Class of 2009

Kate Brittle
Kate Brittle is a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College. Prior to starting law school, she worked for the Legal Aid Society of Orange County, staffing their legal hotline and providing legal advice to a variety of clients, while also working at a private practice matrimonial law firm. During her time at Hofstra Law, Kate was a 2007 1L Moot Court Competition Finalist, a member of the Moot Court Association, and competed in the 2008 American Association for Justice Trial Competition in New York.  Kate also served as an Article Editor for the Hofstra Law Review.  Her law review note addressing the problem of juvenile prostitution was published in Volume 36 of the Hofstra Law Review.

After her first year at Hofstra Law, Kate interned with the Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Division in Queens where she represented children and youth in abuse and neglect and juvenile delinquency proceedings. She also participated in the child advocacy skills program, Training the Lawyer to Represent the Whole Child. During her second summer, Kate was an intern with the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau of the New York State Attorney General’s Office. Upon graduation, Kate accepted a position with the Queens District Attorney’s Office.

Diana Buchanan
Diana Buchanan, a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, holds a master's degree in family and child studies (magna cum laude), a certificate in gerontological studies, and a B.A. in foreign affairs and diplomacy/minor in Latin American Studies (cum laude).

While attending graduate school, Diana interned with the U.S. Department of Defense and helped to develop a curriculum for youth caregivers of wounded soldiers. The program involved children of soldiers wounded in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. She also completed a master's thesis that involved conducting a needs assessment of the U.S. Marine Corps Warrior Transition Program. Diana worked in conjunction with the administration at Camp LeJeune to research the transitional needs of Marines involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Her undergraduate honors thesis involved traveling to El Salvador to study the impact of family and culture on women leaders.

Since she began attending the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University, Diana has participated in the Mediation Clinic, mediating Persons in Need of Supervision (PINS) cases, has interned with the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law in Washington, D.C. and with the Judge Advocate General (JAG), and has volunteered her time to teach mock trial skills to at risk high school students.

Angela Burton
Angela graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in philosophy in 2000. After her graduation, she spent five years in public service, as a senior aide to former New York City Council Member Eva Moskowitz and policy director for Kentucky State Treasurer Jonathan Miller.

Angela was a Dean’s Scholar each of her three years at Hofstra Law and at graduation received the William Eric Goldberg Scholarship and the Citation of Excellence in Family Law Course. During her time at Hofstra Law, Angela served as the Notes & Comments Editor for the Hofstra Law Review, participated in the Child Advocacy Clinic, interned with, and helped with the start up of the Youth Court at Hempstead High School. Angela has researched and written on a variety of policy issues in the child and family context, including truancy and dropping out, collaborative law, caregiver discrimination, child protectionism in First Amendment jurisprudence, and the evolution of family as a functional model.

Upon graduation, Angela joined the law firm of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP in New York City. She was recently appointed to the New York State Bar Association Committee on Children and the Law.

Emily Madden
Emily graduated from the Catholic University of America in 2003 with a B.A. in politics and a minor in philosophy. While at Catholic University, Emily interned with the Children's Defense Fund and participated in community service at a local infant and maternity home.

After graduation, Emily moved to Houston, Texas, to spend a year volunteering as a licensed foster parent at Casa de Esperanza de los Niños. Casa is a residential facility for children with ages from infancy to 6 years old who suffer from neglect, abuse or the effect of AIDS. Emily was a house parent at Casa and was responsible for up to six children in the Intake and Assessment house. After a challenging and life-altering year, she returned to Washington, D.C., to work for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Emily interned with Magistrate Judge Carol Dalton at Washington, D.C.'s Superior Court, researching cases of child abuse and neglect, during the summer after her first year at Hofstra Law. She interned with the Children's Law Center in Washington, D.C. during her second summer.  During her time at Hofstra Law, Emily was also is a Research Editor for Hofstra's Family Court Review and a participant in the Child Advocacy Clinic. At graduation, Emily received the Stephanie E. Kupferman Juvenile Justice Endowed Scholarship. Emily is currently a Staff Attorney at the Children’s Law Center in Washington, DC.

Class of 2010

Michelle Dantuono
Michelle graduated from Providence College, Magna Cum Laude, with a B.A. in American Studies and a minor in Political Science. She rigorously pursued her academic studies, obtaining membership in Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society. During her undergraduate studies, Michelle developed a concentration in women's studies and protection of the family which sparked her interest in child and family advocacy. Outside of the classroom, Michelle was actively involved in various activities including the Campus Ministry's Social Justice Club and the American Cancer Society's Colleges Against Cancer where she became an advocate dedicated to helping create an environment of equality, rights and compassion. As a member of Colleges Against Cancer she served as the Advocacy Chair for two years. Under her guidance, her chapter received national recognition for their efforts and standard setting achievements. She continued to develop her interest in child welfare by volunteering for Rhode Island Kid’s Count, a statewide advocacy and policy making organization. In addition, Michelle worked as a legal assistant for three years during college and interned for a New York State Senator.

While she was a law student, Michelle was a staff member of the Hofstra Law Review and a research assistant for Professor Andrew Schepard. She interned with the Queens District Attorney’s Office, the New York State Office of Children, and Families Services, and the Honorable Leonard B. Austin.

Beyza Killeen
Beyza graduated from the State University of New York at Albany in 2002 with a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in Art History.  While she was a Fellow, Beyza interned with the Nassau County Family Court and the Nassau County Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She was a staff member of the Hofstra Law Review and worked as a volunteer for the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network’s online hotline, providing crisis support for victims of sexual assault. Beyza currently works at the matrimonial law firm of Braunstein & Zuckerman.

Evan Hess
Evan graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.A. in Religion, with Honors (cum laude), and a B.A. in Political Science (cum laude). As an undergraduate, Evan completed an honors thesis on henotheism and western religions in addition to authoring a thesis as a Research Fellow for the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics on corporate environmentalism and public policy. As an undergraduate, Evan was elected as the President of his student government, and served as an intern to the Publisher of the Ventura County Star, was an undergraduate law clerk for the District Attorney of Ventura and served the County of Ventura Fire Department as a Cadet.

As a member of the USC community, Evan became very active in many campus organizations in addition to serving as the Captain of the wrestling team. Amid his many involvements, he is the most proud of his membership as the Vice President of USC Men CARE (Men Creating Attitudes for Rape-free Environments), an organization dedicated to the prevention of sexual assault through peer-education and activism.

While he was a student at Hofstra Law, Evan led the coaching staff of the Hempstead High School Mock Trial Team. For his dedication and commitment, he was awarded the Pro Bono Service Award of Excellence. He also participated in the Mediation Clinic and interned with the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office.

Courtney Whitlock Leonard
Courtney attended Florida State University (FSU), majoring in social work. During her high school and undergraduate years she volunteered at various agencies, including Arnold Palmer Hospital's neonatal unit with drug addicted infants, Pine Hills Elementary School and Refuge House, a domestic violence shelter and rape crisis center. She also interned as a social worker with the juvenile division of the Leon County Public Defender's Office. While attending FSU, she discovered a love for rock climbing, eventually competing with the intramural team.

Sasha Minton
Sasha graduated from U.C. Berkeley in 2003 with a B.A. in history. In 2002 and 2003, Sasha developed an interest in public policy advocacy when she interned as a research assistant for a juvenile justice prevention initiative at the Liberty Hill Foundation, which makes grants to groups working in their neighborhoods toward social justice. Sasha turned her interest in public policy advocacy into a commitment to improving the child welfare system when in 2003 she joined the Foundation Consortium for California’s Children and Youth, a non-partisan resource that brought together philanthropy, community organizations, schools and government agencies to improve public policy and practice for children and youth. As the program associate for the Foundation Consortium’s child welfare initiative, she assisted the Senior Fellow in fostering collaborations at the state and county level in implementing differential response and providing support to youth transitioning from foster care. Sasha learned about the critical importance of the court and legal process for children and youth in the child welfare system when in 2005 she became project assistant for Home At Last, a national initiative that conducted education and outreach to judicial leaders, government officials, decision makers and the public in raising awareness about the need to act on and implement the Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care’s recommendations.

While she was a Fellow at Hofstra Law, Sasha interned with the Alliance for Children’s Rights in Los Angeles and with the Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Practice in Jamaica, NY. She was also a member of the Family Court Review and participated in the Child Advocacy Clinic. Upon graduation, Sasha received the Stephanie E. Kupferman Juvenile Justice Endowed Scholarship. Sasha currently works at the Committee for Public Counsel Services in Massachusetts.

Randi O’Donnell
Randi graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in English. She also holds a Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University. In 2000, Randi took her first job working with children in foster care as an assistant family teacher in a group home for adolescent boys in Hawai’i. She then worked as a social worker for the Legal Aid Society’s Juvenile Rights Division. Prior to receiving her Master’s degree, Randi worked as a paralegal advocating for welfare recipients and people in danger of eviction in Spanish Harlem and as a counselor for a domestic violence support hotline in Brooklyn.

During her time at Hofstra, Randi interned with the Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Division and with the Center for Family Representation. She moderated a youth panel at a conference titled “Working Together to Strengthen Our Communities: Preventing Youth Violence and Gangs”. She also served as the Managing Editor of the Family Court Review. Upon graduation, Randi received the Stephanie E. Kupferman Juvenile Justice Endowed Scholarship. Randi currently works at the Legal Aid Society Juvenile Rights Practice.