Judicial, Government and Public Interest Law Reception

All students are invited to attend the 6th Annual Judicial, Government & Public Interest Law Reception on October 18!  The reception will take place in the Power Center Ballroom from 5:00-7:00 p.m. Students may attend as much of the event as their schedules permit.

You’ll meet judges and attorneys who work in government agencies and public interest law organizations, and you’ll learn about externship, clerkship, pro bono, and career opportunities with their offices.  We’re expecting more than 60 judges and attorneys to attend, in addition to our Clinical Faculty who will tell you about the various Law Clinics.  See attached list for a current list of participating employers.

This reception is open to Duquesne Law and Pitt Law students.

RSVP required via DuqLawConnect – Events tab by October 14.

Professional attire required.

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Register for sue’s run 4 kids!

sue’s run4 kids is coming up!  It’s on Sunday October 9th in Schenley Park and includes a 4-mile race, 1-mile kids race and 1- and 2-mile fun runs and walks.  We will also have our fantastic pre- and post-race party at the Vietnam Veterans Pavilion with Magician AlMazing, face painting, Volunteer Princesses, the musical stylings of TK the DJ, delicious FREE food (including Bruegger’s bagelsStarbucks coffee, wraps from Smallman Street Deli, Outshine bars, and Eat ‘n Park smiley cookies), family-friendly games and activities, and a raffle with prizes you actually want to win (like a $3500 necklace!!)!  All proceeds go to helping teenagers in the foster care system through the Lipman Youth Fund at KidsVoice.

Register today at www.suesrun4kids.org!  You can also register in person on October 9th between 7:15-8:15 a.m. at the Vietnam Veterans Pavilion.


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Business Cards Available

The Career Services Office will provide students with business cards to use for networking purposes.

If you would like to receive 30 complimentary business cards, please complete an order form by Monday, October 3, at 12:00 noon.

You can find an order form on Sharepoint. (Please use your Multipass/DORI credentials to log-in to Sharepoint.)  Click “Save” to submit your information after you enter it on the form.

When the cards are available, they will be placed in your student mailbox. Please contact Maria Comas (comas@duq.edu)  if you have any questions.

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Nonpracticing Attorneys and Legal Professionals – Panel Discussion

Duquesne Law students and 2016 graduates are invited to a panel discussion about non-traditional legal careers that will be presented by the Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA) on Thursday, September 29, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the ACBA Offices located in the Koppers Building (Downtown).

The ACBA Nonpracticing Attorneys and Legal Professionals Committee is hosting this panel discussion featuring four successful attorneys who are using their law degrees in nontraditional ways. Panelists include Susan Ardisson, bit-x-bit, LLC; Melanie Harrington, Vibrant Pittsburgh; David Matthews, Center for Organ Recovery & Education; and Abby Wilson, Allegheny County Health Department.  (Bios) Learn how they secured their current positions and how their career paths evolved. The panel members will discuss how their degrees have helped them in their positions, and the challenges they faced along the way.

Registration is free for students & 2016 graduates, but registration is required at www.acba.org by September 28 at the latest.  A networking reception will take place both before and after the presentation.

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Golf Outing Open to Upper Division Students – Apply by Friday!

Are you a golfer interested in networking with area employers?  Duquesne University School of Law students have been invited to apply for a chance to participate in the upcoming Tri-Rivers Heritage Foundation 9th Annual Golf Outing to benefit Sarah Heinz House on Friday, September 30, 2016.  David Renner, Duquesne Law graduate and co-founder of the Tri-Rivers Heritage Foundation, will be your host.  This is the third year that Duquesne Law students have been invited to attend this event – last year’s attendees found this to be a very worthwhile and fun outing.

This event is open to 6 upperclassmen with a minimum 3.00 GPA who either own (or can acquire) their own golf clubs.  In order to apply, please submit a resume and cover letter telling a bit about yourself and your interest in this event addressed to:

David E. Renner
Post & Schell
One Oxford Centre
301 Grant Street, Suite 4300
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Email your cover letter and resume to Samantha Coyne at: coynes1@duq.edu by noon on Friday, September 16, 2016.
Participants will be chosen by the Three Rivers Heritage Foundation and notified by the Law School if selected.
Questions?  Please email Samantha Coyne (coynes1@duq.edu).

Event Details
The Tri-Rivers Heritage Foundation 9th Annual Golf Outing to Benefit Sarah Heinz House

When: Friday, September 30, 2016
Where: Allegheny Country Club, 250 Country Club Road, Sewickley, Pennsylvania 15143
Schedule of Events
8:00 am Registration
8:00 am – 8:45 am Open Practice Range and Putting Green
8:45 am – 8:55 am Welcoming Remarks
9:00 am Shotgun Scramble
Immediately Following Golf Lunch/Awards Reception and Charity Presentation
About The Tri-Rivers Heritage Foundation
The Tri-Rivers Heritage Foundation is a charitable organization founded in 2006 by seven students and a faculty member of the University of Pittsburgh. The Foundation’s goal is to provide children within the Pittsburgh community the resources necessary to build a strong foundation for future success.  They will be hosting their annual charity golf outing this year at Allegheny Country Club in Sewickley, Pennsylvania on September 30, 2016.

The Tri-Rivers Heritage Foundation is really a dual-purpose charity.  The first purpose of the charity is that all proceeds from the outing are donated to Sarah Heinz House, a charter member of the Boys & Girls Club of America located in the North Side of Pittsburgh.  Sarah Heinz House is devoted to helping children in and around Pittsburgh by providing after school programs and other educational, artistic, recreational and community service programs. The second purpose of the outing is to create networking opportunities for students seeking employment.  This is accomplished by pairing two company or firm representatives with two finance, accounting, or law students so the four can network during the round of golf.  It really creates a great opportunity for the students and corporate/firm representatives to get to know each other.  Also, the students are all at the top of their classes at Pitt, Carnegie Mellon, and Duquesne.  In fact, the Foundation has been successful in getting a number of students jobs in the past and even helped more students get interviews and internships with the companies/firms that come to this event.

A number of large companies and firms have participated in the golf outing in the past, such as Dick’s Sporting Goods, PNC Bank, Coca-Cola, Morgan Stanley, Highmark Inc., Northwestern Mutual, UBS, UPS, Ernst & Young, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, the University of Pittsburgh, Federated Investors, Alpern Rosenthal, Eden Hall Foundation, First National Bank, First Commonwealth Bank, C.S. McKee, PLS Logistics Services, PJ Dick Trumbull, American Eagle Outfitters, and Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl.

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Equal Justice Works Annual Conference and Career Fair

Equal Justice Works Annual Conference and Career Fair
October 28-29, 2016 * Arlington, VA

  • The Equal Justice Works annual Conference and Career Fair is the largest national public interest career fair in the country.
  • More than 1,200 students from 165 law schools attend for two days of interviews, workshops, networking, and other career opportunities.
  • Public interest employers conduct interviews for internship and full-time positions and meet with students in informal “table talk” settings to discuss public interest legal opportunities. 
    • The deadline to register & apply for pre-scheduled interviews is Wednesday, September 14, at 6:00 p.m. Register.
  • The Conference and Career Fair also feature workshops on various public interest careers and job search advice, resume and cover letter review, mock interviews, and more.The Career Services Office will pay for some limited expenses associated with student registration & travel to this career fair. Contact Maria Comas (comas@duq.edu) by September 30 if you plan to attend.
  • More information, including a list of employers who have registered for pre-scheduled interviews and “table talk” sessions.



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2nd Annual Get Involved Day

Join us for our 2nd Annual Get Involved Day to be held on Wednesday, September 14, 2016, from 12:00-1:00 p.m. and 5:00-6:00 p.m. in the Law School Student Lounge.

What is Get Involved Day?

It’s a day for students to meet representatives from student organizations, bar associations, and the Duquesne Law Alumni Association. The day presents a great opportunity for new and returning students to learn about many organizations and find out about upcoming events. Students are encouraged to sign-up for events happening this fall and spring and learn about the many volunteer roles open to them.

So stop by the Student Lounge to meet the group representatives.  Students who participate in Get Involved Day will be entered into a drawing to win raffle prizes.

Representatives from the different groups will leave materials in the Student Lounge for anyone who is not able to meet during these times.

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Student Opportunities to Participate in the ACBA!

The Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA) has two opportunities for upper division Duquesne Law students to serve as student representatives in certain divisions this year.  A student representative is needed for the Women in the Law Division and the Young Lawyers Division.  The student representatives are asked to attend monthly meetings of the respective divisions, participate in projects/activities as they can, and to promote relevant programs & events to your classmates.  Both of these positions are great ways to make professional connections with local attorneys, judges, and other students.  According to students who have held these positions in previous years, the time commitment is not overly burdensome.

The Women in the Law Division is open to all attorney & student members of the ACBA, and its goal is to promote the success and advancement of women attorneys in Allegheny County.  WLD Council meetings are held on the 4th Wednesday of the month (August – May) from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at ACBA Offices (Koppers Building, downtown).

The Young Lawyers Division is open to members of the bar who have been licensed for 10 years or less and law students.  The YLD provides young lawyers with a means of gaining broader participation in bar activities, a forum for continuing legal education, and a vehicle for social exchange with their contemporaries at the bar.  YLD Council meetings are held on the 1st Thursday of the month (August – May) from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at ACBA Offices (Koppers Building, downtown).

If you are interested in serving in either or both roles, please email a letter of interest (cover letter) and resume to Maria Comas (comas@duq.edu) by Friday, September 2, at 12:00 noon.  Students may apply for both positions, but two different students will ultimately be selected.  The students selected for these positions will be asked to join the ACBA if they are not already members.  (Student membership is $30/year.)

I serve on WLD Council, and I will gladly answer any questions you have about the ACBA.  This is a great way to get involved as a law student!  Stay tuned for other ways to engage with the ACBA this year!

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Public Interest & Public Sector Law Resources

Are you interested in a career in public interest or public service?
Check out these resources & information:

**Equal Justice Works’ What is Public Interest Law?  is a great guide to get your started.**

**Create a free account at www.psjd.org and access numerous job postings and resources related to public interest and public service jobs.**

**Attend the Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair**
Arlington, VA * October 28 & 29, 2016
The conference and career fair include:
*Opportunities for pre-scheduled interviews (available to upper division students)
*Informational discussions with employers
*Resume reviews
*Conference workshops
*Networking receptions

The Career Services Office will reimburse students for their registration fee and some specific travel expenses associated with this conference. Interested students must email me as soon as possible, but no later than September 12 at 6:00 p.m., so additional information can be sent to you about our travel policies.  Be sure to check the conference website for additional deadlines and timetables associated with this event.

**Check out the new Student Justice Center **
The resource library created by Equal Justice Works is stocked with guides, videos, an events calendar and more! Share them with your students if you’re looking for new resources to spread across your campus. The password for full access to SJC resources is “justice”.

**3L’s: Equal Justice Works Fellowship applications are due on September 16!

**2L’s: It’s a good idea to start thinking about next year’s Equal Justice Works Fellowship application – never too early to start!**

**Attend free webinars about debt relief and public interest job search resources.**

**Schedule a meeting with Maria Comas (comas@duq.edu) to discuss your interests & goals in this area.**

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OCI Interviewing Advice from a 3L

(Originally posted August 8, 2014.)
OCI Interviewing Advice from a 3L

By Lindsay S. Fouse
Third Year Day Student

2014 Summer Associate, Clark Hill

As we begin to prepare for OCIs, think about three things:

First, be able to answer exactly what makes you different from all of the other applicants. Your answer should be sincere, specific, and personalized. Be mindful of the fact that if you get the job, that answer will be put to the test—so be honest.

Second, in the interview, be someone that the interviewer and his or her firm would want as a colleague. Nod when they say something, smile and be pleasant, and appear engaged and interested to be interviewing with their firm because that matters to them—that you are genuinely happy to have the opportunity to get to know them.

Third, have four pre-written, go-to answers that run the gamut. For example, inevitably, you will be asked about what you did this past summer (i.e. if you wrote for a judge- be able to explain one interesting thing that you worked on), what you are involved in at Duquesne Law (i.e. clubs, organizations, research or teaching assistant positions, jobs, journals), what are your interests outside of school (i.e. hobbies, family, sports), what are qualities/attributes that would serve you well in the field of law and what about your personality fits the culture and mission of the respective law firm. I find that if you have those down to a tee, regardless of the question, you can in some way, shape, or form tailor all of your answers to safely get back to those go-tos, and to really have a successful interview.

Some food for thought—the toughest questions that I have been asked at an OCI:

1)    Where do you see yourself in five years? 10 years?

2)    If you don’t get hired by this firm, what will you do?

3)    Tell us about your style of leadership.

4)    What do you do for fun?

5)    Tell us about a recent mistake that you have made.

6)    What’s the worst question you can think of to ask me?

7)    What constitutes “success” in your mind?

8)    What type of people would you have trouble working with?

9)    Describe yourself in one word.

10) What are some of the most imaginative and creative things that you have done in a job?

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