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  • Profile picture of Ryan Rieger

    Ryan Rieger

    Ryan began his military service in 2006 by enlisting in the Texas National Guard as an infantryman. He was later commissioned through Texas A&M University’s Army ROTC program where he also received a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Following undergrad, Ryan enrolled at South Texas College of Law in Houston. Between his second and third year of law school Ryan deployed to Afghanistan as an advisor to Afghan National Security Forces. Upon his return, he graduation from law school and moved to Austin to served as a law clerk for the Supreme Court of Texas. Ryan separated from the military as a Captain in 2015 and now works in private practice. He is married and has an extremely energetic puppy named Hank.

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    Sam Jacobson

    Sam grew up in New York City and graduated with a B.A. from the University of Chicago in 2005. After college he was commissioned into the Marine Corps, where he served as a rifle platoon commander in Anbar Province, Iraq and as an advisor to an Afghan National Army infantry company in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Sam recently received his J.D. from Stanford Law School and an M.S. from the National Intelligence University. He currently works as a judicial clerk at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, continues to serve as a captain in the Marine Corps Reserve, and is a member of the Truman National Security Project Defense Council.

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    Sam Walenz

    Sam received a B.S. in International and Comparative Law and commissioned from the United States Military Academy in 2009 as an Armor Lieutenant. After graduation, he served as an Athletic Intern in West Point’s Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, where he assisted in managing the day to day operations of the Army Golf Team and helped recruit high school athletes to gain admission to West Point. Following his time as an athletic intern, he served as a dismounted reconnaissance platoon leader, troop executive officer, and as an assistant operations officer and advisor for an advisory team at Fort Drum, NY. Sam deployed twice to Afghanistan, once to Kandahar Province as a Platoon Leader and once to Wardak Province as an advisor to the Afghan National Army and Police. He is currently stationed at Fort Riley, KS where he is a plans officer. Sam will be attending law school beginning in the fall of 2015, and so far he has been admitted to study law at UCLA, Minnesota, and Florida State University.

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    Steven Joseph

    <!-- [if gte mso 9]>--><!-- [if gte mso 9]>-->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.

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    Tianyi Xin

    Tianyi graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2011 with a B.S. in International Relations and International Law. A native Texan, she commissioned as a Military Intelligence Officer and was stationed in Camp Red Cloud, South Korea and Fort Hood, Texas. She was deployed to Afghanistan in 2014 and Iraqi in the spring of 2016. Tianyi will be leaving active duty in the fall of 2016 and attending Yale Law School.

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    Tomo Takaki

    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.

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    Ty Balzer

    Ty is a JD/MBA student at Columbia Law and Business Schools. Originally from Wisconsin, he graduated from the University of Dallas and commissioned into the Marine Corps in 2009.  As a public affairs officer, he first worked for Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, California, and the Third Marine Aircraft Wing, then deployed to Afghanistan as a staff PAO for the International Security Assistance Force – Joint Command. Ty completed his seven years of service as the deputy for media and digital engagement at Headquarters Marine Corps in Washington, D.C. Adjusting to Manhattan is a slow, ongoing process for him and his family.

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    William Nagy

    Will is a first-year student at the University of Virginia Law School.  He graduated West Point in 2011 with a B.S. in History.  While at West Point he captained the Mixed Martial Arts Team.  Following graduation, Will was stationed at Fort Hood for five years including a one-year deployment to Kuwait.  Will is also a professional LSAT Tutor with Varsity Tutors.

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    William Son

    William graduated from University of Pennsylvania with BA in political science. Originally from Brooklyn NY, he served in the South Korean Marine Corps after graduating from college. William is now a member of the University of Chicago Law School Class of 2017, where he is a first-year representative for Asian-Pacific American Law Students Association.

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    Michael Stack

    Michael was a Ground Intelligence Officer in the Marine Corps following his graduation from Georgetown University in 2009. He served as an Afghan National Security Forces Advisor and as a Scout Sniper Platoon Commander with 3d Battalion, Fifth Marines. Michael is currently a JD/MBA candidate at Columbia University.

  • Profile picture of Rich Rowe

    Rich Rowe

    Rich graduated from Georgetown University with a BA and MA in security studies, then commissioned as an Armor officer through OCS. He served with the 4th Infantry Division in Afghanistan and is currently a third-year law student at Columbia Law School.

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    Phil Caruso

    Phil received a B.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from Cornell University and served for seven years in the U.S. Air Force.  In 2015, Phil will enter Harvard University as a J.D./M.B.A. candidate.

  • Profile picture of Peter Metzger

    Peter Metzger

    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.

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    Nathan Jester

    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).

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    Michael Webert

    Michael received a BA in Philosophy from the University of Utah while serving active duty through the Navy’s Baccalaureate Degree Completion Program. After being medically discharged from Officer Candidate School, he studied higher education administration with a focus on student veterans at the University of Pennsylvania, and worked in the academic skills and resources office at Haverford College after receiving his masters degree. Michael will attend Georgetown University Law Center as a member of the Class of 2018.

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    Michael Shepherd

    Michael graduated from the United States Military Academy in 2011, earning a B.S. in History with Honors and a commission in the Armor Branch.  While assigned to 4/3 Infantry Brigade Combat Team at Fort Stewart, GA, he served as a Scout Platoon Leader where he deployed to Logar Province, Afghanistan for nine months in 2013. He also served as a Troop Executive Officer. After five years of military service, Michael separated from the Army and is now a Class of 2019 JD Candidate at Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Broad College of Law in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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    Michael Blauvelt

    Michael received a BA in Economics and a BS in Journalism from Ohio University in 2001 and his J.D. from New York University in 2006. Before law school, Michael taught the LSAT for a test-prep company. After graduation, he spent two years as an associate at a midsized NYC firm. In 2010, he received a commission as an Air Force judge advocate. He served as the Chief of Military Justice and Chief of Civil Law at both Edwards AFB and Misawa AB and was the legal advisor to a Joint Special Operations Task Force. He left active duty in 2014. He is currently a freelance writer.

  • Profile picture of Robert Tarleton

    Robert Tarleton

    Robert is originally from East Texas and received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Chicago. He obtained his commission with the Marine Corps via the Officer Candidates School Platoon Leaders Course. After completing The Basic Course, he attended Fort Sill for training as an artillery officer and was assigned to 1st Battalion, 12th Marines in Hawaii. In addition, Robert deployed with Regimental Combat Team 7 in Iraq. After leaving active duty he earned his JD at SMU Dedman School of Law. He is currently in private practice in Houston, Texas.

  • Profile picture of Ryan Pavel

    Ryan Pavel

    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. 

  • Profile picture of Lee Hiromoto

    Lee Hiromoto

    Lee served as a judge advocate (JAG) in the U.S. Navy from 2013-2016, where he advised commanders on legal issues including military justice and government ethics.  He received a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the National Security Journal.  Motivated to continue his career of service, Lee is pursuing an MD at the University of Vermont Larner College of Medicine.