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.

You Know You’re In Law School When…

This is interactive, so fill in the blank. Here’s a few to get you started…

…your friends have “favorite” Supreme Court justices, and you know them.

…after being told there’s no wine allowed on the patio because it’s not enclosed, you begin wondering what would constitute enclosed anyway.

…you find a way to apply property law to a Disney movie .

…you post “legal jokes” (oxymoron) on your Facebook status. Face it, they’re only funny to other law school students. Everyone else thinks we’re nerds.

Mock Interviews

I haven’t had a lot of interviews in my day – well, at least not the serious kind. So, reluctantly, I signed up for a mock interview, knowing that I needed the practice.

Well, truth be told, it wasn’t that bad. Once you’re in law school, you realize that the interview process will become very comfortable to you with time, or at the very least, you better get used to it.

I interviewed with a woman from Snell & Wilmer. She was great. Very nice, very pleasant. She could tell pretty quickly that I am not really interested in working for a big firm, I’ll probably end up in the public sector, but we went through the interview nonetheless.

What did I get out of it? Well, the following:

1. The more you can make an interview like a conversation, a dialogue, the better you’ll do, the better the interview will go, the more likable and personable you’ll seem.

2. Dress the part. She commented that I looked well put together and poised. Sloppiness will count against you, even if you’re a great conversationalist.

3. Tailor your answers to the interviewer. She gave me some great advice, which was if I decide I do want to work at a firm, even if only for some different experiences, downplay my passion for public interest work, and really stress that I’m looking for a range of experiences and that I want a fuller understanding of the legal profession.

4. Make eye contact. She mentioned that she’s interviewed some people that don’t make eye contact, and it’s awkward and doesn’t bode well for displaying your people skills.

5. Work experience is a HUGE plus. An interviewer wants to know that you’re mature enough to handle the workplace. Can you work on a team? Get along with your coworkers? Will you realize that this isn’t law school?

Great experience. I’d recommend it to any 1L’s who don’t feel great about their interviewing skills or who just want some honest feedback about ways to improve.

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?).

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 TheDallas 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.

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