Pathway: Government and Law
In order to help you narrow down your career options from “anything” to something more manageable, we’re introducing the concept of “pathways,” five broad career categories that humanities students often pursue.
Moving forward, all Stars to Steer By events will be advertised according to these categories so that you can explore different career directions.
- Sean Southern, Legal Talent Manager at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Indy
- Whittley Pike, Senior Associate Director of Professional Development at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indy
- Jessica Mayflower Beinart, Executive Legal Assistant/Senior Paralegal at Bays Family Law, Zionsville
Sean Southern graduated from Ball State in 2000 with a double major in English and History and eventually decided to go to law school. After law school, he practiced real estate law at a large law firm in Chicago, represented indigent criminal defendants at Illinois’ Appellate Defender’s Office, and spent several years working with law students. Now, Sean helps associates work their way toward partnership at Faegre Baker Daniels. He loves working at a great firm with smart, motivated lawyers.
Whittley Pike graduated from the Honors College in 2011 with a BA in English/RW with a minor in German. She participated in Student Government and an Indiana House of Representatives internship. After college, she attended Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. For several years Whittley was a partner in a small law firm focusing on Elder Law, estate planning, and trust administration. Ms. Pike served as Co-Chair of the Proactive Elder Law team of the National Network of Estate Planning Attorneys (NNEPA), presenting that team’s findings regarding diminishing capacity as well as proactive trust planning through a series of NNEPA conference workshops. Whittley also served as NNEPA Career Counsellor from 2017-2019. In that role, she coached new and transitioning attorneys on their next steps toward pursuing a law practice that more adequately met their personal and professional goals. In her current role, Whittley works as career coach to law students and organizes on campus programming for career exploration at the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis.
Jessica Beinart graduated in 2011 with a BA in English/CW and a minor in professional writing. After a brief stint as a professional blogger for Emmis Communications, she put her professional writing skills to use as a legal assistant. Jessica worked her way up from legal assistant to paralegal to senior staff at Bays Family Law where she worked primarily in family law related cases. She also handled all of the estate and probate related cases including guardianships and estate planning. As of the fall of 2019, Jessica works as a paralegal for the state at the Department of Workforce Development. She has enjoyed working in both private and public law.
There will be pizza.
There will be prizes.
All majors are welcome to attend, but especially English, history, philosophy, religious studies, and modern languages and classics.