Mustafa Hersi got into Georgetown first. There was a hand-written note about the good personal statement. Oh, the ego, the vanity, the joy, that we shared that night! His phone call from Michigan likewise stressed the great essays. His acceptance letters from NYU, Chicago and Berkeley were less effusive, but the letters were praise enough. It pained me to give him my blessing when he turned down an enormous scholarship at Berkeley to attend Chicago, but being the true professional I am, I took a very deep breath and told him that there were no bad choices on his list, and to do what he wanted.
Mustafa is my biggest success story of the year, not because of the great acceptances, but because his prelaw advisor had told him he should apply to Alabama. Every time we talk, he thanks me for saving him from such a cruel fate.
2005 Update: Connie Davis Powell, Class of 1997, told me that Mustafa spent one of his summers interning at Winston & Strawn in Chicago.
2018: Mustafa is now Chief Compliance Officer at Howard University
Zach Neal is a southern boy who abandoned his home in Georgia for my old home town, Philly. He got into Duke, early decision, then Georgetown, Texas, and Penn. He wrote:
Thank you for the helpful advice about my law school applications, advice on admissions and school choices, and for taking the time to get to know me. Also, thank you for the encouragement to go outside of my comfort zone and apply to all of the schools that interested me.
2018 Update: Zach is working as Assistant General Counsel at Equifax.
Jenny got into Villanova! (It's a shame she's a bit camera-shy.) Ultimately, though, Californiua called her home; she got Master's in Public Policy and Administration from the University of Southern California, and is on the partner's list at Montague, DeRose and Associates.