Shanahan Law Group  welcomes four North Carolina law students to its team for the firm’s 2020 Summer Associate Program.

“Because COVID-19 has forced the cancellation of many summer employment opportunities for law students, we felt it was more important than ever to continue our Summer Associate Program this year and to help our students establish a strong foundation of experience for their future careers.” said former Federal prosecutor and Shanahan Law Group founder Kieran J. Shanahan.

“We are incredibly grateful to have such a talented group of future lawyers join our team this summer,” said Jeffrey M. Kelly, Shanahan Law Group Associate and supervisor of the Summer Associate Program. “Clarissa, Jonathan, Jordan, and Andy have already demonstrated how capable they are at solving complex problems, and I am particularly excited to collaborate with them to serve our clients and community this summer.” 

Clarissa Cashmore is starting her third year at University of North Carolina School of Law where she is a recipient of a merit-based scholarship. She is a member of the North Carolina Journal of International Law and is active in appellate advocacy and pro bono projects. She is also an accomplished harpist with a B.A. in Music from Brigham Young University. In 2019 Clarissa worked as a Law Clerk at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Jonathan Dickerson is entering his third year at the University of North Carolina School of Law. He is a member of the North Carolina Law Review and active in moot court and pro bono projects. He earned a B.A. in English from UNC Chapel Hill and an M.A. in Christian Studies from Duke Divinity School. Last summer, Dickerson was a Judicial Fellow for Hon. Lou Trosch of the 26th Judicial District Superior Court and worked as Research Assistant to UNC Law Professor Erika K. Wilson.

Jordan Koonts is starting his second year at UNC Law. Koonts served as Student Body President at East Carolina University and as a member of the Board of Trustees while earning bachelor’s degrees in both Communication and Political Science. He previously served as campaign manager and student organizer, working with the management team of elections for candidates running for U.S. House of Representatives, N.C. House of Representatives, mayor, and Sheriff as well as managing election teams for district attorney and city council.

Ann Dyer (Andy) Esmond is entering her third year at Duke Law. She is an active member of the Duke University Graduate and Professional Student Council and the Wrongful Convictions Clinic. She graduated from Virginia Tech University with University Honors earning a B.A. in English. Esmond worked as a Litigation and Biotech Paralegal intern for Stern, Kessler, Goldstein and Fox, PLLC, a Law Clerk for Gilbert LLP, and most recently as a Legal Intern for Avalara, Inc.