Legal Field

Are you considering a job or internship in the legal field? Explore these online resources to get started.  

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Job and Internship Resources

Student Organizations & Departmental Resources

  • Mock Trial - Washington and Lee Mock Trial provides undergraduate students with the opportunity to develop critical thinking and public speaking skills and an understanding of the American justice system and its practices and procedures through preparing for and engaging in trial simulations in competition with teams from other colleges and universities. The organization will participate in competitions under the aegis of the American Mock Trial Association, and in other mock trial competitions as the organization's governing body deems to be in the best interest of the organization.

Alumni To Know

One of the best ways to explore careers and find job opportunities is to network with professionals. Below are alumni who have experience in the field and have volunteered to be a resource to you. Not sure how to begin networking? Stop by Career and Professional Development to get started.

To learn about and network with more alumni in the industry, visit the WLUalum Twitter!

G. Calvin Awkward III '06, '09L

Mr. Awkward is a 2006 graduate and majored in European History. During his time at Washington and Lee, he was a member of numerous organizations on campus to include Residential Life, Chi Psi fraternity, Nabors Service League, Gay-Straight Alliance, Multicultural Students Organization, Fancy Dress Committee, Traveller, and Peer Counselors. Mr. Awkward was also the chair of the Annual AIDS Awareness Fundraiser and 2004 W&L Voter Registration Drive. During the summers, Mr. Awkward interned in the Student Affairs Office at Washington and Lee.

In the fall of 2006, Mr. Awkward enrolled in Washington and Lee School of Law. During his three years in the law school, Mr. Awkward was involved in the Student Bar Association, Black Law Students Association, Outlaw, and Law Revue. He was also selected for a position as an honor advocate, Kirgis fellow and student member of the American Inns of Court. Looking for practical experience, Mr. Awkward obtained an internship with the Honorable William D. Heatwole, Twenty-Fifth Judicial Circuit of Virginia and actively handled cases as a student attorney with the Community Legal Practice Clinic.

Upon graduation from law school in 2009, Mr. Awkward returned to Maryland to clerk for the Honorable John H. Tisdale ('74L), Frederick County Circuit Court. Mr. Awkward clerked for a second year with the Honorable Theresa M. Adams, Frederick County Circuit Court. After spending five years working for a Bethesda, Maryland based insurance defense firm, Mr. Awkward is currently a practicing attorney at Franklin & Prokopik, P.C. in Baltimore, Maryland. His practice focuses on civil litigation, including automobile liability, first-party insurance defense, insurance coverage, condominium and homeowners' association litigation, and construction.

Robbie Clarke '06, '11L

Mr. Clarke is an associate in the Financial Restructuring practice of the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in Washington, DC. The practice focuses on the legal representation of various groups in complex chapter 11 bankruptcy cases and out-of-court restructurings, including committees and other group representations, various categories of lenders, and debtors and troubled companies.

He graduated magna cum laude from Washington & Lee in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. Following graduation he taught Spanish for two years at the Blue Ridge School outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. He returned to Lexington in 2008 and received his J.D., magna cum laude, from the School of Law in 2011. While at the School of Law he served as an Editor for the Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice and a Lead Editor for the German Law Journal. During his third year of law school, Mr. Clarke was a Student Attorney with the Black Lung Clinic.

Following law school Mr. Clarke served as a law clerk in the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Virginia in Roanoke. He was admitted to practice in Virginia in 2011 and after his clerkship focused his practice on bankruptcy and creditors' rights issues. he was admitted to practice in the District of Columbia in 2015.

Lena Golze-Desmond '10L

Lena is an Associate with Feller Law Group, PLLC, a Brooklyn-based law firm specializing in energy law. She is also the lead collaborator for 'Law for the Environmental Grassroots', an informal collaboration designed to increase access to legal resources for grassroots groups as well as attorneys. She is a 2013 Fellow and current Board Member of the NYC Environmental Leadership Institute (NYCELLI) and a 2014 Environmental Leadership Program (ELP) Fellow.

<p">Previous work experiences included Program Manager at the Human Impacts Institute (an art + climate education non-profit), as Environmental Program Associate at the Overbook Foundation, and volunteer attorney with the New York Attorney General's Environmental Protection Bureau

Lena graduated cum laude from Washington and Lee School of Law in 2010 (at W&L, she was part of the Environmental Law Society and worked at the Black Lung Clinic). She received a M.Sc. in Environmental Management from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam in 2011, and her undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College in 2004. 

Lena encourages anyone with questions on environmental or energy law or NYC networks to reach out! 

Kasee Sparks Heisterhagen '06

Kasee graduated from Washington and Lee in 2006 after majoring in Religion and Politics. Kasee practices law at Burr & Forman, LLP. She is a versatile attorney with experience in the areas of admiralty and maritime law, creditors' rights, bankruptcy, and insurance litigation. Kasee works with clients on issues of maritime liens and vessel seizures and has in-depth experience in the fields of marine finance and marine related bankruptcies. Kasee also handles personal injury claims, including Jones Act and the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, and works with clients on cargo matters, property damage, and regulatory and administrative issues. Kasee serves on the Board of Directors for the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute and serves on multiple committees with the Maritime Law Association. Kasee handles bankruptcy litigation across the Federal Courts in the Southeast and advises debtors, secured and unsecured creditors, and fiduciaries in workouts, debt restructuring, financial transactions, and foreclosures.

Kasee practices in both state and federal court and is hands-on at each stage of litigation. Prior to joining the firm, she clerked for The Honorable Margaret A. Mahoney, Chief Judge, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Alabama. Kasee received her J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law, where she served as Lead Articles Editor for the Law & Psychology Review. In addition, she was the Chairman of the Moot Court Board and a member of the Tax Law Moot Court Team. Kasee received her B.A., cum laude, from Washington & Lee University. She is licensed to practice law in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana.

Kasee is happy to offer advice on general legal practice and students seeking clerkships with federal judges.

Anne Idsal '05

Anne L. Idsal graduated from Washington and Lee in 2005 with a B.A. in Politics. Upon graduating she moved to Washington, DC to work for US Senator John Cornyn (TX) as a staff assistant, legislative correspondent, and finally as a legal assistant on the US Senate Judiciary Committee.

After several years in Washington, Anne returned home to Texas to attend Baylor Law School, where she earned her Juris Doctorate with a concentration in Administrative Law in 2010. She promptly relocated to Austin to work at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. Anne began her tenure as an assistant general counsel, then as an executive assistant and special counsel to TCEQ Chairman Bryan W. Shaw, and finally as the general counsel for the agency.

Today, Anne is the Chief Clerk and Deputy Land Commissioner at the Texas General Land Office under Commissioner George P. Bush.

Angie Littlejohn '09L 

Angie Littlejohn is General Counsel and Executive Associate Athletics Director for Furman University. As one of the youngest in-house legal counsels in Division I, Angie remains active in teaching sports law and coaching the Furman University Mock Trial teams.

She has been a life-long participant in collegiate athletics. From her early teens she has worked with CBS Sports, ESPN, Fox Sports, and Raycom Sports as a statistician, spotter, stage manager, and Fox Box operator. She has also worked closely with Clemson University's Athletic Department learning sports information, television, and game operations.

Angie went on to complete her bachelor's degree at the University of Virginia, where she continued her work in athletics coordinating insurance for all student-athletes. She earned her Juris Doctor at Washington and Lee University School of Law. While at W&L, Angie served as a special intern to the director of athletics learning about Division III Athletics.

During her summers and immediately following law school, she continued her sports law studies under her mentor and friend, Mr. Terry Don Phillips. Angie then joined the Fields Law Firm as an associate. From there she joined the staff at Presbyterian College, overseeing all academics for student-athletes, as well as serving as a special advisor for Presbyterian's successful transition to Division I Athletics.

Neil Millhiser '11L

Neil graduated from W&L Law in ’11.  He received a BA in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing from Elon University in 2005.  

Neil is the General Manager and General Counsel for Patient Services Inc. (PSI).  PSI, a non-profit 501(c)(3) premium and copayment foundation, provides financial support and guidance for qualified patients with specific, rare, chronic diseases.   In addition to overseeing the management at PSI, Neil also provides in-house legal counsel and oversees various compliance issues.  

Prior to joining PSI at the beginning of 2013, Neil was an in-house attorney and project manager for Reynolds Development.  Before attending law school at W&L, Neil was a medical device sales representative for Lincare and also spent a year living in New Zealand working for Kiwi Bank and National Bank New Zealand. 

Kate Lester Mowery '06 '11L

Kate Lester Mowery is an associate at the Delaware law firm, Richards, Layton & Finger, P.A., working in the practice areas of complex commercial litigation, products liability, trade secrets and intellectual property. Her practice encompasses actions in the Delaware state courts and the District Court of Delaware.  Kate is involved with the Federal Bar Association, Delaware State Bar Association and the Rodney Inns of Court. She completed the District Court of Delaware’s Federal Trial Practice Seminar in 2015. She also serves as Vice President of Membership with the Junior League of Wilmington and is on the Alumni Board of her high school, Wilmington Friends School.

Kate graduated from Washington and Lee University magna cum laude in 2006 with a Bachelor of Arts in English and French and a minor in Women’s Studies. She was captain of the Field Hockey and Lacrosse teams her senior year. After college, she worked as a paralegal in D.C. for two years before returning to Washington and Lee University’s School of Law. She served as an editor for the Washington & Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice, as vice chair to the Moot Court Executive Board, and as an honor advocate for the University’s Honor System. She returned to Delaware, her home state, after she graduated from and clerked for the Honorable Joseph R. Slights, III on the Superior Court of Delaware.

Mary Caitlin Ray '09 '12L

Ms. Ray is a 2009 graduate and majored in International Politics and Chinese.  During her time at Washington and Lee, she was a member of Kappa Alpha Theta, Kathekon, and Students for Choice.  During her junior year, she studied Chinese and Middle Eastern Politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London.  Over the summer, she interned in the Office of the Chief Counsel of the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington, DC.  

In 2012, Ms. Ray graduated from Washington and Lee School of Law.  During law school, Ms. Ray was a Kirgis Fellow, an Honor Advocate, and the Publications Editor of the Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice.  As part of the Third Year Program, Ms. Ray served as a student law clerk to the Honorable Michael F. Urbanski, District Court Judge in the Western District of Virginia.  During the summers, Ms. Ray combined her language skills with her interest in international law as a summer associate with McDermott, Will & Emery's Shanghai office.  She also served as a research assistant to Professor Susan Franck, focusing on the structures and procedures of international tribunals. 

Ms. Ray is an attorney with the Office of the Chief Counsel of the Federal Aviation Administration in Washington, DC.  Her practice focuses on contract formation and administration, including intellectual property, bankruptcy, debarment, conflict of interest, real estate, export control, and fiscal law.  She also represents the agency acquisition teams in the agency's internal dispute resolution process and with the Department of Justice in federal court litigation.

J.R. Smith '91

J.R. graduated from Washington and Lee in 1991 after majoring in Journalism and East Asian Studies (Japanese). He spent three years in Japan post-graduation before returning to graduate from the University of Richmond School of Law in 1997. After graduation, J.R. clerked for W&L alum David H. Adams in Norfolk, Virginia, a retired federal bankruptcy judge. He then joined Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Virginia, where he remains a partner today. As a H&W lawyer, J.R. has lived and/or worked in over 40 countries throughout the world, including spending three years opening and managing a new office for his law firm in Tokyo from 2011 to 2014. His legal practice involves corporate finance, infrastructure development, restructuring and commercial litigation.

Samuel T. Wilmoth '09

Sam Wilmoth is a 2009 graduate and was a European History major. While at W&L, he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order, served as a History Department peer tutor, and participated in the English department's creative writing program.One of his favorite W&L experiences was the 2008 spring term trip to Italy with Professors Alex Brown and Rebecca Benefiel for a course in Pompeii and Rome. Following graduation, Sam stayed in Lexington to help James Dick run the 2009 Appalachian Adventure pre-orientation program.

Sam is a 2013 graduate of the University of Georgia School of Law, where he was a member of the Georgia Law Review.

Sam is an Associate with Morris, Manning & Martin, LLP in Atlanta, Georgia. Sam's practice focuses on the representation of developers and investors in the acquisition, disposition, and financing of commercial real estate. He has particular experience representing clients in buying or selling apartment properties, development of single tenant restaurants and multi-tenant shopping centers, and development of mixed-use projects in urban areas.

Philip Yoon, Esquire, '04L

Mr. Yoon is the Chief Staff Attorney for the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, one of the busiest appellate courts in the country.  The Chief Staff Attorney oversees the Superior Court's Central Legal Staff, which is responsible for monitoring and resolving the over 8,000 appeals and 12,000 motions filed with the Superior Court every year, addresses questions posited by the Court's 20 Judges, and prepares the en banc session of the Court.  Mr. Yoon has offices in Philadelphia, Harrisburg, and Pittsburgh, and is based in Philadelphia.

Mr. Yoon received his Bachelor of Arts at the University of Pennsylvania in 2000, and is a proud member of the Class of 2004 at the Washington and Lee University School of Law.  Mr. Yoon is an active member of the Philadelphia Bar, Pennsylvania Bar, American Bar, and Asian Pacific American Bar of Pennsylvania Associations.  He resides in downtown Philadelphia.