ASU grad and TV anchor joins ASU Law master’s program to help make a difference in social justice

Taking on the solo weeknight anchor role at KCCI in Des Moines, Iowa, wasn’t just another step in Rheya Spigner’s career, it was an important opportunity for her to make a difference in her community. And with her acceptance into the online Master of Legal Studies (MLS) degree program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law , Spigner is looking forward to a future of helping with social justice reform.

“I wanted to take on a role that would challenge me, but also help me move into my purpose and help with my community," said Spigner, a 2013 graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and an ASU Law MLS student this fall. Rheya Spigner, a 2013 graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and Master of Legal Studies student at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law. Download Full Image

ASU Law recently caught up with Spigner, a Los Angeles native who started at the CBS-affiliated television station in 2016, to learn more about her future plans.

Question: Why did you want to join the MLS program at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law?

Answer: When I graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism, I already knew that ASU provides great accessibility to their professors and interesting ways to articulate their curriculum so all of that was already a sell. Having access to this online MLS degree program was great for me since I am a full-time anchor/reporter living in Iowa.

The MLS program directors are truly helpful, even before I was admitted. They assured me through the process and helped me map out the courses I would want to take within this program. Essentially, I am able to get the basis of this program which already offers a lot of the classes I was looking for and add on classes to my course map so that I can have a mini emphasis in social justice. I think that’s why I am so excited — it’s everything I want to learn. Additionally, they helped […]

Activism & Improving Access to Legal Careers – Interview with Zeenat Islam

Interview by Anu Radha Lal Let’s start by telling the readers a bit about who you are and how you came to train as a barrister.

I was born and brought up in Birmingham. My parents came to the UK from Bangladesh in the 1960-70s. I am the youngest of five daughters and in some Asian cultures, boys are generally preferred. Despite wider cultural and community expectations, my parents were pioneers. They advocated for us to have the best education and opportunities they could provide us, despite not having those opportunities themselves.

As early as 11, I knew I wanted to be a lawyer. This was motivated by a sense of fairness, social justice and wanting to do what was right. Much of my journey into law was driven by the demonisation of Muslims post-9/11 and beyond. One way I felt I may be able to defend my community was through a career at the Bar. I went to my local comprehensive school and then my local state college in Solihull. I did well in school and was encouraged by my tutors to apply to Oxbridge, however I knew myself well enough to know that this was not the kind of institution I could see myself. I went on to study Law at the University of Warwick and I had the best three years and graduated at the top of my year. Now that I am in the profession, I am committed to helping graduates from non-Oxbridge universities believe that they equally belong at the Bar.

My university experience helped me build my confidence to catapult into a career at the Bar. After a gap year of volunteering and interning, I completed my Master’s in public international law at the LSE and went onto do the Bar course. In 2013, I began pupillage in London. As a result of my degree and various scholarships and awards, I did not encounter as many barriers to accessing a career at the Bar as others, although I have encountered challenges within the profession.

I started my career as a barrister in criminal defence which […]

Meet our Campus Ambassadors: Snehasish Chakrabarty, KIIT Law School

Campus Ambassador Snehasish Chakrabarty is a third-year student at KIIT Law School, Bhubaneswar

Since late last year, we have built a network of Campus Ambassadors across more than fifty law schools all over India. These law students have been providing us with information on campus events and activities, and also sharing legal articles.

This series of interviews is meant to turn the spotlight on these hardworking and dedicated individuals.

Why did you choose to study law? Did you have any other interests before deciding to pursue law?

The field of law has always been very lucrative and enticing to me. Since a very tender age I have seen my father practicing law and he is a very dedicated law practitioner in Calcutta. I always had that passion to pursue law as a career since I wanted to keep those alluring traces of my father within me.

I think law sharpens one’s mind, makes him logical and practical in his life and strengthens the experience of human life on a whole. I personally always wanted to become a successful lawyer who can contribute something up for the society and at the same time make myself well versed with the different societal structures and the rules which a huge country like India follows.

Why did you choose to be a Bar and Bench Campus Ambassador?

I think when one goes out and takes up law as his/her career, one of the most imperative thing which he/she needs is to be well acquainted with the happening all around him in the society at large.

Even for a better understanding of law, one needs to be updated with the contemporary legal situations prevailing in the country. On such account I would say ‘Bar and Bench’ is one of the strongest and most reliable legal platform which never fails to update us with all the legal developments be it in the form of amendments, precedents or any other useful ways.I always wanted to be a part of the Bar & Bench team and working with the Bar & Bench team as a campus ambassador was really satisfying. I […]

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We are seeking a Tutor to teach Equity or Public Law

A Law School tutor has the following core areas of responsibility: Teaching on a range of law school programmes and subjects as required

Creating and marking assessment materials

Contributing to curriculum development work, including scholarship and innovation, planning and evaluation and updating programme materials

Providing pastoral support and guidance of students and/or skills development coaching on relevant programmes and modules

Ensuring regulatory compliance with BPP systems and processes
Contributing to internal and external BPP marketing, business development, outreach and employability activities. Through this, you will work with and support the faculty in delivering excellence in teaching, materials and pastoral support within a compliant regulatory framework Job Background BPP University Law School has a reputation for excellence in professional education built on a proven ability to offer students the skills they need to succeed in a legal career. Working with over 150 law firms, BPP prides itself on being at the cutting edge of professional legal education giving students the core skills and a competitive advantage to ensure success.The Solicitors Regulatory Authority is introducing the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE) and the Bar Standards Boards is proposing changes to the Bar Professional Training Course. BPP considers that it is essential that, subject to any regulatory constraints, tutors are able to teach on any programme which BPP offers in the future. Key Responsibilities: Teaching on a range of law school programmes and subjects Keep abreast of new developments in relevant areas of law and practice and be a subject matter expert Keep abreast of relevant pedagogic methodologies, including undertaking training and development Attend regular practice area and module team meetings to ensure uniform delivery of modules in order to ensure successful progression of students between and within programmes and modules Prepare for teaching and teach in-classroom and online for specific programmes Strive to obtain the highest level of teaching feedback from students Work towards attainment of the level 7 PGCPHE or Fellowship of the HEA in accordance with BPP’s learning […]

The Call To Public Service

An Alumna’s Journey to the Bench

Rachel Ross Krause (’96) has an easy answer for why she became a lawyer.

“I’d like to say that I was inspired by Perry Mason or ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’,” she said. “But really it’s because my mom used to tell me I could argue with a brick wall and win. She encouraged me to be a lawyer and never let me give up on that goal regardless of what life threw at me.”

Not even a life-changing accident on her 17th birthday discouraged her. Krause suffered burns and a spinal cord injury in an automobile accident in her hometown of Macon, Georgia. She spent two months recovering at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta where she learned how to get around using a wheelchair. She acknowledged it “made sense for a lot of reasons” to consider another career path, but she never did.

“I always counted myself as very lucky,” she said. “I really did always want to be a lawyer, and I just never changed my mind.” College Days

A little more than a year later, Krause was a student at Georgia Southern in Statesboro. It was in the early years of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Looking back, she doesn’t recall significant issues with accessibility. What she remembered is a supportive college community.

“What I found (at Georgia Southern) is something that I have found throughout my life,” she explained. “When people are trying to accommodate you and make sure that you can access the things that you need to access, and there might not be a ramp, somebody will come out and help you.”

Krause thrived at Georgia Southern. She was involved in student government, joined a sorority and was a little sister for Sigma Nu fraternity.

“One of the stories I tell people all the time is that I went to Georgia Southern for my undergraduate degree, and then I stayed for a year to do my coursework for a master’s degree,” she commented. “And my family has always joked that if Georgia Southern had a law school, I never would have left.” Becoming a […]

Stanford Law grads face difficult decisions after California Supreme Court moves forward with bar exam

(The seal of the State Bar of California) The California Supreme Court decided on July 16 to move ahead with the California Bar Exam, rejecting the pleas of law school graduates, practicing attorneys and advocacy groups to adopt diploma privilege and waive this year’s examination in view of the hardships caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Instead, the California Supreme Court gave graduates two options: opt for a two-year temporary provisional license or take an online bar exam on Oct. 5-6, 2020. According to a letter released by the California Supreme Court, a provisional license is “a limited license to practice specified areas of law under the supervision of a licensed attorney.”

The decision presents a tough choice for graduates as they decide which option to pick.

Recent Stanford Law graduate Alex Wu J.D. ’ 20 said in an interview with The Daily that while he appreciates that the court seemed to recognize the challenges recent graduates face, “I don’t think that the solution meets the moment. I don’t think the solution that they proposed actually addresses those issues that they themselves bring up.”

“I think it’s a bit of a Hobson’s choice,” said Marika O’Connor Grant J.D. ’ 20, a Stanford Law graduate who helped write a diploma privilege advocacy letter to the California Supreme Court. “A two-year provisional license means you’re gonna have to take the exam in two years.” Grant believes that the Supreme Court just “kicked the can down the road.”

“People don’t know what will happen to them in two years, especially given this pandemic,” Grand added. “A lot of people don’t know what’s gonna happen and so to say, just wait two years and then you could take it isn’t really a fix.”

Provisional licensing

Many graduates see no option but to take the online test in October, because they fear that possible employers will rescind offers if they obtain a limited license that will expire in two years.

Wu said that the provisional license “is an inadequate solution because it requires direct supervision by an experienced attorney and there are State Bar rules about who’s allowed to supervise them […]

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