American Bar Association Center for Innovation
Irene is an inaugural NextGen Fellow at the ABA Center for Innovation. Her fellowship project focuses on the privacy and data security risks faced by low-income and marginalized individuals. Formerly, Irene was a Summer Associate at Edelson PC in Chicago and a Legal Intern at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University.
After Irene’s fellowship ends in August 2018, she is looking for a litigation position. Irene graduated from a competitive litigation program at Michigan State University College of Law. In the program, she worked through civil and criminal cases, from pretrial work to summary judgment arguments to complete jury trials. To supplement the program, Irene sought experience in alternative dispute resolution by becoming a certified civil mediator and competing on MSU Law’s arbitration team, earning a third-place finish at the ABA National Arbitration Competition.
Irene also has expertise in legal operations. Irene helped Professor Daniel W. Linna Jr. launch LegalRnD – The Center for Legal Services Innovation. Through LegalRnD, she participated in lean process improvement projects with legal services organizations and local courts to increase access to legal services. Additionally, Irene has helped build software solutions to win two legal hackathons.
Irene is a licensed attorney in Michigan. Before law school, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Michigan-Dearborn.
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