Doctoroff Class of 2017

Noah Driggs

Undergraduate Institution: Brigham Young University

Undergraduate Year: 2012

Law School Class: 2017

1L Summer Job: VMware

Prior Business Experience: I was an international relations major in college, taking various business and economics courses, completing a global business study abroad in Asia, and working in several governmental and legal positions. After college, I worked as a compliance officer at Goldman Sachs. My team was in charge of designing and executing e-communication surveillances for the firm, as well as advising business units, technology developers, and the firm's social media team on the e-communications risks they faced. This position gave me a fantastic introduction into the law, the financial services industry, and legal/financial technology.

What has been your most memorable experience in the Doctoroff Program thus far?

The alumni enrichment events have been amazing. Not only have they allowed me to network with and pick the brains of extremely accomplished entrepreneurs, but they have also helped raise my vision and see how a law degree will help my career in the long run. Last year, it was easy to get bogged down in the stresses and minutiae of 1L. But attending the enrichment events helped me to step back and think about my career with a broader perspective. And the alumni are extremely interested in helping students and the program succeed. They were extremely open, candid, and interested in helping us (CEOs and General Counsels frequently gave us their email addresses so we could keep in touch directly).
 

How do you think participating in this program will impact your professional development?

First, I think the network that the Doctoroff program is giving us - with experienced alumni, our advisers at the Law School, and with fellow Doctoroff students - will be very beneficial in the short- and the long-terms. Second, the business knowledge we get out of the program - through Booth classes, conversations with executives, and other trainings - will really come in handy as I try to understand the businesses I'm working with after law school. Finally, since this is a fairly rare and new kind of program, I expect that my Doctoroff program experience will differentiate me in the eyes of future employers and business partners.

 

David Grothouse

Undergraduate Institution: University of Chicago

Undergraduate Year: 2011

Law School Class: 2017

1L Summer Job: Legal Intern at TMZ/Warner Brothers

Prior Business Experience: 3 years as an Analyst/Senior Analyst at Compass Lexecon in Washington, D.C.

What has been your most memorable experience in the Doctoroff Program thus far?

Probably the most memorable experience I have had in the program comes from an anecdote that demonstrates the unique opportunity the program offers to meet extremely interesting people. At a reception at Professor Baird's apartment, we had the chance to meet and speak with Brian Brooks, an Executive Vice President and the General Council of Fannie Mae. After telling us his winding path to his position, we had the opportunity to ask him questions. Paraphrasing the question and answer:

Q. Is there anything that keeps you up at night?

A. Well, if Fannie Mae makes a critical mistake, the entire world financial system could unwind. I suppose that keeps me up at night.

How do you think participating in this program will impact your professional development?

The program gives great insight into how people have used skills and knowledge gained in law school in the business world. This general concept seems pretty broad, but the Doctoroff program has given me concrete examples through people who have done it successfully. The program exposes you to incredible people who have both gone straight into the business world, or who have transitioned from purely legal careers to more business-oriented careers. Such exposure has given me a great road map for multiple potential paths I could take in the future.

 

Matthew Klomparens

Undergraduate Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Undergraduate Year: 2010

Law School Class: 2017

1L Summer Job: Chicago Innovation Exchange - Summer Associate

Prior Business Experience: I have work experience in marketing research, social media marketing, media licensing, and venture development. I was also a Marketing major at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign's College of Business.

What has been your most memorable experience in the Doctoroff Program thus far?

I had a fantastic experience attending the financial modeling workshop last spring. Even though my knowledge of business financing was rusty at best, this two-day workshop at Booth offered a fun challenge, some priceless Excel tips, and a great chance to meet MBA students.

How do you think participating in this program will impact your professional development?

The enrichment events have offered insight into how CEOs, founders, and upper-echelon managers think about the legal challenges facing their businesses. Many of the enrichment event guests from the past year worked as lawyers before pursuing leadership positions in business or founding their own companies. This served as a helpful reminder to stay curious about the world outside of the law library and to take note of the many non-traditional paths still accessible to JDs.

 

Shelby Klose

Undergraduate Institution: Drake University

Undergraduate Year: 2014

Law School Class: 2017

1L Summer Job: Major League Baseball Legal Intern

Prior Business Experience: Coopera Consulting, Nationwide Insurance, PWC

What has been your most memorable experience in the Doctoroff Program thus far?

Meeting and interacting with my mentor. She, along with another U of C grad at Major League, has given me great advice for the future. I am much more knowledgeable about sports business and a long term legal career in that area. I am grateful for their guidance and advice.

How do you think participating in this program will impact your professional development?

I think it has given me a foot in the door for my future dream job. It is very difficult to find a career in sports and through this program I have gathered many more contacts. I have also gained skills in general networking. Finally, I look forward to the business courses I will take this year, such as negotiations, which will be invaluable in the business field.

 

Nicholas Linke

Undergraduate Institution: University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Undergraduate Year: 2011

Law School Class: 2017

1L Summer Job: Chicago Innovation Exchange

Prior Business Experience: Masters in Accounting; Two-years work experience at PricewaterhouseCoopers doing tax accounting; Certified Public Accountant

What has been your most memorable experience in the Doctoroff Program thus far?

Attending enrichment events, especially dinner at Professor Baird's

How do you think participating in this program will impact your professional development?

It has encouraged me to be more open to a variety of career paths involving law.

 

Amanda Ng

Undergraduate Institution: Middlebury College

Undergraduate Year: 2012

Law School Class: 2017

1L Summer Job: Investment Banking Intern at Cantor Fitzgerald

Prior Business Experience: Hedge Fund Intern, Senior Research Analyst in the Banking Analysis section at the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve.    

What has been your most memorable experience in the Doctoroff Program thus far?

Attending the enrichment events and hearing candid accounts from alumni regarding their switches from law to business. I am also much looking forward to taking business classes without pursuing an MBA.

How do you think participating in this program will impact your professional development?

I think that understanding business better will give me an advantage when I practice corporate law, because I'll understand both sides of the transaction - both the business and the legal sides. Furthermore, business people are our clients, and being able to understand how clients think, or how they are approaching an issue, is always a plus.

 

Albert Parisi-Esteves

Undergraduate Institution: Cornell University

Undergraduate Year: 2012

Law School Class: 2017

1L Summer Job: Morrison & Foerster

Prior Business Experience: Worked for two years at Google as a financial analyst

What has been your most memorable experience in the Doctoroff Program thus far?

Attending enrichment events with my fellow Doctoroff classmates. The program brings in impressive business leaders from across different industries for the events. It's an amazing opportunity to listen to their career stories and hear the lessons they have learned along the way.

How do you think participating in this program will impact your professional development?

The practice of law is a business. I look forward to implementing the materials I learn from the business coursework to build a lasting career as a practicing attorney.

 

Steven Page

Undergraduate Institution: George Washington University

Undergraduate Year: 2012

Law School Class: 2017

1L Summer Job: Ocean Tomo - Investment Banking Group

Prior Business Experience: I spent two years working in the Chicago office of NERA Economic Consulting.  While at NERA, I worked within both the Energy and Securities practice groups.

What has been your most memorable experience in the Doctoroff Program thus far?

My summer internship at Ocean Tomo, which has been a terrific opportunity to acquire first-hand experience in seeing how deals come together and the thought process which goes into developing investment pitches.

How do you think participating in this program will impact your professional development?

I believe acquiring both a theoretical and practical business background will help me understand how my client's legal challenges fit into the bigger picture.  This understanding will, hopefully, allow me to deliver better advice and value than I would otherwise be able to.

 

Andrew Parker

Undergraduate Institution: University of Michigan

Undergraduate Year: 2011

Law School Class: 2017

1L Summer Job: Development Intern - Evergreen Real Estate Services

Prior Business Experience: Co-Founded a multi-family real estate development company; Acquisition Consultant for a mid-market Chicago real estate developer; Account Executive at an advertising agency

What has been your most memorable experience in the Doctoroff Program thus far?

Most alums that I have spoken to in my industry ask about the program right off the bat. I've enjoyed the conversations that come from that, as they allow me to speak about how my business and my goals relate to what they are doing. I've learned that success in law or business is not a reward for getting certain grades or going to certain schools, but can be found by using those experiences to find mutually beneficial relationships with people who have similar goals.

How do you think participating in this program will impact your professional development?

  The legal field is very broad, so it is helpful to communicate a narrower interest and have that interest be credible. The Doctoroff Program allows me to do that, as alumni and employers are always interested in hearing more about the program. In the future, I hope to stay connected with the students, alumni, and mentors I have met along the way.

 

Alex Pechette

Undergraduate Institution: University of Michigan

Undergraduate Year: 2008

Law School Class: 2017

1L Summer Job: Fish & Richardson P.C.

Prior Business Experience: Before law school, I spent four years as an associate at Sargent & Lundy, LLC, where I provided professional engineering services to the nuclear power industry. My responsibilities included building detailed thermal-hydraulic computer models of nuclear power plant systems to analyze their performance capabilities under accident conditions.

What has been your most memorable experience in the Doctoroff Program thus far? Through enrichment events, the Doctoroff Program has given me the opportunity to meet remarkably successful alumni who have leveraged their JDs in unique and interesting ways.

How do you think participating in this program will impact your professional development? I believe the interdisciplinary education I am receiving through the Doctoroff Program will help me better understand clients' diverse needs, recognize where my contributions fit into clients' business strategies, and, ultimately, provide sound legal advice. A significant part of the equation is, of course, the business curriculum. But perhaps more important are the opportunities to learn about and experience the intersection of law and business through the internship and mentorship elements of the program. In short, I think the Doctoroff Program will help me become a well-rounded lawyer.

 

Daniel Ruvolo

Undergraduate Institution: Boston College

Undergraduate Year: 2011

Law School Class: 2017

1L Summer Job: Legal Department at Baxter Healthcare

Prior Business Experience: For three years prior to law school, I worked as a financial analyst and revenue area lead at Epic in Madison, WI.

What has been your most memorable experience in the Doctoroff Program thus far?

The opportunity to meet law school graduates who have used their JDs to become business leaders has been great. They have been able to effectively communicate specific ways in which they were able to use their JDs to successfully transition into the business world.

How do you think participating in this program will impact your professional development?

The program has made me much more aware of what unique business and analytical skills I can offer as a JD. This will help me to focus my work on areas where my legal background where really provide value and will allow me to market my skills more proficiently.

 

Emily Samra

Undergraduate Institution: University of Michigan

Undergraduate Year: 2009

Law School Class: 2017

1L Summer Job: Gerchen Keller Capital, LLC

Prior Business Experience: Trainer and Business Analyst at the Hanover Insurance Group (Howell, MI)

What has been your most memorable experience in the Doctoroff Program thus far?

Attending the enrichment events throughout the year and having an opportunity to get to know my classmates with similar interests who were not in my section.

How do you think participating in this program will impact your professional development?

Participation in the Doctoroff Program has provided an opportunity to meet and network with alumni from the University of Chicago working in fields outside of the typical law firm experience.  I think this will facilitate opportunities in the future to which I would otherwise not have been exposed.

 

Kirby Smith

Undergraduate Institution: New York University

Undergraduate Year: 2011

Law School Class: 2017

1L Summer Job: US Treasury

Prior Business Experience: Worked for three years as an analyst in the Credit Risk Management and Advisory Group at Goldman Sachs

What has been your most memorable experience in the Doctoroff Program thus far?

Meeting so many engaging alumni and hearing about what they do and how they think/thought about their career.

How do you think participating in this program will impact your professional development?

 Connecting with alumni working outside of law has made me think about the opportunity set after graduation as broader than just law.  They have allowed me to connect my legal education with skills that are applicable outside of the law, which I think has helped me see where I can move my career in the future.

 

Bridget Tully

Undergraduate Institution: University of Notre Dame

Undergraduate Year: 2010

Law School Class: 2017

1L Summer Job: Legal Intern at Ventas, Inc.

Prior Business Experience: Worked for two years as an investment banking analyst in the Consumer & Retail Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.

What has been your most memorable experience in the Doctoroff Program thus far?

My favorite parts of the Doctoroff Program have been the numerous enrichment events where we are able to meet business leaders who share their experiences with us. I have taken away so much from those events and know I look forward to them every quarter. I also have enjoyed getting to know a small group of students with similar interests and being able to bounce ideas off of them.

How do you think participating in this program will impact your professional development?

This program has allowed me to see the numerous ways in which a legal degree can be used. It has also been helpful to hear what each business leader might have done differently in law school and what they believe lawyers can improve on. All their advice helps frame my view of my time at the Law School and what skills I hope to improve over the next two years.