Based in Washington, D.C., the Fulton & Waite Scholars program was created in 2017 with the mission of impacting the future of American legal education by offering experiential education opportunities for high-achieving law students across the United States.
We want students of the law to step outside of their textbooks for a time to see the day-to-day inner workings of state court systems in the first-person. We believe students should not only know the law in concept and theory but also in practice.
Our program is strategically designed to equip law students with real life training, legal experiences, and the confidence necessary to begin their journey to become great lawyers. Each Fulton and Waite Scholar receives a rewarding and realistic introduction into the practice of law. Though most students focus on shadowing their judge, the Fulton & Waite Scholars team is currently developing a curriculum to supplement court-room exposure.
Meet the Team
John Christian Kuehnert | Executive Director
John Christian is the Founder and former CEO of Three Leaf Seminars, an SAT Prep company based in Chattanooga, TN, and a graduate of Covenant College. He has also spent time studying Metaphysics, Philosophy, and History at Princeton, Yale, and Oxford Universities and was the Head Editor for the publication Apostolos from 2015 - 2017. Some of his favorite relaxers include poetry, hiking, jazz, and wood-working.
Tyler Lohse, J.D. | Advisory Board Member
Tyler Lohse is a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the UNC Chapel Hill School of Law. He is currently an Associate at Bracewell LLP in Houston, TX, where he works with the corporate securities division. Tyler first became interested in experiential education programming while working on senior staff at Camp Timberlake for Boys in western North Carolina, and he works with the Fulton & Waite Scholars program to further that interest.
Hannah Dixon | Advisory Board Member
Hannah Dixon studied Political Science and Poverty Studies at Furman University and abroad in Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. For the past six years, Hannah has dedicated her time to the world of experiential learning, first as an educator for the Barrier Island Environmental Education Center and more recently in helping spearhead the Frazee Center, a nonprofit educational program for under-resourced students in Greenville, SC.
John A. Peterson, J.D. | Advisory Board Member
John Peterson is a graduate of Harvard Law School and holds a Master’s degree in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho. He is an associate in the New York Offices of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Additionally, John is an ardent environmentalist and organizes bi-annual Clean Ocean Action beach cleanup events in his childhood home of Seaside Park New Jersey. John is an active member of the Federalist Society and a published author on law and politics.
Susanna Griffith Schuemann, J.D. | Advisory Board Member
Susanna Schuemann is a graduate of New York University School of Law. She previously served as a judicial intern to the Honorable Ronnie Abrams, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of New York, and also completed internships with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York and the Department of Health and Human Services. After law school, she joined the law firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. Susanna lives on Capitol Hill with her husband and their much-loved goldendoodle.
Nanci | Admissions
A native of the Sunshine State (Florida), Nanci has spent four years studying and teaching Elementary Education. The majority of her work experience comes from her Events Office job in college. Nanci brings many skills to the admissions team including extensive spreadsheet and organizational management experience. She loves spending time with family and friends, traveling to new places, and baking.
Ann Ferris | Admissions
Ann Ferris has lived in a number of states along the east coast and is a student of English and History. Her passions include literature, writing, and education. In pursuit of these passions, she has spent the past three years writing and editing content for freelance authors, bloggers, and organizations like the John Maxwell Company. In her free time, Ann Ferris enjoys new tea flavors, the great outdoors, and savoring art of many kinds.
Daniel | Admissions
Daniel hails from Jasper, Alabama. His college studies focused on Economics and Mathematics. But his education has led him beyond the classroom. From 2012 to 2013 Daniel helped lead an economic development initiative in Trujillo, Peru. Daniel's first love is his wife Alexandra; his second is flying airplanes. As an experienced pilot, Daniel has long been an advocate for the joys and values of experiential education.
Abby | Judicial Outreach
Abby is a Virginia native who now studies Economics in Chattanooga, TN. When home in the Old Dominion, she enjoys volunteering at the Children’s Hospital for the King’s Daughter (CHKD) in Norfolk and helping wait tables at a family-friend’s Italian restaurant. If Abby isn’t in the gym or library, she’s likely to be found outdoors hiking or exploring the surrounding Chattanooga area.
Nate | Judicial Outreach
Nate claims both Colorado and Ohio as his home states. Nate’s education focused on sociology, but if you spend a few minutes with him, you will quickly discover that he is a well-versed scholar of many disciplines. Nate enjoys writing and is an author, frequently contributing to a variety of publications. In his spare-time, you will find him volunteering at Chattanooga Sports Ministry both as a coach and as a mentor for inner-city youth.
Liam | Judicial Outreach
Liam is a proud Texan whose education focuses on International Studies and Psychology. When not hovering over his books, Liam spends his non-academic time devoted to Student Government, Model UN, and in serving three on-campus committees. Although many people find it difficult to believe, he also thoroughly enjoys CrossFit training. Liam will soon be studying Arabic in Dubai and at the Middlebury Language Institute in California.