From blogging in college to working on political campaigns and in government for a few years after graduation, Nebraska Appleseed law clerk Dave Sund knows how the political system works in Nebraska. But he wanted to do more.
“Over four years at City Hall (in Omaha), as I became more involved in the legislative agenda, reading bills and making policy recommendations, I discovered I had a real interest and aptitude for the law,” Dave said. “Law school felt like a natural choice. With the encouragement of friends, and not a few words of warning from former law students, I took the plunge, and I’m glad that I did. I doubt I’d have believed you if you told me a few years ago that I’d be in law school.”
Originally from Omaha and now a student at Creighton University School of Law, Dave wanted to make the move from simply working in politics and for lawmakers to being a part of legislative changes. Appleseed came up on Dave’s radar as he watched the Legislature and saw the organization working on issues he was passionate about.
“I watched the Legislature closely when I worked for [former Omaha] Mayor [Jim] Suttle and saw how much work Appleseed was doing on issues that I cared about,” Dave said. “I knew people who had worked with Appleseed and for Appleseed in the past and they all had great things to say about the organization. I hope to gain some legal experience while working at a place that shares my interest in justice.”
Name: Dave Sund
Hometown: Omaha, NE
Position: Law Clerk
About me: Creighton Law School. Undergrad: UNO ’08 (B.S. Political Science). While in college I was a bit of a political blogger. I’m sure I’d cringe at some of the things 22-year-old me wrote. I doubt I’d have believed you if you told me a few years ago that I’d be in law school. Out of college, I took jobs on a couple of political campaigns, and later as a young policy analyst in the Omaha Mayor’s Office.
Future plans: Nothing is ever certain, but my areas of interest are more toward public interest law or public policy, particularly as it relates to legislation and law-making.