Do you have any strong passions? I am particularly passionate about Jesus Christ. He is the very center of my being and the mark for which I strive to be, day in and day out. I also have a heart for the less-fortunate, especially students and young adults who are homeless. I can relate to them and want to be a beacon of light in their lives.
Favorite movie? O Brother Where Art Thou?
Favorite fictional lawyer (or movie/TV show): Suits! Suits! Suits!
Favorite quote: The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy. – Martin Luther King Jr.
Why did you want to go to law school?
I went to law school to serve my community. To seek justice for all because justice is no respecter of person. Justice does not vary based on outward qualities, but is an inherent right to which all have a rightful claim. This is my duty, to serve in this way and to make sure that justice reaches all and that all reach for justice. Where I am from, people are unable to afford proper legal counsel and suffer, in my view, unnecessarily, because they couldn’t write a check. I’m here to be the change.
What is the most challenging thing about adjusting to law school?
As an engineer, I didn’t really read much. Math was my thing. Exams had about three sentences per page, and it was my duty to fill the rest with pertinent equations and analysis. You were either right or wrong (no grey area) and you had to solve the problem. In law school, the focus is on analyzing what the problem actually is, there are an abundance of gray areas, and the reading… yeah, there’s a lot!
How does being a part-time student differ from being a regular student?
We work, most of us have spouses, and kids. Most of us are already established in a career but are pursuing our dream. We are all highly intelligent and caring people, looking out for one another and encouraging one another. In the end, we all understand, at least some, the struggle that it is to balance life, career, and law school and there is a certain level of empathy and unity that comes with that.
As a part-time student, what do you do to stay well connected with the SLU LAW community?
Honestly, I’m still trying to figure this out. I talk with staff and am involved with McMillan Scholars Program and attend BLSA meetings and events when I can. Other than that, I try and take advantage of as many evening opportunities with speakers and events here at the school.
What are you learning about the law that you didn’t anticipate?
I am learning that it is an ever-evolving entity requiring a never-ending pursuit. Rules can vary greatly and can shift on the opinion of one court. We have to stay on top of things to ensure that we are applying the law correctly.
What’s your best experience at SLU LAW?
The camaraderie and drive of my fellow classmates. To see these individuals pursue their passion in spite of everything else that is going on with them. It pushes me to learn and grow more.
Where is your favorite place to spend Saturday afternoon in St. Louis?
Wherever my wife is. With law school and work (especially with overtime) there’s not much time to leisurely spend during the weekdays. I like to take my Saturdays and spend with my wife. We walk around Creve Coeur Lake, go shopping or just hang out at home and Netflix.
What does St. Louis offer that you didn’t expect?
Opportunity. It seems as though people get stuck when they have grown up in St. Louis. I have found tremendous opportunities to learn, get involved in diverse activities, and to grow both personally and professionally.
What is your favorite place to eat in the downtown St. Louis area?
Bailey’s Range for the fresh burgers and desserts. It really doesn’t get any better. Also Blondie’s for desserts and wine.