1) Tell us a little bit about what you’re doing now, who you work for, your path to your current job, and a brief summary of your life before law school?
I am currently one of twenty attorneys at Coppersmith Brockelman, a boutique litigation and health care firm in Phoenix, Arizona. After two great years working in the commercial litigation practice group, I am now transitioning over to a regulatory healthcare practice, advising clients from innovative start-up companies to large health care organizations in structuring real-world policies, programs and agreements to ensure innovated health care practices are compliant with state and federal laws. My practice focuses on HIPAA compliance and data breaches, electronic health records and health information exchanges, data sharing for research and clinical integration, and clinical research compliance and contracting.
My path to Coppersmith Brockelman started with a clerkship with the Honorable Judge Mary Schroeder on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Coppersmith Brockelman is the unofficial home of the (best) former Schroeder clerks.
Prior to joining law school, I spent several years exploring different career paths. As an undergraduate student at ASU, I worked full time in an outpatient behavioral health facility in Apache Junction and entertained the idea of entering the behavioral health field. After graduating in 2006 with degrees in political science and history, I spent a couple of years working as a loan officer in the mortgage and then consumer credit industry. From there I entered law school in 2008, where I focused my studies on intellectual property law.
During my time in law school, I had the pleasure of externing for no less than two state appellate court judges (Judges Kessler and Orozco) and one federal court judge (Judge Bolton), as well as interning at a large international law firm.
I am an Arizona native and dedicated to improving my community. In addition to my professional pursuits, I give back to my community by serving as a board member on the Gabriel’s Angels Board of Young Professionals and speak to other ASU law students about the benefits of clerking.
2) What are some lessons you learned from working on the journal that have carried into your professional life?
Journal teaches two important lessons. First, details matter. You will earn instant credibility with your employer (and the readers of your writing) by having accurate and precise grammar and legal citations. Second, professionalism. Assuming you took an active role in Journal, you will have learned how to work with a diverse group of intellectuals to produce a professional product.
3) What advice do have for today’s journal members?
Take advantage of the opportunities that come your way and let those around know what you hope to accomplish in your career. You never know who is listening and where those opportunities may take you.
4) What was your most memorable law school moment?
Working late in the Journal basement with two fellow Journal alumni to complete an appellate brief that was due the next day for the NAAC moot court competition. Despite our exhaustion (or because of it), we really bonded over that experience. Journal introduced to me some amazing, talented and dedicated young men and women.
5) Tell us something about yourself that we otherwise wouldn’t guess.
I used to clean offices in the evenings and on the weekends to make ends meet. Moral of the story: hard work and struggle pay off in the end =).