a religion class. By my fourth
week, I knew I had found my calling: my economics
class was Economic Analysis of the Law,
and I loved it!
From Rice, I went on to the University
of Texas School of Law. Thanks to all those essays
and papers at Rice, writing law school exams was
a breeze, and my success there presented me with
great opportunities. Immediately after law school,
I clerked for Judge Lee Hyman Rosenthal of the
Southern District of Texas. (After accepting,
I had a small world moment: Judge
Rosenthals father, Professor Harold Hyman,
had taught me the history class I took my first
semester at Rice.) Following my judicial clerkship,
I accepted an Olin Fellowship to become a Visiting
Lecturer in Law at the University of Virginia
School of Law.
When I finally entered private
practice, I joined Susman Godfrey LLP. It was
and is a litigation only firm, specializing in
complex commercial cases. Last year, Susman Godfrey
was named as one of the top two litigation boutiques
in the country. Ive been a partner here
for several years now, and my work remains exciting
for me. I have litigated antitrust, employment,
breach of contract, business torts, patent, and
ERISA cases in federal and state courts and in
arbitrations across the country (and even some
international arbitrations outside the country).
I love my work.
Surprisingly, my ties to Rice
have strengthened, not weakened, since graduation.
The professor who taught me that life-changing
economics class my first semester is now one of
my closest friends. One of my partners married
another Rice professor who taught me that first
year, and we have become close friends as well.
Several of my other partners are
Rice alumni, one of whom was in my economics class.
My wedding reception was at the Rice Faculty Club,
and I return there several times a year for the
meetings of the Houston Philosophical Society,
of which I am a member. I live within walking
distance of the university and so pass my alma
mater on a daily basis. I have taken my husband
and friends regularly to the Shepherd School music
performances and this year will take my little
girl for the first time. Its been a wonderful
thing to grow with a school rather than away from