Lewis Rice Welcomes 2019 Summer Associates

Lewis Rice is pleased to introduce its Summer Associate Class of 2019, which hails from six different law schools and 11 universities. More information on each summer associate follows.

Lewis Rice's Summer Associate Program runs 10 weeks and is designed to expose participants to the practice, personality, and culture of our Firm while enabling them to demonstrate the professional qualities that we seek in our young lawyers. Summer associates rotate through each of our departments, allowing them to perform varied work assignments in the Litigation, Corporate, Tax and Estate Planning Departments.

First year law students (JD 2021):

James Burst, Washington University School of Law / University of Missouri, Master of Accounting, B.S., Accountancy

James completed both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in accountancy with a perfect 4.0. During college, he also studied abroad in Prague and spent time working as a tax intern at Brown Smith Wallace. After graduation, he prepared federal, state and local tax returns for corporate and partnership clients at KPMG. While James was with KPMG, he spent a few months working exclusively at Edward Jones where he assisted with tax compliance, month-end procedures and work-paper development. In his free time, James enjoys playing tennis and basketball, running, and watching sports.

Malik Caldwell, University of Missouri School of Law / University of Missouri, B.A., Political Science

At the University of Missouri, Malik is a member of the Black Law Students Association Mock Trial Team. He served as a judicial intern for Missouri Public Service Commission under the Hon. John Clark last winter. Additionally, Malik worked as a legal clerk for Faber and Brand in Columbia, MO, where he gained experience drafting complaints, motions, and other documents for civil litigation in various states throughout the Midwest and Southwest. Outside of law school, Malik is a volunteer coach for the Columbia Youth Basketball Association.

Devin Hayes, Washington University School of Law / Centre College, B.S., Economics and Finance

Devin was quarterback and captain of the Centre College football team, Vice President of his fraternity and a resident assistant. He also found time in college to study abroad in Cuba and conduct game-theory empirical research, focusing on the introduction of capitalism into the Cuban economy. He hails from Bowling Green, Kentucky. In his free time, Devin enjoys attending sporting events of all kinds, trying new restaurants, and playing with his newborn niece.

Evan Jefferson, University of Illinois College of Law / Southern Illinois University, B.S., Finance

Evan is ranked 8th in his 1L class. He grew up in central Illinois and spent his first two years of college playing soccer at Heartland Community College, where he received a Mid-West Athletic Conference Academic All-Conference award in 2016. Evan went on to Southern Illinois University – Carbondale where he studied finance and graduated cum laude. In his free time, he enjoys running, doing yard work, and playing golf.

Joanna Jensen, Washington University School of Law / University of Minnesota, B.A., Sociology of Law, Criminology, and Deviance

Joanna was elected President of the University of Minnesota’s College Student Board. She also worked as a legal intern for the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office and served as Editor in Chief of the campus literary magazine. During college, she completed her thesis, “Domestic Implications of Female Participation in the Legal Profession,” the foundations of which her mentor hopes to use for future publication. Joanna is originally from North Dakota, and she enjoys camping, spending time outdoors, traveling, and reading historical fiction.

Nate Lowis, Saint Louis University School of Law / Washington University, B.A., Psychological & Brain Sciences, and Political Science

Before college, Nate was the inaugural winner of the U.S. Army/Pro-Football Hall of Fame National Award for Excellence. At Washington University in St. Louis, he played football while double majoring in political science and psychology. As team captain, he was awarded the Darryl Sharp Memorial MVP Award and inducted into the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame Hampshire Honor Society. During his college summers, Nate interned for the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office and worked at a local golf course in his hometown of Springfield, Illinois. In his free time, Nate enjoys exploring new restaurants, and watching his younger sisters play basketball.

Julian Sharp, University of Arkansas School of Law / Niagara University, B.A., Philosophy

Julian was the captain of the men’s rugby team and garnered the Bernard Sylvester Award for Excellence in Philosophy at Niagara University. After college and before beginning his studies at University of Arkansas, Julian worked as a student loan collector, where he serviced defaulted student loans in compliance with federal law. He also managed operations at the Natural Muse, a restaurant in burgeoning Bentonville, Arkansas. Julian enjoys attending concerts and exploring museums.

Megan Smit, Washington University School of Law / University of Rochester, B.A., International Relations and Religion

Megan graduated cum laude from University of Rochester, including earning the University’s highest distinction in her religious studies program. She also served as a teaching assistant for the University of Rochester’s economics and religion departments. Megan grew up internationally; she has lived in South Africa, Holland, and Dubai. During college, Megan interned for Harriet Harman, MP in the United Kingdom’s House of Commons. Before starting law school, Megan spent a year as a Legal Assistant at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, trying new restaurants, and attending Orangetheory Fitness classes.

Second year law students (JD 2020):

Michael Crawford, Saint Louis University School of Law / Saint Louis University, Master of Accounting, B.S.B.A., Accounting

Michael spent his 1L summer with Lewis Rice. Michael is a former captain of the Saint Louis University men’s basketball team, during which time he earned his B.S.B.A. in Accounting, Master in Accounting, and Academic All-Conference honors. He is an 1843 Scholarship Recipient and is ranked in the top 15% of his law school class. Michael previously worked as a compliance intern for Edward Jones, where he researched Department of Labor rulings, clean shares, and various funds. He recently clerked for Judge Rendlen, III in the Eastern District of Missouri Bankruptcy Court. Michael enjoys playing basketball and golf as well as watching movies and a wide range of television series.

David Maddock, University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law / Benedictine College, B.A. Political Science

David spent his 1L summer with Stueve Siegel Hanson in Kansas City, where he gained experience researching legal topics, drafting memos, reviewing depositions, and assisting in client strategy. In law school, David serves as the comment editor for UMKC Law Review, and he was a UMKC Law School Student Emissary. In college, he was an assistant to Professor William Raymond, Ph.D. for political science classes. In this role, David compiled a comparative study of political science as a major.

Thomas Selig, Washington University School of Law / University of Arkansas, B.A., Economics, B.S.B.A., Finance

Thomas is returning to Lewis Rice for a second summer. Thomas is a staff editor for the Washington University Law Review and President of the Technology and Privacy Society. Prior to law school, Thomas worked as a cost-quoting analyst-intern at Windstream Communications, where he evaluated cost-saving opportunities in rural markets. He also spent time in India as a student documentarian for Tibetans in Exile Today. Prior to his time in India, Thomas traveled to Belize with the University of Arkansas for a micro-lending service project. In his free time, Thomas enjoys running in Forest Park, attending concerts at The Pageant, and reading non-legal books.

Lindsey Walker, Washington University School of Law / Indiana University, B.A., History and Spanish

Lindsey is returning to Lewis Rice for a second summer. Lindsey continues to be in the top 1% of her law school class. During college, Lindsey studied abroad in Barcelona, where she was an English conversation instructor. Lindsey also interned for the office of U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly. As the captain of the undergraduate mock trial team at Indiana University, she won nine outstanding attorney awards and led the team to the 2017 National Championship Tournament for the first time in school history, where her team finished fifth. She currently serves as the Chief Notes Editor of the Washington University Law Review and Chair of the Honor Council Hearing Panel. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, playing board games, and spending time outdoors.