Anna Stephens

Commercial Lease Abstraction Analyst, Robert Half Legal

2015 | Chicago, IL

Michigan State University| Bachelor of Arts, History

“(Clinics are) the best part of being a law student—it’s absolutely useful, and far and away the best activity a student can do to prepare for the real world of practicing law.”

Anna Stephens chose the Civil Rights Clinic because she wanted to participate in a meaningful, resume-building activity during her final year of law school. “I felt a clinic would shore up my legal skills while allowing me to affect some positive change,” she said. “The Civil Rights Clinic was the best way to do that. It is the best part of being a law student—it’s absolutely useful, and far and away the best activity a student can do to prepare for the real world of practicing law.”

Anna’s work at the clinic included all aspects of litigating three federal cases (including one on appeal). “My responsibilities included drafting discovery documents, conducting depositions, appearing in federal court for hearings and trial, as well as interacting with the clients and expert witnesses on a regular basis,” she said.

One of her proudest moments at the clinic arose when she participated in a case at the federal 7th Circuit. Court of Appeals. “For the case of Perotti v. Quinones, I traveled to Chicago with Professor Manville and presented oral arguments on behalf of our client in front of the 7th Circuit,” Anna said.