Our Students at Work
Judicial clerkships. JAG Corps. Public interest. Private firms. From summer internships to post-graduation employment, many of our students have secured opportunities throughout the country. We couldn't be more proud! Check out where our first-year and second-year students will gain relevant, practical legal experience this summer, and where our third-year students will put their law degrees to work.
1L Andrea Jenkins
Hometown: Wilmington, NC
Summer internship: Legal Aid Clinic of Wilmington, NC
The drive to “make the world a better place” is what first motivated Andrea Jenkins to study criminology at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington and then enroll in Dickinson Law. Jenkins is looking forward to engaging with her home community and practicing law upon graduation—but first, she’ll intern this summer with the Legal Aid Clinic of Wilmington, North Carolina. Learn more.
1L Marc Wagner
Hometown: Camp Hill, PA
Summer Internship: BakerHostetler, Washington, D.C.
A career in healthcare was a savvy career move for Marc Wagner, who first obtained a Doctor of Pharmacy from Philadelphia College of Pharmacy, University of the Sciences, before enrolling in Dickinson Law to pursue a law degree that ultimately will take him into healthcare law. This summer, Wagner will intern with BakerHostetler in Washington, D.C. Learn more.
1L Courtney Lewis
Hometown: Monterey, CA
Summer Internship: Pennsylvania Innocence Project, Philadelphia, PA
We’ve all seen episodes of “Dateline NBC” about innocent people wrongly convicted of crimes they didn’t commit: people who sit in prison for decades proclaiming their innocence who have no legal recourse after all their appeals have been exhausted. Enter the Pennsylvania Innocence Project—an organization of attorneys and volunteers who work to factually exonerate wrongly convicted people who have depleted all other possible remedies. For first-year student Courtney Lewis, engaging in an internship with the Pennsylvania Innocence Project in Philadelphia has been an aspiration for quite some time. Learn more.
2L Mahtom Molayem
Hometown: Fairfax, VA
Summer internship: The Nexxus Group, Beverly, MA
Second-year law student Mahtom Molayem is experiencing different disciplines of the law to see what sticks. Currently, Molayem is a legal intern for the Hon. Judge John E. Jones, III in the U.S. District Court in the Middle District of Pennsylvania. He’ll spend this summer as an intern at The Nexxus Group—a tech company with in-house counsel—and will focus on various corporate and business law issues. Learn more.
2L Kira Chhatwal
Hometown: Omaha, NE
Summer Internship: Blakinger & Thomas, Lancaster, PA
As the child of a single parent, Kira Chhatwal is not ashamed to admit part of her life goal in going to law school and becoming an attorney is to make a decent living and to “pay it forward” to her mother. “I’d be lying if I said some of the motivation wasn’t financial. My mom is a single parent, so I have a desire to be successful in a financial sense and give back to her a little bit of what she’s given me,” Chhatwal said. Learn more.
3L Courtney Kenyon
Hometown: Middletown, PA
Post-Graduate Employment: Van Allen LLC, Harrisburg, PA
Though she majored in criminal justice at Shippensburg University and entered Dickinson Law fully expecting to practice criminal law one day, Courtney Kenyon’s new career path couldn’t be more different. She recently began a new position with Van Allen LLC, Harrisburg, PA, as a tax law clerk. In this role, she conducts legal research, reviews records to estimate potential state and local tax savings, reviews and creates tax payment schedules, and prepares tax settlement and refund proposals. Learn more.
3L Susanna Chehata
Hometown: Lebanon, PA
Post-Graduate Employment: Newark Immigration Court, Newark, NJ
As a proud immigrant, Susanna Chehata soon will begin a judicial law clerk position with the Newark Immigration Court as part of the Department of Justice (DOJ) Honors Program where she will conduct legal research and help write legal decisions. “My family motivates me to work hard and seek opportunities, even the seemingly challenging ones. As an immigrant, I am proud to have this upcoming opportunity,” Chehata said. Learn more.
3L Ryan Hart
Hometown: Harrisburg, PA
Post-Graduate Employment: Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, WIlmington, DE
Ryan Hart credits a corporate law course he took at Dickinson Law with steering him toward a new career he’ll begin upon graduation. Come September, Hart—who studied history at Shenandoah University, West Virginia—will begin work as an associate in the business planning and transactions practice group at Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP, Wilmington, Delaware. Before he started law school, Hart thought he’d end up practicing insurance law. Learn more.
3L Jon Vaitl
Hometown: Lebanon, PA
Post-Graduate Employment: Clerkship, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania, Williamsport, PA
Jon Vaitl knows the value of hard work — but that sometimes luck isn’t such a bad thing, either. The third-year law student at Dickinson Law has secured a coveted federal clerkship with Judge John E. Jones III ’80, Middle District of Pennsylvania, a position for which Vaitl neither applied nor interviewed. That’s the luck part. The hard work came in months before this offer when Vaitl was an intern with Judge Jones. After remembering how diligent and dedicated Vaitl was during his internship last year, Judge Jones asked him to fill a two-year clerkship vacancy. Learn more.