The Dar­row Schol­ar­ship at Michi­gan Law is a spe­cial mer­it award pre­sent­ed to a small num­ber of select recip­i­ents in each enter­ing class. Dar­row Schol­ars are cho­sen by a fac­ul­ty com­mit­tee for their out­stand­ing scholas­tic achieve­ments and proven capac­i­ty for lead­er­ship, as well as for the sense that they will one day go on to a remark­able career.

Recent Dar­row grad­u­ates have gone on to clerk for the U.S. Supreme Court; teach at top law schools across the coun­try; and prac­tice law at the U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice and oth­er key gov­ern­ment agen­cies, at the most select pri­vate law firms, and at the most sig­nif­i­cant pub­lic inter­est organizations.

The Dar­row Schol­ar­ships are named for Clarence Dar­row, a for­mer Michi­gan Law stu­dent who was renowned as a coura­geous defend­er of human rights and as per­haps the great­est tri­al lawyer in U.S. his­to­ry. Darrow’s cel­e­brat­ed career exem­pli­fies his out­stand­ing pro­fes­sion­al suc­cess in both the pri­vate prac­tice of law and the pro­mo­tion of social jus­tice that char­ac­ter­izes our most com­mit­ted and tal­ent­ed graduates.

Dar­row Schol­ar­ships vary in amount, but can cov­er as much as full tuition plus a stipend for three years at the Law School.

All admit­ted appli­cants are auto­mat­i­cal­ly con­sid­ered for a Dar­row Scholarship.

Dar­row Schol­ar­ship Recipients

  • Kelsey N. Arnold
    • Michi­gan Law, 2009, JD, Daniel H. Grady Prize, Michi­gan Law Cer­tifi­cate of Merit
    • Wes­leyan Uni­ver­si­ty, 2005, BA, gov­ern­ment and French

    Life as a Dar­row at Michi­gan Law and beyond 

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    Arnold

    With­out the Dar­row Schol­ar­ship, Kelsey Arnold might not have gone to law school, she said.

    I was one of those stu­dents — there are prob­a­bly more than there should be — who didn’t have a par­tic­u­lar­ly clear idea of what I would do with a law degree. I was ner­vous about the cost of law school and a bit on the fence about what I should do. The Dar­row was a clear push — includ­ing finan­cial­ly, but also as a val­i­da­tion that some­one at least thought that this was some­thing I could be good at.”


    With­out the Dar­row Schol­ar­ship, Kelsey Arnold might not have gone to law school, she said.

    I was one of those stu­dents — there are prob­a­bly more than there should be — who didn’t have a par­tic­u­lar­ly clear idea of what I would do with a law degree. I was ner­vous about the cost of law school and a bit on the fence about what I should do. The Dar­row was a clear push — includ­ing finan­cial­ly, but also as a val­i­da­tion that some­one at least thought that this was some­thing I could be good at.”

    As an under­grad­u­ate, Arnold spent a year at Sci­ences Po in Paris study­ing eco­nom­ics. She devel­oped her French flu­en­cy, too — which she lat­er bol­stered by tak­ing a French class while at Michi­gan Law. Like her under­grad­u­ate years, her time at Michi­gan Law includ­ed an expe­ri­en­tial learn­ing component.

    I had a bit of an unusu­al path through law school. I took a year off after my 1L year to fig­ure out what I real­ly want­ed to do with a law degree.”

    Arnold wound up spend­ing near­ly five months in Cal­i­for­nia work­ing on a farm — the fur­thest thing from attend­ing law school imag­in­able. A chance meet­ing of a Michi­gan alum­nus at the San Fran­cis­co Inter­na­tion­al Air­port — both were wear­ing Michi­gan sweat­shirts — led to an offer to intern in the U.S. Attorney’s office for North­ern Cal­i­for­nia. She accept­ed the intern­ship and worked in the tax lit­i­ga­tion division.

    I dis­cov­ered that I real­ly enjoyed tax work. When I got back to Michi­gan a year lat­er I took every tax class offered!” As a 3L, she spent a semes­ter doing an extern­ship, super­vised by Pro­fes­sor Doug Kahn, with the Tax Appel­late Sec­tion of the U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice — which wound up being the sub­ject of her thesis.

    What she’s doing now 

    Fol­low­ing grad­u­a­tion, Arnold start­ed work­ing at May­er Brown in Chica­go on tax con­tro­ver­sy and trans­fer pric­ing issues. She then moved to Gene­va, where she joined PWC as a trans­fer pric­ing man­ag­er until 2015, at which time she joined Ralph Lau­ren, also in Geneva.

    As tax direc­tor at Ralph Lau­ren, Arnold is respon­si­ble for tax pro­vi­sion­ing and com­pli­ance issues in Europe, the Mid­dle East, and Africa (EMEA), and glob­al trans­fer pric­ing for North Amer­i­ca, the Asian Pacif­ic region, and EMEA.

    I real­ly enjoy the vari­ety of my work. My job is not specif­i­cal­ly legal — with­in the realm of tax I do a mix of com­pli­ance and plan­ning, so I have the lux­u­ry of look­ing both back­wards and for­wards.” She pro­vides advice on how best to advance the busi­ness based on its his­to­ry, which she finds fas­ci­nat­ing. She also enjoys the wide geo­graph­ic region she cov­ers, call­ing it eye-open­ing.”

    Grat­i­tude to Michi­gan Law for her Darrow 

    Arnold cred­its her Dar­row for enabling her to take that year off dur­ing law school so she could explore her inter­ests with­out wor­ry­ing about debt.

    The fun­der of my par­tic­u­lar grant told us that the idea of grace,’ in the Chris­t­ian sense, was very impor­tant to him. Grace is a gift that we may deserve but we don’t con­trol, and that arrives when we may least expect it. I believe the Dar­row real­ly was like an act of grace in my life — I had no expec­ta­tion of receiv­ing such a gift, and it opened up pos­si­bil­i­ties that I nev­er imag­ined. I am not a par­tic­u­lar­ly reli­gious per­son, but I appre­ci­ate what the fun­der meant and I [now] under­stand how pow­er­ful grace can be.”

  • Marisa Bono
    • Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan Law School, JD2005
    • Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan Ford School of Pub­lic Pol­i­cy, MPP2005
    • Rice Uni­ver­si­ty, BA, polit­i­cal sci­ence, 2001

    Life as a Dar­row at Michi­gan Law and beyond

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    Bono

    Because of my Dar­row, I was able to pur­sue my dream of becom­ing a civ­il rights lawyer right after law school — as I didn’t have to wor­ry about pay­ing off debt,” said Marisa Bono, 05. Bono began her legal career as a staff attor­ney at the Mex­i­can Amer­i­can Legal Defense and Edu­ca­tion­al Fund (MALDEF) — a pub­lic inter­est non­prof­it and the nation’s pre­mier Lati­no civ­il rights firm.

    As MALDEFs south­west region­al coun­sel, Bono led statewide cas­es such as chal­leng­ing inad­e­quate school fund­ing for low-income and Eng­lish lan­guage learn­ing (ELL) stu­dents. She was one of the only attor­neys in the coun­ty to try school fund­ing cas­es in mul­ti­ple states and the first Lati­na to argue a school fund­ing case in the Texas Supreme Court.

    As MALDEFs lead attor­ney in the land­mark school fund­ing case, Mar­tinez v. New Mex­i­co, she helped rep­re­sent more than 50 low-income and ELL stu­dents across the state dur­ing the nine-week tri­al. The MALDEF team pre­vailed, secur­ing a court rul­ing that said edu­ca­tion is a fun­da­men­tal right in the state.

    I went to law school because I want­ed to be a voice for oth­ers, and the Dar­row enabled me [to] achieve that,” Bono said.

    What she’s doing now 

    Today, Bono is chief strate­gic offi­cer for VIA Met­ro­pol­i­tan Tran­sit — the mass tran­sit agency for the city of San Anto­nio and its sur­round­ing areas. In her new role as part of the agency’s pub­lic engage­ment group, she will strength­en rela­tion­ships between the agency and VIAs stake­hold­ers.

    Bono joined VIA after serv­ing as chief of pol­i­cy for San Anto­nio may­or Ron Niren­berg. As his advis­er, she helped imple­ment poli­cies affect­ing hous­ing, pub­lic safe­ty, edu­ca­tion, work­force devel­op­ment, and trans­porta­tion — such as his Con­nect­SA initiative.

    Much of her work involved help­ing San Anto­nio res­i­dents pre­pare for the antic­i­pat­ed growth of the city by more than 1 mil­lion new inhab­i­tants by 2040.

    Grat­i­tude to Michi­gan Law for her Darrow 

    My first year of law school was the same year that the Grut­ter and Gratz affir­ma­tive action cas­es were argued in the U.S. Supreme Court. Racial ten­sion on cam­pus was high, with many ques­tion­ing whether stu­dents of color deserved’ to be at the Law School. I received ques­tions and com­ments like that per­son­al­ly. To me, the Dar­row meant I did belong at Michi­gan — that I did deserve a place here, that I had a pur­pose, and couldn’t give up on myself.”

    Bono believes she like­ly would not have attend­ed a top-10 law school like Michi­gan Law with­out the Dar­row. She also is grate­ful to her Dar­row for allow­ing her to under­take her post-grad­u­a­­tion clerk­ship and sub­se­quent pub­lic inter­est fel­low­ship, believ­ing both helped her set up her career trajectory.

    Michi­gan Law opened doors for me and con­tin­ues to do so to this day.”

  • Megan T. Chan
    • Michi­gan Law, 2009, JD, cum laude
    • Uni­ver­si­ty of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia, 2006, BA, polit­i­cal sci­ence, sum­ma cum laude

    Megan Chan knew she want­ed to be a lit­i­ga­tor. Years of high school and col­lege debate con­firmed her deci­sion to attend law school. Michi­gan Law stood out because of its unique blend of aca­d­e­m­ic excel­lence and col­le­gial­i­ty, and the Dar­row Schol­ar­ship pro­pelled Michi­gan to the top of her list.

    Why Michi­gan?

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    Chan

    Once Chan start­ed at Michi­gan, she knew she made the right choice. She cred­its Dean of Admis­sions Sarah Zear­foss with select­ing indi­vid­u­als with diverse back­grounds and expe­ri­ences, which con­tribute to a well-round­ed class.”

    The var­ied per­spec­tives brought by these stu­dents chal­lenged Chan to think crit­i­cal­ly about issues from dif­fer­ent angles. Michi­gan gave her the oppor­tu­ni­ty to uti­lize those skills in a prac­ti­cal man­ner through her par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Pedi­atric Advo­ca­cy Clin­ic, where she advo­cat­ed for low-income families.

    Thanks to her Dar­row Scholarship’s 1L sum­mer stipend, Chan felt the finan­cial free­dom to accept a judi­cial extern­ship with Jus­tice Earl John­son Jr. of the Cal­i­for­nia Court of Appeal. Draft­ing opin­ions for Jus­tice John­son and her inter­ac­tions with him gave Chan invalu­able insight into judi­cial deci­­sion-mak­ing that she incor­po­rates into her every­day practice.

    What she’s doing now

    After earn­ing her JD in 2009, Chan began work­ing at Mor­ri­son & Foer­ster LLPs Los Ange­les office. She was a mem­ber of the firm’s Con­sumer Lit­i­ga­tion and Class Action Prac­tice Group, which includ­ed fed­er­al, state, and mul­ti-dis­­trict lit­i­ga­tion, with a focus on com­mer­cial and class-action matters.

    From 2013 to 2015, she served as a law clerk to the Hon. Audrey B. Collins of the U.S. Dis­trict Court for the Cen­tral Dis­trict of Cal­i­for­nia. After her clerk­ship, she joined the Uni­ver­si­ty of South­ern Cal­i­for­nia in Feb­ru­ary 2015, where she is the assis­tant dean of finan­cial aid – com­pli­ance and training.

    The ben­e­fits of a Dar­row Scholarship

    Chan often meets with new Dar­row Schol­ar­ship recip­i­ents and encour­ages them to think about what they want to do with their degree after grad­u­at­ing from law school.

    I urge them to real­ly think about law school not as the end, but the begin­ning,” she said. It’s easy to see all those offer let­ters and ignore the dol­lars, but after law school, you want to be able to do what you want with your career. If you’re spend­ing the next sev­er­al years pay­ing off debt, it’s going to restrict your choic­es. There is a lot of free­dom com­ing out of law school as a Dar­row Scholar.”

  • Emma Cheuse
    • Michi­gan Law, 2006, JD, Order of the Coif
    • Har­­vard-Rad­­cliffe Col­lege, 1998, BA, social stud­ies, magna cum laude
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    Cheuse

    Like many col­lege stu­dents, Emma Cheuse knew what inter­est­ed her — social jus­tice and pub­lic inter­est work — but wasn’t sure of the spe­cif­ic path she want­ed to take. So as a Har­­vard-Rad­­cliffe stu­dent, she immersed her­self in all kinds of activ­i­ties that exposed her to var­i­ous issues, from vol­un­teer­ing on the cam­paigns of pro­gres­sive politi­cians to work­ing with coali­tions against sex­u­al assault and sweatshops.

    I explored a lot of dif­fer­ent areas, but law kept com­ing up as a con­stant that would help me work for civ­il rights and social jus­tice issues,” Cheuse said. I had this con­cept that law would be a tool that I could use to address some of the dis­par­i­ties I saw and to help me do the pub­lic inter­est work that most moti­vat­ed me.”

    Envi­ron­men­tal justice

    In 2008, Cheuse joined the Wash­ing­ton, DC, office of Earth­jus­tice, a non­prof­it, pub­lic inter­est law orga­ni­za­tion which pro­tects the right to a healthy envi­ron­ment. A staff attor­ney, Cheuse works with com­mu­ni­ties liv­ing in the shad­ow of oil refiner­ies and seek­ing to reduce air pol­lu­tion and pre­vent indus­tri­al chem­i­cal disasters.

    In a recent case, she argued that the Envi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency has a respon­si­bil­i­ty to safe­guard the health and well-being of com­mu­ni­ty res­i­dents and first-respon­ders near chem­i­cal plants. The D.C. Court of Appeals sided with Cheuse who rep­re­sent­ed those who were exposed to volatile chem­i­cals dur­ing and after Hur­ri­cane Har­vey. In 2015 she was rec­og­nized as one of the best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 by the Nation­al LBGT Bar Association.

    I’m grate­ful to have one of those rare pub­lic inter­est jobs where I get to com­bine lit­i­ga­tion and pol­i­cy work, and to feel need­ed and use­ful every day,” Cheuse said. In many cas­es, I’m a lawyer for com­mu­ni­ties that are par­tic­u­lar­ly exposed to and affect­ed by tox­ic pol­lu­tion, and I’m try­ing to help make sure our gov­ern­ment ful­fills its legal duty to pro­tect com­mu­ni­ties’ health.”

    Polit­i­cal activism

    After grad­u­at­ing with a BA in social stud­ies, magna cum laude, from Har­­vard-Rad­­cliffe in 1998, Cheuse didn’t imme­di­ate­ly enter law school. She spent five years work­ing for polit­i­cal can­di­dates and cam­paign orga­ni­za­tions in Mass­a­chu­setts, Illi­nois, Vir­ginia, and Minnesota, because I felt that by help­ing peo­ple get involved in the polit­i­cal process and expand access to democ­ra­cy, I would help make progress on a broad array of issues that I cared about, from the envi­ron­ment to civ­il rights to education.”

    The Michi­gan difference

    When it was time for Cheuse to select law schools, Michi­gan made the short list. I had a warm spot in my heart for Ann Arbor, because I had vis­it­ed fam­i­ly there briefly when I was a kid.” Ulti­mate­ly, she chose Michi­gan because of its strong tra­di­tion in pub­lic service. It was that the law school cared deeply about pub­lic ser­vice and I could see that the com­mu­ni­ty of stu­dents who want­ed to do pub­lic ser­vice would be at the heart of the school, nev­er iso­lat­ed,” she said. Pub­lic ser­vice was some­thing the Law School sup­port­ed and encour­aged, and it was a viable and impor­tant option.”

    Cheuse want­ed to be a full par­tic­i­pant in the rich com­mu­ni­ty out­side the class­room” at Michi­gan, so she once again immersed her­self in activ­i­ties. She served on the Michi­gan Law Review, took the Child Advo­ca­cy Law Clin­ic, was active in Out­laws, and co-found­ed the Michi­gan Elec­tion Law Project, which placed more than 100 law stu­dents in var­i­ous vot­er pro­tec­tion pro­grams dur­ing the 2004 pres­i­den­tial election.

    An out­growth of that project was the Michi­gan Vot­ing Rights Ini­tia­tive, in which law stu­dents ana­lyzed every vot­ing rights case that had been pub­lished, entered the out­comes in a data­base, and co-authored a report with Pro­fes­sor Ellen Katz that was cit­ed in the Con­gres­sion­al Record on the reau­tho­riza­tion of the Vot­ing Rights Act.

    That, to me, is an exam­ple of what Michigan’s inter­est in pub­lic ser­vice real­ly means,” Cheuse said. We worked with civ­il rights non­prof­its to bring lead­ing attor­neys from around the coun­try to vis­it cam­pus and inter­act with stu­dents. Because of what Michi­gan is as an insti­tu­tion and because of peo­ple like Pro­fes­sor Katz who gave tremen­dous time, ener­gy, and cre­ative think­ing to this endeav­or, about 100 stu­dents were able to par­tic­i­pate in the Michi­gan Vot­ing Rights Ini­tia­tive and delve into the liv­ing his­to­ry of one of the most impor­tant civ­il rights laws ever enact­ed in the Unit­ed States. I’ll always be grate­ful to have had the chance to be part of that.”

    After receiv­ing her JD, Order of the Coif, in 2006, Cheuse spent a year as a fel­low with the Alan Mor­ri­son Supreme Court Assis­tance Project at Pub­lic Cit­i­zen, then clerked for Judge Judith Rogers of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Cir­cuit before join­ing Earthjustice.

    I’m lucky to have had the Darrow”

    Attend­ing Michi­gan, she said, was one of the best deci­sions I ever made.”

    I feel extreme­ly lucky to have had the Dar­row, because it gave me more free­dom in the kinds of jobs I could pur­sue right out of law school, and because it helped ensure that I went to Michi­gan, where I made life­long friends. I can’t imag­ine a bet­ter law school expe­ri­ence, not just because of the cal­iber of the legal edu­ca­tion and the unique activ­i­ties I found there, but also because of the peo­ple, who make the place what it is. The pro­fes­sors and stu­dent body are beyond wonderful.”

  • Melis­sa Cohen
    • Michi­gan Law, 2009, JD
    • Duke Uni­ver­si­ty, 2005, BA, phi­los­o­phy

    When Melis­sa Cohen applied to law school, it was with absolute cer­tain­ty that she want­ed to pur­sue pub­lic inter­est law. An intern­ship with the ACLU Nation­al Office in New York City had opened her eyes to the social and polit­i­cal work the attor­neys were doing, and it solid­i­fied her desire to become a lawyer. In turn, being offered a Dar­row Schol­ar­ship cement­ed Cohen’s deci­sion to attend Michi­gan Law.

    A pub­lic ser­vice focus

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    Cohen

    The Dar­row Schol­ar­ship was crit­i­cal in help­ing me make my deci­sion,” Cohen said. I’m aware that a career in pub­lic inter­est doesn’t pay the same as work­ing at a law firm, so it was impor­tant to me that I could afford to do the work I want­ed to do after law school. It meant a lot that the Law School seemed to val­ue stu­dents who were com­ing in with a pub­lic inter­est focus and want­ed to help them pur­sue that career.”

    Cohen found a cohort of oth­er like-mind­ed stu­dents at Michi­gan, who were also sup­port­ive of her desire to use the law to make a dif­fer­ence in the world. I made won­der­ful friends at Michi­gan and was able to build a com­mu­ni­ty that under­stood and val­ued the kind of work I was look­ing to do,” she said.
    Cohen returned to Michi­gan Law in 2015 – 2016 as one of the first Pub­lic Inter­est Com­mu­ni­ty Vis­it­ing Fellows.

    An advo­cate for children

    Cohen was involved in sev­er­al activ­i­ties at Michi­gan Law, includ­ing serv­ing on the Michi­gan Jour­nal of Gen­der and Law, par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Women Law Stu­dents Asso­ci­a­tion, and con­duct­ing research for Clin­i­cal Prof. Frank Van­der­vort. Her favorite expe­ri­ence, by far, was the Child Advo­ca­cy Law Clin­ic, which she cred­its with help­ing her learn how to become a lawyer and cham­pi­on for children.

    It was an incred­i­ble, hands-on expe­ri­ence,” she said, and set me on a path to doing child advo­ca­cy work the first five years I was out of law school. I real­ly loved the experience.”

    After grad­u­at­ing from the Law School in 2009, Cohen began work­ing as a Skad­den Fel­low at Children’s Rights, an advo­ca­cy orga­ni­za­tion in New York that helps abused and neglect­ed kids. When the fel­low­ship end­ed after two years, Children’s Rights hired her as a staff attor­ney. Dur­ing her time with the orga­ni­za­tion, Cohen lit­i­gat­ed fed­er­al class-action law­suits that were aimed at fix­ing bro­ken fos­ter care sys­tems across the coun­try. It was exact­ly the kind of social jus­tice work I went to law school hop­ing to do.”

    A dream job

    Cohen is now doing social jus­tice work of a dif­fer­ent kind — as a staff attor­ney with Planned Par­ent­hood Fed­er­a­tion of Amer­i­ca in New York, which she joined in May 2014. She rep­re­sents Planned Par­ent­hood region­al affil­i­ates across the coun­try that are chal­leng­ing abor­tion restric­tions. One of Cohen’s cur­rent cas­es involves rep­re­sent­ing Planned Par­ent­hood of the Great North­west, which is chal­leng­ing a restric­tion on Med­ic­aid fund­ing for abor­tion in Alaska.

    It’s a crit­i­cal time in this coun­try to be work­ing on repro­duc­tive rights issues,” said Cohen, a women’s stud­ies minor at Duke University. Planned Par­ent­hood does incred­i­ble legal work and it has always been a dream of mine to join its lit­i­ga­tion team.”

    And it’s a dream job that the Dar­row Schol­ar­ship helped make possible. The Dar­row tru­ly allowed me to pur­sue the career I want­ed,” she said.

  • Shay­na Cook
    • Michi­gan Law, 2001, JD, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
    • Trin­i­ty Uni­ver­si­ty, 1998, BA, his­to­ry, sum­ma cum laude, Murchi­son Schol­ar, Com­mence­ment Speaker

    As a his­to­ry major at Trin­i­ty Uni­ver­si­ty in San Anto­nio, Texas, Shay­na S. Cook devel­oped a par­tic­u­lar inter­est in the legal issues sur­round­ing the courts that were estab­lished in the South after the abo­li­tion of slav­ery. That inter­est, along with two con­sti­tu­tion­al law cours­es, helped her real­ize that she want­ed to study law rather than pur­sue a PhD in history.

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    Cook

    Cook, who was a Murchi­son Schol­ar at Trin­i­ty, grad­u­at­ed with a BA in his­to­ry, sum­ma cum laude, in 1998, and went straight to law school. She chose Michi­gan, she said, not only because of its clin­i­cal pro­grams but also because of its strong tra­di­tion in pub­lic ser­vice, which Cook val­ued, giv­en that she had served as pres­i­dent of the Trin­i­ty Uni­ver­si­ty Vol­un­tary Action Group, the school’s stu­dent vol­un­teer organization.

    Why Michi­gan?

    I had a great expe­ri­ence at Michi­gan,” Cook said. I met a lot of smart, won­der­ful peo­ple there. All of the pro­fes­sors seemed to have an open door and a will­ing­ness and inter­est to talk to stu­dents about any­thing at any time. I real­ly appre­ci­at­ed that.

    Pro­fes­sor Evan Caminker [now Dean of the Law School] was my con law pro­fes­sor his first semes­ter at Michi­gan. He was a great pro­fes­sor and I learned a lot from him, and he was very sup­port­ive of me and my career pursuits.”

    Cook served on the Michi­gan Law Review and was exec­u­tive note edi­tor in her 3L year. She also took the Domes­tic Vio­lence Clin­ic and worked with Jim Hath­away, the James E. and Sarah A. Degan Pro­fes­sor of Law, on research relat­ed to refugee law issues.

    Reward­ing legal experiences

    After grad­u­at­ing from Michi­gan Law with a JD, magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, in 2001, Cook served as a law clerk for the Hon­or­able Sam Sparks, U.S. Dis­trict Judge for the West­ern Dis­trict of Texas, from 2001 to 2003. She then had a three-month refugee law fel­low­ship in Brus­sels with the Euro­pean Coun­cil on Refugees and Exiles, before work­ing as a tri­al attor­ney in the Attor­ney General’s Hon­ors Pro­gram at the U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice from 2003 to 2005. The expe­ri­ences, she said, were rewarding.

    The clerk­ship was very inter­est­ing and fun, and I encoun­tered a vari­ety of cas­es. My judge was a great men­tor and still is, and I learned so much from watch­ing him and watch­ing the lawyers in the court­room. I feel it pre­pared me very well for my prac­tice now.

    My work with the Depart­ment of Jus­tice was also inter­est­ing, because I was in the divi­sion that han­dles con­sti­tu­tion­al chal­lenges to statutes and reg­u­la­tions. So I dealt with some hot issues in con­sti­tu­tion­al law, such as faith-based initiatives.”

    Fol­low­ing her stint with the Depart­ment of Jus­tice, Cook joined Bartlit Beck Her­man Palen­char & Scott LLP in 2005, because she want­ed to become a tri­al lawyer. She handled high-stakes, com­plex lit­i­ga­tion, rang­ing from phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal prod­uct lia­bil­i­ty and intel­lec­tu­al prop­er­ty cas­es to gov­ern­ment con­tract­ing cases.”

    Cook is now a part­ner and tri­al lawyer at Gold­man Ismail Tomasel­li Bren­nan & Baum LLP, where she represents multi­na­tion­al clients in a vari­ety of com­mer­cial lit­i­ga­tion, includ­ing intel­lec­tu­al prop­er­ty, prod­ucts lia­bil­i­ty, class actions, and con­tract disputes.”

    The ben­e­fits of a Dar­row Scholarship

    Cook said she is grate­ful to have had the oppor­tu­ni­ty to prac­tice dif­fer­ent types of law after grad­u­at­ing, and she cred­its Michi­gan, in par­tic­u­lar, being a Dar­row Schol­ar, with pro­vid­ing those experiences.

    The edu­ca­tion I received at Michi­gan helped to open my eyes to all the dif­fer­ent lines of work that are avail­able,” Cook said. The Dar­row Schol­ar­ship real­ly gave me the free­dom to pur­sue dif­fer­ent areas and find out, through expe­ri­ence, where I real­ly want­ed to be. The whole path of explo­ration is some­thing I nev­er could have done with­out the scholarship.”

  • Dawud Crooms
    • Michi­gan Law, 2009, JD, cum laude; Cer­tifi­cate of Mer­it Award, Contracts
    • More­house Col­lege, 2004, BS, com­put­er sci­ence, cum laude, Ronald E. McNair NASA Schol­ar, Pres­i­den­tial Scholar
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    Crooms

    Dawud Crooms was a deriv­a­tives risk man­age­ment ana­lyst with JPMorgan Chase before enter­ing law school. He enjoyed his job, but it’s the type of work, he said, that is lim­it­ed to cer­tain mar­kets. Crooms and his wife want­ed to leave New York for a less expen­sive city in which to raise their young child, so upon the advice of close fam­i­ly and men­tors, Crooms pur­sued law as a means of broad­en­ing his career options.

    Though he had an idea that he would focus on tran­s­ac­­tion­al-relat­ed law, What I didn’t want to do was spend three years in law school and get right back into some­thing that had a nar­row scope and was done in a hand­ful of mar­kets,” the New Jer­sey native said.

    I knew I want­ed to get into trans­ac­tion­al work, but I didn’t want to get into things I had done before that were pret­ty narrow.”

    What he’s doing now

    Crooms joined 7‑Eleven as senior coun­sel in June 2015. After earn­ing his JD in Decem­ber 2009, he began work­ing as an asso­ciate in the Corporate/​Securities Group at Haynes and Boone, LLP in Dal­las. His prac­tice focused on cap­i­tal mar­kets trans­ac­tions, pub­lic and pri­vate merg­ers and acqui­si­tions, cor­po­rate gov­er­nance, secu­ri­ties acts com­pli­ance, and derivatives.

    One of the main rea­sons I picked my firm is that it was large enough that I got to do com­plex, high-dol­lar trans­ac­tions,” he said. But, because they are a mid-size firm, I got an oppor­tu­ni­ty to be the lead asso­ciate on deals with both mid­­dle-mar­ket and For­tune 500 com­pa­nies. We worked with small­er teams, so I got to see a larg­er part of the deals.”

    The impact of the Dar­row Scholarship

    Being a Dar­row Schol­ar, Crooms said, afford­ed him more flex­i­bil­i­ty and free­dom to think about his career opportunities. The Dar­row Schol­ar­ship gives you the oppor­tu­ni­ty to think out­side the box. I knew I want­ed to go to a firm, and the way the Dar­row helped me, is that it gave me the oppor­tu­ni­ty to eval­u­ate firms with­out hav­ing to focus sole­ly on the pro­ject­ed three-year total com­pen­sa­tion. Mon­ey wasn’t my num­ber-one con­cern, so I was able to find a firm that fit my fam­i­ly and my prac­tice desires.”

    Why Michi­gan Law?

    Haynes and Boone has a col­le­gial atmos­phere in which team­work is val­ued — attrib­ut­es that were impor­tant to Crooms when he was look­ing at law schools. Being a lawyer wasn’t my life­long pas­sion or desire, so I was pret­ty cau­tious about which law schools I want­ed to attend. There’s a short list of schools that are high­ly regard­ed and known to be col­le­gial places, where you can get a good edu­ca­tion, meet good peo­ple, and not fight tooth and nail with your classmates.”

    Michi­gan, he said, lived up to its rep­u­ta­tion of being a col­le­gial environment. Peo­ple were open to help­ing each oth­er, because there was an under­stand­ing that you doing well was not to the detri­ment of some­one else’s future prospects,” he said.

    Indeed, Crooms, whose fam­i­ly grew to include a sec­ond child at the end of his 1L year, expe­ri­enced that help­ful­ness from pro­fes­sors, in par­tic­u­lar, who allowed him to bring his youngest to class when there were sched­ul­ing conflicts.

    Michi­gan was great for me and my fam­i­ly,” he said. The atmos­phere allowed me to raise my fam­i­ly, do well aca­d­e­m­i­cal­ly, and enjoy the expe­ri­ence. While there aren’t as many Michi­gan grads here in Texas as there are in oth­er places, there is a sol­id net­work here. The Michi­gan degree is well-respec­t­ed, and has done me well.”

  • Kim Forde-Mazrui
    • Michi­gan Law, 1993, JD, magna cum laude and Order of the CoifHen­ry M. Bates Memo­r­i­al Schol­ar­ship (high­est grad­u­a­tion award); Carl Gussin Memo­r­i­al Prize (excel­lence in tri­al advo­ca­cy); First Place: 1992 ABA Region­al Client Coun­sel­ing Competition
    • Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan, 1990, BA, phi­los­o­phy, sum­ma cum laudeClass Hon­ors Award: 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990; James B. Angell Schol­ar; Phi Beta Kap­pa; Gold­en Key Nation­al Hon­or Society

    Kim Forde-Mazrui’s resume is impres­sive, the accom­plish­ments seem­ing­ly end­less — not sur­pris­ing for some­one who stud­ied law at a top 10 school and is now teach­ing at another.

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    Forde

    Since 1996, Forde-Mazrui has been a mem­ber of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Vir­ginia School of Law fac­ul­ty, becom­ing a full pro­fes­sor in 2001. The Mor­timer M. Caplin Pro­fes­sor of Law and Ear­le K. Shawe Pro­fes­sor of Employ­ment Law teach­es Con­sti­tu­tion­al Law, Employ­ment Dis­crim­i­na­tion, Crim­i­nal Law, and Racial Jus­tice and Law, and his schol­ar­ship focus­es on equal pro­tec­tion, par­tic­u­lar­ly as it applies to race and sex­u­al orientation.

    In addi­tion, Forde-Mazrui served as the Bar­ron F. Black Research Pro­fes­sor and the Jus­tice Thur­good Mar­shall Dis­tin­guished Research Pro­fes­sor of Law. In 2003, he was appoint­ed the inau­gur­al direc­tor of the Cen­ter for the Study of Racial Jus­tice and Law, a posi­tion he held until 2010, and resumed in 2016.

    A dream job

    It’s a dream job,” Forde-Mazrui said of work­ing in academia. Intel­lec­tu­al­ly, the work is very reward­ing. I get to choose what sub­jects I want to teach, what read­ings I want to assign, and what issues I want to research and write about. In a sense, it’s about being a life­long stu­dent. It feels pur­pose­ful help­ing to impart to stu­dents not only the skills and knowl­edge to be a lawyer, but also my per­spec­tive on how best to under­stand the issues that we study. It’s also reward­ing to work with such smart and engag­ing stu­dents and colleagues.”

    On becom­ing a lawyer

    Forde-Mazrui’s inter­est in becom­ing a lawyer was fos­tered at a young age. He was fas­ci­nat­ed by law, enjoyed debates and argu­ments, and had an under­stand­ing of social jus­tice and civ­il rights issues, thanks to his par­ents, who were of dif­fer­ent races and reli­gions and from dif­fer­ent coun­tries. Din­ner­time con­ver­sa­tions, the Ann Arbor native said, cen­tered on world events and pol­i­tics, which instilled in him a desire to pursue human-focused law.”

    At Michi­gan, Forde-Mazrui was a stu­­dent-attor­ney with the Fam­i­ly Law Project and a notes edi­tor with the Michi­gan Law Review, which opened his eyes” to the pos­si­bil­i­ty of a career in acad­e­mia. That inter­est was nur­tured by sev­er­al Michi­gan law pro­fes­sors who rec­og­nized Forde-Mazrui’s affin­i­ty for under­stand­ing and think­ing about the the­o­ret­i­cal aspects of law.

    After law school, Forde-Mazrui served for a year as a judi­cial clerk to Judge Cor­nelia G. Kennedy of the U.S. Sixth Cir­cuit Court of Appeals, then prac­ticed for two years at Sid­ley & Austin in Wash­ing­ton, DC, before join­ing Vir­ginia Law.

    How the Dar­row Schol­ar­ship helped him

    Being a Dar­row Schol­ar, Forde-Mazrui said, not only eased the finan­cial bur­den of going to law school, but enabled him to stay in a place I love” and expand­ed his choices: If I had more debt, I would have had to per­haps work in prac­tice longer to pay off those debts, and it may have reduced my oppor­tu­ni­ty to go into acad­e­mia.” Most impor­tant­ly, it gave him a vote of con­fi­dence that I would do well at Michi­gan Law.

    I can say unequiv­o­cal­ly that you get an out­stand­ing legal edu­ca­tion at Michi­gan, and it absolute­ly expands one’s oppor­tu­ni­ties in pur­su­ing a legal career,” he said.

    In addi­tion, Ann Arbor is great. It’s a mix of a col­lege town that is fair­ly small and man­age­able but large enough to have a vari­ety of cul­tur­al and social events. If some­one has the oppor­tu­ni­ty to attend Michi­gan, they’ll have an embar­rass­ment of luxuries.”

  • Andrew Goetz
    • Michi­gan Law, 2007, JD, sum­ma cum laude, Order of the Coif
    • Michi­gan State Uni­ver­si­ty, 2004, BS, chem­istry; BA, polit­i­cal sci­ence with high honors

    Life as a Dar­row at Michi­gan Law and beyond 

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    Goetz

    Andrew Goetz was delight­ed when he was named a Dar­row Scholar.

    The Dar­row felt like an extra­or­di­nary hon­or — some­thing that I worked hard to live up to.” One of the things that he most appre­ci­at­ed about his time at Michi­gan was the oppor­tu­ni­ty to par­tic­i­pate in the clin­i­cal law program.

    It was intel­lec­tu­al­ly chal­leng­ing and it was inter­est­ing — and it pro­vid­ed me with first­hand expe­ri­ence about what it would be like to prac­tice law.” Hav­ing the Dar­row also enabled him to take full advan­tage of Michi­gan Law’s offer­ings such as par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Hen­ry M. Camp­bell Moot Court Com­pe­ti­tion and serv­ing as the notes edi­tor for Vol­ume 105 of the Michi­gan Law Review.

    What he’s doing now 

    Goetz joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the East­ern Dis­trict of Michi­gan in 2010. Today, he is the appel­late chief — a role he’s held since August 2018 — and man­ages the office’s appel­late staff and case­load before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

    One thing he loves is the diver­si­ty of the work. From draft­ing and revis­ing appel­late briefs, to review­ing adverse deci­sions and eval­u­at­ing the odds of suc­cess on appeal, to con­sult­ing with­in the office on com­pli­cat­ed legal ques­tions that arise dur­ing dis­trict court cas­es or inves­ti­ga­tions, every day presents new challenges.

    One of Goetz’s favorite parts of the job is the oppor­tu­ni­ty to argue cas­es before the Sixth Cir­cuit. Hav­ing just com­plet­ed his 30th oral argu­ment before the Sixth Cir­cuit, Goetz is proud of his career and the expe­ri­ences it’s afford­ed him.

    It’s one of the many things that I appre­ci­ate about work­ing for the Depart­ment of Jus­tice: I’ve had more oppor­tu­ni­ties to lit­i­gate in fed­er­al court — and more respon­si­bil­i­ty over com­plex cas­es — than I ever would have thought pos­si­ble at this point in my career.”

    Pri­or to his tenure as appel­late chief, Goetz was a senior lit­i­ga­tion coun­sel at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the East­ern Dis­trict of Michi­gan, where he orga­nized indict­ment reviews and tri­al-team meet­ings. He put in place the office’s attor­ney-train­ing pro­gram, advised the office on pol­i­cy changes, and con­sult­ed attor­neys when legal ques­tions arose dur­ing cas­es. Goetz also spent three years as the deputy chief of the office’s appel­late divi­sion, where he helped man­age the staff and case­load and lit­i­gat­ed some of the office’s more com­plex cases.

    Imme­di­ate­ly fol­low­ing grad­u­a­tion, Goetz clerked for The Hon. Mary Beth Briscoe of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Cir­cuit. He then worked as an asso­ciate at Wilmer­Hale rep­re­sent­ing cor­po­ra­tions, finan­cial insti­tu­tions, and indi­vid­u­als under inves­ti­ga­tion by fed­er­al and state reg­u­la­to­ry author­i­ties before join­ing the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the East­ern Dis­trict of Michigan.

    Grat­i­tude to Michi­gan Law for his Darrow

    When asked what the Dar­row means to him and why he’s grate­ful to have been a recip­i­ent, Goetz is quick to use the word oppor­tu­ni­ty to describe the most mean­ing­ful aspect of his scholarship.

    It gave me the chance to pur­sue pub­lic ser­vice ear­li­er in my career than I oth­er­wise could have. I’m very grate­ful for that opportunity.”

  • Tea­gan Gregory
    • Michi­gan Law, 2012, JD, magna cum laude
    • Uni­ver­si­ty of Delaware, 2009, BA, Inter­na­tion­al Relations

    Life as a Dar­row at Michi­gan Law and beyond 

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    Gregory

    For Tea­gan Gre­go­ry, the Dar­row Schol­ar­ship was one of Michi­gan Law’s strongest draws when he was decid­ing where to attend law school. Today, he con­sid­ers it one of the best deci­sions of his life — both per­son­al­ly and pro­fes­sion­al­ly. His wife attend­ed the U‑M Med­ical School while Gre­go­ry was at the Law School. He loved their adven­ture in Ann Arbor.

    We made a num­ber of life­long friend­ships and launched our respec­tive careers from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Michi­gan. At the end of a few years in Ann Arbor, we found our­selves in jobs we loved and with­out the finan­cial lim­i­ta­tions that can some­times accom­pa­ny a grad­u­ate education.”

    In addi­tion to being a Dar­row Schol­ar at Michi­gan Law, Tea­gan wrote for the Michi­gan Law Review, includ­ing the article Unclaimed Prop­er­ty and Due Process: Justifying Rev­enue Rais­ing’ Mod­ern Escheat.”

    He also served as co-chair of the Stu­dent Fund­ed Fel­low­ships board and as a Legal Prac­tice research assis­tant and mentor.

    What he’s doing now

    After grad­u­at­ing from Michi­gan Law, Gre­go­ry clerked for The Hon. Gre­go­ry M. Sleet of the U.S. Dis­trict Court for the Dis­trict of Delaware from 2012 to 2013. Today, he is an asso­ciate at Williams & Con­nol­ly LLP in Wash­ing­ton, DC, where he focuss­es on com­plex civ­il lit­i­ga­tion, includ­ing intel­lec­tu­al prop­er­ty and gen­er­al com­mer­cial disputes.

    In his time at Williams & Con­nol­ly, Gre­go­ry has been a mem­ber of sev­er­al tri­al teams, includ­ing the team that tried the first pay-for-delay” antitrust case fol­low­ing the U.S. Supreme Court’s deci­sion in FTC v. Actavis and anoth­er team that tried a mul­ti-week mur­der tri­al in Charles Coun­ty, Maryland.

    In 2018, the Lead­er­ship Coun­cil on Legal Diver­si­ty select­ed Gre­go­ry to par­tic­i­pate in its Pathfind­er Pro­gram for diverse, high-poten­­tial, and ear­­ly-career attorneys.”

    The pro­gram pro­vides its par­tic­i­pants with tools to lever­age their pro­fes­sion­al net­works by help­ing them to devel­op skills in rela­­tion­­ship-build­ing and foun­da­tion­al lead­er­ship. The ulti­mate goal is help­ing new attor­neys build strong careers either in-house or in a law firm.

    Grat­i­tude to Michi­gan Law for his Darrow 

    Gre­go­ry believes that the Dar­row Schol­ar­ship is mean­ing­ful to those famil­iar with it — know­ing those receiv­ing it have proven lead­er­ship abil­i­ty, a his­to­ry of out­stand­ing scholas­tic achieve­ments, and demon­strate remark­able future career potential.

    I think the Dar­row Schol­ar label means some­thing to a cer­tain sub­set of the legal com­mu­ni­ty, and it cer­tain­ly holds weight among Michi­gan alum­ni. I sus­pect that it has opened doors for me along the way, some of which I might not even have noticed.”

    Gre­go­ry is grate­ful to have received the Dar­row Schol­ar­ship and con­sid­ers it to be one of his proud­est aca­d­e­m­ic achievements.

    Not only did it pro­vide a degree of finan­cial flex­i­bil­i­ty and allow some risk tak­ing but, on a more per­son­al lev­el, it meant a lot to receive a schol­ar­ship that has been giv­en to some tru­ly tal­ent­ed and accom­plished people.”

  • Samuel Hall
    • Michi­gan Law, 2013, JD, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Final­ist in the Hen­ry M. Camp­bell Moot Court Competition
    • Uni­ver­si­ty of Wis­con­sin, 2007, MPA, social and pover­ty policy
    • Uni­ver­si­ty of Wis­con­sin, 2006, BA, polit­i­cal sci­ence and music performance

    Life as a Dar­row at Michi­gan Law and beyond 

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    Hall

    Samuel Hall con­sid­ers him­self for­tu­nate in a num­ber of ways. For starters, he was able to attend Michi­gan Law with­out wor­ry­ing about finan­cial oblig­a­tions fol­low­ing graduation. I’m pret­ty debt-averse, so being able to approach law school and a legal career with­out the specter of stu­dent debt has had an immense effect on my hap­pi­ness and my career choic­es. I owe that entire­ly to the Dar­row Scholarship.”

    What he’s doing now 

    After law school, Hall worked as a tri­al attor­ney in the Civ­il Rights Divi­sion of the U.S. Depart­ment of Jus­tice (DOJ) through the Attor­ney General’s Hon­ors Pro­gram. While at the DOJ, he was coun­sel on the case, Unit­ed States v. Syn­chrony Bank, which, at the time, was the Civ­il Rights Division’s largest cred­it-card dis­crim­i­na­tion suit in history.

    In 2017, Hall joined pri­vate prac­tice, first with Boies, Schiller, Flexn­er, and then with Willkie Farr & Gal­lagher LLP—where he lit­i­gates cas­es on behalf of both plain­tiffs and defen­dants. Hall has tak­en part in a vari­ety of mat­ters, includ­ing defama­tion suits; con­gres­sion­al hear­ing prepa­ra­tions; vot­ing rights chal­lenges in the way states allo­cate elec­tors under the Elec­toral Col­lege; an action against a for­eign state for its role in ter­ror­ist acts; and numer­ous mat­ters involv­ing reg­u­la­to­ry com­pli­ance and gov­ern­ment investigations.

    Since 2016, Hall also has been an adjunct fac­ul­ty mem­ber at George­town Law, where he teach­es Unit­ed States Legal Research Analy­sis and Writing.

    Grat­i­tude to Michi­gan Law for his Darrow 

    Being a Dar­row Schol­ar has opened doors for Hall and has helped him land every job since he graduated. I’ve found that the legal com­mu­ni­ty knows and respects the Dar­row Schol­ar­ship. In most inter­views I’ve had, the inter­view­er has remarked on the Dar­row, and often men­tioned anoth­er they’ve worked with.”

    The Hon­ors Pro­gram at the DOJ was full of Dar­rows,” accord­ing to Hall. The Dar­row alum­ni net­work has been a con­sis­tent source of help to Hall who says they have always been eager to help every step of the way.

    The Dar­row was, and is, a life-chang­ing gift. It meant that I could val­ue my pas­sions over my finan­cial oblig­a­tions when decid­ing what class­es to take, clubs to join, and intern­ships and jobs to apply for. Six years after law school, I still think about what a priv­i­lege it was to go to Michi­gan with a Dar­row Schol­ar­ship. It’s one of the best choic­es I’ve ever made.”

  • Shekar Krish­nan
    • Michi­gan Law, 2009, JD
    • The Coop­er Union for the Advance­ment of Sci­ence and Art, 2006, BS, engi­neer­ing

    Life as a Dar­row at Michi­gan Law and beyond 

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    Krishnan

    Ten years into his legal career, Shekar Krish­nan is still extreme­ly grate­ful he was named a Dar­row Schol­ar at Michi­gan Law. The impact of the Dar­row Schol­ar­ship on my life can­not be over­stat­ed. In addi­tion to enabling me to pur­sue my career in hous­ing jus­tice, the schol­ar­ship was one of the crit­i­cal fac­tors in my deci­sion to attend Michi­gan Law, where I’ve made some of my clos­est friends and devel­oped life­long pro­fes­sion­al relationships.”

    At Michi­gan Law, Krish­nan was a con­tribut­ing edi­tor for the Michi­gan Law Review. He also made a num­ber of friends, feel­ing for­tu­nate that he attend­ed a school with such a strong and unique­ly tight-knit pub­lic inter­est com­mu­ni­ty.” Krish­nan keeps in touch with many of his for­mer Michi­gan Law class­mates today even though they’re scat­tered across the coun­try and focused on dif­fer­ent areas of advo­ca­cy work.

    But the most impor­tant con­nec­tion Krish­nan made at Michi­gan was with his wife — Zoe Levine. 09 — a pub­lic inter­est lawyer spe­cial­iz­ing in immi­gra­tion and repro­duc­tive rights. Their two chil­dren are, accord­ing to him, lit­tle activist babies (and Michi­gan football/​basketball fans) in their own right.”

    What he’s doing now 

    Today, Krish­nan is the direc­tor of legal advo­ca­cy and strate­gic part­ner­ships at Brook­lyn Legal Ser­vices Cor­po­ra­tion A, also called Brook­lyn A. He over­sees lit­i­ga­tion and advo­ca­cy for local ten­ants and ten­ant groups who are fac­ing evic­tion and/​or harass­ment from land­lords. The over­ar­ch­ing mis­sion of Brook­lyn A is to help its clients work col­lec­tive­ly to ampli­fy their voic­es and to pro­tect their homes and civ­il rights.

    It’s a charge to action that res­onates with Krish­nan who, fresh out of law school, lit­i­gat­ed the Broad­way Tri­an­gle case for Brook­lyn A. The case had a for­ma­tive impact on me both pro­fes­sion­al and per­son­al­ly.” More than 40 com­mu­ni­ty orga­ni­za­tions sued the City of New York regard­ing the pro­posed rezon­ing of a large par­cel of vacant land — also the most seg­re­gat­ed — called the Broad­way Triangle. The Coalition’s lit­i­ga­tion suc­cess­ful­ly stopped the rezon­ing as pro­posed, and we won a pre­lim­i­nary injunc­tion in 2012. It took anoth­er five years to reach a land­mark set­tle­ment that com­pre­hen­sive­ly resolved the case.” The case brought home to Krish­nan the impor­tance of com­mu­ni­ties band­ing togeth­er to make their voic­es heard by those in pow­er across all lev­els of government. Far more impor­tant than laws or lit­i­ga­tion, it is the sus­tained, orga­nized efforts of every­day indi­vid­u­als that cre­ates change to advance racial justice.”

    Pri­or to his cur­rent role at Brook­lyn A, Krish­nan was an asso­ciate at Weil, Got­shal & Manges LLP and Pat­ter­son Belk­nap Webb & Tyler LLP. He clerked for The Hon. Jack B. Wein­stein of the U.S. Dis­trict Court for the East­ern Dis­trict of New York.

    In his spare time, Krish­nan serves as a mem­ber of the board of direc­tors of the New York Foun­da­tion and as the co-chair of Friends of Diver­si­ty Plaza in Jack­son Heights, Queens. His pieces have appeared in City Lim­its (“Ama­zon Will Deliv­er More Dis­place­ment to NYCs Work­ing Class”); NY Dai­ly News (“Race Lost for the New East New York” and Throw the Book at Crooked Land­lords”); the Queens Tri­bune (“The Real Needs of NYCs Plaza’s”); and for the CUNY Law Review (“Advo­ca­cy for Ten­ant and Com­mu­ni­ty Empowerment”).

    Grat­i­tude to Michi­gan Law for his Darrow 

    Put sim­ply, the Dar­row Schol­ar­ship allowed me to pur­sue the civ­il rights work that I love, right from the start of my career. I was able to chart my career based on my pas­sion and what was best for my fam­i­ly with­out feel­ing encum­bered from a finan­cial stand­point. For that I’m extra­or­di­nar­i­ly grate­ful to Michi­gan. It’s a debt of grat­i­tude that I will always pay for­ward, espe­cial­ly as I cross paths with Michi­gan Law stu­dents or grad­u­ates along the way. I also know that it’s a priv­i­lege, which makes me feel a firm sense of respon­si­bil­i­ty to serve others.”

  • Ali­son Lisi
    • Michi­gan Law, 2016, JD
    • Car­leton Col­lege, 2012, BA, Span­ish lan­guage and literature

    Life as a Dar­row at Michi­gan Law and beyond 

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    Lisi

    Ali­son Lisi was able to enjoy law school to the fullest due to the Dar­row Schol­ar­ship she received from Michi­gan Law. She took class­es on immi­gra­tion and refugee law, seized every pro bono oppor­tu­ni­ty she could to work on immi­gra­tion cas­es, and par­tic­i­pat­ed in an extern­ship at the Detroit Immi­gra­tion Court.

    To me, being a Dar­row Schol­ar meant hav­ing free­dom — free­dom to take what­ev­er class­es inter­est­ed me most in law school, free­dom from wor­ry­ing about grad­u­at­ing law school with crush­ing debt, and free­dom to pur­sue my dream of becom­ing an immi­gra­tion attor­ney at a non­prof­it legal ser­vices orga­ni­za­tion. Per­son­al­ly, my Dar­row made law school a lighter, less stress­ful expe­ri­ence for me.”

    What she’s doing now 

    Today, Lisi is a staff immi­gra­tion attor­ney at Texas RioGrande Legal Aid (TRLA) in Brownsville, near the Unit­ed States-Mex­i­­co bor­der. TRLA is a non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides free legal ser­vices in prac­tice areas such as eco­nom­ic and social jus­tice, dis­as­ter assis­tance, domes­tic vio­lence and fam­i­ly law, hous­ing, indi­vid­ual rights, labor, pub­lic ben­e­fits, and vic­tims’ rights. Lisi rep­re­sents low-income non-cit­i­zens, many of whom are sur­vivors of domes­tic vio­lence, sex­u­al assault, or human traf­fick­ing. She helps them apply for affir­ma­tive immi­gra­tion relief such as U visas, T visas, and law­ful per­ma­nent res­i­dence through the Vio­lence Against Women Act.

    She also assists indi­vid­u­als who are fac­ing removal or depor­ta­tion proceedings. Immi­gra­tion cas­es can take a long time to be processed — with vic­to­ries few and far between.” Recent­ly, how­ev­er, Lisi did expe­ri­ence a vic­to­ry when her client was able to obtain a T visa for vic­tims of human traf­fick­ing. The client was a vic­tim of human traf­fick­ing for more than a decade before escap­ing. Because her vic­tim­iza­tion was due to traf­fick­ing Lisi was able to assist her in obtain­ing legal sta­tus in the Unit­ed States as well as a work permit.

    Lisi always has been com­mit­ted to social jus­tice work. Pri­or to her tenure at TRLA, she spent her 1L and 2L sum­mers as a legal intern with Luther­an Social Ser­vices’ Immi­gra­tion Legal Assis­tance Pro­gram and on the kids’ team with the Flo­rence Immi­grant and Refugee Rights Project.

    Grat­i­tude to Michi­gan Law for her Darrow

    Lisi remem­bers well how she was able to pur­sue her inter­ests and goals with­out wor­ry­ing about whether they would earn her enough mon­ey when she grad­u­at­ed. It was a relief, post-grad­u­a­­tion, not to wor­ry about debt and to have the free­dom to pur­sue her interests.

    My Dar­row not only made me hap­pi­er, it also made a big dif­fer­ence pro­fes­sion­al­ly, as it made me a much stronger can­di­date for my cho­sen career.”

  • Matthew Lon­gari­ni
    • Michi­gan Law, 2013, JD
    • Uni­ver­si­ty of Illi­nois, Urbana-Cham­­paign, 2007, BA, East Asian lan­guages and cultures

    Life as a Dar­row at Michi­gan Law and beyond 

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    Longarini

    The Dar­row Schol­ar­ship made a tremen­dous dif­fer­ence for Matthew Lon­gari­ni when he was apply­ing to law schools. He was liv­ing in Japan at the time and his ulti­mate goal was to prac­tice law there. Con­ven­tion­al wis­dom told him that start­ing his legal career in Japan imme­di­ate­ly after grad­u­a­tion wasn’t nec­es­sar­i­ly the right move, but he decid­ed to fol­low his instincts. The Dar­row Schol­ar­ship from Michi­gan Law made all the difference.

    When I entered law school in 2010, there was great uncer­tain­ty about the future of the legal pro­fes­sion, includ­ing both career and work-life bal­ance prospects for new attor­neys. In addi­tion, nev­er hav­ing prac­ticed law, it was dif­fi­cult to tru­ly assess whether it would be a good fit for me. Hav­ing a Dar­row Schol­ar­ship gave me the peace of mind to pur­sue my aca­d­e­m­ic and pro­fes­sion­al inter­ests, lim­it­ing the down­side if things didn’t work out for what­ev­er reason.”

    Dur­ing his 1L year at Michi­gan Law, Lon­gari­ni felt that his Dar­row Schol­ar­ship gave him a cer­tain confidence. Giv­en the num­ber of smart, tal­ent­ed, and accom­plished peo­ple around me at the Law School, I like­ly would have been prone to a degree of impos­tor syn­drome were it not for the Dar­row, as I come from a pret­ty ordi­nary back­ground and was not that well-spo­ken dur­ing pro­fes­sors’ cold calls.” After sur­viv­ing his first year, Lon­gari­ni was an edi­tor of the Michi­gan Law Review and a research assis­tant to Pro­fes­sors James J. White and Bruce Frier.

    Lon­gari­ni bol­stered his lan­guage skills while at Michi­gan Law, tak­ing three semes­ters of advanced Japan­ese, allow­ing him to pass the high­est lev­el of the Japan­ese-Lan­guage Pro­fi­cien­cy Test.

    On top of the cachet his Dar­row gave him, Lon­gari­ni also knew that come grad­u­a­tion, he would not have to wor­ry about a heavy debt hang­ing over his head. The pres­sure to take a job in the Unit­ed States with an eye towards resume-build­ing, rather than his desired job over­seas, was imme­di­ate­ly alle­vi­at­ed, and Lon­gari­ni was able to move to Japan to begin his legal career.

    What he’s doing now 

    Today, Lon­gari­ni is an asso­ciate in the Tokyo office of Mor­ri­son & Foer­ster, one of the largest inter­na­tion­al law firms in Japan. As a mem­ber of its cor­po­rate depart­ment, he han­dles secu­ri­ties offer­ings to inter­na­tion­al investors on behalf of Japan­ese com­pa­nies and the Japan­ese gov­ern­ment, as well as merg­ers and acquisitions.

    He joined the prac­tice in 2013 fol­low­ing grad­u­a­tion, after serv­ing there as a sum­mer asso­ciate dur­ing his 2L sum­mer. He also spent his first sum­mer after start­ing law school in Tokyo at Nishimu­ra & Asahi, one of Japan’s largest domes­tic law firms.

    Grat­i­tude to Michi­gan Law for his Darrow 

    The Dar­row gave Lon­gari­ni the flex­i­bil­i­ty to fol­low his dreams and informed his approach to the law and his career. It helped me decide to do what I want­ed with­out prac­tic­ing in the U.S. first, which was some­thing I had no inter­est in. At my firm, I’ve con­tin­ued to pur­sue the sorts of projects that inter­est me rather than those that might look most impres­sive on a future resume, which has helped me carve out a niche in an area of law I actu­al­ly enjoy with­out the dis­rup­tion of switch­ing to anoth­er firm or mov­ing in-house. With­out the Dar­row Schol­ar­ship, I’m not sure I would have had the con­fi­dence to spurn con­ven­tion­al wis­dom and do what I wanted.”

  • Richard Marsh Jr.
    • Michi­gan Law, 2009, JD
    • Brigham Young Uni­ver­si­ty, 2006, BS, physics with a minor in mathematics

    Life as a Dar­row at Michi­gan Law and beyond

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    Marsh

    Dur­ing the process of select­ing a law school, Richard Marsh Jr. had nar­rowed his list to a few top-tier schools. He was excit­ed about Michi­gan Law but was torn between mov­ing to Ann Arbor or choos­ing anoth­er school from his list. For me, the oppor­tu­ni­ty to be a Dar­row Schol­ar helped cement my deci­sion. Look­ing back, I am extreme­ly grate­ful that I made that choice.”

    He is grate­ful for the finan­cial free­dom the Dar­row Schol­ar­ship pro­vid­ed, enabling him to be more selec­tive with pro­fes­sion­al oppor­tu­ni­ties dur­ing his 1L and 2L sum­mers and after grad­u­a­tion. He was able to tai­lor his sum­mer employ­ment to his pro­fes­sion­al and per­son­al goals with­out the fear of law school debt dri­ving the deci­sion on finan­cial terms alone. Marsh also con­sid­ers receiv­ing the Dar­row Schol­ar­ship a tremen­dous honor. Michi­gan Law con­sis­tent­ly attracts amaz­ing tal­ent and the list of past Dar­row Schol­ars is incred­i­ble. I am thank­ful that I had the priv­i­lege of join­ing those pres­ti­gious ranks.”

    One of Marsh’s pri­ma­ry achieve­ments com­ing out of law school was clerk­ing for the Hon. William C. Bryson for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fed­er­al Cir­cuit. He con­sid­ers his Dar­row Schol­ar­ship, his expe­ri­ences at Michi­gan Law, and the rela­tion­ships he formed with his pro­fes­sors as key to that success.

    The rela­tion­ships I formed with my fel­low stu­dents and the name recog­ni­tion of Michi­gan Law also have opened many doors for me pro­fes­sion­al­ly. The com­bi­na­tion of the Dar­row Schol­ar­ship, my Michi­gan Law degree, and my fed­er­al cir­cuit clerk­ship has been a launch­ing pad for my career. Many of the oppor­tu­ni­ties for sig­nif­i­cant per­son­al growth arose because of my legal train­ing, which all start­ed with the Dar­row Scholarship.”

    What he’s doing now

    Marsh recent­ly joined Medtron­ic as in-house patent coun­sel and sup­ports many of its busi­ness units. Pre­vi­ous­ly, he was a part­ner at Fae­gre Bak­er Daniels in Den­ver, where he assist­ed com­pa­nies in pro­tect­ing their intel­lec­tu­al assets and served as lead coun­sel in sev­er­al inter partes review pro­ceed­ings in response to patent infringe­ment law­suits. He also helped defend Fae­gre Bak­er Daniels’s vic­to­ries on appeal to the fed­er­al cir­cuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

    Grat­i­tude to Michi­gan Law for his Darrow

    Per­son­al­ly, Marsh says that the finan­cial sup­port of the Dar­row Schol­ar­ship was more mean­ing­ful than he could have imagined. My wife and I wel­comed twin sons into the world dur­ing my 1L year,” he said.

    Because of health com­pli­ca­tions, the twins endured a pro­longed stay in the Neona­tal Inten­sive Care Unit. The finan­cial sup­port from the Dar­row Schol­ar­ship took a tremen­dous load off my shoul­ders, enabling me to focus on my class load and my new respon­si­bil­i­ties with­out drown­ing under the weight of the ensu­ing hos­pi­tal bills.”

    With all the oppor­tu­ni­ties Michi­gan Law makes pos­si­ble, hav­ing the free­dom to embrace a path that max­i­mizes per­son­al ful­fill­ment and pro­fes­sion­al sat­is­fac­tion may be the great­est ben­e­fit of being a Dar­row Scholar.”

  • Andrea Del­gadil­lo Ostrovsky
    • Michi­gan Law, 2005, JD, cum laude, Order of the Coif
    • Uni­ver­si­ty of Chica­go, 1998, BA, envi­ron­men­tal stud­ies, with honors

    Life as a Dar­row at Michi­gan Law and beyond

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    Ostrovsky

    After major­ing in envi­ron­men­tal stud­ies, Andrea Del­gadil­lo Ostrovsky, 05, decid­ed she want­ed to prac­tice envi­ron­men­tal law — an inter­est strength­ened after her years as an Ameri­Corps vol­un­teer restor­ing rur­al lands in south­west Washington.

    When look­ing at law schools, the Mil­wau­kee native applied to Michi­gan Law for a num­ber of reasons. It had a strong envi­ron­men­tal law pro­gram and the uni­ver­si­ty as a whole has a good rep­u­ta­tion in that are­na. But more impor­tant­ly, Michi­gan Law pro­vides an excel­lent legal edu­ca­tion, and I was very hap­py to return to the Mid­west after hav­ing worked on the West Coast for a cou­ple of years.”

    Ostro­vsky loved her time in the Quad, and par­tic­i­pat­ed in stu­dent orga­ni­za­tions like the Lati­no Law Stu­dents Asso­ci­a­tion, the Women Law Stu­dents Asso­ci­a­tion, and the Envi­ron­men­tal Law Soci­ety. She also was a stu­­dent-attor­ney in the Crim­i­nal Appel­late Clinic. I had a great expe­ri­ence at Michi­gan Law. It was very chal­leng­ing but reward­ing. I made life­long friends and met my hus­band, Aaron Ostro­vsky, who was a sum­mer starter like me.”

    When she received her Dar­row Schol­ar­ship, Ostro­vsky was sur­prised and honored. It meant a lot to me to receive an award in the name of such a phe­nom­e­nal lawyer — a strong advo­cate who cham­pi­oned civ­il lib­er­ties and justice.”

    What she’s doing now 

    Ostro­vsky took many envi­ron­men­tal law cours­es and worked for envi­ron­men­tal orga­ni­za­tions dur­ing her sum­mers, but a dif­fer­ent path emerged once she start­ed clerking. I real­ized I want­ed to have a more gen­er­al prac­tice and be a tri­al lawyer. I was cap­ti­vat­ed by the inten­si­ty and fast pace of tri­al prac­tice. And hav­ing a gen­er­al prac­tice allows me the oppor­tu­ni­ty to con­tin­ue learn­ing with each new case and client.” Ostro­vsky derives great pur­pose from rep­re­sent­ing clients. Advo­cat­ing for clients is at the heart of what I do. Many of my clients are in incred­i­bly dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions, and I am deeply moti­vat­ed by the oppor­tu­ni­ty to help and advo­cate for them.”

    As a found­ing mem­ber of Cal­fo Eakes & Ostro­vsky (CE&O) — a lit­i­ga­tion bou­tique firm in Seat­tle — Ostro­vsky rep­re­sents indi­vid­u­als and com­pa­nies in crim­i­nal and civ­il mat­ters. She prac­tices in the areas of white-col­lar crim­i­nal defense and com­mer­cial lit­i­ga­tion, includ­ing whistle­blow­er and False Claims Act lit­i­ga­tion, and employ­ment lit­i­ga­tion. Ostro­vsky also serves on the Crim­i­nal Jus­tice Act Pan­el, through which she rep­re­sents indi­gent defen­dants in fed­er­al crim­i­nal matters.

    Ostro­vsky kicked off her legal career clerk­ing for Jus­tice Robert L. Eas­t­augh of the Alas­ka Supreme Court and then for The Hon. Mar­sha J. Pech­man of the U.S. Dis­trict Court for the West­ern Dis­trict of Wash­ing­ton. She worked for two small lit­i­ga­tion firms before form­ing CE&O with her part­ners. Ostro­vsky was first named a Super Lawyer” by Wash­ing­ton Law and Pol­i­tics in 2013 — an hon­or she has received every year since, and she has been rec­og­nized by both Bench­mark Lit­i­ga­tion and Cham­bers & Partners.

    Although she does not spe­cial­ize in envi­ron­men­tal law, Ostro­vsky remains pas­sion­ate about envi­ron­men­tal and sus­tain­abil­i­ty issues. She serves on the board of Forter­ra — a region­al non­prof­it com­mit­ted to secur­ing wild, work­ing, and key com­mu­ni­ty lands for a more sus­tain­able future for all Wash­ing­to­ni­ans. She also is the co-founder of the Friends of Cheasty Green­space at Moun­tain­view, a vol­un­­teer-led com­mu­ni­ty group that has restored and main­tains one of Seattle’s many green spaces.

    In 2013, she received a Den­ny Award for Con­ser­va­tion and Envi­ron­men­tal Stewardship.

    Grat­i­tude to Michi­gan Law for her Darrow 

    Ostro­vsky is grate­ful to Michi­gan Law for the oppor­tu­ni­ties the School pro­vid­ed her, includ­ing the Dar­row, which meant that she did not have to incur law school debt. She worked for non­prof­it orga­ni­za­tions in the sum­mer and, after grad­u­at­ing from law school, was able to clerk for three years.

    I think often of my time at Michi­gan Law and of my Dar­row Schol­ar­ship. I feel inspired by Darrow’s lega­cy of using our legal skills and knowl­edge to zeal­ous­ly advo­cate for clients in real­ly chal­leng­ing situations.”

  • Yang Wang
    • Michi­gan Law, 2008, JD, magna cum laude
    • Uni­ver­si­ty of Mary­land, 2005, MA, Applied Mathematics
    • Uni­ver­si­ty of Mary­land, 2001, BS, Math­e­mat­ics and Com­put­er Sci­ence, magna cum laude
    • Uni­ver­si­ty of Mary­land, 2000, BA, Eco­nom­ics, sum­ma cum laude
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    Yang Wang

    Yang Wang lived in the Lawyers Club all three years at Michi­gan Law and fond­ly recalls the laugh­ter that punc­tu­at­ed the din­ner­time chats he shared with class­mates. On Sat­ur­day evenings, when the din­ing room was closed, it was com­mon for Wang and his fel­low stu­dents to ven­ture out­side the Law Quad in search of the best beer and Chi­nese food in town.”

    Food and fel­low­ship were an inte­gral part of Wang’s Law School expe­ri­ence, which includ­ed work­ing on the Michi­gan Law Review dur­ing his 2L and 3L years.

    An Amer­i­can education

    A native of Chi­na, Wang came to the Unit­ed States to attend col­lege at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mary­land, where he was offered a full schol­ar­ship thanks to the finan­cial gen­eros­i­ty of Clop­per Almon, an eco­nom­ics pro­fes­sor who had estab­lished the schol­ar­ship at Mary­land for under­grad­u­ate stu­dents from for­mer or cur­rent com­mu­nist countries. The only string’ attached to the schol­ar­ship was that Pro­fes­sor Almon hoped that recip­i­ents would even­tu­al­ly return to their home coun­tries to make an impact there with their Amer­i­can edu­ca­tion,” Wang said.

    Wang worked as a com­put­er pro­gram­mer after grad­u­at­ing from Mary­land, and while the work was fun and ful­fill­ing,” he real­ized it prob­a­bly was not a career that would allow me to max­i­mize the ben­e­fits of an Amer­i­can edu­ca­tion and help make an impact back home when I returned.”

    A law degree seemed like it would fit the bill, Wang thought, and with the encour­age­ment of Pro­fes­sor Almon, he applied to Michi­gan Law, where he was offered a Dar­row Scholarship. To some­one who had ben­e­fit­ed tremen­dous­ly from an under­grad­u­ate schol­ar­ship, both finan­cial­ly and in terms of the men­tor­ing I received from Pro­fes­sor Almon, I saw the Dar­row as a unique oppor­tu­ni­ty to, with­out the near-term finan­cial impact of a law school edu­ca­tion, devel­op a long-term rela­tion­ship with a renowned insti­tu­tion and out­stand­ing fac­ul­ty at the fore­front of the Amer­i­can legal edu­ca­tion,” he said. It did not take me much time at all to decide to attend Michi­gan, and 10 years lat­er I am still very hap­py that I made that choice.”

    Ful­fill­ing legal work

    Wang grad­u­at­ed from Michi­gan Law in 2008 and worked as an asso­ciate in the New York office of Sul­li­van and Cromwell LLP. In 2010, he joined the Bei­jing office of Simp­son Thacher & Bartlett LLP where he is a part­ner doing cross-bor­der M&A and cor­po­rate work. Wang was rec­og­nized as one of China’s Top 15 M&A Lawyers in 2018 by Asian Legal Busi­ness.

    I do not know if I am in fact ful­fill­ing Pro­fes­sor Almon’s wish that I make an impact back home, or if my work is near­ly as excit­ing as oth­er Dar­rows who have gone on to do great things,” Wang said, but I do get a tremen­dous sense of sat­is­fac­tion out of my work, espe­cial­ly when I use my train­ing as an Amer­i­can lawyer and upbring­ing as a Chi­nese to explain issues in a way that appear sen­si­ble and ratio­nal to both sides and to help bridge legal, com­mer­cial, and cul­tur­al gaps. If these types of trans­ac­tions help Chi­na become more inte­grat­ed with the rest of the world and for the world to under­stand Chi­na bet­ter, then hope­ful­ly I helped make some small impact some­where along the way.”

    The impact of a Dar­row Scholarship

    Wang remains thank­ful for the Dar­row Schol­ar­ship, which he said is much more than an extreme­ly gen­er­ous, named schol­ar­ship at a world-lead­­ing insti­tu­tion. The Dar­row afford­ed me the oppor­tu­ni­ty to receive an out­stand­ing edu­ca­tion that I would oth­er­wise not have, to more ful­ly enjoy the edu­ca­tion than I would oth­er­wise be able to, and, most impor­tant­ly, to have a sense of respon­si­bil­i­ty to remain com­mit­ted to the rea­son for which I attend­ed law school and for which I was offered the Dar­row in the first place.”