Attorney Kristy Salango Smith reflects on her internship with Judge Rosemarie Aquilina

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina recently sentenced disgraced doctor Larry Nassar to up to 175 years in prison for sexually assaulting young female gymnasts under the guise of a “medical exam.” Preston & Salango attorney, Kristy Salango Smith, had the privilege of working as an intern for Judge Aquilina during law school.

“The encouragement and support that Judge Aquilina showed these women is a true representation of how she conducts herself personally and professionally,” said Salango Smith. “I remember the first day of my internship. I met several other interns beforehand who informed me that the judge earned the nickname ‘Barracuda Aquilina’ in the Michigan Army National Guard. I nervously walked into her chambers thinking what have I gotten myself into? I was greeted by a warm and sincere woman who seemed to genuinely care about the people she worked with. With that said, I could also tell she was no nonsense and I did not want to disappoint her.””

“As the weeks went on I watched her unique style in the courtroom. She was compassionate and caring, yet fierce and stern. She was as empathetic as she was harsh and was known to say exactly what was on her mind. She has a disciplined mind and worked very hard to truly understand cases and the people. You drew strength just watching her work. She often took the time to explain her thoughts to us and answer any questions we had. She was well aware that the knowledge and experience she could share was a valuable resource to us. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to watch and learn from her.”

“Judge Aquilina is a true victims’ advocate and just the person these women needed to encourage and support them as they faced the monster who had violated them. She was and continues to be a powerful role model,” said Salango Smith.

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