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2012 Legal Elite Profile: YOUNG LAWYERS (under 40)

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CATHERINE C. AYRES
DurretteCrump PLC
Richmond 

NewsTitle:   Associate
Legal specialties:   Business law, commercial real estate
Birthplace:  Norfolk
Education: University of Virginia, bachelor’s degree in economics; University of Richmond School of Law, law degree (cum laude)
Hobbies: Drawing, cooking, jewelry making, do-it-yourself projects
Fan of:  U.Va. Cavaliers
Favorite vacation spot:  “No favorite.  I like to travel to different places each time I go on vacation.”
Recently read book: “Sacré Bleu” by Christopher Moore
Career mentor:   Beverley L. Crump

How did you decide to become a lawyer?
“I decided that the law was for me after taking ‘Law and Economics’ at U.Va.  I was fascinated with the interplay between economic theory and the law, and I felt that my economic background provided me with a strong foundation for the practice of law.”

What advice do you have for students who will graduate this spring from law school?
“I would suggest that, in addition to whatever positions they have obtained for the summer, third-year law students look for part-time jobs with law firms during the school year.  This provides them with practical experience, a broader base of exposure, a possible foot in the door to the law firm at which they are working, and opportunity to develop contacts that may help them in their job searches.”


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