Meet our 2023 Summer Associates

June 20, 2023
2023 Summer Associates

Keller Rohrback welcomes our 2023 Summer Associates.  Learn more about them below!

Gabriela Dionisio

Gabriela Dionisio

Gabriela Dionisio is a rising second year law student at Seattle University School of Law and is a Gregoire Fellow. The Gregoire Fellows Program, named after former Washington Governor Christine Gregoire, recognizes students for their academic and professional achievements, unique perspectives, and leadership potential and aims to diversify the legal profession in Washington state. 

Gabriela received her undergraduate degree in Public Affairs from Seattle University in 2014. Following graduation, she worked for a non-profit in Oakland, California where she worked with Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander communities across the country, advocating for affordable housing. Most recently, Gabriela served as the Grants and Contracts Manager for City of Seattle’s Department of Education and Early Learning.

Gabriela will be working as a summer associate at KR between May 22nd and June 23rd and will be splitting her time between the Business Group and Complex Litigation Department. Gabriela was intrigued with KR’s work being centered on justice and appreciated the firm’s level of advocacy on behalf of their clients.
While Gabriela has yet to decide on a specific focus for her future law career, she is excited for the opportunity to explore a variety of potential practice areas during her time with KR.

While her current studies don’t allow for much free time, when she does have it, she enjoys yoga, baking and taking her dog on walks. This summer, Gabriela is also attempting to learn how to crochet. 

Maggy Mulhern

Maggy Mulhern is a rising 2L at the University of Colorado Law School. An east coast transplant, Maggy grew up skiing in mountains of Vermont then received her BA in Geography from Middlebury College.

Prior to starting law school, Maggy worked for a time as a field organizer for a political campaign in Denver, then spent time running the operations department at a natural foods company in Boulder, Colorado.

Maggy first became interested in law because of the impactful remedies available in the legal system that were less accessible in politics and business. Inspired by the idea that the practice of law could provide help to people who have been systematically harmed, Maggy left the natural food industry for law school. At CU, Maggy has volunteered with the Acequia Assistance Project to help Coloradans in the San Luis Valley protect their communal access to water.  As a summer associate, Maggy has found that much of the work that Keller Rohrback pursues to align with her desire to make a positive change in the world in areas that she cares about, especially environmental law.   

Outside of law school, Maggy enjoys backcountry skiing, biking, baking bread, and all things outdoors.

Maggy Mulhern
Lauren Lee

Lauren Lee

Lauren Lee is passionate about diversity and inclusion and is committed to creating comprehensive environments through community service. After obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern, Lauren began law school at the University of Washington and is a rising 2L at this time. She is currently a summer associate at Keller Rohrback and was the recipient of the Diversity Fellowship from a pool of 51 applicants, for demonstrating excellent academic achievement and a commitment to advancing justice and diversity in the legal profession. 

Lauren is a second-generation Korean American, she continuously seeks opportunities to represent Korean culture and promote diversity. She joined Northwestern’s Korean American Student Association and received an invitation in 2019 to attend the Korean American Grassroots Conference in Washington D.C. As part of this conference, Lauren lobbied in front of congressional representatives for The Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2019. The bill would reconcile a loophole in the Citizenship Act of 2000 that excluded citizenship for Korean American adoptees over 18 years old.

In undergrad, Lauren also led her sorority to become one of the first pilot Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) programs in the nation where she created policies for more inclusivity such as curriculum on addressing micro-aggressions.

Lauren was drawn to Keller Rohrback because of the customized and personable approach the firm takes to address clients’ challenges. She was thrilled for the opportunity to serve on the plaintiff’s side through public impact litigation in a supportive and challenging environment.

Outside of school, Lauren enjoys eating good food, recharging via travel, playing golf, and being a tour guide in Seattle to visiting friends and family. As a former interpreter, Lauren is fluent in English, Korean, and Mandarin.

Liza Tarbell

Liza Tarbell finds joy in wrestling with tough problems and is energized by the idea of tackling large-scale, structural dilemmas, which she strives to do with a smile on her face. Prior to law school, Liza received an M.A. in Regional Studies – East Asia, from Harvard University, and a B.A. in History and Environmental Studies from Bowdoin College.  She also spent time as a journalist and grassroots environmental justice (EJ) organizer in New York, and researcher in China, conducting oral history interviews with people facing EJ issues. It was through these experiences that Liza came to realize that there was one consistent mechanism which seemed to promise a bigger fix for the injustices she kept reporting and collaborating on and hearing about: the tool of law.  It was then that she decided to go to law school in the hopes of gaining the skill set to aid in access to justice.

Liza is now a rising 3L at Stanford Law School, with an interest in the intersections of litigation and public health. More specifically, she is drawn to complex litigation and MDLs and curious about how they might demonstrate care and preserve dignity for affected communities, and, hopefully, deliver justice.  She looks forward to exploring and contributing to the exciting mix of cases in Keller Rohrback’s varied practice this summer and is eager to collaborate with the KR team to help those in need access justice.

In her personal life, Liza is an avid runner, having completed eight marathons.  She also enjoys listening to podcasts and baking sourdough bread with her starter, Marge.

Liza Tarbell
Bobby Brewer

Bobby Brewer

Bobby Brewer can tell you anything you need to know about Ann Arbor, Michigan. He earned his BA in Environmental Science with a Minor in Business from the University of Michigan in 2019, then was accepted at their law school, where he expects to receive his JD in May 2024. His undergraduate studies saw him garner University Honors in three different semesters, and while working in the Michigan Law program, Bobby has earned a Dean’s Scholarship, has served as Managing Editor of the Michigan Law Review, as a Co-Chair for the Environmental Law Society, and is a member of the Black Law Students Association.

Bobby’s interim work experience prior to law school includes serving as a Teach For America Corps Member in Colorado, where he taught middle and high school science classes, and he worked for the University of Michigan Graham Sustainability Institute while in undergrad.
He spent his first summer of law school working as a legal intern for the National Wildlife Federation in its Great Lakes Regional Center in Ann Arbor. 

Bobby has emerged from his wide-ranging education with a sense that marginalized communities are impacted disproportionately by climate change and its myriad effects and conditions. He believes the exposure to plaintiff issues that his summer associate position is providing will serve him well as his career develops. He counts perseverance among his greatest strengths, and observes that “I’m not afraid to stick with it and take some of the hits.”

 In his free time, Bobby enjoys soccer, skiing, and hiking. These physical activities are balanced with his love of music, art, photography, and video games. He is conversant in French, and is beginning to learn Spanish.