UCF Leads Alumna to a Career in Global Law

Callie Carr

Callie Carr, ’04, made the most of her time at UCF. While pursuing her bachelor’s degree in political science, she served as president of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, competed on UCF’s mock trial team, and graduated with summa cum laude.

Currently, she works as associate general counsel for Micron Technology, Inc. in Boise, Idaho. She leads legal support for global procurement organization, is lead attorney for global cyber security-related matters, and is the primary point of contact for the company-wide information security organization.

After graduating from UCF, Carr earned her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School. Following her graduation, she built a strong resume through several positions within the legal field. Today, Carr says she loves her job because she wears several hats, one of which is related to cyber security. “I love working with the business to monitor and mitigate risk in this ever-evolving arena,” said Carr.

Carr advises UCF students to engage with their professors and take advantage of the opportunities UCF offers.

“I think folks get the impression that, because there are so many students at UCF, professors do not have time to provide individual attention. But I found that the professors were thrilled to have students who wanted to actively engage more with them,” explained Carr.

How has your UCF degree helped you in your career?

I focused my degree on pre-law, so I took several law-related classes. While most of these classes were focused on topics far sexier than anything I do today (constitutional law, for example), the logic and reasoning skills, which were further honed in law school, are an essential part of my job. 

 Were you involved in any extracurricular activities at UCF?

I was a member of the mock trial team that won the Yale University Invitational one of the years I was on the team. Although I did not become a trial attorney, it was a lot of fun to learn about the practice of trial law.

Have you stayed involved with UCF since graduation? If so, how?

While living in D.C. I attended some of the Washington D.C. UCF Alumni Chapter events, but there is not much of an alumni population in Idaho where I now live. That said, I was driving in to work one day and noticed a familiar green UCF parking sticker. I ended up parking next to that person and found out he was a fellow Knight in Boise. And, of course, I follow UCF’s football team.

What is your best UCF memory?

The Lou Fry Symposium on Watergate. I was a student speaker and met lots of folks from the community and from out of town. It was one of my first experiences with public speaking in front of a rather large group of folks and learning how to network.

What is your most memorable experience on the job?

Last summer I relocated from Washington, D.C. to Boise, Idaho to take a job with Micron Technology, Inc. While I was in-route to Boise, I received an email letting me know that a week after my first day I would be spending a month in Asia touring our facilities. I then spent almost all of August traveling through Taiwan, China, Singapore, Malaysia, and Japan. 

What piece of advice would you give to current students?

I found professors were thrilled to have actively engaged students. Be it a history professor who would always read advance copies of papers to provide suggestions to make them better before they were due; a political science professor who let me take some of his graduate-level classes while still an undergrad; a French professor who took an active interest in my progress though the law school admissions process; and, very importantly, a political science professor who provided numerous opportunities for me to engage at UCF and encouraged me in my pursuits while at UCF and long after.

Carr answered some more questions in our 30 second ‘get to know you’ round of the interview.

Describe your ideal Saturday night.

I am pretty boring. A typical Saturday night is cooking dinner and watching a movie.

What is the last movie you watched?

New movie, Fast and Furious 7, which was every bit as entertaining as I hoped and expected it would be.

What is your biggest pet peeve?

The existence of mayonnaise. I really, really, really dislike mayonnaise, even its mere existence. Same goes for Ranch dressing.

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