Last chance to order business cards this year!

The Career Services Office will provide current law students with business cards to use for networking purposes. This is your last chance to order cards this year!   If you would like to receive 30 complimentary business cards, please complete an order form by Friday, April 25, at 5 pm. You can find an order form at https://sharepoint.law.duq.edu/cso/Lists/Business%20Card%20Requests/newform.aspx. (Please use your Multipass/DORI log-in credentials to log-in.)

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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Tips from the Practitioners Series: Small Firm Practice

By Kathleen Charlton, Evening ‘08
Partner at Charlton & Charlton Attorneys at Law

I have worked in small firms since graduating law school. I love the flexibility that it provides to me, as I have a young daughter. I have the ability to choose my hours. I can go home, cook dinner, and work after she goes to bed. I also like that I have the ability to choose the cases that I want to take. For me, the ability to choose my cases was a significant reason for choosing small firm practice.  I also love the client interaction that I have. The clients are solely my clients; I am responsible for everything in their cases. Although at times this can be stressful, it brings me a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. There is nothing more rewarding to me than when a client hugs me or sends me a personal “thank you” note.

This series is written by members of the Career/Employment Committee of the Duquesne Law Alumni Association with the intent to provide helpful job search tips and suggestions for students and alumni.

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Practice Area & Concentrations Fair

RSVP today for the Practice Area & Concentrations Fair!
Monday, April 7, 5:00-6:30 p.m., Student Union Ballroom

Meet attorneys working in various practice areas. Learn more about the Course Concentrations by talking with Deans and Faculty Advisors. All students are encouraged to attend.  A list of attorneys whose attendance is confirmed is listed below.  The evening’s format will be as follows: tables correlating to practice areas & concentrations will be set up around the room, and lawyers and faculty will be asked to sit at the table that corresponds to their area. Students will circulate around the room at your own pace, according to your interests. There are no expectations of job placement at this program – it is informational only. RSVP required at DuqLawConnect – Events tab. You are welcome to attend as much of the program as your schedule permits.

Edward J. Abes, Esq.
Abes Baumann
www.abesbaumann.com
Table: Sports Law & Workers’ Compensation

Christopher L. Borsani, Esq.
Tucker Arensberg, P.C.
www.tuckerlaw.com
Table: Bankruptcy

Anthony W. Brooks, Esq.
The Webb Law Firm
www.webblaw.com
Table: Intellectual Property

Lisa DiCerbo, Esq.
Internal Revenue Service
www.irs.gov
Table: Tax Law

Jennifer DiGiovanni, Esq.
Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office
www.da.allegheny.pa.us
Table: Criminal Law – Government

Kevin J. Garber, Esq.
Babst Calland
www.babstcalland.com
Table: Environmental Law

Kathryn L. Harrison, Esq.
Campbell & Levine, LLC
www.camlev.com
Table: Bankruptcy

Richard M. Heiser, Esq.
FedExGround
www.fedex.com
Table: Corporate Counsel

Patricia Wozniak Henk, Esq.
Law Office of Patricia Wozniak Henk
www.patriciawhenk.com
Table: Family Law & Collaborative Law

Paula Hopkins, Esq.
Paula Hopkins, Attorney at Law
www.mysite.verizon.net/bizw40ns
Table: Family Law & Collaborative Law

Turahn L. Jenkins, Esq.
Office of the Public Defender, Allegheny County
www.alleghenycounty.us/opd
Table: Criminal Law – Government

Jessica M. Jurasko, Esq.
Jackson Kelly PLLC
www.jacksonkelly.com
Table: Energy Law

Shanicka L. Kennedy, Esq.
Office of the Public Defender, Allegheny County
www.alleghenycounty.us/opd
Table: Criminal Law – Government

Daniel Kunz, Esq.
Kunz Law Office
Table: Sports Law

Michael P. Leahey, Esq.
Jackson Kelly PLLC
www.jacksonkelly.com
Table: Energy Law

James S. Malloy, Esq.
DFL Legal
www.dfllegal.com
Table: Construction Law

Julian E. Neiser, Esq.
Cook & Associates
www.pittlawyers.com
Table: Business Law

Owen M. Seman, Esq.
Law Offices of Patrick J. Thomassey
www.patrickthomasseylaw.com
Table: Criminal Law – Private Practice

Jeff Shakalski, Esq.
Disability Rights Network
www.drnpa.org
Table: Public Interest

David L. Spurgeon, Esq.
Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office
www.da.allegheny.pa.us
Table: Criminal Law – Government

Charles E. Steele, Esq.
Steele Schneider
www.steeleschneider.com
Table: Education Law

Michael V. Worgul, Esq.
Michael V. Worgul, Esq., LLC
www.mvwlaw.com
Table: Criminal Law – Private Practice
Other attorneys who have been invited work in the following areas. As attendance is confirmed, their names will be added to the list.
Civil Litigation
Elder Law & Estate Planning
Health Law
Immigration
International Law
Labor & Employment Law
Personal Injury Law
Real Estate Law

 

 

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Tips from the Practitioners Series: So Tell Me About Yourself

By Dodi Walker Gross, L’82
Partner at Reed Smith LLP

How should the question be answered in an interview?  Here are some suggestions.

  • Be prepared.
  • Describe what you are looking for – why you are interviewing for the job.
  • Explain your personal qualities that make you a perfect fit for the job.
  • Talk about relevant experience that shows consistency with the stated reason for interviewing and highlights the skills that you make a perfect fit.
  • Resist the temptation to talk about hobbies and sports, unless it illustrates how you handle difficult situations or other aspects of the job.
  • Highlight relevant aspects of your resume.
  • Don’t badmouth the prior employer.
  • If this is all you get to say in the interview, make sure you leave a positive impression with clear information.

This series is written by members of the Career/Employment Committee of the Duquesne Law Alumni Association with the intent to provide helpful job search tips and suggestions for students and alumni.

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Networking Events – Week of March 24

Health Law Speed Networking Event
Tuesday, March 25, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Room 414

Co-sponsored with the Health Law Society
Attorneys holding various positions in the health law field have been invited to meet with students interested in learning more about the opportunities available in this area.  The following attorneys are planning to attend:

Mary Austin, formerly of UPMC
Michael Comber, U.S. Attorney’s Office
Pete Giglione, The Massa Law Group
Marc Graham, U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs
Rhonda Hartman, Duquesne University
Terry Lewis, UPMC
Rebecca Maziarz, Dickie McCamey & Chilcote
Anthony Schiavone, Philips Healthcare
Susan Seitz, Highmark
Amy Strano, Achieva Family Trust
Phil Zarone, Horty Springer

A reception will follow the speed networking portion of the program.  Registration is limited to the first 30 students to RSVP on DuqLawConnect – Events tab.  Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  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.

 Speed Networking with the Women’s Bar Association
Wednesday, March 26, 5:00-6:30 p.m., Room 414

Co-sponsored with the Women’s Law Association
Students will have the opportunity to meet attorneys working in various settings and practice areas.  Nicola Henry-Taylor (L’96) will offer keynote remarks and participate in the speed networking.  Other attorneys planning to attend are as follows:

Sarah Andrews, Morgan Lewis & Bockius
Kristen Budris, Assistant Corporate Counsel, Industrial Scientific
Sheila Burke, Burke Cromer & Cremonese
Kevin Colosimo, Burleson LLP
Charles Grudowski, Grudowski & Thompson
Rebecca Haywood, U.S. Attorney’s Office
Richard Julius, Cordell & Cordell
Ayanna Lee-Davis, Burleson LLP
Thomas McGinnis, Thomas Thomas & Hafer
Emily McNally, Farrell & Reisinger
Tina Miller, Farrell & Reisinger
Alka Patel, BNY Mellon
Lisa Sciullo, UPMC Planned Giving
Joseph Williams, Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz LLC

The networking portion of the program will last for approximately one hour, followed by a reception.  Registration is limited to the first 30 students to RSVP on DuqLawConnect – Events tab.  Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  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.

Law Night at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Friday, March 28, 6:30 p.m. Dinner/ 8:00 p.m. Concert, Heinz Hall (Downtown)

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has organized the Third Annual Duquesne & Pitt Law Night – an evening of networking and music!  A cocktail reception and dinner with local attorneys and fellow students will be followed by an “American Fanfare” Concert.  The Law School will purchase our students’ tickets.  (Tickets include dinner and the concert.)  Tickets must be reserved by signing-up on DuqLawConnect (Events tab) by March 20, at 5:00 p.m.  Additional tickets may be purchased for guests at a cost of $45/ticket by calling Erin Lynn at 412-392-3324.

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You’re Invited to the ABA Young Lawyers Division Spring Meeting

Law students, you have a unique opportunity to attend the ABA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Spring Meeting this year that will be held in Pittsburgh from May 15 – May 17.  Our Allegheny County Bar Association YLD has been selected to host this conference that brings together attorneys from across the country.  Programming for the conference includes The Business of Law, Diversity & Inclusion, Ending the Bullying Epidemic, Ethics & Professionalism, Trial Skills & Dispute Resolution, and Practicing Sports Law in the 21st Century.  Conference attendees may attend special networking events as well.

Registration is free for law students, but you must register at www.ambar.org/yldspring.  The conference will be held at the Renaissance Hotel downtown (107 6th Street).  If you plan to attend, please let the CSO know by sending an email to comas@duq.eduConference flyer.

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Five Great Networking Opportunities in March

Do you know that 80% of jobs are found through networking?  Networking – or making professional connections – is an important part of a job search. People you meet may refer you for jobs at small & mid-sized firms that aren’t advertised, or someone you meet may be willing to make a call on your behalf when they know someone who works for your dream employer. Whether you’re a networking pro or this is new to you, plan to attend the CSO’s networking events in March. Don’t forget to RSVP before Spring Break – spaces are filling up quickly!

Speed Networking with the ACBA Young Lawyers Division
Monday, March 10, 5:00-6:30 p.m., Room 414

Co-sponsored with the ACBA Young Lawyers Division
RSVP today in order to meet members of the Allegheny County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division (members who have graduated from law school 10 years ago or less)! In small groups, students will meet attorneys during the formal speed networking portion of the program. A brief reception will follow. Attorney names will be available as soon as their attendance is confirmed. Space is limited to 30 students. Seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis via RSVP 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.

Speed Networking with Law Alumni
Wednesday, March 12, 5:00-6:30 p.m., Room 414

Co-sponsored with the Duquesne Law Alumni Association (Re-scheduled from February 10)
Students will have the opportunity to meet 10-15 members of the Duquesne Law Alumni Board of Governors, who work in various practice areas and settings throughout the region. In a format similar to speed dating, students will meet the alumni in small groups and then have an opportunity to continue conversations at a brief reception after the formal speed networking portion of the event concludes. This is a great way to practice your networking skills while meeting alumni who are very interested in meeting and helping our students. Registration is required and limited to 25 students. Seats will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis via RSVP on DuqLawConnect – Events tab. The speed networking portion of the program will last for approximately one hour, followed by a reception. If you need to arrive late or leave early due to your class schedule, please send a note to Maria Comas at comas@duq.edu.

Health Law Speed Networking Event
Tuesday, March 25, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Room 414

Co-sponsored with the Health Law Society
Attorneys holding various positions in the health law field have been invited to meet with students interested in learning more about the opportunities available in this area. A reception will follow the speed networking portion of the program. Registration is limited to the first 30 students to RSVP on DuqLawConnect – Events tab. Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. 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.

Speed Networking with the Women’s Bar Association
Wednesday, March 26, 5:00-6:30 p.m., Room 414

Co-sponsored with the Women’s Law Association
Students will have the opportunity to meet attorneys working in various settings and practice areas. Nicola Henry-Taylor (L’96) will offer keynote remarks and participate in the speed networking. The networking portion of the program will last for approximately one hour, followed by a reception. Registration is limited to the first 30 students to RSVP on DuqLawConnect – Events tab. Spaces will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. 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.

Law Night at the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Friday, March 28, 6:30 p.m. Dinner/ 8:00 p.m. Concert, Heinz Hall (Downtown)

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra has organized the Third Annual Duquesne & Pitt Law Night – an evening of networking and music! A cocktail reception and dinner with local attorneys and fellow students will be followed by an “American Fanfare” Concert. The Law School will purchase our students’ tickets. (Tickets include dinner and the concert.) Tickets must be reserved by signing-up on DuqLawConnect (Events tab) by March 20, at 5:00 p.m. Additional tickets may be purchased for guests at a cost of $45/ticket by calling Erin Lynn at 412-392-3324.
*DuqLawConnect: https://law-duq-csm.symplicity.com/students (If you have misplaced your DuqLawConnect log-in information, please contact the CSO at lawcareers@duq.edu.)

*Please contact Maria Comas at comas@duq.edu or 412-396-6279 with any questions.

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Tips from the Practitioners Series: Practice in a Large Firm

By Dodi Walker Gross, L’ 82
Partner at Reed Smith LLP

Well, what is a large firm?  It depends on the location of the firm and how many offices the firm has.  The Pittsburgh Business Times rankings in January 2013 showed the largest local multi-office firms had anywhere from 268 Pittsburgh lawyers (Reed Smith) to 66 Pittsburgh lawyers (Burns White).  Some pros and cons to consider about “Big Law Practice”:

Pros:
Lots of resources
Many smart lawyers with experiences across a broad range of practice areas
Can navigate your own path, with lots of options

Cons:
Figuring out the resources
Can be intimidating
Need to be a self-starter

This series is written by members of the Career/Employment Committee of the Duquesne Law Alumni Association with the intent to provide helpful job search tips and suggestions for students and alumni.

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2014 Loyola Patent Law Interview Program

Loyola University Chicago School of law is hosting the 2014 Patent Law Interview Program on Thursday, July 31 and Friday, August 1 in Chicago, Illinois. This is a nationwide interview program that targets patent law employers, rising 2L and 3L students, and students in Intellectual Property LLM programs.

Last year roughly 125 employers, 190 law schools, and 1,700 law students from across the country participated in the program. The program is entirely pre-selected, which means that students submit resumes and transcripts to bid on interviews with the employers they are interested in, and employers then review the materials of the students who bid on them and select the students they wish to interview at the program.

Last year, approximately half of the participating students were selected for interviews. In past years, most of the available positions were for rising 2L students (current 1D, 2E and 2P students); however some positions were available for rising 3L students (current 2D, 3E and 3P students).

Students with undergraduate or graduate degrees in engineering or a technical science should consider registering for the program. You do not need to be patent bar eligible to register, although the vast majority of employers participating in the program are seeking patent bar eligible students.

For more information on the program, please refer to the Loyola Patent Program website at: http://www.luc.edu/law/career/patent_students.html.

Online student registration for this year’s Patent Law Interview Program will begin on Monday, February 10 and close on Monday, March 3. On February 10, online registration opened at https://patentlawregistration.luc.edu/lawstudents/Default.aspx. At this stage of registration, you will only need to enter some basic information (you will upload your resume and bid on interviews later in the semester). Please note that our school is listed alphabetically as Duquesne University School of law on the registration form’s drop down menu of law schools.

There is a non-refundable $35 dollar registration fee which you must pay by credit card to complete your online registration. Please have your credit card ready when you register.

Once you have registered, the program staff will communicate with you directly via email to the address that you entered when registering for the program. Please direct any questions about the program to the Patent Program Liaison in our office, Maria Comas (comas@duq.edu or 412-396-6279).

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Business Cards Available for Law Students

The Career Services Office will provide law students with business cards to use for networking purposes. You’ll have opportunities to use the cards at upcoming events this semester including speed networking events with health law practitioners and members of the Women’s Bar Association, a Practice Area & Concentrations Fair and more. Other programs and events sponsored by offices and organizations here at the Law School, the local bar associations and other groups are great venues to meet and exchange cards with other professionals.

If you would like to receive 30 complimentary business cards, please complete an order form by Friday, February 14, at 5 pm. You can find an order form at https://sharepoint.law.duq.edu/cso/Lists/Business%20Card%20Requests/newform.aspx. (If you need to log-in, please use your Multipass/DORI log-in credentials.)

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

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