Author: Kalicia Bateman

How Carla Swensen-Haslam’s Upbringing Has Shaped Her BYU Law Experience

“My 2L year has been so busy,” Carla Swensen-Haslam said with a laugh. Her voice tinged with a hint of exasperation. “It’s my own fault, though. I’m taking 18 credits while working on contract with a law firm and calling sports.” She took a second to breathe. “But I love it. I really, really love […]

BYU Law Student Works with Women in Uganda to Improve Village Life

In June, Melissa Jo (MJ) Townsend (2L) joined Professor Brigham Daniels on a trip to Uganda to work closely with several villages surrounding Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.  As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bwindi is a protected cultural area that  is inhabited by approximately 350 endangered mountain gorillas. The park was also once home to […]

Jessica Volmar Provides Legal Counsel During Frankfurt Externship

With an interest in accounting and finances, Jessica Volmar (1L) was pleased to find an externship opportunity with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Frankfurt, Germany, one of Europe’s major financial centers. Volmar externed with the Church’s Office of the General Counsel, which oversees all of Europe’s Church-related legal matters. The Office’s […]

McKinney Voss Joins Clinical Negligence Team on London Externship

Upon completing her first year at BYU Law, McKinney Voss (1L) looked forward to beginning her summer externship in London. “I hope to practice law internationally … so London seemed like the perfect place to start making connections and gaining experience,” Voss explained. Voss has been externing at Devonshires Solicitors, a 175-year-old mid-size law firm […]

Milestone Minute: Developing Cross-Cultural Competency with Michalyn Steele

Cross-cultural competence is critical for lawyers to be able to listen, understand, and respond with empathy in communicating with our clients, our colleagues, and our communities. Cross-cultural competence means we are aware of our own cultural assumptions and are more sensitive to the cultural differences that may exist with others.  To be effective advocates, we […]

Simone Aldredge Impresses with Initiative Taken at Cisco Systems

As Simone Aldredge (2L) was looking forward to summer externship opportunities, she knew that she wanted to gain in-house experience, be exposed to multiple areas of law practice, and learn more about the tech industry. This summer, Aldredge is externing in the legal department at Cisco Systems, Inc. in San Jose, CA. She is currently […]

Ryan Wallentine Applies Skills Learned In Milestones Program on Tokyo Externship

Ryan Wallentine (1L) would like to practice international law or work in the foreign service following graduation. Therefore, when looking for externship opportunities, he was pleased to find an opportunity in Tokyo, Japan. Wallentine has been studying Japanese independently and is grateful for the opportunity to apply his skills in a law-centered environment. Currently working […]

Milestone Minute: Rocking Your Summer Job with Rebecca van Uitert

Summer externships are important for law school students because they are essentially one large interview. Becoming a highly respected and sought-after employee often requires a little extra effort. Even those who have been working somewhere for years might find they can reinvigorate their work with a few simple changes. Keep the following five categories and […]

Building Open and Democratic Societies Through Education

Each spring for the past 20 years, BYU Law Professor J. Clifton Fleming has traveled to Budapest, Hungary, to teach international taxation to students attending the Central European University (CEU). “My hope is that by teaching these very bright and promising students important lessons on how to be excellent professionals…we are building a cadre of […]

Mackenzie Cannon Learns Nuances of Civil Law During Externship in Madrid

When BYU Law student, Mackenzie Cannon (1L), accepted a position in the dispute resolution department at Hogan Lovells’ Madrid office, she was excited to learn about the differences between Spanish law and American law. As a civil law country, Spain structures trials differently with judges taking a more active role. Judges are able to object […]

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