Amena Kheshtchin-Kamel

FOUNDER, PRESIDENT & CO-HOST

Amena is a 24 year old recent Juris Doctor graduate at the sandra day O'connor college of law with order of barristers, Matheson service award recipient, and earned a certificate in intellectual property law. During her time at ASU Law she was also editor on the Sports & Entertainment law journal.

SHE has a passion for story-telling which includes screenwriting, composing music, improv, poetry, and the fine arts.

the decline of quality news reporting inspired her to bring together a group of students from the sandra day o'connor college of law and walter cronkite school of journalism all with diverse political affiliations in hopes to work together to set an example on how to discuss legal topics touching our nation.

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Dr. Joseph Russomanno

contributor

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Rani Williams

writer/researcher

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Paul F. Eckstein

Contributor

Chase Turrentine

Vice President & Co-HOST

Chase is a graduate from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Chase has a passion for politics and dialogue making his participation in Legal-ease a natural fit. Chase’s background is in banking and finance and hopes to use his background and passion for politics to improve political discourse in AZ and beyond.

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Herbert J. Paine

Co-host

Herb Paine is President of Paine Consulting Services, now in its twenty-ninth year of operation, specializing in organizational development, strategic planning, turnaround management, mergers, and governance. He is a nationally recognized expert on all aspects of nonprofit organization management.

Herb has consulted extensively with local governments in the restructuring and redesign of their service delivery systems and management operations. He has also advised domestic and multi- national corporations in rethinking their strategies for social responsibility and community involvement. He is known as the go-to consultant for at-risk organizations and has successfully managed the turnaround and recovery of a diverse array of public and private sector enterprises throughout the country.

Mr. Paine’s executive engagements as a manager of change and organizational development have included the following positions: President and CEO, Make-A-Wish Foundation of America; Senior Vice President, Affiliate Services, National Easter Seal Society; Chief Deputy Director, Alameda County (CA) Social Services Agency (the “welfare department”); Interim Manager of the Phoenix Family Museum (now the Children’s Museum of Phoenix); Interim Executive Director of YWCA of Maricopa County; Interim Executive Director of West Valley Child Crisis Center; and Interim CEO of Florence Crittenton Services of Arizona. His successful turnaround in 2000 of Faith House, a shelter for victims of domestic violence, won him editorial acclaim by the Arizona Republic.

His clientele has included a vast array of community-based organizations in the areas of behavioral health, children’s services, domestic violence, homelessness, disabilities, neighborhood development, education, and arts and culture.

Prior to establishing his consulting practice, Herb capped a thirteen-year career with United Way as Executive Director of United Way of California and was the principal advocate for the nonprofit sector in the State Capitol. His work on behalf of nonprofits led to the enactment of important legislation regarding charitable giving, voluntarism, liability insurance, and funding for health and human services. As a guest lecturer, media panelist, appointee to numerous public policy commissions, and as a witness before legislative committees, he has championed the nonprofit sector and spoken extensively on the critical issues and challenges it confronts.

His social and political commentaries are aired regularly on KJZZ/91.5 FM, NPR’s Phoenix affiliate.

Herb received his Bachelor of Arts in government from Boston University and the Master of Arts from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies.

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Charles Calleros

Contributor & Guest Co-host

Charles Calleros is the Alan A. Matheson Fellow in Law at Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. He is also a member of the American Law Institute. In addition to earning several teaching awards over the years, he has earned many awards for his work in mentoring programs and outreach to youth in the community, including the American bar association’s Spirit of Excellence Award in 2011, and the Los Abogados Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015. Prior to joining the ASU faculty in 1981, he clerked for Circuit Judge Procter Hug Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals. Professor Calleros is past-President of Region XIV of the Hispanic National Bar Association.

his research interests include international and comparative contract law; international conflict of laws; the intersection of free speech with race and gender discrimination; and various issues regarding legal education. At Arizona State University, he teaches courses, such as: Contracts, International Contracts, and Civil Rights Legislation. He uses his own published textbook for Contracts. His book on "Legal Method and Writing," which will be in its 8th edition in 2018, is widely used, and he has for many years coached ASU's teams in the Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot. At the Université Paris René Descartes, he annually teaches the short courses: Common Law Legal Method, Comparative and International Contracts, and International Conflict of Laws.

Professor Calleros is also a co-founder and drummer in a blues band, The Repeat Offenders.

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Michael Fieldman

RESEARCHER/WRITER

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Flo Eckstein

Contributor

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Mark Hodgson

contributor

Mark is a 3L law student at Arizona State University. Having grown up in the Pacific Northwest, Mark loves nothing more than exploring the tiny towns, big mountains, and high desert of his new state and plans to make Arizona home. After graduation, Mark hopes to fight for liberty and due process as as public defender. A lover of board games, funky tunes, fresh air, and adventures of all kinds, he looks forward to adding "sharing ideas" to that list.

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Alex Becker

Media & Design

Alex Becker is a soon to be graduate of ASU Law. He focused his studies on tax and spent a year working for the I.R.S. Office of Chief Counsel. His interests include volleyball, tea, Hearthstone (video game), and mental health.

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Angelica Simpson

co- host

Angelica is a civil litigation attorney in the valley who attended Arizona State University for both her bachelors and law degree. She grew up in Arizona and enjoys hiking, wine, and a good true crime novel. She has always been interested in politics and debate and joined Legal-Ease to help contribute to the well balanced education of policy and law in today’s society. As technology offers news and opinions at the click of a button, Angelica feels it is important to contribute factual information to those seeking information.

Gabriel Lim

Lead researcher & Events Coordinator

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Lynn French

Audio Engineer

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Andrew Thiery

eSports topic director

Andrew is a graduate of the Sandra Day O'Connor college of law and is interested in intellectual property law, licensing, contracts, and esports. He is also good at music, volleyball, video games, and cooking (in that order).

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Téa Francesca Price

Contributor

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John Thorpe

contributor

John is 3L at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law. After graduation, he will clerk for a U.S. Court of Appeals judge before pursuing a career in litigation and appellate work in Phoenix. Before law school, John spent four years teaching Latin, Economics, and Humanities at Great Hearts Academies, a network of charter schools devoted to the liberal arts, classical education and the Great Books. John is married and expecting a baby daughter this summer.