Congratulations to our 2021 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 2021 Winners!
Kelsey R. Berteaux
University of Utah
Kelsey Berteaux has been working as a legal operations specialist for the past two years. Her original professional background is in editing, IT operations, and management, which have all helped inform her career path. She is working on an MBA to expand her opportunities in the field. Kelsey is inspired by CLOC’s leadership and aspires to become a pillar of the CLOC community. She is passionate about learning, teaching, and sharing and hopes you’ll see her soon conducting a webinar, authoring a white paper, or leading a CLOC special interest group.
Mackenzie J. Arnold
Harvard Law School
Mackenzie Arnold is a third-year student at Harvard Law School. He previously attended Boston College, winning the G.F. & J.W. Bemis Award for public service and graduating with the highest honors in political science. Mackenzie’s work has focused on evaluating and redesigning traditional service models in contexts from immigration to civil legal aid, and after graduation, he plans to help local advocates in New York City develop a community crisis-response program as an alternative to policing. Mackenzie is a proud member of the Effective Altruism movement and a taker of the Giving What We Can Pledge.
George Washington University (School of Business)
Sbhat Ahmad is a graduate student enrolled at George Washington University, pursuing his Master’s Degree in Finance. Sbhat’s goal is to become a financial advisor to help others manage their financial health. Obtaining this degree allowed him to learn how to take care of his own finances and teach others how to do the same. I’m very grateful for the CLOC scholarship in helping me pursue my dreams.
Jami D Fiorito
Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Jami Fiorito is a first year law student at Mitchell Hamline School of Law. As she pursues her studies, she also works as a Contract Administrator at ConvergeOne, Inc. Jami is passionate about process improvement, and is always thinking about new ways to maximize efficiencies in the workplace. She plans to continue working in legal operations after law school so she can bring her past experience and legal knowledge together.
Alexander L Norman
Washington University School of Law
Alexander (Alex) Norman is an associate on the equity trading desk at a financial services firm. Alex previously held client-facing and compliance roles in financial services. Prior to his career, Alex graduated summa cum laude from the University of Missouri with a business finance degree. Alex is currently an admitted student at the Washington University School of Law. He hopes to ensure better legal outcomes for corporate clients through operational efficiency.
Harvard Law School
Barbara Tsao is a first-year law student at Harvard Law School. She is also a member of the Harvard Environmental Law Review, co-president of her class section committee, and on the board of the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association at Harvard Law. Prior to law school, Barbara worked in undergraduate neuroscience research and proudly served as a high school science teacher in New Mexico and Texas. She is passionate about utilizing her years of experience in critical research and team-based environments to translate data into powerful insights and transformation in legal operations.
Jesse I. Messmer
Boston University Law School
Jesse Messmer has spent the last 4 years as an educator. Teaching 7th grade social studies in Lawrence Massachusetts has made him very aware of the power of the justice system in creating an equitable society. Though Jesse has intended to pursue a career in law for many years, his time spent as an educator cemented that desire. He believes that his unique background will help him to find success in both teaching and law.
Andrew M Taylor
Mitchell Hamline School of Law
Andy Taylor is a student in Mitchell Hamline School of Law’s part-time evening program. From 2010-2019, Andy was a policy staffer in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served in senior positions for two members of Congress and on the staff of the Financial Services Committee and the Foreign Affairs Committee. He currently works in digital legal operations and data privacy for a Midwest-based lending company and serves on the board of directors of the Borgen Project, a non-profit organization that works to make poverty reduction a focus of U.S. foreign policy. Additionally, Andy is a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Dispute Resolution Arbitrator and a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM).
Rachel M Sanford
Georgia State University College of Law
Rachel Sanford will graduate in May 2022 and is currently a J.D. candidate at Georgia State University College of Law. Rachel is pursuing studies and certification in Environmental and Land Use Law and hopes to work closely with environmental groups in her legal career. After graduating with a B.S. in International Affairs from Georgia Tech in 2017, Rachel has worked as a Data Analyst, Customer Solutions Manager, and Legal Operations Paralegal before attending law school.
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Caitriona Pagni is entering her final year of a JD-MBA at the University of Illinois and earned a BS in Foreign Service from the Georgetown University Walsh School of Foreign Service. Caitriona hopes to use her international education and background to drive operational innovations and improve business development in the legal industry, ultimately creating better outcomes for clients. Caitriona has earned CALI awards in Legal Research, Business Associations, and Privacy Law, and serves in multiple leadership roles in both her JD and MBA program. To solidify her understanding of operations and the legal industry, Caitriona has held roles at Sidley Austin LLP, the Walgreens Boots Alliance, PEAK6 investments, and will begin an associate position at Locke Lord LLP after graduation.