Staff Members


JLI Volume 40 Staff Members


Grace J. Anderson ’23, Staff Member

Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: Shoreview, MN
Other Degrees: Concordia College, Bachelors degree in Psychology
Interested In: Immigration law, Family law
Law School Involvement: TORT Costuming Director, Externship with Hennepin Family Court
Hobbies: A variety of grandma hobbies including knitting, cross stitch, and petting my cat
JLI Publications: Immigration Under the Biden Administration: An Interview with Attorney Erin Schutte Wadzinski


Andrew Biddison ’23, Staff Member

Pronouns: he/him
Hometown: Naperville, IL
Other Degrees: Carleton College, BA International Relations
Interested In: Trusts and Estates; Nonprofit Law; Tax; Security Studies; International Relations
Law School Involvement: Vice President, Outlaw; Tax Clinic, Certified Student Attorney
Hobbies: Bass guitar, board games, working out, reading
JLI Publications: Review of Usual Cruelty: The Complicity of Lawyers in the Criminal Injustice System by Alec Karakatsanis

Laura Burns ’22, Staff Member

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Edmond, OK
Other Degrees: University of Oklahoma, Bachelor of Arts in Letters and German
Law School Involvement: Philip C. Jessup Moot Court, WLSA Events Committee
JLI Publications: The Supreme Court Vacated the CDC Eviction Moratorium – Now What?


Sarah Coleman ’23, Staff Member

Pronouns: she/they
Hometown: Saint Paul, MN
Other Degrees: Macalester College
Interested In: Criminal Justice, Civil Rights, Human Rights
Law School Involvement: WLSA, OutLaw, JLSA
JLI Publications: Mental Health & Criminal Justice: An Interview with Kelly Mitchell and Professor JaneAnne Murray


Kenneth Cooper ’23, Staff Member

Pronouns: he/him
Hometown: Dallas, TX
Other Degrees: University of Texas at Austin
Interested In: Civil Litigation
Law School Involvement: OutLaw, Litigation & Trial Advocacy Group, Jessup International Moot Court
Hobbies: Biking, reading sci-fi and fantasy books
JLI Publications: Are New York’s Bail and Discovery Reforms in Renewed Danger?


Madelyn Cox-Guerra ’23, Staff Member

Pronouns: She/Her
Hometown: Kansas City, Missouri
Other Degrees: William Jewell College
Interested In: Family Law, Immigration Law, Criminal Law, Landlord-Tenant Law
Law School Involvement: Minnesota Justice Foundation Secretary, Latinx Law Student Association Co-President
Community Involvement: Homeline volunteer, National Lawyers Guild volunteer
Hobbies: Reading gothic horror stories, hugging my cat, and making mediocre t-shirt quilts.


Grace Moore ’23, Staff Member

Pronouns: She/her/hers
Hometown: Edina, MN
Other Degrees: University of Notre Dame Bachelors in Anthropology
Interested In: Public interest law generally; health law; immigration law; disability law; legal issues regarding survivors of domestic violence
Law School Involvement: TORT Technical Director, 2020-21, 21-22; ALP Secretary and Volunteer, 2020-21; LL.M. Mentor; WLSA Member 2020-21, 21-22
Hobbies: Camping, kayaking, hiking, baking, playing with our two rescue cats, reading sci-fi/fantasy novels
JLI Publications: Injured on the Job: Minnesota Case Presents Opportunity to Address Employment Rights of Medical Cannabis Users


Karissa Grapes ’23, Staff Member

Pronouns: She/Her
Other Degrees:
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, B.A.
Interested In:
Criminal Law
Law School Involvement:
JLI, National Moot Court, Professional Student Government – Secretary of Senate, Criminal Justice League – Member, Professional Essentials Milestone (Spring 2021)
Working out, sports, hiking, traveling, trying new food


Rob Grimsley ’23, Staff Member

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Hometown: Hutchinson, MN
Other Degrees: North Dakota State University with a Major in Criminal Justice and Minor in Psychology
Interested In: I am interested in criminal law, Constitutional law, and Securities regulation
Hobbies: My main interests include playing golf, going to the movies, and attending sporting events with friends
JLI Publications: We Finally (Kind of) Understand COVID – What Does That Mean at the Voting Booth?


Laura Gustafson ’23, Staff Member

Pronouns: She/her/hers
Hometown: Nowthen, MN
Other Degrees: U of MN Twin Cities – Biology Degree
Law School Involvement: Law Council, SSG, Clinic, WLSA mentorship program
Community Involvement: Pre-pandemic-Minneapolis Crisis Nursery Center
Hobbies: Running, reading, playing with my dogs, hosting backyard BBQ


Mallory Harrington ’24, Staff Member

Pronouns: she/her
Hometown: Kansas City
Other Degrees: Northwestern University (BA in Theatre 2016); Kellogg School of Management (MS in Management Studies – 2017); Dual Degree Student – also pursuing a PhD in Sociology
Interested In: Sociology of Law; Media and Communication; Regulation
Law School Involvement: TORT
Hobbies: Dance & theatre; Singing with the MN Chorale


Lottie James ’23, Staff Member

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Wayzata, MN
Other Degrees: University of Wisconsin-Madison (majored in Political Science and Philosophy)
Interested In: Intellectual Property and Corporate Law
Law School Involvement: Member of WLSA; clinic participant in the Community Mediation clinic
Community Involvement: Volunteer student attorney for Tubman’s Safety Project
Hobbies: Downhill skiing, playing with my cats, and locating the best brunch spots in the Twin Cities
JLI Publications: The Rise and Fall of Legalized Recreational Marijuana in South Dakota


Eleanor Khirallah ’23, Staff Member

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Detroit
Other Degrees: University of Chicago/Public Policy
Interested In: Public defense, abolition
Law School Involvement: Street Law, Minnesota Justice Foundation, Child Advocacy and Juvenile Justice Clinic, Asylum Law Project
Hobbies: Cooking, Zumba, traveling, rollerskating, finding new coffee shops


Bailey Martin ’23, Staff Member

Pronouns: she/her/hers
Hometown: Celina, Ohio
Other Degrees: The Ohio State University, B.A. in English, minors in Professional Writing/Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies
Interested In: Criminal Defense
Law School Involvement: Student Member of the Criminal Justice League
Community Involvement: Certified Student Attorney with Anoka County Public Defender, Community Member with Restorative Justice Community Action
Hobbies: Gardening, cooking, comedy, reading
JLI Publications: How a New Ohio Law and Other State Reforms Are Changing the Landscape of Mental Health and Criminal Justice

Adam Mikell ’23, Staff Member

Pronouns: He/Him/His
Hometown: Rochester, MN
Other Degrees: University of Minnesota, B.S.
Interested In: Real Estate, Affordable Housing
Hobbies: Watching baseball, hiking, and checking out coffee shops and breweries around Minneapolis


Mercedes G. Molina ’23, Staff Member

Pronouns: she/her
Hometown: Dallas, Texas
Other Degrees: BA International Political Economy from the University of Texas at Dallas
Interested In: Family law, juvenile justice
Law School Involvement: Co-President of the Latinx Law Student Association, Executive Board Member of the National Lawyers Guild, Student Attorney at the Child Advocacy & Juvenile Justice Clinic
Hobbies: Running along the Mississippi, cuddling my step-pup, spending time with friends and family
JLI Publications: The Shadow of Buck v. Bell: How Ignoring the United States’ History of Forced Sterilization Has Fostered an Environment Ambivalent to Widespread Abuse


Sydnie Peterson ’23, Staff Member

Pronouns: She, her, hers
Hometown: Mound, MN
Other Degrees: Bachelor of Arts in philosophy and women and gender studies
Interested In: Family law, employment law, education law, and so much more!
Law School Involvement: I am a WLSA member and a part of the Family Law Clinic this year.
Hobbies: Spending time on the lake and listening to true crime podcasts.
JLI Publications: Choice or Coercion? How the Push to Avoid Formal Foster Care Has Contributed to the Creation of a Dangerous Hidden Foster Care System


Jake Polinsky ’23, Staff Member

Pronouns: he/him/his
Hometown: Duluth, MN
Other Degrees: Brown University / BA in Political Science
Interested In: Criminal justice, civil rights law, antitrust
Law School Involvement: TORTs
Hobbies: Running, basketball, singing
JLI Publications: Above the Law: How Kim Potter’s Sentencing Serves as Another Example of Police Receiving Disproportionately Low Sentences


Jocelyn Rimes ’23, Staff Member

Hometown: Tonica, IL
Other Degrees: Drake University


Joe Scanlon ’23, Staff Member

Pronouns: He/Him
Hometown: Richfield, MN
Other Degrees: University of Minnesota
Interested In: Business Law, Litigation
Law School Involvement: Fighting Mondales Hockey, JLI
Community Involvement: Chanhassen Park and Recreation Commission, Child Life Volunteer at Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota
Hobbies: Spending time with wife, kids, and dog.
JLI Publications: It’s Time to End the Use of Race and Gender Statistics in Damage Award Calculations


Layni Sprouse ’24, Staff Member

Pronouns: she/her
Hometown: LaPorte, IN
Other Degrees: Purdue University – BA Political Science 2019; University of Minnesota – Masters of Public Policy 2024
Interested In: Public Interest, Family Law
Law School Involvement: WLSA – Treasurer; Family Law Clinic – Student Attorney
Hobbies: I enjoy spending time with my husband and our cat, Olive. I love binging the Real Housewives and exploring new restaurants and breweries.
JLI Publications: The Sex Offender Registry is a Life Sentence for Juveniles


Alida Weidensee ’23, Staff Member

JLI Publications: No Humans Involved: The Dehumanization of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls


Elizabeth Wellhausen ’23, Staff Member

Pronouns: she/her
Hometown: Rockton, IL
Other Degrees: UW-Madison, BBA in marketing as well as management and human resources
Interested In: Employment law
Law School Involvement: Employment Law Clinic
Community Involvement: In undergrad, I participated in Knit for a Cause where we knitted hats for local homeless shelters and Badger Childhood Cancer Network.
Hobbies: Cooking, walking around the city, and listening to an array of podcasts
JLI Publications: Insurer Liability for Discriminatory Policies: Can Insurers as Agents of the Employer Be Liable Under Title VII?

Cedar Weyker ’23, Staff Member