Coordinator of External Relations and Programs, University of St. Thomas School of Law
If asked to name one person who puts the University of St. Thomas School of Law on the map and keeps it there, many of Monica Anderson’s colleagues would name her.
Anderson has been the coordinator of external relations and programs at the School of Law for three years. She’s in charge of mentoring programs for law students, external relations such as externship placements and alumni relations. Her responsibilities include annual giving as well as coordinating social events such as five-year reunions and the annual alumni brunch.
Meanwhile, the mentoring program she helps to run requires each law student to pair with a mentor in the practice area they’re interested in. That means recruiting mentors from the legal community, matching them with students and coordinating the program from outset to the mentor reception at the end of the year.
Anderson is also the liaison to the Black Law Student Association and serves on the school’s multicultural committee.
“We try to get together once a month and discuss things we can do to promote diversity at the school and help students get the most out of their law school experience,” she said.
The breadth and essential nature of Anderson’s duties impress her colleagues, who describe her as “the oxygen in the blood supply” for the law school.
Anderson likes the diversity of her job, and says there’s really never a dull moment in what she does. Alumni work is a year-round responsibility, but the summer is especially intense as her department gears up for the academic year.
“My boss likes to say that we have 10 weeks to prepare for the other 42,” she said.
Asked how she balances such a big plate, Anderson said it’s the people she works with. “I get my energy from them, and they inspire me every day.”