Author: Edward Kammerer

Alumni Spotlight on: Representative David Baram, Class of 1975

What is your current position?
Attorney and State Representative
What year did you graduate from UConn? 1975
Where did you go to law school? How did you choose that school?
St Mary’s School of Law in San Antonio Texas. My UConn pre law advisor was a graduate and recommended it, and after research I decided to go and experience a different part of the country!
What year did you graduate from law school? 1978

UConn Experience

Major: Political Science

How did your major help you prepare for law school and for practice?
It gave me insight into the political and legal process.

What organizations and activities (e.g., clubs, sports, study abroad) did you participate in while at UConn?
Student Government; Hillel; Shalom Group; UConn Student Newspaper;

What jobs or internships did you have while at UConn?
Interned for credit at Legal Aid, worked at the Towers Snack Bar, and served as a Youth Group Advisor

Did you take any time off?
No time off was taken.  I went directly to Law School.

What is one piece of advice you’d give to a current UConn student?
Study Abroad – my two sons who went to Boston University spent a semester in England taking classes and interning.  They had a tremendous experience and found their internship to be very valuable.

Law School Experience

What programs did you participate in during law school?
Moot Court, Legal Research Board, Student Newspaper

Were you active in any student groups? Which?
Worked part time as a Law Clerk for a private law firm.

Did your involvement with those specific programs or organizations help you in your career path or in any other ways?
Helped build knowledge, experience and confidence.

What is one piece of advice you wish someone had given you before law school?
To explore different areas of the law practice, i.e. private practice vs government vs corporate practice.

Work Experience

Describe your practice setting.
Small to medium – 6 attorneys – general practice with niche areas.

Area(s) of practice.
General Practice, Business Law, Criminal (Defense), Corporate, Employment ,Family Law, Immigration, Personal Injury, Real Estate, Torts, Trusts & Estates

How did you choose this area of law?
I started in a general practice, learned different subject matter, and focused in areas I found fulfilling.

Is there a typical day? How would you describe it?
Hectic and Busy – balancing law and the legislature!

How many hours per week do you work? What is your schedule?
My week never ends!  I’m always taking work home at night and weekends and putting in non-stop days.

Describe your work/life balance.
Difficult but exciting and enjoyable.

What do you like most about your job? What would you change?
Challenging, inspiring and able to help people. Being part of the legislative process of making laws.

If you couldn’t be a lawyer anymore, what would you do? If you had a career before becoming a lawyer, what was it?
I’d go into government or public relations!!

Roughly, how much are you student loan payments?
I had to borrow to pay for UConn and Law School.  It took many years after beginning my law practice to pay off my loans.

How long do you expect to be paying your student loans?
Finished about 10 years after graduating law school.

 

Alumni Spotlight on: Ira Steinberg, Class of 2005

Profile-PicWhat is your current position?

Litigation Associate, Sedgwick LLP
What year did you graduate from UConn? 2005
Where did you go to law school? How did you choose that school?
UCLA School of Law. I chose UCLA based on national reputation, quality of the alumni network in the geographic area I wanted to work and availability of scholarships and financial aid. That the law school was also attached to a large university was also a bonus because of all the educational and recreational benefits available to students at a major university.
What year did you graduate from law school? 2010

UConn Experience

Major: Political Science, Minor in Economics

How did your major help you prepare for law school and for practice?
My major helped prepare me for law school and practice in two ways: First, the emphasis on writing skills was crucial. Most political-science exams are essay exams, so learning to write well under pressure was useful preparation. Additionally, the classroom discussion in my political science classes (as well as other general education requirements, such as philosophy) prepared me to be able to analyze an issue from multiple perspectives, which is a crucial skill in law school and in litigation. My participation in the Honors Scholar program was also very helpful because of its emphasis on oral and written communication skills.

What organizations and activities (e.g., clubs, sports, study abroad) did you participate in while at UConn?
My primary extra-curricular activity at UConn was Undergraduate Student Government. I ultimately served as Speaker of the Student Senate from 2004-2005. I was also active in a number of campus political groups and attended a lot of the extracurricular events put on the Political Science Dept.

What jobs or internships did you have while at UConn?
I interned on Capitol Hill for Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, former U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd and on the campaign of former California Assemblyman Mike Gordon. Less notably, I also worked at Ryan Cafeteria/WEBB Site and as a fundraiser for the UConn foundation.

Did you take any time off?
Yes, I worked in politics for two years between college and law school. Specifically, I was a district staffer for Congresswoman Jane Harman, who was the then ranking-member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and also a member of the Homeland Security Committee. She has since retired from Congress and now is the head of the Woodrow Wilson Center.

What is one piece of advice you’d give to a current UConn student?
If I could give one piece of advice it would be to take advantage of all the extracurricular opportunities you can. Some of the best and most informative experiences you will have while at UConn are through extracurricular clubs and programs on campus as well as internships that you can get either through, or with the support of, the University. Class is important, and be sure to take all the writing classes you can, but you will learn much more in the classroom if you are enhancing your academic work with substantive extracurriculars. Continue reading

UConn Mock Trial

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The UConn Mock Trial Team at the 2014 Regional Competition

This month, the UConn Mock Trial Team competed in the AMTA regional competition at Roger Williams Law School.

I was able to watch several rounds of the competition and I was very impressed with everyone. The hard work and dedication that the team put in to preparing for the competition was clear. While we did not advance to the next round of the competition, we improved a lot from last year and I think we’ll continue to do better next year.

I was also very excited to see one of our students win the Best Witness award. Congratulations Danielle Ullo! For more information and to get involved with next year’s Mock Trial Team, check with them directly via UConntact.

New Pre-Law Courses for Spring 2014

UNIV_lawCheck out these two new courses being offered for Spring 2014. Both will be taught by Edward F. Kammerer, Jr., the new pre-law advisor.

Each course is designed to help students prepare for one of the two pre-law competition teams, Mock Trial and Moot Court. Those teams are open to everyone and you can find out more about them on UConntact.

If you’re interested in taking either course, email prelaw@uconn for a permission number. Include a little information about your background and your interest in the course.

 

 

Moot Court Regionals

The 2013 UConn Moot Court Team
The 2013 UConn Moot Court Team

This year, for the first time, UConn students competed in the Eastern Regional Moot Court Tournament at Fitchburg State University. In Moot Court, students compete in teams of two in a mock appellate argument. The competition is organized by the American Collegiate Moot Court Association. Regional competitions are every fall. The top teams from each regional competition advance to the nationals in January.

This year, the arguments involved a complicated 4th Amendment Search & Seizure and an equally complex Article II question on the scope of presidential authority. We competed against teams that had spent 5months working with the problem, many of whom took a specific course on moot court. Our team only had two months of preparation and did not receive course credit. And yet we still ranked in the top half of competition and nearly defeated the top ranked team. While we did not make it to nationals this year, I am excited to see what we can do next year! Congrats to all the students who competed. If you’d like to find out more about Moot Court and how to join the team for next year, contact the Pre-Law Office!