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NAAG Welcomes Summer Interns

NAAG is pleased to welcome this summer four distinguished interns accepted to work alongside NAAG counsel in the D.C. office, contributing hard work and motivation in exchange for an opportunity to learn and grow in their related fields of interest.

Marielle Dirkx

NAAG’s Cyberspace Law intern is Marielle Dirkx from Madison, Miss. Marielle is a third-year law student at the University of Mississippi School of Law.

“I wanted to do something out of state [regarding] the law and I hope to gain a lot of legal experience here, as well as learn more about cybercrime and cybercrime prevention,” she said.

Prior to interning at NAAG, Marielle had interned at the Mississippi Dept. of Transportation and the Southwest Center for Law and Policy in Tucson, Ariz. She was a horse wrangler in Texas for one summer and is a CHA certified horse instructor.

She completed her undergraduate studies at Union University in Jackson, Tenn., where she received a bachelor’s in political science and a bachelor’s in business administration, as well as completing a minor in history.

Marielle has played soccer competitively for 12 years and enjoys baking. In college she spent three weeks in Morocco working at an orphanage and she is currently writing and editing in The Mississippi Law Journal as well as The Journal of Space Law. Marielle has a Teacup Yorkshire Terrier named Gertrude.

Caroline Bolton

Caroline Bolton, a law student from San Diego, Calif., will be assisting the Tobacco Project. As a tobacco bankruptcy intern, Caroline appreciates the new area of law she is exploring alongside NAAG counsel.

Caroline is a rising third-year law student at the University of San Diego School of Law and graduated from the University of Connecticut in 2006, completing a double major in political science and history.

From her NAAG internship, she hopes to gain a greater understanding of not only what the Attorneys General do but also learn more about what issues they share in common, as well as how they reach common ground on issues and achieve legislative success.

Caroline previously interned for Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger in the legal affairs division working on parole cases, for Sen. Joseph Lieberman, and for the Conference of Western Attorneys General (CWAG) in Sacramento, Calif. She is also currently interning at the American Bar Association for their Center on Children and the Law.

Of her current internship at NAAG, Caroline said, “I really enjoy learning a new area of law. Every day I come to work and I learn something new and that’s exciting for me.”

Caroline has been a vegetarian for half of her life. She is an only child and a member of the Delta Gamma sorority. She has a passion for criminal law and children’s rights. After completing law school she hopes to work for the government and would like to become a lifelong public servant.

Sara Tehrani

Joining the NAAG communications staff this summer, Sara Tehrani is a junior at The George Washington University double majoring in English and creative writing. She is an aspiring lawyer and is looking forward to gaining experience in the field of communications while learning in the legal setting offered by NAAG.

“I’ve always known that I wanted to enter the field of law someday and I have a real passion for writing and editing so my internship at NAAG allows me to gain exposure to the legal field while also giving me the opportunity to hone and expand my writing and communication skills,” she said.

Some of Sara’s tasks include drafting media advisories and articles for NAAG publications.

Sara is from New Canaan, Conn., and is currently also interning at The Ocean Foundation. This summer she is teaching English as a second language (ESL) to adult refugee and immigrant students, as well as volunteering for Lucky Dog Animal Rescue, contributing to their fundraising and public relations teams and assisting at their adoption events. She is a member of the Phi Alpha Delta professional law fraternity and is the PR representative for GW’s Iranian Cultural Society. Sara speaks fluent Farsi and has played the piano for 14 years.

Greg Lalla

Greg Lalla is the 2010 recipient of the Bill Brown Scholarship. Bill Brown served as Ohio Attorney General from 1971-1983 and received his law degree from Ohio Northern University. The school established this scholarship in his honor.

Greg is from Iowa City, Iowa, and is a second-year law student at Ohio Northern University. He completed his undergraduate degree at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and earned his degrees in public accounting and business administration.

At NAAG, Greg is working on bankruptcy projects as well as conducting research for projects on intellectual property crime. Prior to this, he was an accounting intern for a debt collection law firm for one and a half years.

Greg is a country music fan who is also as an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio Northern University. He wrestled for four years as an undergraduate. Greg plans on practicing tax law in his future.

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