National Association of Attorneys General
Summer Interns Working for NAAG
This month NAAG introduces four new interns that are working alongside NAAG counsel. Interns not only serve an integral role across the various NAAG projects, but they also gain valuable work experience, refine their skills and learn about the work of Attorneys General in various legal and policy areas.
Catie Ashburn is working as an intern on the Cybercrime Project. In her short time at NAAG, she has worked to brief cases for upcoming conferences, and attended meetings and legislative hearings regarding Internet predators and bullying in schools.
Catie is a third-year law student at the University of Mississippi School of Law. A native of Asheville, N.C., she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
“I really enjoy D.C. and the policy side of law,” she said. “It’s interesting to be in the place where policy is made.”
Previously, Catie worked as a law clerk for two different law firms and worked on grant writing and development for the Boys & Girls Club. She also taught eighth-grade science for two years in the Mississippi school system as a part of Teach for America.
She also serves on the editorial board of the Mississippi Law Journal and the Dean’s Leadership Council. Catie has proudly made the dean’s list every semester thus far, and was the winner of the Neil B. Biggers Constitutional award. The award is presented to a student who exemplifies outstanding excellence in constitutional law classes.
Catie, who recently married, enjoys spending time with her husband and working on their new house. They also enjoy spending time with their dog and attending “Ole Miss” sporting events.
Clifton Drake began his work on the Tobacco Project this month as a summer law clerk. His work includes researching legal issues arising under the Master Settlement Agreement and drafting legal memos and presenting the findings of his research.
Clifton has enjoyed the depth of the assignments that he has been given at NAAG. “The issues I’ve been working on are very cutting-edge in the field of tobacco litigation,” he said.
Clifton decided to apply to work for NAAG after speaking to a former Supreme Court Fellow Corey Maze, who is the solicitor general in the Alabama Office of the Attorney General. “The work sounded really interesting, and I wanted the opportunity to work with various state Attorneys General and the public interest side of law.”
Last fall, he interned at the Executive Office of the President in the Office of Administration and hopes to continue in a career in government. Clifton is also a member of the Georgetown Journal of Law and Public Policy, a dean’s list scholar, and the recipient of the Reynolds Scholarship at Georgetown. A third-year law student at Georgetown, he serves as the president of the Christian Legal Society and as a peer adviser to first-year law students.
This Crestview, Fla., native received bachelor’s degrees in business administration and political science from the University of Florida and is a diehard Florida Gators fan. Clifton also loves touring D.C. and playing the piano.
NAAG also welcomes Lisa Kohl as a law clerk. She joins NAAG as a third-year law student from the American University Washington College of Law and is working on a project that will determine when private companies have to disclose potential liability for climate change risks and climate change regulation.
Last summer, Lisa worked for the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Denver office in the Division of Enforcement compiling insider trading research and analyzing petty stock fraud.
“After working at the SEC I realized I liked the public enforcement and protection side of law,” she said.
Lisa’s duties at NAAG include attending Supreme Court hearings, and she looks forward to attending a Supreme Court Year in Review event and the Sonia Sotomayor confirmation hearings.
“I enjoy being exposed to a lot of different experiences in law and how the NAAG offices coordinate with state Attorneys General to protect the public,” said Lisa.
Lisa serves as a note and comment editor for the American University Law Review and has worked as a research assistant for two professors. Her research covers the World Trade Organization, international trade, and corporate and securities laws.
She was born and raised in Grand Rapids, Mich., and received her bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from the University of Michigan. Now residing in Washington, D.C., Lisa enjoys vacationing in Colorado, hiking, and college football. She is also training for her first marathon in the fall and has played on a women’s soccer team for two years.
Michelle Singer began her law clerk internship at NAAG this month after working for the law firm Dow Lohnes at the beginning of the summer. She is no stranger to the workings of a political office. Before joining NAAG she worked for the Democratic National Committee as a media monitor in conjunction with Sen. John Kerry’s 2004 presidential campaign. In 2005-2006, she worked for then-Congressman Jim Davis’s gubernatorial campaign as the research director and deputy communications director. She is currently working on a law review-style article concerning the standards needed to prosecute doctors who abuse their power to issue prescription drugs.
She said she has enjoyed the work on her article thus far and the dedication of the people she works with.
“I really like the idea of acting as a support for the state Attorneys General,” she said. “There is an important interplay between the states and federal government and sometimes the Attorneys General are overlooked as a key part.”
Michelle joins NAAG from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), where she will be a third-year law student in the fall and serves as a supervising editor of the California Law Review. A native of Los Angeles, she graduated with honors from University of California, Los Angeles with a bachelor’s degree in political science and history. She now resides in Berkeley, Calif., while she completes her law degree.
Outside of the office, Michelle enjoys attending a variety of concerts and practicing yoga.