2021-2022 Executive Board
Thomas B. Sokolowski is the Editor-in-Chief for Volume 55. He is a 3L day student from Glenview, Illinois. Tommy earned his undergraduate degrees in Biology and Environmental Science from Wheaton College (IL).
Tommy also serves as the President of the Christian Legal Society and as the President of the Environmental Law Society. During law school, he has externed for the Hon. Kurt M. Eisgruber and the Hon. Jennifer P. Harrison of the Marion Superior Court. He has also externed with the Office of the General Counsel for the United States Department of Agriculture, Eastern Region.
Tommy’s favorite U.S. Supreme Court case is West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette because, besides Justice Jackson’s well-written prose, the case is one of the Court’s most forceful defenses of individual rights, as it reinforced protections guaranteed by the Constitution.
Outside of law school, Tommy enjoys fly fishing, spending time at the lake with family, studying the Bible, and lacrosse.
George A. Sorrells is the Executive Managing Editor for Volume 55. He is a 3L day student from Appleton, Wisconsin. George earned his undergraduate degree in Economics and Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
George is also involved in Moot Court and with the American Constitution Society. During law school, he was externed at the Indiana Supreme Court and the Indiana Solicitor General.
George’s favorite U.S. Supreme Court case is Marbury v. Madison.
Outside of law school, George enjoys hiking.
William I. Amberger is the Executive Notes Editor for Volume 55. He is a 3L day student from Batesville, in the beautiful rolling hills of southeastern Indiana. Will earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science from the esteemed Wabash College in Crawfordsville.
Will is also involved with the McKinney chapter of the Federalist Society and the Dean’s Tutorial Society. Throughout his life, he has worked in a variety of legal areas including a county prosecutor’s office, a non-profit, and, currently, private practice.
Will’s favorite U.S. Supreme Court case is Marbury v. Madison because of Chief Justice Marshall’s adroit opinion. After one of the most contested elections in our Nation’s history, at a time of intense political strife, and with a constitution barely fifteen years old, Marshall—through judicial jiu jitsu—delineated important constitutional restraints on Congress and the Executive without concretely challenging their authority.
Outside of law school, Will likes to try new local restaurants with his fiancée and their Goldendoodle puppy, Rona.
J. Cecelia Shaulis is the Senior Executive Editor for Volume 55. She is a 3L evening student from a small oil town in Texas. Cecelia moved to Westfield, Indiana, for high school before attending Indiana University in Bloomington for her undergraduate degree in Political Science and Economics.
Cecelia is also involved the student bar association, the pro bono estate planning clinic, and the Robert H. Staton Moot Court competition as an Assistance Chief Justice.
Cecelia’s favorite U.S. Supreme Court case is Piper Aircraft Co. v. Reyno because of the opinion’s brilliant manipulation of civil procedure rules to get a case dismissed.
Outside of law school, Cecelia loves reading for fun, fostering kittens, and trying new restaurants.
Hannah L. Hulsey is an Executive Articles Editor for Volume 55. She is a 3L day student from Indianapolis, Indiana. Hannah received her undergraduate degree in Forensic Accounting from IUPUI.
Hannah is also President of the Criminal Law Association and is a member of the Phi Delta Phi Honor Society. Throughout law school, she has worked as a legal extern for the Marion County Public Defender Agency and as a law clerk for Parr Richey Frandsen Patterson Kruse.
Hannah’s favorite U.S. Supreme Court case is Gideon v. Wainwright. It held that the SIxth Amendment right to assitance of counsel applies to criminal state trials and that “lawyers in criminal court are necessities, not luxuries.” Hannah has a strong passion for public criminal defense work, and Gideon v. Wainwright had the effect of expanding public defender systems across the country.
Outside of law school, Hannah likes to travel and attend concerts.
Malak Christian Mercho is an Executive Articles Editor for Volume 55. He is a 3L day student from Indianapolis, Indiana. Chris earned his undergraduate degree in Biology from Indiana University in Bloomington.
Chris is also involved with the IU McKinney Intellectual Property Student Association as the USG Senator, the Asian law Students Association as the Risk Manager, and the IU McKinney Student Ambassador program.
During law school, Chris has worked as a legislative intern for the Indiana Senate and as a law clerk for Taft Stettinius & Hollister.
Chris’s favorite U.S. Supreme Court case is Brown v. Board of Education because, as a first generation Arab-American, Brown was the catalyst of many civil rights movements, desegregation, and integration.
Outside of law school, Chris likes to play basketball and travel. He is also a published author, was a collegiate rugby player, is fluent in Arabic and Spanish, and is a Hoosier to the bone.
Sloan Schafer is the Executive Online Editor for Volume 55. He is a 3L day student from Mooresville, Indiana—the home of the state flag. Sloan earned his undergraduate degree in Finance from Purdue University.
Sloan is also involved with McKinney’s chapter of the Federalist Society, the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society, and the Robert H. Staton Moot Court Competition as an Associate Justice. Throughout law school, Sloan has externed for the Hon. Tim A. Baker at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, clerked at the Indiana Attorney General’s Office, and currently works as a law clerk for a firm in Noblesville.
Sloan’s favorite U.S. Supreme Court case is Immigration and Naturalization Service v. Chadha because of the reminder that it serves regarding the U.S. Constitution and the necessity of separation of powers.
Outside of law school, Sloan enjoys cheering for his Boilermakers, attending mass with his family, and playing chess.
Katherine E. Whitley is the Symposium Editor for Volume 55. She is a 3L day student from Bloomington, Indiana. Katie received her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology from Indiana University in Bloomington. She received her Masters of Arts degree in Teaching from Marian University.
Katie is also involved with the Program on Law and State Government, the Women’s Caucus, the American Constitution Society, the Second Chance Re-entry and Assistance Program (S.C.R.A.P.), the Equal Justice Works, the Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society, and the Robert H. Staton Moot Court Competition as an Associate Justice. Before attending law school, Katie was a teacher for five years. During law school, she had a clerkship during the summer of 2020 with the Homeless Persons Representative Project in Baltimore, Maryland. She then interned during the summer of 2021 at the Washington Legal Clinic for the Homeless in Washington, D.C. Katie has also been a mentor in the Re-entry Assistance and Community Help (REACH) Program and serves as a teaching assistant this year.
Katie’s favorite U.S. Supreme Court case is Loving v. Virginia because it held that law banning interracial marriage were unconstitutional. Her marriage would have been considered unlawful in many states and she and her husband would have been subject to the same prison sentence as the Lovings in Virginia with this decision. The case was also cited as precedent in the 2015 decision, Obergefell v. Hodges, holding that a fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples.
Outside of law school, Katie likes to travel and try new cuisine.