Monica works on local and national campaigns with youth, parents, educators, lawyers, and others to advocate for changes in education and juvenile justice, and teaches courses for undergraduate and law students. Since 2003, Monica has been teaching many different courses in the law school, including:
- Community Lawyering (examining the role of law and lawyers in making change happen),
- Clinic (teaching students how to practice law by actually working on real-life cases),
- International Team Project (comparative law course where students travel to another country and work on a real project),
- Interviews and Investigations (interactive class to develop these skills),
- Trial Advocacy (simulation class to learn the elements and strategies of a trial), and - Ethics (examining the code of lawyers and morality in the law).
For many years, through Northwestern's Bluhm Legal Clinic, Monica represented young people in juvenile delinquency proceedings and school law matters, and recruited, trained, and supported pro bono volunteer attorneys from law firms in these cases. Monica has served in many other positions in the law school, such as Acting Director of Diversity Education and Outreach, Acting Director of Career Services, and Director of the Children's Law Pro Bono Project. Monica has also served in a number of positions outside of the law school, including Coordinator of the National Children's Law Network and Coordinating Member of the Dignity in Schools Campaign. She has started various organizations and projects, written and edited numerous publications, and planned and led various nationwide events and presentations on legal education and child law issues. She has received several awards, including the American Bar Association Section of Litigation's Award for Outstanding Service.
Before practicing and teaching at Northwestern, Monica was an attorney in the Corporate & Securities Department of Baker & McKenzie's Chicago Office, where she focused on mergers, acquisitions, and strategic alliances in the United States and across the world. Before going to law school, she was a teacher, and she received her bachelor's degree in Comparative Area Studies and Political Science from Duke University. Monica lives in Chicago with her husband, Mike, whom she met in law school, and their two children.