AUWCL Holds Reception for Incoming Fall Class at Arent Fox LLP
June 28, 2018
On Wednesday, June 27, American University Washington College of Law hosted a welcome reception for the incoming Fall 2018 JD class at the downtown Washington, D.C. offices of Arent Fox LLP. The event, attended by more than 125 new students, guests, alumni, and AUWCL faculty and staff, featured remarks from AUWCL alumna Pamela Deese, Intellectual Property partner at Arent Fox and a member of the AU Board of Trustees.
Deese advised the new students not to feel pressured to choose a legal specialty right away if they are uncertain, but take the opportunity to explore many areas of the law. In her remarks, she also stressed wellness. “To succeed in law school, you have to take care of yourself,” she said. “You need to practice good habits – exercise, sleep, eat well, have a social life – AND focus on your studies.”
About the value of a law degree, Deese added, “you can use your law degree in so many ways. You don’t have to practice law, but everyone who has gotten a degree will tell you that it is life altering.”
“We are extremely grateful to Arent Fox for hosting Wednesday’s reception,” said Akira Shiroma, assistant dean for admissions and financial aid. “It was a perfect setting for our newest students to get to know alumni like Pam Deese and Judge Zuberi Williams. We are looking forward to seeing this outstanding group of students at orientation in August.”