Local Women: Danielle Brown

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Occupation: Government attorney Residence: Lansing Family: Mom, Sharon Brown; brother, Louis Hobbies: Reading, cooking, needle arts and learning about fitness and nutrition An attorney for Michigan Compensation Appellate Commission, Danielle Brown knows she is here for a reason. Her job allows her to hear compelling stories every day and if she does her part, she believes she can improve the world. Q: Did you always know you wanted to become a lawyer? A: During undergrad I was an interior design major. Out of high school I was a theater nerd and wanted to get involved in set design. I thought this was the most promising route to reach that goal. Once on campus, I joined social issue driven clubs like MRULE (Multi-Racial Unity Living Experience) and really loved it. When I graduated I wanted to be dynamic in social and political change, so I went to law school. Q: What kind of law do you practice? A: Primarily unemployment benefit disputes. If an employee is separated from work through no fault of their own, that person may be entitled to unemployment benefits, but there are several criteria that must be satisfied. Both employers and employees may dispute decisions that are adverse to their interest, first to the Unemployment Insurance Agency, then to an Administrative Law Judge. Following a hearing before an ALJ, my commission is generally the last administrative appellate body that reviews a case before a party appeals to circuit court. Q: If you weren’t a lawyer, what would you be doing? A: If I didn’t care for my fellow man and wished to settle my own fancies, I would work for the NFL (National Football League) settling player disputes. I love football and would love to be involved in that realm. Or I would be a handler for Bono. He is a very inspirational man who is very politically active. I would love to be his political adviser or something like that.
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