Sometimes a lot of hard work pays off. That was the case for Jeremy Cooney ’04, a Hobart alumnus and law student who spent his summer in the State Capitol’s Executive Chamber and long nights preparing for the rigorous writing competition at Albany Law School. All of his hard work paid off when Cooney, along with just five law students, was offered a position on the law review board. The competition, which drew in about 80 of Cooney’s classmates, included two parts: the first part required students to write a paper on the contentious topic of the death penalty for child rapists. The second portion of the contest was comprised of editing a pre-existing paper. Cooney, who is starting his second year at Albany Law, was recognized for his excellent performance when he was offered membership to the oldest independent student-run law review in the nation by the Albany Law Review’s editor-in-chief. According to its Web site, the “Albany Law Review publishes critical and analytical articles written by judges, lawyers, law school professors, as well as notes and comments on legal topics written by Law Review members and other Albany Law School students.” “This honor came totally out of the blue,” said Cooney. “I’m really excited that my work paid off and this experience has definitely made me a stronger writer. Needless to say, I’m quite excited for the opportunity to further my legal education and experience at Albany Law.” In addition to this recent honor, Cooney was also elected as president of his class in 2007 at Albany Law School. Cooney attributes his success to his education at HWS. “A liberal arts education is essential to succeeding in law school,” he explained. “The chance to work one-on-one with professors and do an honor’s project really prepares you for a higher level of education. Regardless of your major, you are required to think critically and I believe that this skill is invaluable.” Supportive faculty and staff also contribute to the success of HWS students like Cooney. “Professor of Political Science Iva Deutchman, the Career Center and President Mark Gearan have been incredibly supportive during my time at HWS, as well as after graduation and into law school.” While he still has two years left in school, Cooney is already looking to the future. “I’m looking at private practice firms in Manhattan, but I’m trying to stay open-minded about what type of law I will practice.” A third-generation Hobart graduate, Cooney graduated with honors in public policy. He was a member of the Druid Society, Chi Phi fraternity and was president of Hobart Student Government. After graduating in 2004, Cooney worked at Alumni House and was named Manager of Campaign Leadership of Campaign for the Colleges.