1L Summer Work- DOJ in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Homicide Division

maherby Alex Maher, Class of 2019

Alex Maher is a current 2L from New Jersey. She is a member of the Moot Court Team, Environmental Law and Policy Review, a Themis representative, and Events Chair of the Women’s Law Society.

During my 1L summer I worked at the Department of Justice in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Homicide Division. I could not have imagined a better place to gain real insight into the legal field among true professionals. The attorneys in the homicide division are warriors, and they were so eager and willing to let me learn from them.

By week three I had already been handed research assignments, given a motion to draft on my own, allowed to sit in on witness interviews, asked to organize evidence for trial, observed three murder trials in part, and spent hours weeding through jail calls, testimony, and police interviews. In the weeks, following I attended two murder trials from start to finish, accompanied homicide detectives on a ride-along, visited the Baltimore Medical Examiner’s office, and visited a crime scene. In addition, the U.S. Attorney’s Office had a variety of programs for their summer interns that made the summer a lot of fun. We toured the Capital and the Library of Congress, had lunch with the U.S. Attorney, and attended a Q&A with the Attorney General.

I cannot recommend the Homicide Division of the U.S. Attorney’s Office enough to anyone who, like myself, is interested in litigation and really sees themselves practicing in a courtroom. These attorneys are in court just about every week, constantly preparing for a hearing, motion, or trial. There was never a dull moment. And while working in homicide was a sobering experience at times, there was real fulfillment in knowing I was helping the victim’s loved ones find justice.