Evan Ferguson

Humanities graduate Evan Ferguson '14 this fall is enrolled in UC Berkeley School of Law/Boalt Hall after also being accepted to law schools at Emory, UC Davis and the University of Southern California, altogether a remarkable achievement.

After applying to numerous engineering schools while in high school before determining “I don’t like math enough to do this for the rest of my life,” Evan was determined to major in pre-law at Dominican, the only liberal arts school he contacted.

That’s when Evan discovered Dominican had only a minor available in pre-law. He saw that as a positive because he was impressed with Dominican’s humanities program and the value it could serve in his chosen profession.

“That sounded broad enough and appealed to my interests from a number of different angles, enabling greater understanding of cultures and differences,” Evan says. “And it would be a really good compliment to a pre-law minor.”

It was during a Monday morning constitutional law class as a sophomore that Evan was inspired to commit to a career in law. The class was taught by Jared Huffman, then a state assemblyman who is now U.S. Representative for California's 2nd congressional district. The conversation focused on Kelo v. City Of New London, a case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court about the use of eminent domain to transfer land from one private owner to another private owner to further economic development.

“That was really a crystallizing moment for me,” Evan says. “It was interesting to see how those two interests butted heads. This was conversation that was really important and really relevant in a tangible way … That was a conversation I wanted to be a part of.”

Evan was a part of many conversations on campus. He was particularly influenced by professor of Humanities Dr. Harlan Stelmach, professor and pre-law adviser Dr. Christian Dean, and Dr. Henry Shreibman, associate professor of Religion and Philosophy, plus academic advisers, Chase Clow, director in Humanities and Cultural Studies, and Alison Howard, chair of the Political Science and International Studies department.

Evan, who eyes a career in appellate law, treasured his engagement with professors and the quality of their classes.

“They have these classes you don’t get anywhere designed by these professors,” Evan says. “And I loved the level of discourse you can engage in, if you’re willing, because the professors here are all brilliant people. If you want to engage with them in a higher level of conversation, they are more than capable and willing to engage.”