Hometown: Summit Point, West Virginia
Undergraduate School & Degree: West Virginia University, B.S.Agr. in Animal and Nutritional Sciences with Minors in Equine Studies, Addiction Studies, and Agribusiness Management
Law School Extracurriculars: Student Bar Association (Diversity Chair); OUTLaw; Graduate Teaching Assistant at the WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design. Legal Experience: Summer Associate at Catrow Law, PLLC, in Martinsburg, WV
Future Plans: I will be returning to Catrow Law after graduation. Additionally, I would love to start a small farm of my own one day.
Why WVU Law: WVU Law was as much a financial decision as it was a decision from the heart. Having attend WVU for college, I have a deep love for the Morgantown community. I also knew a lot of people attending WVU Law. They spoke highly of both the academics and the law school community. I genuinely felt that, if I came to WVU Law, I would be taken care of and have access to any resources I may need. Going into my third year, I am happy to report that my initial feeling has been proven true. I attribute so much of my success in law school to this wonderful community.
Raquel Davis, 2L
Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Undergraduate School & Degree: Cornell University, B.A. in Government
Law School Extracurriculars: Non-Traditional Law Students Association (President); Hispanic Law Student Association (Vice President); Moot CourtLegal Experience: Summer Clerk at Bowles Rice LLP
Future Plans: In my career, I hope to be able to bolster legal representation for underserved and vulnerable populations in West Virginia. As a certified foster parent, specifically, I hope to work with foster children and respondent parents to provide high-quality legal representation to these communities. Additionally, I hope to work with large civil firms to develop public interest programs within their firms.
Why WVU Law: I chose WVU Law because I knew I would receive a high-quality education. Additionally, I was already living in Morgantown and did not want to move. Finally, I am married and have children. After seeing other students who were married and/or had children excel at WVU Law, I knew the school would be supportive of non-traditional students like myself—and I was right!
Tess Hardesty, 2L
Hometown: Round Hill, Virginia
Undergraduate School & Degree: Old Dominion University, B.S. in Biology
Law School Extracurriculars: Intellectual Property Legal Society (President); Black Law Student Association (Secretary); Christian Legal Society (Secretary); Lugar Trial Association; Alternative Dispute Resolution Society; Health Law Society; American Bar Association Representative
Legal Jobs: Summer Intern at Bacon & Thomas PLLC; Legal Extern at WVU Health Systems; Research Assistant for WVU Law Professor
Future Plans: I am interested in pursuing Intellectual Property (IP) and Healthcare Law. I am extremely passionate about exploring the overlap between law and STEM!
Why WVU Law? When I toured WVU Law, I could tell professors genuinely cared about the success of their students. After my tour, I had a conversation with one of the Enrollment Management Office about my STEM degree and what opportunities WVU Law could offer me. I was informed about different organizations on campus and different faculty scholarship in my areas of interest. I reached out to some of the WVU Law professors in the areas of law I was interested in and received details emails back with advice. My entire admissions process with WVU Law showed me that WVU Law was focused on my success and giving me the opportunity to develop as a law student and a member of the legal profession.