During law school, Mrs. Mallinak was a member of the Washington University Trial Team and received nearly 350 hours of trial advocacy instruction from Judge David C. Mason of the 22nd Judicial District in St. Louis, Missouri in preparation for competitions. She was awarded the CALI ertificate of Excellence for her work in the Washington University Children and Family law linic. During her law school summers, Mrs. Mallinak worked as a law clerk for trial court judges Hamilton Gayden in Nashville and Judges Easter, Beal, Martin, and Binkley in Franklin, Tennessee. In addition to her work at Rogers, Shea & Spanos, Mrs. Mallinak spent part of 2021 practicing family law at Polidori, Franklin, Monahan & Beattie in Lakewood, Colorado.
Mrs. Mallinak is committed to being an active member of the bar. She served as Co-Chair of the Nashville Bar Association's Sister Cities Committee and as Co-Chair of the Lawyer's Association for Women Networking Committee. Mrs. Mallinak has presented several continuing legal education seminars including: "Domestic Violence-How it Affects our Children" and "Domestic Law Considerations for LGBT Families." Mrs. Mallinak is a member of the Nashville Bar Association, Williamson County Bar Association, Kentucky Bar Association, Colorado Bar ssociation, the National LGBT Bar Association, the Tennessee Trial Lawyers, and the Lawyer's Association for Women. Mrs. Mallinak volunteers at the Fred Gray Institute for Law, Justice, and Society's free legal advice clinic.
When not practicing law, Mrs. Mallinak volunteers with Pet Community Center's Community Cat Program where she works helps the number of free roaming cats in Davidson County through kitten fostering and through trap, spay/neuter, and return (TNR).