Christopher Lin (LAW ’19) is a Rubin-Presser Social Justice Fellow, Weisman Fellow, 2017 Law and Public Policy Scholar, and Beasley Scholar. He is also the President of the Temple Law Democrats and Vice-President of the American Constitution Society for the 2017-2018 school year. Outside of school, he currently serves as the Minority Outreach Coordinator for the Pennsylvania Young Democrats.
Chris was born and raised in Pittsburgh, after his parents immigrated to the United States from China. After graduating summa cum laude with departmental honors in political science from the University of Pittsburgh, Chris obtained a master’s degree in public policy from Georgetown. His thesis examined the relationship between Internet usage and measures of civic engagement. During his time in D.C., he worked for the Department of Commerce and the Department of Homeland Security.
Chris moved back to Pittsburgh to join the city’s Department of Personnel and Civil Service. He also served as a board member of the Young Democrats of Allegheny County and the Greenfield Community Association, while volunteering with the Allegheny County Emergency Medical Reserve Corps. He was also a fellow with the New Leaders Council and the Mayor’s Civic Leadership Academy. Chris spent his 1L summer as a law clerk with the Democratic staff of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs, Subcommittee on Federal Spending Oversight and Emergency Management. Chris is currently interning for Philadelphia Councilwoman Maria D. Quiñones-Sánchez.
Catherine Twigg (LAW ’19) completed her B.A. and M.A. in European Politics and Policy at NYU. Prior to law school, she worked at the European Roma Rights Centre, a non-profit using strategic litigation to advocate for human rights in Europe. Subsequently she worked as an investigator of police misconduct in New York and Washington, DC. At Temple Law, Catherine is a member of the renowned Trial Advocacy team and is involved with student organizations including the National Lawyers Guild, Student Public Interest Network, and Student Disciplinary Advocacy Service. She works as a Teaching Assistant for Professor Nilon’s Legal Research and Writing class for international students and a Research Assistant for Professor Colleen Shanahan. Catherine interned for a district court judge in the Eastern District of PA during her 1L summer.
Brandon DeShields (LAW 19) is from Egg Harbor Township, NJ. He graduated from the Albert A. List College Joint Program in New York City, where he earned a B.A. in African American Studies from Columbia University School of General Studies and a B.A. in Bible Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Brandon worked for two years as an outbound visa and passport coordinator, then as a paralegal for two years at the US Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York. In New York, he volunteered as an organizer for Jews for Racial and Economic Justice’s Jews of Color Caucus, helping to organize the first national convening of Jews of Color around issues of racial justice and anti-Semitism. Brandon entered law school knowing he wants to be a public defender and an advocate for racial justice and criminal justice reform. He interned at the ACLU of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He currently serves as the president of the Jewish Law Students Association and co-chair of the Temple NLG Expungement Project.