The Duke Law Federalist Society is a student-led campus organization. Executive Board Members serve for one-year terms. Our chapter’s leadership is heavily involved in the Duke Law community, including being members of journals, Mock Trial Board, Moot Court Board, and various pro bono projects and other organizations. Any one of us would be happy to talk with you, not only about the Federalist Society, but also about the other ways they are involved in and contribute to the Duke Law community– and how you can do the same!




Hometown: Culpeper, VA

Contact Info:  john.addy@duke.edu

Bio: John is currently a 2L at Duke Law, and expects to graduate in 2023. He came straight through from the University of Virginia. Last summer, he interned with the Hon. Trevor N. McFadden at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

This coming summer, he will work as a summer associate at Freshfield Bruckhaus Deringer’s DC office, specifically in their Antitrust, Competition, and Trade practice group. After graduation, John plans to clerk before returning to private practice. In his (admittedly limited) spare time, John enjoys watching college basketball, weightlifting, and reading spicy dissents.



Hometown: Edmond, OK

Contact Info: benjamin.hunt@duke.edu

Bio: Ben graduated from Baylor University in Waco, TX in May 2020 and matriculated at Duke Law the following Fall. At Duke, Ben is active in the Federalist Society and the Christian Legal Society, serving as an executive officer in both organizations. Outside Duke Law, Ben is an active member at First Baptist Durham.

This summer, he will be working at Baker Botts in Houston as a Summer Associate in its litigation practice groups. After graduating from Duke Law, Ben plans to return to Texas and begin his law practice.



Hometown: Wethersfield, CT

Contact Info: mark.scalzo@duke.edu

Bio: Mark is a 2L from Wethersfield, CT. Before law school, he worked at Epic, the electronic health record (EHR) software company, on regulatory compliance, provider well-being, and electronic health record (EHR) interoperability. Mark graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology in 2015 with a Bachelor of Engineering in Biomedical Engineering and a Master of Arts in Technology, Policy, and Ethics. Last summer, he worked at the Pacific Legal Foundation and assisted Prof. David Hoffman with research on a federal data privacy legislation proposal, a position he still holds.

Next summer, he will be working at Jones Day in Washington, D.C. Mark enjoys playing volleyball, watching sports (big Yankees fan), listening to podcasts, and working out in his free time.



Hometown: Buffalo, NY

Contact Info: (716) 498-6606

Bio:Mikaela graduated from the University at Buffalo in 2020 with a B.A. in English. Before beginning law school, she completed internships in communications, political campaigns, and non-profit fundraising. She also worked service industry jobs through high school and college, including–most recently–managing a restaurant during the COVID-19 pandemic, which piqued her interest in how economic regulations impact liberty.

At Duke, Mikaela is a Staff Editor on Law and Contemporary Problems, a note-taker for Professor Benjamin, and was a TA for Professor Metzloff. She is also on the executive boards for the Government and Public Service Society and the Competition Law Society. Mikaela spent her 1L summer as a Ronald Reagan Fellow at the Goldwater Institute and will be spending her 2L summer at the Washington, D.C. office of Baker Botts, where she will be working primarily with the antitrust and appellate groups.



Hometown: White Plains, NY

Contact Info: wbh19@duke.edu

Bio: He is from White Plains and is a 2020 graduate of the University of York in the United Kingdom where he majored in Politics & Philosophy.

He is interested in antitrust law and will be working as a summer associate at Weil, Gotshal and Manges this summer.



Hometown: Columbia, SC

Contact Info: mem152@duke.edu

Bio: McCarley is a 2L originally from Columbia, South Carolina. She graduated from Notre Dame in 2020 with a degree in History and Constitutional Studies. During her 1L summer, McCarley worked as a Dave Kennedy Fellow at the Institute for Justice in Arlington, VA, where she worked on issues including educational choice, challenges to collateral consequence regimes in occupational licensing, civil forfeiture, and Fourth Amendment search and seizure violations. She was also a Legal Fellow at The Fund for American Studies.

This coming summer, McCarley will be back in Washington, DC interning at The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. At Duke, in addition Fed Soc, McCarley is a staff editor on the Duke Law Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy and the co-leader of the Health Care Planning Pro Bono Project. After graduation, McCarley hopes to pursue a career in public interest law focused on continuing to defend Constitutional and civil rights in the DC area. In her free time, McCarley enjoys running, reading, cheering on the Irish, and hanging out with her very fluffy dog.



Hometown: Baton Rouge, LA

Contact Info: marybeth.barksdale@duke.edu

Bio: Mary Beth is a 2L from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She graduation from the University of Virginia in 2020 with a double major in Political Philosophy, Policy, & Law and History. While at UVA, she served as Vice Chair for Education for the Honor Committee and was a member of Chi Omega Fraternity. At Duke, she is also involved in the Alaska Law Review, Moot Court Board, and Innocence Project. Mary Beth interned for the Hon. Dabney Friedrich on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia her 1L summer. Outside of law-related activities, Mary Beth will be Queen Romany the 73rd for her hometown Mardi Gras krewe in 2023.

This coming summer, Mary Beth plans to join Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher as a Summer Associate in their D.C. office.



Hometown: Greenville, SC

Contact Info: thomas.harrison@duke.edu

Bio: Sam is a 2L from Greenville, SC. He is a proud graduate of Clemson University, where he received a B.S. in Health Science and minors in Business Administration and Finance.

At the law school, Sam is involved in FedSoc and the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy. He is interested in corporate work (Private Equity, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Finance), and he will be working in the New York office of Weil, Gotshal, & Manges this summer.

Despite his burgeoning legal career, Sam prefers to talk about anything other than the law outside of school. His favorite topics include Clemson football’s dominance over the country (and particularly over USC), the Braves’ recent World Series win, weightlifting, or whatever the hit Home Box Office show is at the time.



Hometown: Hampton, SC

Contact Info: lee.ellis@duke.edu

Bio: Patrick is a 2L from Hampton, South Carolina. Before Law School, he worked with the South Carolina Senate Judiciary Committee and in economic development through the Americorps VISTA program. He is a 2020 graduate of the University of South Carolina, where he studied political science. He spent his 1L Summer as a Summer Associate at Nexsen Pruet in Columbia, South Carolina.

Patrick’s legal interests include trial advocacy, antitrust, private equity, products liability, and appellate litigation. He will be a summer associate at Weil, Gotshal, & Manges in their New York office and in Nexsen Pruet’s Columbia office next summer. In addition to his role with the Federalist Society, he is also involved with Duke Law Journal, the Moot Court board, the Mock Trial Board, and Graduate and Professional Student Government. After graduating, Patrick hopes to clerk. He is primarily interested in litigation.

Outside of the classroom, Patrick is the beloved (I.E. “Self-appointed”) captain of his law school softball team, a primate enthusiast, the staunchest proponent of University of South Carolina Athletics not employed by the University, and a laughably amateur golfer.



Hometown: Glastonbury, CT

Contact Info: brendanclemente96@gmail.com

Bio: Brendan Clemente is the 3L Clerkship Coordinator. In this role, he will help students through the clerkship process. He served last year as the EVP for Internal Affairs. He is also a member of the journal Law & Contemporary Problems, the Duke Law & Technology Review, and the Christian Legal Society. He has also worked with the Wilson Center for Science and Justice, the Cancer Pro Bono Project, the Coalition Against Gendered Violence, and the Innocence Project. Brendan went to Notre Dame for his undergraduate degree, where he majored in Political Science and Economics. He is particularly interested in litigation, administrative law, and law and economics. Brendan also enjoys jogging, pick up basketball, and watching football.

After law school, he will clerk for Judge Tjoflat on the Eleventh Circuit in Jacksonville.




Hometown: Fresno, CA

Contact Info: (559)709-9139

Bio: Cameron graduated from Fresno State in 2020 then came straight to Duke. He will be in Dallas doing Transactional work this Summer with a focus on investment funds.