Michelle Limaj, '07
m.a., university of southern california; b.a., wesleyan university
Before coming to law school, Michelle Limaj spent eight years working with international agencies, primarily on development and post-conflict peace building, refugee resettlement, asylum and related human rights matters. Her last job was with the International Organization for Migration in Macedonia, where she worked on a project to fight trafficking in humans—an important and dangerous effort.
“When my husband and I found out we would be having a baby, we decided to move back to the U.S., and I thought the best way to keep doing the work that mattered to me was to go to law school,” she says. “It was BC Law's immigration program that attracted me, but since the first day, every class has had me changing my path.”
Limaj describes law school as more exciting, more fun, and much more manageable than she ever could have hoped. She credits the school's approach to learning, and its collaborative atmosphere. “There were times I needed to bring my daughter with me to class and professors were consistently reassuring and encouraging,” she says. “One of my classmates would send me notes just in case I hadn't been able to give note taking my full attention. I had expected a sense of competition among students in law school, but the atmosphere here is more one of camaraderie and occasional mutual exhaustion.”
Limaj has quickly become involved in a number of activities, serving as president of the International Law Society, helping to run landlord-tenant trainings for the Street Law Clinic, and working in a summer clerkship position for a Federal Judge in Massachusetts. She recently won the 2005 Massachusetts Association of Women Lawyers' Honorable Sheila E. McGovern Fund Award.