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Alejandro Taylor '09 is riding a wave of excitement as one of more than 100 Albany Law classmates who were sworn in to the New York State Bar at a recent ceremony held at Empire State Plaza.
"Since I was just sworn in, the feeling of accomplishment in being admitted to the bar is still very fresh in my mind," he said. "Being surrounded by the friends I made while a student at Albany Law simply made that feeling all the more profound for me."
Taylor is also the newest addition to the school's
Law Clinic & Justice Center, where he accepted a position as Health Law Clinic Fellow.
"The Health Law Clinic handles public benefits, health insurance denials, short and long term disability insurance denials, advance directives, guardianship, family law matters, Social Security matters and estate planning," he explained. "I feel I'm getting a broad exposure to many different areas of law while helping those most in need in our community."
Taylor is not only learning the full spectrum of health law, but he is also experiencing firsthand the myriad skills and projects necessary to restore a family property outside of work hours.
"My husband and I are working to restore an old creamery building in Greene County that's been in his family for many years. We hope to make it into a rural retreat for us and our friends and family," he said. "Like most restoration projects, it's been a major labor of love, although doing a large amount of the work ourselves certainly brings a sense of self-satisfaction along with the calluses and splinters."
Taylor, a native of Omaha, Neb., initially moved east to study anthropology at Cornell University. After graduating from Cornell, he joined a New York City marketing firm performing qualitative research on branding for Fortune 500 companies. He eventually moved upstate to pursue graduate studies at University of Albany in information science, but the job he landed at a small law firm in Hudson, N.Y., helped divert his attention to law school. He moved to Albany in 2005 and worked for the AIDS Council of Northeastern New York while applying to Albany Law.
Once at Albany Law, Taylor worked with the Health Law Clinic and the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, and he also served as a member of the executive boards of the Latin American Law Student Association and OUTlaw. He was a recipient of the Albany Law School Staff Scholarship in 2008.