Meet the 2016-17 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!

alsawafI’m Sami Alsawaf, and I am a 3L from Melbourne, Florida where I attended the University of Florida. While there, I majored in Political Science and Psychology. I was involved with College Democrats and worked as a research assistant in the Psychology Department. As a  junior, I had the opportunity to intern at the State Capitol in Tallahassee where I worked in the Office of Economic and Demographic Research. I decided to come to William & Mary because I truly felt like the school cared about my best interest–they weren’t going to let me fall through the cracks. When I visited, everyone was so nice and genuine that I could tell people weren’t putting on a show for me. Everyone here is welcoming and always willing to work together. In addition to the sense of community, I also really loved the Williamsburg area. The area is just so beautiful! I’m also involved in a few activities. I’m President of the Women’s Law Society and an Articles Editor for the Journal of Women and the Law.

grecoMy name is Marc Greco, and I am a 2L from the Bronx, New York. I attended college at Boston University, where I majored in Philosophy and was an active member of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. At William & Mary, I am a member of Law Review and the intramural softball team. When I am not busy with law school life, I enjoy playing sports, listening to music, and going to concerts.

kaiserMy name is Alyssa Kaiser, and I am a 1L from the small town of Belvidere, New Jersey. I am a 2016 graduate of Seton Hall University in New Jersey, majoring in Psychology and Political Science. Deciding to attend law school was a natural decision for me, as I have always been attracted to the practice of law. Whether it be from my high school days, during which I obsessively watched trials on television, to my undergraduate career, where I had the opportunity to more concretely confirm my passion for the law through internships and research opportunities, my excitement has never wavered. William & Mary stood out to me among other law schools, and I find myself especially impressed by their commitment to create “citizen lawyers.” I am eager to find out what this first year of law school has in store for me and the rest of the Class of 2019!

reidMy name is Eric Reid, and I’m a 2L from Memphis, Tennessee. I attended George Washington University where I double majored in International Relations with a focus on East Asia and Japanese Language and Literature. I began thinking about law school while in undergrad, and after spending some time working in the field, I decided to go to law school. I am interested in many areas of law, including business transaction law, election law, and veterans law. After a summer with LeClairRyan and the William & Mary Veterans Benefits Clinic, I am looking forward to continuing my legal education.

zimmermanMy name is Liesel Zimmerman, and I am a 2L originally from Niagara Falls, New York. I graduated from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. This past summer, I was a Law Clerk at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York. I enjoyed my experience so much that it has confirmed my interest in becoming a prosecutor. Here at William & Mary, I am involved in the Christian Legal Society, the Moot Court Team, the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, and the William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law.

willisMy name is Blake Willis, I am a 2L from Eastford, Connecticut. I attended Seton Hall University in New Jersey, where I studied International Relations. I was an active member of the Zeta Psi Fraternity and graduated from SHU in December, 2014. I came to William & Mary Law School because of its commitment to creating “citizen lawyers” and the active community that the school embodies. At W&M, I am involved in the Student Bar Association as a 2L class representative, the Federalist Society, Election Law Society, and the Bill of Rights Journal. I spent my 1L summer at the Virginia Department of Elections in Richmond.

zaleskiI’m James Zaleski, and I am a 1L from Midlothian, Virginia. I completed by undergraduate studies at Virginia Tech in 2014 where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a second major in International Studies. I spent the past two years teaching Spanish in rural South Carolina as an AmeriCorps member with Teach for America. I chose William & Mary Law School because of its vision of developing citizen lawyers and its strong commitment to public service. I am currently serving as the Public Service Admission Ambassador, and I look forward to beginning my legal studies at the oldest law school in the country!