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Student Ambassadors

Cassandra Carudo

Graduation Year
2023
Hometown
Suffern, NY
Undergraduate School
SUNY Oswego
Undergraduate Major
Economics and Marketing
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Career Goal upon Graduation:
While my goal is to pursue a career in public interest in New York State, and find a career that is fulfilling, I plan to keep an open mind to the opportunities that come my way while in law school.

What has been your most meaningful experience thus far?
I have only been here for one semester, but what is most meaningful to me so far is how willing the professors and teaching assistants are to go out of their way to help students. I always feel comfortable asking for help.

What insight can you give prospective students about Albany Law?
Work hard but take time for yourself. It’s important to have a good work-life balance, especially when you start acclimating to law school. Albany Law has a great community of students, faculty, and staff who are there to help you, so take advantage of them as resources.

Why did you choose Albany Law?
I felt that going to law school in the New York State Capital would put me in a position to be as intertwined with the law as possible. Additionally, I heard of the amazing reputation the law school has, which lives up to the expectations. Lastly, being close to home and family was an additional deciding factor.

Jenna DiBenedetto

Graduation Year
2022
Hometown
Hannacroix, New York
Undergraduate School
Fordham University
Undergraduate Major
Environmental Studies and Anthropology, Pre-Law Track
E-mail

Career Goal upon Graduation:
Upon my graduation, I hope to continue to expand on the opportunities I have received while a student at Albany Law School by pursuing a career in either trial practice or appellate work. These passions have been inspired by the opportunities I received as a student at Albany Law School.

What has been your most meaningful experience thus far?
Some of my most meaningful experiences while at Albany Law School have been through my involvement in the Anthony V. Cardona '70 Moot Court Program. As a 1L, I had the opportunity to volunteer with Moot Court. As a 2L, I had the opportunity to compete in both Interschool and Intraschool competitions. And now as a 3L, I have the privilege of chairing the Domenick L. Gabrielli Appellate Advocacy Competition. This involvement has allowed me to network, advocate, negotiate, and grow as an individual.

What insight can you give prospective students about Albany Law?
It can be easy to be excited and anxious and certainly overwhelmed during the law school process because it is all of those things. However, there are two important things to remember: (1) you are fully capable of succeeding in your desire to be a law school graduate; and (2) you should pick an institution that inspires you and supports your passions. Feeling like you are part of a community that inspires you and uplifts you are a part of the law school decision process that far too many people overlook. It's time we change that.

Why did you choose Albany Law?
I chose to attend Albany Law because of the incredible staff and faculty at the law school. Pursuing your law degree can be a stressful and demanding process, but having support from individuals who actively want to see you succeed is a major comfort and motivator. Additionally, the access to New York's highest court, the Court of Appeals, and the legislature is such a unique privilege and opportunity.

Katarina Parise

Graduation Year
2022
Hometown
Tampa, FL
Undergraduate School
University of Tampa
Undergraduate Major
Criminal Justice & Criminology
E-mail

Career Goal upon Graduation:
To practice law in a field that I am passionate about. I want to find a field that I am interested in and that the work I am doing benefits my community. I aspire to be an Assistant District Attorney.

What has been your most meaningful experience thus far?
I really enjoyed being a teaching assistant for Criminal Law my 2L year. It was a great experience, I was able to not only relearn concepts but also help first-year students with the class. I really enjoyed the advisory role and being able to help students in that way.

What insight can you give prospective students about Albany Law?
You get what you put into this school, there are plenty of opportunities to get involved and to become connected with the school. Attend as many events as you can because you will meet wonderful people and hear from exceptional speakers. Albany Law will give you the opportunities, you just have to take them.

Why did you choose Albany Law?
I knew I wanted to practice in the state of New York, but what drew me to Albany Law was the numerous opportunities they offer to students interested in field placements and clinics. Additionally, when I visited the campus everyone was very warm and inviting. I was between Albany Law and another school but after visiting both, I could feel the community and support that Albany Law offered.

Kyle Pittman

Graduation Year
2023
Hometown
Rochester, New York
Undergraduate School
The College at Brockport, SUNY
Undergraduate Major
Major: Political Science; Minor: International Studies
E-mail

Career Goal upon Graduation:
I have come to Albany Law with an open mind regarding my plans upon graduation. That being said, I am looking forward to taking a wide range of courses to decide what field I will approach in the future.

What has been your most meaningful experience thus far?
Thus far, my most meaningful memory is experiencing how approachable the Albany Law community is. Right from the first week of classes, I made meaningful relationships that will last beyond my time here at Albany Law.

What insight can you give prospective students about Albany Law?
Take advantage of the many opportunities Albany Law has to offer. There are plenty of groups and other societies that in-coming students can join. It makes the Law School experience more exciting when you get involved and make new relationships.

Why did you choose Albany Law?
Albany Law has an outstanding reputation for its student body, professors, and alumni. Everyone I have come across thus far is more than willing to help students grow not only in their studies but professionally as well. The School is also uniquely located to opportunities in New York City and Boston for those who wish to gravitate towards those popular areas.

Matthew Skinner

Graduation Year
2022
Hometown
Shortsville, NY
Undergraduate School
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Undergraduate Major
Major – Philosophy; Minors – Physics and Environmental Studies
E-mail

Career Goal upon Graduation:
I would like to be in a place that will support professional and personal growth, satisfy my intellectual curiosity, and lead me down a path to fulfillment. Where that is exactly will have to be determined.

What has been your most meaningful experience thus far?
Thus far, joining the rugby team has been the most meaningful experience. I have met many individuals in my year who form a great support system, and upperclassmen and alumni who provide mentorship and guidance. Beyond that, we also have a great time socializing and hitting people – on the field of course!

What insight can you give prospective students about Albany Law?
I have only been here about two and a half months, but I can’t help but feel the strong sense of community here. While we are all competitive, we support one another and want each other to succeed. There is also a plethora of leadership and skill building opportunities here. Whether it’s the Student Bar Association, the Government Law Fellowship, or the many workshops, Albany Law has just about something for everyone.

Why did you choose Albany Law?
I chose Albany law because of its location in New York State, reputation and connections with lawyers across the state, and because of the wonderful financial aid package. The City of Albany is close enough to opportunities in New York City and Boston, merely three hours from home, and I can easily escape on the weekends to Montreal or the Adirondacks. Most of the lawyers and judges I know from home who I look up to went to and highly recommended Albany Law. Albany Law also made law school affordable for me. As someone who has grown up and lived in a trailer park my whole life, an esteemed and noble profession such as one in the law seemed inaccessible to me. It’s because of the generous community members who want to give back that allowed me to come here.

Matthew Walsh

Graduation Year
2022
Hometown
St. Albans, Vermont
Undergraduate School
Southeastern University, Florida
Undergraduate Major
Major in Legal Studies, Minor in History
E-mail

What has been your most meaningful experience thus far?
The overall atmosphere of the school. Most people think of law school as cutthroat and competitive but here it is very easy to get involved and branch out and make friends.

What insight can you give prospective students about Albany Law?
Do not panic and take things one step at a time coming in to the school. It may seem a bit overwhelming at first but all of the professors and other students want to help you out. It is a community here!

Why did you choose Albany Law?
My first time visiting the school on accepted students day I had no idea what to expect and knew almost nothing about the area. Everyone at Albany Law was very friendly and welcoming! Several of the admissions staff even knew my name coming in. This made a big impact on me in choosing a school and that coupled with the many opportunities in the area, I knew Albany Law was the place to be.

Robert Hojnacki

Graduation Year
2023
Hometown
Rome, NY
Undergraduate School
University at Albany
Undergraduate Major
Political Science/ Business
E-mail

Career Goal upon Graduation:
While I have come to Albany Law with an open mind in terms of my future, I have always had a love for business so practicing corporate law is my goal.

What has been your most meaningful experience thus far?
My most meaningful experience has been joining the rugby team. Starting school in the middle of a pandemic made it difficult to meet people and try to adjust to law school. Once I joined the team, I instantly had a great support system and mentors who wanted to help me even in the virtual setting that we were in. The insight and guidance that the team provided helped me immensely and no questions I had went unanswered.

What insight can you give prospective students about Albany Law?
Law school may seem overwhelming at first, but you are never alone at Albany Law. The professors and staff will go above and beyond to help you in anyway possible. They understand what it’s like to be in law school, never hesitate to reach out for help!

Why did you choose Albany Law?
The opportunities and possibilities that come from living in the capital district of New York are endless and that made me instantly fall in love with Albany. Once I visited Albany Law and felt the welcoming atmosphere from the faculty and students I knew that this was the school that would help me succeed.