Helen Mellas

Helen Mellas

About Helen: I love the Beatles and even named my cat (who joined me at NIU Law) Lucy after the song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” I enjoy painting, baking, yoga, and spending time with my family and my new cat named Milo.

Previous Legal and/or Professional Experience: During my junior year at Loyola, I interned at a firm in downtown Chicago that specialized in family law. It was at this law firm that I confirmed both my passion for family law and, after researching for a child abuse case, my decision to become a Guardian ad Litem. From November 2011 through July of 2012, I worked downtown at a law firm that specializes in Worker’s Compensation claims. I also worked at the Kane County Public Defender's Office for over a year as a legal intern and as 711 licensed intern in the felony division. I am a CASA/Guardian ad Litem in the Kane County Abuse and Neglect Courts and currently work at a criminal defense and family law firm.

What do you like the most about being at NIU Law? When doing research on law schools, I felt it was very important to contact the schools personally when I had questions (and there were many).  I also made a point of attending meet and greets, taking a tour, and utilizing the resources that NIU Law offered.  NIU Law was extremely helpful and made sure all of my questions were answered. In many cases, people referred me to additional individuals who could assist me even beyond what I originally needed.  In speaking with professors, alumni, current students, and faculty at NIU Law, one thing was extremely apparent: everyone is there to help.  Before starting classes, I had multiple upperclassmen who reached out to me offering any guidance I needed to make my transition to law school as stress-free as possible, and I know this assistance will continue throughout my time here at NIU Law.

What activities are you involved in? I am the President and founding member of the Professionalism and Ethics Society and President of the Women's Law Caucus.

This interview was updated in Fall 2014.

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