1L Job Search Series Fall 2014 – Updated Schedule

*Please RSVP to these programs via DuqLawConnect – Events tab. If you are not able to attend a program in its entirety because of a class or work conflict, you are welcome to attend as much of it as you can.

*All students are welcome to meet individually with Maria Comas, Director of Career Services, to discuss your job search, resume and cover letter at any time. Meetings may be scheduled between 9:30 am – 6:00 pm by sending a request to comas@duq.edu.  Please include some dates & times that work for you.

*First year students are encouraged to attend general CSO programs throughout the semester as well as these programs specifically targeted to first year students!

ACBA 1L Diversity Summer Clerkship Program Information Session
Friday, October 31, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 301

Alysia Keating, Director of Diversity & Gender Equality with the Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA), will tell you about the program, which provides diverse first year law students an opportunity to work in private law firms, corporations or government offices during the summer after their first year of law school. The application process will begin soon, and this is your chance to learn about the program and ask your questions. Lunch will be provided.

Bar Association & Professional Organizations Day
Tuesday, November 4, 12:00-1:00 p.m. and 5:00-6:00 p.m., Student Lounge

Many bar associations and professional legal organizations offer student memberships, and attorneys will be here to tell you about their various groups. Stop by the tables in the lounge and learn about ways in which you can get involved this year. There’s no obligation to join any group on Tuesday. Students who attend will be entered into a drawing to win gift cards and other items.

A Day in the Life Panel & Reception
Thursday, November 6, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Room 208
Reception immediately following in the Student Lounge

Co-sponsored with the Duquesne Law Alumni Association (DLAA)
A panel of law alumni will tell you about their careers in private practice, government, and the judiciary:
Hon. Gary Caruso, Westmoreland Court of Common Pleas
Kathleen M. Charlton, Founding Co-Member, Charlton & Charlton
Dodi Walker Gross, Partner, Reed Smith LLP
Rebecca Gruen, Medical/Legal Consultant
Garry Nelson, Former prosecutor, Allegheny County District Attorney
Meghan Jones-Rolla, VP & Corp. Counsel, ServiceLink
Moderated by Scott Redman, managing attorney, Law Office of Scott T. Redman
Students attending the panel discussion will be eligible to win a gift card! You are invited to meet the panelists and other DLAA board members at a reception following the program.

Crafting a Legal Resume Workshop
Sign-up for one of the legal resume workshops so you are prepared to submit applications to employers for summer opportunities. Bring your laptop if you would like and revise your resume as we go through the program. Four workshops are scheduled for the Fall Semester:
Wednesday, November 5, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Room 204
Wednesday, November 5, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Room 308
Thursday, November 6, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 204
Monday, November 10, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 204

Drafting a Cover Letter Workshop
Sign-up for one of the cover letter workshops so you are prepared to submit applications to employers for summer opportunities. Bring your laptop if you would like and revise your cover letter as we go through the program. Two workshops are scheduled for the Fall Semester:
Tuesday, November 11, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 204
Tuesday, November 11, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Room 311

1L Summer Job Search
Wednesday, November 12, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Room 308
Thursday, November 13, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 308

At this program, we will discuss summer job opportunities, timing recommendations and resources available to you for your summer job search. The same program will be held each time.
(Note: Many evening students have unique job search circumstances, and the CSO is planning a panel presentation in the Spring Semester with graduates of the evening division where they will discuss the job search plans they had during law school, things they had to consider (such as financial obligations) and suggestions they have for you. Additional details to follow.)

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A Day in the Life Panel & Reception

Join members of the Duquesne Law Alumni Association as they tell you about their careers in private practice, government, corporations, and the judiciary.  The program will be held on Thursday, November 6, from 5:00-6:00 pm in Room 208.  A reception will follow in the Student Lounge where students can meet the panelists:

Hon. Gary Caruso Westmoreland Court of Common Pleas
Kathleen M. Charlton Founding Co-Member, Charlton & Charlton
Dodi Walker Gross Partner, Reed Smith LLP
Rebecca Gruen Medical/Legal Consultant
Garry Nelson Former prosecutor, Allegheny County District Attorney
Meghan Jones-Rolla VP & Corp. Counsel, ServiceLink
Moderated by Scott Redman, managing attorney, Law Office of Scott T. Redman

Students attending the panel discussion will be eligible to a gift card (provided by the DLAA)!   Please RSVP via DuqLawConnect – Events tab.

 

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Managing Your Student Loan Debt & Focusing on What Matters

Tuesday, October 28, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m., Room 203 (New Location)
The session, presented by nationally recognized student loan expert, Attorney 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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Local Government Case Competition – Registration Due 10/29

Registration for the 8th annual Local Government Case Competition is open until October 29! We are looking for graduate students from Pittsburgh area schools to participate in this competition.

The Local Government Case Competition, sponsored by the Allegheny County Department of Human Services, is an annual competition that engages graduate students from local universities to identify creative solutions to difficult social problems. Competing teams work under pressure to solve a real problem, using simulated business conditions such as time-critical deadlines and incomplete information to formulate action-oriented recommendations. It is an opportunity to work with peers from different schools, network with local public and nonprofit leaders, and win cash prizes!

Students can register by submitting their resume to marina.duane@alleghenycounty.us.

Registration deadline: October 29, 2014.

Case Competition dates: November 12-15, 2014.

More information: http://bit.ly/1pgC3NX

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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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