Chicago-Kent Honors Scholar
Class of 2014
Esther Minell graduated cum laude from Bethel University, St. Paul, MN with a double-major in history and political science and a minor in philosophy. During her junior year, she spent a semester in Cairo, Egypt studying Arabic and the history and politics of the Middle East. She spent the summer after her junior year studying at Georgetown University and working as an intern for Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao. After graduating, she spent two years working as a Spanish teacher for Spanish-speaking students in St. Paul, Minnesota and two summers working for a youth organization in the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation in Montana.
In pursuit of a career as a litigator, Esther serves as Vice President of the Moot Court Honors Society and represented Chicago-Kent at the American Bar Association's moot court competition. During her 2L year, Esther worked as a courthouse advocate for victims of domestic violence and assisted Dean Harold J. Krent with research on the Social Security Administration's adjudicatory processes. The summer after her 2L year, she worked as a summer associate for Babst Calland Clements and Zomnir, P.C. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She looks forward to working as an intern for the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Northern District of Illinois during her 3L year. Esther has externed for the Honorable G. Murray Snow in the District of Arizona and the Honorable James B. Zagel in the Northern District of Illinois. In her free time, she enjoys walking the city with her husband and dog, baking, reading and running.