ASU Law Q&A with Denise Blommel
1978 ASU Law JD Grad
Some 50 years ago, five Xavier College Preparatory classmates had big dreams of their future, and ASU Law played a key role. Denise Blommel, JD '78, was among the young women who found themselves together again as they were admitted to and became a part of the law college’s early years. Now among the growing legacy of women leaders in law, Blommel has spent her career assisting employers and employees navigate through the world of work. A solo practitioner in her own labor and employment relations firm (see www.azlaborlaw.com), Blommel shared her insight on why students should choose ASU Law and her advice for new students and those looking toward a law career.
Why choose ASU Law?
The mission of Arizona State University is to introduce students to innovation in excellence. The Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at ASU is no exception. From the beginning some 50 years ago, ASU Law provided internships so that students could learn “hands on” how the practice of law works. I was fortunate to have an internship at the Maricopa County Public Defender’s Office in Phoenix City Court. I learned how to interview defendants charged with misdemeanors and to help defense counsel with their overwhelming caseload. I even had the opportunity to argue a case in the Arizona Supreme Court. My classmates and I competed in Moot Court, we won the coveted Jenckes Cup, and our all-woman team won second place in the nation. I made lifelong friends and had a great experience.
What advice do you have for new students?
Get to know your classmates. These people will appear over and over again as you pursue your career path. Your friends from law school will be your support as you go through that path.
Offer to help when you can.
Get involved in the extracurricular internships, externships, and clubs.
Don’t just sit in a corner and study.
Don’t be afraid.
Your advice to those looking toward a career in law?
Choose a path within the law that comports with how you can be of most help to others while pursuing your true interests.
For me, it has been assisting employers and employees navigate through the world of work.
Remember that this career is not about making money – it is about being of service to the greater community.