President's Message

Jesica Ballenger

A MESSAGES FROM Jesica Ballenger, L'10

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

Greetings Marquette Community,

Over the last six years, I have had the great pleasure to serve as a board member of the Law Alumni Association and, as of May 10, 2022, I am honored to begin serving as president of this amazing organization for the coming year. I take this role knowingexceptional leaders, such as Past-President David Bourne, have proceeded me. I intend to make them, and you, proud.

As we emerge from our collective hibernation, the result of an unprecedented pandemic, I hope we take this opportunity to reconnect with our family, friends, and communities in a meaningful way. The Jesuit education we all share instilled in us the idea that we should be servant leaders. As a dedicated public servant, I am delighted to share with you that current students are carrying forward this idea. Angela Schultz, assistant dean for Public Service, reported that during the 2021–2022 school year, 73 percent of Marquette law students have chosen to give of themselves through pro bono work. This dedication to the community should make every Marquette lawyer proud.

This brings to me to our Law Alumni Association and how we can be of service to you. The association provides the opportunity for alumni to remain connected through continuing legal education programming, mentoring opportunities, and networking events (like the Recent Graduate Reception and the alumni basketball game). For our future Marquette Lawyers, the association is here to provide you with meaningful connections to alumni across the state and throughout the country. I encourage you to actively engage with the alumni you meet. Whether connecting through events sponsored at Eckstein Hall or through other venues, know that Marquette alumni are committed to helping you succeed.

Mindful of our shared calling to be of service to others that I ask all Marquette lawyers to think about how we can be of service to our Marquette community. Consider attending the Alumni Awards Ceremony or the Diversity Reception to connect with students, faculty, and classmates. Reach out to the Career Planning Center and inquire if a student is looking to connect with alumni in your practice area. Consider volunteering your time to judge Moot Court or help with the Mock Interview Program. And, as always, consider attending your class reunion. There are so many ways to connect.

Best wishes for a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2022–2023.

Jes Ballenger, L’10

P.S. Take a minute to enjoy a stroll through Eckstein Hall.