"Michigan's reputation definitely gives you an edge in the job market, and so does participating in U-M's extracurricular opportunities."

—Maggie Cheng, '11

Speaker Series

Throughout the academic year, the Office of Career Planning offers a speaker series covering a variety of topics and designed to help students explore their career options, translate individual legal interests into professional paths, and analyze the latest market trends.

collapse : September
Bar Information Meeting
Date: 9/23/2013
Time: 11:55am-12:50p.m.
Location: 100 Hutchins Hall
Description:
Hear* (MP3 file) Deans Baum and Zearfoss provide information on the bar exam application process, multi-state and state portions of the bar exam, bar review courses, and character and fitness consideration.  Sponsored by the Offices of Career Planning and Student Affairs. 


collapse : July
How to Apply to DOJ Honors and SLIP Programs
Date: 7/15/2014
Time:
Location:
Description:
Listen to* (MP3 file) alum Sam Hall ('13) for tips and advice on applying to the U.S. Department of Justice Honors Program (entry level-3Ls and alums) and Student Law Intern Program (SLIP-2Ls) for 2015. Sam is a trial attorney (via the Honors program) at the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Housing and Civil Enforcement Section.


collapse : August
Early Interview Week (EIW) Meeting
Date: 8/6/2014
Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm
Location: 100 Hutchins Hall
Description:
Dean Jeremy Bloom will present information and advice for Early Interview Week.  Please note this meeting is required for any 2L participating in EIW.  View Power Point Presentation slides (PDF) and Program video


Callback Interviews
Date: 8/8/2014
Time: 12:10pm-1:00pm
Location: 100 Hutchins Hall
Description:
OCP will provide students with information on how to schedule and prioritize callback interviews.  Please note this meeting is strongly suggested for any 2L participating in EIW.  View program slides (PDF) and watch program video.


collapse : September
Air Force JAG Presentation
Date: 9/4/2014
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 0220 South Hall
Description:
Captain Nicholas Mahanic, Air Force JAG lawyer and UMLS '08, will give an informational briefing to 1Ls, 2Ls, 3Ls, & LLMs about the opportunities in the Air Force JAG Corps.  Lunch is not provided. 
 
 *Although the United States Armed Forces have recently revised their employment policies and practices (specifically, through the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"), their policies continue to discriminate on the basis of gender identity and gender expression.  Current federal law, however, effectively prevents the Law School from applying its anti-discrimination policy to military recruiters, including those for the Judge Advocate General Corps.  The fact that military recruiters are here in no way reflects the Law School's endorsement of their discriminatory employment practices.


Welcome to OCP for Sections EFGH
Date: 9/5/2014
Time: 11:45am-12:45pm
Location: Caminker Arcade (outside 1100 South Hall)
Description:

​​Sections EFGH...Join the Office of Career Planning for some tasty treats on your patio (outside 1100 South Hall).  Please stop by to introduce yourself!



Welcome to OCP for Sections MNOP
Date: 9/8/2014
Time: 11:45am-12:45pm
Location: Caminker Arcade (outside 1100 South Hall)
Description:

​​Sections MNOP...Join the Office of Career Planning for some tasty treats on your patio (outside 1100 South Hall).  Please stop by to introduce yourself!



Welcome to OCP for Sections IJKL
Date: 9/9/2014
Time: 11:45am-12:45pm
Location: Caminker Arcade (outside 1100 South Hall)
Description:

​Sections IJKL...Join the Office of Career Planning for some tasty treats on your patio (outside 1100 South Hall).  Please stop by to introduce yourself!



Navy JAG Info Session
Date: 9/9/2014
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1025 South Hall
Description:

LT Taurean Brown, MLS '11, will give an informational briefing to students about opportunities with Navy JAG.

 *Although the United States Armed Forces have recently revised their employment policies and practices (specifically, through the repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell”), their policies continue to discriminate on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. Current federal law, however, effectively prevents the Law School from applying its anti-discrimination policy to military recruiters, including those for the Judge Advocate General Corps. The fact that military recruiters are here in no way reflects the Law School’s endorsement of their discriminatory employment practices.



2L Public Interest Job Search Strategies (and Equal Justice Works Career Fair Info)
Date: 9/10/2014
Time: 11:45am-12:45pm
Location: 0220 South Hall
Description:

Come learn about how to get a great 2L job with a government agency or a nonprofit. Alyson Robbins (Public Interest Director) and Robin Kaplan (Government Advisor) will talk about general job search strategies and the Equal Justice Works Conference & Career Fair in DC at the end of October including why you may want to attend this career fair of 100+ public service employers, how to make the most of the event, the registration process, funding, and more!



Deloitte Meet and Greet
Date: 9/10/2014
Time: 9:30am-12:30pm
Location: Hutchins Hall Table outside Aikens Commons
Description:

Come speak with Taylor Mathis, Recruiter at Deloitte in Detroit and Andrew Silverman '02 Tax Manager (International) at Deloitte in NYC about opportunities for JD's who are interested in Tax and Financial Advisory Services. This is an informal event and food will be served.



Public Service Kick-Off (2Ls and 3Ls)
Date: 9/11/2014
Time: 7:00pm-10:00pm
Location: Mike Steinberg's home
Description:

2Ls and 3Ls: Please join us at the Public Service Kick-Off for dinner and catching up with the MLaw Public Service Community at the home of Mike Steinberg (Legal Director at the ACLU of Michigan)! Mr. Steinberg's address will be sent to the public service email group (PIMichLaw) prior to the event. See you there!



Army JAG Presentation
Date: 9/12/2014
Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm
Location: 1025 South Hall
Description:

Major Michael Rizzotti, Army JAG lawyer, will give an informational briefing to all students about the opportunities in the Army JAG. Lunch is not provided.

*Although the United States Armed Forces have recently revised their employment policies and practices (specifically, through the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"), their policies continue to discriminate on the basis of gender identity and gender expression. Current federal law, however, effectively prevents the Law School from applying its anti-discrimination policy to military recruiters, including those for the Judge Advocate General Corps. The fact that military recruiters are here in no way reflects the Law School's endorsement of their discriminatory employment practices.



Introduction to Career Planning for LL.M. and S.J.D. Students
Date: 9/16/2014
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1025 South Hall
Description:
Office of Career Planning Staff Jeremy Bloom, Kimberly LeClair and Tammy Sindlinger, will provide an introduction to the Office of Career Planning's resources and services available to Law graduate students, including how to schedule counseling appointments and how to view and apply to our Symplicity job postings.


Peggy Browning Fund, Advocating for Workplace Justice Regional Conference
Date: 9/16/2014
Time: 5:00pm-7:00pm
Location: 1020 South Hall (Panel); Jeffries Lounge (South Hall), dinner
Description:

​Learn about the Peggy Browning Fund's Summer Fellowships. Hear what it's like practicing law for a union, a law firm representing workers, or a government agency regulating the workplace. Find out how to get a job promoting workplace justice.

Panelists:

·  Stuart M. Israel, Legghio & Israel, P.C. (Royal Oak, MI) – Moderator
·  Alidz Oshagan, Associate Attorney, Legghio & Israel, P.C.
·  Joseph Barker, Former Regional Director, NLRB Region 13 (Chicago, IL), and Former Regional Attorney, NLRB Region 7 (Detroit, MI)
·  Javier Castro,  2014 Peggy Browning Fellow; Law Student, University of Michigan
·  Niraj R. Ganatra, General Counsel, UAW (Detroit, MI)
·  Mami Kato, Associate Attorney, Sachs Waldman, P.C. (Detroit, MI); 2009 Peggy Browning Fellow
·  Theodore J. St. Antoine, Professor of Law Emeritus, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI) and Past President,   National Academy of Arbitrators

Guests will also include other invited labor and employment attorneys and faculty, who will be available during the panel discussion and/or during the dinner and networking session.
Many thanks to the United Steelworkers and the United Auto Workers for co-sponsoring this event!  Thanks also to the University of Michigan School of Law for its assistance.
 
5:00PM-6:00PM- Panel in Room 1020 South Hall 
6:00-7:00PM-Informal dinner and networking in the Jeffries Lounge, South Hall.
 
RSVP by September 9th : http://tinyurl.com/nytflhx

 



Careers in International Public Service
Date: 9/16/2014
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Location: 116 Hutchins Hall
Description:

​Geneva-based Professor Anna Nicol will join us to talk about careers in international public service including the varied career paths (both short- and long-term) of attorneys working in international public service. Professor Nicol is a U.S. lawyer living in Geneva, home to the European headquarters of the UN and more than 200 international organizations. Sponsored by the Center for International & Comparative Law and the Office of Career Planning.



The New Patent Battlefront: How Inter Partes and Post-Grant Reviews Have Changed Litigation
Date: 9/26/2014
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Location: 1225 South Hall
Description:

The America Invents Act created a new regime for patent litigation and parties are scrambling to adjust. The regime’s new administrative patent challenges complicate even relatively straightforward patent disputes, changing the calculus for demand letters, licensing, and litigation. Please join attorneys from Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP as they explore these two-year old proceedings, using specific examples and anecdotes from personal experience, to help introduce and prepare attendees for the changing patent landscape.



Earthjustice: A Career in Public-Interest Environmental Law
Date: 9/30/2014
Time: 11:55am-12:45pm
Location: 1020 South Hall
Description:

Earthjustice is the nation’s original and largest nonprofit environmental law organization and its passionate attorneys use the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health, to preserve magnificent places and wildlife, to advance clean energy, and to combat climate change. Please join Earthjustice Managing Attorney Tim Preso to learn more about the work of Earthjustice and career opportunities in the field of public-interest environmental law. Cosponsored by the Office of Career Planning, the Environmental Law Society and MEnergy. Lunch will be served.



collapse : October
From Lawyer to Novelist: One Alumna's Journey
Date: 10/9/2014
Time: 11:55am-12:50pm
Location: 138 Hutchins Hall
Description:

​Come and listen to Lauren Francis-Sharma, MLaw JD '97 and author of the recent critically acclaimed novel 'Til the Well Runs Dry, speak about her unique post-law school career path. Lunch will be provided. Co-sponsored by WLSA, BLSA, the Office of Career Planning, and the Office of Student Affairs.



collapse : January
Public Service 101
Date: 10/15/2014
Time: 11:55am-12:55pm
Location: 1020 South Hall
Description:

Please join Alyson Robbins, Public Interest Director, and Robin Kaplan, Government Advisor, to learn about careers in public service! We're talking civil rights, financial regulation, prosecution, indigent defense, domestic violence, human trafficking, immigration, child welfare, education, housing, poverty law, reproductive justice, environmental law, etc.! This program is for 1Ls who want to learn about working for government agencies and non-profits and resources to support your public service job search. Start with this introduction and then plan to come to OPIS's 1L Job Night! Lunch will be provided.



collapse : October
Suing the Government is a Growth Industry: How to make the most from your law degree (and your life) with a career in public-interest law
Date: 10/29/2014
Time: 11:45am-12:45pm
Location: 1020 South Hall
Description:

Sometimes law students are told they have two options: a miserable life earning decent money at a law firm, or a rewarding job coupled with a vow of poverty. This isn’t true. On October 29, Jeff Rowes, a senior attorney with the Institute for Justice, will discuss his public-interest career and steps you can take to have a career at IJ. The Institute for Justice, the nation’s leading libertarian public-interest law firm, offers the best of both worlds: cutting-edge constitutional litigation on issues that actually matter to real people, combined with competitive pay. Sound interesting? Learn what steps you can take now to put yourself on a path to litigating the kind of cases you read about in the newspaper and your casebooks.  Sponsored by OCP and the Federalist Society



Careers Over Coffee: Mark Van Putten
Date: 10/30/2014
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Location: 1060 South Hall
Description:

Space is limited for this program -- Please RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/a/umich.edu/forms/d/12D-VJbjnWT4pdAhXTFQFP4Be2NyI8PW_oVMJg1CB1_4/viewform Please join Public Interest Public Service Faculty Fellow Mark Van Putten for an informal lunch meeting on careers in environmental law. Prof. Van Putten has 30 years of experience in environmental policymaking and nonprofit organizational leadership at the international, national, regional, and local levels. He is founder and president of ConservationStrategy® LLC, an environmental strategy and organizational development consulting firm. Prior to founding ConservationStrategy in 2003, Prof. Van Putten spent more than 20 years on the staff of the National Wildlife Federation (NWF), America's largest membership-based environmental group, including nearly eight years as president and CEO. Earlier, he founded and led NWF's Great Lakes regional office and Michigan Law's Environmental Law Clinic.



collapse : November
Careers in Compliance and Securities Law
Date: 11/3/2014
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1225 South Hall
Description:
Matt Moore ('92) will talk about compliance careers, life at an international investment bank, and his experiences working in NYC (at Davis Polk, the NYSE, and Goldman Sachs) and moving to SLC.  Matt is Goldman's Global Co-Head of Regulatory Audits & Inquiries, Global Co-Head of Compliance Employee Services, and Head of Compliance for Salt Lake City.


 
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