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We’re excited to announce that Rocco Strangio has joined the Milestone team as a part-time law clerk. Rocco is earning his law degree from the University at Buffalo School of Law and plans to graduate in spring 2023. In his free time, he coaches soccer, plays intramural sports, and bartends events at a local banquet hall. Rocco speaks fluent Italian, and as a world traveler, he enjoys exploring other cultures and languages. We caught up with Rocco and asked him a few questions about his life and background. Here’s what he had to say.

What are you passionate about?

II’m very passionate about learning and improvement. I try not to get too comfortable because there is always room to get better at what we do.

Why are you pursuing law?

I’m pursuing a degree and a career in law because this field is rewarding on many fronts. Obviously, there are benefits in practicing law for myself, but the field will also allow me to benefit others.

What area of the law do you hope to practice?

I graduated UB with a Bachelor’s in Accounting and have finance-related work experience. It would make sense for me to continue down this path and pursue a career in law that utilizes these experiences. However, I think it’s also important to develop a niche, so that you can be a specialist that is referred to within a particular area of the law.

How has being the child of Italian immigrants shaped your life?

Being a first-generation American has shaped my entire life. I appreciate the sacrifices my parents made for me, some of which were made before I was even born, and I use that to motivate myself to be a better person each and every day. Being a first-generation American has also given me a wider perspective on people and culture, resulting in an ability to better adapt to the people and environments I find myself in.

What is your favorite part of living/working in Buffalo?

I’ve grown up and lived my entire life in the Greater Buffalo-Niagara area. I would love to continue working here because there is a sense of community within Buffalo that is hard to find in other major U.S. cities.

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