Center for Law + Innovation Privacy Law Fellow and Vafiades Scholar
Class of 2019
Hometown: Hampden, Maine
What did you do prior to coming to the University of Maine School of Law?
I was a research associate for a Boston-based hedge fund called Clough Capital.
Why did you choose to attend the University of Maine School of Law?
I am a born and raised Mainer, I moved back from Boston to be closer to my family.
What has been most helpful to you in making the adjustment to the life of a Maine Law student?
I play basketball with Maine Law Hoops every Tuesday and Thursday night. This is a great way to decompress and socialize.
What is one thing that has surprised you about Maine Law?
I have been surprised at how many different courses the Law School offers on a regular basis.
What are you looking to do after graduation, and how has Maine Law helped to facilitate that goal?
I’m still pursuing a variety of options so to that end, Maine Law has helped me keep my options open: I am currently involved in privacy law (through the certificate program), sports law (through conferences and extra-curricular clubs), and bankruptcy law (through the Duberstein Moot Court Competition).
This past summer I worked as an intern at the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). In that role, I helped to ensure IAPP compliance with the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (effective May 2018). I worked closely with the IAPP’s Data Protection Officer, Rita Heimes, to document our process and at the end of the summer I was able to publish The GDPR in 20 Minutes.
Are you involved in extracurricular activities, either on or off campus? What are they?
I play a number of different extra-curricular sports and I’m also a mentor at Portland High School.
When you are not at school, how do you like to spend your time?
With friends or with my (very large) family.
What do you like best about Portland?
Portland has a reputation for its vast array of food options. Do you have any favorite restaurants or grocery stores?
My most recent favorite is Boda which serves Thai street food.
What are some things that have surprised you about Portland?
I was surprised that the different boroughs each have their own personality, and that it is actually possible to surf here.
For someone who is considering attending Maine Law, how would you describe the student community here?
If you could tell a prospective student one thing about Maine Law, what would it be?
You don’t need to know what you want to do before you get here. Law school is a process that shapes the way you think and allows you to be a multi-faceted individual.