The challenge of law school has shown Brazitte Poole just how hard she can work and how much she can accomplish. "You push yourself to impossible limits and now to be able to get that prize, I feel really good about that."
"After this three years I joke with my friends that I don't feel like there's anything I can't learn now. If you walk me through brain surgery I feel like I could do it. It gives you a whole different appreciation for what you're capable of if you dedicate 1000 percent to the task in front of you."
Brazitte is a Pittsburgh native who earned her undergraduate degree in political science at Slippery Rock University and began her career at the Social Security Administration. After several years she wanted to follow her dream of attending law school but knew leaving a good federal job came with risks but she notes that, "three years later I'm doing things I would have never gotten a chance to do at that job, ever."
"Duquesne made me feel wanted in a way that the other law schools I applied to didn't. I felt like they were invested in me as a student. I wanted that personal connection."
While at Duquesne she has taken advantage of her opportunities. Brazitte worked at the Juvenile Defender Clinic with Tiffany Sizemore, Assistant Professor of Clinical Legal Education, completed an externship at UPMC in their labor and employment group, worked as a law clerk at Ogletree Deakins, had a summer experience with U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan and still works as a Research Assistant for Associate Professor of Law, Jalila Jefferson-Bullock. Just this past year she competed in three prestigious competitions - the Regional and National American Bar Association Arbitration Competition and the Seigenthaler-Sutherland Cup National First Amendment Moot Court Competition.All the while she has been working with several women on the organization she helped cofound before coming to Duquesne, Invest In Her. "We wanted to lend support to female entrepreneurs because we were finding that Pittsburgh is this hub of startups, incubators and we weren't seeing women represented in that growth."After Commencement this Friday Brazitte will work full-time at Ogletree Deakins in downtown Pittsburgh, while also devoting time to Invest In Her. She takes the bar exam in July. And, as if that were not enough she is soon to receive multiple honors including being chosen as a New Pittsburgh Courier Fab 40 honoree (stay tuned for ticket availability for the July 19 event!)
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