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Anna Leist

Class of 2010

Hometown: Canal Winchester, OH
Employer: Seward & Kissel LLP

About Anna

Anna earned a B.A. from The Johns Hopkins University with a major in international studies and concentration in development politics. As an undergraduate she was a member of the crew team and a reporter for the student newspaper. She studied abroad in Tanzania, where she researched the social impact of AIDS and poverty. She also studied abroad in Italy, Switzerland, and China. Before attending William & Mary, Anna gained legal experience as a legal assistant for investment management at Drinker Biddle & Reath in Philadelphia. At William & Mary, Anna was awarded a graduate research fellowship and served as a student admission ambassador and member of the William and Mary Law Review. In summer 2008 and 2009 she returned to Drinker Biddle & Reath as a summer associate and joined the firm as an associate after graduation. She is now an associate at Seward & Kissel LLP in Washington, D.C.

Her Own Words

"After attending undergraduate and working in larger cities, I enjoyed attending law school in Williamsburg, an environment where I feel I was better able to focus on studies and where I could take breaks from school wandering the streets of a beautiful historic city. I knew early on in the application process that I wanted to attend William & Mary. Working as a paralegal at a large Philadelphia firm, I met attorneys who themselves were law students at William & Mary and ardently promoted their alma mater. That early exposure to the school's tight-knit community of alumni, which I have discovered spans the country, showed me what a special opportunity it is to attend this school."


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