My essay is divided into two parts. In part one I share about the struggle I had to endure to even allow myself the opportunity to be influenced by my students. Institutional struggles and professorial expectations as to how the academy should operate were hurdles I had to clear. Also, I had personal hurdles of making the commitment that I did for over five years. In part two, I primarily focus on some of my law students’ scholarship over the past five years and reflect on the life changing influence they have had on me. Their work and dedication have influenced me in my work ethic and increased my joy in my work. Mainly these students have influenced me to approach my work with creativity and ingenuity, bringing all of who I am and what I discover to my efforts.
JOTWELL (2014), Proceedings of the Fourth Annual Conference, http://jotwell.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Kupenda-Personal-essay-on-influence.pdf.