Aaron Spiwak was on a finance track at Washington University in St. Louis but realized after a banking internship that he was more interested in law. A summer at the law firm of O’Melveny & Myers affirmed his view.
The variety of people at Columbia, the alma mater of an O’Melveny lawyer Aaron worked with, appealed to him, as did its urban campus. While at Columbia he participated in Law Revue, the student senate and the Journal of Law and Social Problems.
Aaron’s 1L summer at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District in Brooklyn strengthened his desire to become a prosecutor. Working in the violent crimes and terrorism division, he participated in the prosecution of a multiple homicide case, drafted a response to a habeas corpus petition, and assisted an armed robbery trial from start to finish. “I really liked the inter-federal agency aspect and having autonomy within a larger hierarchy,” Aaron said.
After graduation, Aaron will return to his hometown of Los Angeles and O’Melveny & Myers to focus on litigation. He looks forward to working at a law firm with a number of former prosecutors and developing skills that will help him on that career path.