An Interview with Professor Cahill


(Prof. Cahill is 2nd on the right in the beige shirt) Leonardo Di Caprio is 3rd from the left in the blue and black shirt! “I met Leo because he played my uncle in a movie called ‘The Basketball Diaries’. I was on the set in NYC when they were filming.” – Prof. Cahill


Professor Cahill teaches the business law classes here at STAC! She is also the Assistant Dean of the School of Business. We were so excited to interview her!

Thoma Staff: When did you start working at STAC, and what is the best part about your job?  

Professor Cahill: I started here in 2009. The best part is no classes on Friday! It’s a long weekend every weekend!


Thoma Staff: What were your favorite and least favorite classes in college?

Prof. C: My favorite was a class on Marxism; least favorite was an English class on folklore.


Thoma: What is your favorite college memory?

Prof. C: Ummm—-I can’t tell you that.  But my favorite academic college memory was taking an environmental studies class on forestry, and going on a hike in the nature preserve at Binghamton. It really opened my eyes up to nature.


Professor Cahill is 3rd from the left

Thoma: What was your first job?

Prof. C: My first ever job was newspaper delivery. My first ‘real job’ was associate attorney at a large law firm in Chicago.


Thoma: What app do you find yourself using most often?

Prof. C: Pandora


Thoma: Imagine you just sold your tech startup for 10 million dollars! What’s the first thing you do with the money?

Prof. C: Print up my resignation letter and travel to Australia with my family. And keep traveling!


Thoma: Out of all the classes you teach, which is your favorite?

Prof. C: International Law is my favorite because each semester the focus is different.


Thoma: If someone made a movie about your life, which actress would you pick to play you? Prof. C: Julia Roberts (ha ha!)


Thoma: Do you have any hobbies you that people don’t know about?

Prof. C:Running, hiking, or any sport (Most people I encounter in my professional life are shocked that I am athletic).


Thoma: Do you have any current movie, TV, or music obsessions you want to mention?

Prof. C: House of Cards–I binge watch entire seasons! As for music, Springsteen is a favorite, but many friends are trying to get me to like country music (which I hate!!).


Thoma: If you were a candy, which would you be?

Prof. C: Swedish fish? It’s my favorite!


Thoma: Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?  

Prof. C: Be happy.

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