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are you from originally? Did you do your undergrad in or around Albany?
am actually originally from Dallas, Texas. I did my undergrad at New York
University in the Gallatin School of Individualized Study, concentrating in
finance. During that time, I interned at Brewer Attorneys and Counselors in New
York, a law firm specializing in commercial litigation, and ended up taking a
job with them as a consultant after I graduated college.
what made you choose Albany Law School?
I’ve been interested
in law since high school. And the internship at Brewer fostered that interest. As
it turns out, the managing partner attended Albany Law, which is when the
school was first recommended to me.
do you like Albany versus New York City?
Albany is very different, of course. However, I personally think studying and
focusing on law is easier in Albany, without all the pressure of the city.
you said you’ve been interested
in law since high school. Have you always wanted to be a lawyer?
I think it has to do with my background of being a first generation college
graduate, and actually a first generation American. I was involved in a great
college preparatory program in high school—actually,
funny enough, it was run by the Brewer Group, where I worked after college.
This program assisted students with the general college search as well as the
application process, which was super helpful for me. So, the first time I got
involved with Brewer, it was all the way back in high school, and being exposed
to law developed that interest for me.
kind of law are you looking to practice?
in general, I find law very interesting and intellectually stimulating. But particularly,
I am focused on commercial litigation, which I’ll be practicing at Brewer, where I’ll be returning
after I graduate from law school.
addition to your time at Brewer, any other internships of note?
in addition to the internship at Brewer during the summer, I interned with the
Honorable Daniel J. Stewart, a United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern
District, during my second year of law school. I also worked with Jackson Lewis,
a law firm specializing in employment law, in Albany. It was an interesting
experience given that I had never done employment law before, and it’s
an international firm.
I’m working with the
law school’s Community Development Clinic. This
clinic focuses primarily on helping non-profits and small business in the
Albany Community go through all the initial start-up processes.
there any extracurricular activities you are involved in on campus that you
would like to mention?
now I am the Executive Editor for Miscarriages of Justice Issue for the Albany
Law Review. We collaborate with the SUNY Albany School of Criminal Justice and come
up with a new theme every year. This year I was able to help create a theme
that focuses on science in the courtroom. I’m
personally really interested in neuroscience, and it’s
been a fun process working with authors to contribute articles on the topic so
far, so we’re very excited
is one fun fact about you, either related or unrelated to law school, that people might not know?
Well, right now I am trying to learn to play the piano.
is one piece of advice you would have for the next class entering Albany Law?
would definitely say finding a mentor, such as a TA, is key. Lots of my TAs
were able to help me along the way, and help me feel less anxious about the
pressures of law school in general. Now that I am going to take the bar exam
this summer, they are helping me with that. I definitely feel very grateful to
be able to have that support.