My time clerking greatly influences my practice. Apart from the experience analyzing cases and assisting with rendering decisions, my time with Judge Drake and Judge Manion gave me the opportunity to see the practice of law from behind the bench. I reviewed briefs and submissions, attended oral arguments and bench trials, and interacted with counsel, all from the unique perspective of the judge. Those experiences have given me a much greater understanding of how a judge responds to a lawyer's work and how a judge makes decisions in cases. That understanding is a tool I use to our clients' benefit.