Student Posts

A New Sense of Community

The sense of community at UVA Law played a huge role in my decision to come here. I wanted to learn from and make meaningful connections with my classmates. For me, the relationships I was going to build outside the classroom were as important as the professors teaching the classes. As I began 1L last… Continue reading A New Sense of Community

Conversations with Practitioners

Adam Heyman

Conversations with Practitioners is our ongoing series in which we ask current practitioners about their careers. 1. What do you currently do? I am a public defender at the Legal Aid Society in the Criminal Defense Practice in Brooklyn, New York. 2. What does your job entail? I represent low-income individuals accused of crimes, ranging from low… Continue reading Adam Heyman

Conversations with Practitioners

Major Laura O’Donnell

Conversations with Practitioners is our ongoing series in which we ask current practitioners about their careers. 1. What do you currently do? I am an active duty judge advocate and am currently the Director of the Professional Communications Program at the The Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School. As part of that job, I am a… Continue reading Major Laura O’Donnell

Conversations with Practitioners

Aylin Skroejer

Conversations with Practitioners is our ongoing series in which we ask current practitioners about their careers. 1. What do you currently do? I am an attorney at the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition, in the Mergers I division. 2. What does your job entail? The Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition enforces the nation’s antitrust… Continue reading Aylin Skroejer

Conversations with Practitioners

Michelle Harrison

Conversations with Practitioners is our ongoing series in which we ask current practitioners about their careers 1. What do you currently do? I am a staff attorney at EarthRights International (ERI), a nonprofit human rights and environmental organization with offices in SE Asia, the Amazon, and Washington, D.C. ERI uses transnational litigation and advocacy strategies to… Continue reading Michelle Harrison

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The Advice That Wasn’t for Me…

I am the only person in my family who has graduated from college. Before law school I didn’t know a single lawyer. To say that I came to law school with a romantic vision of what it meant to be a lawyer and nothing else would be an understatement. With that context in mind, as… Continue reading The Advice That Wasn’t for Me…

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Costs and Constraints: The Price of Access to Legal Information

The cost of access to legal information is a serious constraint on public service lawyers who serve low-income clients. As many public service attorneys represent clients in disputes with large, well-funded opponents, access to reasonably priced legal information that is accurate, up-to-date, and comprehensive will help level the playing field. This is evermore important for… Continue reading Costs and Constraints: The Price of Access to Legal Information

Conversations with Practitioners

Emily Martin

Conversations with Practitioners is our new series in which we ask current practitioners about their careers. 1. What do you currently do? I am General Counsel and Vice President for Workplace Justice at the National Women’s Law Center.  The Center is a DC-based organization dedicated to expanding opportunities for women through policy advocacy, public education and… Continue reading Emily Martin

Student Posts

Early Training

One thing on a lot of law students’ minds is the best way to get good training early on. As we learned in the Law and Public Service class, the law school curriculum has largely been shaped by the interests of private firms that want law students to walk through the door as blank slates,… Continue reading Early Training

Student Posts

The Law School Culture: A Public Interest Perspective

Walking through the halls on a daily basis, we hear conversations between fellow classmates discussing law firms, OGIs, the overwhelming amount of confusion from readings for particular classes, and the like. I constantly find myself struggling to remember law firm names, practice areas, and attempting to keep track of the overwhelming number of firms spurring… Continue reading The Law School Culture: A Public Interest Perspective