Brittney Cafero graduated from Rutgers Law School in Camden in 2015.
How did Rutgers Law - activities, professors, classes, prepare you for what you are doing now?
Rutgers Law School was an invaluable experience for me. My professors were a major influence in becoming the attorney I am today. They were patient teachers, experts on the law, and inspired me each day. I had Professor Herb Hinkle for estate planning and Professor Brenda Eutsler for trusts and estates, and they sparked my interest in that area of the law. I actually started in the estate litigation group at Archer. I then had the opportunity to work with the health care practice group and found the health care work very interesting and exciting. I transitioned to health care law about two years ago and currently work in Archer’s Philadelphia office. My professors at Rutgers Law School influenced my work ethic, writing skills, and critical thinking, which are all important aspects of practicing law.
What activities were you involved in at law school?
I was on the Rutgers Journal of Law & Public Policy and served on the Executive Board as the Managing Blog Editor. I was also Research Assistant to Professor J.C. Lore, which was a memorable experience to help Professor Lore as he worked on his book, Modern Trial Advocacy: Analysis and Practice (with Steven Lubet).
What do you wish you knew as a law student you'd like to tell current law students?
Take advantage of all the opportunities afforded to you at Rutgers. Do not limit yourself to one area of the law. Expose yourself to as many courses as possible with different professors and keep your mind open; you never know what courses may inspire you. Enjoy your time in law school with classmates and participate in activities outside the classroom – i.e. moot court, law journal, pro bono work. Now is the time to broaden your horizons and start your legal network.
Why is it important for young alumni to stay engaged at Rutgers?
I wanted to stay connected to Rutgers Law School and serving on the Alumni Association has been a great way to keep in touch with my colleagues, the faculty, and students. The Alumni Association continues to make a difference for Rutgers students through mentorship as well as scholarship opportunities. I currently serve on the Executive Board for the Alumni Association and intend to stay involved over the years. The Rutgers network is truly special and staying connected to the school – your colleagues, faculty, staff – will open doors for you in the future and always be a place you can go for advice as you maneuver through your legal career.