Meet 2L Samy Abdallah!

Samy Abdallah

Samy Abdallah is originally from Plano, Texas, and is a 2L at W&M Law School.

I hope your summer has been off to a great start. My name is Samy Abdallah and I am a rising 2L at William & Mary Law School. I am originally from Plano, Texas, just north of Dallas. I am back home for the summer working at the U.S Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas in the Dallas Office (USAO).

It is a blessing to have an internship at the USAO. The mission statement for the Northern District is as follows: “To represent the Criminal and Civil interests of the United States in the highest tradition. In furtherance of the representation of the United States, the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Texas commits to:

  • Prosecute and defend criminal and civil cases with zeal, fairness and justice for all.
  • Protect the rights of victims, witnesses and the public.
  • Enhance the cooperation of law enforcement agencies and community groups.
  • Inform and educate the public with the goal of building trust and deterring crime.
  • Enhance the quality of life through community programs.
  • Serve as a model of ethical and professional conduct.
  • Provide a work environment to maximize the achievement of these goals.”

This mission statement spoke to me when I applied. I knew I wanted to have an internship that served the public and challenged me intellectually. So far, this internship has done just that. I have been at the USAO in Dallas for just about a month now and I can honestly say the work is equally rewarding as it is challenging.

I have 8 other law colleagues interning with me and they are fantastic. The work assigned to us varies as well. We get assignments from the Criminal, Civil, and Appellate Divisions within the office. Some of the assignments are short-term and others are long-term with a lot of input from the Assistant U.S. Attorneys.

The Assistant U.S. attorneys are very helpful. They were all in law school once, so they know how invaluable this experience is. The supervising attorneys are incredibly helpful with the work they assign and almost all of them maintain an open-door policy. There has not been a moment where I felt uneasy to approach an Assistant U.S. Attorney.

Lastly, this internship is fascinating because law school has taught me what the law is, but this internship has taught me how the law works. Seeing motion hearings, full trials, sentencing hearings, and arraignments put everything I have learned in law school thus far in perspective. This has been an amazing experience thus far and I cannot wait to tell y’all how the rest of this summer pans out!

Catch y’all next time!

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Meet 2L Jamie Eisner!

Jamie Eisner is originally from Yorktown, VA and is a 2L at WM Law.

Jamie Eisner is originally from Yorktown, VA and is a 2L at WM Law.

I just completed my first week working at the US Office of Special Counsel (OSC) in Washington, DC.  I have always loved DC, and my plan is to live here long-term once I graduate from William & Mary Law, so I am excited to work here this summer.

During this first week, I learned all about OSC’s role in the federal government.  In a nutshell, OSC is an independent investigatory agency, who’s mission is to protect whistleblowers working in the federal government.  I was also trained in the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from engaging in political activity, and received a crash course on how to identify protected disclosures and prohibited personnel practices.  Overall, I had to digest a lot of information this past week, but I am eager to utilize the legal skills I’ve developed during my 1L year in a functional way.

Washington, DC

There are multiple units within OSC, and this summer I am working for the Retaliation and Disclosure Unit.  Within my unit, there are seven other attorneys with whom I get to work with throughout the summer, as well as two other interns.  Every attorney I’ve met thus far at OSC is exceptionally passionate about protecting whistleblowers, which makes working at OSC even more special.  They are also eager to mentor and guide interns, and trust us to review cases and write memos to report back to them.  Even though I have only been there a week, I can already tell that the attorneys strive to create a collaborative atmosphere within the office and work as a cohesive unit to effectively manage cases.

This summer, I am most looking forward to getting hands on experience in the legal field and working with experienced attorneys who are willing and eager to mentor their interns.  I believe I can grow intellectually and professionally from this experience, and hope to transfer these new skills back to W&M Law this coming fall.

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