Eleanor O. Aldous came to Kline & Specter following a highly successful academic career and a background that comports with Kline & Specter’s philosophy of volunteerism. Aldous worked previously as a law clerk at the firm and also at a law firm in New York City.
Before attending the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Aldous worked as a member of AmeriCorps with City Year New York, a program that seeks to improve the school performance of students with poor attendance, disruptive behavior and course failure in math and English.
The program had 246 AmeriCorps volunteers working in 22 schools, providing in-class support and after-school tutoring designed to not only help keep these students in school but also on a path to success.
Aldous worked after that at The Posse Foundation, another New York organization that aids students who exhibit extraordinary leadership potential with the goal of helping them attain full-tuition scholarships at partner colleges and universities.
She also completed internships with The Catalogue for Philanthropy in Washington, D.C., and with Susan G. Komen for the Cure, helping with research, monitoring social media and fundraising.
As an undergraduate at The George Washington University, where she graduated summa cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa, Aldous also kept up a busy volunteer schedule. She advised students in the Honors Program, recruited student peers, and led a student volunteer and fundraising effort for a community infrastructure program in Ecuador. Her volunteer work also took her to Honduras, where she helped first- and second-grade pupils improve their English verbal and writing skills. She also aided Honduran students with raising funds and school scholarships.
While still an undergraduate, Aldous volunteered for a year for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) and helped to raise funds to send youngsters whose parents were stricken with cancer to camp.
At Penn Law, she was a research fellow for the Youth Advocacy Project and also a member of the Penn Law Feminists. Additionally, Aldous worked as a Certified Legal Intern at the Penn Legal Assistance Office, which offers free legal services to indigent clients living in the Philadelphia area.
Aldous was also a co-leader and member of an a cappella group named The Vibes that performed at, among places, Blair House and the White House.