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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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