Anna is a 2007 graduate of Coram Deo Academy. As you can see from her story, she is successfully building upon the foundation she received at Coram Deo Academy in her educational and career pursuits.
"I have incredible respect for the Christian professors and attorneys who have challenged me to think critically about how my faith and my vocation interact."
Patrick Henry College
B.A., Classical Liberal Arts
August 2011-August 2014: Paralegal, Simms Showers LLP May 2015-August 2015: Legal Intern, Department of Justice
WHAT DREW YOU TO YOUR CURRENT CAREER/POSITION?
After competing on my college’s moot court team, I absolutely fell in love with appellate advocacy and constitutional law. But when I spoke to practicing attorneys, they always cautioned that even though I liked debate, I wouldn’t necessarily enjoy the actual practice of law. I decided I wanted some practical experience before I committed to law school, and so after graduation, I took a job as a paralegal. As it turned out, the day-to-day practice of law was a perfect fit for me. Our office served as the legal counsel for number of charities, and the opportunity to work closely with such ambitious, inspiring clients was an amazing privilege. After working as a paralegal for three years, I knew that I wouldn’t be happy with any other career path. Last fall, I started classes at George Mason University School of Law.
WHAT IMPACT DO YOU HOPE TO MAKE IN THE WORLD IN CONTEXT OF CDA'S MISSION TO BE AN ETHICAL SERVANT LEADER AND WISE THINKER WHO WILL SHAPE CULTURE FOR THE GLORY OF GOD?
The classical Christian education I experienced at CDA taught me that the intellectual and spiritual struggles today’s believers face are not unique. But as Isaac Newton observed, “If I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” My exploration of great Christian thinkers from Saint Augustine to G.K. Chesterton has both humbled me and encouraged me to find my own role in the modern development of this intellectual tradition. In a more finite, practical sense, I’ve seen this Christian intergenerational partnership play out in my own profession development. I have incredible respect for the Christian professors and attorneys who have challenged me to think critically about how my faith and my vocation interact; I hope not only to build on this wisdom throughout my career, but to pass it on to the next wave of Christian law students as well.
NOTEWORTHY HONORS OR AWARDS SINCE GRADUATION:
2010 Patrick Henry College Alumni Association Scholarship Essay Competition: First Place 2010 American Collegiate Moot Court Association National Tournament: Fourth Place Petitioner Brief
WHAT ARE YOUR FUTURE GOALS/ASPIRATIONS?
At this point, almost every legal career path sounds like fun! I am primarily pursuing opportunities in national security and immigration law, but I’m sure my interests will evolve as I complete my internships. I especially look forward to exploring immigration law this summer during my time at the Department of Justice, where I will be working in the Office of Immigration Litigation.