Melisande C. Loeppert Joins Much Shelist Apprentice Program

Melisande C. Loeppert recently joined the firm as an Associate and the third participant in the Much Shelist Apprentice Program. A graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law (J.D., cum laude, 2012) and Northwestern University (B.A., 2006), Meli has represented clients in a variety of legal matters. She has prosecuted violations of building, health and safety codes; negotiated settlement offers with opposing counsel; and drafted motions, briefs and proposed ordinances. Prior to joining Much Shelist, Meli worked as an Attorney Law Clerk, Buildings and License Enforcement Division, for the City of Chicago Law Department. She also served as a Legal Extern for the Chicago Park District Law Department and for the City of Evanston Law Department.

The Much Shelist Apprentice Program gives first-year lawyers hands-on legal experience, extensive training and mentoring from accomplished attorneys across the firm's diverse practice areas. In addition to benefiting young lawyers, apprentice programs make sense to many value-conscious clients. According to a 2011 study by the Association of Corporate Counsel for the Wall Street Journal, internal cost controls have resulted in more companies refusing to pay for the work of first-year lawyers. Apprentice programs are one answer to this issue because the billing rates for apprentices are significantly lower than they are for traditional first- and second-year assciates.

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