Fall 2017 Programs (August – December)

Additional programs will be added throughout the semester.  Students may register for our programs on DuqLawConnect – Events tab.


JAG Corps Internships Panel
Monday, August 28 * 12:00-1:00 p.m. * Room 301
Co-sponsored with the Military Law Society
Students are invited to hear about the experiences of fellow students and a recent graduate who had internships with the military:

Kyle Lanning (3D) – U.S. Marine Corps
Jarret Lonich (L’17) – U.S. Army
Amanda Perry (4E) – U.S. Navy
Wesley Thompson (2D) – U.S. Navy

If you have an interest in this important public service, please join us.

Lunch provided.  Please RSVP on DuqLawConnect (under the “Events” tab).

Lawyers on Location: City of Pittsburgh Law Department
Thursday, September 7 * 12:30-2:00 p.m. * Off Campus
Students are invited to attend a “Lawyers on Location” luncheon and tour of the City of Pittsburgh Department of Law.  Matthew S. McHale, Associate City Solicitor, will be there to answer questions, give advice, and offer suggestions for you as you plan your legal career. This is an OUTSTANDING opportunity to build your network! The event is open to all students, and we encourage you to take advantage of the chance to learn more about the City Department of Law.  Several Duquesne Law students have had the pleasure of working for the City Department of Law.

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 10 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.  Questions?  Please email Samantha Coyne at coynes1@duq.edu.

Judicial Clerkships: Their Importance and How To Get Them Panel Discussion
Wednesday, September 13 * 5:00-6:00 p.m. * Room 203
Join us for this special program featuring current and former clerks to federal and state judges. Hear about their experiences and discover why judicial law clerk positions are outstanding professional opportunities.

Panelists include:

  • Amanda Knorr(Duq. Law 2015) – Current Judicial Law Clerk to Judge Meagan Bilik-DeFazio, Westmoreland County Court of Common Pleas, Criminal Division
  • Brian Kravetz(Duq. Law 2007) – Permanent Judicial Law Clerk to Judge Nora Barry Fischer, United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Christina Manfredi McKinley(Catholic U. 2009) – Former Judicial Law Clerk to Judge Janice Rogers Brown, United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and to Judge Michael Kanne, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Alexandria Popovnak (Duq. Law 2016) – Current Judicial Law Clerk to Justice Max Baer, Supreme Court of Pennsylvania

The panel will be moderated by Associate Dean Jacob H. Rooksby, Professor Rhonda Gay Hartman, Professor Julia Glencer, and Career Services Director Maria Comas.

Please RSVP via DuqLawConnect (under the “Events” tab).

LCLD Success in Law School 1L Mentoring Program Information Session
Thursday, September 14 * 12:15-1:00 p.m. * Room 303
First-year students are invited to this information session about the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity’s 1L Success in Law School Mentoring Program.  Attorneys from K&L Gates, will talk with students about the LCLD Mentor Program that begins later this fall.  The Mentor Program matches students with attorneys and offers educational programming during the year.  Lunch provided.  Please RSVP via DuqLawConnect (under the “Events” tab).

Lawyers on Location: PNC Bank
Friday, September 15 * 12:30-2:00 p.m. * Off Campus
3L, 3E and 4E students are invited to attend a “Lawyers on Location” luncheon and tour of PNC Bank’s Tower at PNC Plaza. Greg Jordan, General Counsel & Chief Administrative Officer, will be joining us. Numerous PNC Bank in-house counsel (including Duquesne Law graduates) will be there to answer questions, give advice and talk about traditional and non-traditional career options within the Bank. This is an OUTSTANDING networking opportunity and great way for you to learn about PNC! A tour of the building will be included and, if you have not already been there, it is quite impressive.

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 25 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.

PLI Patent Bar Information Session
Monday, September 18 * 5:00-6:00 p.m. * Room 301
Co-sponsored with Duquesne Intellectual Property Law Association (DIPLA)
If you are a student with an undergrad degree (or at least two years of coursework) in engineering, computer sciences or the hard sciences (chemistry, biology, physics, or related fields), and are interested in becoming a Patent Agent or Attorney, Practising Law Institute (PLI) invites you to a presentation by Mark Dighton, PLI’s Director of Law School Relations and a Director of their Patent Office Exam Course. Topics for discussion include:

  • The latest info on the Patent Office Exam,
  • Who can take it,
  • How it works, now that it’s on computer and “on demand,”
  • When you should take it (you don’t need to…and probably shouldn’t…wait until you graduate),
  • How the America Invents Act and recent US Supreme Court cases have impacted the Exam, and
  • Recommendations on when and how to study for this very difficult Exam.

Scholarships to PLI’s other IP programs will also be discussed.  Dinner provided.  Please RSVP via DuqLawConnect (under the “Events” tab) if you plan to attend.

Get Involved Fair
Tuesday, September 19 * 12:00-1:00 p.m. & 5:00-6:00 p.m. * Student Lounge
Stop by the tables in the lounge and learn about ways in which you can get involved with local bar associations, student organizations, and the law alumni association this year.  This is a great way to meet peers and future colleagues!  There’s no obligation to join any group.  Students attending will be entered into a drawing to win gift cards.

U.S. Navy JAGC Information Session
Wednesday, September 20 * 12:00-1:00 p.m. * Room 304
Join us for a special program to learn about career opportunities with the U.S. Navy JAG Corps.  Lunch provided.  Please RSVP via DuqLawConnect (under the “Events” tab).

Lawyers on Location: Rivers Casino
Thursday, September 28 * 12:30-2:00 p.m. * Off Campus
Students are invited to attend a Lawyers on Location luncheon hosted by Dannielle Cisneros, Senior Counsel at Holdings Acquisition Co., L.P. (dba Rivers Casino), at the Rivers Casino, on Thursday, September 28, 2017, from 12:00-2:00 p.m.  Ms. Cisneros will tell us about the day-to-day operations of the casino and her career path.

This is an OUTSTANDING opportunity to build your network! The event is open to all students, and we encourage you to take advantage of the chance to learn more about Rivers Casino.

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 10 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.  Questions? Please email Samantha Coyne at coynes1@duq.edu.

Lawyers on Location: SingleSource Property Solutions
Thursday, October 12 * 12:30-2:00 p.m. * Off Campus
Students are invited to attend a “Lawyers on Location” luncheon at SingleSource Property Solutions in Southpointe.  Gerry Simon (L’93), Senior Vice President, General Counsel, will be there to answer questions, give advice and offer suggestions for you as you plan your legal career. This is an OUTSTANDING opportunity to build your network! The event is open to all students, and we encourage you to take advantage of the chance to learn more about SingleSource Property Solutions.

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 10 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.  Questions?  Please email Samantha Coyne at coynes1@duq.edu.

1D/1P CSO Orientation
Tuesday, October 17 * 12:15-1:15 p.m. * Room 303
You will hear from the Career Services Office (CSO) staff – Maria Comas, Director, and Samantha Coyne, Employer Outreach Manager – about important employment and job search related topics, including:

*1L Summer Job Search
*Legal Resumes
*Networking Opportunities
*Scheduling individual meetings to discuss your interests & application documents

Attendance is mandatory. Students who do not attend will not be given access to the job postings section of DuqLawConnect until they make arrangements to meet individually with Maria Comas.

In addition to telling you about the resources offered by our office, students will receive a Duquesne Law portfolio to use at future interviews and meetings.  Pizza and pop will be provided.

RSVP required on DuqLawConnect – Events tab.  DuqLawConnect passwords were issued via email on September 1.  If you don’t have yours, please send an email to me, and I will be re-issue it to you.  (This is a different password than you use for DORI.)

1E CSO Orientation
Tuesday, October 17 * 5:15-5:45 p.m. * Room TBA (Date might change)
First year evening students will learn about the services and programs offered by the Career Services Office at this session. While your attendance is strongly encouraged, I understand if you’re not able to attend due to your work or travel schedule.  You are welcome to join the program late if needed.

Please RSVP on DuqLawConnect – Events tab if you’re able to attend.   DuqLawConnect passwords were issued via email on September 1.  If you don’t have yours, please send an email to me, and I will be re-issue it to you.  (This is a different password than you use for DORI.)

Dinner provided.

If you’re not able to attend this program, please let me know if you would like to meet individually.  Please send an email to comas@duq.edu to request a meeting.  Phone or in-person meetings are available between 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  I am usually in the office until 6:00 p.m. Monday-Thursday in order to meet with evening students.  We can also talk on the phone if that is more convenient.  If you have any questions or would like to schedule a meeting any time during the year, please let me know.

ACBA Civil Litigation Section Lunch with the Judges
Thursday, October 19 * 11:30-1:00 p.m. * Off Campus
For the 27th consecutive year, the Allegheny County Bar Association Civil Litigation Section is hosting the Lunch with the Judges event.  This annual tradition is an excellent opportunity to meet with distinguished members of the bench and also to celebrate the recipient of the Civil Litigation Section’s Annual Professionalism Award.  Judges sitting on the federal and state benches attend.

Students are invited to attend the luncheon with Associate Dean Rooksby and sit at the Law School’s table.   The first 7 students to reply will have a seat at the table.  Seats filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  A judge sits at each table (we don’t know who in advance).  Business attire required.

Lawyers on Location: FedEx Ground
Thursday, October 19 * 12:30-2:00 p.m. *Off Campus

Students are invited to attend a Lawyers on Location luncheon at FedEx Ground on Thursday, October 19, 2017, from 12:30-2:00 p.m.

This is an OUTSTANDING opportunity to build your network! The event is open to all students, and we encourage you to take advantage of the chance to learn more about FedEx Ground.  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 10 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.  Questions?  Please email Samantha Coyne at coynes1@duq.edu.

Government Lawyers Careers Panel
Co-sponsored with Pennsylvania Bar Association Government Lawyers Committee and Duquesne Law Public Interest Law Association
Monday, October 23 * 5:00-6:00 p.m. * Room 208
Learn about the work done by lawyers working in the federal, state and local government while hearing their advice for students considering government legal careers and possible internship opportunities with their offices. Panelists include

Sara Aull (L’14): General Attorney, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
Denise Farkas: Attorney, Pennsylvania Department of Transportation
Jennifer Irvin: Assistant Counsel, Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry
Mathew McHale: Associate City Solicitor, City of Pittsburgh Department of Law

Food provided.  Please RSVP on DuqLawConnect (under the “Events” tab). 

Lawyers on Location: Federal Courthouse
Thursday, October 26 * 12:30-2:30 p.m. * Off-Campus
Students are invited to attend a “Lawyers on Location” luncheon at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

Representatives from the Federal Public Defender, U.S. Attorney and Judiciary will be there to answer questions, give advice and offer suggestions for you as you plan your legal career. This is an OUTSTANDING opportunity to build your network! The event is open to all students, and we encourage you to take advantage of the chance to learn more about the Federal Court system.

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.

Questions? Please email Samantha Coyne at coynes1@duq.edu.

Legal Careers Panel
Thursday, November 2 * 12:15-1:00 p.m. * Room 203
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.   The following attorneys will join us:  Ralph Fischer (Intellectual Property Law), Robert Raver, L’12 (Family Law), and Jean Mosites, L’07 (Environmental Law).  Food provided.  Please RSVP on DuqLawConnect (under the “Events” tab).

Coaching Future Women Lawyers:  Women in the Law Advise a New Generation
Monday, November 6 * 5:00-7:00 p.m. * Power Center Ballroom
Co-sponsored with Student Organizations Office & Law Alumni Office
Duquesne Law will be hosting a coaching program for women law students that features women attorneys from various areas of law address small groups of students on topics such as networking, finding a mentor, the junior lawyer’s perspective, pro bono service, and leadership. Participants include:

Julianne Cutruzzula Beil (L’13), Cutruzzula & Nalducci
Judy Hale Reed (L’14), Law Clerk, Court of Common Pleas of Washington County
Nicola Henry-Taylor (L’96), JBM Legal, LLC (As of Nov. 1)
Alysia Keating, Allegheny County Bar Association
Katie Kenyon (L’98), Meyer, Unkovic & Scott
Hon. Maureen Lally-Green (L’74), Dean
Amber Lasure, Duquesne University
Genevieve Pecharka (L’13), Dickie McCamey & Chilcote, P.C.
Kimberly Tague (L’04), Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky

Professional attire required.

Space is limited.  RSVP required on DuqLawConnect (under the “Events” tab).

Beyond Law: New Career Opportunities
Tuesday, November 7 * 5:00-6:00 p.m. * Room 203
Join Carolina Velez, Advocacy Manager at Microsoft, for a presentation about a growth area for you to consider: conflict resolution.  As a non-traditional lawyer, Ms. Velez has developed a methodology to use alternative dispute resolution skills to find roles in areas not typical for lawyers.  This presentation will be structured to help students re-think how they present themselves to future employers.  Food provided.  Please RSVP on DuqLawConnect (under the “Events” tab). 

Summer Fellowships & Internships: A Student Panel
Co-sponsored with PILA
Wednesday, November 8 * 5:00-6:00 p.m. * Room 203
Learn about summer internships & fellowships firsthand from students who recently held them at public interest organizations and in the public sector.  Hear their suggestions for identifying and applying for these positions.  Gain an understanding of the types of experiences you can have this summer, the skills you can develop, and the people you will meet along the way.

Professor Tracey McCants-Lewis will provide information about the School of Law’s PILA Fellowship.  The PILA Fellowship provides stipends to students with certain types of unpaid summer internships, and Professor McCants Lewis will give you the details about eligibility.

Panelists:
Taylor Frey (2L): PILA Fellow at PA Innocence Project – Pittsburgh Office
Amber McGee (3L): Peggy Browning Fellow at Friends of Farmworkers
Gina Robinson (3L): McGinley Public Service Fellow at U.S. Attorney’s Office and Intern with a Trial Court Judge
Andy Yetzer (3L): Allegheny County Bar Foundation Fellow at KidsVoice

Food provided.  Please RSVP on DuqLawConnect (under the “Events” tab). 

Lawyers on Location: Allegheny County Office of the Public Defender
Thursday, November 9 * 12:15-2:00 p.m. * Off Campus
Students are invited to attend a “Lawyers on Location” luncheon at the Office of the Public Defender. Elliot Howsie (L’98), Chief Public Defender of Allegheny County, our host, will be there to answer questions, give advice and offer suggestions for you as you plan your legal career. This is an OUTSTANDING opportunity to build your network! The event is open to all students, and we encourage you to take advantage of the chance to learn more about the Office of the Public Defender.

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 12 students who RSVP via DuqLawConnect (under the “Events” tab).  Please RSVP by Tuesday, November 7, 2017.

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.  Questions? Please email Samantha Coyne at coynes1@duq.edu.

U.S. Marine Corps Judge Advocate General Information Session
Monday, November 13 * 12:00-1:00 p.m. * Room 301
Join us for a special program to learn about career opportunities with the U.S. Marine Corps Judge Advocate General.  Lunch provided.  Please RSVP via DuqLawConnect (under the “Events” tab).

ACBA 1L Diversity Summer Clerkship Program Information Session
Tuesday, November 14 * 12:15-1:00 p.m.* Room 301
Alysia Keating, Director of Diversity & Gender Equality with the Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA), will tell first year students about this program, which provides diverse 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 period will open soon, and this is your chance to learn about the program and ask your questions.  Please RSVP via DuqLawConnect (under the “Events” tab).

Judicial, Government and Public Interest Law Reception
Wednesday, November 15 * 5:00-7:00 p.m. * Power Center Ballroom
Co-sponsored with the Office of Clinical Legal Education
All students are invited to attend this reception and meet judges and attorneys working in government agencies and public interest law organizations who will tell you about externship, clerkship, pro bono and career opportunities with their offices. RSVP required via DuqLawConnect (under the “Events” tab) by Thursday, November 9.  Professional attire required.  Students are welcome to attend as much of the program as their schedule permits.

Coffee with Immigration Legal Services
Thursday, November 16 * 8:15-8:45 a.m. * Room 301
Co-sponsored with International Law Society & Public Interest Law Association
Join us for a presentation about the legal internships available with the Immigration Legal Services Clinic at Jewish Family & Children’s Service.  Mr. Andrew Vantreeck will talk with students about the internship experience as well as some new changes to the program.

Law student interns at JFCS Immigrant Legal Services receive an intensive, hands-on experience dealing with an array of family-based, humanitarian, and removal immigration cases. Tasks include working on Green Card and Citizenship applications, relative petitions, VAWA and human trafficking cases, and removal/hardship cases. Student interns will be trained and supervised at all times by staff attorneys and accredited representatives at JFCS. Students also have the opportunity to attend USCIS interviews and Immigration Court hearings on a semi-regular basis, as well as free attendance to many CLEs sponsored by JFCS on various immigration topics.

If you’re a 2L looking for a spring internship or a 1L looking for a summer internship, plan to join us for coffee and donuts. 

Litigation Lunch & Learn
Thursday, November 16 * 12:00-1:00 p.m. * Room 301
Larry Kelly, Esq. will talk with students about his experiences as a trial lawyer.  Mr. Kelly is involved with the Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association, a very active professional organization for trial lawyers in our area that also accepts law student members.  Enjoy lunch and conversation while learning more about the life of a trial lawyer.  Food provided.  Space is limited.  RSVP required at DuqLawConnect (under the “Events” tab).

Coffee Break with K&L Gates
Tuesday, December 5
8:30-10:45 a.m., Student Lounge
Meet Emily Coon, Manager of Legal Talent Acquisition, and Tami Mack (L’16), Associate, who will be here to meet you, wish you well on your final exams, and tell you a little about K&L Gates as a preview of Fall 2018 On-Campus Recruitment.  All students are welcome to stop by and meet Ms. Coon and get a free cup of coffee!

 

 

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