Student Voices

Natsumi Antweiler
Natsumi AntweilerClass of 2019
Natsumi Antweiler

Natsumi Antweiler

Class of 2019

Hometown: Tokyo, Japan

"I love that William & Mary Law School is a community of people that cares about and invests in each individual. I really appreciate all the one-on-one attention the school provides to each student. Whether it is Career Services or the Legal Practice Program, we can always sit down with the professors and deans to go over our memos, cover letters, and resumes. William & Mary ensures that we establish the fundamental and essential skills for becoming successful lawyers."

Natsumi graduated with a B.A. in liberal studies from Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan. She also holds an M.A. in international law from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland. At William & Mary, she is a member of the William & Mary Law Review, publicity chair for the International Law Society, a graduate fellow for the Center for Legal and Court Technology, and a member of Phi Delta Phi. Natsumi spent summer 2017 as an intern for the Honorable Richard W. Goldberg of the US Court of International Trade.

Perry Austin
Perry AustinClass of 2018
Perry Austin

Perry Austin

Class of 2018

Hometown: Florence, SC

"I came to law school because I wanted to pursue a career that would have purpose and meaning beyond myself. With its historic emphasis on educating citizen lawyers, William & Mary embodies the notion that our most important duty as lawyers is to improve the lives of others. While faculty always demand academic rigor and precise thinking, collegiality is also the norm. William & Mary was the obvious choice for me, and it is a choice I would unquestionably make again."

Perry graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Clemson University with a B.A. in political science. He also holds an M.A. in sociology from Indiana University. At William & Mary, he is Executive Editor of the William & Mary Law Review, a Legal Practice Fellow, and a member of the Moot Court Team. Perry spent summer 2016 as an intern for the Honorable John A. Gibney, Jr., at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia and summer 2017 as a summer associate at Troutman Sanders LLP in Richmond, Virginia. Following graduation, he will clerk for the Honorable John A. Gibney, Jr., at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Vinayak Balasubramanian
Vinayak BalasubramanianClass of 2019
Vinayak Balasubramanian

Vinayak Balasubramanian

Class of 2019

Hometown: Poughkeepsie, NY

"William & Mary’s commitment to producing citizen lawyers is as true today as it was in 1779. Starting on the first day of orientation, the school has consistently emphasized the important role that the legal profession plays in helping individuals, communities, and our nation. The school has very strong connections to public service opportunities at the local, state, and national level, and encourages students to serve the local area by participating in internships, externships, and clinics. William & Mary does not just train us to become excellent lawyers; they also want us to be role models and leaders."

Vinayak graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in economics. At William & Mary, he is a member of the William & Mary Law Review, a board member of the Public Service Fund, and a writer for the Law School Communications Office. Vinayak spent summer 2017 working for the American Bar Association’s Death Penalty Due Process Review Project.

Kiren Chauhan
Kiren ChauhanClass of 2018
Kiren Chauhan

Kiren Chauhan

Class of 2018

Hometown: Spartanburg, SC

"From day one at William & Mary, I have been impressed by our professors, who are extremely knowledgeable, love to teach, and go above and beyond for their students. Moreover, my classmates are insightful, they challenge me, and I am honored to be in the classroom with them. Throughout my life, I have lived in more than a dozen places and attended eight different schools, and my time spent in Williamsburg attending William & Mary Law has proven to be the most fulfilling time of my life."

Kiren graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in government. At William & Mary, she is a notes editor for the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, president of the Military and Veterans Law Society, a member of the Moot Court Team, a teaching assistant for Constitutional Law, and a member of the Appellate and Supreme Court Clinic. She spent summer 2016 as an intern with the United States Agency for International Development's SAFE Program in Kampala, Uganda. In summer 2017, she worked for the United States Army JAG Corps in Fort Polk, Lousiana.

Emma Dolgos
Emma DolgosClass of 2019
Emma Dolgos

Emma Dolgos

Class of 2019

Hometown: Yonkers, NY

"When choosing a law school, I wanted to find a community-driven environment that would also challenge me academically. William and Mary provided me with both. Professors encourage questions and healthy debate, helping the students engage with the material on a daily basis. My fellow students are bright, driven, and passionate about the reasons they chose to attend law school. Above all, the students are supportive of each other and quickly become close friends."

Emma graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Wake Forest University with a B.A. in politics and international affairs. At William & Mary, she is a member of the William & Mary Law Review and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Team. Emma spent summer 2017 at the Hearing Unit for the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the New York District Office.

Krystal Gurnell
Krystal GurnellClass of 2019
Krystal Glover

Krystal Gurnell

Class of 2019

Hometown: Hampton, VA

"My first-year professors added a practical element to what we read and discussed from our textbooks. For example, in my Constitutional Law class, we participated in a mock confirmation hearing. My classmates and I got into character and enjoyed ourselves while applying what we learned in a practical way. In Civil Procedure, we drafted documents outside of class and received feedback that will help us when we practice. I love the welcoming environment at William and Mary. The professors truly care about my education, and I've made amazing friends who have supported me each step of the way."

Krystal graduated from the United States Air Force Academy with a B.S. in Political Science. At William & Mary, she is a member of the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, the Criminal Law Society, and the Black Law Students Association, and is secretary of the Military and Veterans Law Society. Krystal is currently serving in the U.S. Air Force and will join the Judge Advocate General’s Corps upon graduation. She spent summer 2017 working at the Langley Air Force Base Law Center.

Eydsa La Paz
Eydsa La PazClass of 2019
Eydsa La Paz

Eydsa La Paz

Class of 2019

Hometown: Lancaster, PA / New Brunswick, NJ

"What makes William & Mary special to me is the sense of community that is continuously felt as you walk through the halls. The faculty, the administration, and the students are always lending a helping hand. For instance, the summer job search for 1Ls can be overwhelming; however, the support I received from my OCS Dean and other faculty members guided me through the entire experience. They all made themselves available to discuss my options and help me make the best decision for my career. I never made an appointment; I simply dropped into their offices and was able to get advice that has now landed me a fantastic opportunity for the summer."

Eydsa graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in sociology and crime, law & justice from the Pennsylvania State University, where she was a member of the Mock Trial Team and on the Liberal Arts Undergraduate Council. Prior to law school, she taught for three years as a member of Teach for America in Houston, Texas. At William & Mary, Eydsa is a member of the Journal of Women and the Law, the Student Bar Association, the Immigration Law and Service Society, the Women’s Law Society, and serves on the Dean’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee. She spent summer 2017 as an intern for the Honorable Vera M. Scanlon, United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

Jose Lavergne
Jose LavergneClass of 2019
Jose Lavergne

Jose Lavergne

Class of 2019

Hometown: Miami, FL

"William & Mary Law School has the academic rigor to enhance your critical thinking while exposing you to well-meaning and encouraging people. Having classmates from all corners of the country, with different life experiences, has only enhanced my law school experience. During your 1L year, you are put into sections made up 13-15 people who have all your classes. The school is special to me because they perfectly crafted the people in my section, who have been a support system and become in a short period of time lifelong friends."

Jose graduated cum laude from the University of Florida with a B.A. in economics and political science. At William & Mary, he is a member of the Environmental Law & Policy Review, Community Service Co-Chair for the Student Bar Association, a member of Student Legal Services, and a Student Admission Ambassador. Jose spent summer 2017 as an intern for the Honorable Barry S. Seltzer at the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

Evan Lewis
Evan LewisClass of 2019
Evan Lewis

Evan Lewis

Class of 2019

Hometown: Kerrville, TX

"One of my favorite things about William & Mary is the eagerness of my professors to engage and get to know students. I find myself going to my professors' office hours with a question about the material, but staying to talk about their research or previous practice experience. I particularly value the time a small group of us grabbed lunch with our property professor. The conversation started with his research on the early history of the common law, and ended with an in-depth examination of the inheritance rights of the characters in Game of Thrones. It was very nerdy, but a lot of fun."

Evan graduated with a B.S. in biology from Trinity University, where he was the Student Government Association president. At William & Mary, he is a member of the William & Mary Law Review, the Moot Court Team, the Student Intellectual Property Society, and Student Legal Services. Evan spent summer 2017 as an intern for the Texas 14th Court of Appeals.

Katie Lukish
Katie LukishClass of 2018
Katie Lukish

Katie Lukish

Class of 2018

Hometown: Richmond, VA

"The thing I have enjoyed and appreciated most at William & Mary is my experience with the faculty and administration. From professors to the Office of Career Services to Admissions, there is a true sense that they care about each student's success, achievement, and well-being. In the classroom, professors challenge you to think analytically and broadly, while also fostering participation and new ideas. Even outside of the classroom, professors are willing to help you explore areas of the law that interest and inspire you, whether it is for research or a personal pursuit."

Katie graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in finance from Virginia Tech, where she was a member of the Student Government Association and the Sigma Kappa Sorority. At William & Mary, she is a member of the William & Mary Law Review, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Team, and is a teaching assistant for Civil Procedure. Katie spent summer 2016 as a summer associate at Kaufman & Canoles in Norfolk, Virginia. During summer 2017, she was a summer associate at McGuireWoods in Richmond, Virginia.

Willie Mejia
Willie MejiaClass of 2018
Willie Mejia

Willie Mejia

Class of 2018

Hometown: Fairfax, VA

"As a first-generation college student, I have never taken education for granted. At William & Mary Law, I know I am receiving a superior legal education complete with brilliant professors, amazing extracurricular opportunities, and friendly students. The comradery between all the students here is what I appreciate most about William & Mary Law. In a span of just one year, I know I have already made friends at William & Mary Law that I will have for the rest of my life. It truly is like a family here!"

Willie graduated magna cum laude from George Mason University with a B.S. in criminology, minoring in legal studies. At William & Mary, he is secretary of the Students for the Innocence Project group and a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Trial Team. He worked with the Innocence Project clinic his 2L year and is a peer mentor for the Leadership Institute. Willie spent summer 2016 as an intern for the Office of the Public Defender in Arlington, Virginia, and spent summer 2017 as an intern for the Fairfax County Public Defender's Office, also in Virginia.

Mary Pickard
Mary PickardClass of 2018
Mary Pickard

Mary Pickard

Class of 2018

Hometown: Detroit, MI

"The inclusive and welcoming community of the William & Mary Law School has truly been an ideal environment for becoming a citizen lawyer. I appreciate being in a community that promotes camaraderie in the classroom while cultivating independent, legal minds. Although law school can be arduous, it is nice to know that I have the continuous support of friends, faculty, and staff at William & Mary."

Mary graduated cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in political science from Spelman College, where she was president of the Student Government Association. At William & Mary, she is an articles editor of the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, a member of the Transactional Law Competition Team, and a Dean's Associate. She is the immediate past president of the Black Law Students Association and currently serves as the National Director of Membership for the National Black Law Students Association. Mary spent summer 2016 as an intern with People against Suffering, Oppression, and Poverty in Cape Town, South Africa. During summer 2017, she was an intern at the headquarters of Habitat for Humanity International with the Office of General Counsel in Atlanta, Georgia.

Natalie Rankin
Natalie RankinClass of 2018
Natalie Rankin

Natalie Rankin

Class of 2018

Hometown: Saint Augustine, FL

"William & Mary has given me the opportunity to grow as a writer, professional, and advocate. One of the things that I have appreciated most is how we are taught to be citizen lawyers who are focused on creating a positive and sustainable impact on our society. These values make the challenges of the law school experience enriching and worthwhile. William & Mary encourages us to be the best lawyer and leader that we can be."

Natalie graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University with a B.S. in political science, history, and theatre. At William & Mary, she is an articles editor for the William & Mary Business Law Review, co-president of the Sports and Entertainment Law Society, and is the head student representative for William & Mary Kaplan Bar Review. Natalie spent summer 2016 interning for Congressman Ron DeSantis in the United States House of Representatives and summer 2017 as a law clerk for the law firm OPN Law in Roanoke, Virginia.

Natalia Rezai
Natalia RezaiClass of 2018
Natalia Rezai

Natalia Rezai

Class of 2018

Hometown: Tegucigalapa, Honduras

"What makes William & Mary so special is how supportive the community is. Should you have a problem, want to network, get a recommendation, or seek advice, someone is always there to lend a helping hand. In my case, for example, a casual conversation led to an alumnus sending a same-day e-mail on my behalf – while he was on a layover in Europe! This is just one example of the countless shows of support I’ve benefitted from this past year. For that, I cannot express how grateful I am."

Natalia graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. in economics and secondary degree in international relations. At William & Mary, she is a member of the William & Mary Law Review and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Team. She is also president of the Latino Law Student Association and the Human Security Law Center, as well as a Legal Practice Program Fellow. Natalia spent her summer 2016 as an intern for the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of International Affairs, in Washington, D.C., and as a summer associate at Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz in New York. In summer 2017, Natalia worked for Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton's New York office as a summer associate.

Samuel Rouleau
Samuel RouleauClass of 2019
Sam Rouleau

Samuel Rouleau

Class of 2019

Hometown: North Berwick, ME

"The culture at William & Mary Law School has been so much more welcoming and friendly than I could have ever imagined. Law school has a reputation for being fiercely competitive, to the point of viewing your peers as enemies or obstacles. That animosity simply isn’t found at William & Mary. Here, your peers are your friends, your support system, and the force that drives you to be the best student you can be."

Sam graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in economics from Colby College, where he was captain of the varsity Golf Team. At William & Mary, he a member of the Criminal Law Society. Sam spent summer 2017 working with the legal and compliance teams at Bolton Global Capital.

Dan Sinclair
Dan SinclairClass of 2018
Dan Sinclair

Dan Sinclair

Class of 2018

Hometown: Appleton, WI

"Being a few years out of school and coming from halfway across the country, I was anxious about adjusting from the working world to the law school world. Adjusting to William & Mary Law School was effortless. There’s a tremendous sense of support and community at the school, which is clear in the great relationships I’ve already developed with professors, advisors, and classmates. It has felt from the very beginning that the school is as invested in my success as I am. Now that I’m here, I can’t imagine being anywhere else."

Dan graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a B.S. in medical microbiology and immunology. Prior to law school, he worked in biochemistry as a reagent manufacturing associate. At William & Mary, he is a member of the William & Mary Law Review, the Moot Court Team, the Student Intellectual Property Society, and the Law School's a cappella group. In summer 2016, he worked as a research assistant for Professors Paul Marcus and Allison Orr Larsen. He spent summer 2017 as a summer associate in the Chicago office of Kirkland & Ellis.

William Waller
William WallerClass of 2018
William Walker

William Waller

Class of 2018

Hometown: Arlington, VA

"Because the Legal Practice course at William & Mary Law consists of only a small group of students, it makes it really easy to get to know your professor. Career Services (OCS) is always reaching out to the students as well. It seems as though every week they host panel after panel. The OCS deans are always available to help out one-on-one, too!"

William graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in sociology and foreign affairs. At William & Mary, he is Editor-in-Chief of the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, a board member of the Public Service Fund, and a Legal Practice Fellow. William spent summer 2016 as a research fellow for Professor Tara Grove and as a summer fellow for Syntagma, Center for Strategic Studies, in Madrid, Spain. In summer 2017, he worked as an intern for the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia in Richmond, Virginia.

Kristen Yarows
Kristen YarowsClass of 2019
Kristen Yarrows

Kristen Yarows

Class of 2019

Hometown: Dexter, MI

"William and Mary has a reputation for producing citizen lawyers, known for giving back to their communities across the nation. As a member of the W&M community, I know there is always someone I can turn to for advice and help. The alumni, professors, and students take pride in helping each other grow into successful law students and attorneys. It is a privilege to be part of a community of faculty and students pushing each other to their highest potential."

Kristen graduated with a B.A. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin, where she ran varsity track and field and cross country and was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. At William & Mary, she is a member of the William and Mary Bill of Rights Journal, a board member of the Public Service Fund and a member of the Women’s Law Society and Student Legal Services. Kristen spent summer 2017 at the City of Chicago Department of Law in the Federal Civil Rights Litigation Division.