To: Michael LeRoy, professor of labor/employment relations and law.
From: Jasmine Hernandez (JD '06, MHRIR '08), Chicago-based staff attorney, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
Re: Couldn’t have done it without you.
”Professor LeRoy gave me guidance and support when I was at a crossroads. When I was certain I didn’t want to practice law, he guided me to another career path — the School of Labor Relations — that would utilize and build upon my knowledge and skills from law school.
“When I was certain I didn’t want a career in labor and employees relations, he readily supported my decision to enter the legal field, where I served as an assistant state’s attorney with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.
“Now, I’ve found myself in a new position that draws upon all my educational experiences. As an attorney with a federal agency, I now defend the agency in employment law matters.
“Professor LeRoy may not know it, but he unwittingly played a huge role in my career. I’m forever thankful I signed up for his law school course and grateful he took the time to support me.”
(That’s Hernandez in the photo unfurling American flags delivered to the College of Law in 2004, part of the UI’s ‘Never Forget Project,’ in which 3,030 flags were placed on the west law of the school in memory of those who lost their lives during the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center).