ALUMNI PROFILE Ben Horwitz
Prepared for practice
Ben Horwitz (JD ’18) came to Loyola with dual interests in trial advocacy and public interest work—two areas in which he took every opportunity to learn. In the classroom, in the clinic, and in competition, “Loyola pushed me to develop valuable skills and varied experience in those areas,” he says.
CHARMED BY CHICAGO: Raised on the East Coast, Horwitz found what he calls “the Midwest experience” intriguing. “Chicago is a fun, exciting place to live with features that few other cities of its size can offer,” he says. “With the Daley Center just a couple of El stops away and the federal courthouse a few blocks farther, Loyola is on the doorstep of legal developments in this city and has a strong alumni network here. I appreciate the opportunities that going to school in Chicago provided.”
LEARNING BY DOING: “Loyola’s Community Law Center allowed me to represent minors as a guardian ad litem and begin to develop interviewing and negotiation skills,” Horwitz says. “The clinic was a great opportunity to appear in court as a 711-licensed law student under faculty supervision.” He also participated in a variety of volunteer programs as a member of the Public Interest Law Society, and honed his writing skills on the Loyola University Chicago International Law Review.
“Loyola provided me with a solid foundation to begin practicing.”
COURTROOM CHOPS: Horwitz held a Philip H. Corboy Fellowship in Trial Advocacy. He and his team advanced from the Texas Young Lawyers Association Regional Mock Trial Competition to the National Competition. “Competing in mock trial competitions for Loyola my second and third years was an immersive, challenging, and rewarding experience,” he says.
PREPARED FOR THE FUTURE: “Loyola provided me with a solid foundation to begin practicing. I have found the training from Loyola's trial advocacy programs to be especially helpful,” says Horwitz, now an assistant public defender in the Miami-Dade County Public Defender’s office. “Overall, I am grateful for the training, advice and guidance from Loyola's professors, staff and community, and I am excited to continue to learn and grow in my career.”