Student Profiles

We love getting to know our students. We recently asked the following students 5 questions about life and law school. If you would like to share your own answers to these questions, please e-mail Georgia Woodruff at woodrufg@seattleu.edu (include a photo of yourself for your profile).


Erin Lecocq

Erin Lecocq, 2L

  1. Where did you attend undergrad?
    University of Northern Colorado
  2. What was your major?
    International Studies and French
  3. Why did you attend law school?
    I used to teach at a low-income high school, and I realized that the problems my students were facing were very much beyond the scope of my abilities to help them. I didn't feel like I could help them with their real problems as a teacher; they needed an advocate.
  4. What are your hobbies?
    Spending time with my 6 month-old daughter, Madeline, and my husband. Exploring Seattle, reading a fiction book for fun, or cooking.
  5. What do you like about Seattle University School of Law?
    I love its part-time program. The faculty and staff are really helpful and supportive. It would be so much more daunting to attend law school with a new baby without their help and encouragement. Also, the other students are nothing like the fiercely competitive law students in movies-- we really are a community that helps each other.

Rochelle Nelson

Rochelle Nelson, 3L

Rochelle is the new President of the Student Bar Association, actively involved with the Labor and Employment Law Association, and is specifically interested in Employment Law.

  1. Where did you attend undergrad?
    California Polytechnic, San Luis Obispo
  2. What was your major?
    Finance
  3. Why did you attend law school?
    I took some business law classes in undergrad and became interested in learning more about the practice. That experience encouraged me to work for a year as a part-time research assistant for a sole practitioner and that only furthered my interest in coming to law school.
  4. What are your hobbies?
    On the weekends (and when I have time), I enjoy both snow skiing and waterskiing. I also love running, biking, leisure reading and going to live music shows.
  5. What do you like about Seattle University School of Law?
    The supportive and accessible faculty and staff, as well as the general atmosphere of encouragement and camaraderie that comes from all the students. I also appreciate the school's commitment to the practical application of law through its writing program and the clinics and externships.

Rochelle Nelson

Elizabeth Kanyer, 3L

Elizabeth is the new Treasurer of the Student Bar Association, actively involved in the Tax Law Student Association (TLSA), and is interested in tax law.

  1. Where did you attend undergrad?
    Seattle University
  2. What was your major?
    Business Marketing
  3. Why did you attend law school?
    I decided to attend law school because I wanted to pursue business law in a socially just manner.
  4. What are your hobbies?
    Barre3 and walking my puppy.
  5. What do you like about Seattle University School of Law?
    The accessibility of professors, faculty, and staff, and every student's dedication to our school's mission of social justice.

Douglas Neralich

Dougal Neralich, 3L

Dougal Neralich is the new Vice President of the Student Bar Association and is interested in criminal law, with an eye toward being a public defender.  

  1. Where did you attend undergrad?
    University of Arkansas
  2. What was your major?
    Anthropology 
  3. Why did you attend law school?
    For over a decade I worked with disadvantaged and marginalized youth in shelters and group homes.  After so much time with an underrepresented population, I came to realize that I could help many more people if I were more capable and equipped to do so, so I came to law school.  
  4. What are your hobbies?
    I continue to work with disadvantaged children in a group home on the weekends.  I love to walk my dog, run marathons, and rock climb when time permits.  
  5. What do you like about Seattle University School of Law?
    The atmosphere is one of open discourse and learning, and a far cry from the cut throat atmosphere of other law schools.  The diverse interests, students, and staff lend themselves to a brilliant array of ideas, including, most importantly, acceptance.  

Students studying in front of Sullivan Hall