Danielle Desaulniers Chosen to Lead Virginia Law Review

Danielle Desaulniers

Danielle Desaulniers is a former federal consultant and is a Hardy Cross Dillard Scholarship recipient.

February 17, 2016

University of Virginia School of Law second-year student Danielle Desaulniers has been selected as editor-in-chief of the Virginia Law Review.

The publication, now in its 103rd year, is one of the nation's most prestigious law journals.

Desaulniers is a member of the Extramural Moot Court and National Trial Advocacy teams, is a Virginia Law Ambassador, and serves as a mentor through the Public Interest Law Association and Virginia Law Women.

She also works as a research assistant for Professor A. E. Dick Howard, who praised her leadership skills. "Blessed with a keen mind and impressive energy, she displays judgment worthy of a seasoned scholar," Howard said. "Her colleagues on the new board will find her to be a respected role model for their own work."

Hometown: Clinton, New Jersey

Prior education: B.A. in political science and history, George Washington University

Prior work experience: Prior to law school, I spent three years working as a federal consultant in Washington, D.C.

Future career plans: I am excited to spend this upcoming summer at Hogan Lovells in Washington, D.C. After graduation, I plan to clerk for Judge Diana Gribbon Motz on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Favorite law class or subject: I am particularly interested in classes about constitutional law and judicial interpretation. Constitutional Law, Constitutionalism, Legislation, and Judicial Philosophy in Theory and Practice are some of my favorite courses I've taken thus far.

Goals for the Virginia Law Review in the coming year: We are fortunate to follow in the footsteps of a long line of successful managing boards. This year, we intend to continue building on their many accomplishments to ensure the Law Review is prepared to meet future challenges head-on. First and foremost, we will focus on publishing first-rate content, both in print and on our website. We also look forward to continuing our partnership with the Law School, maintaining strong relationships with our alumni, and ensuring our future financial and institutional stability.

Advice for students who want to make Law Review: Hard work, focus and confidence are the most important factors — both inside the classroom and during journal tryouts. That said, some of my most rewarding learning experiences have taken place outside of the classroom in office hours or conversations with fellow students.

Regarding the journal tryout, take your time, plan your answer, approach the question with a critical eye, and make time for yourself during the tryout weekend. There is no one "right" answer, and students with interesting and well-supported analysis really shine. Once the tryout is complete, be sure to submit a statement highlighting your personal experiences and/or diversity to the Virginia Plan.

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