STEM JOBS

EARLY SPRING 2018

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30 EARLY SPRING 2018 // STEMJOBS.COM LAW // SARAH G. HANCHER STEM IN THE COURTROOM When considering career options in law, many students think of two things—years of school and courtrooms. Though it might seem that there are a lot of non- STEM parts in legal careers, many attorneys rely on basic principles of these subjects to fulfill their duties each day. As an attorney who manages her own law firm, Sarah Hancher is responsible for overseeing all aspects of how the business works. In addition to ensuring her firm runs smoothly, Sarah must also work on her own caseload, meeting with clients and representing their best interests through legal advice and proceedings. While this requires attorneys to remain sharp regarding changing rules and legislation, there are also STEM elements that are necessary to working as an attorney. "Real estate law often requires the review and analysis of surveys and drawings," explains Sarah. "I am expected to identify issues with real property surveys and advise clients on how to remedy. Accounting and mathematical skills are also used on a regular basis in preparing tax returns and advising clients on estate planning matters." Though law and engineering might not seem to have anything in common, there are times when Sarah must work with engineers and understand how their projects factor into her work. "In representing a number of municipal sewer authorities, I have worked with engineers in reviewing infrastructure designs and drafting rules and regulations as it relates to efficient expansion of these systems." There are times when an attorney's role shifts from offering legal support to providing help within the local community. Through her pro-bono (free) services, Sarah has worked with a local food rescue service by helping the organization receive its tax-exempt status. This government policy allows charities to pay a reduced tax rate, or be Success at the Intersection of Law and STEM BY DOROTHY CROUCH

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