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Kriak ’22 to Enter Legal Field

Nicholas Kriak ’22 will put the skills he learned in and out of the classroom to work in his new role at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, and Flom LLP and Affiliates.

Graduating summa cum laude in economics and educational studies, Nicholas Kriak ’22 has landed a position at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom LLP & Affiliates in New York City. Recognized as a top firm by New York Law Journal, The Lawyer and The American Lawyer, Kriak will serve as a legal practice assistant.

“Skadden is considered one of the most prestigious firms on a global level,” says Kriak. “HWS has set me up for success by constantly forcing me to strive for greatness in all the academic work I do.”

He says classes such as “Econometrics” taught by Associate Professor of Economics Christina Houseworth prepared him for the rigorous nature of the workforce. “This was one of the most difficult classes I took at HWS. The class forced me to be transparent with myself when I don’t know an answer and to seek help from others,” says Kriak. “It has taught me what it means to be patient when learning something new; some things may take some time to learn, and it is a process. The rigor of the class opened an avenue for me where I enjoy seeking challenges and finding ways to overcome them.” 

Kriak says holding an internship with New York State Senator Pam Helming (R-54) while also serving as captain of the Hobart soccer team developed his time management abilities. “Being an athlete at HWS forced me in the most positive way to establish great time management skills that have allowed me to find success at HWS and will be carried over to Skadden.”

His mentors across campus ranged from Associate Professor of Economics Warren D. Hamilton to Hobart Head Soccer Coach Shawn Griffin. “I have learned how to incorporate the values of hard work, self-discipline and respect in my everyday life,” says Kriak.

On campus, he was a Civic Leader at the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, a founding member of the Pre-Law Club and helped to lead an HWS Athletics Inclusion and Advocacy initiative. “HWS has opened doors for me to become a leader and use my voice, and more importantly, to develop a passion for being a leader. All of these leadership roles have further refined my abilities to work with others as a teammate.”

As a Statesman, Kriak played in 48 career games on the soccer pitch, starting 19. A defensive midfielder, he finished his career with three assists. Two of his assists were on game-winning goals. He served as a team captain during his senior season, guiding Hobart to an 8-7-2 overall record. He earned the Abe Solomon Memorial Award as Hobart’s Rookie of the Year, and this year was presented the William J. Napier ’57 Memorial Award. Kriak and his classmates finished their careers with a 30-20-6 overall record and won the 2019 Liberty League championship.