Class of 2016
B.S., Political Science; minor in Sociology, certificate in International Studies
Arizona State University
What did you do before law school, and what led to you pursue a law degree?
Prior to law school, I worked at a boutique law firm in Arizona that specialized in estate planning, trust administration, business planning, and tax law. While working at my firm, I earned a paralegal certificate in December 2012 where I focused on probate and estate planning. It was during this time that I knew I wanted to further pursue my legal education, specifically focusing in estate planning and the tax law fields.
It surprised me to find out how many people don't think planning for the future is necessary. This could not be farther from the truth. Everyone needs to plan for the future, and I did not realize just how important planning is until I worked at my law firm. What continues my passion for estate planning is the feeling you get by helping someone during what can be a very difficult time, especially since most people do not want to plan for after they have passed. It is a very rewarding job helping people protect what they have and be able to pass it on to their loved ones.
What activities are you involved in at the law school or in the community?
During the school year I participated in the Foreclosure Mediation Outreach Project down in Tacoma, where I helped clients navigate through the foreclosure process. I am treasurer of the Tax Law Student Association, member of the Women's Law Caucus, and vice justice of Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity. Outside of law school, I volunteered with United Way of King County, helping low-income individuals and families file their tax returns.
What have you found most valuable during your law school education?
During my first year of law school, the abundant resources and support from Seattle University have been most valuable. Ever since I had my first tour of the law school, I have felt a sense of community on campus and that feeling has only grown. The teachers really do want their students to succeed, which was demonstrated multiple times throughout this last year with the professors continuously asking how they can improve their teaching styles. My section was also very close, and you could approach anyone about anything and they were willing to help you as best as they could. I feel very fortunate to have had the teachers I had, as well as my close-knit section.
What advice would you offer a prospective law student?
One of my first-year professors always said "law school is a marathon, not a sprint," and that really spoke to me because it is so true. You can get so wrapped up in law school that some people forget to take a break, and it is those times you think you cannot afford a break when you need it the most. So my advice to future law students would be to relax. Law school is scary and stressful enough not to enjoy yourself every once in a while. If you have something outside of law school that you enjoy, do not stop doing it because you think you need to study.