Undergraduate institutions attended and degrees earned
University of Baltimore – Bachelor of Science in Business Administration

Hometown – City, State, and Country (if not the U.S.)
Abingdon, MD

Extracurricular and co-curricular activities
Honor Board, Class Representative

Post-graduation plans
I will be employed with the Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, Circuit Executive Office after graduation.

What was your most memorable moment?
Having the ability for my dog to attend class with me in online classes. Treasure is a studious puppy.

Finish this sentence: I could not have gotten through this experience without.
my friends, family, and dog.

Who are your mentors? How have they impacted your journey?
I have been fortunate to have many mentors in law school. David Ciambruschini was my supervisor at the U.S.D.C. of Maryland throughout law school. He has given me meaningful advice for law school and my career. I have found mentors in professors, such as Nancy Faulkner, Jim Wyda, and Jon Kucskar. I have greatly appreciated their advice on improving my writing skills and entering the next steps of my career.

What did you learn about yourself while earning this degree?
I learned that life requires a balance. As an evening student, there is a lot of pressure to maintain a successful work, life, and school balance. I learned that my biggest measure of success for myself is more than a grade or acknowledgement at work. My success lies in me producing my best work and accepting what comes from it. I learned I am stronger than I could have imagined.

Who was your favorite professor and why?
My favorite professors are Jim Wyda, Nancy Faulkner, Jon Kucskar, and Keisha Williams. All of these professors actively engaged classrooms into discussion and worked through the material together. I greatly appreciated Professor Faulkner’s ability to brighten the room and make a topic I was dreading (Family Law) exciting and interesting. Professor Wyda made each student deeply reflect on sentencing in the U.S. and learn different perspectives. Professor Kucskar helped me realize I want to be in an advisory role. Professor Williams made the class personable. I truly appreciate all of them.

What was your favorite class and why?
My favorite class was Family Law. It was the most unexpected class for me to enjoy. I do not want to do family law. However, the class was really insightful and interesting. I think it is important to know because family law is a large part of many people’s lives and it is bar tested. I think that was my first law school class that I remember thoroughly enjoying.

Write a message.
Thank you to my parents and grandma for being the best “Team Dennison.” Thanks to Sarah Snow for supporting me through balancing work and school. Thankful for my Poppy, who has watched over me. I couldn’t have done it without my friends and coworkers.

5 Comments

  1. You have always made me proud with-your hard work, dedication and drive to succeed. From the time you were born I knew you would be living your dreams as long as we all supported them and let you know you could achieve anything. I love you with all my heart and couldn’t be more excited for your next chapter. You worked full time through law school and sacrificed so much. It is such an achievement to obtain your doctorate in law. I couldn’t be prouder of the woman you are and continue to evolve to be. Congratulations Sierra on graduating law school. I’m so excited to watch your future unfold!! Anything is possible!! Keep dreaming and believing!! I love you always, Love mom

  2. Congratulations Sierra!!! You strived to achieve your goals and look at you now!! I am so proud of you!!! The Court of Appeals is fortunate to have you as a new hire. Soar and be awesome no matter what you do.

    Fondly,

    Claudia

  3. That’s my best friend!! Congrats you beautiful, hardworking, and determined women. You deserve everything!

  4. Congratulations Sierra ! My heart is bursting at the seems for you. So proud of you! No doubt you will be successful. You already are a success as a person: a pure soul and sweet, hard working and smart, and beautiful inside and out. It was an honor to work with you, and call you friend and “work daughter”. (PS to real Mom, I know she’s all yours but thanks for sharing… She loves you dearly and not afraid to say it. I can’t imagine your pride! Great Job ! )

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