“The Defense Appellate Clinic was one of the most enriching experiences I had in law school,” she said. “I got practical experience representing my client, writing an appellate brief and arguing before the Appellate and Supreme Court. It was a tremendous experience and also helped lead to my job in the public defender's office.”
She attributes her experience there to having the ability to spot the appellate issue, advocate for her client before the trial court, preserve the issue and take the fight to the Supreme Court.
“I do not think I could have been as effective if it was not for the Defense Appellate Clinic, the support of the Office of the Public Defenders and the relationship that Quinnipiac has developed with the Office of the Public Defenders,” she said.
She urged current law students to make the most of their time at Quinnipiac.
“It's important to complement what you learn in the classroom with practical experience that you can use after graduation,” she said. “Studying the law and practicing law are distinct applications. It's critical to also pursue internships and clinics so that you can build on the academics you are learning on the classroom and then bring those skills to future jobs after graduation. Clinics can also be useful to help students determine which area of the law they want to pursue.”
Amicus Curiae Connecticut Criminal Defense Lawyers Association was represented by attorneys James P. Sexton, Emily Graner Sexton JD '07 and Marina L. Green JD '14, assisted by attorney Max Simmons JD '08.
Amicus Curiae American Immigration Lawyers' Association was represented by attorney Anthony Collins, Attorney Meghan LaFontaine and Attorney Yazmin Rodriguez JD '12 and assisted by Michael Vastine.