As a law student who arrived at UVA knowing that I wanted to do public service immigration work, I have at times felt like I was swimming upstream. Most 1Ls either plan to work in the private sector or have not yet found their niche within the legal community. As someone who did not fit… Continue reading Convincing the Skeptics
If you’re reading this “Law and Public Service” blog, I imagine you came to law school, or are currently considering law school, because you believe the law will equip you with a powerful tool for social change. While that wasn’t the only reason I came to law school, it was certainly the driving force. I… Continue reading My Public Service Identity (Crisis?)
Most often what attracts us to different things – people, places, jobs – is a common bond. For me, I definitely share a common bond with the work that I want to do as an attorney. As the daughter of a biracial couple, I found myself naturally drawn to civil rights work. After all, it… Continue reading A Common Bond
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 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
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…
One of my favorite documentaries is Jiro Dreams of Sushi. It tells the story of Jiro Ono, an 85-year-old sushi master widely considered to be the finest sushi chef in Japan. Towards the beginning of the movie, Jiro says, “Once you decide on your occupation... you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to… Continue reading How Do You Want to Practice Law?