Meet the Student Ambassadors
Notre Dame Law School’s Student Ambassadors are hand-selected by the admissions team and serve as professional student leaders to interact with prospective students. They are involved on campus, optimistic, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and often the first interaction potential law students have with the Law School. As the true faces of NDLS, they offer unique views and serve to welcome future Domers into our community.
Matt Doherty, 3L
Hometown: Sewell, N.J.
Undergraduate career: University of Notre Dame, B.A., 2015, Program of Liberal Studies
NDLS extracurricular activities: Merchandise Committee Chair, ‘16-’18; Admissions Student Ambassador; Undergraduate Pre-Law Society Mentor
Legal work: Summer associate at Reed Smith LLP in Philadelphia, May-August 2017; Judicial extern for Judge Robert L. Miller Jr., U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, January-May 2017; Legal extern for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana, August-December 2016; Law clerk for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Indiana, June-August 2016
Future plans and aspirations: After graduation, I will serve as an officer in the U.S. Navy JAG Corps.
Why did you choose NDLS? I chose Notre Dame Law because it offered exactly what I was looking for in an academic community. As an undergrad at ND, I came to love the welcoming community it fostered and began to see this place as my home. When it came time to decide on a law school, I knew that there was no place comparable to Notre Dame. Its beautiful campus, strong moral focus, and emphasis on educating a “different kind of lawyer” all combine to make ND the perfect place for a legal education. Notre Dame is more than a school; it’s a place where you will grow as an individual and one that you will cherish well beyond your time as a student.
Samantha Scheuler, 3L
Hometown: Kansas City, Mo.
Undergraduate career: University of Missouri, B.A., 2014, English Literature
NDLS extracurricular activities: Moot Court Trial Team; Admissions Fellow; Student Bar Association 3L Class Representative; assistant rector of Pasquerilla East Hall
Legal work: Law clerk, Department of Health and Human Services in Washington D.C., May-August 2017; Legal intern, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Office of General Counsel, in Washington D.C. as part of Notre Dame Law School’s Church, State & Society Fellowship, May-August 2016
Future plans and aspirations: I plan to practice health care law, with the end goal being general counsel for a hospital. This summer, I will be interning with the Department of Health and Human Services in D.C., specifically with the Departmental Appeals Board.
Why did you choose NDLS? NDLS is special for reasons beyond those which prompted me to apply to ND in the first place — the national name, incredible alumni base, impressive faculty. During the time I spent at the Law School at my own Admitted Students Weekend, every other minute I was struck by how special the community is. Before I visited ND, I had this preconceived notion that law school was going to be a very individual, competitive, stressful, and rather dreadful three years. Simply put, my visit to NDLS opened my eyes to what my law school experience could be. Now as I enter my third year at NDLS, I can say for certain that the community here really is different. That can be seen at every level from the deans to the faculty and administrators, and among the students. At NDLS, not only do your professors want you to be successful, your classmates want you to succeed and you want to see them succeed, as well.
Katy Baum, 2L
Hometown: San Antonio
Undergraduate career: Texas A&M University, B.B.A., 2016, Business Management, minor in Economics
NDLS extracurricular activities: President of Health Law Society; GALILEE mentor coordinator; Christian Legal Society member; Federalist Society member
Legal work: Intern for the General Counsel at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, Summer 2017
Future plans and aspirations: I hope to enter the transactional field with focus on health care law.
Why did you choose NDLS? NDLS was a standout on my list of law school choices. The people, the place, and the culture exemplify a warm, yet challenging, environment to learn and grow. We are refined by those we are surrounded by, and the people here are truly pursuing excellence. My love for Notre Dame has only grown as I have gained lifelong friends from around the country, a wide and loyal alumni base, and a deepened understanding of the responsibility associated with the legal profession. I am grateful for the accessible professors, collaborative peers, and thoughtful academic environment. Notre Dame Law School serves as an excellent place to begin building up a legal career.
William Ash, 3L
Hometown: Dana Point, Calif.
Undergraduate career: University of California, Santa Barbara, B.A., 2014, History
NDLS extracurricular activities: Married Law Students Organization secretary; International Law Society; ACLU Society; Intramural Soccer Team
Legal work: U.S. Attorney’s Office, Santa Ana City Attorney’s Office
Future plans and aspirations: I plan to move back to California and work in public service. This could be the U.S. Attorney’s Office, California Attorney’s Office, or local government.
Why did you choose NDLS? First, its unquestionable academic excellence. Notre Dame is a very high ranked school, and my experience reinforced this 100 percent. Second, its vast and far reaching alumni network. I was not sure where I wanted to work after graduation, and Notre Dame’s network allowed me to be flexible. Finally, Notre Dame’s reputation. This ties into both of the two first points. Notre Dame’s reputation across the nation only adds to its weight as both an academic and networking powerhouse.
Rachel Geizura, 2L
Undergraduate career: The Pennsylvania State University, B.A., 2016, Communication Arts and Sciences
NDLS extracurricular activities: Alumni Ambassador Program, student ambassador for Pittsburgh; Student Bar Association, Social Committee member; Intellectual Property Law Society; Women’s Legal Forum; Food & Beverage Law Club
Legal work: Legal intern for Chief Magistrate Judge Maureen P. Kelly, U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania
Future plans and aspirations: I plan to move back to Pittsburgh after graduation and work in a law firm. I would like to practice in the areas of real/personal property or intellectual property. Later in my career, I want to transition into public interest law and work either in the District Attorney’s office, or do public defense work.
Why did you choose NDLS? Notre Dame Law School’s sense of community and familial atmosphere sets it apart from anywhere else. Besides having outstanding academics, world-class professors, and a strong alumni network, Notre Dame Law School cultivates an environment where I feel at home.
Theresa Barton, 2L
Hometown: Martinsburg, W.Va.
Undergraduate career: University of Notre Dame, B.A. 2016, Psychology
NDLS extracurricular activities: President of Food and Beverage Law Club; Director of the Notre Dame Law Alumni Ambassador Program; Lexis Nexis student associate; GALILEE recruiting coordinator; NDLS tour guide
Legal work: I will spend the summer of 2017 working in the chambers of a Federal District Court judge in the Northern District of Illinois.
Future plans and aspirations: I am undecided on the area of law in which I would like to practice, although I am fascinated by both food and beverage law (alcohol law, specifically) and law dealing with real estate and land use. I intend to spend this summer working for a judge as an opportunity to discern whether I see myself more as a transactional attorney or litigator. Then next summer I hope to work for a large law firm in Chicago and get experience with a wide range of legal work to narrow down even further what interests me and what I would like to do. The great part about attending law school at NDLS is that you really don’t have to know what you want to do when you begin your law school career (or even when you graduate!). The amazing professors, helpful 2Ls and 3Ls, and generous alumni are here for you and excited to act as your mentors in your process of discerning what you like about the law and developing your career to enable you to do what you really love.
Why did you choose NDLS? I chose NDLS for so many different reasons, but the ultimate reason was that Notre Dame is home. Having attended ND for my undergraduate career, I was in a unique position of already knowing how amazing this university is prior to knowing anything about the law school. Once I factored in the proximity to Chicago, the absolutely unbelievable alumni network, and the impressive and highly distinguished line-up of professors, it was a no-brainer. NDLS truly has it all, from fun (even when the football team has hard seasons) to professional development, and most importantly personal development. NDLS is a school where you won’t just learn how to be a lawyer, you’ll learn what kind of person and advocate you want to be and, in doing so, will transform into a “different kind of lawyer.”
Kendra N. Key, 2L
Hometown: Shreveport, LA
Undergraduate career: Indiana State University, B.A. 2014, Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics; Louisiana State University, B.C.J., B.A., 2012, Criminal Justice, Sociology, minor in Spanish
NDLS extracurricular activities: Assistant Rector for Flaherty Hall; Vice President of the Black Law Students Association; GALILEE Recruiting Co-Coordinator; Student Bar Association Merchandise and Admissions Committees; Writer for Student Bar Association “Raising the Bar” blog.
Legal work: Volunteer with Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic in Indianapolis
Future plans and aspirations: I do not know exactly which field of law I will go into, but I am currently interested in criminal and corporate law. Whatever I do, I want to be able to help people who cannot help themselves, whether through my career or in my spare time.
Why did you choose NDLS? I came to Notre Dame because, to me, it offered the whole package. It is a top institution with an amazing alumni network and national recognition, and it offers a strong support system through faith-based and social groups within the Law School as well as through family nearby.
Hillary Krill, 3L
Hometown: Erie, Pa.
Undergraduate career: Allegheny College B.A., 2015, Environmental Studies
NDLS extracurricular activities: Student Bar Association, admissions chair; Environmental Law Society, events and speakers coordinator; Women’s Legal Forum
Legal work: My 1L summer was spent as a summer associate at MacDonald, Illig, Jones & Britton in Erie, Pa. My 2L summer was spent as a law clerk for Judge Green of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan.
Future plans and aspirations: I plan to practice real estate law and land use planning, and I hope to participate in sustainable community development projects.
Why did you choose NDLS? I chose Notre Dame Law School because I want to become a “different kind of lawyer,” a lawyer who approaches legal issues with a strong educational background and ethical principles. The Notre Dame community is extraordinary and provides me with the support and connections that will greatly assist me my legal career. The competitive yet collaborative community at Notre Dame Law School is a work environment where I can explore my passion for law and my professional development.
Samantha Darnell, 2L
Hometown: Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Undergraduate career: Pepperdine University, B.A., 2011, Political Science
NDLS extracurricular activities: Research assistant for Professor James Seckinger; Student Animal Legal Defense Fund
Legal work: None so far.
Future plans and aspirations: I plan on practicing public interest law, hopefully incorporating my background in public policy.
Why did you choose NDLS? I was looking for an institution that produced not only excellent lawyers, but lawyers with a purpose and a sense of duty to society. The obvious attributes of Notre Dame Law School caught my attention at the beginning — outstanding faculty, phenomenal alumni network, national reputation, emphasis on tradition — but the more I learned about the school, the more I realized that this is a place that truly prepares lawyers to make a positive impact.
Chinelo Udokoro, 3L
Hometown: Atlanta, Ga.
Undergraduate career: Georgia State University, B.S., 2014, Criminal Justice
NDLS extracurricular activities: Black Law Students Association, vice president; Badin Hall, resident assistant
Legal work: Summer associate for Grady Memorial Hospital’s in-house counsel
Future plans and aspirations: I plan to practice transactional law in Los Angeles upon graduating.
Why did you choose NDLS? I chose NDLS because of its international status. I chose NDLS because of its national presence and the flexibility it would provide during my job search. I chose to stay at NDLS because of the “Notre Dame Family” I created. I chose to stay at NDLS because of the outstanding faculty and the beauty and accessibility of the Catholic social teaching.
Luke Franz, 2L
Undergraduate career: Texas A&M University, B.S., 2013, Economics
NDLS extracurricular activities: 1L Class Representative for Student Bar Association; Assistant Rector for Dunne Hall; Alumni Relations Committee member
Legal work: Summer associate at Jackson Walker LLP in Real Estate and Corporate Law
Future plans and aspirations: I plan to return to Texas after NDLS to pursue a legal practice in transaction law at a large Dallas law firm. I hope to eventually be involved in my community through public service.
Why did you choose NDLS? Notre Dame has always been a household name in my family, even though we have no connections. From a young age I was cheering for the Irish. There are plenty of reasons I chose ND, from the academic reputation, the alumni, quality of professors and culture, and emphasis on ethics and morality in the law (Different Kind of Lawyer). However, I have also come to value and truly appreciate the doors that open for you by saying you are from Notre Dame. This is especially true for areas outside of Chicago, New York, and D.C. (Notre Dame already has very strong ties to these areas.) As this is a national law school, you can take your degree anywhere and have a leg up from the regional schools in the area because you are unique and from ND, as opposed to one of many from regional schools applying for similar positions.