OCI Interview Skills Programs

OCI Interview Skills – Part 1 – Featuring Legal Recruiters
Tuesday, August 5
5:00-6:00 p.m.
Room 203

This program will feature Jacki Herzog (L’07), Legal Recruiter at Clark Hill PLC, and Jennifer Ross, Senior Manager of Legal Recruiting at Reed Smith, LLP. Ms. Herzog and Ms. Ross have a wealth of experience with the interviewing process and will offer law students some insight into a law firm’s expectations during the interviewing and recruiting processes. While this program will be focused on OCI preparation, the information shared should be relevant to most interviewing situations.

OCI Interview Skills – Part 2 – Advice from 3L’s
Tuesday, August 5
6:15-7:00 p.m.
Student Lounge

Students who are currently working as summer associates and who participated in OCI last year will be available to talk with you about their experiences. Refreshments will be provided.

If you plan to attend either program, please RSVP on DuqLawConnect (Events tab) so that an accurate amount of handouts are available. RSVP’s are encouraged, but not required.

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Summer Networking Opportunities

Students are invited to register and attend the following networking events this summer:

*Washington County Bar Association Monthly Roundtable * July 23 * 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. * WCBA Office
Join members of the WCBA and fellow law students for lunch and talk about practice issues.  The lunches are held a the bar association office (119 South College Street, Washington, PA 15301).  Visit washcobar.org for more information.  Please RSVP to wcba@washcobar.org by July 22.


*Women’s Bar Association 2014 Anne Mullaney Cup Golf Outing * August 1 * Cedarbrook Golf Course

All students, of all skill levels, are welcome to take part in this annual event.  Meet WBA members, other attorneys and law students for a scramble, just for lessons or for dinner.  Registration required (fee).  Registration starts at 11:00 a.m. The golf clinic with LPGA Pro Christina Stockton starts at 11:30, followed by a Shotgun start at 12:30 for 4-person scramble.  For new or less experienced golfers, a group lesson with on course experience and use of the driving range is being offered lieu of the 18-hole scramble and also starts at 12:30 p.m.  Registration Form and additional information.   For more information, please contact one of the event co-chairs, Stephanie Jones at jonesy13pa@gmail.com, or Christina Demarco-Breeden at Christina.demarco3@gmail.com.

*Allegheny County Bar Association Women’s Business Development Legal Summit * August 7 * 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. * Marriott City Center
The 2014 Summit features nationally recognized women lawyers coach and trainer Marianne Trost.  She will share insights, practical tips, and real-life examples to help you achieve better business development results by:

• Honing your rainmaking skills
• Refining your best practices for pitching to business clients or individuals
• Strengthening your self-advocacy skills, and
• Fine-tuning your networking skills.

In today’s competitive legal market it isn’t enough to be an outstanding attorney. Having a book of business is essential to creating self-determination and satisfaction in your career and to achieving success in a law firm. Whether you are a woman partner, associate, or of counsel with a firm, you are looking to leave the government or non-profit sector for a firm, or you are a law student hoping to one day work in a firm, the strategies you will learn at the Summit will help you maximize your natural strengths to grow your book of business.

The cost of the Summit is $50 for law students and includes breakfast, lunch, and 5 hours of business development programming and networking. View the informational brochure. Register online here. For information on available sponsorship opportunities, please contact Alysia M. Keating at akeating@acba.org.

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AmeriCorps JD Program – Funding available for public interest & government internships

The AmeriCorps JD program has some additional slots available to start this month! Through AmeriCorps JD, law students focusing on any area of civil public interest law can earn a $1,175 Segal AmeriCorps Education Award. AmeriCorps JD is also an exciting way to get connected to the various resources that Equal Justice Works offers to public interest law students.

We are looking for students who:

  • Can begin service in July 2014; and
  • Can complete 300 hours of service in a 12 month period (by July 2015).

Service includes training and substantive work, and can include research or additional projects for an internship even though a student may not physically be in the office past the summer months.

Time is of the essence — students must start this month! If you are currently at or planning an internship at an organization (including legal aid, public defender, nonprofit organizations, or local, county or state government agencies), you are encouraged to apply to AmeriCorps JD today.

If you would like additional clarification about the AmeriCorps JD program, please email AmeriCorpsJD@equaljusticeworks.org.  Please also consult their website (the May application deadline can be disregarded):  http://www.equaljusticeworks.org/americorpsjd.

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Frequently Asked Questions – On-Campus Interviewing

In response to students’ questions about the on-campus interview program, the Career Services Office (CSO) created this “Frequently Asked Questions” post.  Of course, students with additional questions are encouraged to contact the CSO.

Is someone in the CSO available to review my application materials?
Yes.  Students should forward documents (in Word format) to the CSO for review.  Documents should be forwarded to Maria Comas at comas@duq.edu.  Due to increased requests to review materials during the summer, please allow one week for the review of your materials.

It is important to have another person review your materials.  Another person is likely to see typos and other errors that you have overlooked because you have lived with the documents for so long.

The CSO will not review writing samples for content, so students should contact the professor or attorney involved with the writing sample with questions about content.  Students intending to submit documents written while serving as an intern, law clerk or volunteer must get permission to use such documents as writing samples, either with or without redactions.

How can I research firms and employers?
The firm’s website is the natural place to start your research, but you must do more.  Talk with other students who work at the firm or have interviewed with the firm in the past.  Some students submit Summer Employment Surveys to the CSO, and we keep them on file in the office.  Ask the CSO to identify students who are willing to talk with current students going through the interview process.  Thankfully, many students will make themselves available to answer questions for the benefit of those that follow them.

You can use the tools on Lexis and Westlaw to get an in depth look at the types of cases the firm handles.  Before you tell a firm that you have been interested in the practice of health law since you were 10 years old, find out how many cases involving health law the firm actually handles.  This not only will prevent you from including incorrect information in your cover letter or an embarrassing situation during an interview, it also allows you to show the employer that you have looked beyond their website while preparing your application materials.

You can use the NALP Directory of Legal Employers to research many large firms that provide detailed information to NALP for inclusion in this on-line directory.  You also can use Chambers Associates to discover information about some large firms.  (Follow the link to both on the left menu bar).

How can I distinguish myself in my cover letter?
As noted in the previous question, do your homework by learning as much about a firm or organization as possible.  When writing your letter, consider your audience.  Generally speaking, an employer wants to know how you can help them by furthering their business objectives and addressing the needs of their clients.  Cover letters are very often the most difficult document to prepare during the application process.  You must convince the employer that you are the best candidate for the job without rehashing everything on your resume or overstating your qualifications.  This art takes practice.  Consider “Cover Letters: 7 Steps to Creating a Great True First Impression” as you write (and re-write) your cover letters.

Should I tailor my cover letters?
Yes.  Each letter should be tailored to the firm to which you are applying.  You should include the specific contact information for the firm in your letter (Name, Firm Name, Address) in the appropriate place in the letter.  You should address the letter to that contact (Dear Mr. or Ms. ____:).

You can find the contact information in the OCI listing; letters should be addressed to the person listed under “Contact Information.”  If the information is not available for some reason, always check the employer’s website for the information.  You should let the employer know why you are writing to them in particular.  This is where your research comes into play.

Where can I find sample legal resumes and cover letters?
The CSO Handbook includes a chapter about each of these subjects, as well as other topics such as interviewing skills and follow-up correspondence.  You can find The CSO Handbook on this site under the Career Resources tab and on DuqLawConnect (under the Resource tab).  When preparing your cover letter and resume, type your contact information in the document itself, rather than as a “header” in the document.  Employers have told us that they can’t always see your name and contact information when they view documents on their computer screen because headers are hidden.

How do I get an unofficial transcript from DORI?
The best way to get the transcript from DORI is to copy & paste it into a Word document.  Be sure to check the formatting of the new document to make sure information is properly aligned.  You can either save it as a pdf or convert it to a pdf when you upload it to DuqLawConnect.   While scanning the transcript may work, sometimes the scanned transcript results in a file that is too big to upload.  You are welcome to use the scanner in the CSO if needed, however.

What should I use as a writing sample?
Most students use an excerpt from their Legal Research & Writing appellate brief as their writing sample.  However, some students prefer to use something they drafted during a summer internship or law clerk position.  Students must have permission from their employer/supervisor to use a document prepared during an internship/work setting; the employer may require that sensitive information is redacted from the document before it can be used.  No matter the source of a writing sample, students should be prepared to answer questions about it during an interview, so be sure to select a writing sample that you are most comfortable with and that shows your writing abilities in the best light possible.

Unless otherwise specified, a writing sample should be 5-12 pages.  Students should consider creating a cover page for their writing sample where they can identify the document and indicate that it is, in fact, an excerpt from a larger document.

I participated in the Law Review write-on competition, and I don’t know my status yet.  How should I write this on my resume?
The Law Review editors are aware of the first OCI application deadline of July 28, and they are working towards notifying students about their status before the deadline so this information can be added to resumes accordingly.

Are OCI application materials sent to employers all at once or on a rolling basis?
The CSO will not release any application materials to the employers before the application deadline.  After the deadline passes, every application received by the deadline will be sent to the employer for review.

Can I make a change to a document after I submit a bid?
You can update your documents any time prior to the application deadline.  However, you must withdraw your bid, upload the revised document, and re-submit your bid.  These steps must be done before the application deadline.

Will the CSO forward late applications?
No.  Only materials submitted by the posted deadline will be forwarded to the employer.  Students who miss the application deadline must submit their materials to employers directly in order to be considered for an interview.

Does the CSO rank or screen applications?
No.  The CSO submits all materials submitted by the deadline.  The employer then reviews the application materials and provides the CSO with a list of students they would like to interview.  The CSO does not use any type of ranking, screening or lottery system for student interviews.

What does “Total Slots” mean on the OCI listing?
This indicates the number of candidates the employer intends to interview at the time they register for the On-Campus Interviewing Program.  The employer may end up interviewing more or less students, but they typically interview the number stated.

How will I know if I have been selected for an interview?
After receiving notification from the employer, students will receive an email from the CSO informing them if they have or have not been selected for an interview.

Are interview times assigned?
No.  Students who have been selected for an interview will receive an email notification informing them that they must go to DuqLawConnect to select an interview time.  The interview times determined by the employer will be listed accordingly, and times will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Will I know the names of the people interviewing me?
Most employers provide the names of the people (either attorneys and/or recruiters) planning to conduct the interviews.  However, it is not uncommon for a firm to contact the CSO prior to the interview with a change.  If time permits, the CSO notifies students of the change in interviewer.  Time does not always permit, though, if the change is last minute.

While you are researching each firm or organization, you should also research the interviewers.  Lexis and Westlaw provide tools to conduct searches about attorneys, as well as firms.

What should I wear to an interview?
You should wear conservative attire to interviews – this includes your suit, shirt, ties, shoes and jewelry.  Although a firm might have a “business casual” dress policy for its employees, you should wear a conservative suit to all interviews.    The CSO Handbook includes a chapter about interviewing skill, including professional dress attire.  You can find The CSO Handbook here under the Career Resources tab and on DuqLawConnect (under the Resource tab).

Where are initial screening interviews held?
Employers may choose to hold their initial screening interviews at the Law School or at the firm.  The location of the initial interview will be noted on the OCI listing.  Interviews to be held at the Law School will be held in Rooms 206 and 207 (make the left just after Room 204, before the stairway, to find the interview rooms.)

If the interview will be held at the firm, additional instructions may be sent to you from the CSO or the law firm recruiting office.  This may include details about parking, security check-in and where to report once inside a building.  Students should consider a test drive or walk to the firm location in order to give themselves ample travel time.  Firms conducting initial interviews at their offices are within a 10-minute walk from campus during normal traffic and weather conditions.

Where are call-back interviews held?
Call-back interviews most often are held at the law firm or organization.  Each firm conducts these interviews differently. These may include a panel of interviewers, multiple interviews with different individuals (1-on-1) or interviews during lunch.  Any interaction with the firm’s lawyers, recruiters or employees – from the time you enter the building to the time you leave a cocktail party –should be viewed as being part of the interview process.

How early should I arrive for an interview?
Regardless of the interview location, students should plan to arrive 10 minutes prior to their scheduled interview time.  While you are encouraged to give yourself ample time to walk or drive to the employer’s location, you should not check-in at the firm itself (e.g., the reception area, recruiter’s office, etc.) until 10 minutes prior to your interview.

Should I do a mock interview before the real interview takes place?
Yes.  The CSO’s formal mock interview with local attorneys takes place in the spring semester.  You have two other options to do a mock interview throughout the year.  The CSO staff is available to conduct mock interviews by appointment by sending an email to lawcareers@duq.edu.  The CSO also uses Interview Stream – an online mock interview program – for students.  You may create a free account at https://duq.interviewstream.com and then record yourself answering interview questions.  You may then watch the interview yourself or send a link to it to the CSO or anyone else you trust to provide constructive feedback.

Preparation is key.  While you don’t want to sound rehearsed, you should verbalize your answers to potential questions before the actual interview takes place so you can rework any answers you think sound awkward or otherwise not right.  While answering questions, remember that the interviewer is looking for someone who has the professional skills to do the job, who fits the job requirements and who wants the job.  Be engaged in the interview – be sure your nervousness doesn’t outshine your interest in the job and in the employer and take time to answer the questions asked of you.

Are resources available about interviewing skills?
Yes.  The CSO Resource Center includes many books and publications about interviewing skills.  The two most popular resources in recent years have been Guerilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams by Kimm Walton and An Insider’s Guide to Interviewing: Insights from the Employer’s Perspective by NALP.  Multiple copies of Guerrilla Tactics are available for students to borrow from the CSO.  The CSO purchased enough copies of An Insider’s Guide for students to have their own copy of this informative booklet.  A complete listing of the items available in the CSO Resource Center can be found here under Career Resources or DuqLawConnect (under Resources), where you can also find The CSO Handbook that includes an Interviewing Skills chapter.

What else should I read as I prepare for interviews?
On a regular basis, you should read The National Law Journal (www.law.com), The Legal Intelligencer www.law.com/pa, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s Law section published every Monday (www.postgazette.com), and the Pittsburgh Business Times (www.bizjournals.com/pittsburgh).  Free copies of the Post-Gazette are available in the Student Lounge during the school year, and you can find the daily paper in the Center for Legal Information.  The CSO and Center for Legal Information have copies of the Pittsburgh Business Times available for review year-round.  Of course, if you are interested in another city or state, you should become familiar with the news in those areas.

Additional information about Fall Recruitment, including on-campus interviewing, can be found in the memo distributed via email on July 1, 2014.

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Washington County Bar Roundtables Open to Students

The Washington County Bar Association (WCBA) invites younger attorneys & law students to Member Roundtable Luncheons at the bar association office (119 South College Street, Washington, PA 15301).  The goal of the luncheons are to have a mix of Young Lawyers Division (YLD) members and senior members of the bar together to talk about practice issues.  Luncheons will be held at 12 noon on the following dates:
May 28
July 23
August 27
September 24
October 22
November 26

If you’ve ordered business cards from the CSO, be sure to take them with you!

Visit washcobar.org for more information.

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Summer Work Keys for Success

The CSO hopes your summer break is off to a great start.  If you have started a summer associate, law clerk or internship position, these “10 Keys to Summer Success” as written by Mary Crane will be useful to you.  Please let us know where you are working if you haven’t already.

If you are still looking for a summer position, please let us know that, too.  We’ve recently posted a handful of positions from employers still looking to hire for the summer.  Be sure to check DuqLawConnect for more details.

If you have any questions throughout the summer that we may be able to help you with, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Good luck with everything this summer!

 

10 Keys to Summer Success
The 2014 national survey of employers conducted by NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) confirms what many of us have long known: employers increasingly seek summer associates, interns and new hires who demonstrate a strong ability to work with others—including peers and senior employees as well as clients and customers—and who can plan, organize and complete their daily work without external supervision. With schools graduating so many talented students, today’s employers rarely view strong technical skills as a differentiator. Rather, possessing technical skills simply “meets expectations.”

If you are an intern, summer associate or new hire, here are ten “Things You Need To Know” to distinguish yourself in the hearts and minds of your employer.

1. Make sure your supervisor always looks good.
This means: no surprises. Keep your supervisor informed of the status of projects, especially delays and significant problems that you encounter. Turn in projects that are client-ready, i.e., free of typos and stains or stray markings. If you become aware of some inner-office or client communication that could affect your supervisor, make your supervisor aware of it.

2. Dress with respect.
The attire you wear to the office creates an impression that extends to your supervisor. Always dress in a manner that reflects well upon both of you. Your attire should also demonstrate respect for any clients with whom you’ll interact.

If you have opted to work for a more conservative organization—say, a white-shoe law firm or a state legislature—you should dress in a more conservative manner, which likely means suits for both men and women. If you have taken a job in a fashion-forward organization, you should dress in a manner that communicates your understanding and appreciation of fashion.

At a very minimum, avoid: dirty, stained, torn or frayed clothing; and any clothing bearing words or images that others might find offensive.

3. Act professionally.
Everything you do in conjunction with work should communicate your respect for internal and external clients.

Before you walk into an office building, remove your ear buds.  Acknowledge other people you know in the building lobby. Whenever you board an elevator, recognize any coworkers you encounter. As you walk to or from your workstation or office, greet others you meet along the way. First thing in the morning, check in with your supervisor. Do another check-in at the end of your workday.

Be punctual to all meetings. This demonstrates your respect for others’ time. Know your supervisor’s expectations regarding smartphone use during meetings. If he or she expects your complete attention, before any meeting begins, turn your smartphone off.

4. Complete projects on time.
Tackle every assignment you receive in a timely manner. Should you experience unexpected delays or interruptions, do not withhold this information from your supervisor until the very last moment. Remember, no surprises. Inform your supervisor as quickly as possible. This allows him or her to adequately manage the expectations of important internal and external clients.

Inevitably, you will require a coworker’s input to complete a project. Should your coworker fail to perform in a timely manner, in most cases you’ll remain responsible. Telling a supervisor, “I emailed Jim in marketing for his input, but he hasn’t gotten back to me,” won’t cut it. Find ways to work with others and to complete projects on time.

5. Interact professionally with clients and customers.
Clients and customers are the life-blood of every organization. Without them, you don’t have a job. Always ensure customers and clients feel treasured like the valued people they are.

Whenever a client or customer is present, give that person 100 percent of your attention. End all personal conversations, phone calls, emailing, texting, and the like. Yes, put away your smartphone and other electronic devices.

To demonstrate your respect, when you first meet a client or customer—especially one who appears to be older than your parent(s)—use the social titles of “Mr.” or “Ms.” Do this whether your first interaction involves a face-to-face meeting or an email. Once the client or customer requests that you use a first name, by all means do.

 6. Work as a team player.
As a student, much of your success has been determined by how well you’ve performed on individual projects. You’ve either scored well on a test or you didn’t. As a summer associate, intern or new hire, you will often be assigned to team projects. As such, your success will be measured by how well the entire group performs.

Understand your role. Have you been tasked with leading the group? Then you are responsible for developing an overall game plan, assigning specific tasks to individual team members, coordinating the effort, and driving the project to completion in a timely manner. Have you been assigned to a supporting role on a team? Then you must complete each specific task that has been assigned to you within the requisite time frame. Additionally, you must be prepared to assist other team members when your help is needed.

7. Good team members communicate & make themselves available.
Share all information relevant to the completion of a project. When in doubt, more sharing beats less. Avoid becoming known as the one team member who failed to share a critical piece of data.

Take advantage of each team member’s unique skill sets. Encourage “big idea” people to brainstorm and encourage “detail” people to create standard operating procedures for the team. Recognize others for their hard work. Say positive things about the team publicly. Give constructive feedback privately.

Be available. Avoid wasting the valuable time of other team members. If the team has been called upon to work in close physical proximity, let others know before you step away. If the team is scattered around the globe, let others know when you will be reachable electronically.

8. Work effectively with support staff.
Right now, virtually every member of the support staff knows more about the day-to-day requirements of your job than you do. You’ll catch up soon enough. For now, it’s important that you understand these staff members can make or break you. Give them lots of reasons to want to help you succeed. Always speak and work with support staff in a polite and respectful manner.

9. Handle differences professionally.
In the course of the summer, a disagreement may arise. You must manage those differences with tact and on your own—without elevating issues to your supervisor. Doing so not only demonstrates that you have good manners, it also demonstrates that you are a professional who can manage all of the exigencies of the day-to-day workplace.

Resolve differences of opinion via this three-step process: 1.) acknowledge the disagreement; 2) seek a shared understanding of the underlying facts and assumptions; and 3) jointly develop a plan for moving forward.

10. Develop an attitude of gratitude!
Every assignment you receive—even a month-long document review in a windowless room—gives you the opportunity to shine. Show appreciation for these opportunities. Express an interest in every project and in the customers or clients for whom you are ultimately working.

Please eliminate the phrase “no problem” from your lexicon. Every time a supervisor thanks you for your efforts, and you reply, “no problem,” you immediately devalue your work. Instead say, “You bet. I really enjoyed this project,” or, “It was my pleasure. If there’s anything else I can do for you, please don’t hesitate to shout.”

Every week this summer, find one person who has made a positive difference in your life at work, and go out of your way to thank that person.

 Copyright © 2014 Mary Crane & Associates.

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Special Opportunity for Evening Division and Part-Time Students

Special Opportunity for Evening Division and Part-Time Students

Online Course, Summer 2014

Advanced Constitutional Law: Current Issues

 June 2-25
Mondays & Wednesdays
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

 Prerequisites:
Constitutional Law I & II

 Limited Enrollment
Scholarships Available
www.duq.edu/law/online

The School of Law is pleased to offer a pilot online course during the 2014 summer session, and a select number of evening division and part-time students are eligible to enroll with full scholarship support.

The two-credit course, Advanced Constitutional Law: Current Issues, will be taught by Wilson R. Huhn, a distinguished professor at Akron Law School and nationally recognized constitutional law expert. The class will explore pending cases in the areas of equal protection, separation of powers, the powers of Congress, freedom of expression, and freedom of religion. Constitutional Law I & II are prerequisite courses.

Students will attend “live” via their laptops, from a location of their choosing, on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The course will run for four weeks, June 2-25. In addition to the scheduled online class time, students will watch recorded lectures, take quizzes, and read materials relating to cases pending in the Supreme Court of the United States.

In each class, a student will make a brief online presentation regarding material relating to one of these cases, such as an amicus brief or an aspect of oral argument. A one-page journal entry will be due the first week and second week, and a five-page research paper will be due at the end of the course.

Enrollment is limited to 15. The pilot course is being offered with full-tuition scholarships thanks to the generous support of the Duquesne University Office of the Provost.

Email Associate Dean Richard Gaffney at gaffneyr@duq.edu today to take advantage of this special opportunity.

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ABA Young Lawyers Division Spring Conference – Pittsburgh – May 16-17 – Free Student Admission

Did you know that the ABA’s YLD 2014 Spring Conference is being held here in Pittsburgh at the Renaissance Hotel?  And that admission is free for law school students?  Our own Allegheny County Bar Association’s YLD has received several prestigious ABA Awards of Achievement, and they are very proud to be hosting this year’s national conference (www.ambar.org/yldspring).  Joe Williams (DL ’09), Incoming Chair of the ACBA YLD, and an associate attorney with Pollock Begg Komar Glasser & Vertz LLC, said “This will be a rare opportunity to meet the ABA YLD Assembly, as this is the first time in ten years that the conference is being held here in Pittsburgh.”

In addition to several educational programs, the conference includes a welcome reception at Reed Smith LLP, which will be a great opportunity for Duquesne Law students to network with young lawyers from all over the country.

The CSO will be coordinating RSVPs for this event, and Samantha Coyne, Employer Outreach Manager, will be attending the welcome reception.  Samantha has included information on three programs that would be especially interesting to our students, but keep in mind that you are welcome to attend any and all of the sessions.

Please see Arlene Miller in the CSO if you are interested in registering (there is a brief form to be completed that Samantha will forward to the ABA).  She also asks that you indicate at that time which programs you will be attending.  Please note that all students are welcome to attend.  RSVPs are due Monday, May 12, at noon.  If you have already registered for this event, would you please email me at coynes1@duq.edu?

The CSO understands that you are in the midst of exams, so the timing of these events may be challenging, but we would be delighted to have a group of enthusiastic Duquesne Law students accompany Samantha!  When we have received all of the RSVPs, she will follow up with meeting details regarding times and places.  Please let her know if she can provide any additional information (412-396-2593 or coynes1@duq.edu).

 

PROGRAMS OF INTEREST

FRIDAY, MAY 16, 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM Symphony Ballroom B, The Inside Scoop: The Ins and Outs of Working with In-House Counsel

The diverse panel of in-house counselors will provide young lawyers with the inside scoop on working with, and keeping happy, your general counsel – complete with tips, pitfalls, and the keys to finding and keeping business.
Program Chair/Moderator: Marla N. Presley (L ’03), Jackson Lewis P.C., Pittsburgh, PA
Speakers:  Tom Frooman, Cintas, Loveland, OH, Joanne La Rose, FedEx Ground, Pittsburgh, PA

FRIDAY, MAY 16, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Symphony Ballroom B, Practicing Sports Law in the 21st Century

A panel of experienced sports law practitioners will explain how they got involved in this area of law, share some of their most interesting sports law experiences, and discuss the variety of legal issues that arise in this specific practice area with an emphasis on current issues and trends.
Program Chair/Moderator: Erin Lucas Hamilton, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC, Pittsburgh, PA
Speakers:  Brian H. Simmons (L’99), Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC Pittsburgh, PA, Travis Williams (L’96), Pittsburgh Penguins, Pittsburgh, PA

FRIDAY, MAY 16, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Symphony Ballroom C, Persuasive Use of Exhibits in Trial

Kirsha W. Trychta is a professor at Duquesne Law School. Kirsha will talk about how a young lawyer can be more persuasive in the courtroom and she will weave various trial graphics and courtroom presentation points into her actual presentation. This promises to be an engaging, interesting and informative presentation for all those who attend!
Program Chair/Moderator: Scott W. MacMullan, Scott MacMullan Law LLC, Annapolis, MD
Speaker: Kirsha W. Trychta (L’06), Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, PA

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Tips from the Practitioners Series: Professional Etiquette in Civil Litigation

By Scott T. Redman, L’82
Law Office of Scott T. Redman

A crucial part of your effectiveness as a lawyer is your relationship with others in the litigation process. The most effective attorneys share the common trait of respect and cordiality.  A few tips to cultivate that reputation:

  1.  Almost always grant extensions of time.  Case resolution rarely if ever hinges on strict adherence to time deadlines.
  2. Always take the high road.   It will be remembered.
  3. Zealous representation with courtesy and civility is respected.
  4. Respect your office staff and court personnel who are critical to getting things done.

Your goal is to achieve the best possible and cost effective result for your client.  A reputation for courtesy and respect will foster that end and a solid foundation for a long and prosperous legal career.


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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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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