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June 01, 2016

The Commission’s Summer 2016 Interns

(The pdf for the issue in which this article appears is available for download: Vol. 37, Issue 5.)


Preston Holmes is a rising third-year law student at Penn State Law in State College, PA.

Mr. Holmes received his B.S. from Auburn University in 2013, with a major in Economics. In the summer of 2015, Mr. Holmes worked for the Mecklenburg County 26th Judicial District as a law clerk in the Self-Serve Center in Charlotte, NC. There he taught pro-se clinics and conducted legal research of North Carolina law for criminal expunctions.

Currently at the Commission, Mr. Holmes is working under the supervision of Director Charles Sabatino, to conduct research on health care decision making.

Upon graduation, Mr. Holmes hopes to find work as legislative counsel or an elder law attorney.

Teresa Yao is a rising third-year student in the JD/MSW program at Washington University in St. Louis.

Prior to law school, Ms. Yao received her B.A. in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology from Washington University, where she conducted research on various neuropsychological studies for older adults for three years, with an emphasis on discovering biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease. In summer 2015, she worked at a non-profit where she spearheaded an effort to connect global dementia non-profit groups with law firms that provide free legal assistance.

Ms. Yao has served as the public service committee co-chair for her law school’s Public Service Advisory Board. Currently, she is an executive editor of the Washington University Law Review. This summer, under the supervision of senior attorney David Godfrey, she is working on a project examining surrogate selection in the context of decision-making for incapacitated patients. ■