Meet the 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!

R GallagherMy name is Ryan Gallagher, and I am a 2L from Caneyville, Kentucky.  I graduated from the University of Louisville in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and Humanities.  Ultimately, I decided to attend William & Mary Law School because of its national brand, “citizen lawyer” ethos, and emphasis on developing skills for practice.  This past summer, I worked in the Eastern District of Virginia as a judicial intern for Judge David J. Novak.  I am a member of William & Mary Law Review, Business Law Society, and volunteered with Student Legal Services last year.  When I’m not busy with law school, I enjoy watching movies with my wife, running with my dog, and playing basketball.

kaiserMy name is Alyssa Kaiser, and I am a 2L 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!

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My name is Liesel Zimmerman, and I am a 3L 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. During my 1L summer, I was a Law Clerk at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of New York. This past summer, I interned at the Erie County District Attorney’s Office. My summer experiences have confirmed my interest in becoming a prosecutor, and I hope to one day specialize in prosecuting Human Trafficking crimes. Here at William & Mary, I am involved in the Christian Legal Society, the Moot Court Team, the Domestic Violence Clinic, and the William & Mary Journal of Women and the Law.

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My name is Blake Willis, and I am a 3L 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 serve as the President of the Student Bar Association, and am also a member of 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, and my 2L summer with the EPA’s Office of Administrative Law Judges in Washington, D.C.

zaleskiMy name is James Zaleski, and I am a 2L from Midlothian, Virginia. I completed my undergraduate studies at Virginia Tech in 2014 where I received my Bachelor of Arts in Spanish with a second major in International Studies. I chose William & Mary Law School because of its vision of developing citizen lawyers and its strong commitment to public service. I am a member of Law Review, and I serve as treasurer of the Immigration Law and Service Society. I spent my 1L summer with Open Development Cambodia in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. I am currently serving as the Public Service Admission Ambassador.

K KoballaMy name is Kasey Koballa, and I am a 3L from Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.  I graduated from North Carolina State University in 2015 with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.  While attending North Carolina State University, I was a member of the varsity women’s soccer team.  During my 1L summer, I worked as a summer associate at a boutique intellectual property firm in Washington, DC.  (Read about my experience here.)  I decided to split my 2L summer between two firms — a large firm in Washington, DC, Kilpatrick Townsend and Stockton, and a regional firm in Raleigh, NC, Ward & Smith — to test out different firm cultures.  I have since accepted a post-graduate position at Kilpatrick Townsend and Stockton on their Patent Litigation team.  These experiences reaffirmed my interest in patent law while exposing me to the world of litigation, which I’ve come to love!  At William & Mary, I have been involved in our Student Intellectual Property Society, and I am currently the Managing Editor on the William & Mary Business Law Review.

H LittlefieldMy name is Hannah Littlefield, and I am a 2L from Mooresville, North Carolina. I graduated from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, in 2015 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. As someone who has always wanted to work in public service, I decided to attend William & Mary because of the school’s commitment to creating “citizen lawyers.” This past summer, I interned at the Legal Aid Society of Eastern Virginia, and I also worked as a research assistant for Professor Vivian Hamilton. Here at William & Mary, I serve as the 2L Representative for the Student Bar Association, I am a member of the William & Mary Law Review, and I am involved with the Women’s Law Society.

 

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