Claire Botnick is nearing completion of Washington University’s joint Juris Doctorate/Master of Social Work program. Among other achievements, she is editor-in-chief of the Washington University Journal of Law and Policy. She is past-president of the Law & Social Work Society and has been active in the Civil Rights & Community Justice Clinic.
What inspired you to get involved in the justice system? Working as a legal assistant at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office on white-collar cases during the financial crisis was where I began to understand the power of the law as a tool to effectuate great change.
What has been your favorite part of law school? Learning from the incredible faculty at Wash U. The caliber of teaching is unmatched. I have been pushed and challenged every day I have been there.
What is the best advice you’ve ever given or received? Don’t let the statute, the rule, or the holding be your only source of inspiration for problem solving on behalf of your client.