3L Spotlight: Sydney Mayer

Sydney Mayer
Sydney Mayer graduated from DePaul University College of Law this May, earning a Juris Doctor degree and certificate in Health Law. Sydney recently shared with the E-Pulse her interest in health law, experiences during law school, and advice for future health law students.

Sydney graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in May of 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and French. During her time at the University of Illinois at Chicago she was a member of Phi Kappa Phi National Honors Society and the UIC Honors College. Throughout her undergraduate studies, Sydney always had a passion for law and attending law school was a calculated decision for her. When Sydney first started at DePaul College of Law in the Fall of 2013, her interests concentrated in International Law. However, while taking Contracts her 1L year with Professor Epstein, she was encouraged to further explore Health Law and she followed this advice.

The summer following her 1L year, Sydney secured a position at Rush University Medical Center as a Law Clerk.  She was able to secure this position through DePaul’s Health Law Institute Summer Scholar Program. At Rush, she further honed and developed her research and writing skills. Sydney appreciated the one-on-one mentorship offered at Rush during her clerkship. During this clerkship, Sydney’s mentor took the time to dissect a research memorandum she prepared and helped improve her writing, clarity, style, and methods of catering to the reader. 

During her 2L summer, Sydney worked as a Summer Associate at Donohue, Brown, Mathewson & Smith, a well-known Medical Malpractice Defense Firm. At Donohue Brown, Sydney drafted various motions and assisted in trial preparation by summarizing depositions and preparing memoranda of law on different legal issues. Throughout her 3L year, Sydney worked as a Law Clerk at two different firms. From September of 2015 through November of 2015, she first clerked at Collison Law Offices, where she aided in the drafting of complaints and motions. From November of 2015 through May of 2016, Sydney clerked at Roetzel & Andress, a full service law firm. As for post-graduate employment, Sydney has secured a position with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (“FDIC”) in Washington, DC. Here, she will participate in the Honors Attorney Program, where she will work as federal attorney for two years while rotating through various departments. Similar to her first position at Rush, being a member of the Jaharis Health Law Institute helped arrange this opportunity for her.

Sydney identified that two of her favorite Health Law courses were Legal Aspects of Biotechnology Businesses Medicare Fraud and Abuse. It was during her Medicare Fraud and Abuse class that she became aware of the prominence of power wheelchair fraud.  In October of 2015, she published an article in the DePaul College of Law Journal of Health Care Law concerning this topic. Throughout law school, Sydney was the recipient of several honors and distinctions including the DePaul Dean’s List, Wolters Kluwer Legal Scholar, and an honoree of the Women of Spirit and Action. 

Sydney recommends that current students remain open-minded to any opportunity. She also encourages students to seek out support and advice from professors such as Professor Wendy Epstein and Professor Katherine Schostok. In Sydney’s experience, the support offered by these professors enabled her to identify her interests in Health Law and secure employment opportunities to explore these interests.  

The Jaharis Health Law Institute and its Fellows are extremely grateful to Sydney for her contributions and wish her the best of luck in her bar examination preparation and future endeavors. Congratulations Sydney!  ​