Las Vegas attorney, Paola Armeni is a partner at the newly formed Gentile, Cristalli, Miller, Armeni & Savarese with an emphasis in criminal and civil rights litigation. She chose her career path because she “wanted to be the voice of people who often cannot be their own voice. My field has allowed me to ensure that my clients have as fair of a playing field as possible in their legal obstacles.”
Armeni earned a Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies from Arizona State University and her Juris Doctorate from University of Nevada, Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law.
“I began my undergraduate education at the UNLV in criminal justice studies and I was always interested in the criminal law portion of the program,” she said. Armeni finished her degree with the equivalent of justice studies. “Criminal law is about helping people. Working in criminal justice, you discover not everyone is a bad person but just sometimes makes bad mistakes and wrong choices.” During her first year of college, Armeni took a job working for an attorney as a runner who is now one of her partners in the new firm.
She explained that after watching a movie, she aspired to become a judge. “When I first graduated from UNLV with my law degree, I served as a law clerk to the Honorable Joseph T. Bonaventure of the Eighth Judicial District Court in Las Vegas. In this position, I gained great insight in legal court proceedings.”
Armeni found her calling, worked very hard and did everything she could to make sure she obtained her goals. “I always want to encourage people to follow the career path that they love and to do whatever is necessary to ensure their success. Love for what you do should be the primary motivator, and an education allows doors to open that would otherwise not be opened, which is why pursuing a degree is so important.” If one really loves the criminal justice aspect of the law, Armeni encourages them to consider getting a degree in criminal justice.
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