Duquesne University School of Law

Christy Gamble, L'13

Hometown: 
Washington, D.C.
Graduation Year: 
2013
 

Education:

Dr.P.H. epidemiology from University of Pittsburgh, M.P.H. epidemiology and biostatistics from Eastern Virginia Medical School, B.S. microbiology from North Carolina State University

 

Current Job:

Health Counsel, Oversight & Government Reform Committee—Democratic Staff (U.S. House of Representatives)

Past Experience:

Legislative Counsel (U.S. House of Representatives); Health Legislative Fellow (U.S. Senate); Epidemiologist (U.S. Navy and Marine Corps)

Honors:

 Featured in Lawyers of Color & On Being A Black Lawyer 2nd Annual CaucusIssue (Black Attorneys on The Hill—Rising Stars); The National Black Lawyers—Top 40 under 40.

While a law student, Gamble was a Schweitzer Environmental Fellow and a member of the Louis Manderino Honor Society.  She was also named Best Oral Advocate on the 2013 Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition—2013 Mid-Atlantic Regional Champion team.

Passions:

Advocating for access to quality, affordable health care for all and the elimination of health disparities.  “I believe in paying it forward, so that’s why I am dedicated to mentoring young people who aspire to make a difference.  I don't want to be remembered for the accolades and positions I have held but for leaving a legacy of hope and pioneering social change.”   

Why did you choose your career path? 

"I knew I wanted to be in a place where I could advocate for populations whose needs were often ignored, and what better place than Congress! As a congressional staffer, I have the ability to advocate for and create policies that can change people’s lives.  My background in health care is very extensive, and I knew that working for Congress would be the best opportunity to combine my passion for policy with my experience to hopefully make a meaningful impact on the health care legislation introduced.  As counsel for a House committee, I must know health care news before or as soon as it happens. I prepare my boss, as well as the other Democratic members, for the health care investigations and legislation that come before the committee.  It’s challenging, fast paced, exhilarating and different every day.” 

What advice would you give a student or alumnus who wants to practice in Washington, D.C.?

"NETWORK, NETWORK, NETWORK!  I took every opportunity that the Law School provided to connect to alumni and companies in D.C.  (Director of Career Services) Maria Comas is a gift to the Law School.  I made it a point to read every email that she sent, attend CSO sessions and regularly seek career advice from her.  I never thought I was at a disadvantage because I lived in Pittsburgh and wanted to come back to D.C. to work after graduation.  You must become your own walking business card.  No one cares about your career like you do, so make it your job to get the career you want.”

What is the value of your Duquesne Law education?

“Duquesne provided me with a top-notch education that has helped me excel in every position that I have had since I began law school.  Being a counsel for Congress requires excellent communication skills, attention to detail and the ability to synthesize complex information.  Duquesne provided me with the opportunities to hone these skills in a positive learning environment.  The Legal Research and Writing Program at the Law School prepared me for the real world by challenging me to perform at the highest level, whether I was writing my first appellate brief or delivering my first oral argument before a panel of judges.  In addition, I learned to effectively communicate difficult information—sometimes in minutes—by analyzing cases and delivering my case briefs in classes like Torts and Property.  There were certain professors like Michael Streib, Martha Jordan, Robert Barker and Al Pelaez who impressed upon every student to be a detailed reader and to look for the relevant facts in every case.  I wasn’t aware back then, but Duquesne was preparing me for success on the Hill.”

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