2014 - 2015 ADVANCE Executive Board

Terry Lin , President
Email: tl0608a@student.american.edu

Terry Lin is a 2L at American University Washington College of Law. Terry was born in Guangzhou, China, and she immigrated to the U.S. with her parents when she was seven. She graduated from the University of Florida in 2009. Between undergraduate and law school, Terry worked as a senior analyst for a real estate company in Beijing. She also volunteered as an English teacher for migrant children. 

In addition to serving as President of ADVANCE, Terry is also the Vice President of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association. This summer, Terry served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Heidi M. Pasichow at the D.C. Superior Court and a Dean's Fellow for Professor Janie Chuang. Terry is interested in immigration, administrative, and corporate law. 

Outside of law school, Terry loves to run and try out different cuisines with friends

Naomi Abraham, Vice President
Email: na0593a@student.american.edu

Naomi is a second year law student at WCL. From West Palm Beach, Florida, Naomi attended the University of Florida and graduated in 2013. This summer, Naomi interned for a Judge in Chicago where she focused on intellectual property. This fall, Naomi is interning at the Department of Homeland Security.

In addition to being Vice President of ADVANCE, Naomi is a junior staffer of the American University Business Law Review and a researcher for the International Trademark Association. Her primary legal interest is intellectual property. 

Naomi's likes to cook, bake, eat, and say she exercises

Darlene Tzou , Secretary
Email: dt1305a@student.american.edu

Darlene is currently a 2L at American University Washington College of Law. She was born to Taiwanese immigrants and grew up in North Huntingdon, PA. Darlene stayed in the Pittsburgh area and obtained her undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University in 2011 and her graduate degree from the University of Pittsburgh in 2013. While attending graduate school, Darlene was also working full time as a project engineer at Westinghouse Electric Company.

In addition to serving as Secretary of ADVANCE, Darlene is also a junior staffer on the American University Law Review, a production assistant on the American University Intellectual Property Brief, a Dean's Fellow for Legal Rhetoric, and assistant choreographer for the American University Law Revue. This summer, Darlene had the honor to serve as a judicial intern for the Honorable Clayton Greene, Jr. at the Maryland Court of Appeals and she will also be a classroom Dean's Fellow for the Legal Rhetoric Program in the fall.

Outside of law school Darlene loves to dance and meet up with friends outside of law school.

Irini Adamopoulos , Treasurer
Email: Irini.adamopoulos@american.edu

Irini Adamopoulos is currently a 2L at American University Washington College of Law. Irini immigrated to Texas from Athens, Greece when she was 11 years old. She graduated from St. Edward's University after only two and a half years in 2011. Irini has worked in the human rights division in the Mexican consulate in Austin, Texas and as a case manager in the Goodwill Industries of Central Texas headquarters. She has also served as a foreign policy student delegate for the American Hellenic Institute, researching current foreign policy and socio-economic relations between the U.S. , Greece, and Cyprus.

In addition to serving as Treasurer of ADVANCE, Irini is also Communications Director of SBA, Secretary of the Maritime Law Society, and a student Lexis Representative at WCL. This summer, Irini worked in the Defender Service Office at the Administrative Office Office of the U.S. Courts and as a Student Attorney at the Immigrant Justice Clinic at WCL. Irini is interested in international trade, administrative law, and immigration.

Outside of law school, Irini likes to cook, eat, discuss nutrition, and enjoy the outdoors.

Melissa Garcia, Director of Alumni Affairs
Email: mg7521a@student.american.edu

Melissa is currently a 2L at American University Washington College of Law.  She was born and raised in Miami, Florida, to Cuban-Spanish immigrants.  Melissa obtained her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Florida International University in 2012.  Melissa worked at the Miami office of U.S. Senator Marco Rubio throughout her undergraduate career, until leaving Miami to attend law school in 2013.

Apart from her position in ADVANCE, Melissa is also a junior staffer on the American University Administrative Law Review and a Dean's Fellow for Professor Figley's Torts class.  Over the summer, Melissa served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Marcia G. Cooke at the U.S. Court for the Southern District of Florida. Melissa is interested in litigation, international arbitration, business, and trademark law.

Outside of law school, Melissa likes to do yoga and be outside.

Emma Burgess Roy, Director of Academic Affairs
Email: emmaburgessroy@gmail.com

Emma Burgess Roy is currently a 2L at American University Washington College of Law. Emma is from Auburn, Maine and a true New England-er at heart. She graduated cum laude from the University of Maine with a degree in International Affairs with a gender focus in 2013. 

In addition to serving as Director of Academic Affairs for ADVANCE, Emma is also the Vice-President of Operations of the Business Law Society, and a junior staffer on the Administrative Law Review. This summer, Emma worked at House of Ruth Maryland domestic violence legal clinic. Emma is interested in animal law, criminal law and family law.

Outside of law school, Emma likes to listen to vinyl records and cook vegan food.