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Catie Doherty

Catie Doherty

3rd Year
Undergrad: Florida State University
Hometown: Jacksonville, FL
Area of Interest: Litigation

Why did you choose the College of Law?
I loved my experience as an undergrad at FSU. I also knew students that attended the law school and they all praised the faculty and were very thankful for the support they received. After graduation, I knew I wanted to pursue a study of juvenile law because of my interest in children advocacy, so when I discovered the Public Interest Law Center, and spoke with Professor Annino (who runs the Children’s Advocacy Clinic) on a visit to the school, I knew this was the best fit for me. 

What do you feel is unique about being a student at the College of Law?
The faculty here goes above and beyond. All of the professors I've had the pleasure of learning from have offered their support and advice whenever I meet with them. They have encouraged, challenged and supported me throughout my time here at FSU Law. Additionally, there are so many different clubs, organizations and co-curriculars offered so anyone who is interested in becoming involved on campus has an opportunity to do so.

Why do you want to be an attorney?

I’ve always had a passion for children and I knew that becoming an attorney would provide me with the opportunity to best advocate for those who need representation. Before starting law school, I didn’t realize all the different ways an attorney can help children in need. Whether it’s working for the state juvenile division, volunteering as a Guardian ad litem, or offering pro bono services to a family going through a hard time, a law degree can really go a long way.

What has been your favorite course or who has been your favorite professor since starting your legal education?  
My favorite course has been Criminal Procedure - Police Investigation. I really enjoyed this class because the assigned readings were always very interesting and often led to many great class discussions. Also, Professor Logan has so much to offer with his knowledge and experience; he’s really a wonderful professor. He was always willing to meet with me to discuss any issues or concerns I had about the material or to just discuss my thoughts on certain issues. Though the class is difficult, I would recommend it to anyone; I learned a lot and enjoyed the challenge!

Which College of Law student organization stands out to you and why?
Women's Law Symposium because the organization is so involved with our Tallahassee community. We’ve organized a great mentor program over the years and recently began a volunteer program with the Supreme Court. It's easy to see how compassionate and devoted the members and executive board are in ensuring that everyone has an opportunity to become involved. WLS puts on so many great events throughout the year, from networking mixers in the fall to the silent auction in the spring. It's truly a wonderful organization.

What is your favorite Tallahassee recommendation?
FSU football games! With the garnet & gold mascots, Renegade and the classic Seminole chop, the energy is contagious! Even if you aren’t much of a football fan, you can’t help but love attending games at Doak Campbell. Also, CollegeTown (Madison Social, Township & Centrale) offer great social events with happy hours, trivia nights and weekly runs.

Give one “Fun Fact’ about yourself.

I was a sponsored surfer when I was in middle & high school! I traveled up the east coast, to California and even Costa Rica to compete in competitions.