Office of Diversity Affairs

Effecting Change with the Legal Profession

Vaishali Rao

Vaishali Rao

"My experience at The John Marshall Law School has helped open my mind to the many possibilities the legal profession has to offer; not just different types of legal work, but how I can effect change for many types of people."

Vaishali Rao (JD '08) served as the 2007-2008 chair of the newly-created Diversity Affairs Committee, a Student Bar Association subcommittee aimed at providing support and resources for all John Marshall students; particularly those from diverse backgrounds.

She also was the alumni director for the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association. Throughout law school, Rao worked diligently inside and outside of the classroom. Over the years, she interned as in-house counsel in employee benefits and equal employment opportunity with New York-based Bristol-Myers Squibb, a leading provider of pharmaceuticals and health care products.

She also interned with the Chicago Housing Authority, and the Illinois Attorney General in the Consumer Fraud Bureau; and penned legal articles appearing in the newsletter for Tamari & Blumental, a business litigation firm based in Chicago.

Three years ago, Rao and a group of her friends started an online publication, SAPNA, geared toward women of South Asian descent living in America. The first print issue was made available in August 2007.