James DeAno

James DeAno

I developed a curiosity for the law when I was in high school. I remember having classes where we held mock debates and trials. I personally loved making arguments and enjoyed the process of crafting a counterpoint to address the opposing arguments.  …
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Martin Sinclair

Martin Sinclair

I have an uncle in Kansas City who is a lawyer, and two of his children are my age, so whenever we visited I spent a lot of time at his house. Over the years, I heard a lot of…
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Lance Northcutt

Lance Northcutt

I decided that I was going to become a lawyer the moment I walked into my first courtroom, seeing a jury trial at age 11. My uncle was a detective in Area 65 in crimes at the time, and he took…
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Judge Diane Shelley

I’m from the South side of Chicago in Bronzeville, and I take great pride in that. I’m a city girl, and I think that it shaped me into the person that I am today.   Where I grew up, everyone in my neighborhood knew one another. When someone was sick,…
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Trisha Rich

I always knew I wanted to be a lawyer. Since I was a small child, I had always been interested in ideas of justice, distribution, and the way we treat each other. That’s what led me to study philosophy, and in turn,…
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judge jorge alonso

Judge Jorge Alonso

I wasn’t one of those kids who always knew they wanted to get into the legal profession. I didn’t grow up knowing I wanted to be a lawyer. In fact, I don’t remember the exact moment when it happened, but…
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Judge Debra Walker

I had an early interest in the law from my childhood. It was wholly inspired by reading. I remember reading Nancy Drew novels. Her father was a lawyer. Having read every one of those mystery novels cover-to-cover, I was exposed to what a lawyer’s…
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