President's Message

Brittany Grayson

A MESSAGE FROM Brittany Grayson, L'11

If you want to be a true professional, you will do something outside yourself.  Something to repair tears in your community. Something to make life a little better for people less fortunate than you. That’s what I think a meaningful life is. One lives not just for oneself, but for one’s community. – Justice RBG

Greetings Marquette Family,

It is with humility and excitement that I begin my service as president of the Marquette University Law Alumni Association this coming May.  On behalf of the board, I express my gratitude to past-president Jes Ballenger for her many years of board service and leadership.

My history with Marquette dates back to the summer of 2003.  I arrived at McCormick Hall on 16th and Wisconsin on a warm summer day, both excited and anxious to meet my peers in the Marquette University Educational Opportunity Program.  Spending that summer in the EOP program on campus allowed me to build some of the most formative relationships of my adult life.  The mentorship and support that I received from my EOP family was my first exposure to the Marquette mission in action.

That sentiment carried on into my time as a law student.  I still remember opening my law school acceptance letter, signed by Dean Kearney with a handwritten message from him that said, “Come home to Marquette, Brittany.” 

I have been at home at Marquette ever since.  Since graduating in 2011, I have remained active in law school events and committees, determined to pay forward the support I received during my time as a student.  For the past several years, I have been a board member of the Law Alumni Association, the purpose of which is to further the mission of the law school and support positive alumni relations.  It brings me great joy to act as an ambassador of the law school, to mentor and mold the minds of our community’s future lawyers, and to recognize our distinguished alumni. 

I challenge you to become active within the Marquette community and to truly live the Marquette mission of faith, service, leadership, and excellence.  I hope to see you connecting with students and alumni at some of our events this year, whether that be the Annual Diversity Reception, the PILS Auction, or the Traveling CLE Program in Nashville, Tennessee.  Perhaps we will run into each other at one of Judge Derek Mosley’s events in the Lubar Center for Public Policy, Research, and Civic Education.  Maybe I will see you at a restorative justice event led by Judge Mary Triggiano in the Andrew Center for Restorative Justice. 

Wherever our paths may cross, I look forward to connecting with you.  Until then, as Dean Howard B. Eisenberg would say, “do well and do good.”

Brittany Grayson, Bus. Ad. ‘07 & Law ‘11