MAJOR FIELD OF STUDY: Liberal Studies & French
CURRENT EMPLOYER: Shaffer, McLauchlin & Stover, LLC
CURRENT OCCUPATION: Attorney
DESCRIBE YOUR CAREER PATH:
After graduation from the University of Maryland School of Law, I was employed as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Stephen M. Waldron, judge of the Circuit Court for Harford County, Maryland. Thereafter, I was hired by a small main street firm in Harford County. By 2001, I had become a partner in the firm, which had grown to 10 attorneys. In 2011, after fifteen years with the firm, I founded a new law firm with partners Gina Shaffer and Bradley Stover. Our firm is now five years old, has grown to five attorneys and has expanded to include an Ocean City location.
MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU LEARNED WHILE ATTENDING SALISBURY UNIVERSITY:
I learned not to avoid challenges out of fear of disappointment and to create my own opportunities. I also learned to be willing to try new things and have new experiences for the sake of finding out who I am.
WHAT CAMPUS ACTIVITIES/ORGANIZATIONS WERE YOU INVOLVED WITH?
French Club, Societe Francaise, Omicron Delta Kappa, Political Science Club, Philosophy Club, Volunteer Tutoring
BEST COLLEGE MEMORY:
The tremendous feeling of success and optimism at graduation time.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE SALISBURY UNIVERSITY?
I chose Salisbury for two reasons. First, the quality and breadth of its programs were attractive at a time when my thoughts for the future were far from clear. There was opportunity to explore. I will admit that I remained "undeclared" as long as possible. Second, I wanted to remain part of the Eastern Shore community, close to family in Delaware. .
IF YOU COULD DESCRIBE SALISBURY UNIVERSITY IN THREE WORDS, WHAT WOULD THEY BE AND WHY?
Integrity. Distinction. Freedom. Salisbury has demonstrated the ability to plan and implement positive growth and paths to success with principled and dedicated intention. Doing so has earned it national recognition not only for academic excellence but also for a creative curriculum that emphasizes undergraduate research, study abroad, professional internships and civic engagement. The numerous undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs provide students the freedom to expand their opportunities as broadly as they dream. Salisbury still boasts the fastest undergraduate time-to-degree average in the University System of Maryland. It makes me proud to be an alum.
FAVORITE VACATION SPOT AND WHY?
We have become big fans of the Disney parks. They are a great place to get away, be kids with our kids and detach for a while.
On a professional level, my greatest accomplishment has been approaching a point of balance between owning a business and practicing law on the one hand, and remaining dedicated to giving back to and serving the communities in which we practice on the other. It is incredibly rewarding to shape relationships, build bonds, influence positive results and promote successes in both settings.
WHAT IS SOMETHING PEOPLE DON'T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
I was not certain that I would ever pursue a college education. For three generations, my family had owned and operated a business in Delaware, Megee Plumbing & Heating. I strongly considered remaining in the business to be part of its future and remain committed to the Eastern Shore community. However, I also applied to one college. I would like to say that I did so in order to strategically keep my options open. The truth is that I was young and indecisive. I am pleased to say that the family business celebrates 80 years of success this year. I am equally pleased that I chose Salisbury as my next step, as it has made all the difference. I am even more pleased that my career has allowed me to remain connected to the Eastern Shore community.
I love to spend time in the kitchen. So much of what I do on a daily basis is technical and often contentious. Cooking, especially with family, is an opportunity to end or start the day with something inherently creative.
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