Danielle M. Little


Hello, my name is Danielle Little and I am a freshman at American University. I am an interdisciplinary major in Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics, and Government. After receiving my bachelor’s I plan on attending law school.

I was selected to participate in the University College program, the School of Public Affairs Leadership Program class of 2020, and the competitive Mock Trial Team.  In my University College class, I study the constitution with a focus on Supreme Court cases that impact our understanding of the constitution today. In the Leadership Program, I am currently working on a social action project centered around raising awareness about food insecurity for children. As a member of the Mock Trial Team, I write opening statements, cross examinations, and direct examinations as a defense attorney.

Law has been my passion long  before attending college. I was on my high school’s Mock Trial team for 3 years. During that time I also interned for Judge Hannah and Judge Pridgen of Buffalo City Court. After that amazing experience I interned at the largest civil law firm in Buffalo, Hodgson Russ, with firms across the country. While law has my heart, I could not fully appreciate the law without appreciating the governing body that makes it. To explore my interest in government, I also interned for New York State Assemblywoman Crystal People Stokes.

My work for the National Federation for Just Communities as a peer facilitator ignited my passion for diversity and inclusion. We worked to build community through creating diverse and inclusive environments at retreats, panel discussions, and camps.

Outside of my academic and social interests, my favorite hobby is chess. I was president and founder of my high school’s Chess Club. I played competitively for three years and was even ranked the 41st female in the nation in my division. I still love chess dearly and am working to establish a competitive chess team at AU.


One day I hope to translate all the skills I have learned from my experiences into a career as a lawyer in civil litigation.