2012 Michigan Diversity Scholarship Recipient Has Teamwork In His Focus
As a second year law school student, Kevin Battle is preparing to use his education to enhance and serve as many people as possible. This is no surprise, considering Kevin's perspective on the wide ranging aspects of the practice of law and his upbringing in team sports.
"I decided to pursue a career in law to help educate myself and the surrounding community about the many legal rights offered in the U.S. legal system," said Battle. "Too many people in our communities don't have the opportunity to go to law school and study the legal system, and because I was fortunate to have the opportunity to go, I felt I owed it to myself and everyone around me to pursue the experience and share it with others."
While an undergraduate at Grand Valley State University, and as a law student at Notre Dame, Kevin has gained experience as an intern at GE Aviation, Johnson Technology, and with the Muskegon Fury professional hockey team. His work in each instance involved team settings of one sort or another. He plans to use the lessons learned in those instances, as well as his experience as a Summer Associate at Miller Johnson, to further his path and to help others.
"I am going to serve as an Assistant Rector for Notre Dame's resident life this year," said Battle. "I'm really interested in working with people of different cultures and ideologies to improve my own views. I am also very interested in coaching youth sports. Growing up, sports were a big part of my life and I attribute a lot of my qualities to things I learned from sports. After I graduate from law school, I would like to get involved with coaching football or basketball in the West Michigan area."
For now, Kevin is as intrigued by the opportunities that practicing law presents to him as by the seemingly ever-changing nature of staying on top of the most recent activity.
"The most interesting aspect of law thus far is the amount of unpredictability," said Battle. "Laws are often subject to multiple interpretations or frequently changing ones. It's been interesting to work with attorneys to read through cases and make the strongest arguments for clients."
We wish Kevin continued success as he pursues his law degree.
2009 Recipient Duffy Begins Career in Holland, MI
Ryan Duffy, of Grandville, MI, graduated from Cooley Law School and has started his practice as an attorney in Holland, MI. Mr. Duffy is the inaugural recipient of the Miller Johnson Michigan Diversity Scholarship in 2009.