Congratulations to second-year student Sandi Tanoue, who will be interning this summer for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Chicago. Tanoue is one of only 13 law students from around the country offered the prestigious internship.
As an intern, Tanoue will assist federal prosecutors in preparing for trial and other litigation matters including conducting research, preparing memoranda, drafting pleadings and assisting in depositions. She will work on both criminal and civil matters. Because she will have her “711 License,” Tanoue also will be able to appear in court under the supervision of attorneys in the office.
“Being selected for the USAO’s summer program is an honor, and I am excited about the opportunity,” Tanoue said.
Tanoue has externed for two federal judges at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, but also will start the summer program at the U. S. Attorney’s Office with another unique experience. Before she started law school, Tanoue and her father spent more than three years successfully litigating a case pro se in their native Hawaii involving a tort claim her father had over personal injuries he sustained from another person.
Tanoue’s experience encouraged her to think about applying to law school, something that she had previously not considered growing up in a small town on the Big Island of Hawaii. “My dad’s case sparked my interest in the law. His case defined my career. It gave me confidence, and it gave me purpose. It made me the person that I am today