Philosophy & Political Science
Partner at Miller & Chase
I graduated Millikin in 2010 summa cum laude with a BA in Philosophy and Political Science. Prior to switching my major to Philosophy and then adding Political Science, I was a double-major in Music Business and Commercial Music. While at Millikin, I participated in Moot Court for three years, to great success. After graduation, I did my first year of law school at CU Boulder; I then transferred to Seattle University, where I graduated in 2013. While in law school, I worked as a law clerk in one of the area’s pre-eminent traumatic personal injury firms and was a regional semifinalist in the Thomas Tang 2012 Moot Court competition. Following graduation, I moved to Eastern Washington and worked as a public defender for nearly three years. Since November of 2016, I have been engaged in private practice as a partner at Miller & Chase, PLLC, in Okanogan, Washington.
I completed all of the courses that constitute the Pre-Law minor. Some of these were incredibly useful… and still are. I’ve had occasion to include footnotes in briefs with information I learned in Introduction to Logic. Appellate Legal Reasoning certainly helped as well; I’m scheduled to argue State v. Brooks, No. 350029 in the Washington Court of Appeals, Division 3, on December 5, 2017, and I’ll be using skills I learned at Millikin. Our firm currently has three other pending appeals before that Court. I cannot understate the radical difference between undergraduate study and law school. Courses that prepare students for not only law school, but also the actual practice of law are immensely beneficial. An undergraduate program that teaches students to read, think, write, and argue like law students gives students a leg up as they enter the most challenging semester they’ve yet to experience.