"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 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.



collapse : January
Fellowships 101
Date: 1/29/2015
Time: 11:55am-12:55pm
Location: 1020 South Hall
Description:
Postgraduate fellowships are a great way to begin a public interest career right out of law school. If you are committed to using your law degree as a tool for justice, you should consider pursuing one of these unique opportunities! This presentation can help 1Ls begin to understand and identify fellowship options and help 2Ls (or 3Ls who will be clerking) get started on great fellowship applications. Lara Finkbeiner ('13), Equal Justice Works Fellow at the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project, will be presenting.  View presentation with slides.


collapse : February
Networking at Meet the Employers and Other Career Fairs
Date: 2/5/2015
Time: In-person presentation cancelled due to weather - Watch/listen to presentation
Location:
Description:

Would you like a job your 2L summer? Learn how to maximize your success at Meet the Employers and other career fair events. Hear/View best practices from OCP's Pyper Alpern and tips from 2L Stephanie Marshak.  Topics including how to introduce yourself to employers, strike up a conversation that will leave recruiters impressed with your intelligence and personality and follow up effectively so you can start building professional relationships that will lead to employment your 2L summer and beyond.



Life After Law School: Private Practice and Public Interest
Date: 2/11/2015
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1225 South Hall
Description:

A panel of Paul Weiss attorneys will talk about life after law school. Lunch will be provided.

Panelists:

Aidan Synnott (UMLS '88) - Litigation Partner, NY Office
Christin Spradley (UMLS '12) - Corporate Associate, NY Office
Elana Beale (UMLS '13) - Litigation Associate, NY Office
Daniella Schmidt (UMLS '13) - Litigation Associate, NY Office



Life After Law School - Advice from the ABA: How to Prepare for, Get and Excel at the Job You Want
Date: 2/18/2015
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1225 South Hall
Description:

Attorneys from the ABA Section of Litigation Law School Initiative will give a presentation on job search and interviewing techniques. All law students (1L, 2L, or 3L) are welcome and a pizza lunch will be provided for attendees. Panelists will include: Daniel Quick of Dickinson Wright PPLC and Charles Denton of Barnes & Thornburg LLP.  View/hear presentation.



collapse : March
Skadden Fellowship Foundation
Date: 3/11/2015
Time: 12:00pm-1:10pm
Location: 1020 South Hall
Description:

Hear* Susan Butler Plum, founder and director of Skadden Fellowship Foundation, will be here to discuss this prestigious postgraduate fellowship. 2Ls and soon-to-be-clerking 3Ls, join us to get tips/advice as you look for sponsoring organizations and begin thinking about potential projects. 1Ls, it's not too early to start learning about postgraduate fellowships! And come with questions for Ms. Plum!!



Market Series - Northern California, with Jon Escher
Date: 3/12/2015
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1020 South Hall
Description:

​Listen to* (MP3) Jon Escher, founding partner of Solutus Legal Search - a Northern California attorney search management and career consulting firm - will talk about the current status of the Northern California legal market. He'll provide information useful to students interested in interviewing with employers in California during Early Interview Week and the Fall Interview Program.  View Market Handout.



Air Force JAG Presentation
Date: 3/13/2015
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1025 South Hall
Description:

Captain Nicholas Manahic, Air Force JAG lawyer and UMLS '08, will give an informational briefing to 1Ls, 2Ls, & 3Ls about the opportunities in the Air Force JAG Corps.

*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.



Careers over Coffee with Nicholas Mahanic: Clerking for a U.S. Court of Appeals Staff Attorneys' Office and the Supreme Court of Guam
Date: 3/13/2015
Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm
Location: 1070 South Hall
Description:

Nicholas Mahanic, UMLS '08, will talk with students about his experiences working as a Staff Attorney at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and at the Supreme Court of Guam.



Market Series - Detroit, with Nancy Newman
Date: 3/16/2015
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1020 South Hall
Description:

Listen to* (MP3) Nancy Newman, President and founder of Newman Hawkins Legal Search - a legal recruiting firm specializing in in-house and law firm attorney placements - talk with students about the current status of the Detroit and Southeast Michigan legal market. She'll provide information useful to students interested in interviewing with employers in Michigan during Early Interview Week and the Fall Interview Program.  View Market Handout (PDF).



Market Series - New York, with Carol Kanarek
Date: 3/17/2015
Time: 11:55am-12:50pm
Location: 1020 South Hall
Description:

Listen to* (MP3) Carol Kanarek (UMLS '79), founder of Kanarek & Brady, LLC - a firm offering career transition, coaching services, and learning and development programs for attorneys - talk with students about the current status of the New York City legal market. She'll provide information useful to students interested in interviewing with employers in New York City during Early Interview Week and the Fall Interview Program.



What Happens if I Don't Do OCI?
Date: 3/18/2015
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Location: 1020 South Hall
Description:

Are you wondering . . . What Happens if I Don't Do OCI? What will my job search look like if I spend those summer days in August sleeping late and watching bad TV? Can I really pursue my passion and be a public interest lawyer right out of law school? If so, please join Alyson Robbins (Public Interest Director), Robin Kaplan (Government Advisor), and OPIS (Organization of Public Interest Students) for this presentation designed to help 1Ls answer these questions. Lunch will be provided - please RSVP to attend.



Group Drop-In Discussion with Carol Kanarek (NY Market Consultant)
Date: 3/18/2015
Time: 5:45pm-6:30pm
Location: 1225 South Hall
Description:

Stop by with questions for Carol Kanarek, OCP's New York legal market consultant, about how to succeed as a summer associate, questions about your 2L summer job search--or just to say hello to her.  Please bring with you the following items for Carol:  updated resume and transcript; written description of your substantive interests, why you are interested in the NY/NJ/ CT area, and contact info (if you have it) for the summer.  Carol will be happy to follow up with you by phone.  If you are planning to be in the NYC area for the summer--or prior to the summer--please indicate that, too, and she will set up a time to meet you in person in NYC.  



Careers Over Coffee with Sean Dean ('04): A Career in IP Law
Date: 3/19/2015
Time: 9:00am-10:00am
Location: 1070 South Hall
Description:

IP lawyer Sean Dean, (UMLS J.D. '04, U-M Ph.D. '98, U-M MSE E.E. '93) will chat with students about IP law as a career path. Sean is a Principal in the Boston office of Fish & Richardson. Space is limited - please RSVP by 5pm, Monday, March 16.



Pizza and Property Lunch with the Michigan Real Property Law Section
Date: 3/19/2015
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1025 South Hall
Description:

The Michigan State Bar, Real Property Law Section, invite you to a Pizza & Property lunch where attorneys from the Section will talk about the day-to-day experience of a real estate practitioner. Join Glen Zatz of ​Bodman, Rick Rattner of Williams, Williams, Rattner & Plunkett PC​ and​ ​Mark Krysinki, ​Jaffe Raitt, Heuer & Weiss (and ​teaches a Real Estate Entrepreneurship class at the Law School) for pizza lunch to discuss their work and what it's like to be a real estate lawyer. Please RSVP here so we can have a head count.



How to Get Your Networking Karma On
Date: 3/20/2015
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Location: 1225 South Hall
Description:

​Hardy Vieux ('97) is the Legal Director, Outreach and Engagement for Human Rights First in Washington, DC.  But the road from law school to international human rights work had its bumps.  Hear* (MP3) his perspective on building and maintaining powerful relationships for career and life success.  



McKinsey and Company Information Session
Date: 3/20/2015
Time: 1:00pm-1:50pm
Location: 1020 South Hall
Description:

​Marc Sorel, Engagement Manager in the Chicago office of McKinsey and Company, will host an information session for interested 1L and 2L students as well as meet with students for 30-minute coffee chats following the group presentation.  A pizza lunch will be provided at the group information session.



Market Series - Washington, D.C., with Matt Schwartz and Justine Donahue
Date: 3/24/2015
Time: 11:55am-12:50pm
Location: 1020 South Hall
Description:

​Hear* (MP3) Matt Schwartz and Justine Donahue, Recruiters with Garrison & Sisson - a Washington, D.C. attorney search firm - talk about the current status of the Washington, D.C. legal market. They'll provide information useful to students interested in interviewing with employers in D.C. during Early Interview Week and the Fall Interview Program.  View program handout (PDF).



Market Series - Boston, with Robert DeLena
Date: 3/26/2015
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1020 South Hall
Description:

Listen to* (MP3) Robert DeLena, founder of Legal Staffing Solutions - a legal placement firm - talk about the current status of the Boston legal market. He'll provide information useful to students interested in interviewing with employers in Boston during Early Interview Week and the Fall Interview Program.  View presentation handouts (PDFs):  Ranking document; Podference; and Practice Area guide



Equal Justice Works Fellowship Presentation
Date: 3/26/2015
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 0220 South Hall
Description:

Since 1992, Equal Justice Works has provided paid public interest fellowships to law school graduates to provide legal assistance to underserved populations and causes. Equal Justice Works Fellows work on a range of issues, including domestic violence, homelessness, community economic development, immigration, civil rights, juvenile justice, employment rights, access to health care, consumer fraud and environmental justice. Through these fellowships, hundreds of young lawyers have been able to provide critical legal assistance to underserved communities and have gone on to become leaders in the public interest arena. Currently, Michigan Law alums are representing LGBT asylum seekers and refugees in New York City, immigrant populations in Dayton, clients with psychiatric disabilities in Harlem, and victims of human trafficking in Chicago as Equal Justice Works Fellows. To join these fabulous alums, come learn (view media file) about the Equal Justice Works Fellowships program with Mia Sussman (MLaw Alum and Senior Manager, Pro Bono at Equal Justice Works)!



Early Interview Week Orientation
Date: 3/27/2015
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 100 Hutchins Hall
Description:

​Assistant Dean Jeremy Bloom will discuss policies, procedures, and deadlines for Early Interview Week 2015 which will be held August 4, 5, 6, and 7.  This meeting is required for those interested in participating in Early Interview Week.  View presentation and slides.



Market Series - Southern California, with Rick Kolodny
Date: 3/30/2015
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1020 South Hall
Description:

​Listen to* Rick Kolodny (UMLS '81), President of The Portfolio Group - an attorney placement firm - will talk about the current status of the Southern California legal market. He'll provide information useful to students interested in interviewing with employers in Southern California during Early Interview Week and the Fall Interview Program.  View program handout.



Market Series - Chicago, with Amy Leafe McCormack and Karin Hoekstra
Date: 3/31/2015
Time: 11:55am-12:50pm
Location: 1020 South Hall
Description:

Hear* Gay Schreiber, Founder and Co-President, and Karin Hoekstra (UMLS '07), Managing Director, with McCormack Schreiber - a legal search and contract/temporary attorney placement firm - will talk about the current status of the Chicago legal market. They'll provide information useful to students interested in interviewing with employers in Chicago during the Early Interview Week and the Fall Interview Program.



collapse : April
Life as a Knobbe Martens IP Lawyer
Date: 4/1/2015
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1225 South Hall
Description:

Knobbe Martens cordially invites 1L, 2L and 3L students with a technical background and interested in IP law to join us for a lunch presentation. Meet with lawyers from one of the country’s most prominent intellectual property law firms to learn more about our practice, our people, and why we offer an opportunity second to none to build a rewarding career in IP law.

Please RSVP to Jordan Budnick with a resume by Friday, March 27.



1L Clerkship Kickoff Panel
Date: 4/2/2015
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1225 South Hall
Description:

Federal court clerkships are found at both trial and appellate levels and deal with a wide range of subjects. In addition, there are a number of federal specialty judges and courts – bankruptcy courts, magistrate judges, and tax courts are just a few of these. Hear* a panel of UMLS alumni describe their experiences clerking for federal judges in federal trial, level, and specialty courts and answer questions like: Why clerk? What is the different between clerking for an appellate judge and a trial judge? Is it worth clerking if I don't want to litigate? Can I obtain a clerkship if I'm not on Law Review?



Nuts and Bolts of Applying for Post-Graduate Clerkships for 1Ls
Date: 4/7/2015
Time: 11:55am-12:50pm
Location: 1225 South Hall
Description:

​Listen to* Professor Joan Larsen, Faculty Clerkship Advisor, and Greta Trakul, OCP Clerkship Advisor, discuss application timing, application materials, and other considerations for 1Ls who are interested in applying for post-graduate clerkships for 2017 (and beyond).



Judge John Owens, 9th Circuit, Campbell Finals judge
Date: 4/14/2015
Time: 11:55 am-12:50pm
Location: South Hall 1225
Description:
Judge John B. Owens, 9th Circuit, will present "The Clerk, The Thief, His Life as a Baker: Ashton Embry and the Supreme Court leak scandal of 1919". He will also talk about his experience as an assistant U.S. Attorney, law firm partner, and being a judge. Q&A to follow.
 
A non-pizza lunch will be provided


ABA Program on Labor and Employment Law
Date: 4/16/2015
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1025 South Hall
Description:

The American Bar Association Section of Labor and Employment Law (Michigan chapter) will present a lunch-time panel regarding career opportunities in the field of Labor and Employment law, one of the fastest growing areas of practice in the country. Attorneys presenting management and labor, and plaintiff's employment and defense attorneys will be present. Lunch provided. Panelists will include: Carey DeWitt (Butzel Long) (Defense Side); Steve Kulp (Ford Motor Company) (In House); David Nacht (Nacht Law) (Plaintiff’s Side); Bruce Miller (Miller Cohen) (Unions).



Careers Over Coffee with Kate Gilbert ('13)
Date: 4/17/2015
Time: 10:00am-11:00am
Location: 1070 South Hall
Description:

Kate Gilbert is here to share her wisdom with you! She clerked for the Hon. Paul Watford, USCA-9 (2013-14), is currently clerking for Hon. Robert Sack, USCA- 2 (2014-15), and in the fall she is headed to the U. S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division as an Honors Attorney. Kate is also the recipient of the 2015 Fiske Fellowship. Bring your questions about clerking, DOJ applications, and anything else! RSVP here: https://docs.google.com/a/umich.edu/forms/d/1tAvqRtw1Ndmzs8bHhNSbAL3DhOupVgYPtwBojQQJ-jU/viewform



What to do THIS Summer to Land Your 2L Firm Job
Date: 4/20/2015
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1020 South Hall
Description:

​Are you hoping to work at a law firm your 2L summer (and beyond)?  From networking to sharpening your skills at your summer internship, come to this workshop to learn the steps you can take this summer to position yourself to secure a great 2L summer position.



The Summer Program and Beyond - Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP Lunch Panel
Date: 4/21/2015
Time: 11:55am-12:50pm
Location: 1225 South Hall
Description:

​1Ls - Please join Cadwalader's New York and Charlotte attorneys for lunch to learn more about our summer program and beyond!  If you would like to attend, please RSVP to Melissa Kemp at Melissa.Kemp@cwt.com.  Zingerman's will be served.



Government Honors (Entry Level) Attorney and Summer Law Intern Programs: Where They Are and How To Apply
Date: 4/21/2015
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 0220 South Hall
Description:

Join OCP government advisor Robin Kaplan and government-bound 3Ls to learn about entry-level (Honors Attorney) hiring with various federal, state and local agencies.We will also talk about the 2L government job search (SLIP-DOJ Summer Law Intern Program, and others). This program will discuss the resources and strategies to find and apply to these high-profile jobs, including what you need to do this summer. Deadlines for most Honors programs are typically very early in the fall semester. Now's the time to start planning for your application.



2015 Public Service Banquet
Date: 4/22/2015
Time: 12:00-1:30pm
Location: Rogel Ballroom, Michigan Union
Description:

​Please join the MLaw Public Interest Community for the 2015 Public Service Banquet.  The program, including remarks from Emma Cheuse ('06, Staff Attorney at Earthjustice in D.C.) will start at 12:20pm.  Where:  Rogel Ballroom (2nd Floor), Michigan Union.  What:  A celebration of students who completed the Pro Bono Pledge, 1Ls and 2Ls who will be working in public service this summer, and 3Ls who are planning to work in public service after graduation.  A buffet lunch will be served.  Please RSVP by April 12th hereSpace is limited.



 
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