2022-2023 Candidate Members

Parker Bowman is a candidate member of the National Security Law Journal. Parker is a second year day student. Parker graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. in political science in 2020. Parker is also a member of the Federalist Society. Parker worked for Bell, Hess & Van Zant, PLC this past summer in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. His legal interests include civil litigation and administrative law.


Margaret Cochrane is a second-year law student, originally from Oregon. She graduated from Portland State University with a B.A. in Political Science and International Studies. Prior to attending law school, Margaret worked as a litigation assistant. This summer, she is interning with the U.S. Department of Transportation in the Office of Inspector General, Office of Chief Counsel.


Alex Buttram is a second-year student at Scalia Law. Originally from Southwest Missouri, Alex attended the University of Oklahoma on a National Merit Scholarship, graduating with a dual-major B.A. in Political Science and Communication in 2017. At OU, Alex served as a founding member of the University’s undergraduate mock trial team and of the American Enterprise Institute’s executive council program. Following graduation, he spent four years in commercial real estate brokerage. Most recently, Alex spent the summer interning with his home state’s public defender system, helping represent indigent criminal defendants in the nation’s former “methamphetamine capital.”


Gabriella Hensinger is a second-year day student from Delaware County, Pennsylvania. She graduated from George Mason University with a B.A. in Global Affairs and a B.A. in Conflict Analysis & Resolution with concentrations in Human Security and Global Engagement. Previously, Gabriella held internships on Capitol Hill, at the Department of State, and at the National Security Institute.



Jonathon Mendoza is a Candidate Member of the National Security Law Journal. He is a second-year student, originally from Apex, North Carolina. He graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a B.A. in Political Science. Jonathon is also a student member of the National Hispanic Bar Associations. Last summer, he worked as an in Intern for Aspida Financial Services, LLC.



Mary Stuart is a rising 2L from King George, Virginia. Mary graduated from the University of Virginia in December of 2020 with a B.A. in English and Minor in the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Previously, Mary has had internships with McGuireWoods Consulting, Youngkin for Governor, and the law firm of Holtzman Vogel Josephiak Torchinsky LLC.


Derek Webber is a second-year law student originally from West Virginia. Derek has over five years of work experience in the intelligence community. Derek interned with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia in summer 2022 and will be interning with the Department of Defense in fall 2022. Derek has a B.A. in International Studies and Russian Studies from West Virginia University and a M.A. in International Security from the University of Arizona.

Hilary Boerger is a second-year student at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School. She graduated from Thomas Edison University with a B.A. in History and worked as paralegal for three years prior to law school. Hilary interned for The Honorable Lawrence VanDyke on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit over the summer.