Research Assistants


Sydney Jean Gottfried

Sydney Jean Gottfried is a second-year student at Texas Law. Prior to law school, she worked for NBC News Channel in Washington, DC, and then in late-night television as an associate producer for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon in New York. At Texas Law, she is a member of the Texas Law Review, OUTLaw (the LGBTQ+ affinity group), and the Women’s Law Caucus. She graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in Government. Sydney Jean is interested in First Amendment protections for the press. During her 1L summer, she interned for the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic at Yale Law School.


Meg McDonough

Meg McDonough is a third-year student at Texas Law. She is a member of the Federalist Society and the Catholic Law Society, and is on the editorial board for the Texas Review of Law & Politics. Upon graduating from Texas Law, Meg will clerk for Judge Tymkovich on the Tenth Circuit. In her free time, Meg loves to read and croak out new songs on the guitar when her roommates aren’t around.



Veda Tsai

Veda Tsai is a second-year law student at Texas Law, where her research and studies are focused on the First Amendment. She graduated from the University of Texas at Dallas, where she studied the intersection between healthcare and law. Before law school, she was a congressional intern for the House of Representatives in Washington D.C. and at the Federal District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Veda is passionate about academia, helping 1L students as a member of the Society Program and is an officer for the Women’s Law Caucus. Her motivation is her most beautiful cat, who enjoys chewing on Post-it notes.