Third-year law student Danielle Purcell was recently awarded a scholarship from the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Purcell, the daughter of military parents, was born in North Dakota, but spent many years moving across the country to places such as Hawaii, California and ultimately Florida. Purcell received her bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies from the University of West Florida in Pensacola.
Purcell, who is interested in practicing criminal defense law, says she was drawn to Gonzaga because of close family ties in the area as well as the solid reputation of Gonzaga. Before law school, Purcell spent time as a paralegal and knew that she wanted to go to law school, with the hopes of “making a difference for people.”
Danielle says that her law school experience thus far has taught her that “this is the path I am supposed to be on” and she has learned not to sweat the small stuff. In addition, she also mentions that students should “believe in themselves, we are all smarter than we think.”
The American College of Trial Lawyers is devoted to improving the standards of trial practice, the system of justice and the ethics of the trial bar. Its newly-revised Code of Pretrial and Trial Conduct articulates aspirational standards of conduct far more demanding than the minima set forth in ethical and civility codes. The College demands a great deal of itself and its Fellows.