Volunteer Attorney Spotlight: Peggy Serrano
Describe your education leading up to law school.
I attended three undergraduate schools - Barat College in Lake Forest, IL, St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO, and University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario. I majored in English.
What are your main legal practice areas?
I was a trademark and copyright lawyer in-house at Anheuser-Busch and S.C.Johnson and I had my own firm, PlanBrand.
How did you decide on your legal practice area?
Way back in 1983, I got a job as a trademark legal assistant at Anheuser-Busch and used its tuition reimbursement program to attend law school part time while working full time. I had previously been a legal assistant serving low income civil and criminal clients, an investigator of discrimination complaints for the Missouri Commission on Human Rights, and a legal assistant in a plaintiff's employment discrimination law firm. After graduating from law school, I continued at Anheuser-Busch as a trademark and copyright lawyer.
Why do you volunteer at the MVLC?
Social justice has been important to me since high school in Chicago. It is a small way of using my skills to lend a hand to the less privileged in our community.
How has your experience volunteering with the MVLC enriched your practice as an attorney?
I only started volunteering at MVLC after I retired.
What do you like to do in your spare time? What are your hobbies and interests?
I love spending time with my daughter and grandson in Chicago and my daughter in Portland, OR. I also enjoy reading and participating in social justice causes with Voces de la Frontera and Indivisible. I also volunteer at Children's Hospital and have three adult literacy students at Literacy Services.
MVLC Student Advisory Board Member Spotlights:
SAB Member Sadie Olson is a 2L at Marquette Law School. She studied Anthropology and Art History at Boston University before returning home to Milwaukee, where she spent several years working in sales and distribution for a Milwaukee beer wholesaler. Sadie is now a full-time law student, and you can find her volunteering for the MVLC at the House of Peace on Tuesdays. In her spare time, Sadie enjoys traveling, cooking, walking her dog, and spending time with friends and family.
SAB Member Hannah Zacharias is graduated this May from Marquette Law School. Originally from Milwaukee, WI, Hannah graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran College in 2009 with a major in chemistry. Hannah worked for many years in quality control for a seasoning manufacturing company and volunteering at a free health clinic. After law school, Hannah plans to practice administrative law focusing on employment and workers compensation in Wisconsin. Hannah has volunteered with the MVLC at the MJC and other locations and has really enjoyed the opportunity being an SAB member. With any free time, Hannah loves reading and making costumes for conventions and most of all her two cats Noa and Hal.