Q & A With New SBA President Daniel Rosenthal

March 12, 2009

Prior education:
Emory University '04, B.A. international studies

Daniel Rosenthal
Daniel Rosenthal

Prior work experience:
Assistant to national field director of the Kerry-Edwards campaign, 2004; legal assistant, White & Case LLP, 2005-06; legislative assistant for state and federal affairs, Deere & Company, 2006-07.

Future career plans:
I am especially interested in international arbitration and litigation and I plan on focusing on those two practice areas at White & Case in Washington, D.C., this summer. After graduating, I hope to combine work in the private sector with a career in government and/or public service.

Favorite law class or subject:
Picking a favorite class at UVA Law is not an easy task. I have greatly enjoyed the classes I have taken in the area of constitutional law and civil liberties. In particular, First Amendment Freedoms with Professor G.E. White and Constitutional Law II: Church and State with Professor Micah Schwartzman were both fantastic and resulted in my decision to participate in the First Amendment Clinic this semester. I have also really enjoyed Criminal Investigation, taught by Professor Anne Coughlin.

What you look forward to as SBA President:
We all have our different ways of describing that unique quality that many of us love so much about living and studying here in Charlottesville. Some use the term "community."  Others describe the "balanced lifestyle" that UVA Law promotes. However you define it, there is something about our school that makes it a truly special place to get a legal education.  I am thrilled to serve as SBA President because it will give me the opportunity to work closely with the law school faculty, administration and my fellow classmates over the next year to make this school a better place while preserving what already makes it great.

Goals as SBA president:
I think the issue that is on almost every student's mind is how the current economy will affect our future job prospects. It is clear that we need to be resourceful and creative in these challenging times and look at all facets of the recruiting process to come up with a plan that will maximize student opportunities. I also believe that giving back to the community in the form of public service and pro bono work will make us better, more well-rounded attorneys and will display the type of civic duty espoused by our founder. For that reason, I would like to set as a goal that we will increase the number of graduates completing the 75 hour requirement of the Pro Bono Challenge by 33 percent for the entering class of UVA law students.

What do you want classmates to know about you:
I grew up outside of Albany, N.Y., and love almost all things "Upstate New York."

I'm a big fan of the New York Yankees, Knicks and Jets — mostly because my older brother would not have had it any other way when I was growing up. When I am not mourning over the poor play of these teams, I enjoy hiking and camping.

I encourage everyone to help me do my job effectively by letting me know when I am screwing up! Don't like what the SBA is doing? Think there is something wrong about the school that needs to be addressed? Contact me, either through e-mail or by leaving a note in the comment box outside the SBA office. Better yet, stop by the office and say hello. Thank you once again for your confidence and I really look forward to serving as your SBA president!

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