Posted: December 9th, 2019
Alexander Lowitt (JD ’21) discusses his summer work at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and why he chose Wake Forest Law.
Where do you call home?
Where did you study for your undergraduate degree?
Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.
Where did you work during your summers in law school?
I had the opportunity to be a Kellogg’s Law Fellow for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). I researched and prepared memoranda on a wide range of subjects as they related to the NAACP’s nationwide impact litigation agenda, including artificial intelligence, employment discrimination, Title VI school funding, prisoner surveys, and LGBTQ rights. To be a small part of the NAACP’s pursuit of ensuring the Constitution reaches everyone equally was a fascinating and humbling experience.
Describe any work prior to law school that influenced your decision to go to law school. Why did it inspire you?
Prior to law school, I worked as a corporate case assistant at Paul Hastings, LLP in Washington, D.C. I chose this path to peek behind the curtain of big law, and I truly enjoyed what I saw. Having majored in political science, I wanted to ensure that a legal career was right for me. Political science’s emphasis on advocacy and comparing arguments and philosophies translated incredibly well to my responsibilities as a case assistant, and this first professional experience confirmed my desire to pursue a career in the legal profession.
Why did you decide to attend Wake Forest Law?
I’ll never forget speaking with a partner at Paul Hastings when I shared with him the list of schools that accepted me. His eyes lit up at the mention of Wake Forest Law, and he was so excited for me that he pulled out a hard copy map of the East Coast to see how close I would be once I graduated. His resounding praise of the law school and the school’s name-brand recognition were primary drivers in my decision to accept Wake Forest Law’s invitation.
Describe the Wake Forest community.
From the first day of Foundations Week, I held the sense that we were “all in this together.” Sure, the curve is a looming, ever-present notion, but I never felt alone or that law school was a journey I’d have to take by myself. The community is warm, bright, and eager to help. From my experiences at Paul Hastings, I know that legal work requires teamwork, and Wake Forest does a terrific job fostering an environment that promotes a collegial, professional, and friendly environment.
What is your most memorable experience during law school so far?
To best understand my most memorable experience, it is necessary to first know that I come from the northeast, a fairly different environment than the south. My experience was in my 1L contracts class, where we were being taught the concept of duress and how it can nullify the enforceability of a contract.
Professor Nickles, in his cheery, southern accent, explained: “You see, you cannot stand behind someone with a gun. Well… actually… we’re in North Carolina —
you’re allowed to do that. You cannot stand behind someone and point a gun at someone to have them sign a contract.”
The combination of my new, southern environment and learning the legal theory of duress in such a way is a memory that will be difficult to forget.
What do you wish you’d known during your 1L year?
That there isn’t one “right” way to be successful in law school, and advice is only as helpful as you make it.
Do you have a faculty mentor?
Yes, Professor Knox is my faculty mentor. He has given me great advice on how to best choose my schedule to pursue my interests and is a steadfast resource for any help I need.
What do you do for fun in Winston-Salem when you aren’t studying?
I have found that exploring the many new and enticing restaurants and breweries is always a fun venture with friends.
Where do you want your law degree to take you?
I plan to go to Washington, D.C. where I can best unite my legal and political interests.