performs regulatory audits of financial services companies and conducts enforcement investigations. Passionate about the power of data and technology for legal operations, Arina is in Mitchell Hamline’s inaugural Data Analytics Incubator program where she focuses on using data analysis to bridge the access to justice gap in Alaska. Before law school, she received degrees in finance and management from the University of Alaska, Anchorage and worked in institutional investment as well as private wealth management. This summer, Arina will be working as a summer associate at Stoel Rives, LLP in Anchorage.
Jordan A. Galvin
Indiana University - Bloomington
Jordan Galvin has worked in legal innovation since graduating from law school: first starting in legal education, and then moving to big law. Early on, it was apparent how critical data is to substantive and operational excellence. It was also apparent that the legal industry lacked a comprehensive understanding of data such that we could take advantage of its full power. To better drive innovation in this area, Jordan began pursuing her Master’s of Data Science at Indiana University–Bloomington. She looks forward to applying the skills she learns to the business and practice of law, and greatly appreciates CLOC’s partnership.
Kevin J. Garcia
University of Puerto Rico in San Juan
Kevin Garcia is currently a 3L student pursuing both a JD and MBA degrees at the University of Puerto Rico in San Juan. He hopes to leverage both backgrounds to bring a data-driven focused mindset to the legal profession given the gap that exists between how the industry still operates and the needs of their customers in the 21st Century. Among his hobbies are a passion for reading on his spare time and learning more about other cultures.
Anita S. Kinney
Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
Anita began her career as a librarian before discovering that her analytical and technical skills lent themselves to solving complex business problems. Pivoting to IT, she worked as a records manager for a government agency and a consulting firm before deciding to pursue a law degree in order to better advise clients on compliance requirements. She is excited by the potential for legal operations to enhance access to information and drive value for clients.
Joshua J. Lustig
Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
Joshua Lustig is a 2L at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. He is also a member of the Northwestern Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property and is a co-president of Northwestern’s Intellectual Property Law Society. Prior to law school, Josh graduated from the University of Michigan with degrees in Industrial & Operations Engineering and Computer Science Engineering. By combining his engineering background with his legal training, Josh hopes to introduce continuous process improvement and data-driven decision-making techniques to the legal industry. In his free time, Josh enjoys NPR, swing dancing, and learning new languages.
Charles R. McCarthy
University of Richmond
Charlie McCarthy is a second-year JD/MBA candidate at the University of Richmond. Before law school, Charlie attended the University of Virginia and was commissioned as a naval officer upon graduation. He served as a Surface Warfare Officer for five years, completing two deployments in the South China Sea and Eastern Mediterranean. Charlie currently leads the Richmond Legal Business Design Hub Fellowship. The fellowship is a student-run organization that focuses on educating University of Richmond law students on entrepreneurship, technology, and innovation in the strategy, operations, and design of businesses that deliver legal services. In his spare time, Charlie enjoys surfing, cycling, and hiking with his wife and dog.
David B. Shekman
Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
David is a first-year law student (1L) at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. He previously earned a B.S. in Business Administration from Washington University in St. Louis’s Olin School of Business with a concentration in Economics & Strategy. David’s work focuses on the intersection of law and technology, where he hopes to combine his legal education and skills in data science to modernize the practice of law and change how the future lawyer works. He is a Research Assistant for Professor Dan Linna and the Law & Technology Initiative, and a member of the High Tech Law Society, Jewish Law Students Association, and Ukrainian American Bar Association. Prior to law school, David worked at a large asset manager in Chicago. This summer, he will be a legal intern at Cisco Systems, Inc.
Harvard Law School
Ryan Sim is a second-year student at Harvard Law School. He is also a Teaching Fellow for the Board of Student Advisers, executive board member of the West Coast Club, and member of the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology. Prior to law school, Ryan graduated from Harvard College with a concentration in Government. He then worked in policymaking and research roles related to cybersecurity and campaign finance. Ryan is passionate about employing his legal/government experiences to critically think about transforming the legal profession via legal operations.