Q.You were a volunteer for Discovering Justice,
a nonprofit with a program at
Duggan Magnet School across
the street from the School of
Law. What is its mission?
A.Discovering Justice offers a new approach to students
learning about the justice system
and the role of attorneys within
that system. The program originated in the Boston area. Retired
Chief Justice Roderick Ireland,
a native of Springfield, really
pushed to have a program right
here in western Mass.
Q.With Duggan now designated as a Social
Justice Magnet School, how
can this program impact its
students and their community?
A.The law is a time-honored tool of social engineering.
The students need to be empowered with this tool so that they
can create a better future here in
Springfield for themselves, their
families, and the city-at-large.
I want to be a part of that.
Q.As a Duggan alum why do you feel it was important
for you to help current students
bridge the knowledge gap when
it comes to the legal system?
A.I attended Duggan. I walked those same halls. I grew up
in the same neighborhoods and
saw the same things these kids
are seeing: poverty, crime, poor
choices, and limited opportunities. All of these things relate to
and impact the law as a whole
and more specifically the criminal
I’ve seen how easy it is to crush
a child’s spirit and dissuade them
from pursuing their dreams when
all these factors are working
together against them. It almost
happened to me and it happens
too many times in this community.
If some of these students can see
some of themselves in me and if
I can then convince them that if
I did it they can do it, then it was
Q.Where do you see your greatest interest and
passion in the field of law?
A.I’m uncertain of where I’ll be or what I’ll be doing
now that I’ve graduated. The law
is so grand that there isn’t just one
field of interest or passion for me.
However, I do know that whatever
my post-graduation pursuits may
be, one thing I am passionate
about is giving back. I want to
give back to my law school, to
my community, and to my family
for all they have done to help me
get to this point in life.
Jordyn Peck ’ 10
Stress Testing Lead Analyst, GE Capital
Jordyn Peck is applying her degree in Mathematical
Sciences in the field of Financial Services, yet she has
also continued her commitment to serving others that
was a part of what made her a recipient of the Western
New England University Skookum Award for Excellence.
During the North East Affiliate of College and University
Residence Halls (NEACURH) Regional Conference hosted
by Western New England, Jordyn was the community
service chair. She was also president of the Math Club,
a tutor at the Math Center and Glickman Elementary
School, and worked for the Admissions Office. She also
found time to study abroad in Italy, intern at MassMutual
Financial Group, and play varsity soccer, being named to
the Academic All Conference Team.
Q.What are your primary responsibilities as a stress testing lead analyst at GE Capital?
Why would you recommend that career path to
other young women?
A.As a stress testing lead analyst at GE Capital, I am responsible for reporting forward-looking
financial statement proformas under various adverse
macroeconomic and event-driven scenarios, which
go to the Federal Reserve.
I began my career at GE Capital through the Financial
Management Program (FMP), which is a two-year
program that focuses on developing strong analytical
and leadership skills through challenging rotations,
high exposure, and course work. For any young woman
who is looking to explore career possibilities in finance
as well as accelerate their career quickly, I would
absolutely recommend this career path. In addition,
GE has a strong Women’s Network affinity group as
well as plenty of female leaders who are willing to
promote and mentor young women.
With career interests ranging from Entertainment Law to Child Advocacy,
recent Western New England University School of Law graduate Rose
Colon L’ 15 has a bright future ahead of her. Rose was president of the
Multi Cultural Law Students Association (MCLSA), and a member of the
Black Law Students Association (BLSA), George W. Crawford Black Bar
Association, National Lawyers Guild Student Association, and Women
Law Students Association (WLSA). Outside of class, she has applied her
legal knowledge as a law clerk in the Law Office of Joe A. Smith, III. She
holds a B.A. in Legal Studies from Bay Path University and earned her
J.D. from Western New England University in spring 2015.