Experiential Learning

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

Education:

  • Pennsylvania State University, 2019 | International Politics

Job: Law Clerk/JD, Greenberg Traurig LLP – San Francisco

Program: Full-Time Day

During my time at Temple Law, I participated in in several experiential learning experiences. During the Fall of 2020, I externed with the Department of Justice Tax Division in the Northern Civil Trial Section. My most notable achievement during this time occurred when I assisted a trial attorney in securing a granted summary judgment order in a tax refund dispute involving approximately $4.5 million. During my 3L year,, I was assigned to extern for U.S. District Judge Mitchell S. Goldberg under the Federal Judicial Clerkship Honors Program. As a judicial extern, I assisted in resolving cases that involved criminal law, contract law, constitutional law, and anti-trust law.

Life at Temple Law

During my time at Temple Law, I served as a Treasurer for the Black Law Students Association. I served in this role in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder and during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Black Law Students Association provided important professional and personal connection that made my law school experience so much more meaningful. 

No experience shaped my time more at Temple Law than Temple Law Review. As a Managing Editor for Temple Law Review Volume 94, I was directly involved with many of the large scale initiatives that shaped the journal—whether it included creating a new write-on process or assisting Staff Editors refining their Notes or Comments. It is a rewarding experience to wear a multitude of hats as a Managing Editor while also fulfilling a challenging academic course load. Additionally, as a Staff Editor for Temple Law Review Volume 93, I drafted a Comment that focused on race and tax policy, which later became published in Issue 1 of Temple Law Review Volume 94.

Faculty Impact

The most influential faculty members that influenced my legal education while at Temple Law are Professors Alice Abreu and Andrew Weiner. Professor Abreu served as Faculty Advisor for my Law Review Comment, and she also introduced me to the phenomenal world of tax law! Professor Weiner served as my Faculty Supervisor while I externed with DOJ Tax. As a DOJ Tax alum, he provided invaluable lessons which only enhanced my learning experiences.

The Temple Law Difference

Temple Law has drawn much national recognition for its prowess in Legal Research & Writing, Tax Law, and penultimately Trial Advocacy. Despite not participating in Trial Advocacy while in law school, employers recognized that I excelled in legal research and writing and tax law courses. This academic background provided me with enough experience to start my legal career as a tax controversy associate in San Francisco, California with an international law firm.

Advice from a Temple Law Grad

  • My biggest piece of advice to the next class is to take advantage of every opportunity that Temple Law presents. Law school will have its ups and downs, but you can always control whether you have attempted or tried to obtain a goal. Normant Vincent Peale once said, “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you will land among the stars.”