Law Practice Today – The Multi-Gen and Multi-Cultural Issue

The March edition of the ABA’s Law Practice Today is available.  Be sure to check out this month’s articles, including:

Integration Starts With Respect

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Putting Your Best Foot Forward: Exploring Traits of Successful Junior Lawyers

K&L Gates Offices (210 Sixth Avenue, Downtown)
Monday, April 13 * 5:00 p.m.

First year students are invited to attend a panel discussion featuring a diverse group of legal professional for an interactive discussion on how best to prepare and present yourself as you enter the legal market and explore traits of successful junior lawyers.

Our panelists include:

The panel will be moderated by Michael Zanic, Partner, K&L Gates LLP. A cocktail reception will follow for all participants.

Professional attire required.

This program is open to all first year students attending Duquesne University School of Law and University of Pittsburgh School of Law.  Registration is limited to the first 25 students to RSVP at each school.

Please RSVP no later than Wednesday, April 8 to Ms. Jessica Gangjee at jessica.gangjee@klgates.com.  Space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis, so don’t delay your RSVP!

(Note: Please copy Maria Comas (comas@duq.edu) on your RSVP.)

 

 

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Disability Rights Law Lunch & Learn

Thursday, March 26, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 301
Co-sponsored with the ACBA Disability Rights Committee

A panel of attorneys who handle cases involving disability rights issues will tell students about their work and answer students’ questions about this area of law.  The following attorneys plan to attend:
Ramona Arena Baker, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Law Clerk
Lawrence Gurrera, Edgar Snyder & Associates
Jim Ehrman, Margolis Edelstein
Art Feldman, Solo Practitioner
Alysia Keating, Allegheny County Bar Association Director of Diversity & Gender Equality
Paul Sullivan, The Law Office of Paul R. Sullivan, Jr.

Also attending from Bender Consulting Services, an employment consulting firm, are Joyce Bender, CEO, and Mary Brougher, Executive Vice President of Operations.   Lunch provided.  Please RSVP on DuqLawConnect – Events tab.

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Speed Networking with the Women’s Bar Association

Monday, March 23, 5:00-6:30 p.m., Room 414

Co-sponsored with the Women’s Law Association

This event is open to all students!  In groups of 3 or 4, students will have the opportunity to meet attorneys working in various settings and practice areas.  Jennifer Mason, Partner at Clark Hill PLC and WBA Co-President, will offer keynote remarks.

The following attorneys plan to attend:
Brett Huston, Clark Hill PLC
Dan Domenick, Domenick Legal Group, PLLC
Sarah Andrews, Morgan Lewis & Bockius LLP
David Monaghan, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC
Maureen Shannon, Training & Talent Development Professional (formerly with K&L Gates)
Carol Hesz, Judicial Law Clerk – Federal Judiciary
Melissa Ruggiero, Office of Conflict Counsel
Anna Ciardi, Cordell & Cordell
Stephanie Jones, Domenick Legal Group PLLC

The networking portion of the program will last for approximately one hour, followed by a reception.  Registration is required & limited to the first 20 students to RSVP.  Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  RSVP required on DuqLawConnect – Events tab.  Students may arrive late or leave early due to class schedules.  Please send a note to Maria Comas (comas@duq.edu) if you will be arriving late or leaving early.

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Speed Networking Opportunities

At three upcoming speed networking events, students will have the opportunity to meet local judges and attorneys who work in various practice areas throughout the region.

If you’re new to networking, this is a great way to start making professional connections.  In a format similar to speed dating, you’ll talk with the attorneys at 7-minute intervals and then have a chance to continue conversations at the reception that follows.

Space is limited for each event!  RSVP’s are required.  Sign-up today via DuqLawConnect or via email at comas@duq.edu.  You may attend as many of the speed networking events as you would like. (If you need to arrive late or leave early, please send an email to comas@duq.edu so we can plan accordingly.)

Speed Networking with Law Alumni Board of Governors
Wednesday, March 18, 5:00-6:30 p.m., Room 414

Co-sponsored with the Duquesne Law Alumni Association
The following judges and attorneys plan to attend:
Hon. Gary Caruso, Mediator and Retired Judge, Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas
Kathleen M. Charlton, Partner, Charlton & Charlton
Rebecca Gruen, Medical Legal Consultant
P. Brennan Hart, Partner, Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti, LLP
Hon. Michael E. McCarthy, Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County
Garry Nelson, Solo Practitioner; Former Allegheny County District Attorney
Scott T. Redman, Law Office of Scott T. Redman
Kimberly S. Tague, Director, Strassburger, McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky
Theodore M. Trbovich, Solo Practitioner

Speed Networking with the Women’s Bar Association
Monday, March 23, 5:00-6:30 p.m., Room 414
Co-sponsored with the Women’s Law Association
Jennifer Mason, Partner at Clark Hill and WBA Co-President, will offer keynote remarks.  Additional attorneys attending the event will be announced.

Speed Networking with the Allegheny County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
Wednesday, March 25, 5:00-6:30 p.m., Room 414

Co-sponsored with the ACBA Young Lawyers Division
Attorneys names will be announced.

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Student Debt News from Equal Justice Works

Get Free Help with Your Student Debt. Win $50. That’s a win-win!

Three lucky lawyers or law students who download Equal Justice Works’ comprehensive student debt e-book, Take Control of Your Future: A Guide to Managing Your Student Debt, before Friday, April 3 will win $50 Amazon gift cards. Just download your free copy today and you’ll be automatically entered to win.

Take Control of Your Future is a comprehensive guide to managing student debt, with chapters on understanding student loans and loan consolidation, planning before borrowing, income-driven repayment plans and a step-by-step guide to earning Public Service Loan Forgiveness.

One reviewer noted “This book is particularly helpful for anyone working in the non-profit field who earns a lower wage and has mounds of student loan debt.”

And another said “I’ve been dealing with my student loan holder for the last three years on my past due account. It wasn’t until I read ‘Managing Your Student Debt that I discovered the loan holder wasn’t giving me all the options. By using the guide I’ve been able to work things to my benefit. I encourage everyone to read this book!”

Upcoming Free Student Debt Webinars

Equal Justice Works will host the following free student debt webinars in March and April:

Keep Up To Date on Student Debt Issues

Make sure to follow our blog on the Huffington Post to keep up to date on student debt issues. We’ve been writing recently about Campus Debit Cards: Good for You or Your University?, Have We Already Solved the Student Debt Crisis? and 6 Reasons to Love (Okay, Grudgingly Accept) Your Student Loans.

Share and Get Involved

Please forward this email to anyone you think might benefit. To stay up to date, follow us on Twitter (@EJW_org, #studentdebthelp) and on Facebook.

(Via email received from Equal Justice Works 3/11/15.)

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Upcoming Bar Association Events Open to Law Students

Washington County Bar Association – March 17
On behalf of the Washington County Bar Association, Ken Schott (WCBA Duquesne Law Student Liaison) would like to invite fellow students to a St. Patrick’s Day happy hour celebration with the WCBA at the Sharp Edge in McMurray, PA on March 17, 2015 from 5 pm to 7 pm.  It’s an excellent opportunity to network with local attorneys.  Also, please consider joining the Young Lawyers Division for a brief meeting starting at 4:30 pm.  If you’re already a WCBA member and are interested in attending the meeting and/or the happy hour, please use this link below to register.  If you’re not a WCBA member, that’s not a problem.  Just call Kathy Sabol of the WCBA at 724-225-6710, or you can simply send an e-mail to Kathy at wcba@washcobar.org to let her know you’re a Duquesne Law Student interested in attending the event.

Allegheny County Bar Association Asian Attorneys Committee – April 2
The ACBA Asian Attorneys Committee is hosting a Happy Hour for Duquesne and Pitt law students on April 2 at Olive or Twist, 140 6th St. in downtown Pittsburgh, from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm in the curtained room upstairs (the VIP room).  The Committee is providing the food, and there will be a cash bar so that participants can purchase their own drinks.  The Asian Attorney Committee invites Asian law students to attend this reception.  You do not have to be a member of the ACBA to attend.

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An Invitation to 1st Year Students – Putting Your Best Foot Forward

Save the Date!

K&L Gates and PPG Industries invites all first year students to “Putting Your Best Foot Forward: Exploring Traits of Successful Junior Lawyers” to be held on April 13, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. at the K&L Gates office downtown.  This program will feature a diverse group of legal professionals for an interactive panel discussion which will focus on how best to prepare and present yourself as you enter the legal market and explore traits of successful junior lawyers.

Following the program, please plan to join us for a networking reception.

A formal invitation will follow.  This program is part of the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Program.

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Taxation LLM Information Session

Thursday, March 12, 12:00-1:00 p.m. and 5:00-6:00 p.m., Room 304
Professor Robert Wootton of Northwestern Law School will tell students about his school’s LLM Program in Taxation.  The graduate tax program at Northwestern Law has been in existence for over a decade and is regarded as one of the best in the country.  Any student with an interest in tax law is invited to attend (regardless of your current class year).  Lunch/dinner provided.  **Pending student interest, Professor Wooton will give a second presentation at 5:00 p.m.  Please RSVP if you plan to attend either program.  RSVP to comas@duq.edu or on DuqLawConnect.

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Growing Judges Program

Friday, February 27
12:15-1:00 p.m., Room 302

The Growing Judges Program features a panel of diverse trial court judges who will tell students about their experiences running for the position as well as other insights from their perspectives from the bench. The panel will be moderated by Judge Lisette Shirdan-Harris, and Judges Ida Chen, Sierra Thomas Street and John M. Younge, all of the Court of Common Pleas of Philadelphia County, will serve on the panel. President Judge Sheila Woods-Skipper (Philadelphia) will offer welcoming remarks. These judges will be in Pittsburgh for a trial court judges’ conference and offer this program throughout Pennsylvania.

The judges will make a special announcement for Duquesne Law students. Law alumni and other local attorneys have been invited to attend this event as well.

Lunch will be provided. So we may have an accurate count for lunch and handouts, please RSVP if you plan to attend. Please RSVP via DuqLawConnect – Events tab or at comas@duq.edu.

We look forward to seeing you there as we welcome the judges to our Law School!

GROWING JUDGES PROGRAM PARTICIPANTS
Honorable Sheila Woods-Skipper, President Judge, Court of Common Pleas (Philadelphia County)
Honorable Lisette Shirdan-Harris, Moderator, Court of Common Pleas (Philadelphia County)
Honorable John Younge, Panelist, Court of Common Pleas (Philadelphia County)
Honorable Sierra Thomas Street, Panelist, Court of Common Pleas (Philadelphia County)
Honorable Ida Chen, Panelist, Court of Common Pleas (Philadelphia County)

OTHER JUDGES ATTENDING THE GROWING JUDGES PROGRAM
Honorable Garrett Page, Court of Common Pleas (Montgomery County)
Honorable Lillian Ransom, Court of Common Pleas (Philadelphia County)
Honorable Cheryl Austin, Court of Common Pleas (Montgomery County)
Honorable Karen Shreeves-Johns, Court of Common Pleas (Philadelphia County)
Honorable Lori Dumas, Court of Common Pleas (Philadelphia County)
Honorable Jonathan Irvine, Court of Common Pleas (Philadelphia County)
Honorable Genece Brinkley, Court of Common Pleas (Philadelphia County)
Honorable Craig Washington, Court of Common Pleas (Philadelphia County)
Honorable Linda Fleming, Court of Common Pleas (Cambria County)

 

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