2024 Winter James Wilson Fellowship
January 7-13, 2024
Old Town Alexandria, VA
Professors Hadley Arkes and Gerard Bradley, co-directors of the James Wilson Institute, joined by other distinguished scholars, will offer a seminar over six days in the Washington, D.C.-area, on Natural Law and its bearing on our jurisprudence. The course will focus on discussing the central points of a jurisprudence of Natural Law, such as the classic connection between the “logic of morals” and the “logic of law,” the properties of moral truths and the principles of judgment, and how we would see certain landmark cases differently if they were viewed through the lens of Natural Law. Our main objective is to restore a moral coherence to our jurisprudence. Topics discussed in past seminars have included, “The Natural Law, the Positive Law, and the American Regime”; “The Natural Law and Ordinary Language: Recovering the Philosophic ground for the Restriction of Assaulting Speech Acts”; “Abortion, Privacy, and the Law: Who is the Bearer of Natural Rights?’”; and “Religion and the Law.” To read the biographies of our 2023 faculty, please visit here. To listen to testimonials of former Fellows, please visit here.
We are pleased to welcome the Fellowship class of 2024 for the Winter Session!
Natalee Allenbaugh is a trial and appellate attorney in Washington, DC. Prior to her current position, she clerked for Judge M. Miller Baker of the United States Court of International Trade and Judge Gregory E. Maggs of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and she completed a fellowship at the DC Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs. As a law student, she was Co-President of The George Washington University Law School Federalist Society and served as a Notes Editor on the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal. Additionally, she was a member of the law school's Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition Quarterfinalist team at the U.S. Mid-Atlantic Regional, and she co-chaired George Washington's internal Van Vleck Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition. She holds a B.A., cum laude, in History, Sociology, and Political Science from Pepperdine University and a J.D., with Honors, from The George Washington University Law School.
Kaitlyn Barry is a trial attorney in Houston, Texas. She previously served as a law clerk for Judge Kurt D. Engelhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and for Judge Ron Clark of the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Texas. Kaitlyn holds a B.S. from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center.
Suzanne Beecher serves as legal counsel for the Center for Conscience Initiatives at Alliance Defending Freedom. Prior to joining ADF, Beecher was the Director of Student Programs at the Institute for Human Ecology at The Catholic University of America. Suzanne has also served as a civil rights analyst for the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division within the Office for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Before serving at HHS, Beecher was associate counsel at First Liberty Institute. Beecher received a Juris Doctor magna cum laude from Notre Dame Law School and a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Baylor University.
Warren Bloom is a law clerk for the Honorable Jeffrey V. Brown of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Next term, he will clerk for the Honorable Cory T. Wilson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. During law school, he interned for the Honorable Lawrence J.C. VanDyke of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and he worked as a summer associate in the Dallas office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP. He holds a J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law. Before law school, he earned a B.S. in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry and Economics from Yale College, worked in finance in New York City, and earned a M.A. in International Security from George Mason University.
Jeffery Bristol is currently one of two attorneys at The Parrish Law Firm where he handles a wide variety of civil and criminal matters ranging from admiralty and civil rights to serving as the only Specially Appointed, private attorney for Florida's 13th Circuit Public Defender's Office. A proud Florida native, he regularly appears in state courts across the state and in Florida's three federal districts. He received his JD from the University of Michigan Law School. He has a PhD in Anthropology from Boston University, an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago, a BA in History, Anthropology, and Languages from Marlboro College and an AA in Persian-Farsi from the Defense Language Institute. He currently serves as an officer in the US Navy Reserve and spent five years in the US Army as an enlisted soldier.
Nick Clifford is a third-year student at Indiana University Maurer School of Law where he serves as President of the school's Federalist Society. He is a fellow at Indiana University's Ostrom Workshop studying the Anti-Federalist papers and is a law and policy fellow at the Cicero Institute. Previously, Nick has done fellowships with the Hudson Institute, Hertog Foundation, Hoover Institution, Common Sense Society, Fund for American Studies, and the Mercatus Center. He interned at the Cato Institute, Heritage Foundation, and for Judge Ryan Nelson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Nick was also a law clerk for The Pacific Legal Foundation and Sen. John Kennedy of Louisiana. He earned his B.S. in public affairs from Indiana University and is a native Hoosier.
Noah Farley is a second-year student at Columbia Law School. He currently serves as the Madison Speaker Chair of the Columbia Law School chapter of the Federalist Society. After graduation, he will clerk for Chief Judge William H. Pryor, Jr. of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. During the summer of 2023, he interned for the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. Prior to law school, Noah worked for a process service agency in the Washington, D.C. metro area. He graduated summa cum laude from Patrick Henry College with a B.A. in Government.
Montgomery "Monty" Flores is a 2024 J.D. candidate at The University of Texas School of Law. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Texas Review of Law & Politics. He is also a Blackstone Legal Fellow. Monty previously worked as a summer associate at Pulman Cappuccio Pullen in San Antonio and as an intern for the Honorable Judge Brantley Starr of the U.S. Northern District of Texas. After graduation, he will serve as a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Reed O'Connor and the Honorable Judge Brantley Starr, both of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Monty holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Texas at Dallas."
Stephen Greenway is a third-year student at Mercer University School of Law, where he is president of the Mercer Federalist Society, an executive editor of the Mercer Law Review, a symposium editor of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, and a Blackstone Fellow. He was a summer associate at King & Spalding LLP in Atlanta. Before law school, Stephen served as an Infantry Officer in the United States Army. He deployed twice to Eastern Europe, serving with a team of military advisors to the Georgian National Army from 20182019. Stephen graduated from the University of Georgia in 2017 with a B.A. in international affairs and was a cadet in the Army ROTC Bulldog Battalion. Following his graduation from law school, Stephen will clerk for Justice Sarah Hawkins Warren on the Georgia Supreme Court and Judge William M. Ray, II on the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia before clerking for Judge Elizabeth L. Branch on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Tyler E. Gustafson is a law clerk to the Honorable Alice M. Batchelder of the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a Blackstone Fellow and is licensed to practice law in the state of Florida and in the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit. Tyler graduated cum laude from Regent University School of Law where he was the President of the Regent Federalist Society and the Symposium Editor for the Regent Law Review. While in law school, Tyler excelled at Appellate Advocacy, competing in multiple competitions and winning awards for oral advocacy and brief writing. Tyler graduated magna cum laude from Grove City College, getting his B.A. with honors in Political Science. There, Tyler served as the Student Body President and played football.
Madeline Hodges is a 2024 J.D. Candidate at George Mason – Antonin Scalia Law School. She previously served as the Executive Vice President of the GMU chapter Federalist Society and a notes editor for the George Mason Law Review. Madeline is also a Blackstone Legal Fellow from the class of 2022. After graduating, Madeline will clerk for Judge Stephen S. Schwartz on the Court of Federal Claims and then work in litigation at McGuireWoods in Tysons, Virginia. Madeline lives with her husband and son in Alexandria, Virginia.
Nicholas Mauer is a 3L at Yale Law School, where he serves as the Vice President for Academic Affairs for the Yale Federalist Society. After graduating, he will clerk for the Honorable W. Duane Benton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Nick has a breadth of experience in federal and state government, having interned in Congress, at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and in the Office of the Missouri Solicitor General. Nick studied politics, history, and theater at Washington and Lee University and graduated summa cum laude in 2020.
Robert McCutcheon is an associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, where he litigates complex commercial disputes and appeals. Robert attended the University of Chicago Law School. His time in law school was enriched by the opportunity to serve as Sergeant-at-Arms of the Edmund Burke Society, Book Club Chair of the UChicago Federalist Society, Symposium Editor for the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and research assistant for Professors William Baude and Ilan Wurman. Robert is a future law clerk for Judge Edith H. Jones of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and previously, he externed for Judge Diarmuid F. O'Scannlain of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and Judge Michael T. Liburdi of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona.
Graham Pitman is a law clerk for Judge Robert J. Conrad, Jr. in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina. He graduated cum laude from the Wake Forest University School of Law. While there, he accepted faculty awards in four classes, worked as a teaching assistant for three professors, received recognition for Best Brief in the school's moot court competition, and published his journal note on trademark law. Following his clerkship, Graham will return to the Wyche Law Firm in Greenville, South Carolina, where he will litigate with a focus on intellectual property and constitutional law. Graham holds a business degree from Clemson University, following three generations of his family before him. He is an avid golfer, a lover of the outdoors, and a wrangler of his four nieces and nephews.
Matt Winesett is a third-year student at Columbia Law School. Upon graduating, he will clerk for Judge Jerry E. Smith of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Judge Carl J. Nichols of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. During law school, Matt has worked as a summer associate at Kellogg Hansen and Latham & Watkins, and as a summer intern in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Prior to law school, Matt worked at the American Enterprise Institute. He holds a B.A. from the University of Virginia, where he studied political philosophy and history.