HMB is proud to welcome Kynat, Leah and Joseph into its 2021 Summer Law Clerk Program! The program offers professionals who are motivated to solve interesting problems and driven to make a difference for clients the opportunity to learn more about which practice areas interest them while building their professional network. Working close with associates and senior partners, Kynat, Leah and Joseph will work across all practice groups at HMB. Many attorneys at HMB have started out in the Law Clerk Program, including those now at the partner level. HMB's Law Clerks are law students in the top 30% of their class with at least one year in law school.
Kynat Akram is currently enrolled at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law and earned an undergraduate degree in Political Science from The George Washington University. She is interested in State and Local Tax and passionate about creating positive change by focusing on economic equity. Kynat is a member of Loyola's Editorial Board of International Law Review Journal, the Women's Law Society, the Environmental Law Society and has experience as a remote English tutor.
Leah Beukelman is currently enrolled at the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and earned an undergraduate degree in Commercial Music from Azusa Pacific University. She is interested in corporate and transactional practice and is a member of Northwestern University’s Law Review, Street Law student organization and the Student Bar Association’s Admissions Committee. Leah also serves as a mentor at the Women's Leadership Coalition and as a tutor with Chicago Youth Programs.
Joseph Franke is currently enrolled at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law and earned an undergraduate degree in Legal Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Joe is interested in Litigation and is a member of the American Constitution Society, the Intraschool Moot Court and holds an Advocacy Certificate. He volunteered at the Global Pandemic Network where he performed independent research leading to a greater understanding of the legal system’s impact on the human experience. Joe also served as a volunteer with the Moran Youth Justice Advocacy Center.