Clearing the Way
After earning a bachelor’s degree from George Washington University in 2008, Christopher Burke ’14 stayed in D.C. to work at a nonprofit organization dedicated to education policy. While he was passionate about the organization’s goals, Burke often found himself frustrated by the number of roadblocks that seemed to be impeding progress.
“When you’re doing nonprofit work, a lot of the time you’re not able to do the things you want to do, because you’re dependent on other people funding it,” Burke explains. “I think there is a lot of value in recognizing the ways in which people can create important social changes from different angles.”
Burke enrolled at the Law School to gain the training needed to become a lawyer at a large firm, while also maintaining a public interest focus. He spent much of his time working on immigration issues, serving as a representative for the Law School’s chapter of the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, which organizes legal services for Iraqi refugees, and as president of the Society for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.
Later this year, Burke will join Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where he will hone his litigation skills and take on as many pro bono cases as he can.
“Sometimes people making a lot of difference work in business and use their resources and training to contribute to the greater good,” he says.