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Dominique Ranieri

Alternative law student from south Florida always knew she wanted to be an attorney, fell in love with the region.

Dominique is the only student ever to graduate from Florida Atlantic University High School and Florida Atlantic University at the same time, receiving her college degree two weeks before her high school diploma, at the age of 18. She earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice and always knew she would continue on to law school. Admitted to ASL at 18, she is an alternative law student.

Born and raised in Florida she knew she was ready for a change, and seasons. Grundy boasts some of the most beautiful mountain views, and the changing of the leaves is truly a spectacle. Dominique quickly fell in love with the region and its' history. Which contributed to her interest in natural resources, energy and mineral law.

Dominique has served on the Appalachian Natural Resources Law Journal for two years and is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal's 7th Edition. She tries to take as many natural resources courses as possible. She is also a member of the Energy and Mineral Law Foundation. For Dominique, hard work has paid-off, she will be working for Steptoe and Johnson, PLLC as an associate after graduation.

Dominique says:

"Everything happens for a reason, and I believe I ended up at ASL to find my passion, energy and mineral law. There is no better place to attend law school. I am so excited to stay in the region working with a great firm, Steptoe & Johnson, PLLC."

Dominique will graduate from ASL in May and take the West Virginia Bar, at the age of 21.