October 20, 2016
During orientation on Aug. 15, 2016, Charlie Draughter (center) and fellow members of the JD Class of 2019 were formally welcomed and took a professionalism oath.
For 2016-17, Tulane Law welcomes 49 LLM and international exchange students from 21 countries, including the United States.
Tulane Law School Class of 2019
Tulane Law School's newest first-year class of 198 students spans the country (34 U.S. jurisdictions) and the globe, bringing together recent college graduates with seasoned professionals from a range of arenas, including health care, the military, business, teaching, science and law enforcement.
Here's just a sampling:
A New Orleanian through and through, Draughter (pictured at right, top) received his BA in philosophy from Tulane University in 2016. While an undergrad, he’d visit the law school and found faculty members welcoming and students honest about their experiences, he said.
“As cliché as it may seem, I want to use my law degree to change the world,” starting with helping underrepresented groups in New Orleans, he said. “I want to encourage some and inspire others to follow their dreams, and reach their full potential in whatever endeavor they decide to pursue.”
A social worker and mental health counselor in Seattle, Washington, for 10 years, Horsting most recently worked for King County Public Superior Court, performing child custody evaluations, domestic violence assessments and mediations for individuals involved in family law cases.
She said she chose Tulane because she found it diverse, challenging, positive and supportive “in a way that sets it apart from other law schools.” She’s interested in continuing to advocate for survivors of domestic violence and for children but also is open to new career directions in the law. “I hope overall to continue to do work that allows me to feel that I am contributing to the betterment of society in a way that is meaningful to me,” she said.
Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Onwudinjo said she considers home “anywhere I’ve made life-changing memories,” including Boston, Brooklyn and Italy. In New York, she worked in publishing and managed social media for a world-renowned photographic agency and a global skincare brand.
An energetic entrepreneur, she hopes to build a commercial business to support her inventions but also to reinvigorate black- and female-owned establishments in New Orleans. “I am also passionate about helping low-income women and minorities start their own businesses by offering them free legal services that they cannot afford on their own,” she said.
A Virginian who studied theatre at Tulane, Trostle worked on local productions after graduating in 2010. He moved to Colorado, where he volunteered with Out Boulder, speaking at schools, churches, workplaces and elsewhere about LGBTQ issues, but wanted to return to New Orleans.
Tulane Law, he said, offers “a community where everyone is encouraged through struggles and celebrated for successes,” and people help each other. “I hope to work within the public interest field, focusing on the rights of and legal challenges facing the LGBTQ community,” he said. “When the Obergefell v. Hodges decision was announced (legalizing same-sex marriage), I realized clearly that the legal profession would be a tremendous way to effect change.”