Graduating Year: 2018
Hometown: Portland, OR
Prior Education: University of Puget Sound, BA Business & Leadership
What I am doing with my law degree: I am an associate attorney in Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith’s Data Privacy & Cybersecurity practice. My practice is split between incident response work and helping companies comply with the ever-changing data privacy compliance landscape. Our incident response work consists of helping businesses that suffer data security incidents investigate and respond to those incidents. Our clients range from small family-owned companies to corporations with thousands of employees distributed across the globe. A part of this area of law that I really enjoy is the opportunity to work on a wide range of tasks and with a large variety of businesses.
Best experience at Lewis & Clark: I loved how much the professors believe in their students. Having professors encourage my dreams was a part of attending Lewis & Clark that couldn’t be replaced. One specific experience is my interactions with my capstone advisor. I sought my professor’s advice about a legal writing competition not originally advertised through the school but related to my passions. I vividly remember discussing this competition with my professor and her excitement and support to enter. With her support, I not only entered the competition, but won and had a once in a lifetime opportunity of attending the Grammy Awards.
Why I focused on Intellectual Property Law: With a background in business and music, focusing on intellectual property law was my primary reason for becoming an attorney. Learning more about the laws directly relating to my passions was extremely important to me.
Advice for prospective and current law students: Take the classes that interest you, even if they don’t all fall within your chosen legal field. Law school is a time to explore your legal interests and it will be more challenging after law school to dive into legal topics that are outside of your practice area.
When I am not working: I love swimming, seeing live music, playing sports, and spending time with friends and family.