By Rebecca Wyatt, OU Web Writer
Jaye, SBA '02, obtained a degree in management information systems from OU, but said he always knew he wanted to become a lawyer. Besides having a competitive nature, he said he had a fondness for the TV show “Law and Order” and was interested in the legal system, but most of all, he wanted to make a difference.
“I just thought I could do more good and help people,” he said.
Jaye chose to attend University of Detroit Mercy’s School of Law because he wanted to stay in the area and his mother, a paralegal, heard good things about the school.
He said it was hard to go from MIS, which is very hands-on, to law, which is more bookwork. He worked hard in law school and landed the internship with Kelly for the fall 2004 semester.
Part of his internship duties included analyzing both sides of the written appellate briefs and making recommendations to Kelly. He also went to court with her on Thursdays and observed attorneys arguing their cases.
The internship gave Jaye the opportunity to see how the court works at the highest level in the state.
“It was interesting to see how the law was formulated,” he said.
Jaye credit his OU experiences and people like Dawn Aubry, associate director of admissions at OU, for giving him the confidence to believe he could succeed in law school.
Jaye has always worked toward his goals with all of his efforts, Aubry said, adding that he would give generously of his time while at OU and also used advice and feedback from people to strengthen himself as a leader and person.
“He really wants to give back and make sure he’s a good role model,” Aubry said.
While at OU, Jaye served as an orientation group leader (OGL) and a resident assistant (RA). He said those jobs gave him the confidence to be comfortable in front of a group of people.
“The best experience at OU was being an OGL and getting to know all the incoming students and possibly having an impact on their lives,” Jaye said.
Besides being an OGL and RA, he was a member of Theta Chi and oversaw the fraternity’s judicial board governing members. He also was involved in OU’s applied technology in business program, which became his minor.
Jaye was rewarded for his university achievements and dedication with the Keeper of the Dream Scholarship in 2001, the Applied Technology in Business Scholarship in 2000 and 2001, and the Sydney Fink Diversity Scholarship in 2000.
Jaye continued his involvement at UD-M where he is a member of the Moot Court Board of Directors, a team member of the American College of Trial Lawyers National Trial Competition, a member of Delta Theta Phi Law Fraternity and a student member of the American Bar Association and the State Bar of Michigan.
Jaye will graduate in May and take the bar exam in July.
“I want to be a well-known trial attorney,” Jaye said. “I want to be very good at my job and help as many people as I can.”
Jaye said he also might consider becoming a college professor.