Young Alumni Profiles: Lauren A. Pisapia Cirrinicione
For Lauren Pisapia Cirrinicione, Widener Law’s Delaware campus provided a solid understanding of the day-to-day realities of legal practice.
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CalabreseCourtney200px Courtney Calabrese
Delaware Campus Class of 2008

On the Health Law Program:
“The opportunity to be involved in the Health Law Program shaped my career path. The thing that I was most proud of was being President of the Health Law Society. In that capacity, I was able to bring more attention to Widener’s Health Law program and shed light on all that the program has to offer.”

Advice for Future Lawyers:
Courtney urges building a strong foundation while in law school. “Constantly work to improve how you will practice law, whether it is by taking a trial course or a course in conducting legal research,” she says, adding, “Work to obtain an internship or a law clerk position while you are still in law school so that the opportunity for a full-time position at a particular firm is available to you upon graduation.”

To learn more about Courtney's experiences, read her full profile.

CicoskiRyan200pxRyan Cicoski
Delaware Campus Class of 2010

On the Wolcott Fellowship:
During his final year in law school, Ryan served as a Wolcott Fellow for Delaware Supreme Court Justice Henry duPont Ridgely. “The Wolcott Fellowship is an exceptional program,” he says, observing, “My time with Justice Ridgely allowed me to develop valuable skills that prepared me for a subsequent clerkship with the Delaware Superior Court, and which I use today in private practice.”

On the Value of Networking:
“Attorneys, at least in Delaware, are really responsive to inquiries from law students,” he observes, before noting that many lawyers are happy to share their experiences and expertise with interested law students. “Get out there and get involved – you’ll meet some extraordinary people, and you’ll learn more from them about the law and the legal profession than anything you’ll find in one of your textbooks,” he concludes.

To learn more about Ryan's experiences, read his full profile.
CirrioncioneJohn200pxJohn Cirrinicione
Delaware Campus Class of 2007

On Developing Trial Skills:
As an active member and competitor in Widener’s Moe Levine Trial Advocacy Honor Society, John instructed at student seminars and served as lead trial counsel on the 2007 Hugh B. Pierce Championship team. John was also a participant of Widener’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP). He confesses, “Anyone who has experienced ITAP will tell you what a worthwhile experience it is. No matter how good you are, you will be humbled by some of the greatest and most respected trial lawyers from across the country. At times it was difficult for me to swallow my pride and unlearn my bad habits, but doing so made me a better trial lawyer.”

Advice for Future Law Students:
“Law school is what you make it. The more you put into it, the more you will get out of it. It will be challenging, no doubt about it…but remember, lawyers are respected because of their ability to handle situations that other people are unable to handle on their own. When times get tough, remind yourself that attending law school and practicing law is a privilege. There are many people who would love to have the opportunity that you have been given. Make the most of it and enjoy the struggle. It will make you a better person and a better lawyer.”

To learn more about John's experiences, read his full profile.

CirrinicioneLauren200pxLauren Cirrinicione
Delaware Campus Class of 2007

The Intersection of Business and Law:
While at Widener, Lauren studied for both a Juris Doctorate and a Masters of Business Administration through the dual degree program. “The focus on business in conjunction with the law degree challenged me to view the law and its unique issues through a different set of lenses and focus on efficiency in my law practice,” she observes.

On the Importance of Trial Advocacy:
Lauren advises both current and prospective law students to take advantage of the different trial advocacy programs available at Widener Law, saying, “The skills are important and useful in all areas of legal practice and life in general.” She also suggests that students “take advantage of the variety of clubs, programs, internships, and clinics available to students to learn about the practice of law, the business of law and how to work with clients."

To learn more about Lauren's experiences, read her full profile.

GuttridgeAndrea200pxAndrea Graf
Harrisburg Campus Class of 2010

Developing Legal Writing Skills:
“I believe that Widener’s emphasis on legal writing helped me to prepare for my present job. I constantly prepare briefs and stipulations, which require me to utilize that skill,” says Harrisburg campus graduate Andrea M. Graf, who put her legal writing skills to work on the Widener Law Journal staff. She says that her time on the Journal staff “certainly helped to shape my career as it forced me to improve my legal writing and research skills, which I now use on a daily basis. She adds, “This was also the most challenging aspect of my time in law school because there was a lot of work expected of the members of the Journal and that work had to be done thoroughly and accurately.”

Achieving Success in Law School:
In order to ensure success in law school, Andrea urges new law students “to treat law school as though it is your job,” and “devote your day to it as though you would be going to work each day. That is an excellent routine to start early on.”

To learn more about Andrea's experiences, read her full profile.

TolliverTaisha200pxTaisha Tolliver
Harrisburg Campus Class of 2011

The Art of Litigating:
During her time at Widener Law, Taisha participated in the Trial Advocacy Honor Society and was even named “Best Advocate of 2010.” She describes that experience as “very beneficial,” adding, “Because of Trial Ad, I am confident in the courtroom and really enjoy the art of litigating.”

On the Value of Networking:
“While in law school, attend as many social networking events as possible – it’s a great way to meet other lawyers in your legal community before you begin practicing,” she says, adding, “Get involved in the different societies offered, as many will provide invaluable skills that you will carry with you throughout your legal career.”

To learn more about Taisha's experiences, read her full profile.