Our veteran ambassadors are veterans, just like you, who have made the transition to the civilian world. This group is for all active Law School Ambassadors.
Originally from New Jersey (you've probably heard of it, its kind of a big deal), Ben enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserves in 2006 and served as Mortarman, eventually reaching the rank of Sergeant. Over the next 8 years, he completed a tour in Iraq, volunteered as a public defender's investigator in Washington, D.C., deployed to Italy and Uganda in support of Operation Enduring Freedom-Africa, and earned a Bachelors of Art in History-Political Science from Rutgers University. In 2015, Ben received his J.D. from UC Berkeley School of Law. He currently works at a Manhattan firm where he specializes in employee benefits, executive compensation, and taxation.
Luke joined the Coast Guard reserves in 2010 as a maritime law enforcement officer. He spent the first five years of his reserve career in a deployable operation group unit, and the last two on a vessel security boarding team in Portsmouth, Virginia. This summer (2017), he will attend the Coast Guard reserve Officer Candidate School and hopes to receive a billet as an intelligence officer. In his civilian career, he has worked as an assistant department head at a golf course in Watertown, Ma, and a military tuition assistance and veteran’s benefits representative at a large university. Luke graduated with his Bachelor of Business Administration in Business from American Military University in 2015, and his Master of Business Administration degree from Liberty University in March of 2017. In the fall of 2017, Luke will attend Washington and Lee University School of Law (Class of 2020).
Bonifacio immigrated to America from the Philippines at the age of five. While a senior in high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps. He eventually earned the rank of Corporal and served at Camp Pendleton, CA and Camp Hansen, Okinawa, Japan. After being honorably discharged in 2012, he attended community college and subsequently transferred to the University of California, Berkeley, where he majored in political science and graduated with highest honors. Bonifacio will be attending Berkeley Law School as a part of the Class of 2020.
Andrew is a 2005 USMA graduate and Class of 2018 at Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. Andrew currently lives in Chicago and is married with one child. Andrew served as an infantryman in the US Army, and was stationed at Ft. Hood, Ft. Benning, Additionally, Andrew spent four and a half years in Germany and completed three deployments, one to Iraq and two to Afghanistan.
James graduated from Yale University in 2013 with a B.A. in History. While working towards a commission through University of Connecticut’s Army ROTC program, he helped organize the successful campaign to restore ROTC programs to Yale’s campus in 2011. James served on active duty with 1st Cavalry Division at Fort Hood, TX and is a graduate of U.S. Army Ranger School. He will attend Yale Law School in the fall of 2017.
Tomo graduated from Tufts University in 2011 with a B.A. in International Relations and a minor in Arabic and commissioned from the MIT Army ROTC program as a Military Intelligence officer in the Army Reserve. He was deployed to Afghanistan from 2012 to 2013, and was mobilized to support the Office of Military Commissions from 2016 to 2017. In his civilian career, he received a M.A. in Security Studies from Georgetown University and spent a year as a New Sector Alliance AmeriCorps fellow at a nonprofit serving people with disabilities experiencing homelessness. He is a member of the Yale Law School class of 2020.
Geoffrey earned his B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University in May, 2014. Commissioned as a Surface Warfare Officer, he first served onboard USS Blue Ridge (LCC-19) forward deployed out of Yokosuka, Japan. He currently serves as the Fire Control Officer onboard USS Gridley (DDG-101). Geoffrey will attend Yale Law School beginning in 2018 (Class of 2021).
John graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2004 with a BS in Law and a minor in Systems Engineering. He also holds a MA in Leadership Studies from the University of Texas at El Paso. John was commissioned as an Air & Missile Defense officer and served on active duty for over 10 years. He served in a variety of positions in the Army, including Patriot Battery Commander, West Point Military Science Instructor, Aide-de-camp, and Director of Operations for the Air Warfare Center in Abu Dhabi, UAE. John declined his selection to the Command & General Staff College and left active duty in 2015 to pursue a JD. He is currently a JD Candidate at Georgetown University Law Center.
Jonathan is a member of the construction practice group at Troutman Sanders. He earned his BA from the University of Florida, and his JD from the University of Chicago Law School. In 2013 Jonathan co-founded the law school exam workshop for law students in the Atlanta area. In addition, Jonathan assists students from disadvantaged and non-traditional backgrounds apply to and obtain financial aid from colleges and universities. He was a former admissions officer at the University of Chicago.
Peter graduated with a B.A. in History from Washington & Lee University in 2002 and received his J.D. from Wake Forest in 2006. In 2008, he left the private practice of law to attend OCS and was commissioned as a U.S. Marine Officer where he served in a variety of capacities until 2013. Peter is currently in private practice in Washington, DC and is happy to assist fellow veterans with their transitions.
Kyle received his B.A. in History and commissioned an Infantry Officer from Texas A&M University in May of 2009. In eight years of active duty he served as a Platoon Leader, Executive Officer, Aide-de-Camp, Assistant Operations Officer, and three time Company Commander. He is a Ranger School graduate and has deployed twice to Afghanistan and once to Korea. In the Fall of 2017 he will enter Texas Law as part of the class of 2020.
Nathan graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2012 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Economics and Political Science. He commissioned in the United States Marine Corps and served as an infantry officer, holding several billets including platoon commander, company executive officer, and company commander. Nathan leaves active duty in 2017 and will attend law school in the fall (Class of 2020).
Cameron graduated with a B.A. in Political Science from North Carolina State University in 2008. After graduating, Cameron spent some time backpacking through the Middle East before enlisting in the Army. Cameron served in the Special Operations Community as a Psychological Operations Sergeant for four years, including two combat deployments. After leaving active duty, he received his J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law, and is currently attending Duke University School of Law for an LL.M. in Law and Entrepreneurship.
Steven is from Green Cove Springs, FL and graduated from the U.S. Air Force Academy in 2013 with a B.S. in History. After commissioning, he became a Contracting Officer and was assigned to Joint Base Andrews, MD. In the summer of 2016 he deployed to Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti where he served as the Contract and Finance Flight Chief for the 726 Expeditionary Air Base Squadron. He will graduate from George Mason University in 2017 with a Master of Public Policy with an emphasis on Government Institutions and Policy Management. He will attend the University of Virginia School of Law following the completion of his Air Force commitment.
Ryan is currently pursuing his JD from the University of Virginia School of Law. Upon graduation in 2017, he will return to Chicago to work as a litigation associate at Winston & Strawn. Ryan teaches legal reasoning to cadets at Virginia Military Institute and directs one-week “academic boot-camps” for veterans during the summer as part of the Warrior-Scholar Project. Prior to law school, he earned his BA in International Studies from the University of Michigan and his AA in Arabic from the Defense Language Institute. From 2010-2012, Ryan spent two years teaching English and debate at an inner-city high school in Detroit as part of Teach For America. From 2005-2010, he served five years active duty as an enlisted Arabic translator in the Marine Corps, which included two deployments to Al-Anbar province in Iraq.
Justin graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in 2012 with a B.S. in Operations Research. He spent three years at Coast Guard Sector Boston, where he was a Command Duty Officer prosecuting search and rescue cases in the Sector’s command center, and also led the Sector’s Vessel Boarding and Security Team. Justin is a 2L at the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he is on the Law Review and RegBlog (http://www.regblog.org/). He is attending law school through the Coast Guard’s JAG/FLEP program, and has a commitment to JAG after graduating from Penn Law. Justin lives in Philadelphia with his wife and 1 year-old son.
Alexander went to high school in Sherman, TX. He also got his undergraduate degree in Political Science there graduating Magna Cum Laude and Student Body President from Austin College. After college, Alexander completed the Teach For America program as a 3rd grade teacher and joined the Air Force Reserve in San Antonio, TX. Enlisting in May 2014, Alexander is currently an Operations Intelligence Analyst with the 433rd Airlift Wing at Lackland AFB and pursuing his JD at the University of Texas School of Law.
Joe hails from Texas originally and graduated from Texas State University in 2010 with a BA in International Relations. Joe enlisted in the Navy in 2012 and was stationed on USS Carl Vinson in San Diego, CA. He completed a 10 month deployment in support of Operation Inherent Resolve from 2014-2015 and separated in 2016. Joe is currently attending University of Texas School of Law (class of 2019).
Prior to his academic pursuits, Joe enlisted in the Army and served in the 75th Ranger Regiment from 2007 to 2011. Between 2011 and 2013, Joe served in the Virginia Army National Guard’s 116th Infantry while getting a foothold in his college education. In December of 2015, Joe graduated from the University of Richmond, earning a B.A. in American Studies. Joe is now a first year J.D. candidate at the University of Richmond School of Law.
Chris enlisted in the Air Force in 2007 and completed his undergraduate studies while serving on Active Duty. His first assignment was to the 7th Air Support Operations Squadron, where he deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan as a TACP (Tactical Air Control Party) member with 1st Armored Division. After completing the Special Operations Selection Course, he was assigned to the 21st Special Tactics Squadron, where he deployed to Afghanistan with 1st SFG. In 2013, he became a JTAC Instructor (JTAC-I), preparing his Special Tactics Team for combat before his fourth deployment with 3rd SFG. Chris separated from Active Duty as a Staff Sergeant in 2014 and earned an MPA at USC (Los Angeles) with a Research Fellowship at the CREATE Homeland Security Center. Chris also holds a Graduate Certificate in Public Policy, a BA in Psychology, and an AAS in Information Systems Technology. He is currently the Legal Services Director for Veterans Education Success, a Policy Intern at Free the Slaves, and a JD Candidate at Georgetown University Law Center. He enjoys hiking and camping in Virginia with his pit bull, Eggy.