Tell us about your current position.
I am an associate at Robbins Geller Rudman & Dowd. The firm specializes in representing investors in securities litigation. I work on a small team of lawyers preparing cases for trial and settlement. Expectations are high and it comes with added responsibility.
How did your time at UC Hastings prepare you for your career?
UC Hastings professors were always willing to push students to think about complex issues rather than regurgitating the black letter law. Although it was frustrating at exam time, practicing deeper level analysis better prepared me for thinking through issues at work. I also took advantage of the central location and found excellent work experience at courts and agencies at both the Federal and State level.
Beyond purely practical skills, professors and the staff dedicated significant time to help me develop professional skills that are important for success, but not a focus of traditional legal education.
Why did you decide to go into law in the first place?
I was motivated by a desire to fight for economic fairness. However, making the decision to go to law school was a gradual process. I knew I wanted to be a lawyer once I realized I spent my free time reading and thinking of solutions to problems. Now I get to do this almost every day.
What is your greatest professional accomplishment so far?
As a new lawyer, seeing my written work being used in motion briefs is most satisfying.
What’s your approach to work/life balance?
First, I think you should be realistic and accept that there will be times that work/life balance may seem impossible in many legal jobs. But I try to identify what is really important in my life and what is just a bonus. I obsessively schedule my time to try to find time for the important things. I always look to find ways to increase my efficiency in handling mundane tasks to have more time for the things I enjoy.