Akron labor and employment law firm Kastner Westman & Wilkins has selected two talented law clerks to join them for the summer to work alongside KWW professionals and aid their clients in rebounding from what has been an extremely challenging year for employers.
“We’re impressed with the intelligence, positive attitudes and academic performance of these two young women and welcome them and their fresh, diverse perspectives to our workplace,” said Jim Wilkins, KWW managing shareholder.
University of Akron School of Law student Alexis Eichelberger loves a challenge. After spending her undergrad years at Ohio University pursuing a degree in journalism, she decided to enter law school.
Eichelberger hopes to take her new legal knowledge and use it creatively to assist others while exploring her interest in employment law.
“I’m really hoping to refine the foundational skills I learned during my first year of law school and expand on them during my time here,” she added.
She is on track to graduate from the University of Akron in May 2023 and intends to take her bar exam in July of that same year. She is also involved in the Business Law Society at The University of Akron School of Law and hopes to write for the Akron Law Review next year.
On the same timeline and career trajectory is law clerk Meena Hatab. Originally from Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Hatab studies at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.
She received her bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Alberta.
“Sociology was my first introduction to legal classes and I found I really enjoyed that aspect, which led me down this career path,” she said.
During her clerkship, she hopes to focus on her legal research and analysis skills. She also hopes to polish her research product to allow for more concise answers to legal questions.
“I believe that being able to not only conduct research effectively but to also relay the research findings in a way that is useful to the client or colleague is a valued skill in a law career and will allow me to be able to support my clients and colleagues in the best way that I can,” added Hatab.
She will also graduate in 2023 and anticipates taking the bar exam that summer. Hatab is treasurer of the Arab Law Student Association at Cleveland-Marshall and is an active member of the Women’s Law Association, as well as the newly-formed Catholic Lawyers Guild. She also serves as a research coordinator for the Yemen Accountability Project hosted by Case Western Reserve University.
Both clerks noted that the boutique firm feel of KWW has allowed them to feel welcome and valued for their contributions.