James Wilson Fellowship
Washington, D.C., July 28-August 2, 2019
Professor Hadley Arkes, joined by other distinguished scholars, will offer a seminar over six days in Washington, DC, on Natural Law and its bearing on our current law. The course will focus on discussing the central points of a jurisprudence of Natural Law, such as the classic connection between the “logic of morals” and the “logic of law,” the properties of moral truths and the principles of judgment, and how we would see certain landmark cases differently if they were viewed through the lens of Natural Law. Our main objective is to restore a moral coherence to our jurisprudence.
We are pleased to present the James Wilson Fellows Class of 2019:
Pierce Babirak is a law clerk to the Honorable Judge Alice M. Batchelder, of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Previously, he served as the Chief of Staff to the president of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) in Washington, D.C. He is a former Teach for America corps member and Capitol Hill policy consultant. Pierce holds a B.A. in history from Grove City College, an M.S.E.d. from the University of Pennsylvania, an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business, and a J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Tim Bradley is a 3L at Notre Dame Law School, where he serves as President of the Federalist Society and Managing Articles Editor of Notre Dame Law Review. After graduating, he will serve as a law clerk to Judge Steven M. Colloton on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and then to Judge Jeffrey S. Sutton on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. This past summer, Mr. Bradley worked as a summer associate at Jones Day in Washington, D.C. He previously served as an intern in the Office of the Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, and is a 2018 Blackstone Fellow. Prior to law school, he worked as a research associate at the Charlotte Lozier Institute in Washington, D.C. Mr. Bradley graduated magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in economics and theology.
Frank Chang clerks for Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He previously clerked for Judge Henry F. Floyd of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He also currently serves in the Texas Army National Guard in the rank of captain as an adjutant. In the past, he has served as a law clerk to Senator Ted Cruz on the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, worked as a summer associate at Hogan Lovells, and interned for the West Virginia Solicitor General. His publications appear on The George Washington Law Review. He holds a B.A. in political science from the Pennsylvania State University and a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School.
Spencer Churchill is a clerk to Judge Neomi Rao of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. He has also served as a clerk to Judge Trevor N. McFadden of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and to Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Spencer has worked in private practice as an associate in the D.C. offices of Baker McKenzie and of Crowell & Moring. Spencer holds his B.A. in Government from Patrick Henry College and is a graduate of Harvard Law School, where he served as an executive editor and notes editor on the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy.
Josh Craddock clerks for Chief Judge Timothy M. Tymkovich, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Previously, he worked as a summer associate at Latham & Watkins LLP and Bancroft PLLC, and led the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy as editor-in-chief of its fortieth anniversary volume. Prior to law school, Mr. Craddock managed advocacy teams for several non-profit organizations at the United Nations and participated in negotiations on the Sustainable Development Goals. He has been a contributor to National Review, First Things, Public Discourse, and Providence Magazine. Josh holds a B.A. in politics, philosophy, and economics from The King's College and a J.D. from the Harvard Law School.
Ethan Foster is clerking for the Honorable Victor J. Wolski of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. In 2017, Mr. Foster received a J.D. and M.A. in History from the University of Virginia, where he won the law school’s Roger and Madeleine Traynor Prize for best written work. He also served as President of the school’s Jessup International Moot Court Team and as a Submissions Editor for the Journal of Law & Politics. He received his B.A. in Government from Patrick Henry College, graduating summa cum laude with high honors. He will spend the next year as an associate at Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald, and, in 2020, Mr. Foster will clerk for the Honorable Laura Swain of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.
Rebecca Furdek currently serves as Counsel to the Solicitor at the U.S. Department of Labor. Prior to government service, she worked as a litigation and government enforcement associate at Baker McKenzie in Washington, DC, and as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Reed O'Connor of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas. She earned her J.D. from the University of Minnesota Law School, where she served as an Editor on the Minnesota Law Review, a National Symposium Editor for the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, President of the Federalist Society chapter, and as a law clerk on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. Rebecca also holds a B.S. in Piano Performance and English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Brian Taylor Goldman is currently clerking for Judge Richard J. Sullivan on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Last year, he clerked for Judge Diarmuid F. O’Scannlain on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Brian received his J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was awarded the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Prize and served as Co-President of the Federalist Society. He previously worked as a summer associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz. Brian received his B.A. summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania.
Daniel Grabowski is currently clerking for the Honorable Bohdan A. Futey of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Dan will clerk for the Honorable Gregory E. Maggs of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces for the 2019 –2020 term and for the Honorable John K. Bush of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit for the 2020 –2021 term. Dan received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the George Washington University School of Law and his B.A. in Philosophy, summa cum laude, from the Catholic University of America. He also holds a M.A. in Thomistic Studies, magna cum laude, from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies.
Steven C. Hough is a Trial Attorney with the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, DC. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Hough practiced as an associate attorney with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York City and Abrams & Bayliss LLP in Wilmington, Delaware. Mr. Hough clerked for United States Circuit Judge Jerome A. Holmes on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit and United States District Judge James Knoll Gardner on the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Mr. Hough earned his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he served as Senior Editor on the Law Review, and his B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley, where he graduated with Distinction in three years of study, and holds a Certificate in Business and Public Policy from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Florence Liu is a 2020 JD Candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. Ms. Liu currently serves as a Publishing Editor on the California Law Review, President of Christians at Berkeley Law and as a research assistant to Professor John Yoo. After graduating, she will serve as a law clerk to the Honorable Timothy M. Tymkovich of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. She has worked as a summer associate at Fenwick & West and as a legal extern for the Honorable Lucy H. Koh at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. She graduated magna cum laude from University of California, Santa Cruz with a major in Economics.
Martin J. Salvucci presently clerks for Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Martin was previously a Summer Associate at Klee, Tuchin, Bogdanoff & Stern LLP in Los Angeles and Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York City. He also worked as a Research Assistant for Professor William Baude. Martin has been published in the National Review, and he was previously honored by the Claremont Institute as a John Marshall Fellow. He holds both a B.A. and an M.A. in political philosophy from the University of Chicago, as well as a J.D. from Stanford Law School.
Hayley Stillwell is currently clerking for Judge Patrick Wyrick of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma. Prior to this position, she served as a law clerk for the Oklahoma Supreme Court with then Justice Wyrick and also practiced as a litigation associate at Crowe and Dunlevy in Oklahoma City. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 2017 with highest honors and membership in the Order of the Coif, Scribes, and Barristers. She will next clerk for Chief Judge Timothy Tymkovich of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit.
Reed Smith is the Director of Litigation at Christian Legal Society, where he specializes in religious liberty litigation. Before joining CLS, Reed practiced as counsel at First Liberty Institute, where he worked on a range of religious liberty matters, and as an associate at Ahmad Zavitsanos, a Chambers-rated commercial litigation boutique, where he managed high-stakes commercial and intellectual property litigation for both plaintiffs and defendants. Before going into private practice, Reed clerked for Judge Catharina Haynes at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Paul Stickney at the Northern District of Texas, and James Ho at the Texas Office of the Solicitor General. Prior to law school, Reed served as a journeyman missionary to Poland through the International Mission Board. Reed received his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where he served was an editor of the Virginia Law Review, and his B.A. from the University of Florida.
Drew Waldbeser is a law clerk for the Honorable Michael S. Kanne of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Previously, he clerked for the Honorable Thomas L. Ludington of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan. After clerking, Drew will join the Georgia Solicitor General’s office. He graduated from Indiana University Maurer School of Law, where he served as Executive Notes and Comments Editor for the Indiana Law Journal. He holds a B.A. in political science from Thomas Edison State University.