Our Student Ambassadors

Matthew AtkinsMatthew Atkins

Hometown: Laguna Niguel, CA
Undergrad: University of California, Berkeley; Political Economy, Legal Studies, and Political Science
Interests: Business law, environmental law, land use
Expected Graduation Date: May 2018
Contact: matkins3@wisc.edu

"Excellent value, law in action approach, great clinical programs, diploma privilege."

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What did you do the summer before you started law school?
Took a cross-country road trip.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
It’s important to be early and get a good seat on the first day of class, because a number of professors will memorialize that position with a seating chart.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic, Christian Legal Society.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.
I’ve worked in the Law & Entrepreneurship Clinic, which provides legal services to entrepreneurs and startup companies. I’ve had opportunity to assist with entity selection and registration, and draft a variety of transactional documents including an Operating Agreement, Terms of Use, Privacy Policy, Intellectual Property Assignment, Non-Disclosure, and Non-Compete.

Any other interesting facts about you? 
I have visited 49 states and 11 countries.

Ellen AtterburyEllen Atterbury

Hometown: Madison, WI
Undergrad: UW Madison – History
Interests: Criminal Justice, economic and social justice, women’s issues, abusive head trauma defense
Expected Graduation Date: May 2018
Contact: eatterbury@wisc.edu

"I am from Madison and love this town! Plus, it has a great reputation for clinics, and I have been interested in working for the Wisconsin Innocence Project since I was in undergrad. My goal going into law school was to learn how to help people, and I knew the clinics would help me achieve that end."

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What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I worked as a fit specialist in Victoria’s Secret.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
The curve, and the fact that Mike Hall is literally the Swiss army knife of the law school. He is so fantastic. I know a lot of students feel stressed and under extreme pressure, and I wish I had known earlier that Mike Hall was there to listen.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I am the Vice President of Academic Affairs for the Student Bar Association. This involves attending and giving student input for the Orientation committee, organizing and recruiting small group leaders for orientation activities, assigning mentees, and selecting members for faculty committees. I am also the new Program Coordinator for Ready to Rent, a pro-bono outreach program that holds weekly classes at the work-release center. The goal for this program is to teach the inmates basic landlord tenant laws and how to communicate effectively and politely with landlords. In addition, when they complete the program, they will receive a certificate that they can give to future landlords that shows their effort into having a meaningful and positive landlord tenant relationship, despite a criminal record. I have also been on a trip to New Orleans though the school for pro-bono work.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.
I love my work at the Wisconsin Innocence Project. It is fulfilling on both a personal and professional level, and I learn something everyday from both my clients and supervising attorneys.

Any other interesting facts about you? 
I like animals a lot, but apart from that not really.

Allysa BrownAllysa Brown

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA
Undergrad: Penn State University, Administration of Justice
Interests: Criminal Law
Expected Graduation Date: May 2018
Contact: brown49@wisc.edu

"I chose the University of Wisconsin Law because this was the only interview I went on that made me feel wanted and comfortable. Every other school was concerned about money or my LSAT score but UW wanted to get to know me as a person."

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What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I attended the CLEO Scholars program at Ole Miss (University of Mississippi School of Law).

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
I wish I knew that the exams were four hours long.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

BLSA (Black Law Student Association).

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.
I currently work for the Wisconsin Innocence Project.

Any other interesting facts about you? 
I do not like anything with a white sauce to it. I do not eat Alfredo, blue cheese, sour cream, or ranch.

Tomás ClasenTomás Clasen

Hometown: Shorewood, WI
Undergrad: University of Wisconsin-Madison. I majored in History and I earned certificates in African Studies and East Asian Studies
Interests: Complex commercial litigation
Expected Graduation Date: May 2018
Contact: clasen@wisc.edu

"I went to Wisconsin for undergrad, so I was familiar with the campus and the city of Madison. Also, several friends had graduated from the Law School and raved about their experiences."

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What did you do the summer before you started law school?
Before law school, I worked for four years in New York City. In NYC, I participated in Teach For America. I taught for two years in both Harlem and Brooklyn.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
I wish someone would have told me to visit all the schools I was considering. There is no better way to get a feel the culture of a school and whether it will be a good fit for you personally than being on campus interacting with people who go to school there.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I hope to become more involved in some organizations during my last two years of law school. However, officially I am only a member of the Wisconsin Law Review and the Moot Court Board.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.
This past summer I worked at the Wisconsin Innocence Project. I loved getting some true litigation experience as a rising 2L. I’d recommend the clinic for anyone interested in criminal law or litigation more broadly.

Any other interesting facts about you? 
I am actually from Guatemala originally. I have been lucky enough to spend extended periods of time in Europe, Africa, South and Central America as well as Asia. I love to travel.

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."

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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.

Michael DavisMichael Davis

Hometown: Waukesha, WI
Undergrad: University of Wisconsin - Whitewater; B.S. Biology
Interests: Intellectual Property, Business
Expected Graduation Date: May 2018
Contact: mdavis33@wisc.edu

"Growing up in Wisconsin, I always knew I wanted to come back. When I visited the Law School I felt a connection. The Law School has great clinical programs, and studying in a state capital provides so many opportunities you can’t find elsewhere."

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What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I was working at a top 15 hospital doing genetic testing.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
I wish I would have observed a class before I actually started last fall. It would have been very helpful to see how people brief cases, and the flow of class before I actually got thrown into it.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

Law Review, SELP, IPSO.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.
My first summer I worked for the Law and Entrepreneurship clinic. It was a great experience helping people starting their own businesses seeing their dreams come together. I learned more in one summer about startups and business law than I thought possible. I really feel like the experience set me up for future success.

Any other interesting facts about you? 
I have an amazing wife, a rambunctious chocolate lab, and a playful cat.

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."

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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."

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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.

Annie GetsingerAnnie Getsinger

Hometown: San Antonio, TX; Baraboo, WI (and a few other places along the way)
Undergrad: University of Missouri-Columbia; Journalism
Interests: Family Law, Criminal Law, Health Care Law, Education
Expected Graduation Date: May 2018
Contact: getsinger@wisc.edu

"I chose the University of Wisconsin Law School because of its clinical offerings and real-life approach to learning about the law. I plan to stay in Wisconsin to practice when I graduate, so diploma privilege is also a wonderful advantage to have. (I also value the inclusiveness of the campus and law school communities. I am interested in helping all prospective, admitted and current students feel welcome. During last year’s Admitted Students Weekend reception, I volunteered to mingle with students. I had two people ask me about the atmosphere at the law school for LGBT students. I think this is an important perspective to include among the student ambassadors.)"

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What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I worked as a newspaper reporter for the eight years prior to entering law school. During the summer before I started school, I worked at the Baraboo News-Republic and then took a month off to relax, camp and hike with my family at my favorite Wisconsin state parks.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
I wish I had known about the wonderful friendships I would make in my small group and clinic. I didn’t anticipate the environment being so friendly and laid-back. I have enjoyed the students, staff and professors as much as I have loved learning the material.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

Women’s Law Student Association, Wisconsin Journal of Law, Gender & Society, occasional admitted student lunch host, Orientation Small Group Leader, Jackie Macaulay Auction volunteer. I have also applied to be a 1L student mentor.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.
I am currently enrolled in the Family Law Project clinic. I have spent this summer working to help incarcerated clients work through their family law issues. One of the most rewarding experiences has been helping a client to have visits with their child for the first time in years.

Any other interesting facts about you? 
I played rugby in college and enjoyed short-lived stints as a roller derby girl and amateur boxer. I have two (soon-to-be) stepchildren, ages 10 and 12.

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."

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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."

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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.

Zhenlan (Joe) HuZhenlan "Joe" Hu

Hometown: Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, China
Undergrad: University of Toronto, B.B.A. in Management and Information Technology
Interests: Patent, Trademark, Copyright, and Trade Secret laws
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2018
Contact: hu259@wisc.edu

"I chose to attend University of Wisconsin Law School because I am impressed with the amount and dimensions of job opportunities that are continuously offered through our law school career office. In addition to vibrant classroom studies, students are able to gain hands-on experience through legal clinics, internship, externship, and honors programs. In comparison with other law schools, our law school offers excellent practical legal trainings at a very affordable cost."

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What did you do the summer before you started law school?
After leaving my teacher role in Beijing, I spent some quality time with my family before going to law school in August. During the four months at my hometown, I worked occasionally as a self-employed English tutor. I also wrote blog articles sharing my experience on learning English as a second language and U.S. law school applications.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
I would like to know more about the various extra-curriculum activities offered by the law school including student organizations. In addition, I wish that I knew more about the different clinical programs and points of contact. I did not know ahead that students can work at a government agency, such as Wisconsin Department of Revenue, by enrolling in an externship course while taking other academic courses concurrently in both fall and spring semesters.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I volunteered at Wisconsin Unemployment Appeals Clinic. I interviewed clients during in-take and explored the defense strategies. I represented low-income clients at the Madison Hearing Office or by phone. I recently participated in the annual Federalist Society’s Student Leadership Conference on behalf of the Wisconsin chapter. I played basketball for our law school twice against the Medical School at the annual Dean's Cup.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.
For the second summer, I am currently working as an intellectual property legal intern at Kohler Co. I draft patent claims and respond to rejections from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the European Patent Office. Last summer, I worked as a law clerk at the Wisconsin Department of Revenue. I continued in the fall as an extern. I conducted legal research, wrote memorandums, and reported to the chief counsel on issues related to real estate transfer, Native American taxation policy, alcohol and cigarette tax. I finalized a few good writing samples that I could present to my future employers after the two excellent internship experience.

Any other interesting facts about you? 
Because I did my undergraduate at the University of Toronto, I traveled in many provinces in Canada. I like cooking food myself. I used to bring traditional Chinese cuisines to places I worked at and received very positive feedback. I am always accessible through email if you like to discuss Canada, China, IP law or basketball. I am a big fan of Golden State Warriors. Haha!

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."

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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."

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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.

Riley LeonardRiley Leonard

Hometown: Fairbanks, AK
Undergrad: University of Alaska Southeast - Anthropology
Interests: Criminal Law, Human Rights, International Law
Expected Graduation Date: May 2018
Contact: rcleonard@wisc.edu

"I chose the University of Wisconsin Law School because it provided the perfect characteristics for a graduate program – high national ranking, experiential learning opportunities and an exciting and vibrant community."

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What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I spent my last summer touring around the western United States camping in national parks and forests. It was a great way to take a deep breath before the rigor of law school. It also reminded me of the importance of maintaining a work-life balance throughout my first year.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
I wish I would have known about the realities of day-to-day life in law school. While it definitely takes over your life at times, there are ways to prevent, or at least delay, the burnout and exhaustion.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I served as a member of the Student Bar Association (student government) and spent a year working for the Wisconsin Innocence Project. I currently serve as the senior business editor for the Wisconsin International Law Journal and compete on our mock trial team.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.
The Wisconsin Innocence Project is a phenomenal opportunity to get involved in complex appellate work. I have had the opportunity to write motions for inmates on death row raising various constitutional and statutory claims. It’s exciting to apply the skills and knowledge you learn in the classroom to the real world and a real case. It’s tough and intense, but worth every second.

Any other interesting facts about you? 
I love to cook and travel. I try to learn a new dish from every country I visit to bring back home to my friends and family. One day I hope to open my own restaurant.

Emily LiebmanEmily Liebman

Hometown: Edina, MN
Undergrad: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Class of 2014, B.A. in Political Science and History, Certificates in Jewish Studies and European Studies
Interests: Public interest law, criminal law, criminal prosecution
Expected Graduation Date: Spring 2018
Contact: ealiebman@wisc.edu

"I chose University of Wisconsin because I knew UW Law had strong public interest programming and I appreciated that the school was located in the Midwest. I came to law school hoping to practice in Minnesota, and while my interests have now expanded to Colorado as well, I appreciate UW Law’s close proximity to one of the regions of the country I am interested in practicing in. I also chose UW Law because I grew to love Madison and UW as an undergrad, and knew that I would be able to have a comfortable experience in law school upon my return to Wisconsin."

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What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I finished up my year living and working in Steamboat Springs, CO, and backpacked through Europe for a month.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
While I knew that getting outlines from 2Ls and 3Ls can be helpful, I wish someone would have given me more guidance on how to go about asking for them, as I only realized during my 1L year that it can be extremely helpful to gather several people’s outlines and cross-reference them with your own to ensure that you have a complete understanding of the material. I also wish someone had told me that professor office hours in law school are significantly more beneficial to attend than in undergrad, and they should be taken advantage of particularly to go over practice exams.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?
I compete on the moot court and mock trial teams, serve as the Membership Chair of our moot court program, serve as the Vice President of Community Service for the Jewish Law Students Association, am a member of the Women's Law Students Association, and volunteer with the Ready to Rent pro bono program and with the Madison Memorial Mentorship program coordinated by the Black Law Students Association.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school: The summer following my 1L year, I was a law clerk for the United States Attorney’s Office in the District of Minnesota. I learned a great deal from this job, and my legal research and writing skills improved significantly in only just one summer. This job also solidified my interest in pursuing a career as a prosecutor. During the summer following my 2L year, I was a law clerk for the Hennepin County Attorney's Office in Minneapolis. At this clerkship, I was fortunate to be given the opportunity to appear in court and manage my own caseload in addition to my regular research and writing duties.

Any other interesting facts about you? I took a year off between undergrad and law school to be a ski instructor out in Steamboat Springs, CO. I still go back there over my winter and spring breaks to teach skiing.

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."

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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."

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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.

Megan RenslowMegan Renslow

Hometown: Moorhead, MN
Undergrad: Macalester College; Philosophy and Classical Civilization
Interests: Criminal Law; Civil Litigation
Expected Graduation Date: May 2018
Contact: renslow@wisc.edu

"I chose Wisconsin because of the clinical programs and how close knit the community seemed to be when I toured. I am especially grateful for the clinical programs now after having worked at the Restorative Justice Project."

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What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I worked as a front desk clerk in Fargo, ND.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
I don’t have any lawyers in my family so I had no idea what I was getting myself into. I didn’t even know what everyone meant when they started talking about outlines at orientation. I wish I had some sort of guidance or crash course in what law school entailed before jumping into it.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

Mock Trial; Law Review; Women’s Law Student Association.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.
This summer I worked in the Remington Center at the Restorative Justice Project. This job was probably the most difficult work I’ve ever had to do. I spoke with victims and offenders about the harm a crime created to prepare them for a potential dialogue. I saw first hand the amount of pain and humanity the criminal justice system ignores. I also was exposed to the huge amount of hope and strength within each person. I don’t know if I can categorize my work as exciting, but it fulfilling, difficult, emotional, and rewarding.

Any other interesting facts about you? 
I almost went to school for musical theater.

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."

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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.

Khanh 

TranKhanh Tran

Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Undergrad: Marquette University; Philosophy
Interests: Tax Law
Expected Graduation Date: May 2018
Contact: ktran6@wisc.edu

"I wanted to practice law in Wisconsin, the tuition was affordable, and school ranking was high."

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What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I was working for Milwaukee Public Schools as an educational assistant.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
It is a long process and never sell yourself short. Start early.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I am involved in the Asian Law Student Association as well as the Indigenous Law Student Association. I am an active board member for both student orgs.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.
I am currently working for American Family Corporate as a law clerk.

Any other interesting facts about you? 
I’m a Vietnamese immigrant who found himself calling Wisconsin home. I am the first person in my family to ever go to law school.

Laura VoegeliLaura Voegeli

Hometown: Madison, WI
Undergrad: UW-Madison, Spanish and Elementary Education
Interests: Criminal, immigration
Expected Graduation Date: May 2018
Contact: lvoegeli@wisc.edu

"I really like the campus here; Madison is such a cool city with so much to do. The Law School here also has really good clinical programs."

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What did you do the summer before you started law school?
I worked as a dive coach and pool manager at a pool in Madison.

What is one thing you wish you knew about law school or the admissions process ahead of time?
Start your outlines after the first or second week and type them. Many professors say to start them later, but that creates a lot of stress later in the semester when everything is getting busy.

What student organizations or activities are you involved in?

I have been doing probono work at the Community Immigration Law Center and the National Immigrant Justice Center.

Discuss any exciting jobs or internships you’ve had while in law school.
I am currently working at the Wisconsin Innocence Project. It has been an amazing experience. I have visited clients in prison, interviewed witnesses and past lawyers, and written DNA and new trial motions to circuit courts and the WI Supreme Court.

Any other interesting facts about you? 
I coach ski racing in the winter for a local club team. I am an avid skier and go water and snow skiing frequently during the school year.

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."

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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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