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Meet Danielle Boccio, attorney and author

Recently I had the pleasure of connecting with Danielle Boccio.  Danielle is an attorney and an author based in New York.  I hope that you will enjoy reading about her career. 1) Please provide a brief summary of your professional background. I have worked at the New York City Law Department, Office of the Corporation Counsel, since September 2003.  Specifically, I work as a juvenile delinquency prosecutor in the Family Court Division.  I am in the Special Victim Unit as well as the Major Case Unit. 2) What prompted you to attend law school? Did you want to be a lawyer or did…

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Meet Melanie Gleason, an attorney (literally!) on the move in the fight for social justice

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with Melanie Gleason.  Melanie is an attorney (literally!) on the move in the fight for social justice. I hope that you will enjoy hearing Melanie’s inspiring story. 1) Can you please provide a brief summary of your professional background? Before becoming a lawyer, I was a community organizer and educator. After graduating from The University of Texas at Austin, I moved to Los Angeles where I worked with inner city youth as a middle school special education teacher. The isolation of South Los Angeles and how segregated it is from the rest of…

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Meet Emily Wilkinson, attorney supporting causes and creative businesses

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with Emily Wilkinson, an attorney based in California.  I hope that you will enjoy learning about her career path. 1) Can you please provide a brief summary of your professional background? In 2009, at the end of my first year at Chapman University Law School, I received a scholarship from the Chapman film school to work on a documentary about human rights in war-torn Cambodia.  The documentary, called Giant Steps, premiered at Chapman and eventually aired on PBS. I’d say that opportunity is what launched my legal career because it instilled a belief in…

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Flynn Coleman-international human rights attorney, author, teacher, and social entrepreneur

I connected with Flynn after learning about her work through The Girl’s Guide To Law School.  Flynn is an international human rights lawyer, a social innovator, an author, a teacher and the founder of Malena LLC.  I hope that you will be inspired by her story. Can you please provide a brief summary of your professional background? Hi! I am an international human rights attorney, a mindfulness and creativity teacher, an author, a Huffington Post writer, a TEDx speaker, a social entrepreneur and innovator, a former competitive athlete, and a founder and CEO. My background is in innovative approaches to economic empowerment, economic development,…

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Meet Helen Babb, strategic communications professional

I had the pleasure of connecting with Helen Babb through a professional women’s organization in DC.  Helen holds a law degree and is a strategic communications professional.  I hope that you will enjoy learning about Helen's career path.   1) Can you please provide a brief summary of your professional background? During and while finishing my Arts/Law degrees at Melbourne University, I worked as a copywriter and editor for a boutique publishing company and also in communications for a small anti-trafficking non-profit called Project Respect. After moving to Washington DC I was lucky enough to be a Fellow on Capitol Hill…

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Misty Autumn Seemans, public defender

I am fortunate to have met Misty Seemans through a contact of mine. Misty discusses her career path and offers advice to law grads and to new attorneys.  Learn about Misty's story here:  1)    Can you please provide a brief summary of your professional background?  I went off the beaten path in becoming an attorney. I was a playwrighting major at Bard College, and loved to write, but also loved studying and advocating for human and civil rights. After college, I was a newspaper reporter in Delaware, covering everything from local parades to Chancery Court lawsuits. Later, I was a…

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The Art and Cultural Heritage Lawyer

Recently, I had the pleasure of connecting with Leila Amineddoleh.  Leila is an attorney who works in the area of art and cultural heritage law.  Read about her career path here:  Can you please provide a brief summary of your professional background? After graduating from law school I began my career as an IP attorney at Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto, where I focused on complex patent litigation. But I always knew that I wanted to work in the arts so I took steps to move into that sector. After three years at Fitzpatrick, I began working as a legal…

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Meet Cara Baldari, Legal Counsel and Senior Policy Director at First Focus

I connected with Cara via social media after I stumbled upon her professional bio on her company website.  Cara is conducting interesting and meaningful work.  Read about her story here:  1) Can you please provide a brief summary of your professional background? I have been with First Focus since graduating law school in 2011. I started at First Focus as a Policy Research Associate, where I supported the legislative and regulatory advocacy work of the First Focus policy staff in the areas of child poverty, child welfare, children’s health and mental health, children’s environmental health, and child nutrition. In 2014,…

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Introducing Ilana Flemming, DC policy professional

Recently, I had the pleasure of speaking with Ilana Flemming about law school, her career path and her recommendations for newly minted JDs and attorneys who hope to conduct similar work.  Read about her story here: 1) Can you please provide a brief summary of your professional background? After college, I worked as a paralegal in a pro bono legal services program for victims of domestic violence.  I eventually decided that I wanted to become a lawyer and I wanted to work on women’s issues and gender-based violence.  I went to law school in DC because I knew that I…

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Never lose sight of what is important to you—A conversation with Christie Bhageloe, Esq.

I was introduced to Christie five years ago when I was researching law schools.  Christie has a wonderful story. I hope that you will be inspired. Can you please provide a summary of your professional background? I am originally from Florida and have lived in Florida my entire life. I attended school to obtain Bachelors and Masters degrees from 1998-2003.  I am married. I had my children in 2003 and 2004.  I attended law school when my children were three and four years of age. While in law school, I participated in summer internships and externships at Community Legal Services…

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