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News Q&A with Sally Yates

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From left: Sally Yates and Maryanne Donaghy ('81)

On November 19, 2019, former Deputy Attorney General and Acting Attorney General Sally Yates visited the University of Delaware. In an intimate Q&A moderated by Maryanne Donaghy, Class of 1981 and Senior Adviser at the Biden Institute, Ms. Yates talked about her career in the Department of Justice. She joined the DOJ because she saw an opportunity where the aim was not to win, but to seek justice, which she has tried to do ever since.

Ms. Yates also offered advice to students thinking about going to law school. She emphasized the importance of writing well, as that is most of what lawyers do. She also commented on the "boot camp mentality" of law school, noting that while it's tough, you need to remember that you're all in it together.

When asked about timing, Ms. Yates' advice was: "Go when you're ready to go." She noted that "[h]ow you do in law school affects what your options are," so it's important not to go until you're ready. She also observed that taking time off to get work experience can raise your value to prospective employers.

This event was co-sponsored by the Biden Institute.

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