What are you most excited about doing in the first years of the law school?
I am looking forward to promoting the talents and abilities of UCI Law students to employers in California and around the country. Our novel approach to legal education is long overdue, and our graduates will be enthusiastically sought in law offices, government agencies, public service organizations, and other venues of every description. I am eager to demonstrate how our students are prepared to practice law right from the start, with the practical, hands-on experience they will acquire by representing real clients on actual cases and issues, integrated with the theoretical reasoning and research skills they will learn in the best of traditional classroom settings.
I am also eager to introduce our incoming classes to the myriad opportunities available in legal practice, and to work closely with individual students to help each one find the best career opportunities.
What inspired you to go to law school?
As a college sophomore, I interned for a Congresswoman sitting on the House Judiciary Committee during Richard Nixon's impeachment proceedings. I worked daily with attorneys who painstakingly researched the Framers’ intent and meticulously investigated and analyzed the evidence against the President. This extraordinary experience solidified my desire to attend law school and inspired my decision to devote my legal career to public service.