Meet Keeli Wallace, 3L
UA Little Rock Bowen School of Law
1. Why did you choose to pursue a J.D. and what do you hope to do with your degree after graduation?
I decided to pursue a J.D because of my passion for criminal law and my background in neuroscience. Studying neuroscience has given me insights into human behavior and decision-making which is invaluable in understanding the individuals involved in criminal cases. I’m driven to bridge the gap between neuroscience and the law to create a more enlightened and just criminal legal system. After graduation, I will be joining the Colorado State Public Defender’s Office.
2. What are some opportunities you have engaged in during your time at law school?
During law school, I served as treasurer, vice president, and currently serve as president of the UA Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law (Bowen) chapter of the Latin American Law Student Association. I serve as the full-time vice president of the student bar association. I am also a fellow of Bowen’s Center for Racial Justice and Criminal Justice Reform, and I serve as the publication editor for the Arkansas Journal of Social Change and Public Service.
Nationally, I have served as both the South Atlantic Regional Director and currently serve as the vice chair for the National Latina/o Law Student Association. Beyond Bowen, I have had the opportunity to serve as a judicial intern for the New York County Criminal Court, an extern with the Capital Habeas Unit for the Western District of Texas’ federal public defender office, and an extern for the United States Court for the Eastern District of Arkansas.
3. What has been your favorite part of law school so far?
My favorite part of law school is the opportunity to engage in critical thinking and analyzing complex legal issues. I enjoy the intellectual challenge of dissecting cases and debating legal principles. Law school has also given me an inimitable set of mentors and friends that have aided in my development as an emerging attorney.
4. What are your hobbies outside of work and school?
When I’m not at school you can find me outside enjoying the beautiful Little Rock trails! I have been to 30 of the 52 Arkansas State Parks!
5. Tell us something interesting about yourself that we couldn’t learn from reading your resume.
I am a proud first-generation American!