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December 01, 2016

The Commission's 2016 Legal Interns and Externs

(The pdf for the issue in which this article appears is available for download: Bifocal, Vol. 38, Issue 2.)


Shayne Bolanos, a Spring 2016 intern, was a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of California, Irvine. Ms. Bolanos is pursuing a B.A. in Public Health Policy with a minor in Criminology, Law & Society (CLS). After graduation, Ms. Bolanos hopes to pursue an MAS degree in Health Policy and Law at the University of California, San Diego, and to go to law school and pursue a career in health law. Ms. Bolanos worked with David Godfrey to collect data on the Commission's Retirement Research Foundation project on healthcare decision-making.

Scott Perske, a Spring 2016 extern, was a second-year law student at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC. Mr. Perske received his B.A. from the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and his M.A. in dispute resolution from the Pepperdine University School of Law in Malibu, CA. After receiving his M.A., Mr. Perske worked as a mediator in the Superior Court of Los Angeles County. While at the ABA, Mr. Perske researched public guardianship statutes with Erica Wood.

Preston Holmes, a Summer 2016 extern, is a third-year law student at Penn State Law in State College, PA. Mr. Holmes received his B.S. from Auburn University. 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, where he taught pro-se clinics and conducted legal research for criminal expunctions. Upon graduation, Mr. Holmes hopes to find work as legislative counsel or an elder law attorney. Mr. Holmes worked with Charlie Sabatino to conduct research on health care decision-making.

Teresa Yao, a Summer 2016 extern, is a third-year student in the JD/MSW program at Washington University in St. Louis, MO. Prior to law school, she received her B.A. in Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology from Washington University, where she conducted research on neuropsychological studies for older adults. In summer 2015, she worked on an effort to connect global dementia non-profit groups with law firms that provide free legal assistance. She worked with David Godfrey on a project examining surrogate selection in the context of decision-making for incapacitated patients.

Erica McCrea, a Fall 2016 extern, is a second-year law student at The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in Washington, DC. Ms. McCrea received her B.A. from Charleston Southern University in Charleston, SC. Following her first year of law school, Ms. McCrea worked as an enforcement intern in the Washington Field Office of the EEOC. This fall she worked with Erica Wood to research current privacy and confidentiality provisions in guardianship statutes, creating a chart of statutory provisions and an article discussing her findings.

Sidney Zahabizadeh, a Fall 2016 extern, is a second-year law student at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. Ms. Zahabizadeh completed her undergraduate education at the University of Southern California where she discovered her interest in aging at the USC Davis School of Gerontology. At the ABA, she worked with David Godfrey to research durability provisions in power of attorney statutes to create state-wide chart of statutory provisions identifying key elements and where to find them. ■