January 07, 2011
Graduating Year: 2009
Hometown: Greenwood, Indiana
Undergraduate School: University of Colorado
Just for Fun: Hiking, traveling, playing the drums and spending time with my family
What I am doing with my Law Degree:
I am an Attorney-Advisor with the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) where I work in several different areas. I defend the agency in administrative and judicial actions and advise management. I also advise the research and procurement teams on patent, copyright, and rights in data issues. Additionally, I provide counsel to management on the BPA relationship with Energy Northwest, operator of the only nuclear power facility in the Northwest.
Areas of law my work involves: Employment law, e-discovery, technology licensing, intellectual property management.
Best experience at Lewis & Clark: Participating in mock trial was an amazing experience because it provided an opportunity for hands-on trial practice. My partner and I won the school competition and had the honor of representing the school in the regional competition. I used the skills from mock trial class to represent BPA in a real-life administrative hearing, which ended in a favorable decision for BPA.
My favorite Course: Employment Discrimination, because it applied to the work I do at BPA and is a fascinating subject in general. The class was also small yet diverse, giving everyone an opportunity to participate and gain a deeper understanding of anti-discrimination law. My favorite professors come from the business law faculty: Professors Johnson, Brunet, Drummonds, and Newell.
What I am most proud of: Having an article published in Environmental Law. As a student 25 years out of an undergraduate program, the idea of writing a scholarly paper represented a significant challenge and was pretty intimidating. I had set many goals for myself at the start of law school, but it had never occurred to me that publication would ever be a possibility.