James Wilson Fellowship
Naples, Florida, July 7-12, 2014
In partnership with the Alliance Defending Freedom, Prof. Hadley Arkes led five days of seminars on natural law in Naples, Florida, July 7-12, 2014. In those concentrated sessions, he dealt with these central points: the moral ground of the law; the properties of moral truths and how we know them; but then beyond that, how we may apply those principles of natural law systematically to the cases that arise in our law. The question was whether we could shape in that way a jurisprudence with moral coherence. Arkes was joined occassionally in these seminars by two gifted teachers of law and philosophy, Michael Uhlmann and David Forte. For a full account of the Fellowship, please see here.
Paul Alarcón—Originally from Orange County, California, Paul is currently clerking for Judge Daniel A. Manion of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, after clerking for Chief Judge J. Leon Holmes of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas. He received a J.D., summa cum laude, from the Dale E. Fowler School of Law at Chapman University, and a B.A. from Thomas Aquinas College.
Marcella Burke—Marcella is currently a 2nd year associate at Akin Gump in Houston, Texas, where she was named “Houston Pro-Bono Associate of the Year” and ranked top three associate firm-wide. This year she will clerk for Justice Don Willett of the Texas Supreme Court. She took her J.D. from University of Houston Law Center where she served as editor of both the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy and the Houston Law Review, and she took her B.A. from Texas A&M University. She’s a deputy finance director of the Texas GOP, a co-chair of the Houston MavPAC chapter, and a board member of the Houston Federalist Society. She serves the Vatican on the board of the Pontifical Council of Culture and the New Evangelization, and she is a past member of the USCCB National Advisory Committee.
David Dewhirst—David is a recent graduate of the George Washington University Law School, where he was the President of the Federalist Society and Symposium Editor for the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy. He is also the co-author of an upcoming article to be published in the Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy. He has been engaged by Justice James Johnson of the Washington Supreme Court to clerk beginning in August, and looks forward to pursuing a career in civil litigation in the Pacific Northwest. He is interested in all aspects of constitutional law; as a Blackstone Fellow and Mentor, he is particularly drawn to religious liberty, free speech, and life issues.
Mihailis E. Diamantis—Born in Thessaloniki, Greece, Mihailis was raised in sunny Huntsville (aka "Rocket City"), Alabama. He is currently an Olin-Searle Fellow resident at Columbia Law School and in the final year of his philosophy PhD at New York University. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School and graduated summa cum laude from Amherst College. He clerked for Chief Judge Alex Kozinski on the 9th Circuit and worked for two years as a corporate litigator in New York City. His current academic interests include moral psychology and issues in law related to collective action.
James Gould—Originally from London, England, James is currently a PhD Researcher and Teaching Assistant at the Russell Group, University of Exeter School of Law, where he teaches commercial, contract, property law and jurisprudence. James also received his LL.B (Bachelor of Laws) from the University of Exeter. James further holds the Professor Sir Norman Anderson Scholarship in Law and Ethics at Tyndale House, Cambridge. His research interests focus upon the unusual combination of jurisprudence and employment law, with a particular applied interest in natural law and natural rights.
Anderson (Andy) Hatfield—Andy is from Albuquerque, New Mexico and currently works as a prosecutor in Roswell, New Mexico. He received his B.A. from the University of New Mexico, summa cum laude, and his J.D. from the Notre Dame Law School, magna cum laude. In addition to the Fighting Irish and the Dallas Cowboys, he is most interested in constitutional theory and religious freedom.
Jonathan Koch—Originally from West Chester, Pa., Jonathan is currently a 3rd year law student at the University of Michigan Law School, where he is the president of the school's Federalist Society chapter. This summer he will be working for the Michigan Solicitor General and the Wayne County Prosecuting Attorney. He received a B.A. from Andrews University, magna cum laude, where he was a J.N. Andrews Honors Scholar. .
Thomas (Tommy) Ogden—Originally from Des Moines, Iowa, Tommy is returning home to clerk for Judge Steven M. Colloton on the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He received a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law and a B.A. from Hillsdale College.
Jordan Pratt—A native of Tampa, Florida, Jordan will soon begin clerking for Judge Jennifer Elrod on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Previously, he clerked for Judge Harvey Schlesinger on the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. Jordan received both his J.D. and his B.A. from the University of Florida, and he enjoys writing about the intersection between the First and Second Amendments.
Katie Roholt—Katie is a recent graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, where she received her J.D. from the law school and her M.B.E. (Master of Bioethics) from the School of Medicine. This fall, she will clerk for Judge Colloton of the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals and then join Jones Day in Washington, D.C. Katie received a B.A. from the University of Scranton, summa cum laude, and she is particularly interested in bioethics and federalism.