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Co-op 1

US District Court for the District of New Jersey, Camden

Under the supervision of the Honorable Jerome Simandle, Okechi conducted legal research and drafted opinions regarding civil and criminal matters. Okechi also observed court proceedings and gained incite on different lawyering styles.    

Co-op 2

Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Boston

This co-op gave Okechi the opportunity to interact directly with clients and to participate in strategy meetings regarding issues related to employment discrimination. Okechi was able to gain experience critically analyzing employment issues from the employee’s point of view.  

Activities

  • Black Law Students Association (president and treasurer)

Lawyering Fellow

Legal Skills in Social Context

Okechi was selected as a student instructor for the required first-year Legal Skills in Social Context course. She led a group of first-year law students in a social justice project for the Massachusetts Black Legislative Caucus, exploring the inefficiencies in access to mental health care services in Massachusetts prisons.

Research Assistant

Working with Professor Margaret Burnham and the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, Okechi interviewed witnesses for the landmark Moore v. Franklin County case in Mississippi.

Electives

  • Labor Arbitration
  • Employment Law
  • Civil Trial Practice
  • Negotiation

Co-op 3

Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, Morristown, New Jersey

Okechi worked on employment and education law issues throughout this co-op. She represented employers and gained an understanding of their perspectives in employment and labor law matters. 

Clinic

Poverty Law and Practice

Okechi counseled and represented three indigent clients in unemployment hearings, and was able to obtain favorable results for all of her clients.  

Co-op 4

Massachusetts Teachers Association, Boston

On this co-op, Okechi was able to assist attorneys in counseling employees on labor issues, with the added dynamic of dealing with a union. It was a terrific follow-up to her private firm experience.

after graduation

Associate, Porzio, Bromberg & Newman, Morristown, New Jersey

A member of the firm’s Commercial Practice Group, Okechi concentrates in the areas of employment and labor law, general commercial litigation, and education law.

result

An employment specialist who considers issues from both sides.