McGlinchey News Release
McGlinchey Stafford Welcomes 10 Summer Associates, Three LCLD ScholarsRead Time: 4 mins
McGlinchey is pleased to welcome ten summer associates from nine law schools who will work in six offices alongside our attorneys nationwide:
- Georgia Bauer (Houston)
- Jessica Bozell (Houston)
- Gabriel Guajardo, III (New Orleans)
- Caira “Keke” Heneghan (Washington, D.C.)
- Ian Joseph (Baton Rouge)
- Julia Berry Lopez (Albany)
- Alexis Minor (Baton Rouge)
- KayLeigh Nader (Cleveland)
- Jennifer Nguyen (Baton Rouge)
- Thomas Taylor (New Orleans)
“Mentoring summer clerks is one of the most important ways we give back to the legal profession,” said member Zelma Frederick (Baton Rouge), McGlinchey’s Summer Associate program chair. “I’m especially proud that this year, we’ve increased our LCLD Scholars from one to three. The perspectives these young attorneys will bring to our firm and our clients is invaluable, and we’re honored that they’ve chosen to spend a summer learning alongside us.”
Three of these will receive McGlinchey’s 1L LCLD Scholarship through the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD): Keke Heneghan (Washington, DC), Gabriel Guajardo, III (New Orleans), and Ian Joseph (Baton Rouge). This award, bestowed annually upon first-year law students, is a distinguished honor that includes a paid summer associate position, a $5,000 scholarship, and formal mentoring from McGlinchey attorneys throughout the student’s law school career.
As McGlinchey’s 2022 1L LCLD Scholars, Keke, Gabriel, and Ian will participate in the LCLD 1L Virtual Scholars Summit in June. The event convenes diverse law students from around the country to hone interview skills, network, prepare for the transition from law student to practicing lawyer, and discuss the state of diversity in the legal profession. McGlinchey is proud that 2020 LCLD Scholar Taylor Bennington (Cleveland) and 2019 LCLD Scholar Andrew Albritton (New Orleans) are now practicing associates with the firm. In addition, 2021 2L summer associates Gillian Miculek (Baton Rouge) and Erica Powell (New Orleans) will join the firm in the fall.
Georgia attends the University of Houston Law Center, where she is president of the International Law Society President and vice president of the Association of International Energy Negations. Georgia is also involved with the Energy and Environmental Law Society and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Interscholastic Council. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Texas A&M University.
Jessica is enrolled at Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where she is senior editor of the LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources. Jessica is also a recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship and John P. Laborde Endowed Scholarship. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Indiana University.
Gabriel studies at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. He has previously worked as a legal intern and litigation clerk in Texas. He earned a bachelor’s degree in government from the University of Texas at Austin, where he was involved in the leadership of Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.
Keke attends American University’s Washington College of Law, where she is involved in the Intellectual Property Law Society, Asian Pacific American Law Student Association, Women’s Law Association, Women of Color Coalition, and is a Junior Staffer on the Intellectual Property Brief. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biological chemistry from Tulane University.
Ian is enrolled at Washington & Lee School of Law, where he is involved in the Black Law Students Association and Constance Baker Motley Mock Trial Competition. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a minor in Communication Studies from the University of Georgia.
Julia studies at the Albany Law School of Union University, where she co-chairs the school’s chapter of the American Constitution Society and is a Law Student Intern at the school’s Justice Center in the Community Economic Development Clinic. Julia is also a recipient of the President’s Scholarship. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history with a minor in English from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, BC, Canada.
Alexis is enrolled at Southern University Law Center, where she is co-editor of the Inaugural Articles of the Journal of Intellectual Property, Technology, and Law. She is also a member of the Sports and Entertainment Law Association, Black Law Students Association, and Intellectual Property Law Association. She is the recipient of the Southern University Law Center Merit Scholarship and the Spring 2022 Microsoft Scholarship. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Communication and Electronic Media from Southeastern Louisiana University.
KayLeigh attends The University of Akron School of Law, where she is a legal library research assistant at the Akron Law Library. She has previously worked as a judicial intern for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, a Law Clerk with the City of Beachwood, a Legal Intern at the Trumbull County Probate Court, and a Legal Extern at the Ohio Crime Victim Justice Center. She earned a bachelor’s degree in public affairs with a concentration in Human Resource Management from Indiana University.
Jennifer studies at Southern University Law Center, where she chairs the Student Bar Association’s Mentorship Program and is involved in Women in Law and the Children and Family Law Society. She earned a bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in Political Communication from Louisiana State University.
Thomas is enrolled at Tulane University Law School, where he is involved in Moot Court. He received the David L. Herman Award for the highest grade in Civil Law Obligations I. He previously interned at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Office of General Counsel. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Brandman University. He was a member of the United States Marine Corps from 2008 – 2020, where he achieved the ranks of Private First Class, Corporal, and Sergeant, as well as held positions as Corporals Leadership Course Instructor, Company Gunnery Sergeant, and Chief Instructor for unit leadership and ethics course, among others. Thomas was selected as Non-Commissioned Officer of the Year in 2010 and was also awarded an impact Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal for teaching leadership and ethics in 2019, among other distinguished accomplishments throughout his military career.
Since 2012, McGlinchey has participated in the 1L LCLD Scholarship program, a growing organization of more than 320 corporate chief legal officers and law firm managing partners. Reflecting the firm’s commitment to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive workplace and to promoting diversity within the legal profession, McGlinchey has been recognized as an “Top Performer” every year since 2018, and is a previous recipient of the Compass Award, LCLD’s highest recognition. McGlinchey attorneys have participated in the LCLD Fellows program, which aims to identify, train, and advance the next generation of leaders in the legal profession, for over a decade. The firm has had three attorneys participate in the LCLD Pathfinders program, which is designed to supplement training initiatives at LCLD Member organizations for diverse, high-potential, early-career attorneys.