TNS Panel Detail

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.

Roundtable Participants

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.

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 University of Chicago 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.

Christie Tate, AM'97, JD 2003

Assistant Regional Counsel, Social Security Administration

Ms. Tate received her AM from the Program in Humanities at the University of Chicago. 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.