Hot Bench: Shruthi Prabhu '19

1.  Have you ever had a nickname? What?

A lot of my friends call me “Shruth.” But when I was in fifth grade, my teacher kept saying “speak the shruth,” which was the handle for my first email address and now pretty much all of my social media.

2.  What is your favorite word? 

I don’t think I really have a favorite word, because it really depends on how I’m feeling that day. Sometimes my favorite word of the day is “substantive,” another day it’s “exponential,” and sometimes, just to make people mad, it’s “moist.” 

3.  Where did you grow up?

I have lived in a lot of places growing up. I was born in India, moved to the Bay Area in California when I was one year old, lived there for about eleven years, then moved to Plano, Texas (a suburb of Dallas) and spent the other half of my life there! 

4.  If you could meet one celebrity, who would it be and why?

I would love to meet Demi Lovato. I recently watched her documentary on Netflix, and I love how candid she is about her troubles and the less romanticized aspects about being a celebrity. Plus, she just seems really fun to be around. 

5.  If you owned a sports team, what/who would be the mascot? 

It would be a golden retriever for sure. We probably wouldn’t win anything, but at least we’d be loved. 

6.  If you were a superhero, what would your superpower be?

Time control, so that I would never make any bad decisions, I could try anything and if it turned out badly, I would just rewind and do over. I could experience EVERYTHING in life. 

7.  What’s something you wish you’d known about law school before coming to UVa?

I wish I had known that people become different people once they’re 2Ls (different in a good way). A lot of people tend to redeem themselves once the stresses of 1L are a thing of the past.

8.  What’s your most interesting two-truths-and-a-lie? (And what’s the lie?)

My grandpa was the first man in South India to receive his PhD in English Literature and is a professor at a rural college for women because he had four daughters and believes in women’s right to an education. My family almost went bankrupt many years ago, so I know what it’s like to be afraid about money every day. If I could pick between a dog and a cat, I would pick a cat every time (the biggest lie in the world). 

9.  If you could live anywhere, where would it be?

I would pick Prague. I just visited it a few weeks ago and absolutely fell in love. I also saw an office for Weil there, so maybe that’ll be my future plan. 

10.  What’s the best (or worst!) PG-rated pick-up line you’ve ever heard?

I once heard a guy at a bar say, “Do you like raisins? How do you feel about a date?” I really hope the girl said yes. 

11.  If the Law School had yearbook awards, what would you want to win? 

If the Law School had yearbook awards, I would want to win “most likely to stay in touch with her close friends from school.”  

12.  If you could make one law that everyone had to follow, what would it be?

If I could make one law, I would tell people they’re required to think before they said anything potentially offensive/racist/malicious, to make sure the receiving person wouldn’t take it the wrong way. 

20. What event are you most excited for on the UVa calendar?

I am excited for the Diversity Festival! It’s always a fun event, seeing all the different affinity groups get together and set up tables to celebrate diversity.