Christopher Lomax, BM '05, JD '08, is as comfortable playing the trumpet in a concert hall as he is speaking in a courtroom. As an undergraduate at UM, Lomax studied music and entertainment and took nearly half his courses in the School of Business. His interest in business law and his involvement with the mock trial team (which began with an unplanned trip to Iowa to save the team from being disqualified because they did not have enough participants), led the musician to the study of law.
Lomax did not approach law school with a master plan. "I sort of found my way as I went along," he admitted. Although he expected to pursue a career in entertainment law, his classes broadened his interests. Professor Anthony Alfieri's civil procedure class was a turning point for Lomax. "That was the beginning of my love for federal law," he remembered.
During his second and third years of law school, Lomax was outstanding at moot court and mock trial competitions, placing first in local and regional tournaments. He used his summer months wisely, earning an internship at the Florida Supreme Court as well as a position as judicial intern for United States Magistrate Judge Patrick White.
As a third year student, Lomax was the first recipient of the Daniel S. Pearson Endowed Scholarship. According to the scholarship committee, this award is given to students who show great promise as trial lawyers and dedication to public service and the highest standards of professionalism. "I have a legacy that I have to live up to, being the first Daniel Pearson Scholar," Lomax explained.
William Pearson, the son of the late Daniel Pearson, was Lomax's litigation skills professor. "Christopher was a pleasure to teach," Pearson recalled. "It was particularly meaningful for Christopher to be named the first ever recipient of the Daniel S. Pearson Scholarship, developed in honor of my dad, who instilled [in me] my passion for trial work as I know we did for Christopher."
A skilled speaker and student, Lomax was chosen by his classmates to speak at his commencement ceremony. In his speech, he described the fellowship of his law school class. "We learned that one person's success does not necessarily come at the expense of another's failure," he said. "We have all had a measure of success, not because we've trampled each other in an effort to reach the front of the line. Rather because we have pushed one another towards that line in hopes that we would reach it together."
Lomax is currently working at the Department of Justice in Washington, DC. He is a trial attorney for the Civil Rights Division, representing the United States as a prosecutor in cases involving official misconduct, forced labor and hate crimes. Looking back, he is extremely satisfied. "Although I did not have a particular plan in mind," he explained, "everything I did prepared me for where I am now."