Elizabeth Moon, J.D. '07

What did you like about the Immigration Clinic and what did you learn
that may be relevant to your work now?

The best part of being a student attorney in the Immigration Clinic was the experience of independently managing my own caseload, similar to a real attorney.  While Professor Benitez was always available to provide advice and guidance, he gave me enough independence so that I felt completely responsible for my own cases and personally accountable to my clients.  I learned to objectively analyze the strengths and weaknesses of my clients’ cases to determine which arguments would be most persuasive and beneficial for my clients.  In addition, I became very conscientious of deadlines that had to be met for each case because of the potentially serious consequences for missing those deadlines.

I also enjoyed the collegial atmosphere among the Immigration Clinic students.  Because of the amount of time and dedication that is required to be a student attorney in the Immigration Clinic, I believe my colleagues and I felt a certain camaraderie that set us apart from non-clinic students and even other non-immigration clinic students.

My experience as a practicing attorney is very similar to my experience at the Immigration Clinic.  At my law firm, I am usually handed a file, given some background facts about the case, told where in the litigation process we are at, and then left on my own to proceed from there.  The partners I work with are always there for guidance if I need, but generally allow me to personally handle the case as much as possible.


Please provide some information about where you currently work.

I am currently working as an associate at a law firm in New Jersey in the labor, employment, and governmental law group.  Although I have been assigned to a few commercial litigation cases, I generally work on cases involving claims of discrimination under federal and/or state law.

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