Hampton Roads, VA
Duke University, AB, Public Policy Studies
Professional Experience Prior to Law School:
I previously worked in the alternative energy group of an investment bank before law school. In the months before coming to Penn, I interned with the Eighth Judicial Circuit of Virginia.
What I Am Hoping to Do with My Law Degree:
Having a background in business and politics, I hope to apply a legal degree to those disciplines after graduation.
My Best Experience at Penn Law:
Getting to know my classmates—which continues to happen everyday. I am awed by the caliber of my classmates in and out of the classroom. People are brilliantly talented and adept in their studies, while taking the time to forge meaningful relationships with others. In less than a semester, I have started friendships and relationships that will last a lifetime.
Professor Who Influenced Me Most:
Professor Amy Wax brings a candor and a spirit to class that is really unparalleled. While her course material is challenging, she pushes you to think of cases from the parties’ point of view and what their next argument or recourse would be. It can be daunting for a first-year student to sit in front of a professor who has successfully argued in cases before the Supreme Court of the United States or whose opinion is routinely featured in the New York Times; however, Professor Wax presents her course in a manner that makes you want to master the material. In the future, I plan on taking any one of her more advanced civil procedure courses.
My Favorite Course:
Torts with Professor Anita Allen. Professor Allen not only knows the law but also conducts class in such an engaging approach; every class, we have a dialogue – not a lecture – about the cases at hand. And with tort law, which seemingly affects every facet of life, that approach illuminates the material. As a class, we never know where the conversation will take our reading of a case.
An Example of How the Law School’s Cross-disciplinary Approach Influences My Legal Education:
Penn Law pushes you beyond the traditional bounds of a legal education. Professor Balganesh particularly probes the public policy implications and the normative social values underlying property law. As a result, it has changed my view of the law. I try to step back and think whether the court truly believes what it is putting forth in its opinion, or if something unwritten is leading the court to a certain conclusion.
My Favorite Philadelphia Moment:
Growing up in the South, everyday seemingly has a great city moment that I can tell to my friends and family back home. I love that there is always something going on in front of my apartment or on campus. From spontaneously attending a screening of “Black Swan” at the Annenberg Center to browsing the weekly farmers’ market, Philadelphia has so much to offer to the Penn Law community.
What I’m Most Proud Of:
Being part of such an engaging student body. Most Penn Law students go well beyond their pro-bono requirements in giving back to the community. Every year, Penn Law students and faculty devote thousands of hours of community service to the greater Philadelphia community.
My Extracurricular Activities at Penn Law:
Penn Housing Rights Project, Alumni Affairs Committee for the Council of Student Representatives, Penn Law Energy Club, Federalist Society, and Student Liaison for the Admissions Office.
What I Did For Public Interest:
I work with the Penn Housing Rights Project, which helps low-income tenants in landlord-tenant disputes. You feel great helping out those who would have no other recourse if it was not for our help. It is also a great primer working with practicing attorneys as they interview clients and craft their arguments. I anticipate joining one of Penn Law’s clinics at the Gittis Center during my third year.
My Favorite Place or Activity on the University Campus:
Locust Walk is such a beautiful corridor on campus where you can just unwind and get away for a few minutes. Otherwise, Pottruck Gym for a quick run in the evenings.