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Iachan Puts Aside Interest in Politics to Focus on Legal Career

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Stephanie Hales, L’07
Melissa Iachan, L’06
Adam Pollock, L’06

Melissa Iachan
Melissa Iachan, L’06, faced a moment of truth in her career last fall. The political activist turned corporate lawyer received a phone call from a John Edwards operative, who wanted to know if she could take a leave of absence from her law firm to join the campaign’s press advance team. Talk about a tough decision. While in college, she had worked on several political campaigns, including Al Gore’s presidential bid. Should she pack up and run off to join the political caravan to work for a candidate she really believed in, or finish the job she started as a member of the defense team in an antitrust investigation? Iachan spent the night of the New Hampshire primary on assignment in Europe.

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