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December 2, 2013

Olympic Gymnast Tasha Schwikert-Warren wraps up semester at Oregon Law

Hard work and dedication are no strangers to Tasha Schwiket-Warren. After earning an Olympic bronze medal in Sydney, Australia, in 2000, Oregon Law visiting student Schwikert-Warren went on to make her way in women's gymnastics. 

Her list of accomplishments includes a World Gymnastics Championships team gold medal, and the title of 2001 and 2002 U.S. senior national all-around champion. Also, while studying sociology at University of California Las Angeles, Schwikert-Warren claimed both the 2005 and 2008 NCAA all-around national champion titles.

Today, Schwikert-Warren is working on her second year of law school at University of Oregon as a visiting student from University of Nevada Las Vegas.

Prior to law school Schwikert-Warren worked at a sports agency in Los Angeles in the Women's Olympic Sports Division as a coordinator and agent and that experience inspired her to go to law school.

"The law fascinates me. I enjoy how it helps to right the wrongs," said Tasha. "Law school challenges me just as training for the Olympics challenged me."

As a Las Vegas native Schwikert-Warren pursued her first year of law at UNLV before spending a semester during her second year at Oregon Law due to the outstanding reputation of School of Law's Environmental and Natural Resources Law program, ranked eighth by U.S. News & World Report.

"I decided to visit at the University of Oregon because I am very interested in Environmental and Natural Resources Law and Oregon Law just so happens to have one of the best programs in the country," said Schwikert-Warren.

At Oregon she enjoys the William W. Knight Law Center, the beautiful University of Oregon campus, friendly students and brilliant professors as well as the very temperate climate.

"My favorite thing about Eugene is that it's everything that Las Vegas is not. Green, plush, a little rainy, a bit humid, college-town atmosphere, and the water tastes fantastic," said Schwikert-Warren.

As a second-year student Schwikert-Warren is unsure what area of law she wants to ultimately practice but her top six include intellectual property, environmental law, corporate law, health law, sports and entertainment law, and gaming law.

With graduation nearly a year and half away Schwikert-Warren hopes to pursue a legal career in a field for which she's excited and passionate.

"It seems too early for me to make post-law school plans. I believe life has a crazy way of working itself out," said Schwikert-Warren. "Life has already given me opportunities of which I would have never dreamed. But ultimately, I want to pursue a legal practice in an area of law that I am passionate about."

Most recently, Schwikert-Warren was announced as one of two recipients of a lucrative $75,000 scholarship from the Las Vegas Business Academy, a nonprofit organization.

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