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Interviewing Skills Panel Discussion

Wednesday, February 18, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 203
Co-sponsored with the ACBA Young Lawyers Division

The panel will discuss practical tips and considerations to keep in mind as you interview for law clerk, summer associate, internship and post-graduation positions.  The panel will be moderated by Amie Mihalko Wolff (L’08), Gordon & Rees LLP.  Panelists include Jill Beck (L’06), Superior Court of Pennsylvania; Jenna Murray (L’12), Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky; and Katlin Zarisky (L’11), Gordon & Rees LLP. Lunch provided.  Please RSVP via DuqLawConnect – Events tab.

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Practice Area & Concentrations Fair

Tuesday, February 24, 5:00-6:30 p.m., Power Center Ballroom

Meet attorneys working in various practice areas.
Learn more about the Course Concentrations by talking with Deans and Faculty Advisors.

The following attorneys’ attendance is confirmed (as of 2/10/15):

Edward J. Abes, Esq.
Abes Baumann
www.abesbaumann.com
Table: Sports Law & Workers’ Compensation

Catherine R. Cirrincione, Esq.
Pepper Hamilton
www.pepperlaw.com
Table:  Intellectual Property

Peter D. Giglione, Esq.
The Massa Law Group
Table: Civil Litigation

Barbara Griffin, Esq.
Allegheny County Bar Foundation
www.acbf.org
Table: Public Interest

Dawn K. Gull, Esq.
McCarthy McDonald Schulberg & Joy
www.mmsj.com
Table: Family Law

Patricia Wozniak Henk, Esq.
Law Office of Patricia Wozniak Henk
www.patriciawhenk.com
Table: Collaborative Law

Nicola Henry-Taylor, Esq.
Law Office of Nicola Henry-Taylor LLC
www.henry-taylorlaw.info
Table: Family Law

Edward F. Hirshberg, Esq.
Goehring Rutter & Boehm
www.grblaw.com
Table: Civil Litigation

Paula Hopkins, Esq.
Paula Hopkins, Attorney at Law
www.paulahopkins.com
Table: Collaborative Law

Shanicka L. Kennedy, Esq.
Allegheny County Public Defender’s Office
Table: Criminal Law – Government

Justin J. Ketchel, Esq.
Justin Ketchel Law
www.justinketchellaw.com
Table: Criminal Law

Daniel Kunz, Esq.
Kunz Law Office
Table: Sports Law

Ayanna M. Lee-Davis, Esq.
Saul Ewing LLP
www.saul.com
Table: Energy Law

Anne Marie Mancuso, Esq.
Justin Ketchel Law
www.justinketchellaw.com
Table: Criminal Law

Rebecca J. Maziarz, Esq.
Dickie, McCamey & Chilcote, P.C.
www.dmclaw.com
Table: Health Law

Julian Neiser, Esq.
Cook & Associates
www.pittlawyers.com
Table: Civil Litigation

Melissa Ruggiero, Esq.
Former International Legal Officer & Consultant
(The Hague and Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina)
Table: International Law

Matthew J. Scanlon, Esq.
Scanlon & Wojton
www.swlegalteam.com
Table: Personal Injury

Stacey L. Steiner, Esq.
Allegheny County Public Defender’s Office
Table: Criminal Law – Government

Edward Stevenson, Esq.
Neighborhood Legal Services Association
www.nlsa.org
Table: Public Interest

Danielle Vugrinovich, Esq.
Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin, P.C.
www.marshalldennehey.com
Table: Labor & Employment Law

Timothy Wojton, Esq.
Scanlon & Wojton
www.swlegalteam.com
Table: Personal Injury

Tracy L. Zihmer, Esq.
The Lynch Law Group
www.lynchlaw-group.com
Table: Estate Planning

Attorneys working in additional areas of law have been invited, and this list will be updated as necessary.

The evening’s format will be as follows: tables correlating to practice areas & concentrations will be set up around the room, and lawyers and faculty will be asked to sit at the table that corresponds to their area. Students will circulate around the room at your own pace, according to your interests. There are no expectations of job placement at this program – it is informational only.  Professional attire required.  RSVP required at DuqLawConnect – Events tab or at comas@duq.edu.  Students do not have to attend the entire program; please attend for as long as your schedule permits.

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Networking 101 – A Panel Discussion

Co-sponsored with the Duquesne Law Alumni Association (DLAA)
Wednesday, February 11, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Room 208

*Evening students are always welcome to attend as much of the program as your schedule permits.*

Do you cringe when you hear the word “networking”?
Do you know that roughly 80% of jobs are found through some type of networking connection?

Plan on attending this program where you will learn why networking – or making professional connections – is so important to lawyers. Throughout the job search process and after you’re hired as an attorney, this will be an essential skill to have.

Panelists will discuss the various ways to network – from a large reception to a one-on-one meeting, how to appropriately follow-up with someone you meet and more.

Join these panelists for an insightful discussion:
Dodi Walker Gross (L’82), Reed Smith LLP
P. Brennan Hart (L’73), Pietragallo Gordon Alfano Bosick & Raspanti LLP
Jessica M. Jurasko (L’04), Jackson Kelly PLLC
Scott T. Redman (L’82), Law Office of Scott T. Redman

Refreshments provided by the DLAA. The DLAA will raffle a gift card to students in attendance.

As a follow-up to this program, a speed networking event will be held on March 18 where students will have a chance to put these tips to use and practice their networking skills. Students attending the February 11th program will have registration preference for the speed networking event where registration will be limited and required. Refreshments will be provided.

Please RSVP via DuqLawConnect – Events tab.

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2015 Mock Interview Program

All students are strongly encouraged to participate in the Mock Interview Program coordinated by the Career Services Office. The program will take place from February 2 – February 13, 2015. 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.

The mock interview schedule will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis by sending an email to comas@duq.edu. Students may sign up for as many interviews as their schedules permit. We expect to add additional interviews to the schedule, and updates will be announced as necessary.

Students will be required to submit a copy of their resume prior to the mock interviews.  Information about legal resumes, including sample resumes, can be found in the CSO Handbook (available at http://www.duqlawblogs.org/cso/ ). Questions should be directed to Maria Comas (comas@duq.edu or 412-396-6279).

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Fellowship & Pro Bono Opportunities for 2016 Graduates

Wednesday, January 21 * 12:00-1:00 p.m. * Room 204
Wednesday, January 28 * 5:00-6:00 p.m. * Room 308
Co-sponsored by the Office of Clinical Legal Education and Career Services Office
Join the Law Clinic and Career Services Office as we describe local paid summer fellowship opportunities – including the Law School’s PILA and McGinley Public Service Fellowships and the Allegheny County Bar Foundation Summer Fellowship – as well as various pro bono opportunities available to 2D/3E/3P students.

The application deadlines for the fellowships are upcoming (beginning in early February), and these programs offer wonderful opportunities to work with members of our community who need legal assistance. Information about finding fellowships outside the Greater Pittsburgh area and signing up for pro bono projects will also be covered.  Lunch provided. Please RSVP via DuqLawConnect – Events tab.

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Did you miss one of the 1L Job Search Series Programs?

The following 1L Job Search Series Programs will be repeated early in the Spring Semester so you can get your materials ready for job & internship opportunities ahead of you.

NOTE – The schedule has changed since it was originally published.  The resume and cover letter programs have been combined into one so students interested in attending the Legal Skills Program on January 13 may do so without a scheduling conflict.

Crafting a Legal Resume & Drafting a Cover Letter Workshop – 1L Job Search Series
Wednesday, January 14 * 12:00-1:00 p.m. OR 5:00-6:00 p.m. * Room 304

Attend this workshop so you are prepared to submit application materials to employers for summer opportunities.  Bring your laptop if you would like and revise your resume and cover letter as we go through the program.  This program is part of the 1L Job Search Series offered by the CSO, and it is a repeat of the workshops that were offered in the Fall Semester.  Please RSVP via DuqLawConnect – Events tab.

1L Summer Job Search
Thursday, January 15, 5:00-6:00 p.m., Room 304
Friday, January 16, 12:00-1:00 p.m., Room 308
At this program, we will discuss summer job opportunities, timing recommendations and resources available to you as you embark on your summer job search.  This program is part of the 1L Job Search Series offered by the CSO, and it is a repeat of the workshops that were offered in the Fall Semester.  Please RSVP via DuqLawConnect – Events tab.

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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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1L Job Search Series – Programs Repeated in January

First year students: If you missed any of the 1L Job Search Series Programs this semester, plan to attend them when they’re repeated in the Spring Semester.
Crafting a Legal Resume: January 13 (12 pm & 5 pm)
Drafting a Cover Letter: January 14 (12 pm & 5 pm)
1L Summer Job Search: January 15 (12 pm & 5 pm)The Common Plea

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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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