First RISE Students Rise to Top Posts and ProspectsMay 18, 2021
When Toni Deane (L’21) learned that she had been elected to the top position at The Georgetown Law Journal, she ran to the offices of Maura DeMouy and Nicole Llorenz — the heads of a program that supports students from underrepresented backgrounds in law school and the legal profession.
Deane, who plans to take on a pair of back-to-back federal clerkships in the coming years, attributes her path-breaking success to the leadership skills and lasting relationships she developed during the program, known as RISE. She said it gave her the courage to seek GLJ’s top spot and the confidence to overcome feelings of “imposter syndrome” during her tenure, which ended this spring. If it weren’t for RISE, “I wouldn’t have had the confidence to … dip my toe in every pond available.”