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Carolyn Noon, 29, of Berkeley Heights, New Jersey, will earn her degree from the University of Oregon School of Law on May 19, 2012. She will graduate with focus in the areas of Criminal Law and Child Advocacy, where she has spent a significant amount of her time working on litigation.

Noon attended college in St. Louis, Missouri, and lived there for nine years before deciding to pursue a career in law. She remembers opening her acceptance letter to Oregon Law and it read, “Our students are active and activists.”

“I chose Oregon because I wanted to be around students and professors who share my values,” she said.

Noon proved to be an activist during her time at Oregon Law. She participated in the Women’s Law Forum, Oregon Child Advocacy Project, and Mock Trial Regional Team. She also worked at the Lane County DA’s office and at the Prosecution Clinic.

Many people inspired Noon on her journey throughout the last three years, including Erin Zemper, her supervisor at the Prosecution Clinic, and her colleagues at the Lane County DA’s office. Academically, Professor Caroline Forell and Professor Leslie Harris inspired her at Oregon Law.

“Professor Forell taught me to challenge where the law came from and how it has developed,” Noon explained. “As my fellowship advisor, Professor Harris has taught me much, but more importantly she has also been a tremendous support throughout law school. She’s my law school mom, supportive, concerned, and encouraging.”

Noon’s most rewarding experience at Oregon Law was getting over her stage fright. During her previous career, she often times found herself public speaking, but she says that was quite a different experience than litigation.

“My education has given me a lot of intellectual tools, and my mentors have taught me how to effectively prepare for trial. On top of that, practice has eased it quite a bit.”

Earning a degree from the University of Oregon School of Law is a great achievement. The law school is part of one of the nation’s leading research universities and, based on reputation, is the top ranked school in the state of Oregon, and the second in the Pacific Northwest. The School of Law also has four nationally top- ranked specialty programs in which students learn and prosper from the highly qualified faculty that work within them. Oregon Law lets students thrive in its close-knit community and encourages students to make the school their second home.

Noon values her degree from Oregon Law because of the range of experiences she has been afforded over the past three years.

“From scholarly pursuits to litigation to leadership positions, my education at Oregon Law has been a potpourri of experiences, each one preparing me in a different way for my legal career.”

Noon appreciates that Oregon Law has given her the experience and training needed to pursue something that she is passionate about. She loves litigation and found that she belongs inside the courtroom. Noon plans to pursue this passion for litigation after graduation.

She would like to thank her friend and mentor, Rachel McCalla for supporting her career, starting in St. Louis. Noon says McCalla taught her how to be a professional.

“I plan to use my degree (and my pre-law school career) to contribute to the community by seeking out opportunities to sit on non-profit boards. No matter what course my career takes, it is important to me to continue being an active citizen.”

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