Associate Attorney at Moertl, Wilkins & Campbell, S.C.
Christine Gabron graduated from Carthage in 1994 with a degree in political science. She began her career as a prosecutor in Kenosha and works as an Associate Attorney at Moertl, Wilkins & Campbell, S.C. in Milwaukee, helping people plan for end-of-life while maintaining their dignity.
Ms. Gabron received the Snap-On Scholarship and Carthage’s Walter O. and Adela E. Helwig Endowed Scholarship for all four years at Carthage. After graduating from Carthage, she received the Presidential Scholarship Award through Valparaiso University, which granted her full tuition to Valparaiso Law School.
“Carthage taught me to think about all situations from multiple perspectives. I also learned how to be an effective communicator, whether that is in front of a jury or with one client in an office.”
What have you enjoyed most about your career?
“I help people plan for their end-of-life and enable them to retain as much of their hard-earned money, but even more important, as much of their dignity and decision-making as possible.
I have always worked in areas to try to help others. I started my legal career as a prosecutor in Kenosha County. I then handled guardianships and mental health hearings as a senior assistant corporation counsel. I worked at Disability Rights Wisconsin advocating for clients who were having issues receiving assistance from their Medicaid waiver programs.”
How did Carthage prepare you?
“Carthage taught me to think about all situations from multiple perspectives. I also learned how to be an effective communicator, whether that is in front of a jury or with one client in an office.
I started my legal career as a prosecutor ‘seeking the truth,’ and I continue to do so. As a breast cancer survivor, I ‘build strength’ mentally while making sure I am physically active and strong. I serve my community and ‘inspire service’ in many volunteer capacities, and have an active role in my church.
“In each of these, I am not an island, but work with others so I may learn from them and they can also learn from my example which I learned at Carthage.”
How has your liberal arts education benefitted you?
“As senior assistant corporation counsel, I was confronted with a juvenile patient who had been committed for self-injurious behavior in the past. Her initial commitment had been extended several times. She spoke to me directly (with her attorney’s permission), and explained her situation and her overwhelming desire to be home for her birthday. This issue was not contemplated by the reports of doctor’s, but we called and consulted with treating physicians and, ‘on the fly,’ crafted a solution in court which would allow her wishes to be fulfilled while protecting her well-being. She gave me a hug — a rare thing in the courthouse. I used the critical thinking skills, ability to react quickly to attack the issue from multiple angles, and the compassion for the heart that I learned in my Carthage days.”