Meet: Andrew Kilberg '10

Name: Andrew G. I. Kilberg

Hometown: McLean, VA

Current location: McLean, VA

What were you involved with at Princeton? 

Tower Club (Vice President), Model Congress (Executive Director), College Republicans (President), Delta Kappa Epsilon (Vice President)

What's your favorite memory of Princeton?

This might be the hardest question anyone has ever asked me. The answer probably is sitting on the bar in the Tower tap room on the night of our graduation, recalling all the time I’d spent in that basement.

What have you been up to in the five six years (!) since graduation? What are you currently doing? What has your path been like since college? What's next?

In late September 2010, I flew across the Atlantic to attend the University of Cambridge (St. Catharine’s College).  I received my M. Phil in Historical Studies the next summer.  From there, I moved to Charlottesville, VA, to go to law school at the University of Virginia. UVA Law is likely as close to a twin of the Princeton ethos as one can find. No wonder that quite a few Princetonians find their way to the law school and the Darden School of Business, which is literally next door. Princeton alumni always field their own team in the law school softball league. I stayed in Charlottesville for a year after graduating from law school to clerk for Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. During that year, I married Julia Osellame ’09. After that yearlong clerkship ended, I moved back to McLean, VA, outside of Washington, DC, and started another yearlong clerkship, this time with Justice Anthony M. Kennedy of the U.S. Supreme Court. The year has been fun, challenging, and extremely busy -- all the more so on account of the birth of our daughter, Alice, on March 17 of this year. My clerkship with Justice Kennedy ends in July, and Julia and I plan to stay in the DC area.I likely will accept a job with a law firm in town doing a mixture of appellate and trial litigation.

What about your life now would your sophomore-year self be most surprised by?

How little hair I have left.

What's a lesson/belief/idea/skill you've learned since graduating?

(1) The second draft is always better than the first. (2) When someone tells you that having a kid completely changes your life and your perspective, (s)he’s telling you the truth. (3) It becomes increasingly difficult to keep up with old friends, but that makes weddings even more exciting because they turn into mini-reunions. (4) Princeton is still the best damn place of all, but Charlottesville gives it a run for its money.