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Student Success: David Liss

 Since graduating with a degree in Classics from UGA in 2019, I made the difficult decision to pursue a law degree instead of becoming an archaeologist. After spending a year teaching English in northern Italy and working part-time at a think tank in Washington, D.C., I attended the George Washington University Law School. I currently serve as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable James A. Crowell IV in the Superior Court for the District of Columbia. Beginning October 2024, I will continue my career as a cybersecurity prosecutor at the U.S. Department of Justice.  

I attribute much of my academic and professional success to the education that I received from the UGA Classics Department. The faculty engendered a positive and passionate atmosphere that taught me how to learn and how to conduct myself in a professional environment. I am eternally grateful to Dr. Erika Hermanowicz, who was instrumental in teaching me how to write and express my voice on the page. Further, she and Drs. Erasmo and Albright were the ones who encouraged me to spend a full academic year in Rome, where I spent virtually every weekend digging at some of the world’s most incredible archaeological sites.  

Although my career in cybersecurity law will not likely directly involve the study of the ancient world, my experiences in the UGA Classics Department have enabled my success. Notwithstanding the necessary analytical skills that I have developed at UGA, my resumé consistently has been picked over others in the legal world because of my background in Classics. Perhaps one day my career will bring me back into the ancient world, but for now, I am confident in stating that I would not be where I am without the UGA Classics Department. 

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