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Patrick Cunningham '02

After graduating from USD in 2002, Patrick joined the U.S. Peace Corps and worked as an environmental volunteer in the Dominican Republic for two years. He recently attended ASU for law school and plans to clerk for the Honorable Judge Diane Johnsen at the Arizona Court of Appeals.

1: What have you been up to since graduation?
After graduating from USD, I joined the U.S. Peace Corps and worked as an environmental volunteer in the Dominican Republic for two years. Although the grassroots development work of the Peace Corps appealed to me, I desired to have more leverage at a policy level, so I moved to Costa Rica to improve my legal Spanish with the goal of returning to law school in Arizona. I eventually enrolled at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State where I served as the Editor-in-Chief of the ASU Law Review. I am proud of the fact that I graduated with the highest pro bono distinction this past May and that I was the recipient of the Judge Mary M. Schroeder Award for outstanding public service. My future plans include clerking for the Honorable Judge Diane Johnsen at the Arizona Court of Appeals. Last August, I married Amanda Roberson, a fellow Peace Corps volunteer in the Dominican Republic.  Our wedding was in San Diego.
 
2: What is your fondest memory of USD?
My fondest memory of USD was winning the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Associate Championship Regatta.  Rowing for USD was an incredible experience that really defined my college years. I made amazing friends.  I was in fantastic shaped. And all our hard work paid off when we won that race.  What an experience!


3. What is your favorite place on campus, why?
My favorite spot on campus was the western field where the Institute for the Peace and Justice now stands.  I loved running around the track at sunset and pausing to see the reflection of the sun shining off Mission Bay. 
 
4. Who was your favorite USD professor or class?
Professor Klein.  Hands down.  Professor Klein’s real life experience—he was a diplomat during the height of the Cold War—gave him a unique and exciting perspective which he brought into every class.
 
5: How have you remained involved with USD since graduation?
Besides keeping up with the friends I made during my four years at USD, I visit the campus and San Diego as often as I can.
 
6: If you could offer a current USD student advice, what would it be?
Enjoy the city. Get involved. Find your favorite professor and take as many classes from them as you can.

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