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History provides excellent preparation for the study and practice of law. As Liz Cameron Smith ’74 put it: “History is great preparation for law because, like history, those who recount the events in a conflict seldom agree. Also, you quickly find that the truth is usually a hodgepodge of pieces and recollections are often flawed.” Jeffrey Schwarzchild ’93 also attributed much of his success to the instruction of the late Professor of early modern Europe, Rhoda Rappaport, “on how best to organize complex ideas into cohesive and accessible essays.”  Elizabeth Anne Miller Angevine ’74 notes how her senior thesis on childhood and family history helped her develop skills in “understanding family dynamics” and spotting “family member patterns,” which directly relate to her practice of family law. Heather Axford '03 combines her passion for social concerns with a career in law. Receiving an Emerson National Hunger Fellowship following graduation, she worked on issues of food security among low-income residents of the U.S. in Tallahassee, FL and Washington D.C. She was awarded the J.D. from the UVA School of Law in 2007, and worked for a year with Ethiopian refugees seeking asylum.  Since August 2008 she has been a staff attorney for Central American Legal Assistance in Brooklyn, focusing on human rights and asylum cases.