2L Kristina Woodward Interns for Alum Judge Reggie Walton ’74

June 3, 2021

 2L Kristina Woodward
2L Kristina Woodward

Looking to hone her legal research and writing skills, 2L Kristina Woodward wanted a summer experience where she could gain a greater understanding of the judicial decision-making process – and found it interning for the Honorable Reggie Walton ’74. 

Woodward will spend the summer editing and drafting opinions, orders, and memoranda for Walton, a U.S. district judge for the District of Columbia.

“I am responsible for reading parties' briefs, identifying the relevant issues, conducting research, comparing my findings to the parties' briefs, and synthesizing the findings into my own writing,” Woodward said, adding that it was her 1L Legal Rhetoric class with Assistant Professor Bianca Garcia which prepared her for her for the role.

“I learned how to conduct legal research, synthesize cases, and analyze opposing viewpoints, which are all tools that I will implement as an intern in Judge Walton's chambers,” she said.

Woodward – who hold a bachelor's degree in neuroscience and is interested in pursuing a career in food and drug law – was drawn to AUWCL because of its nationally ranked Clinical Program “that gives students the opportunity to apply the law in practical situations.”

“It is inspiring to me that Judge Walton is an AUWCL alum and has taken every opportunity to give back to the law school,” said Woodward.

Walton serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council and has spoken at a number of AUWCL events, including a recent panel discussion on racial justice and the courts.