Written by: Ellen Reed, KCBA Community Services Program Specialist
Caitlin Baird is a Neighborhood Legal Clinics Summer Intern who has been an amazing asset to NLC this year. She is currently a law student at the University of Louisville in Kentucky and plans to settle in Seattle and begin her legal career after finishing law school in May 2014. Caitlin was kind enough to answer a few questions for Pro Bono Dicta before heading back to Kentucky later this week….
What kinds of work have you done in the past and what has been your favorite job so far?
Most of the jobs I’ve worked have been customer focused; I’ve worked in retail, as a waitress, in a couple small law and accounting offices. My favorite job was my waitress job on Shelter Island, NY alongside one of my cousins for a summer.
Favorite volunteer experience?
My top two favorite volunteer experiences, outside of NLC of course, are Habitat for Humanity (I’ve loved meeting the people who benefit from that program and helping build their homes with them) and Dress for Success (fashion + empowering women = awesome).
What made you decide to pursue a career in law?
I chose to pursue a career in law because the law is so far reaching and impacts so many people in so many different ways. I also think the communication and organizational skills I’ve developed will help me serve my clients well.
What kind of work would you like to do as a lawyer?
I want to focus my work in areas that I can use my business background- either in consumer law, entrepreneurial law or business law – but I’m still trying to figure it out.
Volleyball (my chances for the Olympics are shot but it’s still a lot of fun!), music (all kinds – bluegrass to bieber) and fashion (more personal style than runway designers, but it’s all the same in the end).