Undergraduate institutions attended and degrees earned
Old Dominion University-Bachelor of Science

Hometown – City, State, and Country (if not the U.S.)
Centreville, Virginia

Extracurricular and co-curricular activities
Criminal Law Association, Latino Law Student Association, Christian Legal Society, Maryland Association of Justice

Post-graduation plans
Associate Attorney at the Law Office of James E. Farmer.

What was your most memorable moment?
My last first day of school. It was incredible to be able to return to campus after a long year and a half on zoom school of law.

Finish this sentence: I could not have gotten through this experience without …
My parents supporting me through every day of my journey. My best friends from college for keeping in touch and rooting for me, and my hometown friends who saw me start from the bottom and make it to where I am today

Who are your mentors? How have they impacted your journey?
I met George Smith ’20 when I was a 1L. He is always there when I have a question about law school, work, and life. I never thought I’d find another person who loves criminal law as much as I do. He introduced me to his employer and we later became coworkers. Thanks to George, I met Natalie Finegar and John Cox. They gave me the law school clerkship experience of a lifetime. I worked on high profile cases in person during a pandemic and developed essential skills for my career path. I am thankful I have been able to stay in touch with my mentors as I navigate my way into becoming a lawyer.

What did you learn about yourself while earning this degree?
I learned that I am capable of way more than I ever imagined before stepping foot into law school. I wish I knew how easy I had it in college. Law school taught me that I can push past my limits because I am the only person who sets them. After leaving college, I had a profound fear of becoming a boring person in law school and as a lawyer. However, I quickly learned that it is completely possible to stay true to yourself in the legal profession.

Who was your favorite professor and why?
Without a doubt Professor Chaz Arnett. He has been an excellent resource during my time in law school and my post graduate employment search. I have learned so much from him in criminal procedure and as his research assistant. Professor Arnett brings a fresh perspective on legal developments and he is extremely passionate about his work. He is one of the most prestigious and inspirational individuals I have had the privilege to connect with. He is the true definition of a legal scholar.

What was your favorite class and why?
Definitely the Criminal Defense Clinic. I finally got the opportunity to apply what I have learned up until this point and fall more in love with criminal law. The Criminal Defense Clinic showed me how to be an attorney, rather than law school subjects which teach you what you need to know to pass the bar. It was an incredible experience to be able to work with real clients and develop practical skills in and out of the classroom. Huge shoutout to Professor Maneka Sinha- she is the example of what every clinical professor should aspire to be.

Write a message thanking people that helped you along the way.
Thank you to my bestfriends Madison Brooks, Danielle Koerner, Emily Spargo, Widney Dubuisson, Rachel Miller, Kassie Bishop, Matthew Smith, Quentin Johnson, Shawn Holland, and Bamidele Akomolafe, for your endless support and for always answering my facetime calls when I was panicking about school. You guys kept me motivated to make it to the finish line.

Thank you to Justin McDonough, Lexi Bimestefer, Mori Asano, Travis Walker, and Alissa Bandarenko, for making sure I took a break from law school to relax and have a good time.
Thank you to my 7th grade English teacher Mrs. Sarah Curtin and my college Criminal Law professor Dr. Victoria Time for always believing in me.

AND a Huge thank you to the security guards at the law school who always put a huge smile on my face every time I started or ended my day at school. I appreciate them much more than they probably know.
Undergraduate institutions attended and degrees earned Old Dominion University-Bachelor of Science

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