Hometown and Undergraduate School
Atlanta, GA – Georgia State University
Campus Activities and Organizations:
Vice-President International and Comparative Law Society (2010-11); Jessup International Moot Court (2010); Student Trial Lawyers Association (2011-12); Black Law Student Organization (2008 -2010)
Why did you choose to study law?
I taught school for several years after undergraduate school. While doing some post-baccalaureate work, I realized how much the law and policy affected my classroom environment, which prompted me to apply to law school to learn about how the law is created and applied.
What specific areas of law interest you most and why?
International Human Rights and Litigation are my main interests. The way a society treats its members is the yardstick by which that society must be measured. I have a passion for improving our global society by bringing justice to those populations which are neglected, underserved, or exploited.
As a former educator, I enjoy the opportunity to present material in a persuasive manner. Litigation gives you a chance to be creative.
How would you most like to make an impact in your chosen field of law?
I will make an impact through litigation and also plan to actively participate in pro bono work for those in desperate need of quality legal representation who lack the financial means to attain it.
I hope, in the future, to play an active role in developing the law and creating policy.
What is your favorite thing about being in law school?
I enjoy the diversity of thought and opinion. Being able to discuss, debate, and explore different ideas with so many intelligent individuals (students and professors) is my favorite aspect of law school.
If you could be invisible for a whole day, where would you go and why?
That’s a tough question. I’d love to sneak into the meetings of our federal elected officials and witness how deals are made on legislation. I think it would be eye-opening to hear what these officials say when no one is listening.
What is your favorite attribute of Georgia State Tradition or the College of Law?
I love how approachable the staff members are. I also enjoy the camaraderie that exists between my classmates in the part-time evening program.
What advice would you give to incoming law students?
It’s crucial that you become aware of your particular learning style as early as possible. While there are some universal tips, there is no cookie-cutter method for academic success. If you get too caught up in trying to study like others around you, you may find yourself lost.
Have you had an internship/externship or other legal work experience? Please describe briefly, if yes.
Yes; my first summer in law school, I interned with the DeKalb County Child Advocacy Center which led to full-time job as a paralegal. I learned about Georgia’s foster care system and frequently observe juvenile hearings.
What is the best career preparation advice you’ve received from Career Services Office?
1. Always do your homework. A perspective employer will gauge your competence and interest by how thoroughly you have researched their organization before an interview.
2. Develop a strong network of practicing attorneys and mentors. In such a competitive job market, it often boils down to who you know and what reputation you have built with him or her.