Students

Religious Liberty Initiative, 2021-22 Student Cohort


Allevato

Peter Allevato

Peter Allevato is from Castle Rock, Colorado, where he grew up with his five brothers and sisters. He graduated in 2019 from Colorado Christian University with a B.A. in Political Science and a specialization in Biblical Studies. He was President of the Speech and Debate team and coached high school debate in his spare time. During his 1L summer, Peter worked for Magistrate Judge Michael E. Hegarty of the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado. He is a Staff Editor of the Notre Dame Law Review and an Oralist on Notre Dame's Moot Court Board. Peter is married and is expecting his first child in the Fall of 2021.


Tim Borgerson

Tim Borgerson

Tim Borgerson is from Ashland, Oregon. He graduated from Stanford University in 2014 with a degree in English. Before law school, he worked as a tutor in Seattle. During his 1L summer, he interned then-Judge Amy Coney Barrett on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and aided Professor Nicole Garnett and Fr. Pat Reidy with research for their article on religious property covenants. During his 2L summer, he worked for Latham and Watkins in Washington, DC. After graduating, Tim will clerk for the Honorable Daniel Bress on the U.S. District Court for the Ninth Circuit and the Honorable Trevor McFadden on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Besides Notre Dame, Tim's favorite place in the world is a Benedictine monastery in the San Juan Islands where he worked as a farm hand for six months before starting law school.


Buckner Luray

Luray Buckner

Luray Buckner is from Marshall, Virginia. She graduated from Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2020 with a degree in political science. During her 1L summer, she interned for the Honorable Richard J. Leon of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. At Notre Dame Law School, Luray is on the executive board of the campus’ pro-life club, Jus Vitae. After graduation, she will be clerking on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit for the Honorable Allison Rushing.


Ross Dentremont

Andrew “Ross” D’Entremont

Andrew “Ross” D’Entremont split his childhood between Beaumont, Texas, and Birmingham, Alabama. He graduated from the University of Alabama in 2019 with a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Political Science.  His first summer, he worked for Balch and Bingham in Birmingham, Alabama, while taking classes towards his MBA at the University of Notre Dame and completing a master’s in Marketing from the University of Alabama. For his 2L summer, he worked as a summer associate at Jones Day in Houston. He serves as the treasurer of the Student Bar Association and received the 2021-2022 Lardy Fellowship. After graduation, he will clerk for Chief Judge Thomas D. Schroeder of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina and Judge Cory Wilson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.


Graziano

Joseph Graziano

Joseph Graziano was born and raised in southern New Hampshire. He graduated from Providence College in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Theology and a minor in Classics. He then spent five years in formation with the Dominican Friars of the Province of St. Joseph, earning an STB from the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception in the process. During his 1L summer, Joseph interned at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, and worked in his spare time as a research assistant for Professor Paolo Carozza. He currently serves as President of the St. Thomas More Society, Staff Editor of the Notre Dame Law Review, Honors Council member, and Membership Coordinator of the Federalist Society. In his free time, Joseph enjoys writing poetry, playing board games, and hiking. After graduation, he will clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit for Judge Stephanos Bibas. 


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Tom Hellenbrand

Tom Hellenbrand is from Waunakee, Wisconsin. He graduated from the University of Chicago in 2018, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in History with honors. During his 1L summer, Tom was a Church, State & Society fellow and worked in the Office of General Counsel at The Catholic University of America. He was also a research assistant to Professor Christian Burset. For his 2L summer, Tom was a summer fellow at the Religious Liberty Initiative.


Father Matt Kuczora

Fr. Matthew Kuczora, C.S.C.

Fr. Matthew Kuczora, C.S.C., is originally from Marion, Indiana. He is a Catholic priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross and Notre Dame graduate (2005, Accounting; 2011, Master of Divinity). Before NDLS, Fr. Matt worked as a Rector at the University of Notre Dame and in parish and formation work in Monterrey, Mexico.  Fr. Matt interned with the Stonehill College General Counsel during his 1L year and was a summer research assistant for Prof. Nicole Garnett.  He currently serves as the President of the Education Law Forum and Spiritual Chair of the St. Thomas More Society.  After graduation, Fr. Matt hopes to continue his ministry in Holy Cross colleges and universities.  


Joshua Lacoste

Josh Lacoste

Josh Lacoste is from Metairie, Louisiana. He graduated magna cum laude from Tulane University in 2020 with majors in Finance and Legal Studies in Business and a minor in Political Science. Josh split his 1L summer as a judicial intern to Judges Martin Feldman and Lance Africk of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. He is President of the Notre Dame Space Law Society, a 2L Representative for the Notre Dame Federalist Society, and a Sorin Fellow in the de Nicola Center for Ethics and Culture. In his free time, Josh enjoys Notre Dame football, learning about blockchain, and trying different coffee spots around South Bend.


Dan Loesing

Dan Loesing

Dan Loesing grew up in Columbus, Ohio, and graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Philosophy in 2018. He spent time as a teacher's aide in a high school Latin class before returning to Notre Dame Law School in the Class of 2022. Dan spent his 1L summer at the religious liberty firm Becket, and his 2L summer in the Columbus office of Jones Day. At NDLS, he has served as the Spiritual Chair of the St. Thomas More Society, as a Research Assistant for Professor Jeff Pojanowski, as a student associate in the Constitutionalism and Rule of Law Lab, and as a research assistant for Rev. Bill Dailey, C.S.C.  He's returning for his second year with the Religious Liberty Initiative. In his free time, Dan enjoys reading and playing clawhammer banjo. He will return to Columbus after graduation to clerk for Judge Eric Murphy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit before returning to Jones Day.


Zahraa Nasser

Zahraa Nasser

Zahraa Nasser was born in Baghdad, Iraq, and grew up near South Bend, Indiana. In 2015, she graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Economics. Zahraa worked in Chicago, IL, with a large consulting firm before coming to law school. Since 2010, she has actively volunteered in refugee and asylum resettlement efforts, focusing on cases from the Middle East and North Africa. Zahraa spent her 1L summer at Ropes & Gray, and her 2L summer at McDermott, Will & Emery. After graduation, she will clerk for Judge Jack Zouhary of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio.


Olivia Rogers

Olivia Rogers

Olivia Rogers is from Gardner, Kansas. She graduated from Kansas State University in 2020 with a degree in political science. During her 1L summer, Olivia returned to Kansas to intern for the Honorable Eric F. Melgren on the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. In her free time, Olivia enjoys trying new coffee shops, reading political philosophy, and going for long walks. After graduation, she will clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit for Judge Kevin Newsom, then the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit for Judge David Stras.

Click here to read about the Religious Liberty Initiative’s 2020-21 student cohort.