MPP/ JD '21
Current position and employer: Associate at WilmerHale LLP
Hometown: Newton, MA
Current City: Boston, MA
Why did you choose McCourt? I chose to pursue my JD/MPP at Georgetown for a few reasons. I was motivated to go to school in Washington, D.C. because of the internship opportunities -- both law-related and policy-related -- that would be available to me. I was drawn to the joint-degree program with McCourt, specifically, because of the freedom that JD/MPP students have to build their own curriculum, control their course of study, and allocate their own time between the law campus and the main campus.
What was the best part of your experience? I have had a lot of great experiences at both McCourt and GULC, but my MPP thesis stands out. I wrote about the impact of state-level death penalty abolition on judicial outcomes in state supreme court cases, taking the opportunity to build a thesis that engaged with both my policy education and my legal education. It was a real high point of my time at Georgetown.
What internships did you have during your time at McCourt? During my first summer, I worked as a Pathways Legal Intern in the Division of Acute Care at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). During my second summer, I served as a judicial intern in the chambers of Judge Patti B. Saris in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts. During the spring of my third year, I served as a judicial intern in the chambers of Judge Paul Friedman on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. During my third summer, I served as a summer associate in the Boston office of WilmerHale. During my fourth year, I served as a research assistant to Professor Yael Cannon.
Student organization involvement while at Georgetown: On the law campus, I served as Editor-in-Chief of the Food and Drug Law Journal. I was also involved in the Health Law Society and the HomeCourt charity basketball game.
Undergraduate University, degree, and major: Macalester College, BA in Political Science & Journalism
Hobbies/ Interests: I love to play basketball, cook Italian food, and watch old movies.