2015-16 Student Bloggers

The Admission Office is lucky to have a number of student bloggers lending their writing talents to us by posting about their law school experiences throughout the year. 

Learn more about them below!

borkMy name is Emily Bork, and I’m a 1L from Buffalo, New York. I attended Niagara University where I received my BA in Spanish with minors in Law and Jurisprudence, International Studies, and Latin American Studies. I spent my summers throughout college interning in the private legal sector and hope to gain experience in the public sector and government. One of the many things that attracted me to William & Mary is the DC Semester Externship Program and the opportunity to work and study in our nation’s capital. I am interested in learning more about immigration law and look forward to participating in the various international legal opportunities that William & Mary has to offer!

kingMy name is Garrett King, and I am a 1L from Nashville, Tennessee. I graduated in 2014 as an undergraduate from Vanderbilt University with majors in Medicine, Health, & Society, an interdisciplinary program related to Public Health, and European History. I also received a Masters Degree from Vanderbilt in 2015 in Medicine, Health, & Society with a focus in Health Law and Health Care Economics. I chose William & Mary because of its well-known reputation and the national opportunities available to its graduates. I am currently the Networking Coordinator for the Business Law Society and am interested in pursuing a career in business.

newtonMy name is Dakota Newton, and I am a 1L from Santa Rosa, California. I came to William and Mary from Brigham Young University where I completed a BA in International Relations and published multiple papers. As an undergraduate, I worked abroad for a year in Florence, Italy and spent two years in Western Ukraine coordinating humanitarian aid projects. Both of these experiences gave me opportunities to learn about legal practices abroad and illustrated the importance of legal knowledge. I am excited to be a part of the William & Mary community and look forward to the next three years.

pembertonMy name is Shevarma Pemberton, and I am a 1L who hails from the Federation of St. Kitts & Nevis in the Caribbean. I attended Cornell University as an undergrad where I majored in Applied Economics & Management. I always thought I wanted to be an attorney, so I worked as a paralegal for about two years at an international law firm in New York City. The experience helped to cement my desire to become a practicing attorney. Now, I look forward to exploring my combined interests in international business and the law, and to being an active participant in the W&M Law School community.

satiraMy name is John Satira, and I am a 2L student at William & Mary Law School. I am originally from Murrysville, Pennsylvania, and I came to William & Mary Law School after graduating from Penn State University with degrees in History and International Politics. Currently, I am involved with the William & Mary Law Review and the Moot Court Team, and I also volunteer for Student Legal Services. In my spare time, I like exploring the Williamsburg-area parks and trails and engrossing myself in new books and films available at the Wolf Law Library. 

sniderMy name is Abby Snider, and I’m a 3L from Los Angeles, CA. I went to the University of California, Berkeley, where I majored in English. I spent my 1L summer clerking for a magistrate judge in the Western District of Pennsylvania and my 2L summer as a law clerk for the Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles, a nonprofit law firm whose attorneys represent children in abuse and neglect proceedings in Los Angeles County. After law school, I want to work with children in public service. At William & Mary Law, I am a Graduate Research Fellow, am the Vice President of the Children’s Advocacy Law Society, and am a staff member of William & Mary Law Review.

swinkMy name is Austin Swink, and I am a 2L from Cape Coral, Florida. I attended the University of Florida where I earned a BA in Political Science. At UF, I was involved in Student Government and competed on the American Mock Trial Association Trial Team. During my 1L summer, I worked for Judge Rossie D. Alston, Jr. on the Court of Appeals of Virginia and the Lewis B. Puller, Jr. Veterans Benefits Clinic at William & Mary Law School. This year, I am a staff member on the William & Mary Bill of Rights Journal, and I am continuing my involvement at the Puller Clinic.

willisMy name is Blake Willis, and I am a 1L from Eastford, Connecticut. I graduated from Seton Hall University in New Jersey with a degree in Diplomacy and International Relations. After graduating, I spent about six months working in New York City at a public relations firm. I knew, very early on in my undergraduate studies that I wanted to end up working in public policy and decided that attending law school would be a good decision. William & Mary’s goal of creating “citizen lawyers” really stood out to me in making my decision. Here on campus,  I am a Graduate Fellow and a Student Ambassador, and I look forward to continuing my involvement around the W&M community.

zimmermanMy name is Liesel Zimmerman, and I am excited to be joining the William & Mary community as part of the Class of 2018. Originally from Niagara Falls, New York, I am a 2015 graduate of the State University of New York at Geneseo, where I earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature, and minored in Legal Studies. As an undergraduate student, I was a Resident Assistant, a tour guide, a member of Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Fraternity International, and the Small Group Coordinator of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Though I am not yet certain what type of law I will practice, I have explored Family Law and Immigration Law through internships with Niagara County Family Court, and the Chief Counsel’s Office for Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Buffalo, New York. I look forward to getting involved with the Christian Legal Society as well as William & Mary’s Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta.