What are you passionate about? I am passionate about economic empowerment and a cadre of social justice issues.
Favorite TV show: "Cash Cab," "Shark Tank"
Favorite movie: "The Lion King"
Favorite book: Native Son by Richard Wright
Favorite artist/concert: Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds. "A Day to Remember" was the best concert I have been to.
Favorite quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” - Wayne Gretzky - Michael Scott
Why did you want to go to law school?
I wanted to go to law school for two overarching reasons: 1) I knew that I needed to work with my mind. I find the most joy in the work I do when I can apply my mental faculties to a complex problem and solve that problem. I believe the legal field is an excellent environment in which to do that. 2) I want to serve other people. Practicing law is an incredible way to serve other people and is niche in a way, because not a large portion of the population has the honor to practice law. When I saw the opportunity to work my way toward practicing law, I leapt at it.
What do you want to do after you graduate?
I want to focus my practice toward working in a business setting, specifically on corporate mergers and acquisitions. With that said, I am not closed off to other practice areas.
What advice would you give first-year students?
Ask questions. I think that it is a common misconception that the fewer questions you ask, the more that you know or the “smarter” you appear. This is a fallacy; in my opinion, a sign of intelligence is knowing whom to ask what questions. During the first year is the time to ask questions about anything and everything: the law school community, a practice area you are thinking about, a reading assignment your professor assigned, the difference between transactional and litigation, etc. Professors and upper-division students are valuable resources that a first-year student should leverage.
How do you balance life and law school?
I like to be organized. I find keeping several calendars is helpful for me. On the days that I have class, I use the time in between class to do other school-related work. Generally, it is important to be mindful of how you use your time.
What’s most challenging about adjusting to law school?
The workload. It takes time to digest all the material that you are required to know for each class.
What is your favorite thing about SLU LAW?
The collegial environment. From my classmates to the faculty and staff, we are all here to succeed, and where we can, we seek to help one another to achieve the same.
What would you tell a potential SLU LAW student?
Generally, I would encourage them to think deeply about why they plan to attend law school, mainly because it is a big investment in multiple senses of the word - time, financial resources, etc. So you want to be sure. Specifically, I would encourage a potential SLU LAW student to ask faculty, staff and current students about the culture of the law school as well as the richness of the law school community because those two things are just as important as the academic qualities of the law school.
What is your favorite thing about St. Louis?
There are several neighborhoods in St. Louis, and each possesses its own personality and culture. It has been fun exploring the neighborhoods.
Where’s your favorite place to eat?
What is your favorite downtown discovery?
Rosalita’s Mexican Cantina. Monday through Friday, Rosalita’s has happy hour from 3-7 p.m., where there are specials on drinks and appetizers. Even better, it is a five-minute walk from the law school!