In the fall, Taryn will begin a constitutional law research project thanks to her Philip H. Alston, Jr. Distinguished Law Fellowship. She is among the first to receive this scholarship established by the John N. Goddard Foundation. In addition to covering her tuition, the fellowship also provides Taryn with stipends for internships, study abroad and research opportunities, and connects her with preeminent law professionals.
“The scholarship gives us opportunities to expand our legal careers,” Taryn said. “We went to dinner in Atlanta and met with the [Alston family] who started the scholarship. We also had a private meeting with Justice Clarence Thomas when he came to UGA.”
Taryn will serve as a summer associate with two law firms this year. She will be in Washington, D.C., during the first half of the summer, interning at Covington and Burling, a firm that focuses on government and regulatory work. Then, she will return to Atlanta to intern at Bondurant Mixson & Elmore, a boutique litigation firm. Taryn says the Corsair Law Society and on-campus interviews helped her land the positions.
Taryn dreams of becoming a partner at a large law firm. In the meantime, she is open to wherever her interests and opportunities take her.
“The most important lesson I have learned at UGA is to seize every opportunity,” she said. “A lot of the opportunities I have been given are things that I wasn’t interested in at first. But I tried it, and ended up learning things about myself–and even liking it! As a Double Dawg, it’s been two completely different [collegiate] experiences. I find myself learning new things about UGA and Athens daily. I’m grateful that I chose to go to law school here.”