Andrew Strelka (LL.M.'10)
Counsel, Miller & Chevalier Chartered
LL.M. in Taxation, with distinction, Dean's List
J.D., American University Washington College of Law, cum laude (2008)
B.A. (Economics), University of Virginia (2002)
What was your academic and/or professional background prior to attending Georgetown Law?
During law school, I was the student that hand-delivered an application to the IRS each semester. Without so much as a call-back from the government, I applied to Georgetown, thinking my luck might change with a tax LL.M. During my evidence class, I recall receiving an email offering me admission and a Graduate Tax scholarship. My subsequent in-seat-celebration led to a Socratic grilling on character evidence. Luck struck twice however, and two weeks before graduation I received a job offer from the IRS. I turned down the scholarship, accepted the job, and switched to the part-time LL.M. program.
How has your professional (or personal) experience been enhanced by your membership in the Georgetown Law alumni community?
Imagine that you went to law school but everyone was in your field. Further imagine that even if you don’t run into an alum on a weekly (if not daily) basis, the Law Center’s dedicated staff keeps track of everyone and makes sure you stay in touch with former classmates as well as meet new members of the tax LL.M. community.
What is your advice for current and future Georgetown Law LL.M. students on how best to use their year at Georgetown?
Engage your classmates and professors. Make friends. It won’t be long before you see them from across a courtroom or conference table.
Interview conducted by Andrew Astuno, Georgetown University Law Center, Master of Laws in International Business and Economic Law Candidate, May 2016.