HOOS To Watch: Ms. Iman G. Lyons, Law Student

IMG_0685Ms. Iman G. Lyons

The George Washington University Law School, J.D. Candidate ’18

University of Virginia, ’11

Questions: What was a highlight of your University experience? Hardship?

The highlight of my University expe- rience was playing in active role in stu- dent self governance.  From ROTC to Residence Life I had so many great ex- periences, but, by far, my most memora- ble highlights came from my time in the African American community and the Kappa Rho Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Our Black Love unity campaign was unforgettable.

My greatest hardship came during my very first weekend at UVA while on Rugby Road.  A group of fellow Black first years and I, ventured down to Rugby Rd like all the other first years, and within 15 minutes had beer intentionally thrown on us from the roof of a frat house.  We knew it was motivated by our race, we didn’t report it, and I never returned to Rugby Rd.

What have you been up to since Graduation?

Since graduating in 2011, I have served in the US Air Force as Nuclear Operations Officer. I was entrusted with the command and control our nation’s nuclear missiles; prepared to launch if President Obama ordered.  I worked 24 hours shifts nestled 60 ft underground, in the heart of Montana.  In August 2015 I separated from the USAF and I am currently a 1L at The George Washington University Law School.

In 10 years, where will you be and what will you be doing?

In ten years, I hope to be striking a balance between a successful legal career and healthily family life.  I hope to continue to find creative ways to pour back into my community and span the globe while checking off my bucket list.

Words of Wisdom and Advise to current students?

Invest yourself in the classroom but also invest yourself in cultivating bonds of friendship; they will last far beyond graduation. Take advantage of the mo- ment, make memories, don’t rush to the finish line.