The International Center for Law and Religion Studies was privileged to enjoy the work of ten students who came as Summer Research Externs for 2011, from the J. Reuben Clark Law School and six other schools in the United States and Germany. This summer's work has included the externs' joining forces with several of the 2011 Student Fellows to provide invaluable help in the preparation of the Center's amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court case Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC. Following the successful filing of this complex brief on 20 June 2011, the externs turned to assisting with other important projects, especially the research and... more
Paige Alsbury is a proud native of Helena, Montana. She attended Brigham Young University and studied biology, graduating with a B.S. in 2008. As an undergraduate she was fortunate to work as an undergraduate research assistant in a phylogenetics laboratory. In 2007 her research interests took her to a National Science Foundation funded experience at the Universidad de Concepción in Chile. Shortly following her graduation from BYU, Paige served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Korea Seoul West Mission. She is thrilled to be a part of the International Center for Law and Religious Studies.
Joshua was raised in Bountiful, Utah, He served as a missionary in the Korea, Seoul West Mission before attending Brigham Young University, where he earned his bachelor's degree in English Language. Following graduation he worked in radio for several years, first for National Public Radio in Washington, D.C., and later for The LDS Church's "Mormon Channel" radio station. Along with completing his J.D. from Notre Dame, he is currently pursuing a Master’s in Religious Studies from King’s College, London.
Samuel Miguel Fröhlich grew up in the northernmost State of Germany. After serving a full-time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in England, he worked in 10 countries across Europe. This contact with Eastern Europeans and their individual circumstances awakened his major interest in human rights. Following that, he spent over two years working for a leading international law firm in Frankfurt, Germany, and joined a human rights organization in Brussels, Belgium for a summer internship.
Samuel will soon graduate from the "Goethe-Universität," the Law School in Frankfurt, Germany. He has joined the Center for a summer externship before writing his final "diploma-thesis." His wife, Cynthia, who is also just... more
Jared is from northern Virginia and served as a full-time missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Lubbock, Texas. He enjoys running, playing soccer, and mastering new songs on the piano and guitar. Jared graduated from Brigham Young University in April with a BA in American studies and a minor in business management. He will be attending BYU Law School this fall and appreciates the opportunity to learn about the confluence of law and religion through ICLRS.
Megan graduated from Brigham Young University in 2003, with a BA in Political Science and a BS in Conservation Biology. Following graduation, she moved to Washington, D.C., and worked on Capitol Hill for former Senator Larry E. Craig. Megan was named a Dean’s Fellow upon finishing her first year of law school at the David A. Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia this year. She has been married for five years to her husband, Ryan, and currently lives in Fairfax, VA.
Despite growing up in Portland, Oregon and never leaving the United States until after high school, Joey Leavitt has long held an interest in things international. He undertook a year-long field study in Syria as an undergraduate, studying Arabic and conducting research in the fields of geography and anthropology. After completing his BA in Middle East Studies/Arabic from Brigham Young University, Joey accepted a position as an analyst with the US government, spending two years in the Washington, DC area and another two years at the American embassy in Amman, Jordan as a multimedia specialist focusing on Arab satellite channels. Joey's interest in international law will take him this fall to Central European University in Budapest, Hungary,... more
Jake Smart grew up in Stansbury Park, Utah, Monterrey, Mexico, and San Diego, California Before attending college he served as a missionary in the Pennsylvania Pittsburgh Mission. He graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor's degree in history and a minor in sociology. During summer 2009 Jake worked as a legal aid for Utah Legal Services. He will be entering his third year of law school and will be president of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society chapter at Lewis & Clark Law School this fall in Portland, Oregon. He enjoys cycling, mountain biking, playing basketball, and snowboarding.
Kimberly Tolman graduated from Brigham Young University in 2002 with a degree in philosophy. Following graduation she worked as an office manager for a small Utah business before deciding to return to school to study law. In 2010, after completing her first-year legal course work, Kimberly completed two contrasting legal externships. The first was at Catholic Community Services in Salt Lake City, helping international refugees to progress towards U.S. citizenship. Her second experience was with the property group at Dibbs Barker Lawyers in Sydney, Australia. Kimberly served as a member of the Transportation/Concierge Team for Symposium 2010 and is returning as Chair of Concierge/Hosting for 2011. In addition to her duties as an ICLRS 2011 Summer... more