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Schweitzer Fellowship Program Information Session

Thursday, January 8 * 12:00-1:00 p.m. * Room 301

The Schweitzer Fellowship Program focuses on health and social service needs of underserved and vulnerable populations throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area. Fellows design a direct service project that they implement through a community agency for a few hours a week while they remain in school. The program director will describe the program and the application process. Maggie McGannon (2L) currently serves as a Schweitzer Fellow, and she’ll be telling students about her project working with inmates at the Allegheny County Jail. Stephanie Johnson (L’12) also served as a Fellow, and you can read about her project here.

Lunch provided. Please RSVP via DuqLawConnect – Events tab.

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Top 10 Career-Related Things To Do During the Semester Break

#10. Do a Self-Assessment. Spend some time figuring out what you want to do. Assess your skills, interests, personality traits and consider where you would most like to work . . . Law Firm? Public Interest? Judicial Clerkship? Government? Military? Non-traditional Career? Check out the CSO Handbook (under the Career Resources tab above) for a self-assessment checklist or stop by the CSO and borrow a book on a career path you are considering.

#9. Get a Letter of Reciprocity. If you are leaving town over winter break and want to begin searching for a summer job in another city, get a letter of reciprocity. Letters can be sent to law schools throughout the country. A reciprocity letter entitles you to use the Career Services Offices of other law schools. A copy of the reciprocity policies of various law schools is on file in the CSO and online at www.nalp.org.

#8. Update and Revise Your Resume and Cover Letter.  Review the chapters in The CSO Handbook to assist in your edits and then send your documents to the CSO (at comas@duq.edu) so we can review them for you.  The University will re-open on January 5, 2015.

#7. Conduct Informational Interviews. Locate someone who is doing what you think you want to do and arrange an informational interview. Ask: What is a typical day like? What do they like most/least about what they do? How can you make yourself an attractive candidate in that field? Who else should you contact?

#6. Renew and Make New Contacts. Get together with contacts, even if it is just for a morning cup of coffee. Also, find out if there are any bar association functions that you can attend. A number of functions involving lawyers are conducted over the holidays, and these are a great opportunity to network.

#5. Write an Article or Do Volunteer Work. If you are not working over the holidays, see if a local legal services/aid office could use some volunteer help. A good way to get your name noticed is to write an article for a bar journal, a competition, or a publication in the field you are interested in. Often, students can get involved in various bar sections & attend meetings – another great way to meet people!  Information about scholarships, writing competitions and professional organizations can be found via the tabs above.

#4. Create a Job Folder. If you’re working, keep track of your assignments: drafting pleadings & motions, preparing discovery, etc. Keep a folder in which you briefly describe what you have done. This is a useful tool when it comes time to update your resume & cover letter.

#3. Prepare Applications for Public Interest and Government Opportunities. Take time to review postings online for public interest and government positions – paid and unpaid. If unpaid, apply for the Law School’s Summer Public Interest Fellowship or McGinley Public Service Law Fellowship (applications to be distributed in the Spring Semester).  If you are a 2D/3E/3P student, apply for the Allegheny County Bar Foundation Summer Fellowship (applications on DuqLawConnect).  If you want to work in this area, often you need to volunteer or work for low pay to make contacts, gain experience and show your commitment.

#2. Prepare Applications for Judicial Clerkships. If you are scheduled to graduate in 2015 or 2016 and considering a clerkship with the federal or state courts, use the break to gather info and prepare applications to submit in the spring. Ask your professors for letters of recommendation now; some of them are former law clerks. Do some research, talk to alumni who are currently clerking and get materials in order.  Info sheets about applying to both court systems are available in the Career Resources tab above.  Many federal court applications will be submitted via www.oscar.uscourts.gov, so be sure to create a free account soon.  Note: due to a recent change, 2L students may submit application materials to federal court judges now; in previous years, the application window did not open until the summer.

#1. Check the Internet. Over the holidays, spend some time with your computer/tablet/notebook/phone that is focused on your career development and goals. This can be a great opportunity to familiarize yourself with the career materials available on Westlaw, Lexis, DuqLawConnect, LinkedIn and the web generally.

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1L Student Reception – Hodgson Russ (Buffalo, NY)

Hodgson Russ LLP invites first year students who will be in the Buffalo, NY, area on January 5 to a 1L Student Reception.  This is a great way for you to meet their attorneys, learn about the firm and ask questions about the practice of law in Western NY.  RSVP by December 22 to sscott@hodgsonruss.com.  More information.

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Upcoming Bar Association Events for Students

ACBA Young Lawyers Division Judicial Team Trivia Night – November 19, 2014
The Allegheny County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division invites students to attend on its biggest events of the fall – Judicial Team Trivia Night.  The event will be held at the Rivers Club in One Oxford Centre (301 Grant Street, Downtown) on November 19, 2014. YLD members and student members will enjoy a cocktail hour with judges beginning at 5:00 pm and then be placed in small teams, headed by a judge, for an hour of trivia designed to test your knowledge in various law-based categories in a fun way. Prizes will be awarded to the top team. Judges and Justices from the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County are invited and a great response is expected again this year.

The registration fee is $20.00 per person for students and includes cocktail hour, an hour of trivia, two drink tickets, and heavy appetizers. If you are not a student member of the ACBA, you may join and register for the event for a discounted rate.

 

PA Bar Association – Family Law Section Winter Conference – January 16-18, 2015
The PBA Family Law Section will host its Winter Conference on January 16-18, 2015, at the Lancaster Marriott at Penn Square (Lancaster, PA).  The Family Law Section invites law students interested in family law to attend the conference.  Up to 3 students from any individual law school may attend (for a total of up to 15 students).  They offer a scholarship that covers 100% of the student conference fees and students may apply for a stipend that covers up to $150.00 for travel and hotel expenses.  Please read the conference brochure and scholarship application for additional information.  Questions may be addressed to Membership Committee co-chairs, Melissa Boyd (mboyd@highswartz.com) or Dawn Gull (gull@mmsj.com).  If you plan on attending, please notify me so I can let you know if any of our alumni will be attending the conference.

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ACBA YLD Judicial Team Trivia – Student Invitation

Please join the Young Lawyers Division for Judicial Team Trivia Night! The annual Judges’ event is one of the biggest events of the fall and is a unique opportunity to network with Judges outside of the courtroom. The event will be held at the Rivers Club in One Oxford Center on November 19, 2014. YLD members and student members will enjoy a cocktail hour with Judges beginning at 5:00pm and then be placed in small teams, headed by a Judge, for an hour of trivia designed to test your knowledge in various law-based categories in a fun way. Prizes will be awarded to the top team. Judges and Justices from the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the Superior Court of Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County are invited and a great response is expected again this year.

The registration fee is $20.00 per person  for students and includes cocktail hour, an hour of trivia, two drink tickets, and heavy appetizers. Don’t delay,
CLICK HERE for a registration form.

If you know of someone who would like to join the ACBA as a Law Student Member and to register for this event at a discounted fee,
CLICK HERE. The deadline for registration is November 10, 2014, but early registration is encouraged. Visa, MasterCard and American Express are accepted.

Please contact event co-chairs Lacee Ecker
LCEcker@uss.com or Nicole Daller ndaller@vkhorne.com with any questions. The ACBA YLD looks forward to seeing you there!

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Business Cards Available

The CSO will provide 30 complimentary business cards to law students to use for networking purposes. This is the last opportunity for business cards this semester. Orders must be submitted by Monday, November 10, at 6:00 p.m. via SharePoint (https://sharepoint.law.duq.edu/cso/Lists/Business%20Card%20Requests/newform.aspx). (Use your DORI log-in to access SharePoint.)

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Bar Associations & Professional Organizations Day

Students are encouraged to stop by the Student Lounge for Bar Associations & Professional Organizations Day on Tuesday, November 4 from 12:00-1:00 pm and 5:00-6:00 pm.  Attorneys and representatives from the following groups will be at the Law School to meet students and tell them about student membership opportunities:

Allegheny County Bar Association Women in the Law Division
Allegheny County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division
American Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
Pennsylvania Bar Association
Toastmasters
Washington County Bar Association
Western Pennsylvania Trial Lawyers Association
Women’s Bar Association of Western Pennsylvania

Students who attend will be entered into a drawing for gift cards.

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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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