Season 3 is here! Listen for new episodes every Tuesday!
Personal Jurisdiction

Welcome to Personal Jurisdiction!

per·son·al ju·ris·dic·tion | \ ˈpər-sə-nəl \ˌju̇r-əs-ˈdik-shən

When you look up “Personal Jurisdiction” in Black’s Law Dictionary, it directs you to the entry for “Jurisdiction.” We won’t do that to you. We’re here because there’s not enough good information available for law students and new attorneys to make informed choices about their careers.

Join co-hosts Allison Freedman and Hallie Ritzu as we talk to a variety of people within the first 10ish years of practice to hear about their journeys to fulfilling careers and the advice they have for getting there. From government to start-ups; politics to academia; in-house to legal aid—we’ll get the scoop on what it’s really like to work in different areas of the law, so you can chart your own course for success.

Recent Episodes

Let's Get Personal with Nathan Brenner, Attorney, Mergers IV at Federal Trade Commission

Sept. 27, 2022

Season 3 continues with guest Nathan Brenner, who is currently an attorney at the Federal Trade Commission. Nathan specializes in antitrust work and if there's anyone who can break down the complicated nature of this work, i…

Let's Get Personal with Abimbola Oladokun, Lead Counsel, General Litigation at Meta

Sept. 20, 2022

In the second episode of Season 3, Allison and Hallie chat with Abimbola Oladokun, who is currently Lead Counsel of General Litigation at Meta (formerly known as Facebook). Abimbola shares her experience as a Black woman in …

Let's Get Personal with David Lat, Lawyer turned Writer and Commentator on the Legal Profession

Sept. 13, 2022

Season 3 of Personal Jurisdiction kicks off with a conversation with David Lat. David Lat is a lawyer turned writer and commentator on the legal profession. He writes about law and the legal profession for his own newsletter…

Let's Get Personal with Analy Ayala, Rising 3L at the University of Illinois College of Law

June 28, 2022

In the final episode of our Student Clinic Spotlight Series, we speak with Analy Ayala. Analy is a rising 3L at the University of Illinois College of Law and a student attorney in the Immigration Law Clinic. Analy shares why…

About the Hosts

Hallie Ritzu Profile Photo

Hallie Ritzu

Co-Host

Hallie Ritzu is an attorney in Chicago, Illinois and is the owner of Olive Avenue LLC, an estate planning law firm. She spent the first seven years of her legal career at a big firm in Chicago where she focused on trust and estate litigation and estate planning. Hallie is also an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois Chicago Law School where she teaches Lawyering Skills, a course designed to immerse students in the art of legal writing and research.

Hallie graduated from Northwestern Law. She was an Articles Editor for the Northwestern University Law Review and served as a judicial extern at the District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

Hallie earned a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from the College of Charleston and an M.A. in Spanish from Middlebury College.

When she’s not podcasting, Hallie enjoys playing tennis and reading mystery novels.

Allison Freedman Profile Photo

Allison Freedman

Co-Host

Allison Freedman is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of New Mexico School of Law in Albuquerque. Prior to her time at UNM Law, Allison was a Clinical Teaching Fellow in the Civil-Criminal Litigation Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School. She spent the first three years of her legal career at a big law firm in Chicago where she focused on white collar and financial services regulatory and litigation matters. She went on to clerk for the Honorable Joan H. Lefkow in the Northern District of Illinois. During the second year of her clerkship, she also became an adjunct professor of Advanced Trial Practice at Northwestern Law.

Allison graduated from Northwestern Law, where she was on the Bartlit Center National Trial Team and the comment editor of the Northwestern Journal of International Human Rights. She was also an avid clinic student, working in three different clinics on a wide variety of cases—primarily civil rights, death penalty, and criminal cases involving youth.

Prior to law school, Allison received a Fulbright Fellowship, during which she taught classes in politics, debate, and Spanish at a university in Hong Kong. She earned her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Pennsylvania.

When she’s not lawyering, you’ll find Allison running, playing with her dog Ella, or trying new recipes.