Dozen Cookies And A Law Degree
May 6, 2002-- Kit Lasher will
never confuse torts with tortes. She knows both well.
is graduating from the University of Virginia Law School on May
19 with a specialty in child advocacy, and she's a certified pastry
chef. "I've loved baking since I was tiny," she said. "It's a great
stress reliever for me."
has baked a lot of cookies during law school.
my roommates come home to 15 dozen cookies, they know I've had a
Lasher is not baking, she's studying or volunteering. She's a peer
adviser to incoming law students, she's 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 boyfriend's brother's 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 different backgrounds."
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, that's 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
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. It's very nitty-gritty
work, but I'm ready to jump straight in."
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