Executive Director, Co-Founder
Kyle McEntee is a licensed North Carolina attorney with a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School and a B.A. in Philosophy from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Prior to entering law school, Kyle was a freelance web developer and co-owner and operator of a North Carolina home and farm services company.
Kyle co-founded LST with Patrick in 2009 with the desire to help prospective law students make informed decisions and to make legal education affordable. He is a frequent commenter in the legal and traditional press, as well as on expert panels, on these and other legal education issues. Kyle was named Above the Law’s 2010 Lawyer of the Year, an ABA Journal Legal Rebel in 2012, and to the 2012 Fastcase 50 for his work with LST. He has been named the 5th most influential person in legal education by National Jurist and among the 100 most influential lawyers in America by the National Law Journal.
Co-Founder and Chair of the Board of Directors
Patrick J. Lynch is a licensed New York attorney with a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School and a B.A. in Economics and English Literature from Fairfield University in Connecticut. Patrick has worked for public interest and private environmental and regulatory groups around the country, including United Technologies Inc., Vinson & Elkins LLP, Riverkeeper Inc., and the Land Trust for Tennessee. Patrick currently runs the Futaleufu Riverkeeper in Chile.
Patrick was named Above the Law’s 2010 Lawyer of the Year for his work with LST.
Derek Tokaz is a licensed New York attorney with a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.A. in Philosophy and English from the University of Alabama. He is Editor-in-Chief of Constitutional Daily, a legal humor blog recognized in the 2011 ABA Journal Blawg 100. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Fine Arts from American University.
Board of Directors
⋅ Patrick J. Lynch (Chair)
– Kyle McEntee (Vice Chair)
– Sam Casey (Secretary & Treasurer) is a civil litigator specializing in securities regulation and professional liability at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan in Atlanta. He holds a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School and a B.A. in Philosophy from Georgia State University. Sam is admitted to the Georgia State Bar, United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
– Mike Spivey is a partner at the Spivey Consulting Group, a firm that helps prospective students navigate law school admissions, helps law students find meaningful employment opportunities, and consults for law schools on admissions, career services, and marketing operations. Previously, he worked as an administrator at Vanderbilt Law, Washington University School of Law, and Colorado Law. Mike also taught Business Ethics at the University of Alabama and was a Blackburn Fellow for Leadership in Ethics for the State of Alabama.
Retired Board of Directors
⋅ Natalie Reyes is associate director of Training and Technical Assistance at the Center for Court Innovation. Prior to joining the Center, Natalie spent four years in Santiago, Chile, where she provided technical assistance for legal and public policy reform of Latin American criminal and civil justice systems at the Organization of American States’ Justice Studies Center of the Americas. One of her specialties was how U.S. pretrial reforms could be applied in the Latin American context. She received a B.S. in Psychology from Fordham University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.
– Lauren Ramos is a civil litigator at Pender & Coward in Virginia Beach. Previously, she clerked for the Honorable John Nixon at the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. She holds a J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School and a B.A. in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Virginia. Lauren is admitted to the Virginia State Bar, United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Virginia, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Advisory Board and Consultants
LST assembled an advisory board in September 2010 to help guide the organization as it continues to grow. These formal advisory board members, along with other consultants, are a mixture of law professors, current students, recent graduates, and attorneys.
At various times, we’ve benefited from the help of interns and research assistants. These volunteers have been current students, prospective students, and even people unrelated to the legal profession.