Class of 2016
Veronica Fulton graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Vanderbilt University in 2016. She triple majored in French, Economics, and Political Science. In the summer of 2016, Veronica participated in the State Department’s Critical Language Scholarship for Korean in Gwangju, South Korea. Later that year, Veronica began her legal studies at Harvard Law School. On campus, she serves as a teaching assistant and is involved in organizations like the Journal of Law and Technology, the Women’s Law Association, and the Federalist Society. Veronica aims to focus her legal career in corporate law, with particular interest in AI & technology. In the summer of 2017, Veronica worked at the legal tech start-up “Lex Check.” She will join Ropes & Gray in San Francisco as a summer associate in 2018. Continuing in her love of language, beginning with French, Veronica has gone on to pursue Spanish and Italian.
Ana Luquerna graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Vanderbilt University in 2016. She double majored in Human and Organizational Development and Political Science and minored in French. In pursuance of her love of French, Ana was granted a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship after graduation. Ana lived in Perpignan and taught English to high-school students. In her spare time in France, Ana volunteered at La Cimade as a Refugee and Immigration Case Assistant. She visited Calais to meet with refugees participating in integration programs, and she also helped translate a video with refugee narratives from the camp. After Fulbright, Ana became an SEO Fellow and worked at the law firm Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City. During the summer at S&C, Ana gained insight into corporate law and focused on the Latin America practice group. Ana is attending The University of Oxford in the fall in order to pursue a Master’s in Refugee and Forced Migration Studies. She will be attending The University of Chicago Law School in the Fall of 2018.
Emmett McKinney graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2016. He currently works at the Environmental Law Institute, an environmental think tank in Washington D.C., whose mission is ” to foster innovative, just, and practical law and policy solutions to enable leaders across borders and sectors to make environmental, economic, and social progress.” ELI accomplishes this by researching emerging fields in environmental law, educating the public on recent developments, training professionals and other officials on the practice of environmental law, and producing numerous publications. As a Research Associate at ELI, Emmett supports projects both in the U.S. and abroad through both original research and assisting with planning and logistics. His French has been useful many times, including when helping organize a training for customs officials in West Africa who are responsible for managing hazardous waste shipments.
Stephen Zakwewicz graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2016. He is spending two years working as an English teaching assistant at a high school in the city of Linz, Austria. He says “It’s a tremendous amount of fun trying to make English class interesting, relevant, and enjoyable for all my students, who are so interested in American culture, society, politics, and the language. There, the more apt you are in English and the more aware of the goings-on in the English-speaking world, the cooler you are! So it’s never hard to keep the students interested and motivated. It’s especially enriching to be a sort of cultural ambassador, above all during a political year that has all eyes on America. Besides enjoying and acclimating to Austrian culture, I’ve also come to learn a lot about my own country and the people we are, having to reflect on and present it constantly. And of course I love exploring my Alpine backyard and the rest of Europe in my spare time!”