Undergraduate College: The University of Michigan - Ross School of Business.
Clinics: I have participated in The Mediation Clinic, where I learned a plethora of information regarding Alternative Dispute Resolution. As a member of the clinic I have mediated a wide range of cases in Manhattan Civil Court and the Brooklyn Mediation Center. In the Fall of 2014, I will be in the Federal Criminal Prosecution Field Clinic at the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York.
Jobs During Law School: The summer after my 1L year, I had an internship at The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York working in their Criminal Division. The summer after 2L year I will be working at The New York County District Attorney's Office.
Groups/Activities: During my first year of law school I participated in the Cardozo Seminar Abroad, where I traveled to South Africa and studied Justice and Reconciliation in the post apartheid nation. This opportunity was my first exposure to Alternate Dispute Resolution and changed my view on what it meant to solve conflicts in the legal world. During the 2013-2014 year I served as Vice President of the Black Law Students Association and Training Director of the Unemployment Action Center. I also had the opportunity to be a member of the Moot Court Honor Society, where I competed as an oralist at the 19th Annual Mardi Gras Sports Law Invitational and won First Place and Best Brief from a field of 34 teams from across the country. I have most recently been elected to serve as the Executive Teams Editor of the Moot Court Honor Society for the 2014-2015 year.
What type of law do you want to practice? What made you interested in this field of law?
I am very interested in Criminal Law and Employment Law. When I first started attending Cardozo I was very open to different practices of law. During my first summer after law school I had the opportunity to work at the United States Attorney’s Office in the General Crimes division, sparking a passion for criminal law. Additionally I became a member of the Unemployment Action Center, which has developed my interest in employment law.
Tell me about an experience in law school that has made a big impact on you: One of the best experiences that I have had while at law school was competing in the 19th Annual Mardi Gras Sports Law Invitational. I had the opportunity to work in an amazing team and learn an area of law that is highly popular and controversial in today’s society. This experience was my first exposure to appellate advocacy, and winning first place on both the brief and in the oral competition was one of the most amazing feelings in my life. This competition strengthened my advocacy skills and continued to progress my passion for litigation.
What course/s have been your favorite, and why? Any favorite teachers?
I have had several great classes, so it is hard to choose one that I enjoyed the most. Some of my favorite teachers have been Professor Peter Goodrich, Professor Lela Love, and Professor Marci Hamilton. All three of these professors have taught me so much more than the simple letter of the law and have had excellent teaching styles. They have made my first two years of law school incredible.
What about Cardozo have you enjoyed during your time here?
The people! Cardozo has some of the best, most down to earth students I have ever encountered. There is truly a vibrant and accepting community, which has made all the difference in my law school experience.
What do you enjoy about living in NYC?
Everything about NYC has been amazing. I am originally from a small town in Michigan, so I had absolutely no idea what to expect moving to such a fast-paced place like New York City. It didn’t take me long to absolutely fall in love with this city. I’ve never experienced any place like it and now I can’t imagine living anywhere else.