Anna Strother is a born and raised Austinite studying English and Sociology at the University of Texas at Austin. After completing her undergrad, she hopes to attend law school to pursue a career in criminal justice. Outside of her work at LSJA, Anna is a makeup artist and model for Spark Magazine as well as a freelance.
Breanna DeLeon is a second-year Plan II student at the University of Texas at Austin from Kyle, Texas. In addition to her Bachelor's Degree, she is pursuing a certificate in Leadership and Ethics in Law, Policy, and Government. On campus, she co-founded with the Latinx Honors Student Association to advocate for Latinx involvement in UT’s honors programs. Her primary interests in criminal justice are labor law and civil rights. In her free time, she enjoys reading historical novels, drinking coffee, and catching up on political and national news.
Elizabeth Martinez is a senior Government and Sociology double major from Dallas, Texas. As a Sociology Honors student she conducts independent research into state legislation that allows for criminal record discrimination and its effects on state recidivism rates. Elizabeth serves as a co-social chair for the Texas Darlins spirit organization where she has the opportunity to mentor children from Austin’s Boys and Girls club as part of the organization’s philanthropy. Additionally, she serves as Treasurer for the Department of Sociology’s international honors society, Alpha Kappa Delta.
Eliza McDonald graduated from UC Berkeley in 2014 where she received her BA in Physics and Astronomy. During her time at UC Berkeley, she worked extensively with Pioneers in Engineering, a student-led organization that designed outreach programs, supplemental classes, and extracurricular activities in science and engineering for underserved high school students. After graduating she worked in education, working with high school students who struggled to pass standardized algebra tests. Eliza is a current law student at the University of Texas. In her free time, she enjoys studying Talmud and cycling.
James Lee is a senior Philosophy and Sociology student at the University of Texas at Austin originally from Fort Worth. James currently serves as the Vice President of Students for Sensible Drug Policy at UT and is a volunteer with the Austin Harm Reduction Coalition. In his free time, he enjoys running, kayaking on Lake Austin, and exploring Austin with his friends.
Krysta Kilinski is a senior Government major at the University of Texas at Austin. Originally from Weatherford, Texas, she has an interest in criminal justice, immigration, and healthcare policy. This Fall Krysta plans to begin applying to law schools and public policy graduate programs in hopes of one day working for a non-profit in Washington D.C. In her free time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her family, friends, and pets.
Meredith Gusky graduated from the University of Oregon with a B.A. in International Studies with concentrations in human rights and law and minored in Spanish and European Studies. During her undergrad she worked for a student advocacy group, interned for the NGO Everywomen Treaty, and studied abroad in the Western Balkans region to research transitional justice. In her free time, she enjoys running, cooking, and basket weaving. Originally from Austin, Meredith is excited to return home and work with LSJA!
Saamia Imtiaz is a junior International Relations & Global Studies and Plan II major at the University of Texas at Austin. On campus, she is involved with It’s On Us, an organization fighting against sexual assault, and is a member of a pre-law honor society Phi Delta Phi. In her free time, she enjoys watching mediocre movies, attending concerts, and reading. Originally from Houston, Texas, she aspires to work as an international human rights lawyer in the future.
Samuel Jandrain is a third-year Philosophy major at Colorado State University. After his undergrad he hopes to continue his education at the University of Texas Law School. He is passionate about transforming criminal justice and policy to focus on rehabilitation. In his free time, he enjoys playing guitar, bass, synth, drums, and piano, and enjoys going on hikes and bike rides.
Sophia Santoyo is a third-year Psychology and Government student at the University of Texas at Austin. Originally from Garland, Texas, she is passionate about helping people anyway she can. She is Co-President of Voices against Violence on campus, a member of the Student Conduct Board and the law organization Phi Delta Phi. She is also Interpersonal Violence Peer Supporter, assisting UT students with issues surrounding violence and sexual assault. In her free time, she enjoys writing music, playing the guitar, and spending time with her cat Frida.
Yusuf Shafi is a junior Government major at the University of Texas. Last year he worked with Lady Hands, to create community events which promote local art and donate to charity. In his free time, he enjoys watching cheesy films and frequenting concerts around Austin. He also enjoys playing guitar and making music with his friends.