Lemens to Lead Virginia Law Review

Lemens plans to clerk for Judge Julia Smith Gibbons on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit after law school.

February 13, 2015

Second-year law student Andrew Lemens has been named editor-in-chief of the Virginia Law Review, the most prestigious student-run publication at the University of Virginia School of Law. The journal is in its 102nd year.

Hometown: Rochester, Minnesota

Prior education: B.S.B.A. in finance, Drake University

Prior work experience: I spent four years prior to law school doing nonprofit management and leadership development work at the headquarters office for Sigma Phi Epsilon, a national college fraternity.

Future career plans: I am excited for the opportunity to spend the upcoming summer with Williams & Connolly in Washington, D.C. After graduation, I hope to return to the firm after a yearlong clerkship with Judge Julia Smith Gibbons on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Favorite law class or subject: I'm interested in nonprofit and higher education law and policy, and am excited to be part of a group of students researching issues involving Title IX. In terms of classes, I enjoyed Criminal Law, Federal Law of Fraud and Corruption, and Federal Income Tax.

Extracurricular activities at UVA Law: Peer Advisor, Student Bar Association Academic & Faculty Relations Committee, softball and club soccer

Goals for the Virginia Law Review in the coming year: The incoming managing board is incredibly fortunate to inherit responsibility for an organization that has accomplished much in recent years. Between the centennial campaign, our updated website, and this past year's jurisprudence symposium, there is much to celebrate. Going forward, we will continue to look for opportunities to partner with the Law School. We will also ensure that VLR is prepared to meet the financial and structural challenges that are bound to face us and our peers in the coming years. Most importantly, we will strive to continue to attract, edit and publish leading legal scholarship in an effort to maintain and grow the Law Review's reputation for excellence. It should be a busy year.

Advice for students who want to make Law Review: Nothing can beat focus and hard work in the classroom and during the journal tryout. Beyond that, it is important to figure out how you learn and work most effectively. Personally, I have benefited from classmates who are willing to exchange ideas, challenge my thinking and explain difficult concepts. With respect to the journal tryout, give the weekend your best effort and don't underestimate your ability as a writer and editor. And if you think your background or experience would contribute to the diversity of the Law Review, be sure to submit a personal statement so you can be considered for the Virginia Plan.

Q&As with Virginia Law Review Editors-in-Chief


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