THINKING FORWARD

Litigator credits her success to BU Law criminal law clinic and faculty mentors

Regina Won

Regina Won ('08)

The fact that Regina Won ('08) is a valued litigation associate at the elite New York firm of Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP reveals at least one important element of her character–she isn't shy about taking on tough challenges. After studying government at Dartmouth College and teaching first grade as a Teach for America corps member in New York City, she set her sights on the intellectual rigor and demanding training of law school.

Won quickly found BU Law to be an ideal environment where her passion for legal experience translated into a track record of achievements. In the Criminal Law clinic, she secured favorable judgments in court for juvenile defendants and gained valuable insight into the value of working with colleagues to provide her clients with ongoing support. "I learned to work with a whole support network," she explains. "Social workers, guardians, everyone who had a stake in these kids' futures."

As an Articles Editor for the BU Law Review, Won sharpened her writing and analytical skills. She also capitalized on an opportunity to investigate the rules that governed pensions for Revolutionary War widows as a research assistant for Professor Kristin Collins. "At first glance, you might miss the connection to contemporary legal practice," says Won, "but the challenge of identifying and tracking down scarce sources, organizing arguments, then presenting them to your professor is very relevant to the work of an appeals court clerk or a litigator."

Following graduation, Won landed a clerkship on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago. In 2010, she launched her litigation career at Patterson Belknap. When asked about the secrets to her success, Won is quick to credit others. "BU Law was the perfect place for my development," she says. "The caliber of the teaching, the extracurricular learning, the career support and mentoring–they definitely brought out the best in me."