I was born in Germany, because my parents were in the Air Force, but they left the military when I was 18 months old. We moved to my father’s hometown, Tulsa, OK, which is what I think of as my home town.
BA (Washington University in St. Louis, 2010)
MA (University of Virginia, 2013)
PhD (University of Virginia, 2018)
JD (Northwestern University, expected 2023)
What drew you to MBG?
I was particularly excited about MBG because of the variety of civil rights cases that it would offer me the chance to work on; and also because of the culture of shared governance and collegiality. I wasn’t sure that I was interested in working at a firm, but I became really impressed with everything I heard when I interviewed. It seemed to me that MBG ran its practice like an association, not a dictatorship. That turned out to be correct—and my intuition about the variety of cases turned out correct as well.
In your first few weeks at MBG, what has surprised you most about practicing law?
I’d never before worked on cases of such complexity as those that MBG often takes on. The sheer volume of data involved in class litigation—although I knew about it at an intellectual level—was not something that I truly understood prior to working here.
What book is currently on your nightstand?
Blood and Fire, by George R.R. Martin; One Hundred Years of Solitude, by Gabriel García Márquez; and The Turn of the Screw, by Henry James. I’m currently ignoring all three of those and reading things on my kindle instead.
What’s your favorite thing about Chicago in the summer?
This is a place where shade matters. Everywhere else that I have lived has been a place of such intense humidity that there was no appreciable difference between being in shade and being in direct sunlight. There are not many people who can honestly say that they moved to Chicago for the weather, but I am one of those (unlucky?) few.