Meet Joseph Carlasare '12
For most of his adult life, Joseph Carlasare—winner of the National Best Advocate Award in the 2010 National Institute for Trial Advocacy Tournament of Champions—has admired Abraham Lincoln, whose life story sparked his own interest in law, politics, and service to others. But from an earlier age, Joe's family and his faith have served as his inspiration.
"My parents and my Catholic education instilled in me the importance of life focused around a commitment to service; to me, this is the essential role of a lawyer," he explains. "From drafting the United States Constitution and Declaration of Independence to ending segregation in Brown v. the Board of Education, lawyers have left an indelible mark on our society. In each generation, lawyers have stood as the guardians of liberty while helping to promote progress. I cannot wait until the day when I can officially say I am part of that lineage."
Joe aspires to become an assistant U.S. attorney and selected IIT Chicago-Kent for its strengths in trial advocacy and legal writing. His education has already provided him with experience to represent his future clients effectively. In 2010, he and a partner won the NITA Tournament of Champions.
"The countless hours of preparation in the weeks before paid off when we were able to react on the fly to any problem that came our way," he says. "I'm convinced we would have never been able to achieve what we did but for the outstanding trial advocacy training from Chicago-Kent."