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About Alexas: I am an unconventional, yet traditional student. Unconventional in that I am a 33-year-old single parent who came to law school 7 years after undergrad. I am traditional because I am an active student who loves to socialize and have fun, despite my academic demands.
Previous Legal and/or Professional Experience: Prior to law school, I worked in higher education as the procurement specialist for a newly opening public law school. Following that, I was a contract services buyer for a timeshare/resort company. In addition to these positions, I was also the executive assistant to the pastor at a church with over 1400 parishioners. My favorite and most memorable non-legal position was as the office manager of a funeral home. Working with bereaving families was very rewarding.
Legally, I have worked as a legal assistant for single-attorney private firm, as a legal secretary for a small two-attorney firm, and as a clerk for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, in their Juvenile Division.
What activities are you involved in on campus? I am currently the president of the Women’s Law Caucus, Secretary of the Black Law Students Association, Marshall of Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity, and a member of the Public Interest Law Society, Latino/a Law Students Association, and the Student Bar Association.
What do you like most about being at NIU Law? I love the family-like, supportive atmosphere of NIU Law. The level of competition is healthy and not cutthroat. Professors are adamant about the success of all of the students, and the students follow suit with helpful advice and academic assistance. Everyone collectively works as a team for the overall betterment of the College of Law.
This interview was conducted in Fall 2011.
Graduation Year: 2012
Undergraduate Institution: Troy State University
Undergraduate Major: Criminal Justice
Undergraduate Minor: American Sign Language
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