The Career and Technical Education (CTE) Career Journeys series is aimed to shed light on current career trends as they align to student career clusters. In this series installation, we have interviewed Aimee Steele, Assistance General Counsel in the law, public safety, corrections and security career cluster. Aimee shares with us the career journey that lead her to her current role with Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District. Aimee dives into what motivated her to pursue this career, milestones that lead to where she’s at today, how she stands out in her field and advice for others looking to pursue this career. This series also offers career outlook data collected from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Name: Aimee Steele
Title: Assistant General Counsel
Career Cluster: Law, Public Safety, Corrections, and Security
Company: Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District
Career Outlook: Projected to have slightly more than 500,000 annual average openings from 2022 to 2032
Median Salary: $135,740 per year
Education Needed: Graduate-level occupations include those that typically require a master’s, doctoral, or professional degree
*All career outlook data is collected from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
A: My interest in the civil rights movement as a child. Thurgood Marshall was my hero. I was interested and impressed with the way he and the NAACP used the law and legal strategy to challenge segregation in schools. The law is powerful and can be used for good change.
A: I earned my Bachelor’s degree in 1999. I earned my juris doctorate in 2002. I passed the bar exam in 2002. I received various promotions throughout the last 21+ years, the most recent being my hiring with Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District as the Assistant General Counsel.
A: I do not believe I am the smartest, but I am always the best prepared. I work extremely hard because I truly care about what I do and the positive impact I can make on the employees in my agency.
My advice to individuals who are considering the legal field: ensure you have a high reading retention rate. Ensure you are adept at multi tasking. Find the area of law that interests you, understanding that there is so much you can do with your law degree and license to practice.