Kate Cross's Story
Cross handles criminal and juvenile cases for clients who cannot afford their own attorneys. Her workload includes criminal misdemeanors, DUI charges, traffic charges and juvenile delinquency cases. She investigates cases and possible defenses, meets with clients in her office to discuss their cases and advise them of their legal choices and consequences, and appears in court with them. Cross said winning trials, especially jury trials, provides quite a thrill. “There is something incredibly rewarding about putting in so much time, thought and planning toward a trial and then having all of that effort pay off with a not guilty verdict,” she said.
“I was encouraged to see what a smaller school is like, so I decided to come to one of Monmouth’s open house events. I absolutely fell in love with the campus, the people and the opportunities that Monmouth afforded that a bigger school did not.”
Cross traces part of her interest in courtroom discourse to an ethics course she took with Professor Anne Mamary. “I remember having heated but respectful debates during class,” she said. “That class sticks in my mind because I was amazed by the latitude we had. I was really excited to openly talk about ideas and opinions related to incredibly interesting topics.”
Encouraged by Monmouth’s faculty to participate in the Honors Program, Cross said that its curriculum introduced her to “some of my favorite classes and a real opportunity to develop my critical thinking skills. ‘Honors 101’ was the most terrifying, yet thought-provoking, class that I had taken.” Preparing for that class and speaking and thinking on her toes served her well for her law school classes.
Tying it all together
“Monmouth gave me a voice and a confidence that I had never experienced,” said Cross. “When I doubted myself, someone was always there telling me that I could accomplish it. I sought out the web of support at Monmouth, and in return I felt safe, accepted and valued. My voice has carried me through law school and on to a career where I speak for those in the legal system who have no voice.”