Class of 2008
LSU Law Student
Background: Received a bachelor's degree in history from Millsaps College; graduated with honors from Millsaps by writing a thesis about a Mississippi civil rights activist; recognized with the Ross Moore Award, the history department's top honor; honored with the Louisiana State Bar Association Student Pro Bono Award for work with the Public Interest Law Society; initiated the Social Security Project, where students-under the supervision of a local attorney-represented a person appealing the denial of their Social Security benefits; member of the American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy team.
Why Law School: I like to see results and make things happen. I also like to help people. I entered law school because I saw a career as a lawyer as the most effective way to do both.
Why LSU Law: I am originally from Baton Rouge but before law school, I spent six years in Mississippi. I was debating whether to go to law school in Mississippi or Louisiana, but ultimately chose LSU for a couple of reasons. First, I wanted to keep my options open for practicing in both states, and it seemed to me that it would be easier to learn the Mississippi laws on my own than Louisiana's. Also, my family is in Baton Rouge, and the draw of a home-cooked meal is pretty powerful!
The Faculty: I really appreciated Professors Paul Baier and Randy Trahan who clearly LOVE the study of the law, and their enthusiasm cannot help but rub off on you. Professors like John Devlin, who continue giving, helping with countless student competitions and the Public Interest Law Society, while maintaining full class loads. I also appreciate adjunct professors like Judge Guy Holdridge and David Rubin who connected the law to the "real world."
Future Goals: I am returning to work for the law firm where I worked before law school-a small plaintiff's firm with offices in Jackson and Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. LSU Law prepared me for the future by investing in the appellate advocacy and trial competitions. My experience with those, particularly the appellate advocacy competition, will most certainly make my first appearances before a judge more comfortable.