#SHLSuccessStories: Andrew Obergfell ‘15
This series celebrates the success of our Class of 2015 graduates as they look back on their Seton Hall Law experiences
Andrew Obergfell '15
Undergraduate: Drew University
Hometown: Cranford, New Jersey
New position: title and organization: Law Clerk for the Honorable Douglas Fasciale, New Jersey Superior Court, Appellate Division
Biggest lesson learned at Seton Hall Law: The value of time. There are so many lessons to be learned throughout law school beyond the substantive law, an important one for me is that you are capable of a lot more than you thought in a day. In addition to the normal coursework, I was member of the Interscholastic Moot Court Board, and also an editor and contributor to the Seton Hall Law Review, and a competitive power-lifter on the side. Managing all of these things challenged me in a way I had never been challenged before. I learned to value every minute of the day in a way I never had before. I feel that I am more prepared than ever to tackle any challenge that lies ahead of me.
What will you miss the most about Seton Hall Law?: I will miss competing on the Interscholastic Moot Court Board. One of the highlights of my law school career has been competing against other schools in appellate advocacy competitions. I entered law school to be a litigator, and the ability to take a hypothetical case and argue it against competitors from other schools was a tremendous experience. In my 3L year, my partner, Camille Rosca, and I entered the American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Moot Court competition and made it to the national finals in Chicago, where we finished as quarterfinalists and won the national best brief. It was an amazing experience.
Note: Obergfell and Rosca (pictured) won both Best Brief at the competition, vying competing against 200 other teams, and then won, The Scribes Award. This special award is determined once the American Society of Legal Writers invites all Best Brief award recipients from the year’s national moot court competitions to submit their briefs for consideration. In August, Obergfell, Rosca, and Director of the Interscholastic Moot Court Board, Jodi Anne Hudson, attended the American Bar Association's National Conference in Chicago in August where the team received a special honor at the Scribes Award Luncheon.
Which Seton Hall Law professor had the biggest impact on you, and why?: Two professors in tandem had a large impact on me. The first was Professor Sarah Waldeck, whom I had for Contracts and Estates and Trusts. The greatest advice she gave was about the approach to conquering law school (and in my opinion, anything in life). She said that in order to understand what was going on you have to learn to look at the material “from 50,000 feet,” and fill in the detail later. What she meant was that you really need to understand the logical structure of what is going on, and then the individual details fill themselves in. If you myopically focus on individual facts, you will miss the big picture. The little facts have no meaning unless they are in context with the overarching structure.
The second professor was Professor Timothy Glynn, whom I had for Civil Procedure and Labor Law. He taught us how to arrange doctrines and ideas into analytical frameworks, which goes hand-in-hand with Professor Waldeck’s advice. Both of them had a tremendous impact on me.