Get to Know Nexus
Serving as a moderator at an 1844 Summer Associate Panel
Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give to your 21-year old self?
To ignore the voice in the back of my mind that constantly made me question the decisions I was making and made me doubt whether I was “smart” enough or had the proper skills to succeed in law school. And, to pay more attention in my writing seminars! I never would have thought that I would spend the majority of my time writing and re-writing legal documents.
Attending an 1844 Networking & Mentorship Event
Aaron after getting sworn into the bar.[/caption]
If you weren’t in your current job, what would be your dream job?
Since I started a record label in college, probably running a successful record label with a panel of successful artists.
What about your upbringing contributed to your success as an attorney?
I recently found a newspaper clipping of an interview that I gave my senior year of high school where I attributed a lot of my success to the closeness of my family. Twenty years later that still rings true. Although neither of my parents went to college, they were always there for me as a sounding board throughout college and law school. Whenever I got caught up in my head with doubts or reasons why I couldn’t do something, my parents were there to remind me of my character and strength and supported me through the ups and downs of my career. The examples that they set through hard work and commitment continue to inspire and push me every day.
Excluding legal/academic accomplishments, what is your proudest achievement?
Being a mentor to middle and high school students. It is such a critical time in a person’s life and also a wonderful time to get to know someone as they discover who they are and what they want to do with their lives. Giving back to my community has always been a priority and I hope that through my mentorship I’ve been able to make an impact on my mentees’ lives the way that my mentors impacted my life.
Aaron after catching his first (and only) foul ball.
List one show you “binge-watched” recently and what was it about the show that captivated your attention?
Altered Carbon – I love all things space and tech.
Name one song you listened to on repeat during the past 12 months and provide some insights about why you couldn’t get enough of it?
The Weeknd – I Feel It Coming. I love feel-good music.
What is your favorite quote and what makes it so meaningful to you?
“All that is gold does not glitter.” I know there are many variations of this quote, but the one from Tolkien’s Fellowship of the Ring always spoke to me and challenged me to look beyond appearances and first impressions to find the true meaning of things. Over the years, the quote has taken on different meanings but it is always a good reminder, especially while living in NYC, to not get caught up in shiny distractions and to stay true to myself!