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Future JD Students

Law School Inspiration: Student Stories

Law school students around the country are committed to making a difference by working on legal issues that matter to them. If you’re thinking about law school and wondering what the experience might be like for you, check out their stories.

Ashford Kneitel
Ashford Kneitel
Was granted special permission to appear before a federal appeals court, where he argued for a prisoner’s right to read.

Get Inspired: Ashford’s Story
Liz Harris
Liz Harris
Working in legal clinics, this single mom helped cancer patients with estate planning, and low-income clients with housing and consumer issues.

Get Inspired: Liz’s Story
Virginia Giannini
Virginia Giannini
A naturalized citizen who wants to help other immigrants, Virginia successfully represented a young man from El Salvador seeking asylum in the United States.

Get Inspired: Virginia’s Story
Byron Bailey
Byron Bailey
Helped clients achieve their goals while working in a trademark clinic, an entrepreneurial clinic, and a community development clinic.

Get Inspired: Byron’s Story


Stephanie Fong
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Worked with the world’s largest antislavery organization on human trafficking and bonded-labor casework. She witnessed a real-life rescue operation along the way.

Get Inspired: Stephanie’s Story
Symone White
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Spearheaded Discover Law Day for 100 underrepresented students in Houston, letting teenagers experience “A Day in the Life of a Law Student.” Symone is a leader and mentor in the pipeline, and has won accolades for her activism.

Get Inspired: Symone’s Story
Savannah Chinski
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Was inspired to pursue the complex field of elder law after her father suffered a stroke. As the director of the Elder Law Pro Bono Project, she teaches the elderly—and young adults—about their legal options.

Get Inspired: Savannah’s Story
Johnanthony Alaimo
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Clerked in the LA District Attorney’s Office, where he sought justice for vulnerable populations through the Victim Impact Program. He won an argument before the court and was complimented by the judge.

Get Inspired: Johnanthony’s Story
Maria Jose Padilla
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Worked with leading attorneys and advocates in Colombia on behalf of LGBTQ communities. She learned how international law and human rights intersect in practice.

Get Inspired: Maria’s Story



Law schools: Send inspirational stories about your law school students’ involvement in the justice pipeline to lawstories@LSAC.org.

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