Interview Prep Workshop

  • Do you find it difficult to talk about your experiences in a way that shows you’re confident in your abilities without sounding like you’re bragging or overstating them?
  • Do you find it difficult to give yourself enough credit for the experiences you’ve had (that those things actually do “count” and should be highlighted at the appropriate time)?
  • These are issues that many students struggle with as they prepare for interviews.
  • If these are issues that concern you, then plan on attending the Interview Prep Workshop next Thursday, April 21!

The workshop will feature a brief introduction on tips on how a law student can effectively promote his or her unique strengths in an interview situation. The students will then engage in a 45-minute small-group exercise in which students will respond to a prompt, receive feedback from the small group on the effectiveness of his or her presentation, and then continue to refine his or her presentation. The goal of the exercise is to help students become more confident in speaking about themselves in an engaging way and to step into the spotlight when the moment is right.

Alumni volunteers will work with students. This workshop will be facilitated by Guest Lecturer Alison Sulentic, a solo practitioner who formerly served as member of the full-time faculty from 1995-2007.

The workshop will be held on Thursday, April 21, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in Room 414 of the Law School.

Space is limited to the first 20 students to RSVP on DuqLawConnect – Events tab.

Professional attire is required.  Refreshments provided.

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Family Law Program & Reception

The Allegheny County Bar Association Family Law Section Diversity Initiative invites all Duquesne Law students to “ALL in the Family: Building an Inclusive Family Law Practice and Section” to be held on Thursday, April 14, 2016, from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at the Rivers Club (One Oxford Centre, 301 Grant Street, Suite 411, Downtown).

 The Diversity Initiative was formed with the specific goal of identifying and assisting diverse attorneys and law students who have an interest in practicing Family Law.
The Honorable Kim Berkeley Clark, Administrative Judge of the Family Division, will offer a keynote speech followed by breakout sessions with family law practitioners and section members. Attorneys and students alike can learn more about the benefits of building a family law practice and how section membership can afford opportunities to cultivate professional relationships, as well as keep you abreast of the latest changes in Family Court and practice. This is a wonderful opportunity for law students to gain an introduction into the practice of family law and build mentoring relationships.
There is no charge for the event and includes hors d’oeuvres and one drink ticket. You do not have to be a Student Member of the ACBA in order to attend, but RSVP’s are required as space is limited. Register at www.acba.orgPlease inform Maria Comas ( if you plan to attend.

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Lawyers on Location: MSASafety

Friday, April 1, 12:45-2:45 p.m., Corporate Office

Students are invited to attend a “Lawyers on Location” luncheon and tour of MSA – The Safety Company’s Cranberry Township headquarters ( ). Our host, Rick Roda (L’01), Associate General Counsel, Assistant Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer, will be there to answer questions, give advice and offer suggestions for you as you plan your legal career.  We will also be touring the facility.  This is an OUTSTANDING opportunity to build your network!

Transportation will not be provided for this event.  The company is located about 20 miles north of the Law School, with travel time of about 30 minutes – carpooling is encouraged.

The event is open to all students, and we encourage you to take advantage of the chance to learn more about the in-house counsel experience.  Lunch will be provided, and business attire is required.

Space is limited to the first 15 students who RSVP via DuqLawConnect (under the “Events” tab).  You will be contacted by the CSO with final details regarding the event when all RSVPs have been received.  Questions? Please contact Samantha Coyne, Employer Outreach Manager, at

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Women’s Bar Association Speed Networking Event

Want to hone your networking skills? Looking for an opportunity to meet practicing attorneys in the Pittsburgh legal community, or to get some free career advice? Then plan on attending a networking event hosted by the Women’s Bar Association (WBA) where participants will give you tips on networking and an opportunity to hone your networking skills in a no-pressure environment.
All students are welcome to attend the WBA Speed Networking Event on Wednesday, March 30, from 5:00-6:30 p.m.* in Room 414 (Faculty Lounge, Murray Pavilion).

Katie Kenyon (L’98), a partner at Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP, will serve as the keynote speaker at the event.

The following attorneys will join Ms. Kenyon during the speed networking rounds:
Amber Archer (L’12), Allegheny County Office of Conflict Counsel
Laura Benson, Burns White LLC
Erin Curran (L’14), Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
Rosemary Fehlner (L’13), Crown Castle
Lauren Gailey (L’14), Jones Day
Carol Hesz (L’93), Judicial Law Clerk, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Meghan Jones-Rolla (L’02), ServiceLink
Sarah Krolikowski (L’14), Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office
Lanre Kukoyi (L’13), The Kukoyi Law Firm, LLC
Lisa Leake (L’14), Allegheny County Office of Conflict Counsel
Ayanna Lee-Davis (L’04), Saul Ewing
Jacob Levine (L’12), Jacob Levine Attorney At Law
Melissa Ruggiero (L’03), Allegheny County Office of Conflict Counsel
Maureen Shannon (L’97), Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
Stephanie Solomon (L’08), Burns White LLC

RSVP required on DuqLawConnect – Events tab. Space is limited to the first 20 students to RSVP.  Please bring business cards to exchange with the attorneys. Professional attire required.  Refreshments provided.

*If you need to arrive late or leave early due to a class or work conflict, you are welcome to attend. Please send an email to Maria Comas ( so we may plan accordingly.

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An Invitation to All First Year Duquesne Law Students

What I Did On My Summer Vacation:
Exploring Employment Options and Opportunities for Law Students After the Semester Ends

Hosted by K&L Gates LLP and PNC
Wednesday, March 30
5:00 p.m.

K&L Gates
210 Sixth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-2613

Finals are quickly approaching, and the semester will soon draw to a close. Perhaps you’ve already lined up a summer opportunity, perhaps you’re still looking or trying to determine how you’d like to spend the next few months, or perhaps you’ve already begun to think about how you’d like to spend next summer.

Regardless of where you are in the process or what your preferences may be, join us for a panel discussion to explore summer employment options and opportunities for law students. Our panelists will discuss their experiences and what law students can expect spending their summer working for a law firm, corporation or pro bono agency, or clerking for a judge.

Our panelists include:
• Alicia Powell, Chief Counsel, PNC
• Nicholas Ranjan, Partner, K&L Gates
• Sara J. Rose, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Pennsylvania
• Lisa Stauffer, Senior Counsel, PNC

The panel will be moderated by Valerie A. Jackson. A cocktail reception will follow for all participants. We hope you can join us.

Professional attire required.

To RSVP, please contact Emily Coon ( no later than Wednesday, March 23, 2016. (Please also cc Maria Comas at on your RSVP.)

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Law Practice Today – Women in Law Issue

Check out the March edition of ABA’s Law Practice Today.  This month is the “Women in Law Issue” where you can read these articles and more:

Trends and Innovations Boosting Diversity in Law and Beyond

A Dozen Great Reasons: The Challenges and Triumphs of Starting Your Own Firm

How to Use Your Emotions to Attract Opportunities as a Woman Lawyer

Analytics for Beginners: What Every Attorney Needs to Know

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Transportation Law Program Open to Duquesne Law Students

The law firm of Jones Day invites Duquesne Law students to a Transportation Law Update presented by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 in Pittsburgh. Jones Day Partner John Goetz, head of the firm’s Airline & Aviation Industry Practice developed the course. The seminar is free for any law student to attend; students must indicate they are law students when registering.  Advanced registration is required.  To learn more about the program or to register, please visit  Professional attire is required.

Participants will receive practical strategies and tactics, as well as successful practice tips from both the plaintiff and defense bars. Participants will also hear from an accident reconstructionist expert who will explain his role in aviation litigation; a rail expert who will discuss safety vs. security concerns and claims against railroads; and jury consultants who will discuss the latest trends in jury verdicts and effective use of jury research. Please find more information in the brochure attached below.
Pennsylvania Bar Institute Event – Transportation Law Update

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 – Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Partner John D. Goetz, leader of Jones Day’s Airlines & Aviation Practice, will speak at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Transportation Law Update in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Goetz, along with Stephanie D. Taylor, General Counsel of West Virginia University (and former Jones Day Associate), developed the course.

Other speakers are as follows:

Hon. Nora Barry Fischer

Hon. Elizabeth T. Hey

Michael A. Biek, Ph.D.

Scott D. Clements, Esq.

Frank P. DeGiulio, Esq.

Frederick B. Goldsmith, Esq.

Ann T. Greeley, Ph.D.

Stephen A. Hall, Esq.

James J. McEldrew, III, Esq.

C. Dennis Moore, Ph.D., P.E.

Alfred S. Pelaez, J.D., LL.M.

J. Denny Shupe, Esq.

Catherine B. Slavin, Esq.

Richard Robert Young, Ph.D.

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BNY Mellon Legal Careers Panel

Join us on Wednesday, March 9, from 5:00-6:00 p.m. for a unique panel bringing together lawyers who work in traditional attorney roles and JD-preferred positions (such as compliance and SART) at BNY Mellon. Hear about their experiences and gain an understanding of the roles of lawyers within a financial institution.  This program will be held in Room 414 – Faculty Conference Room and is co-sponsored by the Corporate Law Society.

Alka Patel (L’01), Managing Director and Senior Counsel, and Kaitlyn Kacsuta (L’13), Vice President and SART Investigator, will be among the panelists. (Additional panelists to be announced.)

Dinner provided. RSVP welcomed, but not required, via DuqLawConnect – Events tab.

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PA State Police Experience

The YWCA Greater Pittsburgh is hosting a “PA State Police Experience” with local troopers.  This offers a hand-on opportunity for people interested in a law enforcement or criminal justice careers. Full details are contained within the flyer and brochure. This is a free experience! Questions may be directed to Professor McCants Lewis (

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Registration open for 2016 ACBA Spring Soccer League

Registration is open for the 2016 ACBA Spring Soccer League. Games will be played on Sunday mornings at the Winchester Thurston School Athletic Field in Shadyside, seven players per side, two 25-minute halves. Rosters will be limited to 15 players maximum, including at least three women. At least one woman per team must be on the field at all times. All players must be ACBA members or law student members. The regular season will consist of six games beginning on Sunday, April 17. The law firm of Grudowski Law Associates, P.C., is sponsoring T-shirts for the league. Space is limited to only six teams. The registration fee is $25 for student members. You may register as an individual and will be assigned to a team. To register, click here.
The deadline for registration is Friday, April 1. Payment must be received by this deadline. For more information, email Kevin Tucker at or Charles Grudowski at

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