Hometown: Mechanicsburg, PA
- Temple University, 2015 | Political Science, Spanish Minor
Job: Associate, Labor & Employment– Archer & Greiner, P.C.
Program: Full-Time Day
Life at Temple Law
I had no idea that I wanted to audition for Temple’s National Trial Team. I walked into law school thinking that I wanted to do some sort of transactional lawyering work, but to my surprise I found my home in the courtroom. For the past two years I have been a member of Temple’s National Trial Team. It’s hard to put into words how formative my trial team experience was to my career as a law student. Trial Team taught me so much more than preparing opening and closing statements, directing and crossing witnesses, and answering evidentiary objections. It taught me how to communicate in a courtroom, how to believe in my advocacy, and work in a team. Trial team taught me how to lead and be led, fight for my future clients, and gave me a voice that I truly did not know that I had. It was the greatest experience and I encourage every student to audition.
Dean Bretschneider, Professor Epstein, Professor Ramji-Nogales, and my former trial team coach Marissa Boyers Bluestine have all been extremely influential in shaping my legal education. Each one of them believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself, gave me opportunities to lead, and have truly made me a better advocate. I wouldn’t be where I was today without each one of these faculty members everlasting support and encouragement.
Temple Law Lessons
Drown out the noise, and go at your own pace. These past three years were some of the toughest years for me mentally and academically. I cried, I struggled, I compared myself to others constantly. I thought the loudest in the room were the smartest. I struggled to ask questions and I often spent hours re-reading materials just to understand. But the beautiful part about all of that time is that I appreciated the “aha!” moment. I finally got to a point where law school clicked for me, I got good at some things, but mostly because I finally decided to drown out other people. I finally decided to stop comparing myself because in the end I was on my own path. It’s important to know that law school is a marathon not a sprint and to take your time.