10 Questions with Jamie Eisner

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Jamie Eisner is a 2L from Yorktown, Virginia

Jamie is a 2L from Yorktown, Virginia

  1. Who are you?
    My name is Jamie, and I grew up in Yorktown, VA.  I went to Wake Forest for undergrad (go Deacs!), and I spent a year living in Thailand as a English teacher and backpacking around Southeast Asia before starting at W&M Law.  Some fun facts about me: I am a big fitness junky, I love sushi and Thai food, I am left-handed, I can do a backflip.
  1. What are you reading right now?
    My textbooks :/
  1. What is your Cheese Shop order?
    I’m a vegetarian, so either the veggie sandwich or a grilled cheese.
  1. Favorite study spot in the law school?
    You can find me on the second floor of the library in one of the carrels by the back windows – come say hi!
  1. Who is your legal idol?
    RBG (who else?)
  1. What is your go-to at Aromas?
    Chai latte (Aromas chai > Starbucks chai)
  1. Favorite arbitrary law?
    In Washington state, “the premeditated, wilful, or wanton slaying of Sasquatch shall be unlawful” (used to be a felony, now only a misdemeanor!).  According to the ordinance, “Sasquatch” may also be known as “Yeti,” “Bigfoot,” or “Giant Hairy Ape.” [Ordinance No. 1969-01]
  1. Favorite spot[s] to eat in town?
    Fat Canary and Amber Ox
  1. One thing you wish you would have known before applying to law school.
    Everything works out the way it’s supposed to. Trust the process!
  1. Your motivation for law school.
    Knowing that one day all of this hard work will be worth it when I’m helping to give my clients the best possible legal representation.

Life in the ‘Burg

For a prospective law student, there is a lot to consider when choosing where to study. Just as important as bar passage rates and employment data is the quality of life! Williamsburg has some of the best features of a small college town and a big city – enough that the New York Times named it one of 52 Places to Go in 2019! 2L Briana Jackson offers some of her experiences living and studying in Williamsburg as a law student.

Briana Jackson gives tips on law school research

Briana Jackson, 2L

Williamsburg is a charming city with deeply rooted history. When walking through Colonial Williamsburg, you will see beautiful horses, cobble stone walkways and historical interpreters in costume depicting daily Colonial life! Beyond the history and museums, Williamsburg and the surrounding area offer many places to eat, have fun, and relax.

There are countless restaurants, from mom and pop restaurants to chain-food eateries. A quick walk from the law school is Merchants Square, which houses some staples in the William & Mary culture – Cheese Shop and Aromas will forever be two of the most popular locations to grab some food or study for a few hours. Breads ends and House from Cheese Shop is highly sought after by current students and alums alike. Regardless of what you’re craving, Williamsburg probably has something that will hit the spot!

The Cheese Shop in Merchants Square is a university staple

The Cheese Shop in Merchants Square is a university staple

Beyond the surplus of food options in the area, there are many ways to unwind and take a break from the books. If you are an adrenaline junky or just like to enjoy the food and drinks at an amusement park like myself, Busch Gardens is just a short drive away. Busch Gardens in Williamsburg is European theme with nine villages centered around six countries to visit. The park offers roller coasters, rides, and games. If you like being by the water, Williamsburg is about an hour and fifteen minutes away from Virginia Beach and forty-five minutes away from smaller beaches in Newport News! If you are looking for a getaway weekend, Williamsburg is also near Richmond, Virginia. In an hour drive, you can be surrounded by the business of city living. Long weekends could put you in Washington, D.C., the Blueridge Mountains, Shenandoah National Park, or the Eastern Shore really quickly!

While there are many neighboring cities to keep William & Mary students busy, most students spend their weekends locally in Williamsburg. A typical weekend in Williamsburg for me involves going to the Movie Tavern with some friends or staying in and watching Netflix. On Saturday mornings I go to the Farmer’s Market in Colonial Williamsburg’s Merchant Square to pick out fresh flowers. Saturday evenings I typically hang out at Green Leafe Café or the College Delly on Richmond Road. This area is an excellent place to hang out with fellow law students and meet other students at William & Mary graduate and undergraduate campuses. Williamsburg is a close-knit and welcoming community!

Briana Jackson is a 2L from Leesburg, Virginia. She graduated from Christopher Newport News University in 2016 with a degree in Political Science. At the law school, she is involved with the Black Law Students Association, the Public Service Fund, and the Women’s Law Society; she currently serves on the staff of the Journal of Race, Gender, and Social Justice (formerly the Journal of Women and the Law), and spent last summer working at the Fairfax County District Court office.