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Are you from the area? How did you find Albany Law School?
I am an Albany native. I went to Guilderland High School and I graduated from Siena College with a degree in Biology. After college, I worked in many different fields and had many different jobs, one of them being a cytopathologist.
However, I really didn’t feel as if my life was being enriched in the way that I wanted, so when I turned 30, I consulted my cousin, Christ Flint, who is an excellent trial lawyer. Chris gave me all the advice I needed before I applied to Albany Law, which was the only school I applied to. I will also say that having the biology degree has helped a lot—it’s a great overlap to have.
What type of law are you looking to practice?
Right now, I am working at Cooper, Erving and Savage, which has a very diverse scope of people working there; subsequently, we have a wide range of clients. While I am interested in intellectual property law, where my biology background serves as an advantage, I am also equally equipped—and interested—to work in many other areas of law.
So you’ve recently tied the knot! How did the decision to get married during your third year of law school come about?
All of the pieces kind of just came together very seamlessly. My wife now has taught herself graphic design, she has started to work on logos for clients. Our work-lives fused together because I’m doing work on trademarks. We are able to work together in so many other areas of our lives, so it's been really great. I'd like to again mention my cousin, Chris, who was our wedding officiant.
Tell me a little bit about how you are involved on campus, and what the activities you are involved in entail.
I’m the president of the Environmental Law Society—the club consists of an event in the fall and spring, with a different theme every year, which we help put together.
I’m also the vice president of Intellectual Property Law Society. Most recently, the club was involved in something called speed mentoring, an idea started by the president, Mike Woodword. This gives both potential employers and people that are happy to be mentors face-to-face time with students in an organized fashion, and a low-pressure environment.
What is at least one fun fact about yourself that people might not know?
I wrote, produced, and did the artwork for an album called "This Ceiling Thing" in 2008—you can find it on YouTube if you're interested. I also commercial fished in Alaska for two summers and have worked on an organic farm in Ithaca.
What is one piece of advice you might have for the next incoming class at Albany Law?
Always take time to be calm and reflect. Strive to achieve your goals, love your goal and your dream, but don’t let it stress you out too much. At the same time, have your dreams and goals be the kind of things that give you goosebumps when you talk about them. Balance is key. It really is necessary to give you that extra push to get yourself through the next day. I’m all about the Yin-Yang idea.
In addition, there are some great aspects of Albany Law that I think incoming classes should be aware of. First, the Career Center is great! Definitely take advantage of the people that work there. They are a such a helpful resource, they have plenty of relationships with potential employers, and are always fantastic at matching students with employment opportunities that are right for them.
The same goes for all the legal assistants that I have come to know. The legal assistants are essentially the support staff for the professors, so they are also very helpful to know when you have a question or an issue involving any class.
Studying the law and preparing for a professional career in the legal field has been an amazing experience and I am eager to put my skills to work.