Lincoln University, BS in Criminal Justice, minors in history and journalism
currently Jefferson City, Missouri, but born and raised around Sacramento, California
Do you have any strong passions?
I have a background in law enforcement and want to pursue a career combating domestic violence or crimes against persons (among other things). Also, my family; I have a wife and two sons.
What past experience has had the most impact on your life? Why?
I grew up in an abusive environment and was later a ward of the State of California. I was placed in state care at age 13. I was in three different placements my sophomore year of high school.
Favorite quote: “If you get a job you love, you will never have to work a day in your life.”
Why did you want to go to law school?
To provide prosecutorial legal services in criminal law, and help others who otherwise may not have the opportunity, pursue legal studies.
Describe your journey to attend SLU LAW.
I attended undergrad at Lincoln University. My first son was two years old, and my family and I had just purchased our first house. I joined the Jefferson City Police Department and later changed jobs to study for the LSAT. Now I am here!
How do you balance life and law school?
I treat law school as a job and try to complete everything during the week, while going home most weekends.
How does your experience in law enforcement alter your perspective on the law?
Application of law in practice, such as insurance claims and LE, include significant gray areas. Things I did as a police officer do not always translate to law school hypotheticals. Hypotheticals are created in a vacuum, and I sometimes have difficulty differentiating between what I could do in law school with what I most likely did in real life.
What’s your best experience at SLU LAW?
Interacting with professors. All of my professors have gone above and beyond to assist me in my course work, as well as in my general legal education. They also seem to have a very extensive understanding of, and background in, the topics they teach. They all seem to really enjoy what they teach, almost to the point of entertainment in and of itself.
Do you have a favorite class? Why?
Contracts. It is difficult and challenging, but Professor Corgill seems to bring it within my reach. I feel that if I do well in that class, I will fare well in all my classes. It is also a course that seems applicable to my life in many ways, such as to a rental property I own.
What professional experiences/summer positions or clinical experience have you had?
None yet, but because of SLU I have an internship at the U.S. Attorney’s Office this summer, which I am very excited about.
What do you want to do after graduation?
I will work in prosecution. Eventually, I would like to go federal.
How are you taking advantage of the downtown location (networking opportunities, internships, externships, etc.)?
I already have an internship within walking distance of my apartment and the school.
What is one thing that you like that St. Louis has, but your hometown does not?
It has Six Flags, the City Museum and many other family attractions.