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What made you choose Albany Law—are you from the area?
I am actually from the Bronx, and I was originally going to choose Brooklyn Law, but I have to say that Albany gave me an all-around better opportunity. This includes less stress, and the benefit of knowing the area, having already attended the University at Albany, where I studied Criminal Justice.
How do you find Albany as a city to study law? Opportunities?
The area is rich in opportunity, since we’re the only law school in the region. I find it is a good city to focus on studying and to explore legal careers. It’s all here.
Do you know what kind of law you are looking to study?
In our first year we take a lot of everything, and I’m finding almost all of it interesting, from criminal to torts. I’m looking forward to a variety of internship experiences so I can get a clearer picture of what some of the career paths look like.
What is your favorite thing about attending Albany Law?
I really enjoy the fact that the community is very small, so you get to know people a lot better, especially the professors. The professors at this institution are very willing to help you—the connection is very personal—and I like that.
Are you the first person in your family to study law?
Yes, actually, since everybody in my family has a medical background. My mother is a nurse and a brother is a scientist. Although my mother at first wanted me to go into nursing, I took a criminal justice class in high school, and so I started looking into that as a major for college, then made plans to attempt to look into a career that would come out of studying criminal justice.
Are there any internships you are particularly looking forward to?
Yes, I applied to several that interested me, interviewed for a few of them and have decided to accept a summer position at the Administration for Children’s Services in New York City.
How are you involved on campus? Any extracurricular activities?
I am a part of BLSA, the Black Law Students Association. I joined this past year, and have definitely enjoyed it. For Black History Month there was a great speaker series. The members of the club acted as historical figures in the profession, and I was James Campbell Matthews, the first African-American to graduate from Albany Law. There was also a potluck with the faculty; it was really great to interact with the professors on that level. It was a more relaxed environment to get to know your professors in.
What is one fun fact about you that people might not know?
I can do film photography, and have been working on that for a few years, since 2016. To me, the pictures come out a lot sharper. I just think it looks way better, compared to digital. I like taking pictures and not knowing how it’s going to turn out, which I also think helps you get better.
And, lastly, if a movie were to be made about you and your experience in law school, who would you pick to play you?
The actor from the recent Black Panther film, Chadwick Boseman. He’s pretty cool.