A career in law extends beyond the drama-ridden courtrooms that we see in crime shows. Opportunities in the legal industry include working for private law firms of all sizes from solo to global practice; local, state, and federal government; in-house corporate legal departments; and nonprofit organizations; among others. Lawyers advise and advocate for their clients, whether those clients are refugees, environmental activists, criminal defendants, corporations, or the City of Chicago, to name a few. The speakers on the panel and at the roundtables will provide a sense of the variety that a career in law can offer and will provide the opportunity for students to discover how they might begin to explore a legal career. Panelists and guests are College alumni who have experience in diverse practice areas and sectors of the law. Whether you are curious about law as a potential career path, about the steps involved in entering the legal field, or about the different paths a legal career can take, come interact with, and have your questions answered by, the inspiring University of Chicago graduates on our panel and at our roundtables.
Ana Ayala, AB'02, JD'09 American University; LL.M in Global Health Law'10 Georgetown
Public Health Analyst, HHS/ASPR
Ms. Ayala graduated from the College in 2002 with a degree in Anthropology and International Studies. While in the College, she was involved with UChicago's chapter of Women and Youth Supporting Each Other (WYSE) and the Center for Human Rights, where she led efforts in a project aimed at locating children disappeared during El Salvador's civil war. After obtaining a J.D. from American University and an LL.M. in Global Health Law from Georgetown Law, Ms. Ayala joined Georgetown's O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, where she worked on various projects and authored publications promoting law in global health. She is now at the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), where she works on the development and implementation of health security policies and partnerships with other governments and international organizations, including the World Health Organization.
Daniel Cozzi, AB'07, JD'10 Washington University in St. Louis
Attorney, Donohue, Brown, Mathewson, and Smyth
Mr. Cozzi has been an attorney at Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth in Chicago, since 2010. His practice centers on representing physicians, nurses, dentists and hospitals in medical malpractice and product liability lawsuits. He also defends attorneys in legal malpractice cases. After graduating from the College in 2007, with a degree in Law, Letters, and Society, he attended Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. Mr. Cozzi has clerked for Judge Richard Teitelman of the Missouri Supreme Court, and Magistrate Judge Michael Mason of the Northern District of Illinois.
Dimitri M. Islam, AB'03, U. of Penn Law'09
Director for Student and Community Engagement, University of Pennsylvania School of Law
After graduating from the College in '03, Mr. Islam spent three years teaching high school history (first over the summer at Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire, and then at two day schools in the Philadelphia area). After teaching, he went on to University of Pennsylvania Law School, and then worked as a commercial litigator at a large law firm. In 2012, he returned to Penn Law to work in the Student Affairs Office. He has been at Penn Law ever since, and enjoys his time advising law students and crafting programming for the student community.
Jessie Wang-Grimm, AB'90, JD'93 (Loyola University School of Law)
Assistant Regional Counsel, Attorney, Social Security Administration
Ms. Wang-Grimm graduated from the College with honors in political science. While at UChicago, she joined Alpha Omicron Pi Women's Fraternity, served as an officer for her house council at Woodward Court, and worked for the law firm Jenner and Block. She attended Loyola University Chicago School of Law, and served as the Executive Editor of Publications for the Loyola Law Journal. Following graduation, she served as an Assistant Attorney General for the state of Illinois, civil appeals division, and later as a staff attorney and judicial law clerk for the U.S. District Court, Western District of New York. Since 1998, she has served as an Assistant Regional Counsel for the Social Security Administration, Office of General Counsel, specializing in disability litigation. She is married to a Chicago alum, has two children, and has stayed active with the Alumni Schools Committee, her class reunion committees, and other UChicago activities.