Prior Fellows


2021-2022 Fellow

Stephanie Frisinger

Stephanie Frisinger was the fifth Fellow for the Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest. She is originally from Colorado and attended college and law school in her home state. She received her B.A. in Integrative Physiology and a minor in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder and her law degree from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. After college and prior to law school, Stephanie lived in Hawaii and taught math to freshmen and sophomores at James Campbell High School in Ewa Beach. Her teaching experience in Hawaii ultimately is what inspired her to pursue a law degree to bring about social change to the largest amount of people possible. Stephanie received a prestigious Chancellor’s Scholarship, a full tuition scholarship afforded to students with a demonstrated history of excellence in academics and public service, to attend Sturm College of Law. Once in law school, she cultivated her passion for public interest law. She worked for two years as a student attorney in Sturm College of Law’s Civil Rights Clinic, served on the board of her law school’s American Civil Liberties Union student organization, co-founded and served on the board of her law school’s Coalition for Criminal Justice Reform student organization, and completed over 600 hours of community service throughout law school. She also worked as a research assistant for Professor Nancy Leong. Stephanie graduated from law school with a certificate in Constitutional Rights and Remedies and distinctions in Public Good and Anti-Racism Education.

2020-2021 Fellow

Casey Shoji

Casey Shoji was the fourth Fellow for the Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest. Born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii, he graduated from Roosevelt High School and Whittier College and received his law degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law at UH Mānoa. While in law school, Casey was president of the Students for Public Outreach & Civic Education and a member of the Asian-Pacific Law and Policy Journal. Before joining the Law Center, he clerked with the Honorable Judge Matthew J. Viola and worked as a legislative attorney with the House Majority Staff Office at the Hawaii State House of Representatives.

2018-2020 Fellow

Lisa Engebretsen

Lisa Engebretsen was the third Fellow for the Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest. Originally from Seattle, she received her Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature from the University of Washington. After working for a few years teaching high school English, Lisa attended the William S. Richardson School of Law at UH Manoa, where she earned her Juris Doctor. While in law school, Lisa worked as a research assistant for Professor Andrea Freeman, and was a senior editor for the Asian-Pacific Law and Policy Journal. She also interned in the First Circuit Court for the Honorable Karl Sakamoto, and in Family Court for the Honorable Catherine Remigio as the 2018 Hoenig Fellow.

2017-2018 Fellow

Kaily Wakefield

Kaily Wakefield was the second Fellow for the Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest. She received her B.F.A. in drawing and painting from the University of Hawaii at Manoa (UH), graduating cum laude. After two years working at various non-profit community organizations, Kaily returned to UH earning her Juris Doctor degree from the William S. Richardson School of Law. While at the law school, Kaily served on the board of the Richardson Chapter of the American Constitution Society and worked as a research associate for Professor Williamson B.C. Chang and the Environmental Law Program. Additionally, she earned certificates in Environmental Law and Native Hawaiian Rights Law.
Kaily’s admiration for the Law Center’s work and a desire to help bridge the gap between our government and our communities led her to apply for the Fellow position with the Law Center. Through previous work with Planned Parenthood and the Surfrider Foundation, Kaily has seen the impact that motivated citizens can have when they have access to facts and the opportunity to participate in the democratic process. After her fellowship, Kaily joined Surfrider Foundation San Diego County as its Policy Coordinator.

2016-2017 Fellow

Sarah Goggins

Sarah Goggans was the inaugural Fellow for the Civil Beat Law Center for the Public Interest. She received her B.A. in political science from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California and graduated cum laude while earning her Juris Doctorate from American University Washington College of Law (WCL), in Washington, D.C. While at WCL, Sarah was the managing-editor for the American University Business Law Review. Sarah’s experience dealing with government spans into all three branches. During her second year of law school Sarah worked on Capitol Hill as a legislative intern and was a judicial intern for the Honorable Judge John Mott of the Superior Court for the District of Columbia. During her third year of law school she worked as a legal intern within the Department of Commerce’s Office of Chief Counsel for International Commerce and as a law clerk for the U.S. Marshals Service Office of Chief Counsel. Sarah was also the Senior Research Assistant for Professor Andrew Popper’s Administrative Law Casebook. After her fellowship, Sarah joined Shook Hardy & Bacon to work in litigation and public policy.