You know that moment in Rocky where he climbs what looks like a million steps to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, then to make it up there and double fist bump to the world in success? That’s how I feel as I end my law school career, and get ready to enter my non-profit career. As I prepare for my upcoming graduation, I can’t help but reflect on the past three years of law school, and everything I’ve accomplished. When I started law school, the very first thought to go through my mind on the first day of class was the question of whether I could really do this. Now that I have done this, one experience that really sticks out is my time with the Campbell Law Observer.
One of the most outstanding benefits of being a member of CLO is the ability to cover any topic that interest the individual writer. Because we are a unique law school writing organization in that we publish current topics weekly, our writers get to keep updated on the parts of law that intrigue them the most, and get the opportunity to cover those issues continuously throughout their law school career. I am so grateful to CLO because I was able to cover the two issues that mean the most to me, LGBTQ+ rights and race relations, something I would not have had the opportunity to do otherwise with any other student organization or class in the volume that I was able to cover through CLO.
I wanted to focus my efforts on reaching our law school community to really show them what CLO is about and why our unique organization is worth the attention!
I have been honored to serve as the Editor-in-Chief of the Campbell Law Observer. I constantly tell people that it was my favorite adventure in law school, and it was definitely my most memorable experience. When I took over, it was overwhelming at first, but it soon became the most rewarding position to serve in. But I could not have run CLO so smoothly without the incredible staff and editorial board that I worked with; we were truly a team. The laid back atmosphere of CLO is one the main reasons I decided to become a staff writer my second year of law school, and I’m glad I followed my instincts because we were genuinely a family.
In the past year, CLO has also grown in its presence at the law school, which was my main goal when I became EIC. My predecessors did an amazing job of expanding CLO’s reach to not only the surrounding legal community, but also people across the nation. So I wanted to focus my efforts on reaching our law school community to really show them what CLO is about and why our unique organization is worth the attention!
In the 2015-2016 academic year, CLO was able to partner with other Campbell student organizations to run very successful fundraisers that benefitted our local community, and that we hope to continue in the years to come. CLO also started the process to connect with student organizations to record their events and publish them on the website so our readers can see all of the enriching events happening here at Campbell Law School.
Now, as I pass the torch to Clint Davis, I know that he will make great strides in continuing the success of CLO. And to all of my fellow law school graduates of 2016, in the words of Drake, “we made it!” – Rocky fist bump –