ZACH HOYT - Class of 2013
Spring 2012 Externship Program – Field Placement EEOC Hearings Unit. Summer 2012 Externship
Program – Field Placement with U.S. Attorney’s Office (W.D. TN)
"At the time I started my first externship, my idealistic view of the law that I had
coming into school was on life support after three semesters of doctrinal classes
focused on the technical interpretation and operation of the law. Getting out and
working with real people and real problems in my externship reminded why I went to
law school in the first place. Seeing how the law worked in practice also made the
occasionally dry doctrinal subject much more interesting. Getting feedback from mentors
was an invaluable aid in developing practical legal skills and gave me a chance to
form relationships with future colleagues. Finally, the externship program helped
me figure out what direction I wanted to focus my career on by exposing me to different
areas of practice. I strongly encourage every student to take advantage of the externship
JENNA DILLIER - Class of 2013
Summer 2012 Externship Program - Field Placement with U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge
David S. Kennedy
"Participating in the Externship Program was a wonderful experience for me. I learned
more than I could have ever hoped for. Not only was I able to see real legal issues
in an authentic setting, but I gained a deeper understanding of the judicial decision-making
process as well. It was a great feeling to be able to put my classroom knowledge
to use outside the classroom. I now feel more comfortable about what to expect inside
of a courtroom and believe this experience has bettered prepared me to become a practicing
Externing in the United States Bankruptcy Court was an enlightening experience which
allowed me to learn more about the field of bankruptcy law. Without this experience
I would not have been able to discover my interest in this area of the law. Judge
Kennedy is an amazing judge, not to mention, a remarkable individual. Judge Kennedy
freely shares his wisdom and offered a wonderful new perspective for me about the
judicial decision-making process. I truly appreciated the time my supervisor devoted
to teaching and mentoring. I highly recommend a judicial externship for students
who want to learn more about the judicial decision-making process."
Administrative Law Judge, Equal Employment Opportunity Commision, Memphis District
Office, Federal Sector Hearings Unit. Externship Field Placement Supervisor, Summer
2011 - Present.
"Through this program, students provide valuable assistance to the administrative
judges in performing their day-to-day tasks and duties, and in the process, help further
the overall mission of the EEOC to stop and remedy unlawful workplace discrimination.
This benefits not only the students and the EEOC but also provides a public service
to the federal workforce in our district."
Current and former experiential learning students are encouraged to submit testimonials
to Professor Daniel Schaffzin (firstname.lastname@example.org).