Jody Arenas Stafford: Jody is a third-year law student and Associate Managing Editor of the American University Law Review. Her legal interests include criminal law, corporate law and securities, and white-collar crime. A Miami, Florida native, Jody graduated from Florida International University with a degree in International Relations. At WCL, Jody is a Student Attorney for the Criminal Defense: Juveniles Sentenced to Life Without Parole clinical program, where she advocates for inmates who received unconstitutional sentences as juveniles. She is also a Dean’s Fellow for Professor Aaronson, where she researches criminal law and evidence. During law school, she has interned for the Fraud and Public Corruption division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and for Judge G. Michael Harvey of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. During her 2L summer, she was a Summer Associate at the law firm Lerch, Early & Brewer, where she worked primarily on civil litigation and on a first-degree murder trial.
As a Junior Staff member of the American University Law Review, Jody wrote her comment on Fourth Amendment privacy concerns in light of new technologies. Being on the Law Review has proven pivotal to Jody’s career development and has led to great networking opportunities. It has also helped further develop her writing style, attention to detail, and analytical skills.