Law

A career in law extends beyond the drama-ridden courtroom that we see in crime shows. Opportunities in the legal industry include working for private law firms of all sizes; local, state, and federal government; in-house corporate legal departments; and nonprofit organizations; among others. This industry will provide a sense of the variety that a career in law can offer and will provide the opportunity for students to discover how they might begin to explore a legal career. Panelists and guests are College alumni who have experience in diverse practice areas and sectors of the law. Whether you are curious about whether law might be a career path that makes sense for you, about the steps involved in entering the legal field, or about the different paths that a legal career can take, the speakers in this industry will answer your questions and you will be able to meet and interact with inspiring University of Chicago graduates.

Roundtable Participants

Baird Allis, AB'02, JD, Notre Dame, 2006

Partner, Locke Lord

Mr. Allis is a partner in the Locke Lord LLP's Chicago office and a member of the Firm's Board of Directors. He concentrates his practice on corporate, securities and regulatory matters. He is a former law clerk to the Honorable William M. Acker, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama. Mr. Allis is the hiring partner for the Chicago office. Mr. Allis is a 2002 graduate of the College and received his law degree from Notre Dame in 2006. He and his wife (who is also a lawyer) live in the Chicago suburbs and have three children. (Table 74)

Ariane Andrade, AB'10, JD'13

Associate, Winston & Strawn

Ms. Andrade graduated from the College in 2010 with a degree in Law, Letters, and Society. While in the College, she served as the President of Students Teaching at Ray School (STARS) and performed community service as a member of Alpha Phi Omega. After graduating from the Law School in 2013, Ms. Andrade joined the Chicago office of Winston & Strawn LLP, where she is now an associate attorney in the firm's Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation practice group. She continues to be an active member of the University community by serving as a 1L student mentor for the Law School's Latino/a Law Students Association. (Table 76)

Richard Assmus, SM'95, JD'98 (Michigan)

Partner, Mayer Brown LLP

Mr. Assmus graduated from the College in 1995 with a degree in Mathematics. While in the College, he was a mathematics tutor and spent summers as a counselor/teacher in programs for gifted pre-college math students. After graduating from the University of Michigan Law School in 1998, Mr. Assmus joined Mayer Brown LLP, an international law firm founded in Chicago, where he has practiced in the area of intellectual property law for the last 19 years. Mr. Assmus is married with two curious children and serves on the boards of three local non-profits, including Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education. (Table 77)

Aya Barnea, AB'05, MAT'07 (Johns Hopkins), JD'10 (DePaul)

Law Clerk, Illinois Appellate Court, First District

Ms. Barnea graduated from the College in 2005 with a degree in Public Policy. While in the College, she was involved with Student Teachers (an organization that ran book clubs in local elementary schools) and was an Assistant Resident Head in Linn House. After graduating, Ms. Barnea joined Teach For America and taught first grade in Baltimore. Ms. Barnea then attended law school, and after graduating, worked on public housing and public education issues for Business and Professional People for the Public Interest, a law and policy center in Chicago. She is currently a law clerk for a justice of the Illinois Appellate Court, where she assists with research and drafting opinions and orders on a wide variety of legal issues. (Table 78)

Chastidy Burns, AB'08, JD' (DePaul)

Assistant Public Defender, Law Offices of the Cook County Public Defender

Ms. Burns has been an Assistant Public Defender in the Law Office of the Cook County Public Defender since July of 2013. Prior to joining the office, she was an Associate Attorney for the Shiller Preyar Law Offices where she practiced criminal defense and civil rights litigation. She graduated with a degree in political science from the College in 2008, and she received her Juris Doctorate with a certificate in Public Interest Law from the DePaul University College of Law in 2012. Ms. Burns is the Vice-President of the Black Women Lawyers Association of Greater Chicago (BWLA), as well as the Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Criminal Law Committee. She is also a member of the University of Chicago Alumni Club of Chicago Board of Directors, and the President and a founding member of the DePaul University College of Law Alumni Engagement Board. (Table 80)

Edward Clinton, AB'88, J.D. Harvard Law School

Principal at the Clinton Law Firm, The Clinton Law Firm

Mr. Clinton is a principal of the Clinton Law Firm, and focuses his practice on business litigation and legal malpractice. His law firm has represented clients for two decades. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with honors, from the University of Chicago in 1988, and received his JD from Harvard Law School. He was a law clerk to the Honorable Michael S. Kanne of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit from September 1991 to September 1992. From 1992 to May 1996, he worked as a commercial litigation associate at Mayer, Brown & Platt, and another large law firm, before joining Clinton Law Firm. (Table 81)

Daniel Cozzi, AB'07, JD'10 Washington University in St. Louis

Attorney, Donohue, Brown, Mathewson, and Smyth

Mr. Cozzi has been an attorney at Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth in Chicago, since 2010. His practice centers on representing physicians, nurses, dentists and hospitals in medical malpractice and product liability lawsuits. He also defends attorneys in legal malpractice cases. After graduating from the College in 2007, with a degree in Law, Letters, and Society, he attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. Mr. Cozzi has clerked for Judge Richard Teitelman of the Missouri Supreme Court, and Magistrate Judge Michael Mason of the Northern District of Illinois. (Table 81)

Steven Goodman, AB'82, JD'87, George Washington University Law School

Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Hitachi Consulting

Mr. Goodman graduated from the College with a degree in Political Science and joined Andersen's consulting practice (now Accenture) in their Chicago office. After two years with Andersen, he attended law school at George Washington University. Following graduation, he practiced communications law with Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington and became a litigation partner with Greenberg Traurig in Miami. He then became in-house senior counsel to Grant Thornton LLP in Chicago, and when Grant Thornton sold its IT consulting practice to Hitachi, Mr. Goodman became the chief legal officer of Hitachi Consulting. (Table 74)

Eric Gorman, AB'92, AB'92, AM'92

Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Mr. Gorman is a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom LLP, specializing in complex litigation and government enforcement/white collar crime investigations. Mr. Gorman represents corporations and boards of directors in courts around the country regarding mergers, acquisitions, securities litigation, shareholder disputes, trade secrets claims, intellectual property rights, and constitutional issues. Mr. Gorman also leads corporate investigations, often in conjunction with government enforcement actions, investigating issues around the world including allegations of corporate bribery/corruption (FCPA), insider trading, and accounting fraud. Mr. Gorman holds a degree in Public Policy Studies and in International Relations from the College. He holds a JD from the University of Michigan Law School. While at the College, he was active in the Velo Club (cycling team) and intramural sports. He remains active within UChicago, including serving recently on the board of the University of Chicago Alumni Club of Chicago. (Table 75)

Christine Jeon, AB'98, JD'03 University of Maryland School of Law

Senior Attorney, Securities and Exchange Commission - Chicago

Ms. Jeon graduated from the College in 1998 with a degree in Law, Letters, & Society. While in the College, she was a member of the Varsity Tennis team and Samahan (Filipino-American student group). After graduating from law school, Ms. Jeon joined the law firm of Alston & Bird LLP in its securities litigation group, where she gained experience conducting white collar internal investigations. From 2007-2014, Ms. Jeon was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California, where she investigated and prosecuted a variety of federal crimes, including securities fraud, public corruption, and money laundering. Ms. Jeon then became a partner at Akerman LLP. She is now a Senior Attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement, where she investigates violations of securities laws. (Table 79)

Dimitri Karcazes, LAB'92, AB'96, JD'99

Principal, Goldberg Kohn Ltd.

Mr. Karcazes graduated in 1996 from the College with a degree in Law, Letters and Society and spent his third-year studying at the London School of Economics. He then attended the University of Chicago Law School, and received his JD in 1999. Mr. Karcazes specializes in bankruptcy, corporate restructurings, creditors' rights, and commercial finance. He has handled transactions and cases throughout the United States, and in Canada, Mexico, and the European Union. Mr. Karcazes is an appointed commissioner from the State of Illinois to the Uniform Law Commission. He is currently a principal at Goldberg Kohn Ltd. (Table 76)

Neil Kawashima, AB'93, AB'93

Partner, McDermott Will and Emery LLP

Mr. Kawashima is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP. As a member of the private client department, he advises clients regarding estate planning, trust administration, wealth transfer techniques, and business succession matters. His clients range from individuals, and families, to fiduciaries, and family-controlled businesses. Mr. Kawashima also specializes in philanthropic issues affecting individuals and families, as well as private foundations, supporting organizations, public charities, and religious groups. Mr. Kawashima frequently speaks on matters related to estate planning and philanthropy. (Table 77)

Maria Maras, AB'01, JD'04 Harvard

Senior Intellectual Property Counsel, Accenture

Ms. Maras graduated with honors from the College in 2001 with a degree in Political Science. While in the College, she was involved with the Major Activities Board, Kappa Alpha Theta, and the club lacrosse team. Ms. Maras attended Harvard Law School and graduated in May of 2004. As Senior Intellectual Property Counsel at Accenture, she manages IP litigation and disputes, as well as the protection of IP in general. She also advises management on IP-related matters and proactively develops and implements training, policies, and best practices designed to mitigate IP-related risks to the company. Previously, Ms. Maras was an IP litigation partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She lives in Bucktown with her husband and three daughters. Ms. Maras helped organize her five year College Reunion and loves to attend UChicago alumni events. (Table 78)

Constantino (Tino) Ochoa, AB'00, JD Saint Louis University Law

Adjunct Professor | Associate, WashU School of Law | Bryan Cave

Mr. Ochoa is an associate at Bryan Cave LLP as a member of the Real Estate, Financial Services and Sports groups. He has experience in real estate development, acquisition, sale, finance, leasing and other real estate matters. Mr. Ochoa represents debtors and creditors in syndicated credit facilities and other secured and unsecured financing transactions. He has reviewed and negotiated numerous endorsement and appearance agreements, in addition to other related matters, on behalf of a NBA athlete. Mr. Ochoa serves as the coordinator for the Firm's GAL pro bono program. Mr. Ochoa's vast volunteer and professional experiences in real estate development led him to be an adjunct professor at the Washington University School of Law. He serves on various boards in St. Louis. He received his degree in Law, Letters and Society from the College and his JD from the St. Louis University School of Law. (Table 79)

Robert Planthold, AB'06, JD'13 (Georgetown)

Assistant General Counsel, Illinois Department of Insurance

Mr. Planthold graduated from the College in 2006 with a degree in Philosophy, having been involved in University Theater, Broadview Hall Council, O-Week, and Scav. After graduating from Georgetown University Law Center in 2013 with a J.D. and an unanticipated appreciation for Gilbert & Sullivan operettas, he joined the Illinois Department of Insurance as a law clerk, where he was later hired as an Assistant General Counsel. There, his work encompasses legal issues arising from the state's regulation of all types of insurance (except title insurance); the licensing of insurance companies, agents, and related entities; and, idiosyncratically, the supervision of police and firefighter pension funds. He lives on the North Side of Chicago and continues to advise on matters relating to the UChicago LGBT Alumni Network, where he joined as a Board member in 2009 and served at various times as the Bylaws Chair, Communications Officer, and President. (Table 75)

Christie Tate, AM'97, JD 2003

Assistant Regional Counsel, Social Security Administration

Ms. Tate received her Master's from the Program in Humanities at UChicago. She holds a law degree from Loyola University Chicago. She began her career as an Associate at Skadden, Arps in Chicago. She clerked for the Honorable Milton Shadur and Elaine Bucklo in the Northern District of Illinois. She now serves as Assistant Regional Counsel for the Social Security Administration. She's also a freelance writer and essayist who is finishing up a memoir. (Table 80)