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UHP Alumni Career Panel – Law School and Legal Careers

18 Oct

Interested in going to law school? Headed to law school  but not sure why? Yearning for some seasoned wisdom on legal careers? Join us at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, October 25 in the UHP Club Room to hear from Honors Alums about their experiences. Light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP on Facebook so we know how many guests to expect! Questions may be directed to Liz, lsutton@gwu.edu. For more info on the panelists, read on:

Marni Karlin, ESIA ’98, graduated from the University Honors Program magna cum laude.  She went on to graduate from The University of Chicago Law School with honors in 2001, and clerked for the Honorable John Duhe on the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  After returning to D.C., she spent five years in the private practice of law and two years as counsel to the Antitrust Modernization Commission.  In 2007, she earned her degree in culinary arts, with honors, from Le Cordon Bleu, located in Paris.  She has been counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee since 2009.

Neil Marchand, ESIA ’06, graduated from the University Honors Program summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa; GW Law ’09, with honors.  From 2009 to 2010, Neil clerked for the Honorable Gordon J. Quist on the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan.  After his clerkship, Neil joined Miller Johnson in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  Neil’s practice focuses on civil litigation, including products liability, insurance coverage, and commercial litigation (breach of contracts).

David Petron, CCAS ’97, is currently a partner with Sidley Austin LLP in Washington DC, where his practice focuses on government investigations and First Amendment appellate matters.  He received his law degree summa cum laude from Notre Dame Law School in 2001, along with a master’s degree (ABD) in philosophy.  Following law school, he clerked for Judge D. Brooks Smith on the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and Judge Susan H. Black on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Continue reading

What’s up Alum? – Taylor Asen

2 Dec

Taylor Asen, CCAS and UHP '06

Taylor Asen, CCAS ’06, graduated from the University Honors Program summa cum laude.  An English major with departmental honors and a Classics minor, Taylor received his masters in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University and is currently a student at Yale Law School graduating in 2012.

When I was at GW, it never occurred to me that I would do anything other than think and write about literature for the rest of my life.  When I left college, I enrolled in a Ph.D. program in English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University, where I intended to spend the next six years of my life.

After I received my Master’s degree, I very much surprised myself by deciding to leave graduate school. It was a decision that, nearly five years later, I am surer than ever was the right one, although to this day I have trouble articulating exactly why I left.  When my colleagues at law school find out I am a “graduate school dropout” (an attribute that is strangely pedestrian at Yale), they often ask me what I didn’t like about it, and are then surprised to hear that, in fact, I had a wonderful time there.  I worked with engaging and kind professors, and enjoyed the company of my peers.  Indeed, my problem wasn’t that I stopped enjoying thinking, talking, and writing about literature, but rather that this enjoyment was all that I had. Until I enrolled in graduate school, I had never thought about what it really meant to be in a professional school on a track towards becoming a professional academic.  I had never really thought much about what type of career I wanted at all.  When I began to learn more about it, I came to see that working in academia is an incredibly grueling profession, requiring a level of commitment to the subject matter that I simply did not have.  I remember quite distinctly when I decided to leave: It was when I told my mentor at Columbia that I was having some misgivings, and she replied, “This is a profession for people who can’t imagine themselves doing anything else.  If you can, then do.”  I could, so I did.

When I speak to my friends from Columbia (who are now finishing up their dissertations), it is hard not to feel small pangs of envy and regret.  And yet, while law school is by no means a perfect place, it is, I now know, the right place for me.  Moreover, giving up something as a fully funded Ph.D. program—the thing that was, up until the moment I left it, my dream—continues to keep me honest in law school.  It has kept me, for instance, from taking the ever-tempting high paying job at a corporate law firm.  After all, while I may not be quite sure what I will end up doing for a living, here is one thing I know for sure: I did not leave a life of reading Charles Dickens and George Elliot so I could make a living doing something I cared nothing about.

Meet the New UHP Blog Contributor – Carly

10 Mar

Hello world!

I’m Carly Gibbs, one of the new student writers for the UHP blog, and I’m following in Jenna’s footsteps with a little “about me” post. I’ve lived in a small town known as Munster, Indiana for almost my entire life (it’s an interesting conversation piece at GW, where I’ve met exactly one other person from Indiana and several people who seemed to think I lived near Colorado). I have a general idea of what I want to do with my life-which, at the moment, consists of majoring in History and possibly going on to law school. I might also declare a second major in Political Science and a minor in Biology if I ever get around to filling out certain forms. More importantly to all of you, I’m a UHP student (and currently enrolled in a whopping TWO Honors classes at the moment) and know what it’s like to be a part of the GW Honors Program.

I’ve lived in Honors Housing for both my years here (and will definitely miss it next year!), taken Honors classes, visited the Honors advisers, and taken advantage of free food in the Honors building. Since I’ve experienced a lot (of mostly good things) as a student in the Honors program, I figured I might as well do my part to relay to all of you out there what life can be like as an Honors student at GW. That’s my job now, to use my writing powers and blogging privilege for good and write exciting tales detailing some of the things that happen here at the GW Honors Program. Huzzah!

Note: I desperately searched for a decent picture of myself to post and came up with this. I’m not normally this shifty-looking (ask any of my friends), but look at the background. Jefferson Memorial! Tidal Basin! DC!



Law School Law School LAW SCHOOL

28 Oct

Representatives of various law schools will be coming to GW over the next few months, to conduct info sessions and panel discussions.  There will be several this week (tonight!).  These are information sessions only, not interviews.  Casual attire is appropriate.  Feel free to come whenever you can and leave when you must.  They understand that most of you are students with classes to attend. Below is information for Wed, Oct 28:
Oct 28 5:30 – 6:30 pm  Phillips 210
Panel Discussion: “How to make your application as strong as possible”
Therese Lambert, Director of Recruiting, Univ of Miami School of Law
Jose Roma, Asst. Director of Admissions, Boston College Law School
Oct 28 6:00 pm  Phillips 306
Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity is hosting a discussion with Lt. Col. Gregory Maggs and Capt. Allison Gregoire,  who will speak about their experiences in international and criminal law with the US Army JAG Corps.  Prof Maggs is also Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at GW Law School.
Refreshments will be provided.

If you would like more information on this event, please email gwpad@gwu.edu