When you look at my work history, it might not be exactly what you’d expect that led me to become an attorney. I went down quite a few different career paths in my search for the best way to help others, and with each one, my purpose became a little bit clearer. As I look back on my work experience before attending law school, I can now see how each experience helped to shape me into the person and attorney I am today.
My journey started in the steel mills of Northwest Indiana, where I worked from mid-high school to early college. In that role, I came to admire and respect the work ethic of those who labored for a living. Now, I think my appreciation for hard work makes me fight just a little bit harder for my clients. Next, I left the university and joined the Chicago Police Department. I enjoyed the challenges and rewards of being an officer so much that after a year and a half, I went back to school and got my bachelor’s degree in criminal justice — all the while continuing to work full-time as an officer.
It was around this time that I started thinking about going to law school. You see, as much as I loved being a police officer, I realized I wanted to have a more active role in affecting the ultimate outcome of cases. It would be a few more years before I would make it to law school because it was at this point that I went into the Army. After basic training and starting a master's in criminal justice, I decided to apply for law school and was accepted into the Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Listening to what someone has experienced and what they are going through is a powerful experience for both my clients and myself.