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Career Paths – Christian Addison ’17L

— by on April 17th, 2017

Christian Addison '17LChristian Addison ’17L

Christian Addison ’17L, a native of Jacksonville, Florida, holds a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Military Institute.  After graduation, Christian will enter the JAG Corps for the United States Air Force. After his service in the military, he hopes to pursue his dream of becoming a sports agent throughout the National Football League.

Why did you decide to pursue a career in JAG?

I have known that I wanted to join the military since I was a child.  This interest is what led me to follow in the footsteps of my great-grandfather (’24), grandfather (’54), father (’82), and brother (’11) to attend VMI for my undergraduate degree.  Throughout my time and training at VMI, I felt that I could best serve my country by representing fellow service members in a legal capacity.

Describe the application and interview process for JAG.

There are several routes by which someone can pursue a career as a JAG.  I pursued JAG through the military’s educational delay program.  Essentially, this means that the Air Force allowed me to defer my active-duty commitment for three years in order to attain my legal degree.

The application process for JAG differs slightly between each branch.  For the Air Force, you complete a written application, followed by a scheduled interview with the Staff Judge Advocate at the nearest Air Force Base.  Your written application, along with the review from your interview, are then forwarded to a selection board.  For the Air Force, this board meets every February.

I will find out where I will be stationed once I receive a passing score on any state bar exam.  In relation to the work I will be doing, I will pursue the litigation route in the JAG Corps, which will primarily focus around military justice issues.

In what ways has your experience at W&L Law prepared you for JAG? 

I benefited most from the third-year curriculum during my time here at Washington and Lee.  The various clinics and practicums I took this past year enabled me to feel comfortable in the courtroom.  In particular, the Global Corruption Practicum has afforded me, along with a few others, the opportunity to travel to Fiji at the end of April to meet with the UN to discuss the impact that corruption has throughout the world.  The experience I will gain by dealing with other countries will serve me well in my career with the military.

 

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Career Paths: Jenna Lorence ’17L

— by on April 17th, 2017

Jenna Lorence '17LJenna Lorence ’17L

Jenna Lorence grew up in Fairfax, Virginia and received her B.A. in Government from Patrick Henry College. She is the Chair of the Moot Court Board, a Lead Online Editor on the Law Review, and a member of the Federalist Society. She will join K&L Gates after graduation.

When I came to law school, I wasn’t planning on working for a law firm. I imagined that I would likely go into non-profit work. However, I also knew that I wanted to stay in the Washington, D.C. area where I grew up, so when OCS (Office of Career Strategy) started sending us information about law firms who were hiring in the D.C. area, I decided to apply. My search was limited to the DC area only, so I interviewed with six firms and went on three call back interviews. My mentors encouraged me to use that time to interview the firms and figure out if they would be a good fit for me.

I realized as I visited the different firms that I had been too focused on subject area of the law, but instead needed to look for the type of job where I could excel. I found that as a summer associate at K&L Gates. Each day involved putting together legal puzzles, interacting and working with smart people, and a hands on, mentorship approach to training law students and young lawyers.

I was grateful that I had taken some of the basic business law classes at W&L, but I was even more grateful for the intense writing training W&L professors had given me. When asked to put together memos and documents for partners, I had the tools I needed to produce quality work.

W&L’s alumni network also was an amazing tool for me as I worked at K&L. The other W&L alumni at the firm quickly took me under their wing and were always willing to offer advice or help. After my summer at K&L Gates, I was happy to accept an offer to work in its D.C. office starting this September. During the summer I did projects in the public policy and government enforcement practice groups, and I will find out what practice area I’ll be in sometime this summer.

 

 

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W&L Law Presents Alumni Awards during 2017 Reunion Celebration

— by on April 11th, 2017

Several hundred Washington and Lee law school alumni and guests returned for this year’s reunion celebration, held April 7-9 in Lexington.

During the awards ceremony on Saturday, Dean Brant Hellwig announced the recipients of the Outstanding Alumnus/a Award and the Volunteer of the Year Award.

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Robert M. Couch ’78, ‘82L received the Outstanding Law Alumnus award for exceptional achievements in his career and unselfish service to his community and his alma mater.

Couch practices law with Bradley Arant in Birmingham, AL. His practice focuses on mortgage lenders and investors; affordable housing; regulatory matters involving HUD, Ginnie Mae, FHA, and other government–sponsored enterprise matters; and governmental affairs. He is Martindale-Hubbell AV preeminent rated and is listed in Best Lawyers in America, Banking and Finance Law.

Couch served as a Commissioner on the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Housing Commission until September of 2014. He previously served as General Counsel of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) from June 2007 to November 2008. In that role, he acted as the chief legal advisor to the Secretary, Deputy Secretary and other principal staff, providing advice on federal laws, regulations and policies affecting HUD programs. Prior to his position with HUD, Couch served as President of the Government National Mortgage Association (Ginnie Mae). He also served as a member of President George W. Bush’s Task Force on the Status of Puerto Rico in 2008.

Prior to his government service, Couch was President and Chief Executive Officer of New South Federal Savings Bank in Birmingham, at the time the largest thrift in Alabama. He also served as General Counsel and Chief Financial Officer of First Commercial Bancshares. An active member of the mortgage banking industry, Couch is a former Chairman and a member of the Board of Directors of the Mortgage Bankers Association of America. He has also served as President of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Alabama.  Couch is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) and a Certified Mortgage Banker (master certificate).

At W&L, Couch has served as president of the Law Council, as Chapter Law Liaison, on law lchool campaign committee, on several reunion committees, and as a host for law alumni events. His commitment to public service and to his community is apparent from the many volunteer leadership positions he has held, including serving on the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Mortgage Bankers Association of America, Board of Directors and President of the Mortgage Bankers Association of Alabama, Fannie Mae Affordable Housing Advisory Council, Bipartisan Policy Center Housing Commission, Society of Certified Mortgage Bankers, Fannie Mae National Advisory Council, Board of Trustees for the Home Builders Institute, Board of Directors for the Lakeshore Foundation, Board of Directors for the Real Estate Roundtable, Thrift Industry Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Board, President and member of the Rotary Club of Birmingham, Leadership Birmingham, Chairman and member of the Planning Commission of the City of Mountain Brook, and Director for Lender Technologies.

Couch graduated cum laude from W&L in 1978. In 1982 he graduated summa cum laude from the law school where he received the John W. Davis Prize, served as Lead Articles Editor of the Law Review and inducted into Order of the Coif. After law school, Couch clerked for the Honorable John M. Wisdom for the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, and Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell, Jr.

Amy King Condaras 02L received the 2017 Volunteer of the Year Award, which recognizes those individuals who go above and beyond assisting the Law School. In the 15 years since she graduated from the Law School, Condaras has served W&L as Law Class Agent, a Law Firm Liaison, and a reunion committee member.

A native of Charleston, WV, Condaras practices law with Spilman Thomas & Battle in her hometown, where she is vice chair of the corporate department, co-chair of the banking and finance practice group, and co-chair of the public finance practice group. Condaras is recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Layers for Business for Corporate/Commercial Banking & Finance, included in The Best Lawyers in America, Banking and Finance Law and Commercial Finance Law, listed in WV Super Lawyers Rising Stars for Bonds/Government Finance, recognized by WV Executive as a “Young Gun,” and was named a Next 40 under 40 winner by The State Journal.

Condaras received her bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, with a concentration in Accounting, cum laude from the University of Richmond in 1996. Prior to attending W&L Law, she worked as an auditor for PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP, in Richmond. While at W&L, Condaras was a member of the Law Review, Women’s Law Student Organization, and Phi Delta Phi. She practiced with Moore & Van Allen in Charlotte before returning to West Virginia. In 2009 Amy served as the official spokesperson and goodwill ambassador for the state of West Virginia after winning that state’s “Come Home to West Virginia” contest.

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W&L Law Releases 2016 Graduate Employment Report

— by on April 11th, 2017

Washington and Lee University School of Law has released a report on employment rates for its class of 2016.

Data from the Office of Career Strategy show another year of strong performance in employment over previous years. The report measures employment 10 months after graduation.

According to the report, 84 percent of the class of 2016 has secured a full-time job that either requires bar passage or for which a J.D. degree is an advantage. The overall employment rate for the class including all employment types and graduate school is over 90 percent.

“We are really proud of and happy for the members of the class of 2016,” said Cliff Jarrett ‘91L, assistant dean for career strategy. “They significantly outperformed the national average in passing their bar exams and did a great job of utilizing the W&L network and resources to find meaningful, interesting and fulfilling work. Our alumni were an invaluable asset to this class and I appreciate their continued support to our students and recent graduates on the career front.”

The employment report, available online, was prepared in accordance with requirements of the American Bar Association and includes summary data about the employment status of the 95 graduates in the class of 2016.

The report shows graduates working in a diverse range of jobs. 42 percent are heading to law firms, and nearly a quarter of those will be working for “Big Law,” typically firms with over 500 lawyers. 8 percent are working in government, 8 percent in business or industry, and 8 percent in public interest jobs such as legal aid offices.

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One particular area of strength for W&L Law has always been placement in federal and state clerkships, and this remains the case for the class of 2016. 21 percent of those employed are clerking, including placements in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, and federal district courts in Alabama, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington, D.C. as well as state courts in Delaware, Florida, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

These 95 graduates are employed in 22 states and one foreign country, Nigeria. The top geographic areas for employment are Virginia, the District of Columbia, and New York, followed by Florida, North Carolina and Alabama.

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Career Paths: Carl Krausnick ’17L

— by on April 11th, 2017

Carl Krausnick '17LCarl Krausnick ’17L

Carl Krausnick is a native of Memphis, Tennessee. Prior to enrolling at W&L, he attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas where he studied Philosophy and Art History. At W&L, Carl has served as his Student Bar Association class president for three years. As a 2L he was selected to be a Kirgis Fellow, and he has served on the Powell Board the past two years.

Where will you be working after graduation and in what practice area?

After graduation I’ll be working for Glankler Brown back home in Memphis, Tennessee. Last summer I worked there assisting both the litigation and transactional attorneys.

Did you know coming into law school that you wanted to work for a law firm?

When I entered law school I knew that I wanted to work for a firm. Interning for a firm in college crystalized that goal.

What role did the size and location of the firm play in the search and decision process?

As a 1L, I considered seeking out jobs in different locations such as Nashville or DC. Ultimately I spent that summer in Memphis working for a firm and a judge and knew that I wanted to end up back there, as home is home and the legal community there is excellent.

Based on my experience, I decided that a mid-size firm was the best fit for me. So, Glankler Brown was a perfect fit based on both its size and location, and I thoroughly enjoyed my previous summer with the firm.

Was there anything in your law school or summer job experience that confirmed this career choice?

Once I knew I wanted to return to Memphis I simply needed to find a job there. Fortunately, I had a great opportunity last summer and it paid off. While the job search is stressful, the faculty and administration do a great job guiding students toward their individual goals.

What classes do you think are helpful to take to prepare for a your law firm job?

With the benefit of hindsight, I would have taken more transactional courses. But, overall, W&L does an excellent job structuring a curriculum that forces students to engage in legal areas they may not have otherwise sought out on their own. Many students enter law school dead set on working in a specific practice area but end up falling in love with that area’s diametric opposite. In addition to the classes, the school offers a variety of competitions in both transactional and litigation areas that give students the opportunity to apply their knowledge in a simulated legal environment.

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Career Paths: Jess Winn ’17L

— by on April 10th, 2017

Jess Winn '17LJess Winn ’17L

Jessica Winn is originally from Newberg, Oregon and studied Political Science at Carnegie Mellon University. At Washington and Lee, she is involved in Law Review, German Law Journal, Law Ambassadors, WLSO, ACS, and PILSA. With her law degree, she hopes to make our legal systems more accessible and transparent by means of practice or policy.

During the 2017-2018 term, I will be clerking for U.S. District Judge Rosanna Peterson in the Eastern District of Washington. We’ll review and the judge will decide a large number of procedural motions. I will research and prepare memos for her upcoming cases. I will also help to draft sections of opinions for the court.

I’m particularly looking forward to this clerkship because I will get the chance to work with a woman who also followed a non-traditional path to the law and who, in her legal career, has demonstrated excellence in practice and as a professor. Judge Peterson worked for a number of years before attending law school, she practiced in Spokane for seventeen years before taking the bench, and she taught for ten of those years at Gonzaga University School of Law. Learning from Judge Peterson’s experiences practicing law, teaching law, and serving as a judge will be invaluable.

I’m also excited to serve as a judicial term clerk because I know that the work will expose me to a wide variety of legal issues and refine my research and writing skills. I’m looking forward to looking at cases not from one side or the other, but from the middle. Seeing different issues and arguments, becoming a more confident writer and researcher, and reflecting upon my clerkship will help make me a better attorney in the future.

After this clerkship, I hope to clerk with a Federal Circuit Court judge or perhaps with a state Supreme Court justice. Ultimately, I’m interested in doing some kind of public interest law, being involved in policy-making, and—maybe one day—teaching. At this point, the world is full of possibilities: I could pursue being a public defender, get involved in appellate advocacy work, do immigration or environmental law, or start a solo general practice. Whatever I do, this clerkship will provide such an important foundation for the way I look at the law.

If you’re interested in clerking for a federal judge, my advice is to take Federal Jurisdiction and Procedure (and be dedicated about it!), to jump with both feet into the application process, to double- and triple-check your resume and cover letter for errors, and to talk with friends, family, and faculty about your clerkship search. Remember that your professors can be your greatest advocates. I was having coffee with a professor in October of my 2L year and, in the course of talking about the clerkship applications process, he suggested I apply to clerk for Judge Peterson. After I submitted my application, he and two of my other professors personally called the Judge and spoke with her about me. While I know the Judge would not have hired me if I had not submitted a strong application, I am also absolutely sure that those phone calls were powerful demonstrations of confidence on behalf of my professors that likely helped make her hiring decision easier.

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Career Paths: Tamra Harris ’17L

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Tamra Harris '17LTamra Harris ’17L

Tamra Harris is originally from Tremonton, Utah and obtained her bachelor’s degree in English from Weber State University. During law school, Tamra enjoyed training for marathons and competing in mock trial and moot court competitions.

Where will you be working after graduation and in what practice area?

After graduation, I will be working in the litigation department of Miller & Martin’s Chattanooga office. I anticipate specializing in business litigation as well as general litigation including telecommunications, construction, and product liability cases. I hope to work on appellate cases as well.

Did you know coming into law school that you wanted to work for a law firm?

I knew before law school that I wanted to work in private practice. I began working in law firms when I was in high school and continued throughout college and until I began law school in 2014. I love the team structure—working through different aspects of the litigation process. Law firms are mini communities, and it’s even better when you truly enjoy spending time with your colleagues.

Even though I knew I would end up in a firm, I split both of my summers. I spent half of my first summer with a judge in Washington, DC and half of my second summer volunteering at the Human Rights Commission in Nicaragua. I would encourage all students to take this opportunity to observe different legal careers, even if you know where you want to land. Diverse experiences will provide perspective in whatever career you eventually choose.

What role did the size and location of the firm play in the search and decision process?

Location was one of the biggest factors in my career search. I love being outdoors, and I love being part of a strong community. Chattanooga fulfills both with its breathtaking scenery and tight-knit community. Miller & Martin has about 150 lawyers throughout its three offices. For me, this size is small enough that I will know most of my colleagues and large enough that I will continually have challenging and interesting work.

Was there anything in your law school or summer job experience that confirmed this career choice?

I’ve wanted to be a lawyer since I was in the sixth grade. The only question was where? My summer experiences showed me that I can fulfill my passion of being an attorney while also holding on to other aspects of my life. Miller & Martin values family and community involvement. During my summer internships, I saw attorneys leaving the office at a decent hour to spend time with their families, and we even spent a day at a local summer school tutoring children. The fact that this is not only allowed, but encouraged, is huge for me. I feel so fortunate to have found a place where I can engage in interesting and challenging work but will also be able to live my life.

What classes do you think are helpful to take to prepare for your law firm job?

While I will likely begin my career in general litigation, I would like to eventually specialize in business litigation. To that end, I spent much of my second and third year of law school focusing on corporate classes and practicums, such as securities regulation, taxation, closely held businesses, publicly held businesses, international business transactions, the mergers and acquisitions practicum, and the business planning practicum. For me, these classes and practicums were necessary to give me a basic understanding of corporate law. To pick up the litigation end, I competed in as many mock trial and moot court competitions as possible and worked in the advanced administrative litigation black lung clinic. These combined have given me the foundation I need to follow my practice goals.

Can you describe your job search process?

I relied on W&L Law’s on-campus interview program. A professor reached out to me initially alerting me to this specific firm, and I know she eventually played a role in my obtaining a callback interview by recommending me to the interviewer (a former student of hers). It is crucial to use your connections. W&L Law has incredible resources for career placement, including alumni who are eager to hire W&L Law graduates and professors who have numerous contacts that they are willing to use. It truly is a team effort.

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Career Paths: Mitchell Diles ’17L

— by on April 10th, 2017

Mitchell Diles '17LMitchell Diles ’17L

Mitchell Diles ‘17L, from Cleveland, Ohio, is an alumnus of Case Western Reserve University. For the past year, Mitchell has served as a law clerk for the United States Attorney’s Office and is the Symposium Editor of the Washington and Lee Law Review. After graduation, he will clerk for the Honorable Robert J. Humphreys of the Court of Appeals of Virginia.

Who will you be clerking for, and what will your responsibilities be?

I will be clerking for the Honorable Robert J. Humphreys of the Court of Appeals of Virginia, in Virginia Beach, Virginia. I anticipate that my responsibilities will primarily include reviewing cases, drafting memos and opinions, and performing significant amounts of legal research.

Why are you interested in clerking after graduation?  

During my undergraduate career at Case Western Reserve University, I took multiple classes with a professor who served as a federal law clerk following her legal education. When she learned that I would be attending law school, she encouraged me to consider serving as a law clerk and emphasized the many benefits of such an experience. You could say that clerking has been on my mind for a number of years. Also, I had the privilege of serving as a summer intern for a federal magistrate judge in Richmond, Virginia, which confirmed my desire to obtain a post-graduate clerkship.

How did you secure this clerkship?

With an early interest in clerking, I occasionally met with members of the clerkship committee to learn more about the application process. After learning of an opening with Judge Humphreys, I carefully prepared my application, interviewed on two separate occasions, and received an offer before the start of my final year. Speaking with multiple classmates who served as summer interns for Judge Humphreys was also extremely beneficial.

Which W&L classes and/or experiences do you think were most helpful in preparing you for clerking?

In addition to the required first year courses, I strategically selected various elective courses during my second and third years that will prove particularly helpful during my clerkship. Specifically, I completed courses in Virginia Law & Procedure, Criminal Procedure, and Trail Advocacy. Combined, these courses have provided me with the necessary background to comprehend many of the issues that the Court of Appeals of Virginia reviews on appeal. Regarding experiences, my time as a member of the Washington and Lee Law Review has been invaluable in improving my legal research and writing skills.

How is clerking linked to your career objectives?

I know that my clerkship with Judge Humphreys will make me a better lawyer. For two years, I will have the opportunity to perfect my legal research and writing skills, tackle complex legal issues, and observe both good and bad appellate advocacy. It is an invaluable opportunity that many law firms and practitioners also value.

What are you most looking forward to about this clerkship position?

As Judge Humphreys explained to me, he views himself as a mentor to his clerks. I am very much looking forward to building a strong relationship with Judge Humphreys and his chambers staff, and developing in both a personal and professional capacity. I also look forward to contemplating some of the complex legal issues taken up by the Court of Appeals of Virginia and the many learning opportunities that I will have throughout my two years.

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Alumnus and Former Trustee William Hill to Deliver Law School Commencement Address

— by on April 7th, 2017

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William B. Hill, an alumnus of Washington and Lee and a partner with the law firm Polsinelli in Atlanta, will deliver this year’s commencement address during the graduation exercises at Washington and Lee University School of Law.

Commencement is scheduled for Saturday, May 6 beginning at 10 a.m. The event is open to the public. A complete schedule of events is available at the commencement website.

Hill earned his B.A. in 1974 from Washington and Lee and his J.D. in 1977 from Washington and Lee University School of Law.  He has served the school as a member of the Board of Trustees and the Law Council and as secretary, treasurer, vice president and president of the Atlanta Alumni Chapter. In addition, Hill has lectured during Alumni College and the University’s Summer Scholars Program.

Following his graduation from W&L Law, Hill went to work for the Georgia Attorney General’s Office. He spent 13 years there, including six years as Director of the Criminal Division and two years as Deputy Attorney General.  He was the youngest division director in the history of the Georgia Attorney General’s office, and the first African-American attorney to represent the State of Georgia in oral argument in the U.S. Supreme Court, where he argued the case Burger v. Kemp.

In 1990, he was appointed as a judge to the state court of Fulton County and later served on the superior court of Fulton County. Following his time on the bench, he entered private practice with the law firm Paul Hastings, where he spent nine years before joining Ashe & Rafuse in 2004. That firm merged with Polsinelli in 2013.

“William Hill is renowned for his accomplishments and legacy of service to the legal profession, the state of Georgia and W&L,” said Law Dean Brant Hellwig. “We are honored to have him as our commencement speaker, and we hope all our  graduates pursue their professional and civic life with the same degree of passion and uncompromising dedication.”

At Polsinelli, an Am Law 100 firm with approximately 800 attorneys in 20 offices, Hill concentrates his practice on commercial and complex litigation, with a particular emphasis on business torts, business divorces, internal investigations, contract disputes and ADR and early case resolution.

He has served Georgia on the State Judicial Nominating Commission, the Northern District of Georgia’s Bar Council, the State Bar of Georgia’s Committee on Standards of the Profession, the Georgia Chief Justice’s Commission on Dispute Resolution, and the Northern District Federal Disciplinary Committee.

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Career Paths: Andrea Marshall ’17L

— by on April 6th, 2017

Andrea Marshall '17LAndrea Marshall ’17L

Andrea Marshall is a third-year law student originally from the New York City area. She graduated with a degree in Political Science from Columbia University. At W&L Law, she is a Law Ambassador, a Managing Online Editor for the Washington and Lee Law Review, and a Senior Articles Editor for the German Law Journal. Andrea is interested in environmental and international law and will be working for the Sierra Club as a Legal Fellow in Washington, DC after graduation.

What made you pursue this particular career path?

My interest in environmental law and public interest started during my 1L summer. I worked for an international environmental non-profit in New York City called Pure Earth. They worked on small pollution remediation projects all over the world, and I was impressed by the positive impact this small non-profit could have on major pollution problems. I was also struck by the diversity of issues within environmental law. There is always something new to learn.

How did you learn about the position?

I learned about the Sierra Club Fellowship position through the Equal Justice Works (EJW) Conference and Career Fair held in Arlington, Virginia last October. I applied and was selected to interview. I knew the Sierra Club to be an incredible organization that fights for issues I am passionate about (plus it made an appearance in my 1L Administrative Law casebook, so I knew it was a big deal). The Sierra Club has chapters and offices throughout the United States and has played a big role in helping to pass some of the major environmental statutes such as the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and Endangered Species Act.

Did you have any summer job experiences that pointed you in this direction?

As mentioned previously, my 1L summer sent me down the environmental law path, but a subsequent externship with the Environmental Protection Agency through the W&L Law DC Program solidified my interest and desire to be a part of this field. I worked in the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, specifically in the Pesticides and Tanks Branch. That branch dealt with the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act. I was able to do research, write memos, help edit and draft briefs, and attend meetings with senior attorneys in the agency. I also interacted with “water” lawyers and “air” lawyers working on other statutes, and was constantly impressed by the depth of knowledge in the agency and the attorneys’ dedication. Although not in the environmental field, my 2L summer as an intern for the Peace Corps General Counsel in DC helped me develop litigation skills, as I was tasked with drafting document production requests, interrogatories, and a memorandum in support of a summary judgment motion.

Can you describe the application and selection process?

The application process for the position was through EJW. It is useful to start preparing resumes and cover letters in August because the deadline usually hits at the end of September for these positions. Once all of my materials were submitted, I waited to hear whether I would be granted an interview. The first interview happened with the managing attorney during the career fair and—while it was intimidating as it took place in a very large hotel conference room with hundreds of other people around—I enjoyed speaking with the attorney and learning more about the position and the Sierra Club in general. A few weeks after my first interview, I was contacted by the Sierra Club to come in for a longer second interview with two other attorneys, and a few weeks after that I was offered the position. One nice part about the EJW process is that our Office of Career Strategy is very involved and was instrumental in helping me prep my materials and interview answers.

What classes or experiences at W&L Law do you think will be helpful to you in this position?

The most helpful classes for me were Environmental Law during my 2L year and Administrative Law during 1L year. I also think my experience writing and editing on journals, as well as doing research for my Law Review note helped me greatly and gave me the necessary skills for this position.

Do you know what kind of work you will be doing and where you will be based? 

While the exact work I will be doing is still up in the air, I know I will likely be working on issues of climate change, and I suspect we will be busy this coming year. I am taking the New York bar, but I will be based out of Washington, DC.

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