By Tina Benigno
My name is Tina Benigno, and I am a rising 2L pursuing my JD with a concentration in criminal and civil litigation. I graduated from Saint Louis University with a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance. I decided to continue my SLU education at SLU LAW because of its reputation in the local community, and as a St. Louis native, I embraced the opportunity to grow further in my professional and personal career in my hometown.
I began working as a law clerk at Sindel, Sindel & Noble at the beginning of this summer. I have been clerking for partner Travis Noble (’98) who has been the premier example of how to be an excellent attorney inside and outside the courtroom. Sindel, Sindel & Noble is known for its excellent criminal defense attorneys, while also specializing in family and civil law. My interest in working for the firm came from the fact that it has been locally and nationally recognized for its lawyers since the early 70s.
Day one at the office consisted of looking through discovery on a new case, and associates and I collaborated to write a motion to dismiss the case. Day two at the office consisted of walking to the courthouse to watch Travis argue the motion, only to watch our motion be granted and have the case dismissed. Those first two days only scratched the surface of how much of a whirlwind this summer has been.
The summer days have rolled by, travelling daily from courthouse to courthouse all over the state to witness depositions, DOR trials and conferences with various judges. While we are not in the courtroom, the other clerks and I are at the office sitting in on client meetings, listening to Travis counsel clients on their cases, all the while counseling me on the facts and specifics of criminal law. My tasks include looking through discovery, assisting in trial preparation and communicating with clients. One of my favorite parts of this summer has been the opportunity to witness three jury trials, where the law comes alive with voir dire and cross-examinations.
I have been so fortunate to have spent my summer with so many amazing mentors at Sindel, Sindel & Noble. I have learned both professionally and personally from each partner, associate and secretary at the firm, of which I am very grateful. Working at the firm has motivated me to continue to pursue a career in this area of law, and I am so excited to see what other experiences I gain from my time spent at Sindel, Sindel & Noble.