Meet Victoria Dishner (JD ’21)

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Victoria Dishner’s (JD ’21) externship at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C., gave her invaluable experience and knowledge of administrative law and its role in the protection of civil rights.

Where do you call home?

Knoxville, Tenn.

Where did you study for your undergraduate degree?

University of Tennessee

Describe any legal positions or clinical work you’ve done during law school.

This summer, I was a judicial extern in Washington, D.C., at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Learning from distinguished judges and attorneys about issues at the forefront of fair housing discrimination was an invaluable experience. It gave me a real appreciation for the important role administrative law plays in protecting civil rights.

Why did you decide to attend Wake Forest Law?

A major factor in my decision to attend Wake Forest was the D.C. Summer Judicial Externship program. This program places students in Washington, D.C., to extern for some of the most vibrant courts in the nation. This was really attractive to me because the program places you in the best position possible for applying to federal clerkships after graduation.

What do you wish you’d known during your 1L year?

I wish I had realized the importance of building relationships with older students earlier. You may only have one year with the 3Ls, but you can still form meaningful friendships with them that are so helpful not only in law school, but in your career.

What are you involved in outside the classroom?

I am involved in Christian Legal Society, which has helped me meaningfully connect to some of my closest friends on campus. This group reminds me that there is a greater purpose in life, and we encourage each other to work hard in school and in service for the good of our neighbors and for the glory of God.

Do you have a faculty mentor? If so, who and why? How does it add value to your student experience?

My faculty mentor is Professor Green. He has been so instrumental in helping me select classes that will practically benefit me in my career and by supporting me in my 1L and 2L summer job searches. Wake Forest’s faculty is unmatched, and Professor Green’s guidance is among the most valuable aspects of my law school experience.

What do you do for fun in Winston-Salem when you aren’t studying?

I love brunching at the Porch, shopping at local boutiques, and taking walks around Reynolda Gardens.

Where do you want your law degree to take you?

One day, I hope to be a federal judge in my home state, Tennessee.