A. James Spung, '09
Majors: Political Science and Journalism
Career Path: J.D., 2012, Emory Law School, Atlanta, Ga. Currently clerking for the U.S. Court of Appeals.
Why Whitworth? "I remember visiting as a high school senior and staying in Baldwin-Jenkins Hall. Everyone was friendly and seemed to deeply enjoy each other. Also, we kicked out a rousing round of Frisbee golf at 1 a.m. The combination of people, atmosphere and late-night fun had me hooked."
Whitworth Activities: Wrote for The Whitworthian, Whitworth's newspaper; was an RA in Arend Hall; was a D.J. for KWRS, now whitworth.fm; worked as an info desk manager in the HUB; tutored at the writing center; studied abroad in South Africa during Jan Term; and played on Frisbee and basketball intramural teams.
Quote: "Successfully studying and practicing law demands an understanding of your own values and abilities. My Whitworth experience -- classes and everything else -- helped me develop that understanding. I came out of Whitworth focused, confident, self-possessed and motivated, and each of those characteristics has been essential to me."
Influential Whitworth Experiences: "My relationship with professor Julia Stronks was and continues to be particularly influential. Speaking with her and taking classes from her pushed me to clarify my interest in law and helped prepare me for the rigors and emotions of law school. She's a tremendous individual who helped me become a better person."
Career Goals: "For now, I'm looking to begin practicing law following my clerkship experience. However, I know that my experience at Whitworth has me well-prepared to do whatever I'll ultimately want to do."
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