Aaron received his undergraduate degree in Special Education from Northeastern Illinois University in 2011. He received his Juris Doctorate from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2016. Prior to attending law school, Aaron worked as a special education teacher at a therapeutic day school in Chicago, primarily serving students with emotional and behavioral disorders.
In this role, Aaron worked closely with clinical professionals, educators, administrators, and students’ families. This collaborative approach allowed Aaron to provide a high quality individualized education which met the needs of each student.
Aaron participated in ancillary activities, volunteer work, and leadership positions throughout law school. He served as Secretary, and then as President of SIU Law’s chapter of the Decalogue Society. During Aaron’s second year of law school, he was invited to join the Journal of Legal Medicine, a national peer-reviewed health law journal, as a staff member.
While serving in this role, Aaron wrote a commentary on involuntary psychiatric commitment standards; proposing less restrictive community based alternatives. His commentary was ultimately selected for publication. He was elected to serve as Commentary Managing Editor on the Journal of Legal Medicine during his third year of law school.
At the end of his term, Aaron received an outstanding leadership award in recognition of his ability to lead and support both staff members and editors. While demonstrating a strong commitment to his academics, Aaron still found time to volunteer in the law school’s self-help legal clinic where he provided referrals and resources to individuals seeking legal help. Aaron also worked as a Taylor Mattis Fellow, a unique role in which he provided mentorship to first year law students at SIU.