Faulkner Law Alumna appointed to U.S. Air Force JAG Corps

Name: Susan Bet-Sayad
Hometown: Niceville, Florida
Undergraduate Institution: Auburn University
Faulkner Law Class: December 2013

 

Q: Why did you choose to study law?

I knew from an early age that I wanted to be involved in a life of service and was initially a pre-med major at Auburn University. It only took two years and Chemistry II to make me realize that I was better arguing for my grades than making them. I spoke to my Health Law professor about my predicament and he recommended that I consider studying law. I accepted an internship with  the Lee County DA’s office which ignited a passion for the law and for representing victims as a prosecutor.

 

Q: Why did you choose Faulkner Law?

I chose Faulkner because it is devoted to the betterment of the lives of those in their community. Faulkner’s pro bono clinics allowed me to participate in that worthy commitment.  Faulkner’s Christian heritage and excellent record of successful alumni also drew me to the program.

 

Q: What were you involved with on campus?

  • Public Interest Fellow
  • Family Law Clinic
  • Mediation Clinic
  • Wills for Heroes
  • Justice Bus
  • Law Review
  • Trial Team
  • Worked in the Law Library

 

Q: What were you involved with off Campus?

  • My Church: East Lake Community Church
  • Clerked with the Executive Division of the Attorney General’s Office
  • Clerked for Justice Parker of the Alabama Supreme Court
  • Clerked for Alabama Law Institute

 

Q: What have you been involved in since Law School?

I worked as an Assistant District Attorney for Lee County, Alabama where I prosecuted everything from District Court to Family Court, to Circuit Court. I also worked as a Deputy District Attorney for Montgomery County, Alabama prosecuting in Circuit Court.

 

Q: What is your current job?

I received an appointment to the United States Air Force JAG Corps and am currently a First Lieutenant in the United States Air Force.

 

Q: What made you want to pursue this career?

I can think of no greater calling than to live a life of service and after being blessed with the opportunity to serve my community, I wanted to take my career to new heights and serve my Country.

 

Q: What are your hobbies and interests?

I like to study my bible, travel, drive motorcycles, camp, snowboard, surf and pretty much anything else that involves being outside.

 

Q: What advice would you give someone considering law school?

I would encourage them to do internships in various legal occupations. You really don’t know what you will enjoy, or where your passion lies until you actually experience firsthand.