Voorhees, New Jersey
B.S. Marketing, University of Maryland Smith School of Business
Professional experience prior to Law School:
I was the general manager at Reardon Enterprises, Inc. for 2 years. I also led the marketing and operations of Reardon Properties, LLC for several years.
What I Am Hoping to Do with My Law Degree:
I would like to work with businesses and non-profits to develop forward-thinking and socially responsible solutions to the legal and strategic challenges they face. My interests include start-up ventures, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and securitization. I would also like to help shape the public policy surrounding these areas.
My Best Experience at Penn Law:
So far the highlight for me was orientation week at the start of 1L. Coming from a large public school in undergrad, it was an immediate and drastic shift to a much smaller and tight-knit community. Getting to know a group of people with incredibly diverse interests and experiences was, and continues to be an incredible experience. Penn does a fantastic job of bringing the 1L’s together from the start through dinners, sport and cultural outings, and public interest projects.
Professor Who Influenced Me Most:
Amy Wax. She was a powerfully influential professor during my first year. Not only did she teach the law, but her demanding Socratic method forced me into a level of scrutiny and analysis beyond anything I had ever done before. She will take the seemingly most basic issues or rules and force them through such rigorous interpretation that you begin to recognize and appreciate all of the intricate nuances of the law. This skill will be invaluable to me as I go forward in my career.
My Favorite Course:
Contracts. It was an area that I always found fascinating during my several years managing small businesses. My professor, Tess Wilkinson-Ryan, studies the behaviors of parties in contracting. Between the presentation of her research and traditional case analysis, our class regularly engaged in interactive discussions over issues and principles in contract formation.
Penn Law is known for its collegiality. How has it affected your legal education?
“Collegiality” is a word you’re going to hear a lot at Penn. I can say with confidence that at Penn Law “collegial” is not just a buzz word- we truly have a genuinely collegial environment. Nearly everything here is centered on promoting a collaborative environment. Even the design of the newly renovated law school itself encourages interaction. I regularly see my professors in the hallways, run into the dean while I’m studying, and go to common areas to relax with groups of my classmates. Our school’s environment has helped me to keep my stress levels relatively low for being at a top law school. In addition, it has allowed me to learn from the knowledge and experiences of my peers.
My Favorite Philadelphia Moment:
Around Thanksgiving, the city turns Love fountain in Center City into a Christmas village and lights up the trees in Rittenhouse square. They’re great areas to walk through and experience the refreshing sights, sounds and smells of the holiday season.
What I’m Most Proud Of:
I’m most proud of having chosen to be part of this community. I would do nothing differently in my decision to attend Penn Law. I had choices, as I know many admitted students are probably fortunate enough to have. But the value of the cross-disciplinary legal education, experience and network I am gaining here at Penn is what I believe to be the best in the country.
My Extracurricular Activities at Penn Law:
One of my favorite activities at the school is the boxing club. We actually train with the MBA boxing club from the Wharton school. The workouts are tough, but it’s a great opportunity to stay in shape and meet professionals from other graduate programs. “Fight Night” is one of our most exciting traditions, occurring every spring, where we have amateur boxing matches between law and business students. The event raises tens of thousands of dollars for charity each year.
My Favorite Place or Activity on the University Campus:
When I want a break from the law school, I occasionally go to the Fisher Fine Arts Library to read. It is a building with tons of character and tradition. Definitely check it out if you ever get the chance.
What’s one piece of advice you could give to prospective Penn Law students?
Visit. Walk the campus, sit in on a class, and talk to current students. When I did those three things, I knew there was no other place I’d rather be for my legal education. I thought it was just me that felt that way, but on the first day of orientation everyone was asked why they chose Penn. Almost instantaneously, many of my classmates turned to each other and gave the exact same response.