Name: Mariah Mumford, Symposium Director
Employer: Clark Hill PLC
Graduation Year: May, 2015
Why did you apply to be a member of Law Review?
I thought Law Review would be a great opportunity to network as well as a great way to hone my research and writing skills. I also liked the idea that Law Review gave me the opportunity to work closely with a professor while writing a journal article.
How has being a member of Law Review enhanced your law school experience?
Law Review has improved my law school experience by helping me form close relationships with classmates. Every Law Review member will agree that we spend countless hours in the library pulling sources and checking footnotes. Although source checking is a tedious task, it actually can be enjoyable when your fellow members are with you.
What are the advantages of being a member of Law Review?
There are many advantages. As I said before, Law Review is a very beneficial way to work with a professor who is extremely knowledgeable in their field. Additionally, it also looks great on your resume.
What has been your favorite law school course?
This is a tough question. One class I really enjoyed was Advanced Advocacy with Professor Richards. I think Professor Richards does a great job interacting with students. I also really enjoyed Copyright with Professor Abrams. This class actually inspired me to pursue copyright in the future. Finally, I also really liked Secured Transactions with Professor Becker. I found Secured Transactions very useful to both everyday consumers and large businesses.
What are your goals for the future?
This fall, I will begin working at Clark Hill PLC as litigation associate in the Birmingham office. I found that Clark Hill was a great fit for me both professionally and personally. In addition, I would enjoy coming back to UDM as an adjunct professor in about ten years or so.
Name: Ellen Faba
Employer: The Findling Law Firm, PLC
Graduation Year: 2012
What did you like best about being a member of Law Review?
Law Review was a good opportunity to use my legal writing skills in a practical way. ALTA (Applied Legal Theory and Analysis) was a good start, but Law Review helped me see the application. Aside from the academic and professional benefits, being a member of Law Review provided social opportunities with like-minded students.
How did being a member of Law Review help prepare you for your career?
Being on Law Review is a practical application of the writing skills they teach you in law school. Obviously, we are not writing motions or briefs in Law Review, but you learn how to properly cite many different types of sources and about the gray areas of the law. Additionally, as a junior member you write an article on a topic of your choosing. At the end of the school year several of the student articles are published. Being published in law school is an awesome opportunity!
What is your favorite Law Review memory?
I really enjoyed the end of the year banquet on Belle Isle. It was fun to relax with all the members of Law Review. We had a nice dinner and awards were given out. The highlight is when they announce what student articles will be published in the next edition.
What are the advantages of being on Law Review?
To be blunt, employers like it. I've been asked about my article in interviews. It's a red flag that they are dealing with a good writer who gets involved. Additionally, it really allows you to hone your research and writing skills, which is an integral part of being a good lawyer.
What advice would you give to current/prospective law students?
GET LEGAL EXPERIENCE WHILE YOU ARE IN LAW SCHOOL. It's the key. It really is. Get all kinds of experience. Law Review, Moot Court, internships, and externships. Meet people and learn about the practice of law after graduation!