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1L Tia Thevenin: An Olympic-Sized Dream

Posted on Tuesday 3/2/2021
Tia Thevenin

A former student-athlete is trading in her spikes for a career in law.

(Syracuse Stories | March 2, 2021) This time last year, Tia Thevenin ’18, L’23 was training to compete for a spot on the Canadian Olympic team. But all the talent in the world could never have prepared her for the summer games’ eventual postponement due to COVID-19.

“Our training suddenly got sporadic,” recalls the competitive hurdler, who earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Syracuse University’s College of Arts and Sciences. “I had planned to go to law school anyway, so I sped up my timeline. Walking away from the sport—and Team Canada—was one of the hardest decisions I’ve ever had to make. It’s also exciting to do something new.”

That “something new” is studying law. Despite offers from other outstanding schools, Thevenin has returned to her alma mater as a first-year J.D. candidate in the University’s College of Law. She is eager to join the growing ranks of New York-qualified lawyers working in Canada—a credential enabling the Toronto native to argue cases on either side of the border.

Originally interested in criminal justice, Thevenin now sees herself going into sports and entertainment law or corporate law. “I want to use my skills to do the greatest good for the greatest number,” she says ...

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