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We're just two friends who met in an 8 a.m. Constitutional Criminal Procedure class at Northwestern Law. We started Personal Jurisdiction because we found that there wasn't enough good information out there about the many different paths you can take from law school to a fulfilling career. 

About the Hosts

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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.

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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.