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The new crit e-board. L to R, D. Andrew R., Andrew P., Sean, Peter, Auri, Priscilla.

Editor-in-Chief

Priscilla Portillo is the crit’s Editor-in-Chief. Ms. Portillo was born and raised in El Paso, Texas, an international region alongside Juárez, México. A first-generation American, Ms. Portillo is fully bilingual and will be the first Hispanic female to serve as the crit’s Editor-in-Chief. She is a 2005 graduate of America’s High School in her hometown, and earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2009. Ms. Portillo also received from the same university a Master’s in Leadership Studies with a concentration in Border and International Administration. Ms. Portillo facilitated legal representation for at-risk communities during a 2012 internship with Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA), and has additionally interned with the U.S. Attorney’s Office (USAO) in El Paso. She intends to return to the American Southwest to practice federal law in the immigration, criminal and civil realms. Ms. Portillo is drawn to the critical legal studies (CLS) discipline because it will aid in her aspiration to improve U.S. laws in ways that better serve this country’s increasingly complex social demographics.

Articles Editor

D Andrew Rawlings is the crit’s Articles Editor. Born in Denmark, and raised just north of Seattle, he graduated from the University of Washington with a B.A. in International Studies, focusing in European Relations. In addition to a JD with emphases in LADR and BLE, he is studying for a Master’s in Accounting.

Executive Editor

Auriana is the crit’s Executive Editor. She was born in Moscow, Idaho and grew up in the Boise area. She graduated from Meridian High School. She attended the College of Idaho for undergrad and double majored in History and Biology and even swam on scholarship for the College of Idaho’s Swim team and went to NAIA nationals twice in the 100 and 200 Breaststroke. After graduation from law school she plans to take the Idaho bar and practice in the Boise area. In addition to her work at the crit, she is the Treasurer for the Public Interest Law Group. Her interests in the law are defensive medical malpractice, employment law, estate planning, and women’s rights.

Treasurer/Bluebook Editor

Andrew Phillips is the crit’s Treasurer and Bluebook Editor. In 2004, he graduated from Centennial High School in Boise, Idaho. After high school he attended college in Washington State on a baseball scholarship. After a year, he left WSU, and another year of working with heavy machinery, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and attended boot camp in 2005. After multiple medical schools, he was attached to 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines, where I would work with Weapons Company—which is the anti-tank/vehicle platoon for an infantry unit—as a corpsman (combat medic). He also played baseball for the All-Marine baseball team and was selected to the Military All-Star team. After his active duty service was up, he re-enlisted in the U.S. Navy Reserves and was attached to C Co., 4th Tanks, 4th Marines, as well as 6th ESB, 4th Marines, and attended school at Boise State University. He graduated from BSU in May 2011 with a B.S. in Criminal Justice and began attending the University of Idaho’s College of Law, where he is studying for both a JD with an emphasis in Commercial Law and a Master’s of Accountancy–Taxation. He is currently in the military—the rank of E5/HM2—and will be interning with the United States Navy’s Judge Advocates General Corps in San Diego for the summer of 2013. He completed a clerkship with the 4th Judicial District in Ada County in the summer of 2012. He is currently married with three children and look forward to continuing my service in the military as a JAG Corps Officer.

Managing Editor

Peter Richins is the Managing Editor of the Crit. He was born and raised in and around Salt Lake City, Utah and graduated from Davis High School in 1992. He attended the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. He graduated from the U of U in 1999 with a B.S. in Mass Communications. He worked as a sports reporter and a copy desk editor for The Salt Lake Tribune for several years before leaving journalism to enter the legal field. He earned a paralegal certification from the Davis Applied Technology College in 2008 before applying to law school. In addition to his position with the crit, he is working towards his Juris Doctorate degree with an Enterprise Business emphasis, and is a leader in the University of Idaho’s Law Students for Appropriate Dispute Resolution club. He expects to graduate in May of 2014. He plans on taking the Multistate Bar Exam and practicing law in the northwestern United States doing Real Estate Transactions and corporate law.

Technical Editor

Sean Bowen is the crit’s Technical Editor. Raised in southern Idaho, he graduated from Century High School in Pocatello in 2003. He attended ISU, and graduated with a B.A. in English and Political Science. He expects to graduate from the University of Idaho in 2015, with a JD with an emphasis in Natural Resources and Environmental Law and a Master’s in Environmental Science. Sean is interested in the critical legal studies movement because it represents people, as well as issues, that tend to be ignored because they do not have a voice.