The Adams Center has contributed the most important set of resources for my undergraduate experience and has provided key support and opportunities to further my interest in the study of law and social justice.
In the fall of 2010, I began a year-long internship with the president judge of nearby Northumberland County. This internship has offered detailed exposure to both criminal and civil legal processes, bringing me in close contact to professional practitioners of the law and allowing me to observe courtroom proceedings on a level usually reserved for law school graduates.
This experience has greatly informed my interest in mental health law and forms therapeutic jurisprudence. The Adams Center has also contributed to the development of my own research, fostering collaborations with faculty in contemporary issues of law and society scholarship.
In August, I will present original research on the drug treatment courts with Michael Smyth at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) in Las Vegas, Nev.
In my future plans to pursue a Ph.D. in legal studies, I know that the Adams Center's mentorship and support has made me a much more attractive candidate to prospective graduate programs.