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Jessica Smeriglio

Putting Legal Skills Learned to Work

Jessica is a recent graduate who is now working as an Associate Attorney at Goldberg Miller & Rubin, located in Philadelphia, PA. As a student she had the honor of publishing a paper with Professor Christopher Robinette titled, “The Optimal Resolution of Intra Policy UM/UIM Stacking” in the New Appleman on Insurance: Current Critical Issues in Insurance Law.

Hometown: Camp Hill, PA

Current Town: Philadelphia, PA

Undergraduate School: Temple University

Area of Practice: Her areas  of practice include civil defense, specifically auto negligence, premises liability, and general liability.

Why did you choose to come to Widener Law Commonwealth? Widener's Extended Division program allowed me to keep my job and benefits while going to school at night. Location was key, as the campus is about a mile down the road from my current workplace. I was able to keep working as an insurance adjuster which really made me more marketable to law firms who favored real world experience. 

What has been your most rewarding experience in the legal field? This would definitely be co-authoring a piece on insurance law with Professor Robinette. Being able to see the beginning, middle, and end stages of both writing and editing the piece were invaluable, and it's something that will always be a highlight on my resume.

What advice do you have for individuals considering law school? Talk to a couple of the first year students, as well as a couple of graduates of the program. Find out as much as you can about the work load, professors' expectations, and the daily life of a student, whether a day or night student.