Monthly Archives: August 2014

Lawyers on Location with ACBA President Jim Creenan

Students are invited to attend a “Lawyers on Location” luncheon at the Allegheny County Bar Association headquarters on Friday, September 5, from 12:30-2:00 pm. Our host, James Creenan (’96), ACBA President, along with Jeanine L. DeBor, Esq., Director, Law Alumni Relations and Development, Duquesne University School of Law will be there to discuss the benefits of student membership in the ACBA. Membership in the ACBA is $30 per year for students and one of the best investments you can make in terms of becoming an integral part of the local legal community ( This event is open to all students, and we encourage you to take advantage of this unique networking opportunity.

This Lawyers on Location is part of a continuing series developed by the CSO whereby students are invited to visit various workplaces to see the law in practice. Lunch will be provided and formal business dress is required.

Space is limited to the first 20 students who RSVP via DuqLawConnect (under the “Events” tab).

You will be contacted by the CSO with final details regarding the event when all RSVPs have been received.

Please note that your RSVP conveys that you are making a commitment to attend this event.

The CSO will be holding many more of these events this year, so if you are not able to secure a spot for this program, know that there will be more scheduled. FedEx Ground, Thomson, Rhodes and Cowie and others are on our schedule for this fall, so watch for details. We appreciate your interest!

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CSO Programs – August 25-September 5

2015 Graduate Walk-in Hour at the CSO
Mondays (starting August 25) from 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Thursdays (starting August 28) from 5:00-6:00 p.m.

3D/4E/4P students are welcome to stop by the CSO with any questions they have about their post-graduation job searches. No appointment necessary! Not able to stop by then?  Request a meeting by sending an email to

U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development Legal Honors Program Information Session
Thursday, August 28 * 12:00-1:00 p.m. * Room 301
The U.S. Dept. of Housing & Urban Development Office of General Counsel is hiring for its 2015-2016 Legal Honors Program. Current 3D, 4E & 4P must apply by September 5, 2014. If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, plan to attend this program featuring Sarah Pietragallo, Esq., who will be able to answer questions about it and the application process. Lunch will be provided. RSVP welcomed, but not required, via DuqLawConnect – Events tab.

Think Outside of Pittsburgh: Job Opportunities in Erie, Harrisburg and Philadelphia
Thursday, September 4 * 12:00-1:00 p.m. * Room 301
Thursday, September 4 * 5:00-6:00 p.m. * Room 304

Students interested in working in Erie, Harrisburg and/or Philadelphia are invited to attend this interest session. Duquesne Law alumni living in these cities are eager to help students intending to work in there. At these sessions, the CSO wants to hear from you so we can connect you with alumni working in practice areas and locations that interests you. Lunch/dinner provided. RSVP welcomed, but not required, via DuqLawConnect – Events tab.

Lawyers on Location with James Creenan and the Allegheny County Bar Association
Friday, September 5, 2014 * 12:30-2:00 pm * Koppers Building, Downtown Pittsburgh

All students are invited to attend a “Lawyers on Location” luncheon hosted by James Creenan (L’96), President of the Allegheny County Bar Association.  Space is limited. Lunch provided. RSVP required via DuqLawConnect – Events tab.

This Lawyers on Location is part of a continuing series developed by the CSO whereby students are invited to visit various workplaces to see the law in practice.

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Welcome Classes 2017 & 2018!

The Career Services Office welcomes you to the Duquesne University School of Law!  We hope as you begin your classes and become accustomed to your new surroundings, you will take advantage of the services and programs offered by the CSO.  Feel free to stop by our office – Room 209, near The Coffee Tree Roasters – any time and say hello!

The CSO and Law Clinic will hold a mandatory orientation program for our offices in October, but you can do things now to get ready for your job search and clinical work going forward.

What should you do now?

  • Join student organizations to help determine or strengthen your interests in different areas of law.
  • Join professional organizations or affinity groups, such as the Allegheny County Bar Association, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association, or American Bar Association – each has free or discounted student memberships available.
  • Stop by the CSO Express table in the Student Lounge each week for free coffee, snacks, and CSO tips.
  • Follow the CSO via The Common Plea, Twitter (@DuquesneLawCSO), and Facebook (Duquesne University School of Law Career Services Office).
  • Create a LinkedIn profile.
  • Attend programs offered by the CSO and other Law School offices and student organizations.
  • Use a professional email address for all correspondence.  Example: Your Duquesne email address.
  • Review your on-line presence, including Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.  Google your name to ensure you present a professional image on the internet.
  • Create a professional voice mail message.

What should you do later in the semester?

  • Draft a legal resume and cover letter.
  • Schedule an appointment to discuss your job search strategies, resume, and cover letter.
  • Begin your search for summer employment, fellowships, internships, or volunteer opportunities.
  • Identify people with whom you can make professional connections (alumni, family, friends, etc).
  • Finalize your resume and application documents, targeted to specific employers.

For now, we wish you good luck as you start your law school career!

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ACBA YLD Past, Present Future Event

PAST: This year the Allegheny County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (ACBA YLD) turns 50 and we’re inviting back the people who have helped get us to our Golden Anniversary. Past YLD Chairs have gone on to serve as federal and state court judges; managing partners at top law firms; presidents of the ACBA and some of the most prominent attorneys in the city. For one night only, they will be in one place to meet and greet YOU!

PRESENT: The current YLD officers and council members and the new Bar Leadership Initiative Class will be formally introduced for the first time in the new bar year. Find out about all the exciting things going on with the YLD in the upcoming year and how YOU can be a part of it!

FUTURE: Clearly, we want YOU! Now is the time to get involved in the YLD. Come and learn from the Division’s past leaders, meet with the current leadership and find out how you can be a part of the success of the YLD as it embarks on its next 50 years.

All YLD members* are encouraged to attend and be a part of what promises to be a memorable occasion. Admission is the low price of $20 and includes drinks, delicious hors d’oeuvres and the rare opportunity to make connections with the heavy hitters of our legal community.  On-line registration
.  If you have any questions, contact YLD Chair Joe Williams (L’09) at We hope to see you at The Duquesne Club on September 10th!
*Student members of the ACBA are automatically members of the YLD.  Membership information.

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ACBA Soccer League – Law Students Welcome!


Registration is now open for the 2014 Fall Soccer League. Games will be played on Sunday mornings at 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Winchester Thurston School Athletic Field in Shadyside, seven players per side, two twenty-five minute halves. Rosters will be limited to 15 players maximum, including at least 3 women. At least one woman per team must be on the field at all times. All players must be ACBA members or law student members*. The regular season will consist of eight games beginning Sunday September 7th and the playoffs will be held in November. The championship team will have their names engraved on the ACBA Cup.

Charles Grudowski, Esq. of Grudowski Law, LLC will sponsor T-shirts for the league.

Space is limited to only 6 teams. The registration fee is $50 per person. Effort will be made to balance the teams out with talent to keep the games competitive. You may register as an individual and will be assigned to a team. To register, go to and submit your registration. Your check made payable to “ACBA” must be sent to Charles Grudowski at 429 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1001, Pittsburgh, PA 15219. The deadline for registration is Friday, August 29, 2014. Payments must be received by the deadline.

Direct any other inquiries to Commissioners:

Charles Grudowski at or

Kevin Tucker at

*Information about ACBA Law Student Membership.

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Surviving the Bar Exam Reception

The Women’s Bar Association is hosting a happy hour reception for all 2014 law school graduates and attorneys new to Pittsburgh on Thursday, August 21 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. on the outdoor patio at Easy Street (located on the ground level of Oxford Centre).  The WBA would like to invite recent law school grads to celebrate surviving the bar exam and would also like to welcome any attorneys who have recently relocated to Pittsburgh or who are on-ramping from a hiatus in their careers.  Please join the WBA and meet attorneys from a variety of practice areas in a relaxed atmosphere where you can expand your network of contacts.  Hors d’oeuvres and one free drink ticket will be provided by the WBA.  
To make a reservation, please email Carol Hesz (L’90) at or call the WBA at (412) 429-1922.

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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?


(Be sure to check the July 2 post for additional OCI tips.)

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Upcoming Job Fairs

** Students interested in attending a job fair should contact the Career Services Office in order to discuss the possibility of assistance with registration and travel expenses.  Please contact Maria Comas at or 412-396-6279 for more information as soon as possible. **

Lavender Law Career Fair * August 21, 2014 * New York, NY
The National LGBT Bar Association’s annual Lavender Law Career Fair is designed to achieve a sense of community and inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) candidates within the legal profession’s recruiting efforts. By participating in the career fair, candidates will talk directly to LGBT-friendly recruiters from law firms, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and corporate legal departments.  Additional information.

Hispanic National Bar Association Career Fair * September 12, 2014 * Washington, D.C.
The HNBA Career Fair is open to all law students. This year’s convention is poised to be one of the largest and most significant in HNBA’s history with numerous private and government employers from across the country attending. The Career Fair will provide you with an unparalleled opportunity to meet and interview with some of the nation’s most respected law firms, companies, and government agencies. The HNBA Career Fair is also a unique and cost-effective way to find future employment or internships.  Additional information.

Peggy Browning National Law Students Workers’ Rights Conference * October 17-18, 2014 * Washington, D.C.
With multiple interactive workshops, panel discussions and keynote address, the conference will give each participant additional insight into becoming an advocate for workers and their families. Students will gain a greater understanding of, appreciation for and interest in the issues facing American workers; supplement their labor and workers’ rights courses; and network with fellow law students, top labor attorneys, professors, nonprofit practitioners and government officials.  For more information visit

Equal Justice Works Annual Conference and Career Fair * October 24-25, 2014 * Bethesda, MD
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 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.  For more information visit

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