Fifteen dozen cookies and
a law degree
by Andrew Shurtleff
Law student Kit Lasher, a former pastry chef, says baking
By Fariss Samarrai
Lasher will never confuse torts with tortes. She knows both well.
is a graduating law student with a specialty in child advocacy,
and shes a certified pastry chef. Ive loved
baking since I was tiny, she said. Its a great
stress reliever for me.
has baked a lot of cookies during law
my roommates come home to 15 dozen cookies, they know Ive
had a stressful day.
Lasher is not baking, shes studying or volunteering. Shes
a peer adviser to incoming law students, shes served on
the editorial board of a law journal, co-chaired a major U.Va.
conference on public service and the law, co-chaired the Student
Bar Associations Pro Bono Committee, co-directed the Student
Legal Forum, served as a volunteer for the American Association
of University Professors and baked her boyfriends
brothers wedding cake.
also co-edited an oral history book as a junior American Studies
major at Amherst College. The book, The Fairest College: Twenty
Years of Women at Amherst, is now used as a text at Colgate University
and Trinity College in classes examining oral history and the
coeducation of American universities.
Amherst, Lasher attended the California Culinary Academy in San
Francisco, where she earned a certificate in baking and pastry.
During that time she worked in restaurants and catered.
loved it, she said. It was a great shift from the
liberal arts environment to doing hands-on work with people from
she does not intend to bake for a paycheck.
are some things that you may enjoy greatly but not want to do
for a living. I still want to bake desserts, thats something
I can do for myself and others, but I want to practice law.
is what shell do soon after graduation. She has accepted
a Powell Fellowship from the U.Va. Law School to work for a year
at the Maryland Legal Aid Bureau in child advocacy law. The Powell
Fellowship, which will cover her salary and benefits, is a new
initiative by Law School Dean John C. Jeffries to encourage careers
in public service law.
developed an interest in advocacy during an internship last year
with the Charlottesville-Albemarle Legal Aid Society and during
an internship two years ago with the Childrens Protective
Services in Texas.
very interested in child welfare-related issues, she said.
In my new job I will be working in the best interest of
children who are neglected or living in abusive environments.
Its very nitty-gritty work, but Im ready to jump straight
Cookies and all.