Undergraduate institutions and degrees
Appalachian State University – Bachelor of Science – Political Science

Graduate institutions and degrees
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law – J.D.

Hometown – City, State, and Country (if not the U.S.)
Fayetteville, NC

Law school program specialty, certificate, or concentration (if applicable)
Environmental Law

Post-graduation plans
I intend on working to protect our environment through a legislative counsel/lobbyist role at an environmental nonprofit organization in Washington D.C.

What was your most memorable law school moment?
Testifying to the Maryland General Assembly in support of an environmental rights amendment to the Maryland Constitution.

Finish this sentence: I could not have gotten through law school without…
Unhealthy amounts of caffeine.

Who are your mentors? How have they impacted your journey?
Professors Seema Kakade and William Piermattei have consistently shown me how to be a dedicated advocate for our environment and a professional in the field. I am extremely appreciative to have had the opportunity to learn from them.

What did you learn about yourself in law school?
I know it is cliche, but I can truly make a difference in the world. I am excited to see my friends and colleagues do the same going forward.

Who was your favorite professor and why?
Professor Seema Kakade. She provided me with the fundamental skills to be an effective environmental attorney while also advising me on my life and career.

What was your favorite class and why?
Energy Law. It was an eye-opening experience to finally figure out how energy production, transmission, and distribution is facilitated in the United States. A close second would be Wildlife and Ecosystems Law.

Write a message.
To my parents and family: Thank you for supporting and believing in me through everything. I love you all! I’ll give you all a sappy individual thank you when I visit home soon!

To my girlfriend: I’ve always tried to model my career after your professionalism and dedication. Thank you for being an exemplary role model to me. I can never thank you enough for all of the times you listened to my irrational anxiety-ridden rants and provided guidance. Most of all, thank you for your support. You got me through many challenging moments throughout this journey and simply spending time with you motivated me to be a better person. I love you!

To my law school friends: Due to this experience, we have formed a very special bond. I will always be there for each and every one of you, just as you were for me! Love you!

To my cat: Thanks for keeping me company throughout all the long days and sleepless nights. Even though you destroyed many of my books and documents, I still love you buddy.