Jordan Walton '12 and Anne Derby McDougall, Esq. '79
Great things happen when Randolph-Macon College alumni and students team up in the
Jordan Walton ’12 participated in a January Term (J-term)
internship in the Freed & Shepherd, P.C. Law Office in Ashland, Virginia. Under
the guidance of Anne Derby McDougall, Esq. ’79, Walton learned
about different types of law, attended client consultations and accompanied McDougall
“We observed cases and arguments in various courts, from Hanover County to the Virginia
Supreme Court and even the United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit in
Richmond,” says McDougall. “We also met with my professional associates and lots
of different attorneys, including the Hanover Commonwealth’s Attorney and the Chief
Staff Attorney for the Virginia Court of Appeals.” One of the meetings—with Hanover
County Sherriff Col. David R. Hines—led to the offer of a future internship for
Walton in the Sheriff’s Office.
Walton, a Mechanicsville, Virginia native, is an
economics/business major with a minor in ethics.
He was inspired by McDougall’s guidance and mentorship.
“Working with such a successful alumna opened my eyes to what a Randolph-Macon degree
can mean,” says Walton. “Anne’s passion for R-MC and for her career makes me appreciate
even more my four years at Randolph-Macon. The internship changed the way I go about
making connections: I now know that having a network of friends and professionals
is vital for a lawyer.”
This was the first time that Freed & Shepherd hosted a college-student intern.
R-MC Economics/Business Professor Ed Showalter, the director of the
Bassett Internship Program, called McDougall to ask her about hosting an
“I didn't know Jordan personally, but I knew that he was an award-winning athlete,
and I am very invested in being a supportive presence to R-MC student-athletes,
so I wanted to provide a meaningful internship for him,” says McDougall. Walton,
a standout on the baseball field,
was in 2011 named a First-Team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
He is the first R-MC player to garner First-Team All-American honors in program
At Freed & Shepherd, Walton also drafted estate plans, set up limited-liability
companies and researched areas of interest—including ethics for lawyers and small
businesses—for McDougall. “He was always willing to tackle any project or assignment,”
says McDougall. “Jordan applied himself with great discipline and enthusiasm and
he displayed the intellectual abilities that lawyers require to be successful.”
Professor David Brat, chair of the Department of Economics and Business, supervised
Walton during his internship.
“Internships are invaluable to students; they can see up-close how things in the
‘real world’ work,” says Brat. “Jordan and I met several times throughout his internship.
As a mentor and advisor, it’s exciting to see our students working side by side
with professionals. Anne had the month planned out with every type of legal education
included, from theory to document writing to meeting with lawyers and judges at
every level of the judicial system. I was lucky to be included in their trip to
the Federal Court of Appeals. We all learned a lot, but the learning did not stop
there. Anne had arranged for staff attorneys of that court to join us for lunch
to educate us on the behind-the-scenes work that is done to prepare for such cases.
We are very fortunate to have our best students involved with great professionals
As a Yellow Jacket fan, McDougall says it was exciting to have an athlete of Jordan’s
caliber in the office.
“Through baseball he
has learned great life lessons about teamwork, preparation, competition and struggle,”
she notes. “All these skills will be very useful for him if he decides to practice
law! Because we both love sports, we always had things to talk about to escape the
daily grind of legal work. Our love for
R-MC athletics was common ground for us from day one.”
Walton, who is considering law school, credits Baseball Coach Ray Hedrick and Economics/Business
Professor Steve Lang for helping him throughout his R-MC tenure.
“Coach Hedrick has helped me build the discipline and character I need to succeed,”
he says. “Professor Lang has been my advisor for four years and is always there
when I have a question about class or my future plans.”
McDougall reflects on a month well spent.
“I hope that the main benefits for Jordan were observing the way lawyers apply our
skills in service to our clients and learning that the legal profession is collegial—
negotiation and compromise are very important, especially in the courtroom. I tried
to show Jordan that becoming part of a cooperative network of attorneys is key to
a successful private practice that serves the needs of a community. Finally, I hope
it will be valuable for him to know all the ‘inside information’ he needs for applying
to law schools and some tips for making law school work for you... instead of against
The Bassett Internship Program, now in
its 30th year, is dedicated to providing a real-world backdrop for future academic
learning, as well as preparation for life after graduation.
January Term (J-term) offers R-MC
students the opportunity to explore the world, a career, or a single subject in