D.C. Fellows

dEach summer, approximately 20 students from Moritz College of Law have the opportunity to take part in the Washington, D.C. Summer Program. Students work in substantive externships in D.C., accompanied by a high-quality academic program and a summer in the nation’s capital. The center has partnered with the D.C. Summer Program to award select Moritz law students, interested in the area of drug policy and enforcement, a fellowship that partially supports their participation in the program. The fellows are placed in externships that will enhance their real-world understanding of drug enforcement and policy issues.  D.C. Fellows help advance the center’s mission during their summer in D.C. and are also expected to contribute to the center’s work during the following academic year.

>> Learn more about the experiences of our 2018 and 2019 D.C. Fellows.

2020 D.C. Fellows
Rachel Riestenberg

Photograph of Rachel RiestenbergRachel is a 2L interested in a career in criminal prosecution. Originally from Texas, Rachel graduated with honors from The University of Texas at Austin with a degree in Corporate Communication. Prior to law school, Rachel interned in the Texas House of Representatives and subsequently for a government relations group. During law school, she has had various internships at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Columbus, the Ohio Supreme Court Section on Dispute Resolution, and the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office in the Drug and White-Collar Unit. Rachel will be working in the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section of the Department of Justice during the summer of 2020.

On campus, Rachel is actively involved in Ohio State’s Moot Court program, the Student Bar Association, and is an Articles Editor for Ohio State’s Journal on Dispute Resolution.

Kevin Kolar

Photograph of Kevin KolarKevin is a 1L originally from Hudson, Ohio, interested in criminal law and public policy. His undergraduate degree in Forensic Psychology focused on criminological theory and its psychological underpinnings through a research-based approach. He hopes to build upon his academic understanding of the causes of crime and effectiveness of the criminal justice system by pursuing a career in public defense after graduation. Later on, he intends to transition to a policymaking role where he can utilize this knowledge to institute beneficial reforms.

Kevin will be spending his summer as a legislative extern at the Clause 40 Foundation, a bipartisan advocacy organization for the strengthening of due process rights. He will be conducting research on pressing issues in criminal law and analyzing proposed legislation. He will also assist in drafting reports published by the organization and amicus briefs filed in pivotal due process cases.

2019 D.C. Fellows
Rachel Gurley

Rachel is a current 1L pursuing a career in criminal law. Originally from Mentor, Ohio, she completed her undergraduate studies at The Ohio State University where she majored in Health Sciences and minored in Criminology. Through her unique blend of undergraduate coursework, Rachel studied the opioid epidemic through the lenses of both healthcare policy and criminal sentencing and sanctions. These studies, along with the impact this epidemic has had in the Midwest, contributed to her developing an interest in drug litigation and policy.

Rachel will spend her summer as an intern with the Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice. She will assist attorneys with work involving the investigations and prosecutions of drug trafficking groups, both national and international. She is the Vice President-Elect of the Criminal Law Society, a member of the Women’s Legal Society, and will begin a Research Assistant position with Professor Joshua Dressler in August, 2019.

Hannah Wirt

Hannah is a 2L pursuing a career in criminal prosecution. Before law school, Hannah worked as an Investigative Analyst in the Human Trafficking Response Unit at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. In that role, she observed almost daily examples of the crossroads of illicit drug use and human trafficking, and the overall impact, both positive and negative, of drug enforcement policy on these and most other criminal cases. This summer, Hannah will be interning at the Department of Justice Criminal Division’s Office of Enforcement Operations (OEO). At OEO, Hannah will research and write about federal wiretap and electronic surveillance issues. Hannah holds a B.S. with Honors in Decision Science from Carnegie Mellon University.

Clare Murphy

Clare is a 2L interested in a career in criminal prosecution. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Clare graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. Prior to law school, Clare worked in the Boston legal community for several years. She is also a member of the military, and is interested in how drug policy, enforcement, and substance abuse research can impact and implement change in the service-member and veteran community. Clare will be working in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice for the Servicemembers & Veterans Initiative during the summer of 2019.

On campus, Clare is actively involved in Ohio State’s Moot Court program, and is also a member of the Criminal Law Society and Women’s Legal Society.


Adriana Sandoval

Adriana is a 1L, originally from El Paso, Texas. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice with a minor in Legal Reasoning at the University of Texas at El Paso. Adriana became interested in drug policy and the criminal justice system through an internship at the El Paso County Public Defender’s Office. Her passion for public interest also grew from another internship experience where she worked with the Capital Murder Unit, participated in voir dire, and was a third chair during the process. Upon graduation, Adriana plans to return to her hometown to pursue a career in criminal defense.

On campus, Adriana is involved in the Immigration Law Society’s Bond Project where she has been working under an attorney’s supervision to represent a client in a bond hearing. Next fall, she will also take on the Latino Law Students Association’s Vice President position.

2018 D.C. Fellows
Anna Crisp

Anna is a 2L pursing a career in health law and policy. While studying public health as an undergraduate, the impact that drug laws, policies, and enforcement had in Ohio and the U.S. became crucial to her education. As a student trustee on The University of Toledo’s Board of Trustees, Anna participated in a decision to implement a special wing of the University of Toledo Medical Center to serve as an inpatient detox unit. Now, as a law student, she hopes to facilitate similar collaborative approaches between the fields of health and law to address issues such as the heroin epidemic and opioid crisis.

Anna will be spending the summer of 2018 at the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the International Affairs, Food Assistance, and Farm and Rural Programs Division of the Office of the General Counsel. She is the secretary for Ohio State’s Inter-Professional Council and the president of the Health Law Society. Anna also volunteers as a Court Appointed Special Advocate/Guardian Ad Litem for Franklin County.

Matt Krsacok

krsacok imageMatt is a 2L and summer legal intern at the Department of Justice Criminal Division’s Office of Policy and Legislation (OPL). At OPL, Matt will assist attorneys and policy analysts in the analysis and development of national crime, sentencing, and corrections policy and legislation. His duties include supporting OPL’s efforts to represent the department before the United States Sentencing Commission and Judicial Conference’s Advisory Committees on Rules and Evidence. Prior to law school, Matt interned for the Office of Ohio Senator Bob Hackett and at civil law firms in Cincinnati and Columbus. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and History from The Ohio State University.

Clairanne Porter

Clairanne is a 2L and a summer legal intern at the Drug Enforcement Administration with the Training and Administrative Law sections. Clairanne graduated summa cum laude from Mount Vernon Nazarene University with a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice and in Psychology in 2017. Her honor's thesis was "Serial Killers; Profiles and Consideration of Treatment."

Micaela Taylor

taylorMicaela is a 2L. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio and Micaela completed her undergraduate studies at The Ohio State University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Business. She first became interested in drug policy through her undergraduate work with Ohio Rights Group, a nonprofit organization that advocates for medical access to marijuana.

During summer 2018, she will be interning with the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. Specifically, she is working with the Office of Enforcement Operations, which has its primary focus in federal surveillance. In addition, she is an executive board member for Ohio State’s American Constitution Society chapter, a truancy mediator, an admissions ambassador, and is looking forward to competing through Moritz’s Moot Court Program in the spring.