Lewis Rice Welcomes 2020 Summer Associates

Lewis Rice is pleased to introduce its Summer Associate Class of 2020, which hails from six different law schools and 11 universities. More information on each summer associate follows.

First Year Law Students (JD 2022)

St. Louis Office

Jordan Block, University of Illinois College of Law / University of Nebraska, B.A., Religious Studies

Jordan began his career working for United Airlines, which solidified a life-long love of travel, learning about new cultures, and trying new cuisines. In college, Jordan spent some time in Turkey studying the intersection of Turkish politics and Islam. After leaving United Airlines and working in the claims department for a commercial insurer, he knew his skills were suited for law school, and he began studies at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.

Patrick Ganninger, Saint Louis University School of Law / University of Notre Dame, B.A., Political Science

Patrick graduated cum laude from University of Notre Dame, where he studied political science and Italian. During undergraduate, Patrick also worked in Missouri politics, interning on Eric Schmitt’s campaign for State Treasurer, and in Schmitt’s office in the capitol. During his junior year summer, Patrick interned with Booz Allen Hamilton in Washington, DC, where he helped design a prototype mobile application for the DC Metro. At SLU Law, Patrick is currently ranked 6th in his class and is involved with the Tax Law Club, the Federalist Society, and the Women’s Law Student Association.

Jenna Koleson, Saint Louis University School of Law / Southern Illinois University, B.S., Business Administration

Before law school, Jenna worked for two different Department of Defense agencies, performing internal auditing and contracting work. In undergraduate, she studied abroad in Germany. Jenna also taught English in South Korea for a year.

Ryan Krutz, Saint Louis University School of Law / University of Notre Dame, B.A., Political Science

At the University of Notre Dame, Ryan was a member of the men’s soccer team, served as a team representative for the Student Athlete Advisory Council, and majored in political science. Prior to college, Ryan moved from Oklahoma to Kansas City to join the Sporting Kansas City Professional Development Academy for his high school years.

Andrew Meyer, University of Missouri School of Law / Missouri University of Science and Technology, B.S., Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering

Andrew graduated from Missouri S&T in 2011 and worked for eight years in the automotive industry, designing and programming factory automation. After years of careful consideration, Andrew followed his call to law school at the University of Missouri in Columbia. Outside of classes, Andrew was a member of the 2019 Mizzou Mock Trial team and was part of the winning team for the in-house mock trial competition.

Josh Skundberg, University of Illinois College of Law / Southern Illinois University, B.S., Political Science, Economics

Josh is a Vice President of the Corporate and Business Law Association and a Fall 2019 Harno Scholar. He is a lifelong Central Illinois resident, and he graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2019 with a perfect 4.0 GPA and a double major in economics and political science. In undergraduate, Josh worked as a statistics and writing tutor, and he interned for the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Caitlin Triplett, Washington University School of Law / Washington University in St. Louis, B.A., Political Science

During her undergraduate years at Wash U, Caitlin studied abroad in the Czech Republic. She interned for the House Judiciary Committee in Washington, D.C. and the St. Louis Circuit Attorney’s Office in the Crime Strategies Unit. She also found time to serve as an activities coordinator for a child literacy group, where she planned the weekly curriculum for school trips and coordinated work with volunteers. Most recently, for a year between undergraduate and law school, Caitlin worked as an immigration paralegal. 

Amanda Van Auken, Washington University School of Law / University of Rochester, B.A., English, Political Science

In undergraduate at University of Rochester, Amanda double majored in English and political science. She also was involved in the Women’s Caucus as well as the Phi Sigma Sigma sorority, where she served as Sisterhood Development Chair. At Washington University School of Law, she is active in the Women’s Caucus as well as the First Generation Professionals affinity group.

Kansas City Office

Chance Lasater, University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law / University of Missouri - Columbia, B.A., Political Science

In college at the University of Missouri - Columbia, Chance worked for a car dealership in various roles ranging from lead detailer to salesman to buyer. There he honed his skills in problem solving for clients, negotiating, and decision-making. He is ranked first in his class at UMKC, where he is a member of the Federal Bar Association for the Student Division.

Second Year Law Students (JD 2021)

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

James spent his 1L summer at Lewis Rice. He completed both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in accountancy with a perfect 4.0 GPA. In college, he studied abroad in Prague and spent time working as a tax intern at Brown Smith Wallace. After graduation, he became a CPA, preparing 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.

Daniel Carter, Washington University School of Law / Saint Louis University, B.A., Philosophy, German Studies, and International Studies

Daniel spent last summer with the Missouri Attorney General’s Office, and we are pleased to add him to our talented 2L class. Before law school, Daniel studied Philosophy and German at Saint Louis University, where he focused on topics in political philosophy and graduated summa cum laude. During his time at SLU, he was a public affairs intern at the U.S. Embassy in Vienna, Austria, and, as a senior, he served as the President of the Student Government Association.

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

Devin spent his 1L summer at Lewis Rice. In college, Devin was quarterback and captain of the football team, Vice President of his fraternity, and a resident assistant. He also studied abroad in Cuba and later conducted game-theory empirical research in Havana involving the introduction of capitalism into the Cuban economy. More recently, Devin served as the Treasurer for the Student Bar Association and was the Washington University Law Liaison for the BAMSL Young Lawyers Division.

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

Evan is returning for his second summer with our firm. He is from 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. Evan was also a member of the SIU Dance Marathon. Evan is currently a member of the Trial Team and Family Advocacy Clinic at the University of Illinois.

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

Joanna spent her 1L summer at Lewis Rice. She currently serves as Commentaries Editor for the Washington University Law Review and looks forward to teaching the undergraduate course “Law, Gender, & Justice” in the Fall. During her final years of undergraduate at the University of Minnesota, Joanna served as Editor in Chief for the campus literary magazine, was elected President of her college student board, and completed her thesis, “Domestic Implications of Female Participation in the Legal Profession.”

Cassidy Kolaz, Southern Illinois University School of Law / University of Illinois, MBA / Murray State University, B.S., Business Administration

After graduating from Murray State University, Cassidy earned her Master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois while working full time at the law firm, Barber, Segatto, Hoffee, Wilke & Cate, in Waverly, Illinois. She is ranked second in her class and is a member of the Southern Illinois University Law Journal and the Southern Illinois University Law Academic Honors Program. During her 1L summer, Cassidy interned for the Office of the Illinois Attorney General.

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

Nate is returning for his second summer. Before college, Nate was the inaugural winner of the U.S. Army/Pro-Football Hall of Fame National Award for Excellence. At Washington University, he played football while double majoring in political science and psychology. As team captain, he was awarded the Darryl Sharp Memorial MVP Award and was 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.

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

Julian spent his 1L summer at Lewis Rice. This past academic year, he was a member of the University of Arkansas traveling transactional team and won the 2020 Transactional LawMeet Competition. He is also the managing editor of the Arkansas Law Review. In undergraduate, 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, 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.

Kansas City Office

Brigid Burroughs, University of Missouri - Kansas City School of Law / Duke University, B.A., Psychology, Education, and the Study of Ethics

Brigid spent her 1L summer at Carter Law Offices in Kansas City, Missouri, where she conducted legal research on unjust enrichment, piercing the corporate veil, and collateral estoppel. She also served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Judge Newton of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Western District. In law school, Brigid is third in her class and a member of UMKC Law Review. She is a Lawyering Skills Teaching Assistant and UMKC Law Admissions Emissary.

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

Malik spent his 1L summer with the Lewis Rice Kansas City office, where he performed legal research in a multitude of practice areas, drafted agreements and engagement letters, and attended depositions and court proceedings. In January 2019, Malik served as a winter judicial intern, shadowing Judge John Clark, for the Missouri Public Service Commission. In law school at the University of Missouri - Columbia, Malik is the Academic Chair of the Black Law Students Association.