Student Profile- Schulz

Southern Illinois University



Student Profile - Schulz

Abigael “Abbey” Schulz (Class of 2022)

When 2L student Abbey Schulz came to SIU School of Law, she immediately felt supported by staff and faculty who “challenge students to prepare us to be the best lawyers and advocates we can be.” Before coming to SIU, Abbey completed a BA in Social Justice and Inequality (a self-designed major) at Hanover College and applied her skill set to create a volunteer program with students as mentors at the Madison Women’s Correctional Facility. Her passion for community building and social justice has only grown during her time at SIU Law.

During her 2L year, Abbey worked with an attorney on a parental rights termination appeal from start to finish, and she credits that experience as being her greatest accomplishment so far as well as helping her see herself as an asset to the executive board for the moot court program as a briefing judge. In addition to being awarded best brief and second place oralist in a moot court competition, she has also participated in the National Health Law Competition and the ABA National Appellate Advocacy Competition.

After graduation, Abbey plans to continue her focus on social justice work, specifically disability and prisoners’ rights, with a nonprofit or community organizing agency. Abbey credits Professor Simon with sparking her interest in running for public office, and Abbey is hopeful that she will one day be elected to serve her community.