Undergraduate institutions attended and degrees earned
University of California, Los Angeles – Bachelor of Arts, Political Science

Hometown – City, State, and Country (if not the U.S.)
San Diego, CA

Extracurricular and co-curricular activities
ACLU of Maryland Law Clerk, Legislative Legal Extern at the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, Articles Editor for the Journal of Race, Religion, Gender, and Class, Second Year Evening Student Class President, Evening Student Admissions Ambassador

Post-graduation plans
Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Michael W. Reed of the Maryland Court of Special Appeals

Finish this sentence: I could not have gotten through this experience without…
I could not have gotten through this experience without coffee. Oh, and my family, friends, and fiancé have been really helpful, too.

What did you learn about yourself while earning this degree?
As an evening student, I worked full time while going to law school, which was sometime hectic, but served as a great teacher for what a person can achieve in a day with the right amount of motivation and determination. Additionally, law school has taught me how to be more resilient and has strengthened my resolve to be a “grittier” person. Grit is a trait that combines both the perseverance of effort with the passion to achieve a particular long-term goal. Day in and day out, I worked hard to make this goal of graduating from law school a reality and I am very proud of my efforts.

What was your favorite class and why?
Professor Colbert’s “Race and the Criminal Justice System” seminar was my favorite class. Not only is he a very kind and caring professor, but the topics and issues we learned about in the seminar were key in understanding important, contemporary legal issues and the current state of the criminal justice system.

Write a message.
Thank you to my every day support system – Alex, mom, dad, and Charlie – for your love, patience, and constant support throughout law school. Without you, none of this would have been possible.

To my family and friends from all over – thank you for your patience, support, and understanding throughout this whole process (especially when I had to miss events and social outings to study or work). I love and appreciate you all.

I would like to send a very special thank you to the following individuals:

Debbie Jeon + Amy Cruice – ACLU of MD – for being huge supporters of my growth and learning throughout my time at the ACLU and beyond!

Krystal Williams + Stanford Fraser – MD OPD – for teaching me so much about the MD legislative process and allowing me to really dive in on the issues.

Kevin Schultze + Christopher Kush – Soapbox Consulting – for giving me the space and flexibility to pursue my law school degree while working in D.C. and continuing to cheer me throughout the years.