Student Spotlight

Kris is a 2L full time day student. He is a Junior Staff member on the Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law (JGSPL); a member of the Mock Trial Honor Society, and a member of Parents Attending Law School (PALS). He has interned with the Special Victims Division, Montgomery County State's Attorney Office and the Felony Major Crimes Unit, U.S. Attorney's Office.

Q: Please tell us about your work with the Department of Justice.

A: My work for the Capital Case Section (CCS) which reviews and provides recommendations to the Attorney General about federal death penalty cases, and provides trial and appellate support to U.S. Attorneys around the country litigating capital cases. I draft responses to defense motions for post-conviction and collateral relief from federal cases, update and maintain post-trial debriefings when CCS attorneys return from active litigation.

Q: What prompted your interest in criminal law?

A: Before law school, I would read articles about major crimes and get frustrated by the comment sections because everyone would opine on what could or should happen, or what they would do, but there was never any action. I realized I was one of them, and I wanted to take action so I decided to go into an area of law that would let me serve my community and help fight for those victims. Criminal law is giving me that opportunity.

Q: What has been your best experience at AUWCL thus far?

A: The first trial I worked on and attended during my 1L summer internship. It was the first felony trial I helped my supervising attorney to prepare for, I was able to substantively support my supervisor during the trial, and we secured the conviction of a defendant who had raped a young girl. It was some of the greatest professional satisfaction I have ever had.

Q: What is your dream job?

A: To prosecute in a special victims division.