Student Ambassadors

UW Law’s Student Ambassadors are current law students who are dedicated to helping admitted students make a smooth and successful transition to law school.

As current second and third-year law students, all of our Student Ambassadors have first-hand knowledge of what it takes to thrive at UW Law. Their perspectives will help you feel more comfortable and confident as you begin your law school career.

Student Ambassadors answer questions, offer candid advice, and help new students navigate the challenges of their 1L year. If you have questions or concerns about entering law school, our ambassadors would be happy to speak with you.

If you have additional questions about the admissions process, please contact the Admissions Office directly at admissions@law.wisc.edu or 608-262-5914.

Our Student AmbassadorS

Jennifer Acevedo

Jennifer Acevedo

Hometown: Queens, New York

Undergrad school and major: The City College of New York - Political Science

Interests: Litigation, Public Interest generally

Expected Graduation Date: May 2021

Contact: acevedo3@wisc.edu

Q&A with Jennifer

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?

I decided to come to UW Law School because I was impressed with the atmosphere both inside and outside the law school. UW Law was very welcoming and friendly as were many of the people in Madison. Coming from New York City, I was pleased to experience such a difference regarding the vibe and pace of life.

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

The summer before law school, I worked full-time as a career ambassador for America Works in Queens, NY. My role with America Works involved helping individuals overcome barriers preventing them from getting back into the workforce. While at America Works, I worked with clients and their case managers, assisting them with job search, training, interviewing, and any administrative support.

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 is to know or at least think about the decisions you'll be making your 1L year and into your 2L year. For example, the application process for 1L summer jobs began late in the fall semester. At the time, I still was unsure of what I wanted to do or where I wanted to be. Similarly, the application process for 2L summer jobs begin in July, but by then, you want to have most of your application materials ready. Law school goes by a lot quicker than it seems, and often it seems you are always preparing applications or the like.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I am currently the community service chair for both Latinx Law Student Association (LLSA) and the Black Law Student Association (BLSA). I am also a 2L rep for SBA. In addition to that, I am a member of the Wisconsin Moot Court and a member of the Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender, and Society.

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

This summer, I worked for one of the law school clinics - the Wisconsin Innocence Project (WIP). My work with WIP has been incredibly rewarding. Throughout the summer, I had the opportunity to strengthen my research and writing skills while simultaneously contributing to an appellate brief that has since been filed. I have also met or spoken to clients and communicated to them anything from their upcoming evidentiary hearings to decision handed down by the court. After a year of taking classes and learning about concepts, WIP has been extremely motivating because it allows me to use what I've learned into practice. I am to place a face behind the work I am doing, knowing my contribution are meaningful.

Any other interesting facts about you?

I love dogs. One thing I enjoy about Madison is the bunnies and chipmunks that come out in the Spring.

Joseph Beckmann

Joseph Beckmann

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Undergrad school and major: University of Chicago, Political Science

Interests: Food, Beverage, Restaurant, Hospitality & Leisure Law, Small Business and Startups Litigation and Transactional Business Law

Expected Graduation Date: May 2020

Contact: jsbeckmann@wisc.edu

Q&A with Joseph

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?

Wisconsin was always a top choice for me even when I was considering my undergraduate options. I love the city, the campus, the vibrant community, and I knew that the law school would provide me with the best opportunity to receive an excellent legal education. As an added bonus, the school seemed to have the friendliest, most approachable students and staff. Also, the clinical opportunities, student organizations, and being in a capital city provide excellent opportunities, which was a major draw for me.

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

After I graduated in 2011, I worked 2 years in financial services and 4 years in recruiting and talent management. My last position in recruitment before I started law school was with Instant Alliance where I managed a team of 4 individuals recruiting people in finance and accounting positions for roles with Fortune 500 companies. Right before I started law school, I worked for a boutique law firm of around 100 attorneys, Lowis & Gellen, in Chicago as a Legal Data Assistant, which was my first foray into the world of business law.

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

Doing practice exams and getting feedback from professors is an excellent way to learn how to perform better on exams.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I am an Associate with the Wisconsin Law Review, an Associate with the Moot Court Board, the Vice President of Community Affairs for the Student Bar Association, Vice President of Marketing and Outreach for the Jewish Law Student Association, Social Media Chair and Webmaster for the Latino Law Student Association, and Event Coordinator for the State and Local Government Law Society. I also am the captain and player of Intramural Coed and Men’s soccer teams and Coed Sand and Indoor volleyball teams. Lastly, I participate in the Veterans Law Clinic pro bono program and the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic pro bono program in Chicago.

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

Over my 1L Winter Break, I did an internship with a chemical manufacturing company in Denver, Colorado working on their Regulatory Affairs. Over my 1L Summer Break, I worked as a Judicial Extern with the Honorable Jesse G. Reyes of the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, in Chicago.

Any other interesting facts about you?

I speak Spanish, French, and English, fluently and am conversant in Russian. I also play violin, piano, guitar, and harmonica.

Jack Brooks

Jack Brooks

Hometown: Federal Way, WA

Undergrad school and major: University of Washington, B.A. Philosophy

Interests: Litigation, Environmental Law

Expected Graduation Date: May 2021

Contact: Jrbrooks3@wisc.edu

Q&A with Jack

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?

I liked the feeling of Wisconsin's law school the most and I wanted to practice in the Midwest.

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

I hiked through several national parks and enjoyed a couple months of not working.

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

I wish I had known that it was fine to retake the LSAT.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I am a 2L representative for the Jewish Law Student Association.

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

I am a clinical student at the Family Court Clinic. It has given me valuable experience and the chance to help people who need legal assistance.

Any other interesting facts about you?

I decided to move from Seattle to New Orleans during my last year before law school. It's a lovely place! I'm sure I will name drop it in a conversation!

Sunny Cho

Sunny Cho

Hometown: Horicon, WI

Undergrad school and major: UW-Madison, Psychology, B.A. and Legal Studies, B.A.

Interests: International and Business law

Expected Graduation Date: May 2021

Contact: scho73@wisc.edu

Q&A with Sunny

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?

I have always known that I wanted to come to law school since I took an introductory criminal course my first semester of undergraduate school. The topic interested me immensely, and I knew that I wanted to learn as much as possible about the law. I continued to take various law courses during my undergraduate studies, and loved every single one of them. I also worked at the Public Defender's Office in Baraboo and Madison, which confirmed that I wanted to work in the law. Therefore, law school was a natural next step. I chose UW Law School because I love Madison and I did not feel ready to leave. The community at UW Madison is amazing and I have so much pride in being a Badger and I couldn't imagine a better campus to further pursue my academic goals.

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

I worked at the Coliseum Bar and Banquet in Madison for most of the summer. I thought that it would be important to work in customer service and learn how to meet and interact with a wide variety of people. Working in customer service taught me to be understanding, empathetic and how to work with a wide variety of people.

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

I wish that I knew how important it was to go to the office hours of professors my first year of law school. Talking to the professors and asking questions is a very important tool to success, and I wish I would have utilized these opportunities more when I first started.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I am part of BATLAW.

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

I worked at Chandler MHM in Bangkok, Thailand this summer. This was an amazing opportunity to not only be completely immersed in a different culture for three months, but also an amazing learning opportunity. I had the chance to work in a lot of international business law with the attorneys, and truly discovered what my passion in the legal field was.

Any other interesting facts about you?

I am completely fluent in Korean.

Katharine Cullen

Katharine Cullen

Hometown: Janesville, WI

Undergrad school and major: Miami University, Chemical Engineering

Interests: Criminal & Civil Litigation, Intellectual Property

Expected Graduation Date: May 2021

Contact: kcullen2@wisc.edu

Q&A with Katharine

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?

Wonderful program close to home.

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

Relaxed!

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

Start the process early.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

WLSA

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

Wisconsin Innocence Project

Any other interesting facts about you?

Sophia Dolan

Sophia Dolan

Hometown: Mukwonago, WI
Undergrad: UW-Madison, Sociology and Criminal Justice
Interests: Criminal law, family law, public interest
Expected Graduation Date: May 2020
Contact: spdolan@wisc.edu

Q&A with Sophia

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?
I chose the University of Wisconsin Law School because of the clinical program. When I decided to attend law school, the most important thing to me was a “law in action” approach so that I would get real-world legal experience while still under the supervision of a seasoned attorney. In addition to the clinical opportunities, I really liked the supportive community that Madison has to offer.

What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I worked for ARC Community Services as a Relief Counselor in Madison. I took on the overnight shifts working 10pm-8am for a short period of time while the manager looked for full-time staff. My duties during this shift were to assist the women in the household with feedings and take care of babies if their mothers requested help. I also had the opportunity to work for a local law firm and assist with filing bankruptcies. Last summer I also took a road trip to Cleveland, North Dakota to visit a college friend—while there I camped, fished, and listened to a lot of country music.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
One thing I really wish I knew about law school was what the classroom experience was like. My only point of reference was Legally Blonde—although not totally inaccurate, I think it would have been helpful for me to experience what the Socratic method was like before the first day of my Contracts class.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?
Women’s Law Student Association, Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender, and Society, Intro to Criminal Law Discussion 1L Leader, Tenant Resource Center Housing Counselor.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.
During my 1L summer I worked in Legal Assistance to Institutionalized Persons (LAIP) in the Frank J. Remington Center and will be continuing to work there for the school year. So far, I have had the opportunity to learn and research cases of Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP). There are two relevant cases in this area that have been certified to the Supreme Court, which has made it an exciting time to work with these clients and learn how to frame their issues in preparation for the new case law.

Any other interesting facts about you?
I was a founding member of the sorority Alpha Xi Delta on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

Juan Jose Fonseca Angel

Juan Jose Fonseca Angel

Hometown: Bogota, Colombia

Undergrad school and major: UW Madison, Journalism & Communication Arts

Interests: Immigration, International Law, Litigation

Expected Graduation Date: May 2021

Contact: jjfonseca@wisc.edu

Q&A with Juan Jose

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?

I did my undergraduate degree in Madison and I fell in love with the city.

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

I traveled for three months in my home country, Colombia.

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

I wish I had finalized my applications sooner so I would have had more time to weigh and compare my options.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

Space Law Society, Latino Law Student Association, Moot Court Board.

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

During my 1L summer, I worked at the law school's Immigrant Justice Clinic. I got to represent immigrant clients in their asylum processes and I even got to appear in immigration court in Chicago.

Any other interesting facts about you?

I like film & soccer

Lorenzo Gudino

Lorenzo Gudino

Hometown: Oak Lawn, IL

Undergrad school and major: Northwestern University, Journalism

Interests: Federal Indian Law & Tribal Policy

Expected Graduation Date: May 2021

Contact: gudino@wisc.edu

Q&A with Lorenzo

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?

UW Law gave me the option to stay close to home, practice Indian law and feel at home all at the same time.

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

I attended the Pre-Law Summer Institute in ABQ, NM.

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

Be genuine!

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

Indigenous Law Student Association, Latinx Law Student Association, American Constitution Society & Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society

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

I interned for the Ho-Chunk Nation Department of Justice during my 1L summer.

Any other interesting facts about you?

I love Chance the Rapper, and I love ice cream even though I am lactose intolerant.

Abigail Hean

Abigail Hean

Hometown: West Des Moines, Iowa

Undergrad school and major: Iowa State University, Psychology & Spanish

Interests: Public Interest, Children's Law, Criminal, Family, Human Rights

Expected Graduation Date: May 2021

Contact: hean@wisc.edu

Q&A with Abigail

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?

UW seemed like a great school with many opportunities I was interested in and that I could attend without incurring a lot of student debt.

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

I worked as a counselor for juvenile offenders in a behavioral treatment program.

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

I wish I had taken more time for myself during my first semester. School is hard and time-consuming but it's still important to relax.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

Moot Court, Mock Trial, Children's Justice Project, Student Wellness Coalition, Dean's Cup

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

: I work in the Remington Center's Family Law Project.

Any other interesting facts about you?

I am a discussion group leader for the AEP!

Bri Karega

Bri Karega

Hometown: Detroit, Michigan and then Atlanta, Georgia
Undergrad: Georgia State, Accounting
Interests: Business, Public Policy, Transactional, Litigation, Military, and Federal law
Expected Graduation Date: May 2020
Contact: karega@wisc.edu

Q&A with Bri

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?
I first applied because my grandparents attended UW Law and loved it. After researching the school, I discovered I really liked the clinic opportunities and the diploma privilege. I visited Madison once with my parents and discovered I really liked this city. It was pretty, with outdoorsy stuff to do and it was not just a college town.

What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I worked full time at Cumulus Media as a staff accountant. I also volunteered at some of my favorite charities.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
I did not know about the mentorship program. I found that really helpful in my first year and it would have been nice to know about while applying.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?
I am currently in L.A.A.R.J., BLSA and WLSA.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.
I am a student associate of the Law and Entrepreneurship Clinic. Additionally, in the fall I will begin the Judicial Internship.

Any other interesting facts about you?
I volunteer locally at Simpson Street Free Press.

Lauren LaCasto

Lauren LaCasto

Hometown: Huntington Beach, CA
Undergrad: Marquette University; English Literature
Interests: Wide variety of areas of law (trust and estates, appellate, insurance, health); trying to learn a lot about many different types of law to figure out what I am most passionate about.
Expected Graduation Date: May 2020
Contact: lacasto@wisc.edu

Q&A with Lauren

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?
I chose the University of Wisconsin Law School because it has great professors and a very collegial atmosphere. I also really like the location of the school. The professors at UW Law are all very qualified and accessible to students. Additionally, the law school is not overly competitive. While we are technically competing for the top grades, everyone is very friendly and supportive of one another. Finally, I really like the Madison area. There are a lot of restaurants and shops as well as nature trails and biking paths.

What did you do the summer before you started law school?
The summer before law school I worked at a law firm near my home in California. The firm I worked for did insurance defense when the insurance company suspected a claim was fraudulent.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
I wish I had a more realistic description of what law school is like. I am the first person in my family to go to law school, so I didn’t have anyone to tell me what to expect. When I started telling people I was going to go to law school everyone just kept telling me how hard and miserable it is and that I would have no free time. One thing I wish I had known is that while it is challenging, the workload is manageable if you take it seriously and treat it like a job. I was able to get all my schoolwork done by working from 8 to 5 every day and was still able to have some free time. A more tangible explanation of the workload rather than a general “law school is going to be the worst” would have been helpful for me to know.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?
I am a co vice president of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, a member of Moot Court, and a member of the Wisconsin Law Review.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.
This summer I worked at the Center for Patient Partnerships (CPP), one of the law school clinics. At the Center we had two sets of clients: our primary CPP clients and clients through one of the UW health clinics. My CPP clients primarily had healthcare related legal issues and the health clinic clients had a wide variety of legal concerns ranging from child custody to eviction. Having both sets of clients allowed me to learn about a lot of different legal issues which I found exciting because I am still not sure what type of law I want to go into.

Any other interesting facts about you?
I was the 2017 Dean’s Cup scrabble champion!

Robert Ling III

Robert Ling III

Hometown: I grew up in Anaheim, CA. But Seattle, WA is the hometown of my heart.
Undergrad: Washington University in St. Louis, Computer Science
Interests: Intellectual Property and Business & Transactional
Expected Graduation Date: May 2020
Contact: rling@wisc.edu

Q&A with Robert

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?
I was born in Milwaukee and my family has all kinds of Wisconsin roots, so it was always on my radar. But when I was accepted to UW, I’d actually already committed to another school. The deciding factor for me came down to a meeting with the director of the Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic, where I ended up working after my first year. UW is such an institution within Madison and the state that it creates a ton of opportunities for experiential learning experiences and networking.

What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I quit my job and then flopped around, mostly. Spent some time in the woods working on a book I keep threatening to finish. Spent some time painting. Spent some time playing tabletop wargames competitively. Did some travel.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
How quickly things move. In my first summer, I interviewed for second-summer jobs. That job offered to bring me back full time after school. So, I essentially interviewed for a job that starts in September 2020 back in July 2018. I thought I was ahead of the game by coming to law school with a vague interest in Intellectual Property law, but it turns out that specialization is huge in its own right. I had to ramp up quickly to flush out my unknown unknowns.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?
Wisconsin International Law Journal, Senior Articles Editor. Unemployment Appeals Clinic, advocate. Intellectual Property Students Organization, member. Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic, alumnus.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.
My first summer and 2L year, I worked at the L&E Clinic. I helped start-up businesses form companies, employ people, offer Terms of Service, file for trademark and patent protection, and more. I'm particularly happy about my work on a EULA for a video game. Back when I was a computer programmer, I always considered becoming a game developer. One year into law school and I'd contributed work in a shipping video game. My second summer, I worked at a firm doing mostly patent work in Seattle. I met with inventors, drafted patent applications, argued in front of the Patent Office, and represented a blogger in a copyright defense.

Any other interesting facts about you?
As a “minister” of the (www.) Universal Life Church (.org), I’ve officiated three weddings for friends and family. On the one hand, it’s great public speaking experience for a lawyer. But on the other hand, I’m thinking that judges won’t be quite as predisposed to collapse into joyful sobbing at my words as fathers-of-the-bride tend to be.

Megan Lyneis

Megan Lyneis

Hometown: Mequon, WI
Undergrad: Edgewood College, Political Science & Sociology
Interests: Public Defense, Civil and human rights advocacy, legislation
Expected Graduation Date: May 2020
Contact: mlyneis@wisc.edu

Q&A with Megan

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?
This school was my first choice and I applied during early admissions. I enjoyed my time in Madison as an undergraduate and wanted to stay. But primarily, I wanted to come here because of the student culture and the opportunities to explore my areas of interest. Even though I was familiar with competitive cultures, I wanted my law school experience to be enjoyable and a time where I can build lasting relationships with friends, faculty and staff. Other schools I looked into did not seem to have the same feel; whereas, the people I had spoken to about Wisconsin had great things to say about student life and academics. I found this to be true after my first year here. I have found many good friends, enjoyed my classes and professors, and participated in the opportunities I was looking forward to.

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

I moved back home with my parents to save money before moving into a place in Madison and starting school.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
I wish I knew more about financial aid/scholarship opportunities. Also, more guidance of what it’s like coming straight from undergrad like myself – the learning curve, change in study habits, being in school with people who have more life experience than you, etc.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?
SBA 2L representative, WSLA Vice-President of Communications
I also casually attend a great number of events and meetings of other student orgs like WACDL, LLSA, BLSA, etc.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.
During this summer, I had the privilege of working in the Remington Center with the Wisconsin Innocence Project. This has been one of the most fulfilling opportunities I have ever had, and it has greatly developed my legal skills. I have learned so much not only about the criminal justice system, but also about myself and my capabilities as person and future lawyer. I would recommend this kind of work to anybody, even those who are not convinced criminal work is for them. This work teaches universal lawyering skills while also opening your mind and eyes to the injustices of the legal systems and the great need for good lawyering out there. You meet people from completely different walks of life from your own and grow a greater understanding for their struggle. It challenges you to be a better person and lawyer. And, all the supervising attorneys are great! I've also worked as an intern for the appellate division of Georgia Public Defender Council.

Any other interesting facts about you?
I am Puerto Rican but come from a family of immigrants from all over and am so proud of ethnic heritage.

Brittani Miller

Brittani Miller

Hometown: Greensboro, NC
Undergrad: University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Psychology & History
Interests: Contracts & Evidence
Expected Graduation Date: May 2021
Contact: bmmiller9@wisc.edu

Q&A with Brittani

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?
I liked the people at UW. The school seems like a big family, and that was important to me since I would be moving so far away from home. I also liked UW's commitment to Law in Action and giving back to the local community.

What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I finished my active duty commitment with the United States Air Force, drove across the country, and read books in the warm North Carolina sun.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
I wish I knew how fast-paced law school is. You hit the ground running from day one.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?
I am on the executive board for four student organizations, and I am a general member of two more organizations. I am also a student member of the Wisconson Bar Association and the Wisconsin Association of African American Lawyers.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.
I had the opportunity to work for an energy corporation in Madison, and it was a phenomenal experience. The people are amazing, and the work was challenging. I felt like a valued member of the team.

Any other interesting facts about you?
I love Harry Potter and Doctor Who.

Jessa Moser

Jessa Moser

Hometown: Middleton, Wisconsin

Undergrad school and major: UW-Madison, Legal Studies & Spanish

Interests: Real Estate, Trusts & Estates, and Immigration

Expected Graduation Date: May 2021

Contact: jlmoser2@wisc.edu

Q&A with Jessa

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?

I decided to come to UW Law School because I knew I wanted to practice in Wisconsin upon graduation, so the diploma privilege was extremely appealing. Also because of the amazing clinical opportunities that the law school has to offer.

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

I took a year off before coming to law school, however the summer before I started law school I worked as a server in a popular diner in my hometown to save up as much money as possible because I knew it was not recommended to work during 1L year. I also tried to relax and have fun!

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

I wish I had known more about the importance of extracurriculars and pro bono experiences coming into 1L year.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I am involved in Latino/a Law Student Association and I do pro bono work with the Immigrant Justice Clinic.

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

This past summer I was a Clinical Law Student in the Neighborhood Law Clinic, which I am continuing throughout my 2L year. I loved being in Madison over the summer and being able to come to a familiar environment every day. As a Clinical Law Student, you gain experience in practical legal skills that you will encounter during your first job after graduation. I managed my own cases, communicated with clients and opposing parties, interviewed potential clients, evaluated cases, filed Summons and Complaints, and much more.

Any other interesting facts about you?

I speak Spanish! I try to seek out opportunities where extra language abilities are needed in order to serve a greater amount of people. I also like to cook and bake.

Katie Nawrocki

Katie Nawrocki

Hometown: Elkhorn, Nebraska

Undergrad school and major: Iowa State University, Political Science

Interests: Health, Corporate, and Education law

Expected Graduation Date: May 2021

Contact: kanawrocki@wisc.edu

Q&A with Katie

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?

I wanted a Big10 University in the Midwest so I could be close to family. When I visited, I fell in love with Madison and the people at the law school. With its strong reputation and various clinical programs, I felt it was a strong fit academically and personally.

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

I wanted to enjoy my summer while still making money. I found myself as a full time babysitting position for two awesome kiddos and had a lot of pool days. When I wasn't working, I was on the lake. I came into law school completely rested and mentally ready for the semester - I highly recommend it.

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

Regarding the admissions process...get those letters of recommendation early! Practice exams are not less important than outlines. Do as many as you can and don't only focus on making the "perfect" outline. It's the application that matters! And oh yeah, law school is hard but not as bad as they all say.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I became president of the student wellness coalition and was selected for moot court my second semester. I am also a Dean's Cup enthusiast.

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

I worked for the Center for Patient Partnerships, one of the clinics housed in the law school. It provided the opportunity to learn about health law, civil disputes, and client communications. My interest in health law lead me to accept an externship this fall at UW Health with their in-house counsel.

Any other interesting facts about you?

My interesting fact is I went bowling at the (Obama) White House.

Lo Nelson

Lo Nelson

Hometown: Originally Philadelphia, but military family!

Undergrad school and major: UW-Madison, International Studies & Political Science

Interests: I am interested in labor & employment, healthcare and litigation.

Expected Graduation Date: May 2021

Contact: lenelson2@wisc.edu

Q&A with Lo

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?

I am a double Badger! So I attended UW for undergraduate school. It was important for me to attend a top tier university that provided a well-rounded legal education. I was very interested in the Diversity Programs available here such as the Diversity Clerkship Program that I participated in this past summer. Furthermore, the professors are incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about their subject areas. Their expertise creates dynamic and valuable classroom discussions. Lastly, financially UW was the most financially feasible option for me and my family.

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

The summer before I was a First Grade Teacher in Saudi Arabia.

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

I wish I knew beforehand how important first year grades are for jobs and other opportunities. There are many exciting things to do 1L year in law school. Yes, have fun, but always remember to focus on the grades!

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I am involved with BLSA, ILSA, LLSA, MELSA and Moot Court.

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

For my 1L summer I was placed with Quartz Health as a Diversity Clerkship Program participant. At Quartz, I reviewed BAA Agreements, notated our business requirements on forms and wrote guides on recent legislations. Afterwards, I received the Michael Best Diversity and Inclusion Scholarship. So after I graduate, I will work for the firm Michael Best. I am fortunate to have had so many great opportunities here in law school!

Any other interesting facts about you?

I am a 3rd degree Black Belt in Taekwondo.

Randall Ollie

Randall Ollie

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Undergrad school and major: Oberlin College, Politics

Interests: Real Estate and Rental Housing Law, and Litigation

Expected Graduation Date: May 2021

Contact: ollie2@wisc.edu

Q&A with Randall

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?

I chose UW Law School because of its faculty and diploma privilege. When I arrived at the law school, I quickly realized that the professors are some of the most passionate, creative and intelligent individuals that I have ever had the pleasure of being taught by. Moreover, diploma privilege presented a unique opportunity to potentially not have to take a bar exam after graduation if I chose to remain in Wisconsin.

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

The summer before law school I was a paralegal/case analyst for the Chapter 13 Trustee of Chicago.

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

I wish I had known how important it was ahead of time to order books ASAP. In undergrad I was always the sort of student who waited until they received their full book list and would then order all of my books at once. However because of the fact that most 1Ls across the country take the same classes in their first semesters, some books sell out (both on campus and online) weeks before school starts. There is nothing more annoying than starting your law school journey without all the requisite materials, so I highly advise ordering books as soon as any professor notifies you.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

Co-President of BLSA and a member of Moot Court.

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

Clinical student for UW's Neighborhood Law Clinic this past summer, which I will continue working for through the fall and spring.

Any other interesting facts about you?

I love camping and hiking!

Courtney O'Reilly

Courtney O'Reilly

Hometown: Rochester, MN

Undergrad school and major: Minnesota State University Moorhead, Political Science

Interests: Criminal Law, Public Interest Law

Expected Graduation Date: May 2021

Contact: cboreilly@wisc.edu

Q&A with Courtney

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?

I wanted to have a larger capacity to impact change in my community. Law school gives me invaluable skills to do that.

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

Relaxed, spent time with family, and traveled!

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

Not to get too caught up in the stress of your peers. Worrying is contagious. Do your best, don't worry about the rest.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

Women's Law Student Association, and American Constitution Society

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

I worked with the Wisconsin Innocence Project my 1L summer and into my 2L year. I loved it! It confirmed my interest in criminal law. I was able to learn what happens when the criminal justice system does not work at it's best.

Any other interesting facts about you?

I have a super cute golden retriever named Max who loves to go camping, hiking and kayaking with me.

Kathryn Potratz

Kathryn Potratz

Hometown: Menomonee Falls, WI
Undergrad: Saint Louis University, Psychology & Criminology/Criminal Justice
Interests: Family Law & Elder Law
Expected Graduation Date: December 2019
Contact: kpotratz@wisc.edu

Q&A with Kathryn

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?
I am a proud cheesehead! I knew that I wanted to practice in Wisconsin and UW-Madison has a great law school! I was excited about the opportunity to graduate early and get involved with top ranked clinical opportunities through the university.

What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I worked as a nanny and tried to rest up and prepare for my law school adventure. I also traveled to Disney World, Nassau, Amber Cove, Grand Turk and Vancouver!

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
I wish I knew that despite the competitive aspect of the law school environment, UW Law maintains a welcoming and supportive environment that makes law school survivable.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?
I am the president of Children’s Justice Project! I also am a member of the Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender and Society.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.
I currently work as a legal intern with a local family law firm. I also am a clinical student in the Family Court Clinic. This started during my 1L summer and continues throughout my 2L year. I have developed a passion for family law and could not have asked for better hands on learning experiences!

Any other interesting facts about you?
I studied abroad in Madrid, Spain during undergrad where I also volunteered teaching English to young adults.

Beatriz Reiner

Beatriz Reiner

Hometown: Santos, Brazil

Undergrad school and major: Loyola University Chicago, Psychology

Interests: International Trade, Immigration Law

Expected Graduation Date: May 2021

Contact: breiner2@wisc.edu

Q&A with Beatriz

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?

It is a highly ranked school and the city has a low cost of living.

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

I was working for a non-profit the Spring Semester before Law School, so during the summer I took a break, visited my family and friends in Brazil, and overall just enjoyed my summer.

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

I think the admission process was very straightforward. What I wish I knew about actual Law School is that you do not have to be the top of your class to find good job opportunities. Always shoot for the stars and try to be the best student you can, but if you are in the bottom of your class, do not worry, things will be alright.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

Student Bar Association, American Constitution Society, Advocate Society

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

I started working for the Immigrant Justice Clinic in May, and it completely changed my attitude towards Law School. Knowing that I can help people with my legal education is probably the main factor that made me continue in school.

Perla Rubio Terrones

Perla Rubio Terrones

Hometown: El Paso, TX

Undergrad school and major: The University of Texas at El Paso, Political Science

Interests: Immigration and Education Law

Expected Graduation Date: May 2021

Contact: rubioterrone@wisc.edu

Q&A with Perla

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?

Before coming to law school I had never ever visited Wisconsin. I was a little afraid about coming this far. I am the first one in my family to pursue a graduate degree and to leave my hometown. So, I decided to come to Student Admitted Day (totally recommend it). As soon as I stepped through the front doors of the atrium, everyone was so welcoming and kind. As I went to the different presentations and talks, I learned about all the amazing clinical opportunities UW Law offers and their "law in action" approach. In that moment I knew I wanted come to UW Law. It was the perfect school for my interests and me.

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

The summer before coming to law school I was working at a low-income high school in El Paso, TX as a teacher and guidance counselor for higher education. I assisted minority high school students with their academic classes and preparation for college, including college applications, student financial aid, and scholarship applications. Additionally, I worked for YMCA as a visitation specialist where I provided direct supervision and other services to parents and their children as requested by a social worker or referred for supervised visitation services by a judge.

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

One thing I wished I knew about law school ahead of time was how important is self-care while in law school. Law school courses can be very time consuming and stressful. Often times I found myself struggling to balance my schoolwork with life. It was very easy to forget that I was a human being that had a life and needed some time to enjoy myself. Thus, the best advice I can give you is to find things or activities that make you happy and do them! Do not feel afraid to stop your reading to dedicate time to do the things you like and enjoy. Find your balance!

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I am currently involved in the Latinx Law Student Association, Christian Legal Society, and currently volunteer in the Community Immigration Law Center.

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

My summer of 1L year and 2L year I had the privilege and honor to work at the Immigrant Justice Clinic at the law school under the supervision of the most incredible human being I have ever met, Erin Barbato. I love every thing about the clinic and the work that I was able to do at the clinic. I was able to handle and manage my own cases, meet with clients, write legal arguments, work with experts in other fields, and research law and other countries' conditions. The work the clinic does is amazing! As a 1L I was able to appear before an immigration judge in Chicago to represent my client. Additionally, I loved going with my colleges to Dodge County Detention Center once a month to conduct intake forms and sometimes provide legal assistance to non-citizens detained.

Any other interesting facts about you?

I love to sing and play soccer.

Olivia Schwartz

Olivia Schwartz

Hometown: Chicago, IL

Undergrad school and major: University of Iowa, Ethics & Public Policy

Interests: Litigation, Labor & Employment, Real Estate/Land Use

Expected Graduation Date: May 2021

Contact: oschwartz2@wisc.edu

Q&A with Olivia

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?

I decided generally to pursue a career in law because I wanted to have a challenging and impactful career. I picked UW specifically because it had a great reputation for not only being strong academically, but for having amazing faculty and and collegial atmosphere. I have found all of that to be true in practice as well.

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

I spent the 3 years prior to law school, including the summer prior, working in the hospitality industry in Chicago.

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

It's not as scary as you think it might be! Everyone (at least at Wisconsin) is very collaborative and it doesn't feel super cutthroat.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

Jewish Law Students Association, Women's Law Students Association, Children's Justice Project, Moot Court, Wisconsin International Law Journal

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

I'm currently working in the Legal Assistance to Institutionalized Persons (LAIP) clinic in the law school's Remington Center. I am also a discussion group leader for Professor Glinberg's Introduction to Substantive Criminal Law class.

Any other interesting facts about you?

I love attending live music performances! I'm a 9-time lollapalooza attendee and have lost count of how many concerts I've attended. The best one I've ever attended was Paul McCartney at Summerfest in Milwaukee.

Ty Sessums

Ty Sessums

Hometown: El Paso, TX

Undergrad school and major: Texas A&M University College Station, Mechanical Engineering

Interests: Patents, Intellectual Property, Immigration Law

Expected Graduation Date: May 2021

Contact: ty.sessums@wisc.edu

Q&A with Ty

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?

UW law had most robust clinical programs of the law schools in consideration. I also like the congenial atmosphere. My wife and I both like Madison.

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

I worked up until starting law school.

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

Efficient reading is a valuable skill in law school. I wish I had know to practice that more in the months leading up to starting.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I am the treasurer of IPSO, and also a member of LLSA and MELSA.

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

I was in the L&E clinic and that was good summer experience.

Any other interesting facts about you?

In my prior work I got to live abroad twice (Argentina and Korea). I have a lovely wife and two dogs. I enjoy curling, coffee, and beer.

Hannah Stewart

Hannah Stewart

Hometown: Green Bay, WI
Undergrad: Elmhurst College, Political Science & Communications
Interests: Government/Policy, Litigation
Expected Graduation Date: May 2020
Contact: hmstewart@wisc.edu

Q&A with Hannah

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?
I chose Wisconsin for the welcoming community and extensive experiential learning programs. Unlike other schools I visited, the students at Wisconsin were supportive, enthusiastic, and proud to be part of the school. Additionally, the opportunity to get practical experience in the field during the school year was very important to me, so Wisconsin was the perfect fit!

What did you do the summer before you started law school?
The summer before law school I finished off a two-year internship with a consulting firms that assists non-profits in fundraising and advocacy. I assisted in coordinating trips to the Illinois Statehouse to meet with legislators to discuss relevant bills and planning fundraising events. Other than that, I spent as much time as I could relaxing and spending time 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 had known how structured 1L year is. All 1Ls take the same classes, so all of your friends are going through the exact same thing, unlike undergrad where everyone had their own unique course load. This is great because everyone understands what you’re going through, but it also means you’re around the same group of people 24/7. Finding another outlet like exercising is key to balancing out the constant stress of law school!

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?
Wisconsin Law Review, Associate
Volunteer Income Tax Assistant (VITA) Pro Bono Program, 2L Volunteer Coordinator
Student Bar Association, Treasurer, Former 1L Rep.
Wisconsin Public Interest Law Foundation, Auction Chair, Former 1L Rep.
Sports and Entertainment Law Society, Communications Chair
Women’s Law Student Association

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.
My 1L summer I clerked at the US Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Wisconsin. I was able to experience both civil and criminal litigation by working on a variety of projects. In the Fall of my 2L year, I worked as a judicial intern with Justice Annette Kingsland Ziegler of the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

Any other interesting facts about you?
When I was in college I was a member of an elite choir that regularly performed professionally in venues such as Carnegie Hall in New York City with artists such as Andrea Bocelli and Renee Fleming.

Ningliu Zhou

Ningliu Zhou

Hometown: Nanjing, China

Undergrad school and major: University of California Davis, Statistics & Economics

Interests: Corporate and transactional law, Bankruptcy law, Tax law

Expected Graduation Date: May 2021

Contact: nzhou39@wisc.edu

Q&A with Ningliu

Why did you decide to come to UW Law School?

I was particularly attracted by the idea of “Law in Action”. UW Law School provides students with outstanding clinical programs, pro bono work opportunities and externship programs, which let students gain hands-on experiences from practice. Not to mention it has excellent professors, faculty members and alumni network. Being a capital city, Madison brings the school with numerous benefits including walking distance to the courthouses near the Capitol. Moreover, Madison is a top-ranked college town in the US, which is super friendly to students.

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

I spent the summer traveling around with my families and friends. I did a road trip of two thousand miles in Northwest China and experienced the culture along the Silk Road.

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

Law school can be stressful and challenging. You need to find your way to release the stress and balance your life and study. 1L year is a great opportunity to make friends, especially the first semester, when you have the exact same schedule with students in your section. You don’t need to fight alone! Also, keep your own pace all the time no matter what other people do.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I am the Vice President of the Asian Law Student Association. I am also in WLSA (Women’s Law Student Association) and BATLAW (The Business and Tax Association of Wisconsin). All these organizations provide students with great resources and opportunities to connect and socialize with fellow students and professionals.

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

I worked as a judicial intern in Judge Furay’s chamber at the United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Wisconsin. I worked closely with the law clerk and prepared case notes for all preliminary hearings. I got chances to work on proceedings under all chapters of the Bankruptcy Code. I also collaborated with the law clerk on the preparation of bench memos. It’s a very rewarding summer to not only learn about Bankruptcy law, but also gain a better understanding of how the courts decide cases behind the scenes.

Any other interesting facts about you?

I speak Chinese, English and conversational German. I performed at the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of The Second Asian Youth Games in summer 2013.

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