Alumni Spotlight

Henry Hockeimer

(Class of 1985)

photo of Henry Hockeimer"I work for a law firm, Ballard Spahr, which I joined in 2005. We're based in Philadelphia and have 16 offices around the country. I'm the practice leader of the white-collar and government investigations group. Before that I was a federal prosecutor."

Read what Henry had to say about his path to the legal profession.

Amanda Grandjean

(Class of 2013)

photo of Amanda Grandjean"I had always wanted to go to law school, and although there was no Pre-Law program at Miami at the time, I was lucky enough to get to know Maria Vitullo, now the director of the Sue J. Henry Center for Pre-Law Education, and we're very close. Maria helped guide my path to law school, so after graduating from Miami I went directly to Ohio State and focused on election law."

Read what Amanda had to say about her position in public service.

Katie Liss

(Class of 2002)

photo of Katie Liss"For those students with any interest in the law, sign up for Miami's pre-law program — director Maria Vitullo and advisor Elizabeth Zimmerman run a phenomenal program, and they will definitely help connecting you to prominent attorneys and preparing your for law school!"

Read what Katie had to say about her profession and Miami's pre-law program.

Susan Duncan

(Class of 1987)

Susan Duncan"I really believe in a commitment to service. Even if your job is not a public interest position you still should do some pro bono or other charitable work … To be happy in law, you have to … strike a balance among your family life, your firm life, and your personal development."

Read what Susan had to say about practicing law and teaching law.

R. Todd Johnson

(Class of 1982)

R. Todd Johnson"My favorite [movie about the legal profession] of all time is To Kill a Mockingbird. I don't think you can get a better story about what it would be like to be a great lawyer than both the skill that Atticus Finch had and the ethos—you know, his passion to be loyal to his client's cause even in the face of unpopularity. I think it's very inspirational for lawyers."

Read what Todd had to say about what he learned as an undergraduate at Miami.