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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.
Before law school, Allison worked at a civil rights law firm as a paralegal and also worked as an assistant teacher and tutor at a low-income charter school.
During law school, Allison served as a TA in the 1L skills program, where she provided feedback on students’ writing and oral advocacy skills. She also worked in the housing clinic at the East Bay Community Law Center helping tenants avoid eviction, and she interned at the ACLU. Allison spent the summer between her 2L and 3L year at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison in the litigation group. She is a certified yoga instructor, and in her spare time enjoys cooking.
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.
As a student at UMass Law, Brittany knew she wanted to teach. While in law school she began tutoring law students, and then tutored students privately for law school courses and the bar exam. Although Brittany practiced family law litigation, she quickly found a job doing what she loved in legal education. Brittany is now the Director of Bar Support at Roger Williams University School of Law, where she teaches bar preparation courses and legal ethics review courses. In 2018, third-year students voted her Staff Member of the Year at RWU Law.
Brittany loves working with students and teaching is her passion. She will be there for any student at any moment during the course of their journey through law school and the bar exam. She cares tremendously for her students, and truly believes each one can be successful in law school 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 (https://www.admission-logic.com/).
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!
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.
Kevin McElroy is a law school tutor and bar exam tutor for the Law School Toolbox and Bar Exam Toolbox. After graduating from St. John’s University School of Law, Kevin immediately began what is now more than a 30 year career in civil litigation. Kevin has handled cases in federal and state courts across the country. In 2006 Kevin began teaching while continuing to practice law. He has taught Legal Writing courses at both Hofstra University and Cardozo Law School as well as Civil Procedure and other substantive courses. Prior to joining Law School Toolbox Kevin taught bar exam preparation courses as well as tutored students preparing for the bar.
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. Teaching has been integral to Mihal’s work for over a decade. Prior to law school, she led creative workshops and academic classes in prisons, tutored elementary school students struggling with reading comprehension, and spent five years working as a Court Advocate in Brooklyn, NY, where she developed trainings and advocacy tools for incarcerated and system-involved 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 exploring the context and impact of legal education. Mihal graduated with a Harvard Public Service Venture Fund Fellowship and Berkeley Law Foundation Fellowship, went on to receive an Equal Justice Works Fellowship sponsored by Morrison and Foerster, and currently provides legal services and educational tools to women working to reunify with their children and families after incarceration.
Natalie Nicol is an in-house corporate lawyer who works on a broad range of legal issues, including intellectual property, privacy, employment, corporate, transactional, and tax matters. She is an Internet Law & Policy Foundry Fellow and Project Manager for Without My Consent, a non-profit focused on combatting serious online invasions of privacy.
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 yoga, cooking, and live music.
Natalie is a tutor for the Law School Toolbox and Bar Exam Toolbox.
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. During law school, Rose served as the Legislation Editor for the Pacific Law Journal (“Greensheets”). After graduating and passing the California bar, Rose worked as a Research Attorney for Justice Pauline Davis Hanson, of the Fifth District Court of Appeal, in Fresno, California. From there, Rose practiced law in the areas of civil litigation and appeals, before becoming an Adjunct Professor, then full time Professor, at San Joaquin College of Law. There, she focused on teaching Legal Writing, in various forms, including a class providing academic support to students struggling during their first year.
Rose enjoys, and looks forward to, working with students in this one-on-one virtual environment.
Sara O’Connor is a law school tutor and bar exam tutor for the Law School Toolbox and the Bar Exam Toolbox.
While in law school at Duquesne University School of Law, Sara received the Outstanding Appellate Brief Award in her Legal Research & Writing course and served as a tutor for their nationally-ranked Legal Research & Writing program. She also served as a Law Review Associate Notes and Comments Editor, received a CALI Award in Administrative Law, competed on Mock Trial teams (one of which went to the quarter-finals), coached a high school team that went on to become District Champions and Semi-Regional Champions, and graduated third in her class.
After graduating, Sara practiced law for several years at K&L Gates, LLP in the areas of commercial disputes, insurance coverage, toxic torts, and product liability. However, she could not resist the temptation to teach and found herself serving as a Bar Prep Tutor, Trial Advocacy Adjunct Professor, and an undergraduate and law school mentor and adviser. Sara has since left Biglaw to devote herself to her two passions — working with students who know their worth and potential but may need assistance reaching it and showcasing her artwork throughout the Northeast.
Sara regularly blogs about law school, the bar exam, and the practice of law.
Selina Brandt 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.
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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