Pogue Law Firm Leaders Panel, April 4, 2012

Law School Dean Evan Caminker addresses Pogue panelists (seated) while Prof. Robert Hirshon (left), and event founder Richard Pogue, '53 (center), look on.

Pogue Law Firm Leaders Panel, April 4, 2012

Dean Evan Caminker (left) speaks to event founder Richard Pogue.

Pogue Law Firm Leaders Panel, April 4, 2012

Prof. Robert Hirshon addresses the audience.

Pogue Law Firm Leaders Panel, April 4, 2012

Dean Evan Caminker makes the introductions while panelists and moderator Prof. Robert Hirshon look on.

Pogue Law Firm Leaders Panel, April 4, 2012

Members of the audience listen eagerly.

Pogue Law Firm Leaders Panel, April 4, 2012

Panelist Yvonne Quinn, '76, a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell's New York office, takes a question.

Pogue Law Firm Leaders Panel, April 4, 2012

James Brandt, '82, a partner in the Latham & Watkins New York office, makes a point.

Pogue Law Firm Leaders Panel, April 4, 2012

K&L Gates partner David Case, '78, talks about a successful career.

Pogue Law Firm Leaders Panel, April 4, 2012

Richard Pogue, '53, who founded the Law Firm Leaders Panel, takes the floor.

POGUE PANEL: LAW FIRM LEADERS A distinguished panel of Michigan Law alumni gathered this month in one of South Hall's new classrooms with one goal in mind: helping the current generation of Michigan Law students maximize their success.

The "Pogue Law Firm Leaders Panel," established with a gift from 1953 graduate Richard Pogue, featured Yvonne Quinn, '76, a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell's New York office; James Brandt, '82, a partner in Latham & Watkins' New York office; and David Case, '78, an administrative partner at K&L Gates in Washington, D.C.

Dean Evan Caminker introduced the group, and Pogue was on hand as well. The program was moderated by Michigan Law Prof. Robert Hirshon. The panelists shared memories of their time in Ann Arbor, as well as strategies to help students understand the law firm life from their first days on the job.

"Don't be afraid, with guidance and help, to show thought leadership—even early on," Case said.

Brandt—who mentioned that, at the beginning of his career, "essentially all the lawyers in Latham & Watkins New York office were U-M Law grads''—urged students to always bring value to the table. But it was Quinn's advice that may be the most challenging for some graduates to heed:
"Don't worry so much," she urged. "Relax a little bit."

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