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Four Legal Rebels Rising in the Real World

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Brendon Clark, of Memphis Tennessee, graduating with a degree from Ole Miss Law School this May. Clark is pursuing a career in criminal law. Clark is originally from Pontotoc and went to undergrad at Mississippi State.

Brendon Clark
Brendon Clark

“I was born and raised in Pontotoc, and I wanted to stay close to my family,” said Clark.

He decided to attend Ole Miss because he wanted to do something a little different then his undergrad but to still stay close to home. Since his time here he has fallen in love with the friendly Oxford community. Clark currently externs in Houston, Texas for, a Harris County District Attorney’s Office, under ADA Ashley Mayes. Since he left Oxford, he misses the food and the people the most. His favorite dish is the crawfish basket from Bouré.

Clark’s favorite memory from his time at Ole Miss was bringing the Phi Delta Phi Honor Society, an international legal fraternity, to the Ole Miss Law School.

Clark has learned a lot from his externship, it has helped him see his strengths and weaknesses in his field. He encourages all students to get as much practical experience as possible to confirm you are studying the right field.

Clark’s dream job is to ultimately end up as a general counsel for a company.


Heather Horn
Heather Horn

Heather Horn, of Los Angeles California, is graduating from Ole Miss Law School this May. For undergrad she went to Auburn, she wanted to get out of California and try something new. While in undergrad she fell in love with the South, which is why she was determined to stay in the SEC for law school. With Ole Miss Law School’s great reputation and cost, it made her decision easy.

During her time here Horn has fallen in love with the Ole Miss community and the small town of Oxford.

“Coming from a city it is so different here. I love the intimacy of the town and the law school. The law school administration and students all know each other so well, I’m going to miss that,” said Horn.

After graduation, however, she wants to move back to a city in California to be close to her family. She sees herself moving back down South eventually though.

Between undergrad and law school, Horn took two years off and got her masters in education while working in the Greek life office at Auburn. This experience helped her decide her ideal job is to work at a University; she loves interacting with students and the community on college campuses.

Horn finished her interview with reminding students how fast school goes by.“Students need to socialize and network, to have fun, but not too much,” said Horn.

“Students need to socialize and network, to have fun, but not too much,” said Horn.


Jennifer Kirby
Jennifer Kirby

Jennifer Kirby, of Harmony, North Carolina, will be graduating from Ole Miss Law this May. Kirby attended undergrad at Appalachian State University.

Kirby took off a few years between App State and Law School. She received her masters from the University of Chicago and then moved to Sardis Mississippi with her husband. For her first two years here, she taught high school biology.

When she decided she wanted to attend Law School: Ole Miss made the most sense. During her time in the Law School, she really appreciated the tight-knit community, versus a typically competitive academic atmosphere.

After graduation, Kirby is clerking with a bankruptcy judge in East Tennessee. The law she is the most interested in working with is human rights law. Her ultimate goal is to become a law professor.

Kirby’s advice to underclassmen is to take every opportunity and to involve yourself in the university’s community.


George Dekle, of Gainesville, Florida, is graduating from Ole Miss Law in May. Dekle attended the University of Florida for undergrad and knew he wanted to attend Ole Miss Law right after graduation. It took him a few years, applications, and jobs until he got into Ole Miss.

During his time between undergrad and Law School Dekle worked for an attorney and as an 8th-grade remedial schoolteacher. However, he never gave up on going to his dream law school.

“I love Oxford, I love walking from my condo with friends to the Grove, greeting other fans. I love going to baseball games with my buddy Walt. I love the close friendships from school, my church, and the community. I love Ole Miss,” said Dekle.

After graduation, he plans on moving back to Florida and practicing criminal law in Tampa or Saint Pete, back closer to his family.

Dekle finishes with an inspirational quote for underclassmen, “Time flies, so have fun. Work hard, play hard and be proud of yourself.”

Emily Jameson is a HottyToddy.com staff reporter and can be reached at eajameso@go.olemiss.edu.

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