This is a blog written by students at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

Current bloggers are:

Adam Almaraz

I was born and raised in Flagstaff and went to Cornell University for my undergraduate degree, studying animal science and biology. My interests are in law, science and technology. I am a second-year law student, and am on the Executive Board of OUTLaw and a member of the Chicano/Latino Law Student Association. I am also a Student Ambassador for the admissions office. I spent my first summer externing for The Hon. Mark Brain in Juvenile Court. This semester I am participating in the Diversity Legal Writing Program as an intern at Bryan Cave. I enjoy appellate advocacy, have participated in the Hispanic National Bar Association’s National Moot Court Competition, and will be competing at the Williams Institute National Moot Court Competition in March. I am also an avid runner and biker.

Cassidy Crossen

I was born and raised in a small town in Ohio, moving back and forth between Arizona and Ohio throughout high school. I fell in love with Arizona and decided to stay to attend college at Arizona State University, where I studied Justice Studies and Business. I became involved with the State Capital Post-Conviction Defender’s Office during my senior year, and worked as a legal assistant for the office while studying for the LSAT and writing personal statements. I am currently a first-year law student with no idea what direction I’m headed. I had originally planned on going into contract law, but found death penalty work absolutely fascinating.

Aside from my studies, I am involved in the Women’s Law Student Association, a research cluster on “smart dust,” and remain a volunteer at the Capital Post-Conviction Defender’s Office. In my spare time, I enjoy playing frisbee with my dogs (an Australian Shepherd mix named Aspen and a St. Bernard named Lexi), cooking, skyping with my three year-old nephew Landon, and spending time with friends and family. I am looking forward to discovering my passion in the next 2 1/2 years and am excited at the opportunities the future holds.

Krystle Fernandez

I was a journalism major at the University of Florida (Go Gators!) so I’ve had a lot of experience writing on deadline. I’m a 1L, and really excited to be here at ASU. I hope to be a legal advocate fighting against sex trafficking when I graduate, so I’m doing all I can now to get involved in combatting this issue. I’ve always loved to write. I tried my hand a few times at some poetry in elementary school, some fiction tales in middle school, and, well, I took an AP English test in high school, so I guess that counts. I used to write for both The Miami Herald and The Dallas Morning News, and I loved the experience of writing for a newspaper. But, as times have changed, and newspapers are struggling, the blogging world is the new place to be.

I’m fortunate enough to be a board member for 13:Advocacy Against Sex Trafficking and the Pro Bono Board, and a volunteer for Street Law, and JLAP. When I’m not reading for class I enjoy trying out new cookie recipes, hiking, and some amateur photography. I look forward to staying involved and watching the next 2.5 years just fly by.

Lindsay Schoonover

Leaving behind the “Happiest Place on Earth,” I arrived at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law after seven years of working for the Disneyland Resort as an Entertainment Manager. It was through this experience that I came to love the law (yes, intellectual property became my passion) and decided to come back to Arizona to further my education. Academically, I started my undergraduate career as a Sun Devil in the dance program here at ASU, but ended up finishing at Cal State Long Beach majoring in Communications Studies.

While at Disney, I had the honor of representing the company as the 2007 Disneyland Resort Ambassador, hosting media events, attraction openings, and participating in community outreach efforts as the “official face of Disneyland.” Through this time, I started to write and host on-air for a variety of companies and conventions. While I loved the experience of this representation, the opportunity of law school moved me back to ASU making Ross-Blakely officially my new home.

Here at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, I am fortunate enough to be a member of the Women Law Students’ Association (WLSA) and a student ambassador for the Admissions office. When I’m not living it up at the library, I can be found g33king out on my iMac, hiking, at the gym, or wasting the time watching my favorite TV shows (“Dexter” and “Fringe” anyone?).

Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, renamed for the retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice in 2006, is pursuing a bold and transformative model for public legal education in the 21st century, a model we call “legal education in the future tense.” This model re-imagines the law school as a multifaceted legal studies center serving law students, professionals from other fields, and undergraduates seeking broad-based exposure to legal issues. At the core of this expansion is a dedication to making the law school a valuable resource for addressing major regional, national, and international problems of law and public policy.  The College is the leading law school in the Phoenix area, boasts an Indian Legal Program that is arguably the best in the nation, houses the Center for Law, Science & Innovation, the oldest, largest and by far the most comprehensive law and science center in the country, the Center for Law and Global Affairs, and the new Diane Halle Center for Family Justice. Beyond the traditional J.D., the College offers several concurrent degrees, including a J.D./M.D. program with the Mayo Medical School, a J.D./M.B.A. with the W. P. Carey School of Business at ASU, a J.D./Ph.D. in Law and Psychology with the ASU Department of Psychology, and a J.D./Ph.D. in Justice Studies with the ASU School of Social Transformation’s Justice and Social Inquiry Program. It also offers graduate degrees in Biotechnology and Genomics and in Tribal Policy, Law and Government. A Master of Legal Studies program gives non-lawyers an opportunity to develop needed legal skills to help students advance in their professional careers. For more information, visit law.asu.edu

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