Meet 2016 Thomas L. Shaffer Public Interest Fellow Ashlyn Anderson-Keelin, 3L

Author: Lauren Love

Originally from Owensboro, Ky., Anderson-Keelin earned her bachelor of arts in English literature and political science from Georgetown College in 2012. Anderson-Keelin was recently selected as one of the 2016 Thomas L. Shaffer Public Interest Fellows. After graduation she will work with Catholic Charities Legal Network of the Archdiocese of Washington to facilitate the expansion of legal services into Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties in Maryland where nearly 10 percent of their populations live below the poverty line.

I asked Anderson-Keelin to reflect on her experience at NDLS.

Why did you chose NDLS?
“When I was in the process of searching for and applying to law schools, I knew that I was looking for something that was different from the cut-throat, ultra-competitive reputation that most law schools tend to have. I was drawn to NDLS’s promotion of training a ‘different kind of lawyer.’ I was also drawn to NDLS’s focus on international law and human rights, to the London Program, and the close connection with the Center for Civil and Human Rights. These things, coupled with NDLS’s reputation as a top law school, were why I chose NDLS.”

How would you describe the community at NDLS?
“The community at NDLS is very open and friendly. Students get along and work well together. Unlike the reputation attributed to other law schools, people are NDLS are willing to help one another.”

What extracurricular activities do you/have you participated in at NDLS? What clinics, externships, and/or internships have you completed?
“During my 1L summer I worked at Catholic Charities Legal Network in Washington, D.C., As a 2L, I worked for the U.S. Department of Justice Office of European Litigation at the U.S. Embassy in London. I completed the National Immigrant Justice Center Externship and am currently working as a judicial extern for a federal judge in Chicago. I also serve as the president of the International Human Rights Society and am a student ambassador for the Office of Admissions.”

How would you describe the faculty at NDLS? What has been your favorite class?
“The NDLS faculty is incredibly accessible, willing to meet with students to discuss both academics and general life questions. They are also incredibly involved in their respective fields. My favorite class thus far in International Criminal Law with Professor Gurulé.”

What advice would you give an incoming student?
“Law school is challenging and requires some adjustment. Just remember to do what works for you. You will get bombarded with multiple suggestions and bits of advice on how to study or the way to take notes. Don’t throw out what has worked for you in the past, even if it’s different from what other people suggest.”