Five Questions with Diane Cross, UC Law's Public Sector Coordinator and Counselor
Meet Diane Cross, the law school’s newest Public Sector Coordinator & Counselor for the Center for Professional Development. Cross provides career counseling to students and alumni regarding judicial clerkships, government opportunities, and work in the public interest. A graduate of Butler University, she received her law degree from Florida Coastal School of Law.
What type of law did you practice before joining UC Law?
Prior to joining the Center for Professional Development, I was the Fellow in the Office of Public Service Initiatives for the National Association for Law Placement (NALP). While at NALP, I managed PSLawNet.org, its public interest legal career clearinghouse. Most recently, I was a legal consultant with CT Corporation, dealing with matters of corporate governance and compliance.
What sparked your interest in career development?
Simply put, I believe that a legal education can be one of the most significant investments a person can make. I enjoy assisting law students and lawyers on how to best utilize their investment and achieve their professional goals.
What’s the best part about the law/being a lawyer?
Counseling clients is my favorite part of being a lawyer. I enjoy being able to work through problems and create solutions for people. As an advocate for social responsibility, I most enjoy working with underprivileged folks to provide them with resources they otherwise may not have.
Why did you want to become a lawyer?
I wanted a career path that would continue to challenge me substantively and professionally. Mostly, I craved knowledge of the law.
What’s on your nightstand?
A book (and some dust, I’m sure) - What to Expect: the First Year. I’m afraid that my reading these days is about what is going on in the life of our infant daughter!