Q: Why did you choose a career as an attorney in the Healthcare practice group?
A: I’ve always been incredibly interested in healthcare, particularly public health, but I knew a career in medicine wasn’t right for me. I attended college here in DC and was surrounded by lawyers and policy professionals, many of whom were working on healthcare issues. During that time, I witnessed firsthand the essential role law and policy play in creating a more functional and equitable healthcare system. I graduated from college with a degree in healthcare management and policy and went on to pursue a JD/MPH, committed to working at the intersection of law, policy, and healthcare. Today, as an attorney in the healthcare practice group, I can use my legal training to help create health structures and systems that meet the needs of the patients and families who need them.
Q: What do you like most about working at Powers?
A: My colleagues! I feel very fortunate to work with—and learn from–so many health law and government affairs experts every single day.
Q: What advice do you have for young people hoping to start a career in law?
A: You can never do too many informational interviews. I had a pre-conceived notion of what it meant to be an attorney that did not completely align with what lawyers actually do day-to-day. I conducted dozens of informational interviews to better understand what it meant to be a healthcare lawyer and whether that path made sense for me. Law school is a time-consuming and financially burdensome decision; I encourage everyone considering a career in law to be certain it’s a path they want to pursue. And, as an added bonus, with every informational interview, you build another connection that will only benefit you down the road.
Q: Do you have any hobbies/what do you like to do outside of work?
A: I’m a huge live music fan! I keep track of all the concerts I’ve seen in a google doc (it’s the lawyer in me…), and I recently saw my 50th show. I’ve also gotten into cycling over the past year and try to get out for a ride most mornings before work.
Q: If you were not in law, what profession would you have chosen?
A: I love teaching, which explains why I like regulatory law so much – you get to become an expert in something and distill it down for others. So, I’d have to say a teacher! Probably elementary school.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant?
A: I really enjoy exploring the DC restaurant scene – I think it rivals any big city! Right now, my favorite spot is Lapis, especially for brunch.
Q: Where did you grow up?
A: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania! And I’m a huge, huge fan of my hometown. I’m always convincing friends to visit it with me.