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Courtney Peck

June 09, 2014

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Courtney Peck

Anticipated Graduation Year: May 2014

Hometown: Nixa, Missouri

Undergraduate & Previous Work Experience: Missouri State University. I worked at a small law firm in Springfield, Missouri, called Carnahan, Evans, Cantwell, and Brown (CECB) during all four years of undergrad.

What is your particular area of interest pertaining to law? Tax law

Are you involved with any extracurricular activities? I was the Co-President of Women’s Law Caucus for two years. I also interned at the Lewis & Clark Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic and worked at Bonneville Power Administration (1L summer) and the US Attorney’s Office (2L summer).

What do you like to do for fun: I’m a bit of a foodie, so I love trying all the different restaurants and food carts in Portland. I also take daily walks around my neighborhood with my pug, Bugg. I studied literature during undergrad, so I try to fit in time for a good novel. Oh, and Timbers games!

Favorite places in Portland? Forest Park, Sauvie Island, Mississippi Studios, Providence Park

Why did you pick Lewis & Clark Law School? I knew I wanted to move away from home, so from there it was just finding the right city. A couple of the attorneys I worked for at CECB attended L&C, so they suggested I check it out. I followed their sage advice, and ultimately decided that Portland and L&C were the best fit for me.

What do you like about Lewis & Clark? My colleagues. I have made truly brilliant, kindhearted, and supportive friends during my time at L&C.

Any reason for electing Business Law as a focus? I enjoy statute-based legal work, so business law—and specifically tax law—were a great fit for me. My brother-in-law is a small-business owner, so I also have a passion for helping business owners realize their goals.

What has been your favorite experience so far? Hands down, working at the Lewis & Clark Low-Income Taxpayer Clinic and the US Attorney’s Office. I wouldn’t trade those experiences for the world.

Any advice for new students? It’s easy to bury your head in the sand like an ostrich during 1L year. Make every effort to keep your head up—make friends on campus, talk to your professors, and network with attorneys in the city. Your academic pursuits are certainly important and you shouldn’t neglect them, but your connections will carry you for the rest of your career.

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