by Lindsay Sfekas, Class of 2016
Mary-Carson Saunders, Class of 2013, met her husband Josh Stiff during her first semester 1L year in the library during finals week, with intentions of getting some serious studying done. She speaks fondly of the moment she sat down next to Josh in the library, and he was watching a Youtube video of a parody of law school and giggling to himself. He enticed her to take a break from studying and watch the rest of the video with him.
As luck, or fate, would have it, Mary-Carson and Josh lived right across the street from one another. They became fast friends over pot luck dinners, trivia nights, and movie nights with their mutual friends. During their spring semester, they began dating. Williamsburg turned out to be a great place to date for these two outdoors loving people. In fact, their first date was at Jamestown Beach, which is a local beach close to Williamsburg. Other dates consisted of walking through Colonial Williamsburg, spending time in York River State Park, walking in the College Woods, canoeing on the Chickahominy River, and swimming in the river at Jamestown Beach.
At William & Mary Law School, the two became involved in the George Wythe Society and in the Inns of Court, a leadership networking organization.
During their 3L year, Mary-Carson and Josh returned to Jamestown Beach, the site of their first date, and Josh proposed. The two were married in Suffolk, Virginia (Mary-Carson’s hometown) on October 5, 2013 with almost 20 of their classmates in attendance.
Mary-Carson and Josh live in Norfolk, Virgina where she works for the Law School and he a small bankruptcy firm. When asked about whether she expected to meet her husband in law school, Mary-Carson says, “Absolutely not! I never dreamed in a million years!”
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