Mitchell Hamline 3L Beau Fike is profiled in the latest issue of Attorney at Law Magazine’s Minnesota edition. You can read the entire article on the magazine’s website.
Fike, a Minnesota native who identifies as gender nonbinary and uses “they/ them/theirs” pronouns, has spent their entire law school career finding ways to support fellow students.
In addition to founding Flannel Friends, a student support group for those in recovery from substance abuse, they have been president the past two years of Out!law, the group for LGBTQ+ students on campus, and this past year Fike was named Student Leader of the Year by the Lavender Bar Association. They also serve on the health and wellness and the diversity and inclusion committees for the Student Bar Association.
“Building community at a graduate or professional level is really hard because people are here for very different reasons, they’re here very different amounts of time, but we spend a lot of time here, and we’re going to make decisions that impact the community, so I want to make sure I feel like I’m part of a community here,” Fike said.
Fike was drawn to law school as a way to “leverage my privilege” in collaboration with those most marginalized in society. They are still considering various career paths for after graduation in May, but some things are certain. “I didn’t come here to learn what the law is, only. I came here to learn what the law could be. So I need to be in a space where we’re talking about how to make sure that the law is just in its application.”