Hometown: Grand Ledge, Michigan. Currently lives in Washington, D.C.
Undergraduate Institution: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Current Employer: United States Department of Transportation.

Tell us about your time at Loyola.
I felt my decision to attend Loyola was the right one after I visited the school and had the opportunity to meet some faculty and current students. Loyola had so many programs and opportunities available to its students; I was involved heavily with the advocacy and student publication programs as a moot court and Law Journal participant. It really made a difference to have adjunct faculty--who were current practitioners--teach several courses because they offered students a lot of great, real-world experience. It’s important that law students get a gist of what it’s like to be an attorney before graduating.  I found that extracurricular activities were great ways to build relationships with the faculty – it’s rare to have such quality interactions outside of the classroom. I also had a study abroad experience in Beijing, China.  Studying in another country allowed me to learn law in a different environment and culture, from Loyola's distinguished faculty that came abroad with the students. 

What do you envision for your career in the next few years?
Since I am a new attorney, I’m hoping to continue learning as much as I can in my current position. I would really like to become more of an expert in my field and move into leadership roles in the organization. It’s important to me to find a balance between my career and outside activities. Participating in outside activities is a great way to stay well-rounded and network with other professionals in the field.  Now that I’m comfortable with my position at the DOT, I’m excited to perform more pro bono services and to become more involved with various professional organizations like the Asian Pacific American Bar Association in Washington, DC.  

What would be one piece of advice for young lawyers?
Don’t overlook the resources around you.  Sometimes attorneys are too prideful or think asking for help is a sign of weakness, but you should never hesitate to ask a question or request help. There are so many great mentors and attorneys that have gone through the same experience as you, and they are there to point you in the right direction


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