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  • LeAnn Upton

upton-leannOffice Assistant

Saint Louis University School of Law, Legal Clinics

Since 2012, LeAnn Upton has often been the first point of contact for potential clients to the Saint Louis University School of Law’s legal clinics. Upton frequently encounters callers or visitors who are upset, but is renowned for her ability to defuse even the most tense situation. “Some callers are desperate for help or an ear to listen and LeAnn takes each call with untiring grace and humility,” wrote nominator Patricia Lee. “She is beloved as she provides a calming force within a fast-paced law clinic setting. Her quick wit and sense of humor can lighten even the most serious of situations.”

What led you to choose a career in the legal field?

My mother was a legal secretary. My father was a high school guidance counselor. My two brothers were lawyers. My two sisters were teachers. When the opportunity arose to work in the SLU Law legal clinics I was happy to be able to combine my family’s love of the law and education.

What is the best part of your job?

Working with our students. It gives me great pleasure to see their commitment to their clients and the work they put in to try to get the best outcome for them.

What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?

Write everything down!

What is your favorite thing to do away from work?

Read.

What is something that would surprise people about you?

In my younger days I swam competitively and was also in synchronized swimming performances.

Anything else you want people to know?

I am humbled by the attorney/professors at the SLU Law legal clinics. Their commitment to justice for the people in our community and to the education of their students is truly inspiring.

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