Sony Rao

Associate, Schiff Hardin, LLP

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Professional Background

Commercial and product liability litigator; University of Chicago Law School

How has your English degree from Duke shaped your work life?

Writing is one of my favorite parts of my job as an attorney, and as a former judicial clerk, I understand the power of crafting a compelling story for the jury or concisely explaining a flaw in opposing counsel's argument. My English background has shaped not only how I write, but how I communicate, whether it be in oral argument or outside of court. I also received an opportunity during law school to write and present a paper during a Law and Literature conference and enjoyed writing about the criminal justice system in Charles Dickens' novels! My career has been forever shaped by my English degree from Duke.


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