Class of 2007
Doyle Law Office (Reno, Nev.)
Area of Practice: Civil Litigation and Appellate Law
Undergraduate: Ithaca College
Major: Sociology and Drama
Kerry Doyle decided to attend McGeorge because she wanted to inject her career with meaning. Prior to attending law school, she worked as a conference manager - a position that she says was defined by long hours and little personal gratification.
"I decided that if I was going to work long hours, I wanted them to have more meaning. I thought that being a lawyer would give me the opportunity to either make a difference in society or in the day-to-day lives of my clients."
Doyle knew that McGeorge was right for her after she visited its intimate, tree-lined campus. "When I went to visit, I spoke with faculty and students who presented McGeorge as the type of community to which I wanted to belong. It panned out: McGeorge was full of supportive faculty and students who have become my friends and my business contacts all these years later."
At McGeorge, Doyle learned how to lawyer. "Through classes with practical focuses and an emphasis on courses that prepared me to take the bar, I left McGeorge with experience that enabled me to step into practice."
Doyle said the tight-knit community that attracted her lives on in McGeorge alumni. Her McGeorge connections have helped her career blossom. Doyle's first job upon leaving McGeorge was a clerkship for the Nevada Supreme Court under alumnus Justice James Hardesty. "Justice Hardesty pushes his law clerks to excel, celebrating our successes and giving us ample opportunity to flourish."
A week into her Nevada Supreme Court clerkship, she applied for a clerkship for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, with Justice Hardesty's support. An alumna who clerked for the Ninth Circuit previously, helped her prepare for the interview. "She gave me personal insight to the judge and, years later, recommended me for another job."
After Doyle's clerkships at the Nevada Supreme Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, she worked with the Nevada Attorney General handling civil rights, property, and employment claims. She practiced at McDonald Carano Wilson before joining the Doyle Law Office in 2015.
Doyle has also started lecturing for the University of Nevada's paralegal program. "I have enjoyed teaching the class so much that I'm considering exploring a second or third career in legal education."
She encourages current and future McGeorge students to invest in their friendships. Study partners and people who make you laugh are key to getting through law school, she stresses. "Make friends upon whom you can rely and with whom you can blow off steam. Those are the people who will help you through the hardest exams, give you advice, and ultimately refer you to clients."
Those connections aren't limited to students, she adds that fostering relationships with professors can be equally important. "McGeorge has professors that care not just about your career success, but your happiness too."
Two years after graduating, Doyle was offered a prestigious job in Sacramento, but she wasn't sure it was a good fit. "I had come back to Sacramento to interview for a job and was, unexpectedly, offered the job on the spot. I asked for time to think about it, and before heading home, I wandered out onto the McGeorge campus. I ran into Professor Sprankling and shared my indecision with him. Two years after graduation, he remembered me and told me that if it didn't feel like the right fit, I shouldn't take it. I'm so happy I had his wisdom to fall back on in that moment."
Doyle graduated from McGeorge in 2007 as a member of the Order of the Coif, with Great Distinction.