Student and Alumni Stories

Students bring a broad range of experiences and backgrounds to Seattle University School of Law, and they go on to pursue a variety of careers. Hear from current students as well as alumni, graduates in non-traditional careers, and graduates of our part-time program.


Shaquelle Duncan Shaquelle Duncan

"Everyone at the law school genuinely wants students to succeed and are committed to going the extra mile to ensure that they do. I have never felt so supported."

Efrain Hudnell Efrain Hudnell

"I made the decision to come to law school for the same reasons that I joined the service: to be a part of something bigger and create lasting, positive change."

Rosemary Kim Rosemary Kim

"I've learned so much about networking, and I find it valuable in shaping the way I learn and behave in law school, especially since the downtown law firms are so close to campus. The professors and lawyers serve as resources to help me understand that law school is more than just reading textbooks."

Lara Diaconu Lara Diaconu

"Philosophically, I was really attracted to the school's Jesuit identity and grounding in social justice principles."

Jennifer Paul Jennifer Paul

"When I leave class, my intellectual cup is filled to the brim with ardent, fascinating lessons in law."

Stefanie Young Stefanie Young

"I have found that time management and maintaining a fairly regular schedule helps a ton with being in law school. Exercising and maintaining a balance is extremely crucial for your mental health."

Ray Ivey Ray Ivey

"The most rewarding part of the law school experience so far, for me, has been being challenged to think in a whole new way."

Amber Campbell Amber Campbell

"A lot of students will be constantly asking themselves if they are smart enough, or prepared enough, or if they can do this at all. The key is not to get stuck in that type of thinking."

Alex Romero Alex Romero

"My family has been ripped apart, degraded, and discriminated because of where they were born. I have a passion to advocate for the vulnerable undocumented community and to defend hard-working residents like my parents."

Carey Salzsieder Carey Salzsieder

"Being a voice over the phone and sending a police response was no longer enough. I wanted to support people in a bigger capacity — to advocate for them, help them address their issues, and to reach a conclusion."

Sam Sung Allyson (Sam) Sung

"Working with different people who have different perspectives is the best way we can stretch our own thinking and become better."


Alisha Trotter '14 Alisha Trotter

Class of 2014
King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office 

Mark Morgan Mark Morgan

Class of 2016
Washington State Court of Appeals, Division One

Emily Gause Emily Gause

Class of 2011
Gause Law Offices

David Wilkinson David Wilkinson

Class of 2012
Attorney, State of Alaska Department of Law

Hannalore Burns Merritt Hannalore Burns Merritt

Class of 2009
Associate Attorney at Waller, Smith & Palmer, P.C. (New London, Connecticut)

Tracy Flood Tracy Flood

Class of 1999
Pro Tem Judge and Adjudicator

Alumni in Non-Traditional Jobs

Katina Thornock Katina Thornock

Class of 2001
Director, Corporate Counsel
Starbucks Coffee Company

Joey Mack Joey Mack

Class of 2012
Talent Acquisition, Legal
(Now working at Microsoft)

Kathy Kim Carpenter Kathy Kim Carpenter

Class of 1995
Business Development Manager
Microsoft Corporation

Joseph Polito Joseph Polito

Class of 2009
Development Manager
Touchstone Corporation

Part-Time Program Alumni

Samir Belyamani Samir Belyamani

Class of 2014
Marketing Regional Director, Boeing Commercial Airplanes

Debbie Akhbari Debbie Akhbari

Class of 2013
Associate, Helsell Fetterman LLP

Laura Turczanski Laura Turczanski

Class of 2013
Associate, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Lola Zakharova Lola Zakharova

Class of 2012
Associate, MacDonald Hoague & Bayless

Gus Lindsey '04 G. (Gus) Benjamin Lindsey III

Class of 2004

Tom Raymond '04 Tom Raymond

Class of 2004

Will Witherspoon '12 Will Witherspoon

Class of 2012

Tammy White '10 Tammy White

Class of 2010