Cumberland chose four students to represent the school on the National Negotiation Team during the Southeast Competition in the Fall of 2017. During training and competitions, I learned to effectively discuss various and controversial topics with others while reaching agreements that benefited two or more parties.
American Journal of Trial Advocacy
I was accepted to the National Journal of Trial Advocacy at Cumberland. While assisting in editing and cite checking for the journal, I wrote a comment regarding the water wars case, Florida v. Georgia, pending publishing in July 2018.
Barbri Student Representative
I was a student representative for Barbri at Cumberland since my first semester at Cumberland. This includes tasks such as sitting at a table weekly to answer any questions students might have regarding Barbri registration, course study aids, and bar preparation courses. Upon completion of my second year, I accepted the position of Head Barbri Representative and was in charge of all Barbri enrollments for the law school.
Church of the Highlands
After attending Church of the Highlands throughout college, I became more involved in early 2014. While enrolled in Auburn University, I served as a public greeter who represents the church body by welcoming the people with a positive and joyful attitude and assisted with behind-the-scenes activities that provide a hospitable atmosphere for the attendees.
Upon moving to Birmingham for law school, I served as a children's Sunday school leader for first through fifth grade children, as well as a curriculum-based small group leader. I was a small group leader for two semesters before attending a semester at Highlands College as an extracurricular activity in Spring 2018.
American Society of Civil Engineers
Our handmade filter consisted of a 4-inch diameter PVC pipe, sand, sponges, aluminum (grit form), chick-peas (they're a natural flocculant!) and microfilters. These all were rinsed numerous times and were found to be more effective the more they were used.
I was the Environmental Team Captain in early 2014. We placed second of 24 in the ASCE Regional Competition by creating a portable water filter. This was judged on time, cost, and turbidity. The original water turbidity in the lake was approximately 35 NTU and our final filtered water turbidity was 0.4 NTU. Drinking water ranges usually from approximately 0.2 to 0.8 NTU. Additionally, I held the position of Competition Chair Director and coordinated the competition teams, as well as organized all facets of competition and travel.
Summer Study Abroad in New Zealand
During this 5 week study, ten of us traveled over 2,000 miles throughout the south island of New Zealand. The classes included 90% of field work studies within biodiversity and conservation, and flora and fauna. We weeded invasive plant species, helped revived native species of plants and birds, studied "green" construction sites and government policies to conserve land, water, and the natural ecosystem. This experience taught me that you should take risks every now and then because sometimes the reward is worth the unknown. The people in New Zealand utilize many practices that people said would never have worked. Their extremely clean country benefits from those who took a leap of faith and dared to venture into the unknown to make big impacts.
Private Pilot Certification
My mother's career as a Captain for American Airlines has fueled my interest in flying. After flying my first plane several years ago, I have always desired my own license. I began training in December of 2014, soloed a Cessna 152 out of Craig Executive Airport in January 2015, and obtained a private pilot's license over the summer of 2015 in St. Augustine, Florida. Additionally, I completed an instrument rating during the summer of 2016 at American Flyers in Pompano, Florida. It is my goal to obtain a multi-engine rating and commercial rating shortly after passing the Bar Exam.
I grew up on the river in Florida and spent a significant amount of time in Colorado from birth to present day. These experiences have been embedded into my character so that I appreciate the land and water in which we live off. Not only am I involved in the Outdoor Adventure Club, but I also spend my spare time white-water kayaking and scuba diving. My time spent outdoors motivates me to stay involved with my surrounding community.
Mission Trip to Haiti
In June 2012, I went to Haiti to help distribute water purification systems and help orphan children. This experience helped me realize how clean water could be provided, but not utilized. By abusing the water resources, contaminated water is distributed and fosters the spread of disease throughout the country. This experience made me really appreciate Americans access to education and clean water.
Lane Burnett, Attorney at Law
For several summers in high school, I was a secretary for a law office in Jacksonville, Florida. This job consisted of daily activities and organization to keep the office efficient. I filed paperwork, answered phones, transcribed and ensured timely document delivery. This job introduced me to the lifestyle within a law office and developed my initial interest in law.