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Here at Pathway to the Profession would like to welcome Priyanka Verma to the role of Student Social Media Content Editor. Priyanka is a rising 3L at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University.
In 1987, Timothy Tyrone Foster, who was 18 at the time, was convicted and sentenced to death for the murder of White, who was 79-years-old. Twenty years after his sentence, Foster’s attorneys obtained notes from the prosecution team using the Georgia Open Records Act of 2012, which included marking potential jurors who were black with a “b” written by their name when picking members of the jury.
Writing for the New York State Bar Association not only boosted my confidence in working within the legal field, it also allowed me to blend my two passions: Writing and the law. Working as the Student Content Editor for NYSBA's Pathway to the Profession has had positive unintended consequences: It helped in landing other jobs.
In early January of this year, President Obama
announced his plan to reduce gun violence through several executive orders.
This included expanding background checks for gun purchasers, upgrading the
background check system, improving enforcement of existing gun laws, and
researching gun-safety technology. There was also a
focus on mental health care as a means of preventing gun violence by including
information about people who are prohibited from possessing a firearm in the
National Instant Criminal Background System (“NICS”).
I still remember how I felt the first day of school my 1L year. It was a mix of excitement, stress and, by the end of the day, pure fear. I feared that I would fail, that I would drop out or, even worse, I would be kicked out. Thankfully, none of those things happened. But, along the way I learned a lot of things I wish I'd known then; it would have made life a lot easier. If I could go back and tell my 1L self these things I would. But since, time travel has not yet been invented I've decided to share my “law school wisdom” with other students.