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Alexis is a tutor for the Bar Exam Toolbox and Law School Toolbox. Originally from the east coast, Alexis and her family recently moved to the surf and sun of California. She served as Associate Director of Academic Success at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego and still adjuncts there.
Before law school, Alexis worked as a middle school teacher at an international school in Munich, Germany. After moving back to the U.S., Alexis attended University of Maryland School of Law, where she was a Leadership Scholar, Writing Center Fellow, and a member of Maryland Law Review. Throughout law school, Alexis also worked for the non-profit organization Project HEAL at Kennedy Krieger Institute, where she assisted clients with special education issues.
After graduating from law school, Alexis practiced law at Dickstein Shapiro LLP and Reed Smith LLP, where she focused on commercial litigation and insurance coverage disputes. After many years of Big Law practice, Alexis missed working in the classroom and mentoring students and decided to go back to teaching. She now thoroughly enjoys every minute teaching law school students and working with bar exam takers.
Ariel Salzer is a tutor and Mentor Tutor for the Law School Toolbox and Bar Exam Toolbox and works with both law students and bar exam takers. Ariel has taught everything from conjunctions to calculus on four different continents. A primary and secondary school educator in the U.S. and abroad before law school, Ariel has always had penchant for teaching and editing.
As a student at the University of San Francisco School of Law, Ariel tutored Torts and led 1L workshops on time management, exam preparation, legal writing, and outlining. As the chief Technical Editor on the Executive Board of the USF Law Review, Ariel was in charge of ensuring the accuracy of thousands of legal citations, and has become a Bluebook expert. She also served as a Case Counsel for the USF Moot Court program, and received CALI awards for high-scoring two classes, including Legal Research and Writing.
After practicing law as a product liability litigator in California for a number of years, Ariel found her way back to teaching and now enjoys helping students find success in their law school classes and on the bar exam.
Doretta McGinnis is a law school tutor and bar exam tutor for the Law School Toolbox and Bar Exam Toolbox. After graduating from Harvard, she worked in academic publishing until a friend dared her to go to law school.
Doretta earned her JD at Penn Law, where she was an editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review and a legal writing instructor. Eager to pay off her student loans, she practiced labor and employment law at a major Philadelphia law firm, but soon left Biglaw to pursue her interest in legal education.
Doretta joined the faculty at Widener University Delaware Law School, where, over the course of nearly 20 years, she served as Associate Director of the legal writing program and taught labor law, employment discrimination, and bar exam prep. She is the co-founder of Admission Logic, LLC, an independent educational consulting practice focused on college and law school admissions.
Elizabeth Knox is a graduate of Southwestern University and Harvard Law School. Elizabeth has built her career around civil and disability rights. She has spent time working and interning for the Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Texas. While at Harvard, she was a research assistant for two professors and researched different topics related to international human and disability rights and the civil rights era. She earned the Justice John Paul Stevens Public Interest Fellowship and the James Vorenberg Equal Justice Summer Fellowship to support her summer work in civil rights. She was also a Harvard Law School Presidential Scholar.
After law school, Elizabeth clerked for the Honorable Robert Brack of the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico. She then worked in special education law before founding Access the Dream, a disability consulting practice. She continues to research and write about education and disability rights issues. Elizabeth is driven to help students of all backgrounds succeed in academic environments.
Emily is a tutor for the Law School Toolbox and Bar Exam Toolbox. She previously served as Director of Academic Success at Concordia University School of Law where she taught courses on legal writing, research, and writing for the bar exam, and mentored students from matriculation to bar exam passage.
She graduated with a B.A. from the University of Michigan and began a career in elementary education before switching gears to attend law school. After earning her J.D. from Notre Dame Law School, she clerked for Justice Petra Jimenez Maes of the New Mexico Supreme Court and then transitioned into academia. A child of a teacher and a lawyer, she was meant to work in legal education. She finds joy in helping others succeed.
Joanna is a tutor with the Law School Toolbox and Bar Exam Toolbox. Joanna grew up in southern California, where she now lives with her husband and 4 young boys. Before returning to Los Angeles, however, Joanna spent her undergraduate years in Middlebury, Vermont and then worked in outdoor education for several years in New Hampshire, Maine, Nova Scotia, and throughout the mountains and deserts of California. While at Middlebury College, Joanna served as a Peer Writing Tutor and also tutored students at the local high school in reading and writing.
Joanna graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center in 2005. While in law school, she served as the Executive Editor of the Writing Program for the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review. Joanna began her legal career with a one-year fellowship in the Office of the General Counsel at Johns Hopkins University, where she developed an interest in employment law. Upon completing the fellowship, she took a job with Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP in Los Angeles in their Employment Litigation group, where she worked for approximately 8 years. At Manatt, Joanna was active in the Summer Associate Program, serving as a Mentor and as an Assignment Coordinator.
Currently, Joanna works as a neutral investigator, conducting investigations of workplace complaints and helping clients resolve workplace disputes.
Kathryn is a tutor for the Law School Toolbox and Bar Exam Toolbox. She earned her MA and BA from Stanford University and her JD from Stanford Law School. After several years as a attorney with a large DC firm and then as corporate counsel for a Fortune 500 company, where she focused on international trade and investment law, she realized that she missed studying and teaching law and history. She is currently pursuing a Phd in legal history.
Before going to law school, Kathryn worked as a mathematician for a bio-tech firm and is always looking for ways to combine her interests in math, law, and history. During law school and immediately afterwards, Kathryn had significant involvement with the Timor-Leste Legal Education Project, drafting and editing legal textbooks for law students and lawyers in East Timor. She was also involved in pro bono cases seeking the release of journalists and human rights activists unlawfully imprisoned, including petitions to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.
When not studying law and history, Kathryn likes to practice dressage, alpine ski, and play with her rambunctious goldendoodle. She is also trying to read all of the children’s books that have won the Newbury Award — they make a nice break!
Kelly is a tutor for the Law School Toolbox and Bar Exam Toolbox. Kelly graduated cum laude from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 2005. While in law school, Kelly earned several CALI awards recognizing her outstanding achievements in the law school classroom. Kelly was also the Executive Editor of The Ohio State Law Review.
Kelly has been a full-time law professor since 2009. She is currently a Teaching Professor at the Syracuse University College of Law. Prior to joining the faculty at Syracuse, Kelly was a professor and the Director of Academic Support at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. As both a professor and an academic support professional, Kelly has extensive experience working one-on-one with students to help them achieve their academic goals.
Prior to becoming a law professor, Kelly worked as an Assistant State Public Defender and as an associate at the private law firm of Schottenstein, Zox & Dunn.
Keri Bischoff Clapp
Keri Bischoff Clapp is a law school and bar exam tutor for the Law School Toolbox and Bar Exam Toolbox. Keri’s love for writing led her to journalism school and then directly to law school at Penn Law, which she absolutely loved. Keri was an executive editor and published author of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review.
After law school, she learned many life and professional lessons by clerking for a woman federal District Court judge in Philadelphia. Keri then joined a large Philadelphia law firm as a litigation associate and later worked as in-house and trial counsel for a U.S. government office.
The next act of Keri’s career brought her into the classroom to teach undergraduates and law school students. Among other courses, she has taught business law, legal research and writing, and bar exam preparation. Keri is now on the faculty at Saint Joseph’s University Haub School of Business.
Megan is a tutor for the Law School Toolbox and Bar Exam Toolbox. Megan is the Director of Academic Success and Bar Exam Preparation at Wayne State University Law School and previously served as the Associate Director of the Dan K. Webb Center for Advocacy at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
She regularly presents at conferences on legal education, and her academic scholarship has been published in national and international law journals.
Megan is also a Registered Yoga Teacher and has taught yoga to law school faculty, staff, and students.
Megan regularly blogs about the bar exam.
Mihal is a tutor for the Law School Toolbox and Bar Exam Toolbox. Mihal has worked at the intersection of teaching and advocacy for over a decade. Prior to law school, she led creative workshops and academic classes in prisons and spent five years working as a Court Advocate for an alternative-to-incarceration program in Brooklyn, NY, where she developed Know-Your-Rights trainings and advocacy tools for system-impacted youth.
While at Harvard Law School, Mihal continued incorporating education and mentorship into her law school experience. She was a mentor and team leader with Harvard Defenders, chaired the Community Building Committee for the Prison Legal Assistance Project, and joined a research paper team critiquing the context and impact of legal pedagogy. While at Harvard, Mihal was awarded the Vorenberg Equal Justice Summer Fellowship and a Presidential Scholarship for her public service work. She graduated with a Harvard Public Service Venture Fund Fellowship and Berkeley Law Foundation Fellowship, and went on to receive an Equal Justice Works Fellowship sponsored by the Morrison and Foerster Foundation, which funded her work at A New Way of Life Reentry Project, where she provided legal services, movement support, and educational tools to women working to reunify with their children and families after incarceration.
Natalie Holzaepfel is passionate about the law and recently founded a startup, Aliro Immigration, to increase access to immigration services. Prior to her startup, Natalie worked in New York as a white collar defense and internal investigations associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton and in California at Perkins Coie. Natalie also clerked for Judge J. Clifford Wallace of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and for Judge James G. Carr of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.
While attending The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Natalie served as a managing editor of the Ohio State Law Journal, interned in the Education Section of the Office of the Ohio Attorney General, and worked in the General Counsel’s Office at the Department of Housing and Urban Development. She also was a judicial extern to Judge Jeffrey Sutton of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.
Natalie Nicol is a lawyer who works on a broad range of legal issues, including intellectual property, privacy, employment, corporate, transactional, and tax matters. She has practiced in-house and also advises startups on transactional and licensing issues. Her true passion is intellectual property law, particularly trademark and copyright issues related to fashion, music, art, and other creative endeavors.
Natalie earned her J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law in 2013 with a concentration in Intellectual Property Law and her B.A. from Arizona State University in 2008. During law school, she was an intern at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University (now the Berkman-Klein Center), the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), and the First Amendment Project. In her spare time, she enjoys Pilates, cooking, and live music.
Natalie passed the California bar exam in 2014 and the Nevada bar exam in 2020, both on her first attempt.
Natalie is a tutor for the Law School Toolbox and Bar Exam Toolbox.
Raneta joined the faculty at Creighton University School of Law in 1991, after serving as an associate with the law firm of Davis, Graham & Stubbs in Denver, Colorado, where her practice focused primarily on litigation and bankruptcy law.
At Creighton Law School, Raneta teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, White Collar Crime, Comparative Criminal Procedure, and Remedies. In 2006, she was the recipient of a Fulbright Grant, which gave her the opportunity to travel to Vilnius, Lithuania to deliver lectures on money laundering and its role in global terrorism.
Raneta has published articles on several criminal law related issues including concealed weapons laws, money laundering, bias in the criminal justice system, problems with the Federal Witness Protection Program, and several Miranda related issues. She has also published articles on a variety of computer technology issues including the legal implications of adopting digital signatures, the use of technology to promote alternative dispute resolution, and computer crime statutes in the United States.
Raneta is the author of five books, “A Layperson’s Guide to Criminal Law” (1999), “The Digital Divide: Standing at the Intersection of Race and Technology” (2001), “Equal Justice in the Balance: America’s Legal Responses to the Emerging Terrorist Threat” (with co-author Michael J. Kelly) (2004), “Comparative Criminal Procedure: History, Processes and Case Studies, 2nd edition (2017) and “Criminal Procedure: Cases, Readings and Comparative Perspectives, 3rd edition (2021).
Raneta also provides expert commentary to the local and national media on criminal law, white collar crime and computer technology related issues.
Rose earned her J.D. from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and her B.A. from the University of California, at Los Angeles. While in law school, she served as the Legislation Editor for the Pacific Law Journal (“Greensheets”). Following law school, Rose worked as a Research Attorney for Justice Pauline Davis Hanson, of the Fifth District Court of Appeal, in California, and then practiced law in the areas of civil litigation and appeals. Before joining our team of tutors, Rose worked as an Adjunct Professor, then full time Professor, at the law school level for approximately 25 years. Rose taught Legal Writing, in various forms, including a class providing academic support to students struggling during their first year, Professional Responsibility, and Remedies.
Rose enjoys, and looks forward to, working with students in this one-on-one virtual environment.
Tina earned her J.D. from Stanford Law School, where she served as an editor on the Stanford Law Review. After law school, Tina clerked for judges in the Southern District of California and on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She also practiced patent litigation at the law firms of Munger Tolles & Olson LLP and Perkins Coie LLP. She is currently a career law clerk in the Southern District of California. Prior to law school, she earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and worked as an electrical engineer.
Selina Farrell is a tutor for Bar Exam Toolbox. As a student at Pepperdine School of Law, she participated in moot court, served as editor-in-chief of the Law Review, and graduated summa cum laude and first in her class. She then worked for a large, international law firm as a corporate tax lawyer and, after a few years, lucked out and found her way back to teaching law school classes at her alma mater. There, she serves as the Associate Dean for Student Success and an Associate Professor of Legal Research and Writing. For more than ten years, she has taught a variety of courses, including Federal Income Taxation, Legal Research and Writing, Advanced Litigation Writing, and academic success and bar exam preparation courses. She also has managed the law school’s career development office.
Selina loves teaching and working with students – particularly those who experience challenges adapting to law school and preparing for the bar exam – and helping them along the path to success in their academic and professional careers. She finds that the skills necessary to excel in law school and on the bar exam do not always come naturally, but most students can learn them with some dedicated effort and the encouragement and support of a helpful mentor.
Tyler Coulson is a law school tutor and bar exam tutor for the Law School Toolbox and the Bar Exam Toolbox.
Tyler is a lawyer, writer, and adventurer based in Chicago. In 2011, he left his position practicing corporate bankruptcy at a leading international law firm to walk across America with his dog, Mabel. His departure from biglaw and his transcontinental hike have been featured in the New York Times, the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, and on Grantland.com. Since completing his 3200 mile hike, Coulson has written and spoken about his experiences both on the road and in corporate law. Coulson graduated with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law.
Whitney started her post-graduate education at the University of Mary Washington, earning a Master’s in Education. She soon decided to change course, and went to the College of William & Mary School of Law.
At William & Mary, she was an Articles Editor for the Journal of Women and the Law and a Teaching Assistant for the Legal Skills program. Through the Legal Skills program, she was able to provide mentorship for first and second year law students, as well as instruction in legal writing and client contact. In 2010, she graduated Order of the Coif and was admitted to the bar in Maryland.
Whitney is a tutor for the Law School Toolbox and the Bar Exam Toolbox.
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