[hero align=”left” class=”gunmetal” opacity=”transparent” attachment_id=”210036″]“Hang in there! It gets better! I remember vividly how overwhelming law school was in the first year. The best thing you can do is to just keep putting one foot in front of the other, because you will get through it and it will get better.”
Amy BeMent (J.D. ’17)
As a high school government and economics teacher, Amy BeMent (J.D. ’17) exposed her students to several aspects of the law – mock trials, mock legislatures and judicial competitions. After 11 years, she decided that she didn’t want to just teach the law, she wanted to participate in it. Upon the urging of her husband, BeMent decided to become a lawyer.
While at Georgia State Law, BeMent has held active roles in a number of organizations. One of her favorites experiences was Moot Court.
- 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 12: Georgia State University Sports Arena, 125 Decatur St., Atlanta GA 30303
“I love competing so much that I competed in three out of my last four semesters,” she said. “My first was the Leroy Hassell National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition, and my team won a best brief award. Last spring, my team made it to the finals for Georgia’s intrastate competition.
“This fall, my team made it to the semi-finals of the Wechsler First Amendment Moot Court National Competition,” BeMent said. “This is probably the experience that I will miss the most from my time in law school. It combines all the aspects of good lawyering – research, writing and oral advocacy.”
BeMent also served on the Georgia State University Law Review board as research editor. She considered it a great opportunity to hone her writing skills and become well versed in legal citation.
“I’m pretty sure my classmates think I sleep with a Bluebook under my pillow,” she said.
BeMent also participated in the Georgia State Law Bleckley Inn of Court, which provides students an opportunity to interact with litigators from around Atlanta, and was a graduate research assistant (GRA) for several professors. As a GRA, she assisted with research while helping fellow students refine certain legal writing skills.
“As Professor [Trisha] Kanan’s assistant in Lawyering Foundations, I helped first-year students master their legal writing skills and improved my own writing in the process,” she said. “For the last year and a half, I helped Professor [Russ] Covey with research and preparing criminal law articles for publication.”
This year, BeMent also served as a student fellow for the Center for Access to Justice under Associate Professor of Law Lauren Sudeall Lucas, researching projects that analyzed indigent individuals’ access to criminal and civil courts.
“I owe all three of these professors a great debt because my work with them has broadened my horizons and improved my skills,” BeMent said.
If Moot Court were a job, BeMent would pursue it, but instead she has a federal clerkship with District Judge Steve Jones of the Northern District of Georgia lined up for 2018.