Alumni (Scholar)

Katherine Dirks

Albert Dorset Penick Jefferson Scholar
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
B.A. University of Virginia (2001)
M.Phil. University of Oxford (2003)
M.A. Columbia University in the City of New York (2005)
J.D. New York University (2008)
Professional Sectors:
Law/Legal Services


International Relations Organization, secretary, vice president; Virginia Model United Nations, staff director, committee chair; The Declaration; Madison House, Tutoring Program, Alternative Spring Break, Hoos Against Hunger; Learning Needs and Evaluation Center; Jefferson Literary and Debating Society; University Mediation Services, training director; Virginia International Committee Simulation, moderator, committee chair; Young Women Leadership and Development Program, training facilitator; Golden Key National Honor Society; Raven Society president, Fellowship Committee chair; Omicron Delta Kappa; Kenneth N. and Barbara B. Adatto Scholar; Marshall Scholar; Lawn resident; Phi Beta Kappa, Beta of Virginia Book Award; Echols Scholar.

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