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Max Hyman

Honors Alumni Spotlight

"NSU introduced me to the human side of law."

Max Hyman, J.D.
Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies | Class of 2011

Max Hyman graduated from Washington and Lee University School of Law magna cum laude in 2014, and was admitted to the New York Bar. He is currently clerking for a judge at a Federal Court of Appeals.

After completing his clerkship, Hyman will enter private practice as a litigation associate in the Washington, D.C., office of White & Case LLP, a global law firm with 38 offices in 25 countries. He plans to build a pro bono practice focused on human rights and indigent criminal representation.

As a student, Hyman pursued his interest in international human rights, participated in several internships, and served as editor of the Washington and Lee Law Review during law school.

Hyman worked with the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Tribunal (Phnom Penh, Cambodia), where he assisted a defense team that was representing a defendant accused of genocide and crimes against humanity.

He also has worked as a research assistant to an international legal consultant for the Bangladesh Ministry of Justice, where he aided with their work on reforming the code of criminal procedure for the Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal.

Hyman completed internships at the U.S. Army JAG Corps, Army Court of Criminal Appeals, and the Office of the Legal Adviser at the U.S. Department of State. At the State Department, he worked in two legal offices: the Office of Human Rights and Refugees and the Office of East Asia and Pacific Affairs.

“My time at NSU was enriching,” said Hyman, who completed a Washington Center undergraduate internship as a legislative aide for Financial Executives International, a nonprofit association that serves as a research foundation and lobbying firm.

“The legal studies program exposed me to case law, which allowed me to hone my critical reading skills before law school. The exam format for many of the legal studies courses––which required me to spot legal issues, analyze them, and reach a conclusion––is similar to what I saw in law school. I can’t imagine what it would have been like to endure law school without that background.

“Aside from building my legal skills, NSU also introduced me to the human side of law, which is something that I feel is not adequately presented in law school. For me, Professor Gary Gershman’s classes in particular highlighted the evolution of civil and human rights in America and abroad. Thanks to my NSU education, I see law as a tool for solving social conflict and, most importantly, for promoting equal justice.”

“Maybe the biggest compliment I can give Max,” said Gary Gershman, J.D., Ph.D., professor at the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, "is that, as a professor, he challenged me. He raised questions and ideas that pushed me to a new level. Teaching a class with Max was always a test because I knew I had to be on my toes. He made me rethink materials I had read and taught and look for new angles and fresh approaches. Max was the Honors student paradigm—driven and focused but willing to step outside the box and push himself.”

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