My background with SGLH&F is a bit unique. I started working here as a secretary in 1993. I absolutely enjoyed my position as a secretary, but I knew that I wanted to do more. I decided to go to law school in 2002. A huge part of that decision was based upon my positive experience at the firm and the talented people with whom I worked. The SGLH&F family was incredibly proud and supportive of me when I departed for law school. I’ll never forget the day that I left. The two partners with whom I worked closely for many years presented me with, among other things, framed pictures of piled-high “out” trays and an amusing picture of them giving my (then) familiar “talk to the hand” pose. Perhaps my favorite memento is the Black’s Law Dictionary that everyone in the entire firm signed with good luck wishes and heartfelt thoughts.
It was very easy to accept a summer associate position with the firm after my first year of law school and, again, after my second year. I spent the first summer in the Indianapolis office and the second summer in the Chicago office. As a summer associate, I was immediately exposed to real clients with real legal issues. I worked on substantive, challenging assignments, and I received valuable feedback that every law student wants and needs. Additionally, I was able to attend depositions, hearings and client meetings. The firm goes out of its way to make sure summer associates are exposed all aspects of every day lawyering. My clerkship experiences reaffirmed everything that I already knew about the firm – that SGLH&F is unquestionably a top-notch law firm with a unique familial atmosphere. I cannot imagine practicing law anywhere else.