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Renee Beaver
Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
Previous Education:
BA’01, English, University of Chicago; MA’04, English, Georgetown University

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A Study Group and a Scholarship Ease Stress
Renee Beaver, JD’08

Recent Indiana Law graduate Renee Beaver has had a variety of great experiences. She interned with Sarah Evans Barker, Indiana’s first woman federal district judge. She’s the senior managing editor of the Indiana Law Journal. But she is most proud of being named winner of the 2007 Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition, a student-run program that involves researching and writing an appellate brief and engaging in at least three rounds of oral arguments. “That was pretty awesome. There was a lot of adrenaline,” she says. Her legal future is bright. In summer 2008, she’ll work for Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C., and after that she’ll clerk for Judge David L. Bunning of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Loving to litigate: “Civil litigation and appellate practice are my areas of focus. I like the strategy involved in litigation and the challenge of figuring out how to persuasively argue for the result you want. After working at McTurnan & Turner [an Indianapolis litigation firm that recently merged with Bingham McHale LLP], I knew civil litigation was what I wanted to do.”

Students helping students: “When I was a 1L, I had a lot of anxiety about Torts. So, in preparation for the final exam, eight of us created a study group to teach ourselves the class material. Two nights before the final, we just took over an empty classroom from 8 p.m. until after midnight and got it done. People are very collegial here. They are competitive too, but I have never had stress at school because I felt alone or without support.”

How my scholarship is helping out: “I had one scholarship that paid for about one-half of my in-state tuition. As unglamorous as it sounds, it has helped me reduce my debt load. Law school is an expensive undertaking—every little bit of aid helps.”

Talented professors: “I thought that my Secured Transactions class would be really dry and boring. I had Professor Hannah Buxbaum, and it became one of my favorites—even though it was at 8:45 a.m. The same thing with Federal Civil Procedures. I thought it would be dull, but Professor Charles Geyh was great at it. That class is one of the reasons I want to do civil litigation.”