As our team has grown, it is time to introduce you to some of our newer members. This week, meet Adeline, one of GEM Family Law’s associate attorneys!
Q. How long have you been an attorney?
A. I was recently admitted to the Colorado Bar, however, I have worked in family law in different capacities for the last two years. My family law career began in January of 2018, when I clerked for one of Cook County’s Domestic Relations Judges, the Honorable Regina Scannicchio. Following that opportunity, starting in May of 2018, I became a law clerk at one of Chicago’s premier family law firms. I graduated law school in May of 2019, took the bar exam that July, passed in October and became a licensed attorney in the State of Illinois in November of 2019. Following the bar exam, I moved home to Colorado to continue helping families and building my legal career in family law. In the fall of 2019, I began working at GEM as a law clerk while I waited for my Illinois law license to transfer to Colorado. I am now officially a member of the Colorado Bar!
Q. Have you ever worked in any other areas of the law?
A. I have briefly worked in other areas of law to gain experience outside of family law and become a more well-rounded attorney. After I graduated from Colorado State University, I moved to Cleveland to live with my grandparents the summer before I started law school. While I was living with them, I was a legal assistant at one of Cleveland’s top-tier personal injury firms. Following my first year of law school, I worked in my law school’s pro bono clinic. After having those experiences, I narrowed my focus to family law.
Q. What drew you to family law?
A. My own family history has drawn me to family law. I have also always been passionate about helping people. I liked the idea of helping clients through not only a great emotional trauma, but something I have personal experience with, as a product of divorce.
Q. What do you enjoy most about family law?
A. I like that every case brings a new, different, interesting challenge and I am able to provide help and support when people most need it.
Q. What do you think makes you stand out among other professionals?
A. I am passionate about helping people and treating people with kindness and empathy. With that being said, I also want to help clients remain focused on their needs and realize that fighting for things that are truly unimportant to them may feel good in the short-term, but only does more damage in the long-term, not only for themselves, but most often their co-parenting relationship. I also understand what being a product of divorce feels like and I think that’s a valuable perspective to give clients, especially when they have children.
Q. Are you originally from Colorado? If so, what do you love most about it? If not, what brought you to Colorado and what do you love most about it?
A. I am originally from Colorado and I love the mountains (Steamboat, specifically) but I also love that I can live in a fairly big city while being so close to the vast outdoors.
Q. When you are not working at GEM Family Law, what do you enjoy doing in your free time?
A. Hanging out with my dog Freddie (like Mercury). I also love seeing my family and friends, traveling, hiking, surfing, reading, taking a workout class, going to the dog park and being outside!
Q. What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
CASA is a program close to my heart. I worked at Harmony House, a CASA program, in college, where I supervised visits between kiddos and adults in their lives who could not have unsupervised time (mostly parents, but sometimes other adult family members). Working at Harmony House provided me unique insight to what happens after the court orders visitation and how it affects families on a day-to-day basis.