Member Spotlight

Kristina Beihoffer

Staff Attorney // Office of the Inspector General for the Chicago Board of Education

Please provide a description of your practice.

I am excited to share that I recently accepted a position as a Staff Attorney in the Sexual Allegations Unit of the Office of the Inspector General for the Chicago Board of Education! As a Staff Attorney, I will be reviewing and summarizing the investigations that result from complaints of CPS-affiliated adult-on-student sexual misconduct and working on Title IX-related issues. I have always been interested in Educational Law and Title IX in particular, so I am incredibly excited to begin my legal career in this area.

Why are you a member of the WBAI?

I first started coming to WBAI events with my mom, Denise Beihoffer, who is also a member. She encouraged me to begin networking while I was still in law school, and I’m so glad she did. I initially joined during my 3L year at her urging, but I stayed because of the wonderful women and connections I’ve made in just the past few months. I love the sense of community the WBAI brings, and it’s been incredible to meet so many like-minded women who have a passion for the law!

What do you think is the best way to empower women in law?

I think one of the best ways to empower women in law is to provide them with the stepping stones they need to thrive in this field; this includes sharing information and advice, creating opportunities, making introductions to others, and providing resources for success. As a newly licensed attorney, I have been fortunate to meet with many professional women over the past few weeks. They have all been so lovely in sharing their experiences with me, offering encouragement, and giving me advice during this time of transition. Hearing their stories has helped me immensely over the past few weeks and has felt incredibly empowering.

What are you most looking forward to in the following year, personally/professionally?

Currently, I am most looking forward to my first day of work and beginning my professional career! I’m excited to see what I learn over the course of the next year. Personally, I also love this time of year, and I am looking forward to the holidays and spending time with my family and friends.

Tell us something interesting about you.

I went straight through from undergrad to law school, but that was not my original plan. I had initially wanted to take a gap year or two and work in the legal field before applying to law schools. Covid altered that plan when it struck during my senior year. In the midst of virtual classes and a virtual graduation, I ended up applying to law schools, getting accepted, and completing my entire first year of law school via Zoom. It was definitely an interesting experience!

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Kristina Beihoffer, Staff Attorney at the Office of the Inspector General for the Chicago Board of Education, reviews and summarizes investigations that result from complaints of CPS-affiliated adult-on-student sexual misconduct and works on Title IX-related issues. She joined WBAI to begin networking while in law school and loves the sense of community the WBAI brings.