Hometown: Fannettsburg, PA
Undergraduate School: Haverford College
Job: Clerkship, Superior Court of New Jersey
I was most active with the National Lawyers Guild chapter at Temple Law. I co-planned our Student Week Against the Death Penalty for three years, was a chapter co-chair for one year, and started the Temple NLG Expungement Project at the end of my 1L year.
I worked with the Sheller Center for Social Justice for three semesters and did a semester at the Temple Legal Aid Office, as well as external experiential learning at the Defender Association of Philadelphia and at Women Against Abuse Legal Center. I felt that I learned the most substantive law when I was integrating it with essential practice skills, like conveying information to clients or making an argument to a judge.
Volunteer and service experiences
My work with the Temple NLG Expungement Project was formative because I got to work with so many amazing law students who were eager to learn about how criminal records impacted the lives of people in Philadelphia. The Temple Law community is full of people who want to use their legal skills to improve the world around them.
Advice for incoming students
I would tell incoming students to explore Philadelphia. It is a wonderful city with so many neighborhoods that have tremendous personality. Talk to your neighbors, get involved – whether through legal pro bono opportunities or otherwise.