Student Voices

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 a member of the William & Mary Law Review, the Student Bar Association, an executive board member of the American Constitution Society, and a member of the Business Law Society and Student Legal Services. 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.

Kiren Chauhan
Kiren ChauhanClass of 2018
Kiren Chauhan

Kiren Chauhan

Class of 2018

Hometown: Northampton, MA

"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. Additionally, as someone who wants to pursue a career in military law, I am able to work with the Puller Veterans' Benefits Clinic and at local military installations. Overall, I am thrilled with my decision to come to William & Mary Law."

Kiren graduated from Smith College with a B.A. in government. At William & Mary, she is a member of the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal and treasurer of the Military and Veterans Law Society. She spent summer 2016 as an intern with the SAFE Program in Kampala, Uganda.

Hillary Dang
Hillary DangClass of 2017

Hillary Dang

Class of 2017

Hometown: Fairfax, VA

“Every member of the law school faculty and administration is invested in each student's individual success. Career services provides great resources on how to launch your career, and the deans take the time to help students polish their resumes and cover letters. The professors also treat students as colleagues, and are genuinely happy to mentor and provide advice to students as they navigate their job search.”

Hillary graduated from Georgetown University with a B.S. in foreign service. At William & Mary, she is a notes editor for the William & Mary Law Review, a Legal Practice Fellow, and a memeber of the Public Service Fund and the Immigration Law Society. Hillary spent summer 2015 as an intern for the Honorable Tanya S. Chutkan at the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and summer 2016 as a summer associate at Arnold & Porter in Washington, DC.

Claire Lashley
Claire LashleyClass of 2017
Claire Hunter

Claire Lashley

Class of 2017

Hometown: Sydney, Australia

"The best thing about William & Mary Law School is the people. The students, faculty, staff, and alumni here truly care about each other. The faculty are not only exceptional legal scholars, but are uniformly generous with their personal time and look for ways to improve the classroom experience. Alumni are consistent in their desire to help students in their careers. My conversations with a William & Mary Law alumna set me up for success in finding my dream summer associate position. I am grateful to be at a law school with such a wonderful mix of people!"

Claire graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in classics, where she was president of the Epsilon Kappa Theta Sorority. At William & Mary, Claire is a member of the William & Mary Law Review, deputy chief justice of the Honor Council, a Legal Practice Fellow, and a Dean’s Associate. She spent summer 2015 as a research assistant for Professors Evan Criddle and James Dwyer. During summer 2016 she was a summer associate with White & Case in New York City.

Ana María Matias
Ana María MatiasClass of 2017
Ana Maria Matias

Ana María Matias

Class of 2017

Hometown: Dorado, PR

"The most memorable experience I've had with faculty was winning a bowling session with my contracts professor at the Public Service Fund's annual auction. My professor had bowling shirts made for me and a few students and treated us to a few rounds of bowling. This type of experience is a testament how much time professors invest in getting to know their students here at William & Mary Law."

Ana María graduated from Georgetown University with a B.A. in government. At William & Mary, she is the senior notes editor of the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal and president of the Latino Law Students Assoication. Ana María spent summer 2015 as an intern for the Department of Justice Office of International Affairs and summer 2016 as a summer associate with the New York City Law Department Family Court, Juvenile Delinquency Unit, in New York.

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. At William & Mary, he is secretary of the Students for the Innocence Project and a peer mentor for the Leadership Institute. Willie spent summer 2016 as an intern for the Office of the Public Defender in Arlington, Virginia.

Jennifer Morris
Jennifer MorrisClass of 2017

Jennifer Morris

Class of 2017

Hometown: Franklin Furnace, OH

“One of the things I’ve most appreciated about my time at William & Mary is the openness with which my personal interests have been welcomed, both by faculty and other students. Professors are more than willing to tailor-make independent study courses to adapt to our interests, and they seem truly excited at the prospect of our bringing our own interests — however interdisciplinary — to the table and adapting them to our legal studies. My fellow students are bright, well-rounded, and genuinely supportive of each other, and seem to be competitive only with themselves rather than with others. William & Mary offers students the perfect balance of academic rigor and social support.”

Jennifer graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Duke University with an A.B. in art history. Following her time at Duke, she earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in art and archaeology from Princeton University. She has an article forthcoming in the International Foundation for Art Reasarch Journal, a review forthcoming in the Sixteenth Century Journal, and a forthcoming lecture on early modern art and notions of copyright at the Renaissance Society of America's annual conference. Jennifer spent summer 2015 working with the East West Management Institute, paired with Partners Asia, to assist non-profit groups in Burma/Myanmar. In summer 2016, she interned at the International Foundation for Art Research in New York and at the Muscarelle Museum of Art in Williamsburg, VA.

Anthony Onuoha
Anthony OnuohaClass of 2019
Anthony Onuoha

Anthony Onuoha

Class of 2019

"I appreciate the overall smaller class sizes at William & Mary, especially my twelve-person Legal Practice section. It is comforting to know that in any of my classes, there are recognizable faces. With all my classmates, we push each other to do better, both in the classroom and beyond. Since sections are so small and tight-knit, former strangers turn to friends, and then to family."

Anthony graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in psychology. While at UVA, he volunteered with the Big Siblings program and Habitat for Humanity. At William & Mary, Anthony is the Student Bar Association Treasurer and a member of the Business Law Society, the Student Intellectual Property Society, and the Black Law Students Association. He is also a joint degree student in the J.D./M.B.A. Program.

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 president of the Black Law Students Association and a member of the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, the Transactional Law Team, and the Comparative Legal Student Scholars. Mary spent summer 2016 as an intern with the People against Suffering, Oppression, and Poverty in Cape Town, South Africa.

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 a member of the William & Mary Business Law Review, on the board of the Sports and Entertainment Legal Society, and is the production manager for the Law Revue Theatre Group. Natalie spent summer 2016 interning for Congressman Ron DeSantis in the United States House of Representatives.

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 a B.A. in international relations. At William & Mary, she is a member of the William & Mary Law Review, the Alternative Dispute Resolution Team, events chair for the Latino Law Student Association, treasurer of the Human Security Law Center, and is a Legal Practice Fellow. Natalia spent 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.

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 with a B.S. in medical microbiology and immunology from the University of Wisconsin. Prior to law school, he worked in biochemistry as a reagent manufacturing associate. At William & Mary, he is a member of the Moot Court Team, the Election Law Society, the Student Intellectual Property Society, and the George Wythe Society of Citizen Lawyers. He spent summer 2016 as a research assistant for Professors Paul Marcus and Allison Orr Larsen.

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 a member of the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, the Student Intellectual Property Society, the LGBT Equality Alliance, and is 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.

Anne Wallice
Anne WalliceClass of 2017
Anne Wallice

Anne Wallice

Class of 2017

Hometown: Greenville, SC

"When I decided to go back to school, I knew that I wanted an environment where I would be challenged academically but would also have the opportunity to learn alongside people I actually enjoyed. William & Mary offered me both. The people that I attend law school with are amazing, bright, and dedicated to whatever career path they hope to enter, but they are also people that make me look forward to returning to Williamsburg each fall. Professors truly do have open door policies and encourage questions from students – whether it is about an upcoming final or the summer job search. Despite the demands of law school, I would do it all over again as part of the William & Mary Law School community."

Anne graduated from the College of Charleston cum laude with a B.A. in political science and Spanish. She is Executive Editor of the William & Mary Law Review, a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Team, and is Funding Chair for the Public Service Fund. She spent summer 2015 at the United States Agency for International Development’s SAFE Program in Kampala, Uganda. In summer 2016, she was a judicial intern for the Honorable Patrick Michael Duffy, Senior U.S. District Judge, United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, and an extern for LeClairRyan in Williamsburg.