Class of 2008
LSU Law Student
Background: Graduated magna cum laude from LSU with a B.S. in general business/pre-law; a supplemental instructor for business calculus, president of the Tax Club at the LSU Law Center and helped coordinate the school's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program each year, a semifinalist in the Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court Competition, started and organized the Barrister's Bowl Auction.
Why Law School: In high school, I attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on Law in Washington, D.C. There, I discovered a deep interest in the law and decided to commit myself to excel in the legal profession.
Why LSU Law: Having attended LSU as an undergrad, I knew I already loved the campus and the city. In addition, who can complain about three more years of Tiger football?
The Faculty: The faculty members make the LSU Law Center the credible law school that it is. I was fortunate to work closely with Professor Susan Kalinka during law school. Not only was she willing to follow up with me outside of the classroom but she also counseled me on future career options. As her research assistant, Professor Kalinka gave me a better understanding and appreciation of some current issues in tax policy and the recent developments in tax law, including LLC and partnership tax issues. The LSU Law faculty members are concerned and willing to help the students in every possible way. I would not have been as involved or dedicated to the Law Center without the encouragement of the faculty, especially Professors Saul Litvinoff, John Devlin, Randy Trahan, Chris Pietruszkiewicz, Todd Bruno, and of course, Vice Chancellor Cheney Joseph.
Future Goals: I will be attending Georgetown Law School to obtain my LL.M. in taxation. In the future, I would like to work on tax legislation, administration, and policy. I have always had a desire to help others and put my knowledge into philanthropic efforts. Tax law undeniably affects everyone and many affected do not have the ability, the finances, or the resources to understand the reasoning and policy behind the U.S. tax code.