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University of Wisconsin – Madison alumna

Continuing in the proud tradition of public education, Rachel chose to attend the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where she double majored in Political Science and Russian Language and Civilization.  While at UW – Madison, Rachel’s academic achievement was recognized by being named to the dean’s list in Fall of 2005 and Spring of 2006. Making the dean’s list in Spring of 2006 was especially remarkable, as Rachel took 18 credits and worked two jobs totaling 55 hours per week that semester.  Rachel achieves results even under a heavy workload, which is a skill set she will use to keep her court calendar moving.  Rachel graduated with honors by graduating in the top 10% of her graduating class.

After graduation, Rachel wanted to go right into law school, but she chose to focus on her family.  When she was offered a restaurant management job in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, she moved to the Twin Cities.  After a few years in restaurant management, Rachel decided it was time to finally go to law school.

Balancing heavy workloads working full-time while in law school

Rachel attended the Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota.  While taking four courses per semester, Rachel was also working full-time on the market-level and regional-level management teams for a major retailer.  Halfway through law school, Rachel’s oldest child was born.  Despite this heavy workload, Rachel still achieved solid academic results, and she was on the dean’s list her second to last semester of law school.  Rachel never backed down from rolling up her sleeves and engaging in some hard work while balancing the high-priority needs of multiple roles.