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Prelaw Vanguard at Denver Law

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Celebrating Future Lawyers: Notes on the Prelaw Vanguard at Denver Law (7/11/2016)

We call them the Denver Law Prelaw Vanguard—four DU undergrads who held work study and staff positions at our law school during the past several years. This fall three of them will be 1Ls at three different law schools, and the fourth is seriously considering pursuing a legal education. This is the story of four talented students, well-liked and highly appreciated at the law school, who are now embarking on their own exciting paths.

Vianes Rodriguez began working in the Denver Law Faculty Support office in 2012. At DU, he majored in political science, graduating in June of this year. Vianes is already a law student, enrolled as a summer start student at Denver Law. From his 1L position, Vianes reports that “law school has already demonstrated there are no ‘easy’ answers in the law, but I look forward to learning how the law engages with society’s most difficulty issues in a fair and just manner.”

Harper Hill was a work-study student doing research for Denver Law Professor Tom Romero in 2013-14. She graduated from DU in 2014 with a major in criminology, and she’s spent the past two years working with DU campus safety. This August Harper begins studies at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. “I’m excited to go to law school to be an advocate for those whose voices aren’t heard in the legal system,” says Harper. “I always wanted to do family law, but I’m keeping my mind open to the avenues the University of Cincinnati will take me.”

Micah Desaire joined Faculty Support in 2014. A major in political science, Micah graduated DU in June of 2014. At the end of the summer, he will move to New York City to study at NYU Law, where he is a recipient of the full-tuition scholarship AnBryce Scholarship. “Attending law school,” Micah says, “will allow me to develop as a leader and take the next steps in my professional career and community work.”

Ariel Cheng started working in Faculty Support in 2012. After graduating DU with an international studies major this past June, she will spend the next year working in the same office. Recognized as a campus leader at DU, where in 2015 she received the Scott Reiman Emerging Leader Scholarship, she is considering law school as one option for the days ahead. Ariel says, “I continue to remind myself that life is not a straight line, nor a checklist of things that must be completed in a certain order. As long as I have conviction in my objectives and I put my heart into my purpose, there will always be a way to reach whatever I am striving for.”

We at Denver Law are proud of these four stellar students. We wish them the very best, and we will support them on their paths forward. They will be great lawyers!

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