Rachel received her undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University, where she obtained her bachelor’s degree in Political Science, with double minors in Philosophy and History. In 2014, Rachel received the History Department’s James R. Shirley Essay Prize for her research paper on the Soviet Union’s gulag system.
After graduation, Rachel enrolled in Northern Illinois University’s College of Law, where she served as the Symposium Editor for the Northern Illinois University Law Review and as Clerk for Phi Alpha Delta’s Dooley Chapter. Her Law Review article, Battle for Baby: Proposed Legislation for Custody Battles over Frozen Pre-Embryos, was published in the Asia Pacific Health Law & Ethics Journal in 2016.
During law school, Rachel was selected as an APPLE Outreach Assistant and served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Judge Donald C. Hudson in the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District. As a judicial extern, Rachel researched case law and drafted judicial opinions on a variety of subjects, including armed robbery and criminal sentencing. Her experience as a judicial extern provided her with valuable training in legal writing and research.
Rachel joined the Law Offices of John J. Malm & Associates, P.C. as a law clerk in 2016. She earned her Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from Northern Illinois University College of Law in 2017, and became an associate attorney with the firm.
Since joining the firm, Rachel has been active in the DuPage County Bar Association and has served as a member on the DCBA’s Civil Law committee and New Lawyers Division committee. She is currently the Vice Chair of the DCBA’s Personal Injury/Insurance Practice committee. In addition to the many DCBA committees, Rachel also serves on the editorial board of the DCBA Brief, a journal published monthly by the DuPage County Bar Association.