Our Student Ambassadors

Emily AmesEmily Ames

Hometown: Gaylord, MI
Undergrad: University of Michigan, Linguistics
Interests: Business, Trusts & Estates
Expected Graduation Date: December 2016
Contact: eames2@wisc.edu

"When I visited UW Law School, everyone was very friendly and welcoming. It really seemed like students were supportive rather than competitive with each other."

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What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I worked in Macy's in Ann Arbor, in the jewelry department.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
It's not the end of the world if you apply late in the applications cycle, but it's far less stressful if you apply early.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.

I worked in the Family Law Project of the Frank J. Remington Center this summer. It was a great experience even though I don't plan to practice family law or litigation. After learning about the law for a year, it's great to do real legal work.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

Student Bar Association, Moot Court Board, Wisconsin Law Review, Women's Law Student Association.

Any other interesting facts about you? 
I like to cook and I traveled to Sao Paulo, Brazer last summer for the 2014 FIFIA World Cup.

Sofia AscorbeSofia Ascorbe

Hometown: Miami, FL
Undergrad: Marquette University, English Literature and Philosophy
Interests: Criminal Law, Labor & Employment Law
Expected Graduation Date: May 2017
Contact: ascorbe@wisc.edu

"During Admitted Students Weekend I was blown away by how friendly and inviting the atmosphere was, and I was impressed by the Law School's clinical offerings. By the time I left, I knew I had a home here already."

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What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I took some time off to spend with my family in Miami, FL. I also traveled to Panama, where my mom is from.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
I wish I knew that most law students do not obtain all of their credits through formal classes only. The externship/internship and clinical opportunities are part of almost every student's academic career.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I serve as the Student Bar Association (SBA) president which represents the student body in regard to academic life, social life, and community engagement. I am also highly involved with the Latino/a Law Students Association (LLSA), serving as their LEO representative. I will be competing with the UW Law Mock Trial team in San Francisco this year, and I volunteer as an Academy Mentor with UW's Center for Academic Excellence, a pipeline for undergraduates thinking about law school.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.
I was a student attorney for the Wisconsin Innocence Project for a year as part of the clinical programs at the Frank J. Remington Center, and one of my clients had his conviction vacated. Preparing arguments for the court (we drafted, submitted, and argued motions, and worked extensively on an appellate brief), while providing him with practical and emotional support (we obtained social services for him and were in constant communication with him and his family), was one of the most emotionally moving and intellectually stimulating experiences of my law school career.

I currently work as a corporate legal intern with American Family Insurance at their national headquarters in Madison, where I research exciting and relevant areas of law and assist with litigation-related projects.

Any other interesting facts about you? 
I grew up as an Army brat, so I lived in six different cities by the time I was eight years old, including San Juan, Puerto Rico and Washington, DC, where my dad worked at the Pentagon.

Jose CastroJose Castro

Hometown: Woodbury, MN
Undergrad: University of Nebraska - Lincoln, Business Administration
Interests: Transactional business law
Expected Graduation Date: May 2016
Contact: jacastro@wisc.edu

"There are many opportunities to learn about the type of law that I want to practice, and it provides me with a great opportunity to get a job in that field once I graduate."

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What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I worked in Lincoln, Nebraska part time and tried to have a fun summer before starting school.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
How busy it can be. There are a lot of things to do in law school aside from just classes. However, after finishing my first year, it really is not as scary as I thought it was going to be.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.

I had the opportunity to work as a summer associate for Oppenheimer in Minneapolis, which was a great experience.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

Student Bar Association, Latino Law Student Association, Wisconsin International Law Journal

Matthew CokerMatthew Coker

Hometown: Pacifica, CA
Undergrad: University of California, Davis-Political Science. Master's Program in Political Science at the University of New Hampshire.
Interests: Criminal Law, Constitutional Law
Expected Graduation Date: May 2017
Contact: coker2@wisc.edu

"I chose Wisconsin because it's an excellent law school with a strong national reputation. It was really important to me to attend a school that has a good academic reputation and that could help me obtain jobs in different areas of the country."

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What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I worked as a legal assistant for an estate planning attorney in Davis, CA. Working for a solo-practitioner gave me tremendous insight into the business of running a legal office, cultivating a client base and interacting with different attorneys and other professionals.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
I wish I had known how different law school is from any other type of academic program I had experienced before. Since I'd successfully completed a master's degree and published a thesis, I thought I was well prepared coming in, but the law program is vastly different from any other area of study I've done before.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?
I'm currently in two Frank J. Remington Center clinics - Oxford Federal Project and Criminal Appeals Project. I'm a 2L representative with SBA, vice-president of the American Constitution Society, and outreach chair with QLaw. I'm also co-chaired the bake-off for this year's Dean's Cup.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you've had while in law school.
I spent this past summer working in the Oxford Federal Project in the Remington Center. My clinical experience is the best thing I've done in law school so far. Getting exposure to real legal work and working under the guidance of a supervising attorney was a rich educational experience I wouldn't trade. I've learned a lot about my working methods, working with clients, and legal research and writing skills that I think will benefit me during the next two years of law school and beyond.

The clinical experience has also greatly changed my career focus. Prior to starting law school, I didn't want anything to do with criminal defense or criminal law in general. After taking Professor LaVigne's Criminal Procedure class last spring and participating in the Oxford Federal Project, I've completely changed career course and am looking to participate in the Public Defender Program this coming spring.

Any other interesting facts about you?
I jokingly tell people that I took the scenic route to law school-specifically that I used a road map rather than directions. I think I bring a different perspective to my law school experience as a somewhat older student (in my early 30s). I've completed a graduate program and published academic research. I've lived in three different regions of the country, being a California native (near San Francisco), attending graduate school in New Hampshire, and now law school in Wisconsin. I've held some very interesting jobs and have quite a bit of work experience.

I'm deeply passionate about music, and have encyclopedic knowledge about certain artists, genres and eras. I also greatly enjoy cooking and hosting dinner parties. I try to gain as much from every experience and opportunity as possible and have been trying to make a positive impact on the law school community since I started here last fall.

Whitney EdererWhitney Ederer

Hometown: Plain, WI
Undergrad: Winona State University-Paralegal/Pre-Law & Sociology
Interests: Health Care Law
Expected Graduation Date: May 2017
Contact: wederer2@wisc.edu

"I chose Wisconsin because of the health law opportunities, the collegiate atmosphere, and because Madison is my home."

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What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I worked at the William S. Middleton Memorial Veteran's Hospital as an intern in the Health Information Management Section.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
I wish I knew more about the dual-degrees in general and what they offer to enhance your legal education and future career.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I am a 2L class representative for the Student Bar Council, I'm a part of the Public Service Committee and I'm an incoming 1L student mentor. I'm also a UW Law school tour guide, a Themis Bar Review Representative, and the Health Law Student Association marketing director. I'm a member of the Student Network for Public Health, Women's Law Student Association, American Bar Association, and Wisconsin Bar Association.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you've had while in law school.
I've worked for the Center for Patient Partnerships this past summer, a clinical program at the UW Law School. Working hands-on with clients and researching health care issues was an experiences I will never forget.

Any other interesting facts about you?
I enjoy zumba and other fitness classes (yoga, strength training, spin, lap swimming). I recently started a blog about my own personal wellness journey to serve as an inspiration, guide and resource to others who want to live well.

Robb Evans

Robb Evans

Hometown: Twin Lakes, WI
Undergrad: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Economics and History
Interests: Securities, general business
Expected Graduation Date: May 2017
Contact: revans3@wisc.edu

"I chose the University of Wisconsin Law School because I really liked the experiential learning aspect of the school."

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What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I worked at Memorial Union and kind of relaxed before law school began.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
I wish that I had a better impression of what the student body was like. Wisconsin has such a friendly atmosphere and if I had know that during admissions I would have chosen UW way sooner.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I am part of the Wisconsin International Law Journal.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you've had while in law school.
I worked at the Consumer Law Clinic. I had a chance to negotiate a settlement and prepare an argument for a hearing this past summer.

Any other interesting facts about you?
I was born on Leap Day, so technically I have only celebrated 5 real birthdays.

Chelsea FischerChelsea Fischer

Hometown: Sussex, WI
Undergrad: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Political Science and Public Administration
Interests: Civil Litigation and Family Law
Expected Graduation Date: May 2017
Contact: cfischer5@wisc.edu

"I chose the University of Wisconsin Law School because of its nationally ranked clinics and diploma privilege opportunities."

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What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I spent as much time as possible outside. I spent my weekends up north on the lake and worked at a park during the week. I also took a road trip to Oklahoma to spend time with family.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
I wish I knew more about the law school's competitive organizations. I think they teach so many practical skills and I never considered them before selecting my school.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I am in the Family Court Clinic, Women's Law Student Association, Phi Alpha Delta, Wisconsin Law Review, and Moot Court.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you've had while in law school.
I spent one year as a clinical law student as part of the Family Court Clinic and a summer as a law clerk at Centro Legal. Both allowed me to appear on the record in family law cases and work with clients. I also completed a judicial internship at the Wisconsin Supreme Court working on various issues including gun control, sexual assault, and insurance disputes.

Any other interesting facts about you?
I'm a first degree black belt in tae kwan do. You will always find me with headphone in because I love music and I used to be part of an acapella group and perform in various musicals.

Fiona frimpongFiona Frimpong

Hometown: Konongo-Odumasi, Ghana
Undergrad: Cardinal Stritch University – Political Science and Sociology
Interests: Family Law, Public Interest Law
Expected Graduation Date: May 2016
Contact: frimpong@wisc.edu

"I chose Wisconsin because it has a great reputation for its law-in-action approach to teaching. I was also interested in Wisconsin’s Legal Education Opportunities (LEO) program which promotes diversity."

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What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I started law school right after undergrad. That summer, I worked a few hours a week and spent a lot of time with family and friends.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
I wish I knew that effective time management and organization skills are essential to having a balanced and healthy life in law school.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

Black Law Students Association, Children’s Justice Project, Christian Legal Society.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.
During my 1L summer, I worked at the Family Court Clinic, where I assisted clients in divorce, child custody, paternity, and other family law related matters. During my 2L summer, I worked at the Legal Aid Society of Milwaukee, where I had the opportunity to assist low income clients in foreclosure, landlord tenant, and other civil litigation matters.

Any other interesting facts about you? 

I am an international student from Ghana, but I have lived in Wisconsin for 6 years. I enjoy cooking and traveling.

Kathryn Ginsberg

Kathryn Ginsberg

Hometown: Madison, WI
Undergrad: Edgewood College, BA in French and History
Interests: Criminal Law
Expected Graduation Date: December 2016
Contact: KGinsberg@wisc.edu

"I chose the University of Wisconsin because I love the city and the school has a reputation for excellence in its programs, clinics, professors and students."

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What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I worked as a sales associate for a retail store.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
I wish I had known that the law school community is so expansive and that there are many ways to network before even starting school.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I am a member of the Mock Trial team, on the Gender Law and Society Journal, a member of SALDF, and a small group leader for the 1L class.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you've had while in law school.
I am currently working for LAIP in the Frank J. Remington Center, where I work with inmates in the Wisconsin State prison system.

Any other interesting facts about you?
I grew up in Madison so I know the city very well.

Claudia HarkeClaudia Harke

Hometown: Appleton, WI
Undergrad: Tennessee Technological University, B.S. Economics
Interests: Sports Law, Labor and Employment Law
Expected Graduation Date: May 2016
Contact: charke@wisc.edu

"I chose UW for three reasons. First, its location in Madison, WI (no further elaboration needed). Second, since I am a sports fanatic, the Big Ten atmosphere. Third, the law-in-action program the school encompasses."

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What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I came to law school right after undergrad. The summer before law school, I worked at School Specialty in Greenville, WI, as a Legal/Human Resources intern.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
I wish I knew the benefits of buying used law books for class. 1) You have notes from previous law students. 2) They are WAY cheaper.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I am the VP of Community Affairs for SBA, the VP of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, a member of the Women's Law Students Association, a member of the Wisconsin Journal of Gender, Law and Society and a small-group leader for 1Ls.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you've had while in law school.
During winter break of my 1L year, I interned at the Outagamie County District Attorney's Office. I originally thought I wanted to be a prosecutor and even though the DA's office was a great experience for me, I know now that is not what I want to do for the rest of my life. Currently, I am interning at the compliance office at the University of Wisconsin athletic department and I love it!

Any other interesting facts about you?
I was a Division 1 softball pitcher at Tennessee Technological University for 4 years. I have been teaching pitching lessons for 6 years and continue to teach middle school, high school and college-aged pitchers here in Madison and in Appleton.

David HollanderDavid Hollander

Hometown: Highland Park, Illinois
Undergrad: University of Missouri, Political Science
Interests: Civil Litigation
Expected Graduation Date: May 2017
Contact: dhollander2@wisc.edu

"I chose Wisconsin because it seemed to be a close-knit law school with the resources of a major research university. At Wisconsin, it is easy to develop strong relationships with classmates and professors."

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What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I worked until about a month before orientation started. Then, I went to Peru for a couple of weeks and moved to Madison early to settle in.               

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?
I am involved in Mock Trial and the American Constitution Society. I also play on the law school's hockey and ultimate frisbee teams.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you've had while in law school.
I work for the Wisconsin Department of Justice Consumer Protection and Antitrust Unit, helping Assistant Attorney Generals bring civil law suits to enforce consumer protection status.

Any other interesting facts about you?
I am also a student attorney in the UW Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic, where I help early-stage businesses and nonprofits navigate various legal hurdles.

Caitlin HolzemCaitlin Holzem

Hometown: Neenah, WI
Undergrad: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Political Science
Interests: Civil Litigation
Expected Graduation Date: May 2016
Contact: cholzem@wisc.edu

"I went to the University of Wisconsin- Madison undergrad and I couldn't leave! I really enjoy the campus and all of UW Law's professors."

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What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I spent the summer abroad in Taiwan studying Mandarin and Chinese Painting.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
I wish I would have known more about how student journals and moot court/mock trial worked.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I am in the Women's Law Student Association, Wisconsin Law Review, and Moot Court.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you've had while in law school.
During my 1L summer I participated in the Consumer Law Clinic. It was a really interesting summer because we got to start working with clients right away.

Any other interesting facts about you?
I played on the UW Law School's summer Ultimate Frisbee team.

Stephanie KreagerStephanie Kreager

Hometown: Pleasant Prairie, WI
Undergrad: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Political Science, Sociology and Global Studies
Interests: Health Law, Public Policy, Food and Drug Law
Expected Graduation Date: May 2016
Contact: smkreager@wisc.edu

"I chose the University of Wisconsin Law School because of the Law in Action program, the nationally ranked clinics, and the Wisconsin diploma privilege."

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What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I knew that law school was going to be difficult, so I spent the summer relaxing and traveling to see friends and family.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
I wish I would have known how different the structure of law school was from my previous undergraduate lectures and coursework.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

Student Attorney for the Family Law Project, Treasurer of Middle Eastern Law Association, 2L Representative for Save the Animal Defense Fund, Community Outreach Chairwoman for the Childrens Justice Project, member of Wisconsin Agriculture and Food Law Society, Health Law Association, Women's Law Student Association and Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you've had while in law school.
I am currently working as a student attorney for the Family Law Project at the Frank J. Remington Center. The clinic has allowed me to apply what I learned in the classroom during my first year of law school to the real world.

Any other interesting facts about you?
I was a competitive figure skater for the University of Illinois' Synchronized Skating team.

Casaundra LucilleCasaundra Lucille

Hometown: Madison, WI
Undergrad: University of Wisconsin- Madison, Legal Studies and Sociology
Interests: Litigation and Trial Work
Expected Graduation Date: May 2017
Contact: clucille@wisc.edu

"I am originally from Madison, and I went here for undergrad as well. I looked at other schools in the Midwest and on the East and West Coasts. I chose to come to Wisconsin because of its good reputation, and because it has alumni all across the country."

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What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I worked as a waitress and traveled.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
I wish I’d known that I didn't need to apply to so many schools. While it was nice to have options, you are only going to attend one school; applying to more than ten may be excessive.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

The Black Law Students Association and Moot Court

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.
The judicial externship program is a great opportunity to work with judges and see court proceedings firsthand. I will also be representing WI law competing in Vienna with the Vis Moot team.

Any other interesting facts about you? 

I have been on dance teams most of my life, including as an undergrad when I participated in UW-Hypnotiq.

Thaddeus McGuireThaddeus McGuire

Hometown: Kenosha, WI
Undergrad: Marquette University, Political Science
Interests: Criminal Law, Administrative Law
Expected Graduation Date: May 2017
Contact tmcguire3@wisc.edu

"UW Law School has an unbelievable clinical program and is an incredible value. Plus, the diploma privilege drew me to UW."

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What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I was a legislative aide in the State Capitol.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admission process ahead of time?                                                                                 
Law professors are very approachable, whether you have a class with them or not. So, if they are doing work on something you have an interest in, feel free to contact them to talk about it. There has not been a single professor I've met here who isn't excited to engage with students on issues of mutual interest.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?
I'm a part of SLoG Law, WACDL, and a soon-to-be new student organization for the Wisconsin Innocence Project. I also serve on the school's curriculum committee.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you've had while in law school.
I've had the opportunity to work as a research assistant for Professor Cecelia Klingele, and worked this summer for the Wisconsin Innocence Project.

Any other interesting facts about you?
I'm the youngest of five children.

Aissa OlivarezAissa Olivarez

Hometown: McAllen, TX
Undergrad: University of Texas - Austin, Government
Interests: Immigration Law, Criminal Law
Expected Graduation Date: May 2016
Contact: aolivarez@wisc.edu

"As a former elementary school teacher, I would always strive to use best practices in teaching my students and that meant providing them with opportunities to learn by doing. The clinics offered at UW Law provide this model and support students as they become hands-on with the law."

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What did you do the summer before you started law school?
The summer before I started law school I taught summer school for the Dual Language program in the Austin Independent School District and closed out my 4 years as a first grade teacher.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
One thing that I wish I knew ahead of time is that there is really no way to prepare yourself for what 1L year holds. No book can do it. It is important to enter with an open mind and be flexible in order to give yourself space to learn and grow as a new law student.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I am involved with the Student Bar Association and this year I am serving as the secretary of the Student Bar Council. I am also involved with the Latino/a Law Student Association where I serve as vice-president of Community Affairs.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you've had while in law school.
While in law school I have had the great opportunity to be a part of the Immigrant Justice Clinic. Through this opportunity I have written briefs, motions, submitted forms to both DHS and the INS and worked with a local state court concerning post-conviction relief. In January I will have the opportunity to represent one of my clients in Immigration Court, located in Chicago, as we pursue relief from removal proceedings.

Any other interesting facts about you?
My hometown lies on the Mexican border at the most southern tip of Texas. I like to call myself an athlete, as I enjoy participating in a variety of races. I am also not only a law student, but a wife and a new mom.

Amanda PostelAmanda Postel

Hometown: Madison, WI
Undergrad: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Spanish & Geography
Interests: Immigration, International Law
Expected Graduation Date: May 2017
Contact: ampostel@wisc.edu

"Wisconsin pride! The University of Wisconsin is a highly ranked law school, and I was already established in Madison before starting law school. Madison is a great place to live!"

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What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I spent the summer with my kids. Prior to law school, I worked as a Bilingual Resource Specialist for the Madison Metropolitan School District, and had the summer off. So, I was able to spend my last summer before law school going camping, going to music festivals and hanging out at home with my two children.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
I got a lot of good information from the admissions office. I took the time to ask all the questions I had, and they were all answered. The admissions office was really attentive and helpful, so there wasn't really any missing information I can say I wish I had known.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I am a member LLSA and BLSA.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you've had while in law school.
Last semester I was a research assistant for Professor Yackee. This summer I did the Immigrant Justice Clinic and was a Summer Tour Guide. This fall, I will be a contracts study group leader for LLM students. I also received a FLAS scholarship this year to study International Law and Portuguese in addition to the regular law school curriculum.

Any other interesting facts about you?
My favorite hobbies are Latin dancing and playing European-style strategy board games. I was an exchange student to the Canary Islands in high school. I love to bike and spend time outdoors.

Janelle RamselJanelle Ramsel

Hometown: Wauwatosa, WI
Undergrad: Valparaiso University
Grad School: University of Hawaii-Manoa, Masters of Education in Teaching
Interests: Public Defense
Expected Graduation Date: May 2016
Contact: jramsel@wisc.edu

"I wish I knew how many opportunities there were to become involved with Wisconsin before even starting my admission!"

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What did you do the summer before you started law school?
Before coming to law school, I taught 8th grade math and science with Teach for America.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

Women's Law Student Association, Curriculum Committee, Unemployment Appeals Clinic, Immigration Law Clinic Volunteer, Tenant Resource Center Volunteer, Law school intramural soccer, and Posse Mentor.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you've had while in law school.
My 1L summer, I worked in the Center for Patient Partnerships assisting individuals with life-changing diagnosis in finding remedies for their treatment in their health plans. My 2L summer I will be working in the public defender’s office in Washington, DC.

Any other interesting facts about you?
I have the great honor of holding a TA position with the Posse Foundation, and mentoring 11 undergraduate students from LA.

Kahini RanadeKahini Ranade

Hometown: Ridgefield, CT
Undergrad: Wellesley College, Political Science and French
Expected Graduation Date: May 2016
Contact:kranade@wisc.edu

"It's a well-regarded law school, and the tuition made it a much better value for me than many similar schools. I was also excited about studying law in a state capital because there are certain opportunities, like judicial internships, that are much easier to take advantage of here."

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What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I decided to study law after several years of working, so I was wrapping up my job for most of that summer. After I finished, I took a couple of weeks to go on a cross-country train trip, which was a really interesting and fun way to see the country.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admission process ahead of time?

If you balance it right, there actually is enough time to work hard and still enjoy yourself. I've met a lot of good people, I like my professors, and I think Madison is a fun place to be a student. Considering how tough law school can be, I've had a positive experience overall.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?
Moot Court, APALSA/SALSA, LLSA.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you've had while in law school.
I worked at the Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic over the summer, which was interesting and rewarding work. It was a great chance to get direct client experience while collaborating with students and attorneys.

Any other interesting facts about you?
I like to try and get outside most of the year. There are lots of bike paths here, so it's easy for me to bike to school even though I don't live downtown. The Lakeshore path is especially pretty! I enjoy snowshoeing in winter, and in summer I like to kayak on the lake or go hiking at one of the nearby parks.

Samantha RichieSamantha Richie

Hometown: St. Paul, MN
Undergrad: UW-Madison; Political Science, History, Criminal Justice
Interests: Criminal law, public interest law, issues related to juvenile justice
Expected Graduation Date: May 2017
Contact: srichie@wisc.edu

"I learned about the clinical opportunities available to law students while I was an undergrad at UW, and I knew that was something I really wanted to be involved in. I also loved the idea of getting to cheer on the Badgers as a student for a few more years."

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What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I worked as a legal assistant in a law firm specializing in estate planning before starting law school. I spent the last couple weeks of the summer traveling and visiting friends and family.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
I wish I would have known that even though school is busy and can be stressful, it is possible to work hard and still have fun outside of the law school. There are so many great opportunities in Madison, and it’s important to still do the things you enjoy doing.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

Children’s Justice Project, Public Interest Law Foundation, Legal Assistance for Disaster Relief, and Wisconsin Law Review.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.
I am a part of the Family Law Project in the Frank J. Remington Center where I have had the opportunity to represent clients in various family law matters, and really apply what I’ve learned in my classes to the real world.

Any other interesting facts about you? 

I really like to bake and cook a lot of different things, especially when I’m stressed or procrastinating. I also enjoy running and other workout routines.

Sam RobinsSam Robins

Hometown: Rockville, MD
Undergrad: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Political Science
Interests: Litigation
Expected Graduation Date: May 2016
Contact: sprobins@wisc.edu

"I thought the law-in-action approach would give me practical experience that would help me succeed after law school. I also love the city of Madison."

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What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I took the summer off to relax and prepare for law school.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
That even though law school is a lot of work, Wisconsin provides a lot of resources to help you succeed and that taking advantage of those resources helps tremendously.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I am a member of the Wisconsin Law Review, the Moot Court Board, and the Jewish Law Students Association.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you've had while in law school.
After my first year, I interned with the U.S. Attorney's Office in my home state, Maryland. It was an amazing opportunity that gave me the chance to work on both civil and criminal legal issues.

Any other interesting facts about you?
I am an avid soccer fan and love to cook and try new restaurants.

Caleb SaundersCaleb Saunders

Hometown: Menasha, WI
Undergrad: University of Wisconsin-Madison, History and Political Science
Interests: Criminal Law and Constitutional Law
Expected Graduation Date: May 2016
Contact: csaunders@wisc.edu

"I chose the University of Wisconsin Law School because of its practical law-in-action approach, the diverse and engaged faculty, and the fact that Madison is the greatest city in the country!"

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What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I continued to work at a paper mill near my hometown, which oddly prepared me quite well for the rigor of law school.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
People tend to inflate how intimidating or daunting law school can be. If you are a hard worker and are able to keep a level head during the trouble times you will be fine And yes, it is possible to keep that hobby you enjoy doing, the sport you love playing, or those friends you enjoying hanging out with. Those things will keep the difficult times from being horrible, awful times.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I am the vice president of public service of the Student Bar Association. My responsibilities include planning the yearly Dean's Cup competition with the Medical School and coordinating the Middle School Mock Trial competition. I am also a member of the Wisconsin Law Review, the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, and the American Constitution Society.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you've had while in law school.
This past summer, I interned for a criminal court judge here in Dane County. It was an amazing experience and I learned a lot about how the law is used in the real world.

Any other interesting facts about you?
I speak Japanese and have been to over 15 countries worldwide. I also have a semi-embarrassing obsession with late-nineties boy band pop.

Connor ValentynConnor Valentyn

Hometown: Verona, WI
Undergrad: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Political Science and Legal Studies
Interests: Business Law
Expected Graduation Date: 2017
Contact: cvalentyn@wisc.edu

"I grew up in the Madison area and went to UW for undergrad so I already knew and loved the city and the school. Also, I wanted to gain practical experience being a lawyer while I was still in law school. Wisconsin’s law-in-action approach and strong clinical programs set it apart from the other law schools I applied to."

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What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I worked at M3 Insurance in Madison for almost two years before coming to law school. My role as a customer service representative to over 500 assisted living facilities throughout the state taught me the importance of building relationships and being direct and honest with clients.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
I wish I had known about the importance of networking before coming to law school. I didn’t really start networking until the summer after my first year and realized I was missing out on building my network in the community. I also realized how willing lawyers are to help law students in a multitude of ways, including which professors to take, advice for job interviews, and ideas for journal topics.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I am a 2L representative in the SBA, and the event coordinator for the Sports and Entertainment Law Society. Additionally, I am a student mentor and small group leader.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.
One of my favorite experiences thus far in law school has been working in the Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic. Working in the clinic has been extremely valuable in applying what I have learned in a class room to real clients and legal issues. Also, I was able to watch one of my clients grow their idea for a product into an actual, viable business. A few months ago they were invited to a prestigious generator program in San Francisco and have been living and working on their business there ever since.

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Loredana ValtierraLoredana Valtierra

Hometown: Joliet, IL
Undergrad: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Political Science
Interests: Immigration law, Education law and policy
Expected Graduation Date: May 2016
Contact: lvaltierra@wisc.edu

"I chose Wisconsin because it’s a great public university in the Midwest, had the friendliest staff and faculty, the school’s reputation for welcoming diverse students and a major appeal was the opportunity to apply to an immigration clinic- an option many other schools did not have."

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What did you do the summer before you started law school?
After I packed up and moved out of North Carolina where I worked for two years, I relaxed by the pool, which was the best advice I received from current law students about how to spend the summer.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
I wish I had known the importance of reviewing material and notes at the end of every week. It’s easy to fall behind in doing that and makes outlining harder to do later in the semester if you didn’t fully understand material from the month before.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I am involved with the Latino Law Student Association, am a Themis representative, a contracts study group leader, a CASA volunteer and work in a clinic.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.
I work in the Immigrant Justice Clinic where I work on deportation cases.

Any other interesting facts about you?
I am a die-hard White Sox fan, proud Illini and was (and always will be at heart) a teacher.

Tiffany WoelfelTiffany Woelfel

Hometown: Appleton, WI
Undergrad: University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, International Business & Nonprofits
Interests: Litigation and Judicial Clerkships
Expected Graduation Date: May 2016
Contact: twoelfel@wisc.edu

"I chose UW for the law-in-action approach, the friendliness of the school, the city of Madison and the sports teams."

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What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I tried to relax and enjoy every minute of it. I drove around Wisconsin and Minnesota. I spent a week in Hawaii. I tried to read as many non-law books as I possibly could.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
I wish I knew to ask for several letters of recommendation (so you end up with at least 2) and to give them plenty of time to write their letters!

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

Legal Assistance to Institutionalized Persons, Moot Court, Law Review, Women's Law Student Association, Public Interest Law Foundation, Elder Law and Estate Planning Society, and Legal Assistance for Disaster Relief.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you've had while in law school.
I spent a week working for the New Orleans Public Defender through the LADR trip. I got to go to court and to jail to meet his clients with him.

Any other interesting facts about you?
I spent two years teaching in Mississippi before law school. Some people clean to procrastinate, I bake. I once had to help evacuate a building due to a WWII bomb scare. My favorite Green Bay Packer was "The Gravedigger" Gilbert Brown.

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