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June 01, 2015

Summer Interns

(The pdf for the issue in which this article appears is available for download: (Bifocal, Vol. 36, Issue 5).)


Dara Valanejad is a rising second-year law student at American University Washington College of Law in Washington, DC.

Mr. Valanejad is currently a junior staff member of the American University Law Review and will be a Writing Fellow with the school’s Legal Rhetoric program this coming year.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Valanejad was an undergraduate at San Francisco State University, where he graduated cum laude with a B.A. in Philosophy and B.A. in History.

This summer, Mr. Valanejad will be working under the supervision of Assistant Director Erica Wood on several guardianship-related projects.

Hillary Anderson is a rising second-year year law student at Syracuse University College of Law (SUCOL) in Syracuse, NY. Ms. Anderson graduated with honors from Ursinus College in Collegeville, PA, in 2014, where she majored in Business and Economics and minored in Politics.

This spring at SUCOL, Ms. Anderson won the Hancock Estabrook 1L Oral Advocacy competition and was chosen as a member of the College’s 2015-2016 ABA National Appellate Team. Ms. Anderson will also be participating in the Children’s Rights and Family Law Clinic upon her return to Syracuse this fall.

Ms. Anderson has begun her summer with the Commission working with Director Charlie Sabatino on a project to record state statutory updates in the field of advance directives. ■