Career Panel featuring Members of the Pennsylvania Bar Association

Wednesday, October 22, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 204
Co-sponsored with the Pennsylvania Bar Association Student Liaisons

A panel of attorneys with diverse experiences and backgrounds will tell you about their careers and offer advice and suggestions for you as you go forward in your legal career.

Panelists include members of various PBA Sections:
Workers Comp Section – Michael V. Quatrini (L’07)
Civil and Equal Rights Committee – Bonnie Kift (L’82)
Business Law Section – Kimberly Burns
Government Lawyers Committee – Jennifer Irvin
Government Lawyers Committee – Denise Farkas
Family Law Section – Gail Calderwood
Education Law Section - Laurel McLeaish
Environmental and Energy Law— Emily Collins

Lunch provided.  Please RSVP via DuqLawConnect – Events tab.

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Networking Pointers from the Practitioners Panel

Monday, October 20, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Room 204
Co-sponsored with the Women’s Bar Association and Women’s Law Association

All students are invited to hear from a panel of experienced attorneys who will tell you how to approach networking in regards to your job search efforts and how those skills can help you in every day practice after you graduate.  Topics will include ways to network, networking etiquette and more.  The panel includes Patricia Dodge, Managing Partner, Meyer Unkovic & Scott LLP; Meghan Jones-Rolla, Vice President & Corporate Counsel, ServiceLink; and Tara Pfeifer, Staff Attorney, Women’s Law Project.  Refreshments provided.  Please RSVP via DuqLawConnect – Events tab.

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1L Career Services Orientation

Tuesday, October 21, 12:15-1:15 pm, Room 203
Tuesday, October 21, 4:45-5:45 pm, Room 310

First year students will learn about the services and programs offered by the Career Services Office at these sessions. Students may choose to attend either session, but attendance at one of them is mandatory.** (The same program will be presented at both sessions.) Students who do not attend will not be given access to the job postings section of DuqLawConnect until they make arrangements to meet with Maria Comas, Director of Career Services.

RSVP required on DuqLawConnect – Events tab. If you forgot your password, please send an email to lawcareers@duq.edu and it will be reissued to you.

Please bring your own lunch/dinner and beverage. Snacks will be provided.

**Please note: The CSO understands that evening students may not be able to attend either program due to work and travel schedules, and we will work with you individually to schedule a mutually convenient meeting time. Please send an email to Maria Comas (comas@duq.edu) with dates and times that you are available to meet. Meetings are available until 6:00 pm most days and telephone meetings are possible.

 

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KidsVoice Externship Information Session

Thursday, October 16, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 308

KidsVoice has revamped its Legal Externship program and has opportunities for Duquesne Law students to participate starting in the Spring 2015 term (January).  KidsVoice attorneys will tell students about this unique externship opportunity which allows students to serve as advocates for at-risk children each year.

Students must be able to be certified to practice by the Spring 2015 semester (meaning that they have completed Evidence by then). (Any student interested in learning more about this opportunity may attend the information session though.) Students must be able to commit 2 semesters’ worth of work (summers count towards this requirement). More information about the requirements and the application process is attached.  This information will be discussed at the program. Applications for the Spring 2015 Semester are due November 1, with interviews occurring later in November.

Lunch provided. Please RSVP via DuqLawConnect – Events tab.

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1L Success in Law School Mentoring Program – Registration Open

The Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) invites diverse first year students, including women, racially diverse students and LGBT students, to participate in their 1L Success in Law School Mentoring Program.  The LCLD program will match interested students with local attorneys so students have an opportunity to make connections within our community and ask questions they may have about law school and Pittsburgh legal market.   In addition to one-on-one meetings, participating students will be invited to group events, such as receptions.

Registrations are now being accepted at http://www.lcldnet.org/programs/law-schoolmentoring/
mentees.  Students will be paired with attorneys on a first-come, first-served basis.  The LCLD will contact students with additional information, within two weeks of registration.  Additional information about LCLD can be found at www.lcldnet.org.

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Elliott Group Lawyers on Location

Students are invited to attend a “Lawyers on Location” luncheon and tour of Elliott Group’s Jeannette, PA headquarters on Friday, October 31, from 10:30 am – 2:30 pm. William Cox (DL ’82), Legal General Counsel, and Martin Holleran (DL ’85), Contract Administrator, will be our hosts.  A plant tour and luncheon are planned.  Elliott Group (http://www.elliott-turbo.com/default) designs, manufactures and services critical turbomachinery for many industries, including oil and gas production and processing.  This is an OUTSTANDING opportunity to learn more about an important part of the growing oil and gas industry!  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.  Space is limited to the first 15 students who RSVP via DuqLawConnect (under the “Events” tab).  Transportation will be provided.

 

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Scholars in Local Government Lunch & Learn

Wednesday, October 8, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Room 301

The Allegheny County Department of Human Services (http://www.alleghenycounty.us/DHS/index.aspx) will present a program about three exciting opportunities available to law students:

*the Scholars in Local Government Fellowship, a one-year, post-graduate fellowship with the Allegheny County Department of Human Services;
*internship positions in the DHS support and program offices;
*The Local Government Case Competition, an intellectually challenging way to explore opportunities in local government & network with other local students, employers and community leaders.

With a budget of over $900 million, DHS is a broad umbrella organization responsible for publicly funded human services in Allegheny County, including mental health services, at-risk child development and education, services for older adults, and much more. Formed in 1997, the department is recognized as a national model in the provision of human services. Lunch provided.  RSVP welcomed, but not required, via DuqLawConnect – Events tab.

 

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Better Client Representation Through Disability Awareness Program & Reception

Students are invited to attend this program and reception hosted by the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Committee on Law and Disability on October 21.  Registration is free, but required, at www.acba.org by October 15.

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FedEx Ground Lawyers on Location

Students are invited to attend a “Lawyers on Location” luncheon and tour of FedEx Ground’s Moon Township headquarters on Friday, October 24 from 1:00-3:30 pm. Numerous FedEx Ground in-house counsel (including Duquesne Law graduates) will be there to answer questions, give advice and offer suggestions for you as you plan your legal career.  This is an OUTSTANDING opportunity to build your network!  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.  Space is limited to the first 30 students who RSVP via DuqLawConnect (under the “Events” tab).

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Managing Your Student Loan Debt and Focusing on What Matters

Tuesday, October 28, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m., Room 303
The session, presented by nationally recognized student loan expert, Heather Jarvis, will cover important fundamentals including managing student loan repayment and accessing loan forgiveness opportunities.  Flexible repayment options and forgiveness provisions are available, but the details matter and it can be confusing to figure it out on your own.  This engaging and practical presentation will help you get a grip on your student loans by clearly explaining:

  • Options for managing student debt
  • Strategies for reducing your overall costs
  • Income-driven repayment plans
  • President Obama’s Pay As You Earn repayment plan
  • Loan forgiveness that is not tied to employment
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness in Five Steps
  • Tax issues specific to student loan borrowers
  • Proposed changes to student loan debt relief programs

About the Presenter: Heather Jarvis is widely known for her depth of knowledge and accessible teaching style.  She has provided student loan education and consultation for universities, associations and professional advisors since 2005.  Heather graduated cum laude from Duke University School of Law in 1998 and dedicates her professional efforts advocating on behalf of high-debt student loan borrowers.  Heather contributes to student debt relief policy for the House Education Committee and others in Congress and has accepted appointment to the American Bar Association Task Force on Financing Legal Education.

The Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA), Duquesne University School of Law and University of Pittsburgh School of Law are pleased to co-sponsor Ms. Jarvis’ presentations to our respective students, alumni and members.  Duquesne Law students may attend the program at Duquesne or at the ACBA Office (9th Floor Koppers Building, Grant Street) on October 29 from 8:30-10:00 a.m.

RSVP by October 24 on DuqLawConnect (Events tab) or at www.acba.org, according to which program you will attend.

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