Whittier Law School Graduate Receives Fellowship with the Orange County District Attorney’s Office


Stephanie Caughlin, a recent graduate from Whittier Law School, has been selected as a Fellow at the Orange County District Attorney’s Office for 2015-2016.

There is significant competition for these prestigious fellowships. A large pool of applicants from 12 law schools applied, and only five Fellows were selected. The rigorous application process consists of a personal statement and two rounds of interviews, including a performance test. Stephanie believes she was chosen on the basis of her academics, work experience, passion for becoming a prosecutor, and her oral advocacy and writing skills.

During her time at Whittier Law School, Stephanie served as President of the Student Bar Association, as an Article Editor on Law Review’s Executive Board, and as a member of Trial Advocacy Honors Board. Following her Fellowship, she hopes to earn a permanent position at the OCDA and plans to prosecute felony cases. With high aspirations for her career, Stephanie commented that, “Having a career path upon graduation is very empowering, and makes me excited for the future!”

Whittier Law School alumni currently working at the Orange County District Attorney’s Office graciously donated their time to help students prepare for the performance test portion of the interview. The Career Development Office would like to thank Holly Woesner, Anthony Schlehner, Dave McMurrin, Jana Santiago, and Vincent Marinaccio for conducting mock interviews for the student applicants. Mr. Schlehner even drafted a hypothetical specifically for our students.

Stephanie will join Jana Santiago and Vincent Marinaccio, OCDA Fellows for 2014-2015, at the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. Vincent and Jana have recently secured positions as Deputy District Attorneys. Congratulations to all!

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