Posted: November 9th, 2020
For Kaleb Liam Geisler-Zukaitis (JD ’23), a visit to a correctional facility solidified his desire to become an advocate for the underprivileged. Now he uses his spare time to contribute to the Wake Forest Pro Bono Project’s Expungement Clinics and Prison Letters Project.
Where do you call home?
Asheville, North Carolina
Where did you study for your undergraduate degree?
Appalachian State University
What year will you graduate from Wake Forest Law?
Describe any experiences prior to law school that influenced your decision to go to law school. Why did it inspire you?
One of the strongest influences in my decision to attend law school occurred while visiting a correctional institution with a group I was affiliated with during my undergraduate studies. Seeing first-hand the consequences of incarceration, and hearing personally from individuals about the effects of that incarceration upon their lives, I felt a strong desire to become someone who could help people who lacked the necessary resources to secure legal assistance.
Why did you decide to attend Wake Forest Law?
I decided to attend Wake Forest Law due to the small class sizes and the tight-knit community the school fosters. I believe having the ability to engage with the professors and the class on a personal level is essential to fostering the skills I want to develop as an attorney.
Describe the Wake Forest community. Provide specific examples if possible.
In my experience, the Wake Forest community has been supporting, encouraging, and caring, both from the student-to-student and the professor-to-student perspective. Since the first class I had with my section, we’ve engaged in collaborative work together, and have supported each other regardless of the typical concerns of class rank and grades. I feel truly thankful to be part of a class filled with so many students that have a strong sense of community, cooperation, and collaboration.
What is your most memorable experience during law school (thus far)? What makes it so memorable?
My most memorable experience, aside from the elated feeling of driving onto the gorgeous campus for the first day of class, has been working with the Expungement Clinic. Doctrinal studies are, of course, fun and intellectually challenging, but helping real people with real-world problems is what makes all the work worth it. When I got the chance to call an individual and tell them that we got their record expunged, and hear how grateful and happy that made them, I knew I had made the right career choice!
Describe any experiences that prepared you and/or made you excited to attend law school.
Having the opportunity to visit a number of courtrooms around the state during my undergraduate studies, and talk to the various actors who work behind the scenes of our justice system, made me excited to come to law school and work my way towards practice!
What are you involved in outside the classroom (i.e. student organizations, pro bono project, intramural sports, etc.?) How does this add value to your overall law school experience?
I am involved in two Pro Bono Projects: the Prison Letters Project and the Expungement Clinic. These opportunities involve working with real people, and help to make the connection between doctrine and practice that furthers my understanding of the law overall.
Do you have a faculty mentor? If so, who and why? How does it add value to your student experience?
I do not have a faculty mentor, although I enjoy the advice and direction of many of my professors.
What do you do for fun in Winston-Salem when you aren’t studying?
Although COVID-19 has limited my activities outside the house, in my free time, I enjoy exploring the parks and recreational areas of Winston-Salem with my dog, Loki!
Where do you want your law degree to take you?
Even more fundamentally than the end destination of my legal career, I want my law degree to expand my ability to think critically about the world around me, to sharpen my writing skills, and to give me the ability to convey complicated information in a clear manner. Most importantly, I want to become a powerful advocate in the interest of equality, liberty, and justice for those our legal system so often overlooks.