Katherine L. DePaolis

JD, 2021

Favorite Memory from GW Law

My time in law school has been unconventional to say the least, with online classes, summer employment at home, and preparations to take the Bar Exam with a mask and hand sanitizer. Despite the pandemic, I have many fond memories of the last three years, which have flown by:

1) Participating in Law Review and working as a Writing Fellow for the GW Law Writing Center, helping fellow students develop legal research and writing skills.

2) Working for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and for the DOJ’s Professional Responsibility Advisory Office, developing legal skills and making invaluable connections.

3) Participating in multi-day, coffee-fueled marathon study sessions, particularly those in my 1L year with my friends Emily and Ryan.

4) Learning that lawyers write a 10,000-word document and call it a “brief”!

5) Living in a studio apartment in Washington, D.C. enjoying the National Mall, Cherry Blossoms, the National Christmas Tree, the Barrister’s Ball at Nationals Park, GW’s “Bar Review”, Parades for the Nationals and Capitals, and other such festivities only to be found in our nation’s capital.

6) Enjoying the moment when I was offered a post-law school judicial clerkship at the end of my 2L year.


Favorite Quote

“Be sure to put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.”

Abraham Lincoln

With Gratitude

I would like to thank my parents, who have always been my greatest supporters. Thank you for encouraging me to develop my skills, follow my passions, and forge my own path. I hope to follow the example you have set for me and lead a life of purpose and meaning, rooted in helping others.