Waynesboro, Pa., native Michael R. McDonald is a third-year student at Penn Law School, and the editor-in-chief of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. McDonald studied philosophy as an undergrad at Saint Joseph’s University and says his gravitation toward law was “gradual.” After working for a year at the U.S. Public Interest Research Group in
Washington, D.C., he joined Rosemont College in Montgomery County, working in campus ministry.
McDonald is currently doing an externship at the Brennan Center for Justice in New York City. After graduating in May, he will serve for a year as a law clerk to the Honorable Analisa Torres of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, followed by another year as a clerk for the Honorable Michael Chagares of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. “I’m very excited about that,” he says. “It’s an honor and I’m very much looking forward to it. Everyone who clerks says it’s the best experience of their professional lives.”