Retooling a Love of Storytelling — Student Success Story
Brittany Kane, Class of 2019
People fall in love with the law at different ages. For Brittany Kane, the moment came in middle school, when she took part in a mock trial that appealed to her fascination with reading, writing and storytelling.
After earning her bachelor’s degree at Temple, Kane was torn between pursuing a JD or a PhD in English literature. She wound up completing an internship with the Defender Association of Delaware County. That settled the debate.
Kane expected to focus her legal education on criminal law and completed an internship with a criminal court judge after her 1L year.
“It seemed interesting,” Kane recalled. “I was always frustrated that you couldn’t do the investigation yourself. If others made mistakes, it could be difficult to try a case.”
Kane’s interests turned to civil litigation, where she would rely less on police or other investigators and could have greater control over the process of building a case.
“I’m a meticulous person,” she explained.
Kane’s 2L summer with Burns White gave her a firsthand view of civil litigation at a mid-sized firm, and eventually, a job offer.
Her experience preparing for and participating in mock trials as a member of the Trial Team allowed her to circle back to the storytelling process.
“Trial Team really focuses on telling a good story in a courtroom—being able to tell a story through multiple witnesses or in a closing statement,” she said, adding that Professor Gwen Stern, director of Trial Advocacy, served as a tremendous mentor from the classroom through to the job search.
Kane completed a co-op placement with Judge Lynne Sitarski, a federal magistrate who handles disputes that arise on pretrial matters, habeas corpus appeals and Social Security appeals. Working with the judge helped Kane polish her skills in legal writing, as did serving as a member of the Drexel Law Review editorial board.
The co-op placement also gave her insights into the volume and quality of work that happens in federal courts, which will come in handy when she handles cases there on behalf of Burns White.