Member Monday Profile: Dimitra Katsis

Law Clerk // Women’s Divorce & Family Law Group by Haid & Teich
Student Attorney // Loyola Civitas ChildLaw Clinic

Description of your practice:
As a law clerk at the Women’s Divorce & Family Law Group, I assist attorneys in dissolution of marriage and child custody cases. I enjoy the fast-paced nature of the work we do and my ability make a personal impact on our client’s lives.  At Loyola, I am also a 711 Student Attorney in our ChildLaw Clinic. There, we represent children in high-conflict child custody cases and Child Protection cases. This role is particularly rewarding as it allows me to build a relationship with the children that I represent such that they feel as though they have an ally in me, in a court process that is otherwise very challenging.

Why are you a member of the WBAI?
I was introduced to the WBAI through a former co-worker, Courtney Lindbert who raved about this organization so much that I had to see what it was all about. Through this organization, I have had the opportunity to meet inspiring women who have taken the time to mentor and challenge me to be the best version of myself. This is an organization that celebrates the success of women and gives women a platform off of which to help one another. Most recently, I served as a Co-Chair of the WBAI Race Judicata team and got to witness firsthand the support that the members of this organization show one another. Though I have only become a member of the WBAI since entering law school, I hope to stay involved with the various WBAI initiatives throughout my career.

What are the qualities  you have seen and admired in a senior female attorney you know? 
I have had the opportunity to meet many successful senior female attorneys. What has always stood out to me about them is their incredible ability to balance their personal and professional lives. Furthermore, the strong female attorneys that I have had the privilege of meeting also welcome the opportunity to be a mentor and to help shape the careers of those who are newer to the practice of law. I have been fortunate enough to have become friends with the women who took a chance on mentoring me and hope to follow in their footsteps in the future.

What are you most looking forward to in the following year, personally/professionally?
I am looking forward to graduating law school in the spring of 2019 and starting my career as an attorney. In the meantime, I plan to enjoy what I have left of law school and to travel to Athens, Greece as part of Loyola’s International Mediation Team.

Tell us something interesting about you.
I am a first generation Greek-American and that has helped shape my interests and career. Ever since I worked at the United States Embassy in Athens, Greece I knew that I wanted to make sure to give back to my Greek-American community. Currently, I am involved with an advocacy organization, the Hellenic American Leadership Council, that educates members of Congress on issues that are important to the Greek community.