Christopher Jacob

Christopher-JacobCurrent Location: Washington, D.C.
Hometown: Manito, IL

UIS Degrees: B.A. 2006
Other Degrees: J.D. 2009, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law

Current Position
Senior Counsel-Expert to Board Member Harry I. Johnson, III, National Labor Relations Board, Washington, D.C.

Career Highlights
“I began my career as an Honors Attorney in the Board-side Honors Program at the National Labor Relations Board. Recently, I was selected for a competitive merit promotion to Senior Counsel-Expert, the most senior staff counsel position at my agency. In addition, last year I served as a Labor Policy Fellow for the United States Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions, where I advised United States Senators and their staffs on labor and employment law and policy.”

Memories of SSU/UIS
“Of my two most significant moments during my time at UIS, one was personal and the other professional. In August 2003, while living in Lincoln Residence Hall, I met fellow Capital Scholar and my future wife, Sara Paver. We have been together nearly 11 years dating back to our time at UIS, and we celebrated our third wedding anniversary in May 2014. My significant professional moment occurred during my graduation ceremony in May 2006, when I was introduced as the undergraduate program marshal for the Department of Legal Studies.”

How did UIS change or prepare you?
“The education I received in the UIS Legal Studies and English Departments prepared me well for the rigors of law school. Legal Studies taught me how to think, research, and write like a lawyer, as well as exposed me to some of the material I would later encounter as a first-year law student. My coursework in both the Legal Studies and English Departments sharpened my reasoning and writing skills in preparation for a career in the law.”

Personal Inspirations
“My three favorite UIS professors—Kathryn Eisenhart (Legal Studies), Ethan Lewis (English), and Tena Helton (English)—all inspired me to excel during college and in all of my endeavors since. They all have profoundly influenced me both personally and professionally, and all truly exemplify what makes UIS great.”

Posted on August 5, 2014