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Nonpracticing Attorneys and Legal Professionals – Panel Discussion

Duquesne Law students and 2016 graduates are invited to a panel discussion about non-traditional legal careers that will be presented by the Allegheny County Bar Association (ACBA) on Thursday, September 29, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the ACBA Offices located in the Koppers Building (Downtown).

The ACBA Nonpracticing Attorneys and Legal Professionals Committee is hosting this panel discussion featuring four successful attorneys who are using their law degrees in nontraditional ways. Panelists include Susan Ardisson, bit-x-bit, LLC; Melanie Harrington, Vibrant Pittsburgh; David Matthews, Center for Organ Recovery & Education; and Abby Wilson, Allegheny County Health Department.  (Bios) Learn how they secured their current positions and how their career paths evolved. The panel members will discuss how their degrees have helped them in their positions, and the challenges they faced along the way.

Registration is free for students & 2016 graduates, but registration is required at by September 28 at the latest.  A networking reception will take place both before and after the presentation.

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Interview Prep Workshop

  • Do you find it difficult to talk about your experiences in a way that shows you’re confident in your abilities without sounding like you’re bragging or overstating them?
  • Do you find it difficult to give yourself enough credit for the experiences you’ve had (that those things actually do “count” and should be highlighted at the appropriate time)?
  • These are issues that many students struggle with as they prepare for interviews.
  • If these are issues that concern you, then plan on attending the Interview Prep Workshop next Thursday, April 21!

The workshop will feature a brief introduction on tips on how a law student can effectively promote his or her unique strengths in an interview situation. The students will then engage in a 45-minute small-group exercise in which students will respond to a prompt, receive feedback from the small group on the effectiveness of his or her presentation, and then continue to refine his or her presentation. The goal of the exercise is to help students become more confident in speaking about themselves in an engaging way and to step into the spotlight when the moment is right.

Alumni volunteers will work with students. This workshop will be facilitated by Guest Lecturer Alison Sulentic, a solo practitioner who formerly served as member of the full-time faculty from 1995-2007.

The workshop will be held on Thursday, April 21, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. in Room 414 of the Law School.

Space is limited to the first 20 students to RSVP on DuqLawConnect – Events tab.

Professional attire is required.  Refreshments provided.

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Lawyers on Location: MSASafety

Friday, April 1, 12:45-2:45 p.m., Corporate Office

Students are invited to attend a “Lawyers on Location” luncheon and tour of MSA – The Safety Company’s Cranberry Township headquarters ( ). Our host, Rick Roda (L’01), Associate General Counsel, Assistant Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer, will be there to answer questions, give advice and offer suggestions for you as you plan your legal career.  We will also be touring the facility.  This is an OUTSTANDING opportunity to build your network!

Transportation will not be provided for this event.  The company is located about 20 miles north of the Law School, with travel time of about 30 minutes – carpooling is encouraged.

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.  Lunch will be provided, and business attire is required.

Space is limited to the first 15 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.  Questions? Please contact Samantha Coyne, Employer Outreach Manager, at

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Women’s Bar Association Speed Networking Event

Want to hone your networking skills? Looking for an opportunity to meet practicing attorneys in the Pittsburgh legal community, or to get some free career advice? Then plan on attending a networking event hosted by the Women’s Bar Association (WBA) where participants will give you tips on networking and an opportunity to hone your networking skills in a no-pressure environment.
All students are welcome to attend the WBA Speed Networking Event on Wednesday, March 30, from 5:00-6:30 p.m.* in Room 414 (Faculty Lounge, Murray Pavilion).

Katie Kenyon (L’98), a partner at Meyer, Unkovic & Scott LLP, will serve as the keynote speaker at the event.

The following attorneys will join Ms. Kenyon during the speed networking rounds:
Amber Archer (L’12), Allegheny County Office of Conflict Counsel
Laura Benson, Burns White LLC
Erin Curran (L’14), Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
Rosemary Fehlner (L’13), Crown Castle
Lauren Gailey (L’14), Jones Day
Carol Hesz (L’93), Judicial Law Clerk, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania
Meghan Jones-Rolla (L’02), ServiceLink
Sarah Krolikowski (L’14), Allegheny County District Attorney’s Office
Lanre Kukoyi (L’13), The Kukoyi Law Firm, LLC
Lisa Leake (L’14), Allegheny County Office of Conflict Counsel
Ayanna Lee-Davis (L’04), Saul Ewing
Jacob Levine (L’12), Jacob Levine Attorney At Law
Melissa Ruggiero (L’03), Allegheny County Office of Conflict Counsel
Maureen Shannon (L’97), Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC
Stephanie Solomon (L’08), Burns White LLC

RSVP required on DuqLawConnect – Events tab. Space is limited to the first 20 students to RSVP.  Please bring business cards to exchange with the attorneys. Professional attire required.  Refreshments provided.

*If you need to arrive late or leave early due to a class or work conflict, you are welcome to attend. Please send an email to Maria Comas ( so we may plan accordingly.

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An Invitation to All First Year Duquesne Law Students

What I Did On My Summer Vacation:
Exploring Employment Options and Opportunities for Law Students After the Semester Ends

Hosted by K&L Gates LLP and PNC
Wednesday, March 30
5:00 p.m.

K&L Gates
210 Sixth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222-2613

Finals are quickly approaching, and the semester will soon draw to a close. Perhaps you’ve already lined up a summer opportunity, perhaps you’re still looking or trying to determine how you’d like to spend the next few months, or perhaps you’ve already begun to think about how you’d like to spend next summer.

Regardless of where you are in the process or what your preferences may be, join us for a panel discussion to explore summer employment options and opportunities for law students. Our panelists will discuss their experiences and what law students can expect spending their summer working for a law firm, corporation or pro bono agency, or clerking for a judge.

Our panelists include:
• Alicia Powell, Chief Counsel, PNC
• Nicholas Ranjan, Partner, K&L Gates
• Sara J. Rose, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Pennsylvania
• Lisa Stauffer, Senior Counsel, PNC

The panel will be moderated by Valerie A. Jackson. A cocktail reception will follow for all participants. We hope you can join us.

Professional attire required.

To RSVP, please contact Emily Coon ( no later than Wednesday, March 23, 2016. (Please also cc Maria Comas at on your RSVP.)

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Transportation Law Program Open to Duquesne Law Students

The law firm of Jones Day invites Duquesne Law students to a Transportation Law Update presented by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute on Wednesday, April 6, 2016 in Pittsburgh. Jones Day Partner John Goetz, head of the firm’s Airline & Aviation Industry Practice developed the course. The seminar is free for any law student to attend; students must indicate they are law students when registering.  Advanced registration is required.  To learn more about the program or to register, please visit  Professional attire is required.

Participants will receive practical strategies and tactics, as well as successful practice tips from both the plaintiff and defense bars. Participants will also hear from an accident reconstructionist expert who will explain his role in aviation litigation; a rail expert who will discuss safety vs. security concerns and claims against railroads; and jury consultants who will discuss the latest trends in jury verdicts and effective use of jury research. Please find more information in the brochure attached below.
Pennsylvania Bar Institute Event – Transportation Law Update

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 – Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh Partner John D. Goetz, leader of Jones Day’s Airlines & Aviation Practice, will speak at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Transportation Law Update in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Goetz, along with Stephanie D. Taylor, General Counsel of West Virginia University (and former Jones Day Associate), developed the course.

Other speakers are as follows:

Hon. Nora Barry Fischer

Hon. Elizabeth T. Hey

Michael A. Biek, Ph.D.

Scott D. Clements, Esq.

Frank P. DeGiulio, Esq.

Frederick B. Goldsmith, Esq.

Ann T. Greeley, Ph.D.

Stephen A. Hall, Esq.

James J. McEldrew, III, Esq.

C. Dennis Moore, Ph.D., P.E.

Alfred S. Pelaez, J.D., LL.M.

J. Denny Shupe, Esq.

Catherine B. Slavin, Esq.

Richard Robert Young, Ph.D.

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BNY Mellon Legal Careers Panel

Join us on Wednesday, March 9, from 5:00-6:00 p.m. for a unique panel bringing together lawyers who work in traditional attorney roles and JD-preferred positions (such as compliance and SART) at BNY Mellon. Hear about their experiences and gain an understanding of the roles of lawyers within a financial institution.  This program will be held in Room 414 – Faculty Conference Room and is co-sponsored by the Corporate Law Society.

Alka Patel (L’01), Managing Director and Senior Counsel, and Kaitlyn Kacsuta (L’13), Vice President and SART Investigator, will be among the panelists. (Additional panelists to be announced.)

Dinner provided. RSVP welcomed, but not required, via DuqLawConnect – Events tab.

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Mock Interview Program

Duquesne Law students are strongly encouraged to participate in the Mock Interview Program coordinated by the Career Services Office. The program will take place from February 8 – February 19, 2016.

In this program, local attorneys and recruiters volunteer to conduct mock interviews with students either at their law firms or at the law school. Each mock interview is scheduled for approximately 30 minutes: 15-20 minutes for the mock interview and 10-15 minutes for feedback on the student’s resume and interview techniques.

Mock interview appointments will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis by sending an email to You may sign up for as many interviews as your schedule permits.  Currently available interview times.

This is a great way to practice your interview skills and receive feedback about your resume before it counts later this semester or next fall during the On-Campus Recruitment Program.

The interviewer will be provided a copy of your resume prior to your mock interview, so please be sure to update your resume in preparation for this program. Information about legal resumes, including sample resumes, can be found in the CSO Handbook (available in the Career Resources section).

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Professional Development Series

The Career Services Office offers a new three-part Professional Development Series intended to give law students an advantage in interviewing, work performance, and professional advancement.

Employers have identified the topics in this series to be important in their evaluations of candidates and employees, and the Career Services Office is offering this programming so students can identify these traits and characteristics in themselves, share them appropriately at interviews, and continue to grow in these areas during law school and as practicing attorneys.

Students do not have to attend all of the sessions in order to participate. Each session covers a stand-alone topic, and we invite you to attend as many of the sessions as your schedule permits. RSVP required for each.

Each session includes a presentation by Alyson Lyon, MBA, about the given topic followed by small group discussion. Duquesne Law alumni have been asked to lead the discussions. This series is paid for in part by the Law Alumni Career Services Endowed Fund.
Grit & Growth Mindset
Friday, February 5 – 12:00-2:00 p.m. – 613 Student Union
This program will educate the participants about the science behind the grit and growth mindset, provide attendees with tools to assess their own levels of grit and growth mindset, and offer practical ways to incorporate these concepts in their job search and career development. “Grit” entails perseverance, dedication and a strong drive and commitment to achieve one’s goals. A “growth mindset” is the belief that our abilities are flexible and adaptable, and can be improved through conscientious effort. Extensive research concerning the traits and characteristics of those who have achieved professional success has repeatedly confirmed that the possession of grit and a growth mindset are better predictors of success than pure intelligence, what school you attended, or how high you graduated in your class. Significantly, through teaching, these traits can be developed and enhanced. Grit and a growth mindset better enable you to adapt to and overcome ever-changing obstacles and barriers in the workplace and to realize your full potential. RSVP required on DuqLawConnect – Events tab.
Lawyers As Emerging Leaders
Friday, February 12 – 12:00-2:00 p.m. – 613 Student Union
This program will provide an overview of successful and emerging law firm leadership models, the cultures they form and their impact on change management. Today’s law firms experience extraordinary change characterized by vulnerability, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity, a.k.a. “lead law firms in a VUCA world”. Law students and new associates bear the responsibility to enter the profession as life-long learners with their attention on a leader’s way of thinking, acting and being as it relates to leading self and others in order to adapt to the new landscape of the legal profession. Participants will gain an understanding with recommendations on how to focus on this aspect of practicing law while developing their professional expertise. RSVP required on DuqLawConnect – Events tab.
Emotional Intelligence for Lawyers
Friday, February 19 – 12:00-2:30 p.m. – 613 Student Union
This program will focus on understanding the impact emotional intelligence has on our capability to ‘intelligently’ use one’s own and others’ emotions to intentionally and effectively deliver individual and organizational outcomes. Research studies have shown, unlike IQ and personality, EI skills can be enhanced through insight and the application of simple yet effective development techniques. These skills are important at work as emotions are an inherent part of workplace activities at all levels. We will focus on the importance of understanding self and the impact on building relationships with peers, leaders and clients.
Students who attend the February 19 program will receive a copy of StrengthsFinder 2.0. The first 30 minutes of this session will be devoted to taking the StrengthsFinder test so students can use the information to frame their thoughts and discussion during this presentation.
RSVP required on DuqLawConnect – Events tab.
About the Presenter
Alyson Lyon, MBA is one of the founding partners of Higher View Coaching & Consulting in Pittsburgh, PA. She has over 20 years of experience in executive leadership development and organizational coaching working internationally with senior executives, lawyers, physicians and other business leaders. Alyson served as Executive Director, keeping more than 200 attorneys and support staff in three law firms productive through her coaching of emerging leaders. As an Educator, Alyson is an adjunct faculty member at Duquesne University in the McAnulty College teaching leadership development courses for Graduate and Undergraduate students.

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This week in the CSO:

Interviewing Skills Panel Discussion
Tuesday, January 12, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Room 203

Hear from a panel of experienced interviewers who will offer valuable insight about the interviewing process. Prepare for successful interviews by attending this session so you can put these helpful tips and suggestions to use. Panelists include
Ayanna M. Lee-Davis (L’04) – Saul Ewing, LLP
Erin E. McCurdy (L’08) – American Eagle Outfitters
Stephanie L. Solomon (L’08) – Burns White LLC

Dinner provided. RSVP welcomed, but not required, via DuqLawConnect – Events tab.

Schweitzer Fellowship Program Information Session
Thursday, January 14, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Room 304

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 at this session. Dinner provided. RSVP welcomed, but not required, via DuqLawConnect – Events tab.

Deadline to Reserve Tickets for PSO Law Night
Deadline: Friday, January 22
Event: Friday, January 29, Beginning at 6:30 p.m., Heinz Hall

The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO) invites students to the Fourth Annual Duquesne & Pitt Law Night – an evening of networking and music. Dinner begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by “Rachmaninoff’s Third Concerto” at 8:00 p.m. Duquesne Law students’ tickets will be paid for by the Law School. Tickets must be reserved by submitting an RSVP on DuqLawConnect or sending an email to by Friday, January 22, at 5:00 p.m. Students may purchase guest tickets at a price of $45/ticket by calling Erin Lynn at the PSO at 412-392-3324. Students are responsible for their own parking/transportation costs.



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