2017-18 Center for Law and Biomedical Sciences Student Fellows
(from top left to lower right) Carlos Quijada, Maura Murphy, Jason Perry, Andrew Unsworth, Katie Cox, Brian Flach, Alexis Juergens, Breanna Marchesani, Jessica Van Wagoner and Erika Hanson
Katie Cox is a second-year law student at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English/Creative Writing from Seattle University and a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Organization and Community Social Work Practice from the University of New England. Katie was awarded a research grant through the Social Security Administration’s Analyzing Relationships between Disability, Rehabilitation and Work (ARDRAW) Small Grant Program for the 2017-2018 academic year. She is involved with several student organizations at the law school and currently serves as president of the S.J. Quinney chapter of If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, as well as vice president of the Public Interest Law Organization. Katie also works as a Law Clerk at the Disability Law Center and is passionate about community engagement.
Brian is currently a second year law student at the S.J. Quinney College of Law and is a member of the Utah Law Review as well as the Vice President of the Student Intellectual Property Law Association. He graduated from the University of Utah with an Honors B.S. in Biomedical Engineering in 2016. During his 1L year, he served as a legal intern at BioFired Defense, L.L.C. Brian’s fellowship is funded by the American Society for Pharmacy Law and his responsibilities include drafting legal updates for members of the Society.
Erika is a second-year law student at S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. Prior to law school, Erika attained a master’s degree in Cell and Molecular Biology and worked as a research scientist at a biotech startup, Stratos Genomics, in Seattle, WA. She came to law school to help scientists and other inventors protect their inventions. After completing law school, she plans to practice patent law. Outside of law school Erika enjoys all the outdoor activities Utah has to offer, especially skiing. Erika also remains an Oregon duck fan, go DUCKS! Her fellowship is sponsored by the University of Utah’s Center for Medical Innovation and she helps student inventors protect their patent rights by preparing preliminary patent filings.
Alexis Juergen is currently a third-year law student. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Northern Arizona University with a B.S. in Criminology and Criminal Justice with a double minor in English and Biology. While also studying at Northern Arizona University, Alexis was a Division I swimmer and named All American National Strength & Conditioning Association Athlete of the Year in 2015. She is interested in litigation with a focus on Intellectual Property law, and worked with Maschoff Brennan over her 1L summer. Alexis is involved with many organizations at the law school including president of the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund, secretary of Student Litigation Society, and the 2L representative for the Student Intellectual Property Law Association and Sports Law Club. Her fellowship is sponsored by the University of Utah Center for Excellence in ELSI research and she is working on a law review article on the use of trade secrets protection by genetic testing companies such as Myriad Genetics.
Breanna is currently a third-year student at S.J. Quinney College of Law. Breanna graduated from Utah Valley University with a B.S. degree in business legal studies. Breanna’s interests include family law, and health law, and specifically how these two areas of law intersect. She is the president of the Family Law Society. Breanna’s fellowship is funded by the University of Utah’s Center for Excellence in ELSI research and she is working on issues of tort liability for return of genetic test results.
Maura is currently in her second year at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. She graduated from The George Washington University in 2016 with a B.A. in Speech and Hearing Sciences. While studying at George Washington, Maura was also a Division I softball student-athlete. She is interested in business and health law, and plans to pursue a career in the compliance realm. Maura is also involved with multiple organizations at the law school including Student Bar Association 2L representative, board member of the Health Law Club, and co-president of the Sports Law Club. Maura’s fellowship is funded by the University of Utah’s Division of Medical Ethics and Humanities and she has been working on ethical and legal issues raised by parental refusals of treatment for their children.
Jason is a third-year law student at S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah. As a LABS fellow, he works with the Center for Medical Innovation helping the participants in the Bench 2 Bedside competition prepare provisional patent applications. Jason received a Bachelor’s and a Master’s of Science in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Utah State University. Prior to entering law school, Jason worked as an engineer designing material handling systems for bulk storage facilities. He came to law school to help engineers and inventors with their unique legal problems. After law school he plans to practice intellectual property law.
Carlos is originally from Venezuela and moved to Utah from Florida. He studied Biology and Public Health at the University of Florida and proceeded to work in the Caribbean Island of Saba. Passionate about science and policy, he found the transition to Law School was a natural fit. His interests include intellectual property, health policy, and human rights. He runs a pro bono legal clinic and enjoys supporting a number of student organizations. He is also in the US Navy and has served a tour in Afghanistan. In his free time, Carlos loves to hike and travel. Grateful for a great group of family and friends, Carlos makes sure to spend quality time with them. His fellowship is funded by Ancestry.com and he is working on legal issues raised by new developments in genetics.
Andrew has a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Utah. He is in his third year at the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law where, in addition to a full class schedule, he is a LABS Fellow who writes provisional patent applications for the Bench to Bedside Program competitors. Last summer, Andrew had the opportunity to work as a summer associate at Stoel Rives LLP where he drafted various documents related to patent prosecution. After law school, he plans to practice law as a patent attorney in Salt Lake City. Prior to law school, Andrew worked with a sporting goods manufacturer where he participated in research and development projects and destructive product testing analysis. Andrew enjoys archery, backpacking, table tennis, and spending time with his wife and two daughters.
Jessica Van Wagoner
Jessica is currently a second year at the S.J. Quinney College of Law. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Utah Valley University with a B.S. in Biotechnology. During her undergraduate degree, she performed research for InnovaBio on plant gene expression and mammalian cell culture as well as material science work for the Utah Museum of Fine Arts. Before law school, she worked for a year at Nelson Laboratories doing biocompatibility testing on medical devices. Jessica spent her first summer interning for the Legal Aid Society in their Protective Order section where she argued in court for victims of domestic violence. She plans to pursue a career in patent prosecution and litigation and is currently the president of the Student Intellectual Property Association. In her spare time, she enjoys reading fantasy and historical fiction novels, writing, and hiking with her dog. Jessica’s fellowship is funded by the law firm of Maschoff Brennan and she is engaged in a variety of research projects involving developments in intellectual property law.