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About Alyssa: I completed my undergraduate degree in 2010 at Kansas State University, where I received a B.S. in Business Administration (Marketing) and a minor in Communications. While at Kansas State, I competed for its NCAA Equestrian Team (horseback riding). I have been competing with horses since I was a small girl and have been able to travel all over the country to compete. I also just recently began a new hobby of CrossFit.
Previous Legal and/or Professional Experience: While attending NIU Law, I have had a number of fantastic opportunities to gain legal experience. I have been a Judicial Intern with the Illinois Second Appellate Court, a Legal Intern with the Illinois State Appellate Defenders (Third Circuit), and a Summer Associate at Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen. I am currently a Judicial Extern with the 17th Judicial Circuit (Winnebago County).
Why did you choose NIU Law? I chose NIU Law for several reasons. First, I was impressed by the college’s commitment to learning students’ specific interests and providing them with mentors and other resources early in our academic career. Second, when I visited campus, it was apparent that members of the close-knit community inspired each other to do better each day. On first impression, it seemed like a very collaborative college and so far, my expectations have been met. Finally, I wanted a school of which I was not only confident in the quality, but also in the financial investment it represented for me.
What activities are you involved in? Currently I am the President of the Student Bar Association, a member of the Jessup International Moot Court team, and I am also the Symposium Editor of the NIU Law Review, where I have published a note in the Summer 2014 edition: “Whoa”-ing Equine Clones’ Registration: Establishing Procompetitive Benefits to Counter the Anticompetitive Argument Against the American Quarter Horse Association’s Ban on Clones.
This interview was updated in Fall 2014.
Graduation Year: 2015
Undergraduate Institution: Kansas State University
Business Administration (Marketing)