Published on: Thursday, June 6, 2013
In May 2004 Monica Gould attended her law school commencement ceremony as a member of the inaugural graduating class at University of St. Thomas School of Law. She then went on to a career as a litigation attorney for a Minneapolis-based firm, all the while demonstrating her continued zeal for UST Law and its mission through her volunteer service on its alumni board and in the Mentor Externship program.
“My law school experience here left me with the feeling that I was completely, fully and adequately prepared to be an attorney,” said Gould. “Of course, you always learn the day-to-day aspects of the career while you are on the job, but (UST Law) really helped me understand what it means to bring that fully-integrated outlook to the profession. And because of that I was really driven to give back to the School of Law in a volunteer capacity.”
So it should come as no surprise that Gould is thrilled to be serving students and the UST Law community in a new capacity – as Assistant Director for Career and Professional Development. She was hired for the new position last month, almost nine years to the day since she graduated as a member of UST Law’s pioneering class.
“It was a very natural transition for me, after working nine years in litigation for a firm in downtown Minneapolis and learning so much about the practical aspects of professional development,” Gould said, reflecting on her decision to pursue a new career opportunity – one in which she is tasked with helping Law School students prepare for careers in the field of law.
During her nine-year tenure with Bowman and Brooke LLP, Gould represented a diverse group of clients and performed a wide variety of tasks for the firm – she counseled stakeholders on risk and high level decision-making, handled hearings, arbitrations and mediations, conducted discovery, negotiated settlements in complex litigation cases and interviewed and hired associates.
“With my background at the firm, I was actively involved in the hiring process and learned a lot about so many aspects of that process and what employers are looking for in recent grads and lateral attorneys,” Gould said. “I’m excited to share that wealth of knowledge and experience with students and alumni as they plan their career path and pursue various job opportunities.”
Gould’s professional resume and lasting connection to UST Law make her a wonderful addition to the school’s Career and Professional Development team, said Kendra Brodin, Director of Career and Professional Development.
“Monica brings an impressive combination of skills and experience in both legal practice and career advising,” Brodin said. “Even more importantly, as a graduate of the school, Monica brings a deep passion for and commitment to UST Law, its students, and its long-term success. I look forward to supporting the students and alumni of UST Law alongside Monica. She will bring so much to our office and to the law school community.”