It is safe to say that when I first entered Hulston Hall in Fall of 2000, becoming an in-house attorney for a public pension plan was not a direction I expected my legal career path to lead. Today, however, I consider myself very fortunate to have stumbled into the position of Staff Attorney with the Public School and Education Employee Retirement Systems of Missouri (PSRS/PEERS).
During my 1L year at Mizzou, I went through the On-Campus Interview process and did receive several interviews that provided me with grand illusions of a big firm job with a big-dollar summer stipend. However, the reality was that my grades, mired somewhere in the middle of my class rankings, were not going to land me a big firm job. After making a of couple calls, I managed to land a summer clerk position with Andereck, Evans, Milne, Peace, & Johnson, L.L.C.’s Jefferson City office, earning $8/hour. So much for that big-dollar summer stipend. I enjoyed the work at Andereck during my 1L summer, primarily working on discovery and drafting pleadings for personally injury cases.
I picked up a few hours at Andereck during the school year, returned during my 2L summer and eventually was offered a position as an Associate Attorney. Andereck provided me with many great opportunities practicing in insurance defense, corporate practice, and an occasional plaintiff’s case. I tried several bench and jury trials, thoroughly enjoyed my work, and gained invaluable experience working with great attorneys at Andereck. I did, however, keep my eye open to other opportunities that appeared in online job postings and talked to friends and colleagues about what positions may be out there, just in case there was something that I felt would be a good fit for me.
One of my Mizzou Law classmates worked as the Staff Attorney at PSRS/PEERS and one day mentioned that she was moving on to accept another position. I talked to her about the job and decided it might be a good fit for me. I submitted an application, went through multiple interviews, and somehow convinced them to hire me in May of 2010. It was not a career move I had planned all along, or for that matter, a job that I coveted for years on end, but I am extremely happy in the position and thankful that my career path, although perhaps not conventional, has led me to where I am today.