What do you do in your current role?
I work in the Labor Relations Unit of the Law Department for the Board of Education of the City of Chicago (“Chicago Board”). I conduct tenured teacher dismissal hearings through the Illinois State Board of Education, defend the Chicago Board against collective bargaining agreement and past practice violations in grievance arbitration hearings, defend the Chicago Board against wage claims through the Illinois Department of Labor, and defend the Chicago Board against unfair labor practice charges through the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board.
What is something that SLU LAW does right in order to prepare students for success on the job market?
Specific to my career, SLU Law offered a variety of labor and employment classes which helped develop my interest for these areas of law. Upon completing my Concentration in Employment Law, I felt prepared and reassured that this was the path for me. The staff and resources were more than enough to provide me with the skill set required to be successful in the job market.
What was your most valuable experience at SLU LAW and how has this experience helped you in your career path?
The relationships I had with staff members was the most important aspect of my law school experience. Each year, I was introduced to professors and other staff members who took a genuine interest in me as a person. I will also take that with me in my career.
Also, my externship in SLU's General Counsel's Office, under Bill Kauffman, the Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary for the University. He, along with other attorneys in the office, provided me with a great legal experience for an entire semester.
What advice would you give to students beginning their legal career at SLU LAW?
Stay the course, study hard, but don't allow school work to overtake your life. I think that a work/life balance is extremely important, and time should always be made to go out, socialize and have fun.