Last week, we featured Jacquelyn as one of our newest members on Council. This week, we have the pleasure of presenting Miriam (who is also new and represents District III) with her informational interview below. Welcome Miriam!
Where are you currently employed? Nichols, Sacks, Slank, Sendelbach, Buiteweg, & Solomon, P.C. in Ann Arbor.
Where did you attend law school? Michigan State University College of Law.
What objectives/goals do you have related to your new position as Council Member? My objective for my new position is to give back to the legal community and strengthen the network of young/new lawyers by creating events to bring us together and help us to develop life and career skills.
Tell us your favorite thing about your geographic region in Michigan: My favorite thing about my particular geographic region in Michigan is Ann Arbor! I love the city, it has a lot to offer in terms of great food, amazing small/local businesses, and a vibrant energy.
Why did you choose to pursue a legal career? I don't remember ever making a decision to be a lawyer, it was just something I always knew I wanted to do from a very young age. As I got older, I grew more attached to the idea of pursuing a legal career as a way to help people and give back to my community.
What is one (or two) pieces of advice you wish you knew when you were starting your legal career that you know now? I wish I knew that even the most seasoned attorneys don't know it all- with thorough preparation new attorneys can be a fair match to a senior attorney without the need to feel overwhelming intimidation. A little confidence matched with hard work can go a long way.
What is the best part of your job? Getting to help families and hopefully helping make a positive impact in their lives by directing them through less adversarial paths of family law.
What is surprising about your job that others may not know? Something surprising about my job is that as a family law attorney, the moniker "counselor" often takes on a very literal meaning as we help clients navigate some of the most difficult times of their lives.
What do you like to do in your spare time (i.e. hobbies and interests)? In my spare time I love spending time with my family and friends. Whether it's an impromptu get together or planned out event. I cherish every moment making memories with my loved ones regardless of the activity. Although this has come to a pause apart from virtual get togethers, I look forward to the day when we can all gather again safely.
If you could have one superpower, what would it be? It would be teleportation- not needing more than a couple seconds to commute anywhere would be a dream!
If you could have lunch with any person, living or dead, who would it be? Why? My maternal grandfather. I never got to meet him because he passed away long before I was born but I grew up hearing stories of the incredible man he was. I also want to thank him. His dream was for his family and grandkids to grow up in the land of opportunity, away from the oppression they faced in Iraq. He shared this dream with my grandmother and had it not been for their foresight and sacrifice I would not be where I am today.