"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 : 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.  View media/slides of presentation. 
 
 *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:

​Hear LT Brian Henning 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:

​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!  View presentation slides (PDF file).



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 2Ls/3Ls/LL.M'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:
Listen to* (MP3 file) Office of Career Planning Staff Jeremy Bloom, Kimberly LeClair and Tammy Sindlinger, 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.



Bar Exam Information Meeting
Date: 9/19/2014
Time: 11:55am-12:50pm
Location: 100 Hutchins Hall
Description:

Deans Baum and Bloom* (MP3 file) will provide information on the bar exam application process, multi-state and state portions of the bar exam, bar review courses, and character and fitness considerations. Sponsored by the Offices of Career Planning and Student Affairs.



BLA Presents: Lawyers in the Business World with Michigan Law Alum Matt Berke
Date: 9/19/2014
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Location: 250 Hutchins Hall
Description:

Hear* (MP3 file) Matt Berke is Managing Director, Institutional Equity Division for Morgan Stanley, where he oversees operations for eight different groups on three continents, including North America, Asia, and Europe. After law school, he worked as an associate at Simpson Thatcher for five years, and then moved on to Morgan Stanley in its equities department. Over the next 18 years he rose through the ranks to his current leadership role. Come learn about careers in business law both in and out of the firm.

Lunch will be served!
Jointly Sponsored by the Business Law Association, Law School Alumni Relations 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 watch* (Media file) 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 listen to* 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, OPIS and MEnergy. Lunch will be served.



collapse : October
I Want a Clerkship...So How Do I Apply?
Date: 10/1/2014
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1020 South Hall
Description:

All 2Ls considering judicial clerkships should attend to hear* Professor Joan Larsen, Faculty Clerkship Advisor, and Greta Trakul, OCP Clerkship Advisor, discuss timing, materials, and other considerations for Federal and State judicial clerkships.



Introduction to OCP for 1Ls
Date: 10/6/2014
Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm
Location: 100 Hutchins Hall
Description:

Jeremy Bloom, Assistant Dean for Career Planning, will give an overview of the Office of Career Planning and will discuss counseling appointments and assigned counselors.



Careers Over Coffee: Saul Green ('72)
Date: 10/6/2014
Time: 4:30pm-5:30pm
Location: To be announced
Description:

​Please join Prof. Green for a discussion about careers in public service -- his includes serving as deputy mayor of the City of Detroit from 2008 to 2011, U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan from 1994-2001 (appointed by former President William J. Clinton), Wayne County corporation counsel, chief counsel of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Detroit Field Office, and assistant U.S. attorney. He is now Senior Counsel with Miller Canfield's Litigation and Trial Group. Prof. Green teaches Policing & Public Safety and Fair Housing Law & Policy. Space is limited so sign-up here: https://docs.google.com/a/umich.edu/forms/d/108sYL7JLkYljRjLGo7CWn9cUCQZ77iK8Y1sNPpMtqGs/viewform



Public Service 101
Date: 10/7/2014
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.



3L Public Defender Interviewing Workshop
Date: 10/8/2014
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 0220 South Hall
Description:

Join Prof. Eve Brensike Primus for an interactive interviewing workshop to help you land a job as a public defender! Advanced sign-ups are required (3Ls can participate, 2Ls can observe the fun) -- Email Alyson to sign-up (alyr@umich.edu) and she will fill you in on the details.



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.



Resume and Cover Letter Workshop for 1Ls
Date: 10/10/2014
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1225 South Hall
Description:

​ This workshop instruct 1L students on how to write a legal resume and cover letter. Counselors familiar with both public and private sector employers will share helpful tips and examples of good (and not-so-good) resumes and cover letters. Two sessions offered - students should attend one or the other.



Clerkship Words of Wisdom
Date: 10/15/2014
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1020 South Hall
Description:

A panel of 3L students who were successful in their clerkship searches will provide tips and advice on what worked, what didn't, and what they wished they'd known.



Inspiring Paths: Colin Reingold (Dec. '08), Orleans Public Defenders
Date: 10/16/2014
Time: 6:00pm-7:30pm
Location: Jeffries Lounge, South Hall
Description:

​Mr. Reingold became the Litigation Director at the Orleans Public Defenders in July 2014 after serving as a Special Litigation Staff Attorney since 2010. Prior to joining OPD, Mr. Reingold clerked for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana for a year and spent several months clerking for the Alaska Supreme Court.

If you are interested in indigent defense, serving marginalized communities, civil rights issues facing criminal defendants, and/or good food, join us!

Please RSVP here by 10/3 at 12:00pm: https://docs.google.com/a/umich.edu/forms/d/1rU0FpzGYfr1Z1JhdMBSsZ0sEjOtK6Ha6L11aU_JLalc/viewform

There is limited seating!



Resume and Cover Letter Workshop for 1Ls
Date: 10/20/2014
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1225 South Hall
Description:

​ This workshop instruct 1L students on how to write a legal resume and cover letter. Counselors familiar with both public and private sector employers will share helpful tips and examples of good (and not-so-good) resumes and cover letters. Two sessions offered - students should attend one or the other.



Clerkship Interview Preparation
Date: 10/22/2014
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1020 South Hall
Description:

Professor Joan Larsen will give tips for conducting clerkship interviews and discuss how to leverage your interviews.



Alternative Career Paths: David Cho, adidas's Global NBA Partnership Director
Date: 10/23/2014
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1020 South Hall
Description:

Jobs at law firms -- jobs as lawyers -- aren't the only options available to Michigan Law grads. David Cho ('06) knows that better than most. David turned down a post-grad offer from his 2L firm and headed straight to Nike after graduation. He's been working in global brand and strategy positions since then. At adidas, David manages adidas's 11-year global partnership with the NBA and manages the key team partnerships adidas has with a number of NBA teams. Hear about David's unique career path and his advice on how your law degree can open doors to business and other non-traditional career paths. Non-pizza lunch will be served - please RSVP via https://docs.google.com/a/umich.edu/forms/d/1c6tPCL2b1LBTk9-VcnIlrykPQ7EBNPDl5U6eJaOtzPg/viewform



Interviewing Tips & Tricks for 1Ls
Date: 10/27/2014
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 100 Hutchins Hall
Description:

​The Office of Career Planning will provide tips and tricks on how to interview successfully for summer employment. Lunch is not provided - please plan to pack or bring one to the presentation.



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, Rob McNamara, an 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.



NAWJ MentorJet
Date: 10/30/2014
Time: 5:30pm-8:00pm
Location: Lower Commons
Description:

Students are invited to participate in a wonderful event at the Law School on Thursday, October 30: The University of Michigan Law School has accepted the invitation of the National Association of Women Judges (NAWJ) to host MentorJet on October 30, 2014, in the Lower Commons. We expect to have approx. 20 lawyers and judges and about 40 students at this MentorJet event. Beginning at 5:30 p.m., the judges and lawyers will “mentor” law students in a six minute “jet-like” fashion – think, speed mentoring. Over the course of the following 75-90 minutes, in six minute blocks, students will change seats & thereby exchange mentors, gathering information from those in practice. We will then conclude with a short reception so that participants can talk in a more informal setting.

An RSVP is required.

Note - this program is limited to the first 40 students that RSVP. The Office of Career Planning will contact students to confirm participation in the event one week prior to the event. We encourage business professional dress.



collapse : November
In-House Counsel Panel
Date: 11/7/2014
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1225 South Hall
Description:

​More details coming soon!



Inside Chambers: How to Find a Judicial Internship
Date: 11/12/2014
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 0225 South Hall
Description:

Hear what it's really like to work inside chambers for the summer. A panel of current students who have recently interned for a judge will give their inside perspectives. In addition, Clerkship Advisor Greta Trakul will give instructions and tips for how to find and apply for these terrific opportunities.



Speed Resume Reviews for 1Ls
Date: 11/20/2014
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm and 1:00pm-2:00pm
Location: Aikens Commons
Description:

​OCP counselors will be available today in Aikens Commons for quick 1L resume reviews.



Speed Resume Reviews for 1Ls
Date: 11/21/2014
Time: 10:00am-11:00am and 2:00pm-3:00pm
Location: Aikens Commons
Description:

​OCP counselors will be available today in Aikens Commons for quick 1L resume reviews.



Speed Resume Reviews for 1Ls
Date: 11/24/2014
Time: 10:30am-11:30am and 2:30pm-3:30pm
Location: Aikens Commons
Description:

​OCP counselors will be available today in Aikens Commons for quick 1L resume reviews.



Speed Resume Reviews for 1Ls
Date: 11/25/2014
Time: 10:00am-11:00am and 1:00pm-2:00pm
Location: Aikens Commons
Description:

​OCP counselors will be available today in Aikens Commons for quick 1L resume reviews.



collapse : February
Meet the Employers
Date: 2/10/2015
Time: 4:30pm-6:30pm
Location: Michigan Union, Ballroom and Pendleton Room
Description:

​The Office of Career Planning invites 1L students to "Meet the Employers" on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Ballroom and Pendleton Room of the Michigan Union, 530 S. State Street. This event will be a wonderful opportunity to meet lawyers at firms and corporations you may be interested in, and to learn about the practice of law prior to your first summer job. The Reception also help you prepare for Early Interview Week in August. You do not need to attend for the full two hours. Stop by when you can and leave when you need to. Employers will understand your schedule may not allow you to attend for the full two hours. We encourage business casual dress. Khakis or dress pants; nice shirt or blouse; men don't need to wear ties. Refreshments will be served. First-year students who plan to attend must RSVP no later than 5pm on Thursday, February 5, 2015

 
We hope to see you there!


 
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