Juvenile Justice Fellow
Class of 2020
Hometown: Carlisle, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate: University of Vermont (Anthropology major with minors in Classic Civilization and Studio Art)
Graduate: University of Southern Maine (Master of Social Work)
What did you do prior to coming to the University of Maine School of Law?
Prior to returning to school to pursue my Master of Social Work, I worked for two years as an AmeriCorps Member at an alternative high school.
Why did you choose to attend the University of Maine School of Law?
I had been living in Portland for five years and I knew that I didn’t want to leave. I had always been curious about law school but I was already in graduate school and felt great about my decision to become a social worker. I ended up meeting with Carrie Wilshusen to talk about the connections between social work and the law. I was inspired by how much a J.D. would help with my passions developed from grad school. I knew from that first discussion with Carrie that Maine Law would continue to help me explore the connections between the two fields.
What has been most helpful to you in making the adjustment to the life of a Maine Law Student?
My brother is in the class above me so he and his friends have been an amazing resource. I will also say that I think the entire student body (and faculty) have been helpful to my adjustment, not just the people that I knew before I started.
As a 1L, how would you describe your experience at Maine Law?
I was really nervous that the academic work would be too challenging. I have been delighted to find that it is challenging but it is also really interesting.
What are you hoping to do after graduation, and how is Maine Law helping you to facilitate that goal?
I want to work in the field of juvenile justice reform. I was chosen to be the Juvenile Justice Fellow for my class, which has opened up so many doors for me. My advisor, Professor Christopher Northrop, has gone above and beyond to make sure that I am invited to meetings and lectures in this field.
Are you involved in extracurricular activities, either on or off campus? What are they?
I mentor a young person at Long Creek Youth Development Center, which is Maine’s only youth prison. I meet with him once a week and he is often more interested in the cases that I am reading than I am! I am also the 1L liaison to the Juvenile Law Society which is just one of the many student groups at Maine Law.
What do you like best about Portland?
I love that within 30 miles you can go to an art museum, hike some cool mountains, go kayaking in lakes or oceans, and eat really delicious food.
What is your favorite thing to do in Portland?
I love going over to Willard Beach (really in any season) to play Spikeball, which is a mix between four square and handball. I love that I live so close to the beach and that it is accessible is any season. Plus the beach is right next to Scratch Bakery, so you can get a delicious baked good on the way.
If you could tell a prospective student one thing about Maine Law, what would it be?
I would say take advantage of the professors being so accessible. I know that I have benefited from talking to my advisor at least once a month and engaging with professors after class. They really are invested in helping you succeed and they are all really interesting people.