Our Student Ambassadors

Victoria CrosbyVictoria Crosby

Hometown: San Antonio, TX
Undergrad: Prairie View A&M University (HBCU), Political Science
Interests: International Law, Criminal Law, Family Law, Estate Planning
Expected Graduation Date: May 2019
Contact: vcrosby2@wisc.edu

"When I was looking at law schools, I wanted to go somewhere that had a great international program. Though UW does not have as many classes as some schools, it has many of the leading international law scholars teaching at the law school. It also has a great East Asian Legal Studies Center that was interesting to me. I also looked at the diversity of the universities I was accepted to. Wisconsin has more diversity and diverse opportunities for all students to succeed. The environment has been very nurturing and I couldn’t have selected a better school."

What did you do the summer before you started law school?
The summer before law school I worked at a restaurant as a hostess to save money to move to Madison from Texas.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
One thing I wish I had known about law school was the type of teaching that occurs. The teaching style is different from undergraduate education. I had to adjust a lot to the different style. However, it has taught me to learn in a different way that makes information stick with me better. As for the admissions process, I did a lot of research and didn’t have issues. I helped other people with their process because many students didn’t know that it is better to apply early because most schools had rolling admission and the process was different than undergraduate applications.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

UW BLSA- Director of Education (2017-18) Wisconsin International Law Society – 1L representative (2016-17) Society for Education and Policy Wisconsin International Law Journal National BLSA - National Financial Secretary (2017-18).

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.
My first summer of law school I worked at Boardman & Clark LLP. Beginning Spring 2018, I will be doing an externship at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Wisconsin.

Any other interesting facts about you?
I have traveled to over 30 countries and have studied Chinese for 2 year.

Michele EtienneMichele Etienne

Hometown: Cape Coral, FL
Undergrad: Barry University, Criminology
Interests: Family law, Labor and Employment, and Insurance
Expected Graduation Date: June 2019
Contact: Metienne@wisc.edu

"I chose the University of Wisconsin because I fell in love with the environment. The law school atmosphere is very collegial, the professors are extremely distinguished, and frankly nothing beats living in the Midwest."

What did you do the summer before you started law school?
Prior to law school, I was employed with the United States Army as a paralegal and court reporter in the JAG Corps.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
I wish I knew how important time management was in law school. It was so easy to cram and do well in undergrad, but that is definitely not ideal for law school’s essay exams. Thus, plan ahead, PLAN ahead, PLAN AHEAD is my new mantra.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

Black Law Student Association, Wisconsin International Law Journal, Wisconsin Innocence Project, Unemployment Appeals Clinic, and Children’s Justice Project.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.
As previously mentioned, I am part of the Wisconsin Innocence Project. I am extremely appreciated of the hands-on opportunity this clinic affords me. Moreover, it is a really great way to practice legal writing, client interviewing, and one’s lawyer-thinking skills.

Any other interesting facts about you?
I work out 4-6 times a week just so I can eat like a food network host.

Tiffany FamereeTiffany Fameree

Hometown: Seymour, WI
Undergrad: University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Political Science
Interests: Labor & Employment Law, Political Law, Family Law
Expected Graduation Date: May 2019
Contact: tfameree@wisc.edu

"I chose the University of Wisconsin Law School because it offers unique experiential learning opportunities while maintaining a high national ranking. The city of Madison also offers a diverse, active, and vibrant community."

What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I was a nanny for a family in Madison. I also spent as much time as possible with my 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 how important it was to form study groups. A lot of people think that because of the curve and the competitive nature of law school that the students will not want to help each other, but I found that many students were willing to study together.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?
I am a member of the Student Bar Association, the Women’s Law Student Association, the Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society, the Unemployment Appeals Clinic, and the 1L Orientation Committee. I am also a Clinical Law Student in the Family Court Clinic.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.
I have spent this summer working as a Clinical Law Student in the Family Court Clinic. I have had the opportunity to work directly with clients, draft legal documents, conduct discovery, and attend court proceedings.

Any other interesting facts about you?
I love spending time outdoors, especially playing soccer and running.

Allison GilleyAllison Gilley

Hometown: Livonia, MI
Undergrad: University of Michigan - Political Science & Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience
Interests: Public Interest, Immigration, International Law
Expected Graduation Date: December 2018
Contact: agilley@wisc.edu

"University of Wisconsin stood out because of the clinical opportunities it offers. After arriving and meeting everyone, I was excited to find that there is a true comradery among the students."

What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I worked for a healthcare technology nonprofit before coming to law school. I was able to fit in a trip to Sweden and to my hometown right before school started though. Both were great experiences for different reasons!

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
I wish I understood how regimented the first year of law school was. I guess I had a false expectation that it would be similar to undergrad and it took me a little bit of time to adjust to the different teaching style.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

PILF, Jackie Macaulay Auction, WILS, Moot Court, Gender Journal.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.
I spent my summer working in the Immigrant Justice Clinic and it has been a great experience! I have been able to work on U-Visa and acquired citizenship applications. It has been great to be back working with clients and has reminded me why I came to law school, to help people. I look forward to learning more throughout the year!

Any other interesting facts about you?
I was a gymnast for 18 years. Although I don’t do gymnastics anymore, I have switched to running and yoga.

Reza HajisaneiReza Hajisanei

Hometown: Tehran / Los Angeles, CA
Undergrad: UCLA / History
Interests: Real estate and Bankruptcy
Expected Graduation Date: May 2019
Contact: Hajisanei@wisc.edu

"The city of Madison, great education for a great value. Friendly environment."

What did you do the summer before you started law school?
Worked at Fox Sports in Los Angeles.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
I wish I knew more about different opportunities available to students to cover tuition in addition to the scholarship offered through the school.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

SBA - Vice President of Academic Affairs
Middle Eastern Law Students Association – Co-president

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.
Consumer law clinic for summer 2017 and throughout the academic year. Will work for Michael Best in Madison this upcoming summer.

Any other interesting facts about you?
Migrated to the United States at 9 years old from Iran. Love to cook to relieve stress.

Lindsey KlarkowskiLindsey Klarkowski

Hometown: De Pere, WI
Undergrad: University of Minnesota, Biology Society & Environment
Interests: Health Law
Expected Graduation Date: May 2019
Contact: lklarkowski@wisc.edu

"I toured multiple law schools before making my decision on which one I would like to attend. The University of Wisconsin Law School stuck out to me because I immediately felt that the faculty and administration put its students first. The atmosphere felt very supportive, and I was impressed with the multitude of experiential learning opportunities available here. Additionally, I have lived in Wisconsin my entire life and knew that I wanted to establish my career here."

What did you do the summer before you started law school?

For the year prior to entering law school, I worked in patient services at a family practice health clinic in my hometown. I took full advantage of being at home by spending time with my family and, of course, going to the Packer games.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
I wish I had known just how supportive the community at UW Law would be. The student body is incredibly close, and the faculty truly cares about your learning and success.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I am a part of the Health Law Student Association and a member of Wisconsin Law Review.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.
The summer after my 1L year, I had the opportunity to work at the Center for Patient Partnerships—a clinic here at UW Law School focused on patient advocacy. This experience was a wonderful opportunity for me to work hands-on with clients navigating their way through unique healthcare system challenges.

Any other interesting facts about you?
I grew up riding horses and competed in Equestrian Show Jumping until beginning my undergrad. Skiing and Zumba are also some of my favorite activities.

Grace KubeGrace Kube

Hometown: Holmen, WI
Undergrad: University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire; Spanish for Business and Latin American Studies
Interests: Public interest, leaning towards immigration
Expected Graduation Date: May 2019
Contact: gkube@wisc.edu

"Wisconsin was my dream school. It had an emphasis on social justice, had amazing student programs ranging from one of highest respected clinical programs to the Dean’s Cup. I wanted a school that would stretch me academically but also care for me. I was excited about attending a school with Big 10 athletics as well."

What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I traveled quite a bit and volunteered at a local, immigration law non-profit.

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 although my classmates and I are all here in the same school, taking the same classes, we have vastly different hopes and dreams. This means that what is best for one student might not be best for me. It is easy to constantly compare and worry that I am not doing what I am supposed to be doing based off of my classmates’ actions. It would have been nice to know that we can do very different things in and after law school and still be successful.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I am on the executive board for the National Lawyer’s Guild and Latina/o Law School Association. I participated in LADR, PILF, Ready to Rent and the Unemployment Appeals Clinic last year.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.
I’m currently in the Oxford Federal Project which has been an amazing window into not only the criminal law world but also federal law. I also am a Trivia Host which is a fun way to make money outside of the law school.

Any other interesting facts about you?
I once spent 72 hours on a bus traveling from Ecuador to Peru.

Jennifer MartinJennifer Martin

Hometown: Edgar, WI
Undergrad: UW-Madison; Political Science & History with a concentration in Human Rights and Genocide Studies
Interests: International law, human rights law, public interest law
Expected Graduation Date: May 2019
Contact: jennifer.martin@wisc.edu

"Wisconsin is an excellent value law school, and is well-regarded in the legal community. Additionally, I was attracted to (and participated in) one of our famed clinical experiences, where I got to help my supervising attorney practice real, impactful law. Also, I love this campus, this town, and this state, and getting my degree from Wisconsin Law was the best path for me."

What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I explored the nearby state and national parks, and really soaked in enjoying biking in and around Madison’s amazing summer!

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
I wish I could have had present me tell past me that it even though it’s a challenge, learning the law is fantastic, transformational, and it all works out.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I am on the Wisconsin Mock Trial team, attending human rights colloquia, and enjoy the public interest law organization.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.
I serve clients in pro bono, and am assisting a professor in his research in African constitutional law.

Any other interesting facts about you?
I love playing team rec sports in Madison; flag football, kickball, dodgeball, and Frisbee dominate my summers!

Kelly OrthKelly Orth

Hometown: Adams-Friendship, WI
Undergrad: University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point: Political Science, Public Administration/Policy Analysis, and Sociology
Interests: Criminal Law
Expected Graduation Date: May 2019
Contact: korth4@wisc.edu

"UW had such a great reputation, a strong criminal law program, and I love living in Wisconsin. Diploma Privilege and the atmosphere of the law school were both big factors as well."

What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I worked in the Portage County District Attorney’s Office.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
Outlines are great and people make a big deal out of them. That said, don’t feel like that is the way you need to do it. Study and make/organize your notes the way that will help you the most.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I am a member of the UW Law Mock Trial team and am looking forward to being more involved in organizations over the next 2 years.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.
This summer and for the next school year I am happy to be a part of the Wisconsin Innocence Project. It has been a really great experience so far, and I can’t wait to see what the next few months hold.

Any other interesting facts about you?
I love to read, kayak, and spend time with my family/friends/fiancé.

Molly SchommerMolly Schommer

Hometown: Prescott, WI
Undergrad: UW-Madison; Community and Nonprofit Leadership
Interests: Criminal, Governmental and Legislative
Expected Graduation Date: December 2018
Contact: mschommer@wisc.edu

"I’m from Wisconsin and would like to practice law here upon my graduation. Wisconsin is a great school and offers amazing opportunities for connecting with lawyers throughout the state. The diploma privilege and in-state tuition were also swaying factors for me."

What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I was working as a Youth Minister at Sacred Hearts Catholic Church.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
How much the admissions process and the three years costs. Applications, tuition, books, and living expenses are far more than I was anticipating. A realistic outlook on these expenses and how to manage them would have been helpful.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

Mock Trial WACDL (WI Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers) Pro Bono work – CASA and Municipal Defense Project Intramural Sports – football and futsal

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.
Oxford Federal Project – I really enjoy going to prison and meeting with my clients. It put into perspective how real these individuals’ lives are and how thankful they are for the work I am doing for them. It solidified for me why I am in law school and continues to drive me to aid these individuals through the system.
Dept. of Military Affairs – I am drafting drone regulations to go to the legislature as a potential bill to pass. I also get a behind the scenes look at emergency management and homeland security issues

Any other interesting facts about you?
I grew up on a dairy farm that has been in my family for 130 years, so I love being outdoors and will jump on any opportunity to do manual labor.

Gya’ WilliamsGya’ Williams

Hometown: Beloit, WI
Undergrad: University of Southern California – Public Policy and Law
Interests: Education, Labor & Employment, Civil Litigation & Criminal Defense, Sports & Entertainment Law
Expected Graduation Date: May 2019
Contact: gbwilliams@wisc.edu

"Growing up in Wisconsin, I knew that it was important for me to have the opportunity to give back to the community that raised me. When I visited UW Law I was blown away by how down to earth and supportive everyone was. Also, I loved the possibility that I would be involved in Wisconsin’s clinical programs and really get the opportunity to learn the law by advocating for clients."

What did you do the summer before you started law school?

I worked as a legal intern at the Federal Defender’s Program in downtown Chicago, Illinois. Working for the Federal Defender’s Program gave me a valuable insight into criminal law.

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 to prepare for law school exams. The exams we take at the end of the semester are unlike anything that I have ever experienced. There is strategy before and during the exam that needs to be perfectly executed for you to give your best performance.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

Currently, I am a Moot Court Board Member, the Vice President of the Black Law Student Association and the Secretary of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.
During this last summer, I worked for the Wisconsin Innocence Project. The experience was truly one of a kind. I was exposed to drafting memos, motions and interviewing incarcerated clients. I learned so much about myself and how I want to represent my future clients in court.

Any other interesting facts about you?
I was in a Gospel choir in college.

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