Graduate degree: J.D., Vermont Law School
What do you do for a living?
I am the City Attorney for the City of South Burlington, Vermont. This is an in-house legal position. I work in coordination with outside counsel assisting the city manager and city council in the various legal affairs of the municipality from labor and employment matters to planning and zoning. Prior to this position I worked at a private law firm in Burlington, McNeil, Leddy & Sheahan.
How did your experience at Saint Michael's help prepare you for your career?
The broad spectrum of liberal arts course offerings along with fantastic professors in every department prepared me for a career as a professional legal generalist. I learned how to learn at Saint Michael's and my professors taught me how education need not stop at the moment of graduation. This is a lifelong gift I appreciate in my career as I face dynamic new challenges daily. In particular, the courses I took in the outstanding economics department directly helped me succeed in the complex property tax litigation that led to my current position.
What is your favorite memory from your time at St. Mike's?
Like many recent economics graduates, it is hard not to immediately think of one of Dr. Reza Ramazani's exciting classes. However, my deepest memories of St. Michael's stem from the connections I made with students and staff through wrestling with challenging local and global issues through MOVE programs as well as through the fun personal and team challenges in the athletics program.
Any advice for St. Mike's students?
Get involved outside the classroom and in the campus community. There may never be a point in my life with as many easily accessible opportunities at my fingertips. When I started at Saint Michael's, I was lucky to have mentors I already knew at the college who pushed me to get involved in athletics and the MOVE program. Without that push I may never have realized that Saint Michael's will give back as much or more as I was willing to put in.