Student Spotlight: Jennifer Case (3L)
News @ Georgia Law September 2011 Student Profile
Name: Jennifer L. Case
Hometown: Madison, MS
Expected graduation year: 2012
Georgia Law extracurricular activities: Georgia Law Review, Executive Symposium Editor;
Moot Court Team Member (Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition, Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Competition and Gray's Inn Moot Court Exchange); Mock Trial Team Member (alternate)
Undergraduate degree(s)/institution(s)/year(s): Biomedical Engineering & Mechanical Engineering/Duke University/2002
1. What did you do before attending law school?
- Prior to law school, I worked as an engineer with an engineering consultancy firm based in Alexandria, Va. My primary practice areas were in the biomedical and nuclear industries. Specifically, I led multiple projects designing and prototyping medical and pharmaceutical devices. I also supported the firm's projects in the nuclear power industry and developed software for the U.S. Navy. After my work in Alexandria, I served as a business consultant in Abu Dhabi, training Abu Dhabi government employees in project management and process improvement.
2. Why did you choose to attend Georgia Law?
- As a native of Mississippi, I wanted to live and work in the Southeast after law school. Georgia Law is a leading school in this region. It provides a superior education at an affordable price. Also, Georgia Law faculty prioritize student education, and the school has diverse and top-notch co-curricular programs and clinical opportunities that provide great educational opportunities outside of the classroom. In sum, I knew that Georgia Law would provide a high quality, well-rounded legal education.
3. Where do you see yourself 10 years from now?
- There are so many great opportunities to consider coming out of Georgia Law! One of the fun things in life is not knowing what is in store, but I know that I can rely on my Georgia Law experience and education to pursue any number of varied and wonderful careers.
4. Who is your favorite Georgia Law professor? Why?
- The best thing about Georgia Law is that there are so many great professors that it is hard to take courses with all of them! Professor Anne Proffitt Dupre was among the greatest. She loved teaching, pushed her students to achieve more than we even dreamed we could, and celebrated our accomplishments with us. Professor Tom Eaton has mastered the Socratic method and somehow leaves students both more puzzled and wiser than we were before we entered the classroom. Professor Bo Rutledge is as smart as a whip but is also an approachable, kind-hearted person. He will work as hard as the students will to ensure we all understand those tricky aspects of civil procedure. Professor Lisa Milot managed to teach me the rule against perpetuities, which was a feat! Professor Jim Smith encourages students to look around in our daily lives and apply what we are learning in class. Professor Kellie Casey Monk teaches advocacy students the art of persuasion, and she still does so with the enthusiasm of a child who has just received her first ride on a Ferris wheel. The list goes on ... Georgia Law does not suffer from a lack of wonderful, brilliant, supportive professors!
5. What are some activities/clubs/clinics you are involved in at the law school?
- I participate in many of the co-curricular programs including journal, moot court and mock trial. I also have participated in Georgia Law's China program, externship program and Prosecutorial Clinic.
6. What are your hobbies?
- I am active and enjoy team sports like soccer and Ultimate Frisbee. I also love to cook and enjoy trying new recipes.
7. If you could share an afternoon with anyone, with whom would you choose to spend it?
- My good friend, Lala. She and I have fun doing anything and nothing. We drive each other crazy and keep each other sane. It's the perfect kind of friendship!
8. What are two things you always have to have with you when you study?
- Food and a good night's sleep.
9. What do you like most about living in Athens?
- It is a great college town with a walkable downtown area that is full of fun, affordable restaurants.
10. What do you do to handle the stress of law school?
- Know when to say when. Sometimes you just have to close the books. Taking time to get some exercise, have lunch with friends or laugh on the phone with friends and family really helps maintain the balance.
11. What would you consider your greatest accomplishment in life?
- Knowing that I have not really accomplished anything.