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Alexis Osborne '16 credits Professor Evelyn Tenenbaum with swaying her decision to attend Albany Law School.
Osborne, who graduated last month from St. John’s University with a degree in legal studies, is accustomed to taking classes with practicing attorneys, and their commitment to teaching has always stoked her passion for learning the law.
“I’m interested in health law and bioethics, and while I was researching law schools I came across some of the work that Professor Tenenbaum has done over the years. It looked really interesting, so I emailed her,” Osborne explained. “She called me back, and we’ve been in touch ever since. Her generosity made it clear that Albany Law was right for me.”
Health law and bioethics are only a sampling of the areas of the law that interest Osborne. During her final semester at St. John’s, she interned with the Brooklyn Nets in the team’s community relations department, working with players, coaches and executives to give back to the community.
“The Nets only take law students as interns in their legal department, but I was still able to see a lot of what the team’s attorneys do on a day-to-day basis,” said Osborne, noting that every song played during the games needs to be cleared for use, and that the recent transition of the team from New Jersey to Brooklyn required a great deal of legal work.
“At this point, I want to do it all,” said Osborne, who will start at Albany Law in August with the rest of the incoming Class of 2016. “But I also want to find the best option possible to give the most back. There are so many ways to help people.”
Osborne, a Watervliet native, was among the five young women selected out of 70 nominations for the 2013 City of Albany Tulip Court, which carries out volunteer projects throughout the city and surrounding areas, many to support children’s literacy. She has previously volunteered with the United Nations Partnership for Global Justice, where she delivered a talk on access to clean water to diplomatic representatives from around the world.
She has also volunteered with Ronald McDonald House, Relay for Life and Midnight Run.