I am valued here, my opinion matters, and I work with people who are invested in my growth.
This is an environment where people work hard, and it’s also a place that acknowledges that people have family and friends outside of work. The people I work with are very smart, confident and gregarious. I’ve been impressed by everyone I’ve worked with here — it makes me proud to be a Kirkland attorney.
I am valued here, my opinion matters and I work with people who are invested in my growth. If someday I want to move on, I would be leaving one of the best law firms in the nation with the confidence that I received the highest-level of training and on-the-job experience.
I commit the majority of my pro bono practice to communities in the west side of Chicago, where some of my extended family lives and is very close to where I live now. It is extremely important to me to help organizations that are investing in these communities.
This experience has also contributed to my growth, as I’ve been able to lead the pro bono work. I’ve presented at board meetings and taught a new organization about bylaws, operations and their responsibilities as a board.
I’ve formed relationships with these pro bono clients. They’ve invited me to their holiday parties. I’ve had a lot of really cool experiences made possible by pro bono work. It has taken my relationships with the community where I have roots to another level.