We are pleased to have William Tran join us as a law clerk. He is currently a 2L at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School. William graduated with High Honors and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Texas at Austin and double-majored in Government and International Relations & Global Studies. He previously interned with the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

Q: What do you particularly enjoy about working at Marzulla Law?

A: Marzulla Law has improved my professional and law school experience by providing me with opportunities to engage in insightful legal research and writing. Furthermore, I enjoy getting to know everyone here on a personal level. The legal profession can sometimes feel overwhelming, so finding those personal connections is valuable in lightening the mood.

Q: What inspired you to pursue a career in law?

A: My family’s escape from political persecution inspired me to pursue a career in law. My family never had the chance to pursue a college education, let alone a legal one, because of the Communist takeover of their homeland of South Vietnam. As a first-generation college graduate and law student, I am pursuing a legal education because I want to build on my family’s legacy of hard work in the U.S. and contribute to the legal community so that political injustices never arise again.

Q: Did any of your college coursework stand out? What appealed to you the most?

A: My Civil Liberties course with Professor H.W. Perry at the University of Texas was an experience that stood out to me. Despite being an undergraduate at the time, I appreciated Professor Perry’s law school teaching methods and ability to engage the class in critical discussions about sensitive constitutional law topics like Free Speech and the Fourteenth Amendment. The class was my first exposure to a law school-oriented environment, so I will always be grateful for Professor Perry’s guidance and mentorship.

Q: How do you like to relax?

A: In my free time, I enjoy playing tennis, exploring DC to find new restaurants and historical sites, and listening to Taylor Swift’s music. These activities have made my experience in DC enjoyable as I pursue my legal education in the area.

Q: If you could live in any other time period, what would it be?

A: Though I enjoy the convenience of modern technology, I would love to have lived through the 1920s. The excitement of the decade, the innovation of new technologies, and the country’s rapid economic growth were momentous events that I would have loved to experience first-hand.

Q: Plane, train, car, or bike?

A: Planes

Q: Favorite vacation spot(s)?

A: Bozeman, Montana, and Los Angeles, California

Q: Best advice you’ve ever received?

A: The best advice that I’ve ever received, whether in professional, educational, or personal life, is to never compare yourself to others. Everyone has their own trajectory in life, so don’t let other people bring you down simply because they give off an illusion of success. Run your own marathon and you’ll ultimately find your finish line of success.

Q: What is your favorite book?

A: The Giver

Q: What is your favorite movie?

A: Bridge of Spies