Anne McCafferty ’12 externed with the Cuyahoga County Probate Court the summer after her first year of law school. Less than three years later, McCafferty is now assisting with the supervision of the externship program that set her on the path to a position she loves as a staff attorney for the probate court.
McCafferty became interested in working for the probate court after enjoying the topics in her Estates and Trusts course during her second year at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. As part of that course, a probate judge spoke to the class and mentioned that externships were available with the court that summer. McCafferty took advantage of the opportunity, and it led to her full-time employment with the court after graduation.
Law was not the original path McCafferty set out on as she attended Miami University as an English major with a focus on British literature. It was not until her senior year that she realized a career in academia may not be for her, and that she wanted to do something where she could make a real impact on people. Those reading comprehension and writing skills she developed while studying English are still useful in her current profession.
McCafferty’s duties at the probate court consist of extensive reading and writing, as she spends the majority of her time doing behind-the-scenes work for the court. That includes researching issues requested by judges and magistrates and monitoring new and proposed legislation, in addition to assisting extern supervision. She still enjoys reading literature in her free time, but also sees an intrigue similar to the plots of fiction tales she still reads in her free time in the court cases she reviews daily.
“My job is really wonderful because sometimes it’s kind of like reading a novel,” explained McCafferty. “I get a case and it provides a look into an individual’s world. It’s incredible to see that process through until the end, and help them move forward.”