Category Archives: Summer

Employment related apartment sublet

K&L Gates offers its out-of-town summer associates information about housing options available to them in Pittsburgh.  Any law student looking to sublet their apartment for 9 weeks in the summer is invited to contact Emily Coon, Legal Recruitment Coordinator, at emily.coon@klgates.com.  K&L Gates does not formally endorse or find housing for its summer associates, but it will offer the information to them.

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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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Summer Networking Opportunities

Students are invited to register and attend the following networking events this summer:

*Washington County Bar Association Monthly Roundtable * July 23 * 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. * WCBA Office
Join members of the WCBA and fellow law students for lunch and talk about practice issues.  The lunches are held a the bar association office (119 South College Street, Washington, PA 15301).  Visit washcobar.org for more information.  Please RSVP to wcba@washcobar.org by July 22.


*Women’s Bar Association 2014 Anne Mullaney Cup Golf Outing * August 1 * Cedarbrook Golf Course

All students, of all skill levels, are welcome to take part in this annual event.  Meet WBA members, other attorneys and law students for a scramble, just for lessons or for dinner.  Registration required (fee).  Registration starts at 11:00 a.m. The golf clinic with LPGA Pro Christina Stockton starts at 11:30, followed by a Shotgun start at 12:30 for 4-person scramble.  For new or less experienced golfers, a group lesson with on course experience and use of the driving range is being offered lieu of the 18-hole scramble and also starts at 12:30 p.m.  Registration Form and additional information.   For more information, please contact one of the event co-chairs, Stephanie Jones at jonesy13pa@gmail.com, or Christina Demarco-Breeden at Christina.demarco3@gmail.com.

*Allegheny County Bar Association Women’s Business Development Legal Summit * August 7 * 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. * Marriott City Center
The 2014 Summit features nationally recognized women lawyers coach and trainer Marianne Trost.  She will share insights, practical tips, and real-life examples to help you achieve better business development results by:

• Honing your rainmaking skills
• Refining your best practices for pitching to business clients or individuals
• Strengthening your self-advocacy skills, and
• Fine-tuning your networking skills.

In today’s competitive legal market it isn’t enough to be an outstanding attorney. Having a book of business is essential to creating self-determination and satisfaction in your career and to achieving success in a law firm. Whether you are a woman partner, associate, or of counsel with a firm, you are looking to leave the government or non-profit sector for a firm, or you are a law student hoping to one day work in a firm, the strategies you will learn at the Summit will help you maximize your natural strengths to grow your book of business.

The cost of the Summit is $50 for law students and includes breakfast, lunch, and 5 hours of business development programming and networking. View the informational brochure. Register online here. For information on available sponsorship opportunities, please contact Alysia M. Keating at akeating@acba.org.

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Washington County Bar Roundtables Open to Students

The Washington County Bar Association (WCBA) invites younger attorneys & law students to Member Roundtable Luncheons at the bar association office (119 South College Street, Washington, PA 15301).  The goal of the luncheons are to have a mix of Young Lawyers Division (YLD) members and senior members of the bar together to talk about practice issues.  Luncheons will be held at 12 noon on the following dates:
May 28
July 23
August 27
September 24
October 22
November 26

If you’ve ordered business cards from the CSO, be sure to take them with you!

Visit washcobar.org for more information.

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Summer Work Keys for Success

The CSO hopes your summer break is off to a great start.  If you have started a summer associate, law clerk or internship position, these “10 Keys to Summer Success” as written by Mary Crane will be useful to you.  Please let us know where you are working if you haven’t already.

If you are still looking for a summer position, please let us know that, too.  We’ve recently posted a handful of positions from employers still looking to hire for the summer.  Be sure to check DuqLawConnect for more details.

If you have any questions throughout the summer that we may be able to help you with, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Good luck with everything this summer!

 

10 Keys to Summer Success
The 2014 national survey of employers conducted by NACE (National Association of Colleges and Employers) confirms what many of us have long known: employers increasingly seek summer associates, interns and new hires who demonstrate a strong ability to work with others—including peers and senior employees as well as clients and customers—and who can plan, organize and complete their daily work without external supervision. With schools graduating so many talented students, today’s employers rarely view strong technical skills as a differentiator. Rather, possessing technical skills simply “meets expectations.”

If you are an intern, summer associate or new hire, here are ten “Things You Need To Know” to distinguish yourself in the hearts and minds of your employer.

1. Make sure your supervisor always looks good.
This means: no surprises. Keep your supervisor informed of the status of projects, especially delays and significant problems that you encounter. Turn in projects that are client-ready, i.e., free of typos and stains or stray markings. If you become aware of some inner-office or client communication that could affect your supervisor, make your supervisor aware of it.

2. Dress with respect.
The attire you wear to the office creates an impression that extends to your supervisor. Always dress in a manner that reflects well upon both of you. Your attire should also demonstrate respect for any clients with whom you’ll interact.

If you have opted to work for a more conservative organization—say, a white-shoe law firm or a state legislature—you should dress in a more conservative manner, which likely means suits for both men and women. If you have taken a job in a fashion-forward organization, you should dress in a manner that communicates your understanding and appreciation of fashion.

At a very minimum, avoid: dirty, stained, torn or frayed clothing; and any clothing bearing words or images that others might find offensive.

3. Act professionally.
Everything you do in conjunction with work should communicate your respect for internal and external clients.

Before you walk into an office building, remove your ear buds.  Acknowledge other people you know in the building lobby. Whenever you board an elevator, recognize any coworkers you encounter. As you walk to or from your workstation or office, greet others you meet along the way. First thing in the morning, check in with your supervisor. Do another check-in at the end of your workday.

Be punctual to all meetings. This demonstrates your respect for others’ time. Know your supervisor’s expectations regarding smartphone use during meetings. If he or she expects your complete attention, before any meeting begins, turn your smartphone off.

4. Complete projects on time.
Tackle every assignment you receive in a timely manner. Should you experience unexpected delays or interruptions, do not withhold this information from your supervisor until the very last moment. Remember, no surprises. Inform your supervisor as quickly as possible. This allows him or her to adequately manage the expectations of important internal and external clients.

Inevitably, you will require a coworker’s input to complete a project. Should your coworker fail to perform in a timely manner, in most cases you’ll remain responsible. Telling a supervisor, “I emailed Jim in marketing for his input, but he hasn’t gotten back to me,” won’t cut it. Find ways to work with others and to complete projects on time.

5. Interact professionally with clients and customers.
Clients and customers are the life-blood of every organization. Without them, you don’t have a job. Always ensure customers and clients feel treasured like the valued people they are.

Whenever a client or customer is present, give that person 100 percent of your attention. End all personal conversations, phone calls, emailing, texting, and the like. Yes, put away your smartphone and other electronic devices.

To demonstrate your respect, when you first meet a client or customer—especially one who appears to be older than your parent(s)—use the social titles of “Mr.” or “Ms.” Do this whether your first interaction involves a face-to-face meeting or an email. Once the client or customer requests that you use a first name, by all means do.

 6. Work as a team player.
As a student, much of your success has been determined by how well you’ve performed on individual projects. You’ve either scored well on a test or you didn’t. As a summer associate, intern or new hire, you will often be assigned to team projects. As such, your success will be measured by how well the entire group performs.

Understand your role. Have you been tasked with leading the group? Then you are responsible for developing an overall game plan, assigning specific tasks to individual team members, coordinating the effort, and driving the project to completion in a timely manner. Have you been assigned to a supporting role on a team? Then you must complete each specific task that has been assigned to you within the requisite time frame. Additionally, you must be prepared to assist other team members when your help is needed.

7. Good team members communicate & make themselves available.
Share all information relevant to the completion of a project. When in doubt, more sharing beats less. Avoid becoming known as the one team member who failed to share a critical piece of data.

Take advantage of each team member’s unique skill sets. Encourage “big idea” people to brainstorm and encourage “detail” people to create standard operating procedures for the team. Recognize others for their hard work. Say positive things about the team publicly. Give constructive feedback privately.

Be available. Avoid wasting the valuable time of other team members. If the team has been called upon to work in close physical proximity, let others know before you step away. If the team is scattered around the globe, let others know when you will be reachable electronically.

8. Work effectively with support staff.
Right now, virtually every member of the support staff knows more about the day-to-day requirements of your job than you do. You’ll catch up soon enough. For now, it’s important that you understand these staff members can make or break you. Give them lots of reasons to want to help you succeed. Always speak and work with support staff in a polite and respectful manner.

9. Handle differences professionally.
In the course of the summer, a disagreement may arise. You must manage those differences with tact and on your own—without elevating issues to your supervisor. Doing so not only demonstrates that you have good manners, it also demonstrates that you are a professional who can manage all of the exigencies of the day-to-day workplace.

Resolve differences of opinion via this three-step process: 1.) acknowledge the disagreement; 2) seek a shared understanding of the underlying facts and assumptions; and 3) jointly develop a plan for moving forward.

10. Develop an attitude of gratitude!
Every assignment you receive—even a month-long document review in a windowless room—gives you the opportunity to shine. Show appreciation for these opportunities. Express an interest in every project and in the customers or clients for whom you are ultimately working.

Please eliminate the phrase “no problem” from your lexicon. Every time a supervisor thanks you for your efforts, and you reply, “no problem,” you immediately devalue your work. Instead say, “You bet. I really enjoyed this project,” or, “It was my pleasure. If there’s anything else I can do for you, please don’t hesitate to shout.”

Every week this summer, find one person who has made a positive difference in your life at work, and go out of your way to thank that person.

 Copyright © 2014 Mary Crane & Associates.

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Special Opportunity for Evening Division and Part-Time Students

Special Opportunity for Evening Division and Part-Time Students

Online Course, Summer 2014

Advanced Constitutional Law: Current Issues

 June 2-25
Mondays & Wednesdays
6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

 Prerequisites:
Constitutional Law I & II

 Limited Enrollment
Scholarships Available
www.duq.edu/law/online

The School of Law is pleased to offer a pilot online course during the 2014 summer session, and a select number of evening division and part-time students are eligible to enroll with full scholarship support.

The two-credit course, Advanced Constitutional Law: Current Issues, will be taught by Wilson R. Huhn, a distinguished professor at Akron Law School and nationally recognized constitutional law expert. The class will explore pending cases in the areas of equal protection, separation of powers, the powers of Congress, freedom of expression, and freedom of religion. Constitutional Law I & II are prerequisite courses.

Students will attend “live” via their laptops, from a location of their choosing, on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The course will run for four weeks, June 2-25. In addition to the scheduled online class time, students will watch recorded lectures, take quizzes, and read materials relating to cases pending in the Supreme Court of the United States.

In each class, a student will make a brief online presentation regarding material relating to one of these cases, such as an amicus brief or an aspect of oral argument. A one-page journal entry will be due the first week and second week, and a five-page research paper will be due at the end of the course.

Enrollment is limited to 15. The pilot course is being offered with full-tuition scholarships thanks to the generous support of the Duquesne University Office of the Provost.

Email Associate Dean Richard Gaffney at gaffneyr@duq.edu today to take advantage of this special opportunity.

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Pennsylvania Women’s Legal Summit – July 31

The inaugural Southwestern Pennsylvania Women’s Legal Summit, presented by the Allegheny County Bar Association Institute for Gender Equality and Women in the Law Division, will be held on July 31, 2013, from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Omni William Penn Hotel downtown.  The Summit’s theme is “Growing Your Book: Strategies for Women Attorneys in a Changing Legal Marketplace” featuring keynote speaker Karen B. Kahn, Founder and Managing Partner of Threshold Advisors, LLC.  Summit programming also includes breakout sessions on the topic “From Daunting to Doable: Taking Your Next Step” and a discussion with a distinguished panel of clients and business generators on “Creating Valuable Relationships Their Way.”  The Summit will close with a structured networking reception entitled “Women Helping Women, One Great Conversation at a Time.”

Registration for law students is $25 (discounted from $100).  Students interested in attending should complete a registration form and send it along with a check (payable to the ACBA) to Alysia Keating, Esq., Director of Diversity and Gender Equality, Allegheny County Bar Association, 436 Seventh Avenue, 400 Koppers Building, Pittsburgh, PA 15219.  (The discounted rate is not an option on the on-line registration form; student registrations must be mailed as listed above.)  Attorney registration should be completed by following the steps on the registration form.

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Tips for Summer Associates, Interns and Volunteers

In Kimm Walton‘s book  What Law School Doesn’t Teach You But You Really Need to Know, she lists some tips for summer associates that legal recruiters had shared with her during her discussions with them.  The CSO is sharing those tips with you, with a few additional comments of our own added in.  The suggestions are helpful to summer associates, interns and volunteers, alike.

*Ask questions: if you don’t know/understand something, ask.  It is especially important for you to communicate with the assigning attorney.  Ask about time expectations and deadlines for projects.  Listen carefully when receiving an assignment; have paper and a pen with you, and take clear notes.

*If you are struggling or concerned that you will miss a deadline, you must communicate with the assigning attorney – trying to hide in the library is not a good plan!  Submit your best work, not a “rough draft.”  Also, when submitting an assignment, or filing a document, make sure it is received before leaving for the day.

*Be friendly: Communicate and don’t be shy.  Be visible, introduce yourself to others and attend functions that allow you to meet a variety of attorneys, especially partners, i.e., don’t just hang out with other summer associates.  Therefore, while you have to work hard, don’t work so hard that you don’t have time to socialize.

*Be gracious: Treat everyone nicely.

*Seek feedback: Ask attorneys for feedback.  Be persistent so that you can improve your work product.

*Seek out projects from as many different lawyers and practice areas in the firm as possible and don’t be afraid to try things in areas you are not familiar with.

*Ask for work: If you don’t have enough work, seek out assignments.

*Be timely and responsive: Be on time for all meetings and events, return phone calls and emails, and RSVP for events promptly.  If someone calls you, return the call instead of responding via email. 

*Work hard: Always work hard and complete all of your projects before leaving the firm for the summer.

*Be open to constructive criticism.  Learn from it.

*Dress professionally.  If you doubt for a second whether you should wear something, don’t wear it.

*Behave professionally: avoid being overly familiar, gossiping, or engaging in office politics and avoid drinking too much at firm functions.  Treat your summer associate position as an extension of your job interview. After all, you most likely are hoping for a long-term employment offer from that employer.

*Don’t be arrogant and brag about your credentials – remember, there is always somebody who is smarter, faster, etc. (See treat everybody nicely above.) 

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