June 2, 2014

Foster Pepper Welcomes Five Summer Associates

Foster Pepper is pleased to welcome five law school students as 2014 summer associates. This year’s class includes students from law schools of the University of Washington, Seattle University and American University.

“We are thrilled to welcome this exceptional group of students to spend their summer with us at Foster Pepper,” said Brad Hoff, chair of the firm’s Insurance Coverage practice and co-chair of the Professional Recruiting Committee. “All five of these individuals come from diverse personal and educational backgrounds and we look forward to their contributions to the firm and our clients.”

Foster Pepper’s 2014 Summer Associate Class:

Devra Cohen, a J.D. candidate at the University of Washington School of Law where she just completed her second year. Cohen is the Executive Managing Editor of the Washington Law Review and a member of the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition team. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she received a degree in political science and international studies and prior to entering law school, worked for a small public affairs firm promoting sensible firearm policies in Wisconsin and Virginia. Additionally, Cohen volunteered with AmeriCorps VISTA in Allentown, Pennsylvania as the coordinator of a parent education program. After serving with AmeriCorps, Cohen returned to her hometown of Washington, D.C. and interned at Amnesty International USA in its government relations department.

Philip Paine is a J.D. candidate at the University of Washington School of Law and expects to graduate in 2015. Paine graduated from Seattle University with undergraduate degrees in humanities and economics. He grew up in the Seattle area and attended Seattle Preparatory School where he was a member of the Seattle Prep Mock Trial Team led by former attorney Andy McCarthy. In 2008, Paine and his teammates represented Washington state in the National High School Mock Trial Championship where they placed among the top ten.

Christopher Rogers is entering his final year at the American University Washington College of Law where he is the associate managing editor of the American University Law Review and was previously the executive editor of the National Security Law Brief. He recently assisted his constitutional law professor on research on Magna Carta’s influence on Supreme Court jurisprudence, to be published in an upcoming American Bar Association publication in honor of the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. During law school, Rogers interned with Judge Joseph E. Beshouri of the D.C. Superior Court and Judge Reggie B. Walton of the D.C. Circuit Court. Prior to entering law school, Rogers was a paralegal in Maryland assisting war veterans with disability claims. He earned his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College in Vermont.

Laurie Rosini is entering her final year at the University of Washington School of Law, where she expects to graduate in 2015. She was one of Foster Pepper’s 1L Diversity Fellowship recipients in 2013. Rosini has spent the majority of her life living abroad in France, Spain, Argentina, England, Singapore and Japan and prior to entering law school, took several years off to raise a family. She is a frequent volunteer at her daughters’ school, including serving on the board of directors of University Child Development School.

1L Diversity Fellowship Recipient

The Foster Pepper 1L Diversity Fellowship is open to law students of color or other diverse background who have demonstrated academic achievement; contribute meaningfully to the diversity of the law school student body and, upon entering the legal profession, of the legal community; and demonstrates a commitment to practice law in Seattle following graduation from law school. Foster Pepper’s 1L Diversity Fellowship recipient for 2014 is Paul Heer from Seattle University School of Law.

Paul Heer is a first year student at Seattle University School of Law where he is a Washington State Law Scholar. Heer was born in Washington state, but grew up between India, Canada and the United States where he was able to absorb various cultures, languages and environments. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Washington with honors in English. He currently serves on the board of the King County Superior Court’s Partnership for Youth Justice program, a diversion program for juveniles. At the age of 18, Heer ran a U.S. Olympic Trial qualifying time and enjoys reading and strategy games, as well as volunteering with underprivileged youth and coaching for the Special Olympics.

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