Max West graduated magna cum laude from Rogers State University (RSU) in Claremore, Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Affairs and emphasis in Public Administration. While at RSU, Max was a member of the Honors Program and the recipient of awards for Most Outstanding Honors Junior and Distinguished Honors Capstone. Taking an early interest in politics and government, Max served as a senator in the Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature, as well as in RSU’s Student Government Association. He also represented RSU at the state-wide Oklahoma Student Government Association conference.
While at RSU, Max furthered his goal of becoming a lawyer by working at Taylor Foster Law Firm in Claremore as a clerk. He also spent a semester with The Washington Center Internship program in Washington D.C., where he interned at Rising for Justice, a legal clinic that serves low-income residents of D.C. by assisting them with landlord-tenant disputes, expungements of records, and other vital legal services. Max spent the summer before law school working for the Oklahoma Policy Institute, an Oklahoma-based policy think-tank, where he authored articles on topics ranging from felon disenfranchisement to runoff elections to local judicial elections.
Max spent the summer of his 1L year working as a fellow with the Rural Summer Legal Corps, a program within Equal Justice Works. EJW sent Max to the Tulsa area to serve indigent members of the rural community by assisting with foreclosure, eviction, and bankruptcy legal disputes. Now in his second year of law school, Max serves on the board of OCU’s American Constitution Society and is a member of ABA Appellate Advocacy Team.