From an early age, Anna Parks Muecke wanted to attend University of Georgia. Both her father and aunt are graduates and she was thrilled to earn acceptance into the UGA Honors College.
Influenced by her grandmother, a retired attorney with a successful career as a civil litigator in Savannah, Ga., Anna Parks also had her eye on law school for the future, another factor in selecting UGA.
As an Alpha-Omega graduate from Holy Innocents’ Episcopal School, transitioning to a large university was “very different,” Anna Parks said.
With her experience as a student ambassador, peer counselor and varsity cheer captain, she knew that the best way to get comfortable was to get involved. She pledged Chi Omega and those activities along with honors classes quickly filled her schedule.
She graduated from University of Georgia with honors with a B.A. in political science and government and a minor in Spanish. By applying to the law school through the UGA Scholars Program, she was not required to take the LSAT. She entered law school in 2019 and will graduate in 2022.
She attends a mix of online classes and in-person classes with limited numbers. Her spring exams were online; some were timed and for others, students were given 24 hours to complete an exam.
Anna Parks is president of the Federalist Society at the law school and a member of the Student Bar Association, the Business Law Society and a moot court team. She serves on the editorial board for the Georgia Journal of International and Comparative Law; the note that she recently wrote entitled “International Construction Law: The Development of the Business and Human Rights Treaty and its Implications on Migrant Workers” was selected for the publication.
She works as a judicial extern for District Judge William Ray, whom she met through the Federalist Society, which regularly hosts federal judges as guest speakers, organizes networking events and holds debates on a variety of topics. “We look at judicial philosophy and get some interesting debates going,” she said. Anna Parks was also able to attend a Federalist Society conference in Amelia Island in summer 2020.
Working with Judge Ray’s team, she has been able to observe as well as write orders for different areas of law, giving her a sampling of possible future areas of specialty. She is interested in human rights, international business and construction but is open to other areas with the exception of criminal law.
She hopes to practice in Atlanta and has attended some online interviews with local firms.This summer she worked as an associate with Smith, Gambrell & Russell in their Atlanta office.
“It’s so important to be part of the community and I’m excited to see how things turn out,” she said.