A career in law extends beyond the drama-ridden courtroom that we see in crime shows. This industry is your way to see all the colors of the legal rainbow and discover the various ways and fields in which one can begin a legal career. This industry will feature alumni who have had varying experiences in diverse practice areas and sectors, including representatives from private law firms, federal government, in house corporate legal departments, and nonprofit organizations. Whether you are curious about the steps involved in entering the legal field or about the different paths that a legal career can take, this industry is a great way to answer your questions and meet inspiring people.

Panel Participants

Rachel Barner, AB'92

General Counsel - CS, Risk Enterprise, Jones Lang LaSalle Americas, Inc.

Ms. Barner graduated from the College in 1992 with a degree in anthropology. While attending the College, she was a member of the swimming and diving teams. After graduation, she worked as a change management consultant for a number of years before attending law school. She joined the law firm of Seyfarth Shaw where she practiced employment and labor law. In 2006, she made the move to an in-house position with the global real estate company of Jones Lang LaSalle. She currently acts as their General Counsel for their global Corporate Solutions business line. She is married and lives in Chicago with her husband and son, and continues to be an active member of the University community. In her limited free time, she enjoys competitive sailboat racing, triathlons and teaching her six year old son flip turns.

William Baumgartner, AB'76, J.D.'79 (Harvard Law School)

Partner, Sidley Austin LLP

Mr. Baumgartner graduated from the College in 1976 with a degree in economics. After graduating from Harvard Law School in 1979, he returned to Chicago to join a law firm, Sidley Austin LLP. He became a partner there in 1986. His work focuses on antitrust and patent infringement litigation. He is married and lives in Chicago. When not practicing law, he is an avid fly fisherman and beekeeper.

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

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

Chastidy 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 University of Chicago 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 Parliamentarian of the Black Women Lawyers Association (BWLA), as well as the Vice-Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Criminal Law Committee, a member President of the Just the Beginning - A Pipeline Organization Associate Board, and Secretary of the University of Chicago Alumni Club of Chicago Board of Directors.

Emily Werth, AB'06, JD'11 (Harvard Law School)

Staff Attorney, ACLU of Illinois

Ms. Werth graduated from the College in 2006 with a degree in sociology. While at UChicago, she was involved with Breaking Barriers and was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi. She graduated from Harvard Law School in 2011. Since law school, she has done legal and policy advocacy on racial and gender justice issues at a number of non-profit organizations. She is currently a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois focusing on reproductive rights.