As a summer associate in the general counsel’s office at Credit Suisse after her first year of law school, Gabrielle Wolf ’13 witnessed the impact securities law can have on people’s lives.
“It brought a lot of color to the financial regulatory issues that have been in the news,” says Wolf. “With the tax and white-collar defense cases, there was much more on the line than just money. Careers were at stake.”
An added challenge, Wolf notes, was that many of the cases she was helping to contest were crafted by some of the government’s top lawyers. “One day it might be interesting to switch over to the prosecutorial side,” says Wolf, who delved into corporate legal practice at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom this past summer.
At the Law School, she served as political chair for the Columbia Law Women’s Association. Wolf has also focused on using her legal skills to make a lasting impact on New York City. The Barnard graduate helped draft the employee manual for Harlem’s new Global Community Charter School and worked closely with both the head of the school and its executive board to help make their educational vision a reality.
“The experience taught me how much flexibility there is within a school’s education system to meet certain goals and community needs,” says Wolf. “I hope the school will help students realize they have opportunities within their reach and can add value to the world.”