Spotlight on... Rebecca Greenlee

  • By 7007164025
  • 26 May, 2017

Learn more about one of our law clerks!

Q: Where are you from?

A: I am originally from Davenport, Iowa.

Q: What was your undergraduate degree in?

A: I graduated with my bachelor’s degree in Comparative Literature in December.

Q: Why did you choose that degree program?

A: Comparative Literature is a really interesting and intensive program – instead of just reading books, you become an expert in a certain area, taking into consideration politics, history, society, economics, language, and international events when reading a text.

Q: So what is your area of expertise?

A: I focused on post-colonial literature in the Caribbean and Africa, and my translation language is French.

Q: What inspired you to pursue a career in law?

A: I spent 5 years away from my undergraduate program, and during that time I lived in Austin, Texas. For a time I worked for the Texas State Law Library, corresponding with inmates in Texas, many of whom were on death row. That experience changed my life. I saw how much help they needed with appealing their convictions or understanding what went wrong with their original trial, and seeing that paired with the urgency of untreated mental illnesses or approaching execution dates inspired me to go to law school so that I can work as an advocate for people like them one day.

Q: You just accepted your admission offer at the University of the District of Columbia’s law school – congratulations! Why did you choose that law school?

A: Thank you! UDC’s law school has a robust focus on public interest law and serving the DC community which is in line with my own goals and focus. Living in the heart of American government will be pretty cool, too.

Q: What has been your most challenging moment either as a student or as a law clerk?

A: I volunteered to help with an actual innocence case over the past couple of years with a professor at the University of Illinois. The most challenging moment was when we received a denial after petitioning to file an appeal because of an error in strategy that our client’s trial attorney made. That broke my heart, knowing that because of one error made by an ineffective attorney, this client will be in prison for another 7 years.

Q: What has been your most rewarding moment as a student or as a law clerk?

A: Seeing the research and writing I do impact our clients positively is always incredibly rewarding.

Q: What kind of volunteer activities do you take part in?

A: I spend much of my time working to increase mental health awareness and de-stigmatize mental illness.

Q: What do you enjoy doing outside of the office?

A: I enjoy spending time with my dog Molly Ivins and my fiancé Brad, going on hikes, drinking coffee, and reading.

Q: What is your practice area/are your practice areas?

A: Currently I help the attorneys at Dodd & Maatuka with just about anything, but mostly Personal Injury and Wrongful Death.

Q: Do you have any specific career goals?

A: To help exonerate at least one wrongfully convicted person and help establish mental health support programs for inmates working on their appeals.

Q: What are you most looking forward to when you become an attorney?

A: Arguing and advocating for my very own clients.

Q: What is your favorite part about working at Dodd & Maatuka?

A: This whole office is like a big family – I love the way we all work together to advocate for our clients and how everyone is there to help.

Q: Who is your favorite Supreme Court justice?

A: My favorite Supreme Court justice at the moment is Sonia Sotomayor – mostly because of her approach to the law and her history.

Q: What is one common misunderstanding of the law that you run into?

A: That anyone who is convicted is guilty. We are learning more and more about the false confessions, false testimony, and just bad lawyering that get innocent people sentenced to prison, and the extent to which that's happening is staggering.

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By 7007164025 12 Oct, 2017

Q: Where are you from? 

A:Chicago, the city, not the suburbs.


Q: What was your undergraduate degree in?

A: Political science with a minor in Spanish.


Q: Why did you choose that degree program?

A:I wanted to work for the State Department abroad or be a political speech writer.

 

Q: What inspired you to pursue a career in law?

A:When I was a freshman in college, my mom got hurt at work. My mom didn't any speak English and couldn't communicate with her attorney.  Not only that, he had no 'bedside manner'. There was clearly a need for bilingual compassionate attorneys and I knew I could make a difference.


Q: What law school did you go to?

A:University of Illinois College of Law.


Q: Why did you choose that law school?

A:I did my undergrad studies here and I had done some work in the legal community already. It made sense to remain in a community that already felt like home.


Q: What was your most challenging moment either as a law student or as an attorney?

A:I work in family and criminal law, and both present a number of challenges. As the saying goes, one is bad people at their best, the other is good people at their worst. It depends on the day which cases that applies to.


Q: What has been your most rewarding moment as an attorney?

A:I love the look of relief that my clients get after heavy litigation results in a successful outcome. They look not only happy, but also free. It is the most rewarding part of my job.


Q: What kind of volunteer activities do you take part in?

A:I participate in various community empowerment efforts, and give presentations on areas of law that are particularly important to my audience. For the last two winters, I have been an overnight volunteer at Austin's Place, an emergency homeless shelter. I also serve on the Board of Governors for the Champaign County Bar Association and the Champaign-Urbana Theater Company.


Q: What do you enjoy doing outside of the office?

A: I am an avid traveler and I enjoy dancing, karaoke, gardening, trivia and theme parks.


Q: What is your practice area/are your practice areas?

A:I'm primarily a litigator. I handle family law, criminal/traffic, landlord-tenant litigation, estate planning and real estate.


Q: Do you have any specific career goals? 

A:I want to inspire other young women in the law, so I strive to do my best on all my cases.


Q: What is your favorite part about being an attorney?

A: That rewarding moment for my clients I described above .


Q: What is your favorite part about working at Dodd & Maatuka?

A:I love our team. We are all so different, not only in areas of expertise, but also in backgrounds and personalities, that each individual has a unique perspective to offer.


Q: Who is your favorite supreme court justice/what is your favorite piece of the constitution?

A: Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg makes me smile a lot.


Q: What is one common misunderstanding of the law that you run into?

A:A lot of people think a courtroom is run like on Judge Judy, where everyone can talk over everyone else. That can be frustrating.

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Q: Where are you from?

A: I'm from Diamond Bar, CA


Q: What was your undergraduate degree in?

A: I went to UCSB, University of California Santa Barbara. I have a B.S. in Hydrology with a Biology emphasis.

 

Q: Why did you choose that degree program?

A: When I was still looking for a major that really interested me, I took a water policy class and felt like Hydrology was the study I wanted to focus on. I gained a newfound respect for the resources that most people including myself have taken for granted as being readily available. Water in California specifically interested me, because of the drought issues we have been and still are facing.

 

Q: What inspired you to pursue a career in law?

A: Learning how a big part of the natural resource problems we are currently facing is due in part to the policies that are enacted led me towards law. These policies usually do not look past further than the immediate needs/gratification and usually end up with devastatingly detrimental results down the line which often costs billions to fix. I wanted to be able to influence these policies for more sustainable practices from public and governmental agencies to private corporations and companies.

 

Q: You are currently going into your second year as a law student at the University of Illinois - why did you choose the U of I?

A: After reviewing their information, I immediately liked what the University of Illinois College of Law could offer me in terms of the opportunity, education, and experience. It has been an amazing choice.


Q: What was your most challenging moment either as a law student or as a law clerk?

A: My most challenging moment as a law student was finals season. Finding the necessary balance between the time for each assignment, test, rest, nutrition, and exercise was stressful. Each class or assignment felt like it required my full attention, but finding how to partition time between classes and my health became a necessary requirement.

 

Q: What has been your most rewarding moment as a law student or as a law clerk?

A: Knowing that I can positively influence the others' lives with my work has been very rewarding as a law clerk. Finding out how vast and detailed legal work can be has also been a great experience. I tend to be a curious person. So, finding out that I am working in a field where there are new and different applications of information in all facets is always exciting.

 

Q: What kind of volunteer activities do you take part in?

A: My most recent volunteer work was a pro bono work in New Orleans during my 1L winter break. I volunteered for the District Attorney's office in New Orleans Parish.


Q: What do you enjoy doing outside of the office?

A: My biggest hobby at the moment is playing basketball. It's fun, relaxing, and a great way to work out.


Q: What is your practice area/are your practice areas?

A: Currently, I have been working specifically on various types of personal injury cases.


Q: Do you have any specific career goals?

A: I want to be able to influence the outcome of environmental law.


Q: What are you most looking forward to when you become an attorney?

A: Encountering new and challenging problems, helping clients in need, and seeing how far I can develop as an attorney.


Q: What is your favorite part about working at Dodd & Maatuka?

A: The people here are definitely number 1 on my list. They're just some of the best people to work with! They have always been nice, easy to get along with, understanding, willing to help, and just all around good people.


Q: Who is your favorite Supreme Court justice/what is your favorite piece of the constitution?

A: My favorite Supreme Court Justice would have to be Justice Ginsberg. She has been a constant inspiration about what you can achieve if you continue to believe in a work hard. She faced countless daunting obstacles throughout her life and yet still ended up in the highest judicial seat in our nation.


Q: What is one common misunderstanding of the law that you run into?

A: That people don't need a lawyer and they can just take care of their own legal issues. I have encountered a number of people in my personal life who just didn't think they would need a lawyer for a certain case. They find out too late that there was something missing or not submitted on time. This of course results in more money, time, and energy spent in a case that could have been handled efficiently by an attorney.

By 7007164025 18 Aug, 2017

Q: Where are you from? 

A: Chi-Town baby!

 

Q: What was your undergraduate degree in? 

A: I graduated and received a certificate from a business college called Cortez W Peters Business College of Chicago where I majored in Legal/Medical Terminology.

 

Q: Why did you choose that degree program?  

A: Because of my mom. She had a degree in Business Administration which led her to become a legal assistant. When she took my sisters and I to her work place on 'take your child to work day', I got to help her and watch her doing legal work, which made me want to be just like her by doing what she did.

 

Q: What inspired you to pursue a career in law? 

A: Not what, but who, and again it was my mom. My grandma used to always say that my mom was the smartest person in the world and I decided that I wanted to be the second smartest. Since she pursued a career in law, I followed her career path.

 

Q: What was your most challenging moment in the legal field? 

A: Having to say goodbye to my co-workers of over 15 years at Seyfarth Shaw in Chicago, Illinois.

 

Q: What has been your most rewarding moment? 

A: Being hired by Dodd & Maatuka and being presented with my very own first office with a door!

 

Q: What kind of volunteer activities do you take part in? 

A: Because I am a grandmother of four, all of my spare time is usually spent volunteering to babysit them. My grandchildren don't allow me to have spare time to volunteer for anything else.

 

Q: What do you enjoy doing outside of the office?  

A: Spending time for myself, spending family time with my three children and four grandchildren, sleepovers with my grandchildren, traveling, and reading. But what I enjoy the most is attending any and every basketball game that I can in which my son participates in.

 

Q: Name a fun fact about you. 

A: When I was 5 years old, I wanted to BE a hamburger store when I grew up so that I could eat all the hamburgers I wanted to eat. It's a good thing my mom took me to "take your child to work day", because who knows what I would BE today if she hadn't!

 

Q: What are your practice areas? 

A: I mostly handle Corporate, Estate Planning, Social Security and Employment Law.

 

Q: What is your favorite part about working at Dodd & Maatuka? 

A: The atmosphere here makes you always want to put your best foot forward and that in return betters me as an individual. And a better me equals an even better Dodd & Maatuka.

 

Q: What is one common misunderstanding of the law that you run into? 

A: That as a legal assistant, I am licensed to practice law.

By 7007164025 09 Aug, 2017

Q: Where are you from?

A: Rockford, IL


Q: What was your undergraduate degree in?

A: Speech Communication with a minor in Business Administration


Q: Why did you choose that degree program?

A: I went to the University of Illinois for my Bachelor's of Arts. I began my collegiate career as a psychology major because I absolutely loved it in high school. However, in my first Psychology class, Psychology 101, we focused on simple memorization. I became bored with my classes, and quickly lost interest in psychology. I began to look for a major that would help me with law school. Speech Communications consisted of persuasion and argumentation classes, which seemed like a perfect fit for pre-law.


Q: What inspired you to pursue a career in law?

A: I always have been inquisitive and interested in the rule of law. I come from a marginalized city. Rockford, Illinois was very successful in industrialization when I was a young child. During my pre-teenage years, the town fell into a depression due to many of the manufacturing plants leaving Rockford. Even today, 30 years later, Main Street has massive old and dilapidated factories that have remained closed for many years. When I was growing up, people in town were just as depressed. Luckily, I had a growth mindset as a child, and I focused on what I could do and to create a change. I needed to do something which would help people.

When I was five years old, my uncle was a victim of the unfortunately common, police brutality stories, but he fought back. He was leaving band practice one night and was stopped by the cops. The police suspected him of being a pickpocket. He had his guitar with him, and a rookie cop came and started chasing him. The cop pulled out his gun and tried to shoot my uncle, so my uncle struggled with him, to prevent the cop from shooting. The cop shot himself. After his traumatic experience with the police, I told my mother, that when I grew up I was going to get my uncle out of jail. The prosecutor sought the death penalty, but instead my uncle received natural life in prison, where he died before I started practicing law.



Q: What law school did you go to?

A: University of Illinois College of Law


Q: Why did you choose that law school?

A: I received an academic scholarship, which covered my full tuition, and included an assistantship. Also, I joined the sorority of Alpha Kappa Alpha in my senior year of undergrad, and I didn't want to leave my sorority sisters. The University of Illinois College of Law was ranked top 25 in the country and it had a good community.


Q: What has been your most challenging moment as an attorney?

A: There have been many challenging moments. One of them was when I represented a mother whose daughter was kidnapped by her father and taken out of state and put in school under a different name. Having to endure a crying mother in my office, while feeling the weight and pressure of the importance of my job on me were very challenging. It motivated me try every possible solution, in order to find this child. Ultimately, we prevailed and child was returned to her mother. We successfully obtained the order of protection, convinced the state's attorney to file kidnapping charges, and were granted an order for the father to pay all of my client's attorney's fees and expenses. This outcome was rewarding, despite all of the stress my team had to endure. When we take these cases, we really take the burdens of our clients, taking it on and attacking the problem in any way we can. It's heavy, and definitely not always an easy job. I have never taken that for granted nor taken that responsibility lightly.


Q: What has been your most rewarding moment as an attorney?

A: The most rewarding moments that come to mind coincide with the most challenging: being able to make the call to tell that mom where she needed to go to get her child; or telling another mother of four whose insurance claim was denied that she was actually going to get rewarded the policy limits. Those are the most rewarding experiences because they clearly define why I became an attorney. I wanted to fight for the little guy. This fight includes fighting the insurance companies, those of whom are not "good neighbors" and do not put you "in good hands." Those who are out for profit. They are not there to just pay claims, and we fight tooth and nail for every penny our clients are awarded.


Q: What kind of volunteer activities do you take part in?

A: I am on various boards that serve the local community - Visit Champaign County Board - which I have recently been appointed Chairman. Our board hosts a multitude of activities in Champaign, like tailgating at the ISHA football and wrestling championships, the Illinois marathon, HOT ROD Power Tour, and many of the major events in town. I also frequently volunteer with my sorority, Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority, Incorporated. As a member of the local graduate chapter, we volunteer at the food pantry at St. Luke's church, we recently organized the after school activity room at King School, we are currently collecting school supplies, to fill backpacks and give to community kids. My family and I also volunteer at the Empty Tomb. Service has always been an integral part of my life. I also make annual donations to various charities and non-profit organizations.


Q: What do you enjoy doing outside of the office?

A: My favorite pastime is to travel. I want to see the entire world. I have been a lot of places with many more on my list! I also love to spend time with my family. We love to play games and sports together.


Q: What are your practice areas?

A: I mostly handle personal injury litigation, civil litigation, and real estate litigation.


Q: Do you have any specific career goals?

A: I have met most of my career goals already. At this point, I just want to build this firm further, and make sure that Dodd & Maatuka is the place to go for legal advice in a caring and professional manner. We are well on our way, and I just want to improve on that. I would also like to further concentrate my practice areas.


Q: What is your favorite part about being an attorney?

A: I really enjoy being a problem solver. Not all problems are solved by going to court, and most of our cases are solved in any number of creative ways. Thinking critically, brainstorming, negotiating, and mediating are all very enjoyable. I truly enjoy being able to help people survive some of the toughest moments of their lives.


Q: What is your favorite part about working at Dodd & Maatuka?

A: We have very experienced and caring staff. Everyone in this building cares about our clients and our cases, and is a hard worker. We care about each other. We are a family.


Q: Who is your favorite Supreme Court justice?

A: Justice Sonia Sotomayor because she is so authentic, down to earth, genuine, and provides the much needed diversity to the Court. Diversity of thought, of life experience, she is just brilliant and amazing!


Q: What is one common misunderstanding of the law that you run into?

A: Some people think Attorneys are familiar with every law ever created, and that we are supposed to adept in each area of the law. Simply, it does not work like that. The law changes daily, statutes can be modified by cases, and statutes change all the time. It is wise to focus your legal practice as much as possible. Even when we think we know the law, the law can change. We have had complaints about charging for legal research, but every single question has to be researched because even the tiniest issues can make a significant change in how the law is understood and applied. 

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As always, if you have any questions or would like to set up a consultation, please call us at (217) 356-9500!


By 7007164025 03 Aug, 2017

Q: Where are you from?

 A: A tiny, tiny town just north of Bloomington

 Q: What was your undergraduate degree in?

A: History Education

Q: Why did you choose that degree program?

A: I think it's extremely important to learn about the past because knowing where we come from, knowing past events and mistakes, helps us determine where we are now which hopefully helps us to become better people and a better society overall. My high school history was pretty dry, but I soon discovered that there are a lot of amazing stories and interesting facts that are often skimmed over. I wanted students to know that history isn't actually boring and I feel that it's vital to our society that future generations study and learn from our past.

Q: What inspired you to pursue a career in law?

A: The choices I made sort of led to it naturally. After I realized I didn't want to pursue teaching I ended up working at a hospital. It was fun brushing up on medical terminology and learning about diagnostic procedures and the emergency room was fast paced and exciting in its own way. While working at the hospital I realized I had to make a decision on what I wanted to do for a living. My skill set and experiences along the way led me to the legal field, specifically as a paralegal so I went back to school got my paralegal certificate and here I am.

Q: What was your most challenging moment in the legal field?

A: Balancing my work load and prioritizing Shayla's cases and work can be difficult especially when trials, appeals, and court deadlines get stacked on top of each other, it's a lot of work but I usually enjoy the challenge of trying to stay on top of everything.

Q: What has been your most rewarding moment?

A: Some insurance companies will try to take advantage of people, knowing that our work prevents that from happening and getting the best possible outcome for our clients is pretty rewarding overall.  And, of course, everyone loves winning an argument.  

Q: What kind of volunteer activities do you take part in?

 A: I mostly give donations since I don't have a lot of spare time. I used to give blood but I haven't had time to go in quite a while.

Q: What do you enjoy doing outside of the office?

A: Mostly spend time with my family and friends. I have a big yard and I love to hang out on my deck with my family and my dog. We love reading, movies, kayaking, and hiking.

Q: Name a fun fact about you.

A: I have sprawling vegetable garden and fruit trees, so I bring lots of squash, cucumbers, tomatoes to the office for my coworkers. Home grown tomatoes are one of the best things about living in the Midwest, so I love to share them.

 Q: What are your practice areas?

 A: Personal injury, wrongful death, and medical malpractice.    

Q: What is your favorite part about working at Dodd & Maatuka?

 A: Several things: we really work as a team here and it does have a big family kind of feel. I also really enjoy working with Shayla Maatuka, she advocates really hard for her clients and we both like to try different methods and technology to see what works best in our practice.

Q: What is one common misunderstanding of the law that you run into?

A: A frustrating thing in my line of work is actually dealing with insurance companies. A lot of people don't realize how important insurance is and will get insurance coverage based on how affordable it is.  

The bare minimum companies tend to give the bare minimum by treating their insured horribly, looking for any reason at all to deny coverage, and not offering the right kind of coverage. It's almost like paying for nothing, or just paying for a hassle.

If you've never heard of the company before it's probably not a good sign, google the insurance company if it has 1-2 stars it isn't worth your money. Find an insurance agent you trust and get the coverage that's right for you.  

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As always, if you have any questions or would like to set up a consultation, please call us at (217) 356-9500!

By 7007164025 27 Jul, 2017

Q: Where are you from?

A: Springfield, Kentucky

Q: What was your undergraduate degree in?

A: I have my bachelor's in Business Management at the University of Kentucky.

Q: Why did you choose that degree program?

A: My parents are entrepreneurs and it was a great area to study with a lot of opportunity.

Q: What inspired you to pursue a career in law?

A: My business law class in undergrad inspired me to go to law school.

Q: You’re currently going into your second year as a law student at the University of Illinois - why did you choose the U of I?

A: During my visit to the U of I, I really felt that this school had a more supportive atmosphere than some of the other schools I visited. It also has great job placement statistics.

Q: What was your most challenging moment either as a law student or as a law clerk?

A: Learning how excruciatingly complicated citations for law can be.

Q: What do you enjoy doing outside of the office?

A: I like to hang out with friends, read, and watch movies.

Q: What is your practice area/are your practice areas?

A: I have assisted with real estate, personal injury, medical malpractice, probate, and family law cases.

Q: Do you have any specific career goals?

A: I currently do not have any specific career goals. I would like to do something more on the transactional side of law and am hoping that my upcoming classes will help me determine the path I want to take.

Q: What are you most looking forward to when you become an attorney?

A: Helping people with legal issues and being able to work with other attorneys.

Q: What is your favorite part about working at Dodd & Maatuka?

A: The friendly and cooperative environment here has been really great. I also like being able to work on cases in many different areas of law.

Q: Who is your favorite Supreme Court justice?

A: I like Justice Breyer because he looks at the purpose of the legislation or statute and the consequences of competing interpretations when making his decisions. 

Q: What is one common misunderstanding of the law that you run into?

A: That the first amendment does not give you freedom of speech everywhere and without consequences. It only protects you from being censored by the government.

 

By 7007164025 14 Jul, 2017

Q: Where are you from?

A: I always have to give two places to answer this question. I was born in Korea, my motherland, and grew up in Vancouver, Canada, the most beautiful place on earth!

Q: What was your undergraduate degree in?

A: I graduated from New York University with my bachelor's degree in economics major and business studies minor.

Q: Why did you choose that degree program?

A: Language, culture, religion, and ideology differs across the nations. But I believed the idea of free market as well as the implication and the value of economy is universal everywhere. I wanted to study something that could be a valuable and universal tool for me wherever I end up being.

Q: What inspired you to pursue a career in law?

A: After college, I worked several years in international trade industry. It's a very dynamic and fast paced industry. A great amount of money is usually at stake when a litigation arises in trading. However, it could be always preempted by well drafted contracts and alternative dispute resolutions. Having said that, I had a lot of chances to work with in-house attorneys and was intrigued by the symbiosis of law and business. That is how I naturally developed interests in studying law.

Q: You’re currently going into your third year as a law student at the University of Illinois - why did you choose the U of I?

A: After living in New York City while attending college, I wanted to live in a city that is still big enough but not as wild as NYC. I found Chicago to be very charming and a moderately conservative city to live in. U of I is one of the top feeder schools to Chicago and I love the collegial and supportive atmosphere at U of I.

Q: What was your most challenging moment either as a law student or as a law clerk?

A: I would say my 1L 'legal writing and analysis' class and 'Intro to advocacy' classes. Those are the classes that I have devoted myself the most so far in my law school years. It is a painful but also a meaningful process to read over and edit your writing until you create a well drafted and comprehensive piece of writing.

Q: What has been your most rewarding moment as a law student or as a law clerk?

A: While working as a Clinic law student, I had valuable experiences to work with clients going through the mortgage foreclosure process and financial hardship. I felt all my long hours of hard works were worth it and rewarding when clients sent me personal thank you letters and talked to me in person at the end of the semester that their cases were in very capable hands.

Q: What do you enjoy doing outside of the office?

A: I go work out, read & write, explore good places to eat in my neighborhood with friends, play with flowers, and watch movies.

Q: What is your practice area/are your practice areas?

A: I'm mostly helping with personal injury and other civil litigation cases.

Q: Do you have any specific career goals?

A: Currently, I am leaving every option open ahead of me. In the end, I see myself working as an in-house counsel to serve a corporate's business objective.

Q: What are you most looking forward to when you become an attorney?

A: I am looking forward to do pro bono work on the side. I want to help people who do not have the access or do not know that they are entitled to the legal assistance due to financial difficulties.

Q: What is your favorite part about working at Dodd & Maatuka?

A: I was surprised how everyone at Dodd & Maatuka is friendly and willing to help another. I have never seen this kind of family like environment before in my previous work places.

Q: Who is your favorite Supreme Court justice?

A: My favorite Supreme Court of Justice is Sonia Sotomayor. When she came to visit U of I, I was inspired by her keen insights and efforts to balance out the justice system as a Justice and humane aspect when she talked about her community and family.

Q: What is one common misunderstanding of the law that you run into?

A: That there will be a right or wrong answer. Law evolves, changes over time, and adapts to the new circumstances. And there is no such thing as an uphill battle that is impossible to win.

By 7007164025 28 Jun, 2017

Q: Where are you from?

A: I was born and raised right here in Champaign/Urbana.

Q: Where did you go to college?

A: Eastern Illinois University.

Q: What was your undergraduate degree in?

A: General Studies, with a concentration in Family and Consumer Sciences.

Q: Why did you choose that degree program?

A: I knew I wanted to do something in the area of helping people, and did not want to be limited to one specific realm. Making people smile and doing things that benefit others brings joy and purpose to my life. I wanted to be able to make a difference, whether great or small.

Q: What inspired you to pursue a career in the legal world?

A: Honestly, It was an opportunity that came my way recently through one of the attorneys here at Dodd & Maatuka. I am really grateful because I am amazed and intrigued by how much I am learning.

Q: Even though you haven't been in it for very long, what was your most challenging moment in the legal field?

A: This field is so fast-paced that when I do not meet a personal deadline goal for myself that is hard.

Q: What has been your most rewarding moment?

A: Seeing clients come in happy and then leave happy and satisfied.

Q; What kind of volunteer activities do you take part in?

A: I am a youth leader at my church, and I also help with a program called Feeding Our Kids, which provides backpacks of food on the weekend for children who are in need.

Q: What do you enjoy doing outside of the office?

A: I love spending time with my family and my friends, and am currently working on the nursery for our newest addition (a baby girl!) who will arrive in August. I also enjoy going to open mic nights, writing poetry, running, fishing, kayaking,  camping , hiking, and rock climbing.

Q: Name a fun fact about you.

A: I have a twin sister who I believe looks nothing like me, but everyone else thinks differently.

Q: What is your practice area/are your practice areas?

A: Currently I assist all of the attorneys and legal assistants.

Q: What is your favorite part about working at Dodd & Maatuka?

A: I love the family-oriented atmosphere here. Everyone is welcoming and eager to help you learn. I also enjoy working with a group of people who are driven to succeed and help others but also find time to laugh.

Q: What is one common misunderstanding of the law that you run into?

A: Before I worked here, I didn’t realize how much work really goes into a case. I knew lawyers worked hard, but I never realized how many late nights and early mornings they spend to make sure their clients are satisfied, at least here at Dodd and Maatuka.

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