A career in law extends beyond the drama-ridden courtroom that we see in crime shows. Opportunities in the legal industry include working for private law firms of all sizes; local, state, and federal government; in-house corporate legal departments; and nonprofit organizations; among others. This industry 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 whether law might be a career path that makes sense for you, about the steps involved in entering the legal field, or about the different paths that a legal career can take, the speakers in this industry will answer your questions and you will be able to meet and interact with inspiring University of Chicago graduates.

Panel Participants

Ana Ayala, AB'02, JD'09 American University; LL.M'10 Georgetown

Adjunct Professor, Georgetown University School of Law

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. (Table 81)

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 Chicago in '03, Dimitri 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 U. of Penn 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 alumni, has two children, and has stayed active with the Alumni Schools Committee, her class reunion committees, and other UChicago activities.