"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
Interview Tips for LL.M./S.J.D. Students
Date: 1/16/2015
Time: 12:00pm-12:45pm
Location: 1025 South Hall
Description:

Assistant Dean Jeremy Bloom will provide interviewing advice and tips in advance of the Overseas-Trained LL.M. Interview Program for LL.M./S.J.D. students.



Careers Over Coffee: Raymond B. Ludwiszewski - Partner, Gibson Dunn
Date: 1/21/2015
Time: 2:00-2:45pm
Location: 1060 South Hall
Description:

Raymond B. Ludwiszewski is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. He joined the firm's Environment and Natural Resources Practice Group after spending eight years in senior legal positions in the United States government dealing with environmental regulatory issues and litigation in the Environmental Protection Agency and the Justice Department (including general counsel at at EPA, and key roles at DOJ-ENRD). Earlier in the day he is speaking about climate change litigation. Seating is limited so RSVP to have a chance to talk with Mr. Ludwiszewski.



JP Morgan Chase 1L Legal Internship Recruitment Program
Date: 1/28/2015
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1020 South Hall
Description:

Attorneys from JPMorgan Chase will talk about their 1L Legal Internship Program.  Lunch will be provided for attendees - please RSVP at http://tinyurl.com/mkhnp7k



Making the Most of Michigan Law, with Cindy Cohn ('89) Director of the Electronic Frontier Foundation
Date: 1/28/2015
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Location: 120 Hutchins Hall
Description:

​Interested in the NSA and Surveillance?  Privacy and Technology? Careers in Tech?  Online Consumer Rights? Finding a Career outside of "BigLaw"?  Join this lunch talk on how to make the most of law school (especially if you are interested in civil rights, civil liberties, and litigation) and how to find legal careers related technology and/or civil liberties and rights litigation. Tmaz Taqueria for lunch!  Co-Sponsored by the Privacy and Technology  Law Association, MTTLR, the National Security  Law Society and the Office of Career Planning.



NSA Surveillance Cases Roundtable Discussion
Date: 1/28/2015
Time: 4:30pm-5:30pm
Location: 132 Hutchins Hall
Description:

 Roundtable discussion on First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles v. NSA  and Jewel v. NSA. Ms Cohn serves as counsel for both surveillance cases against the NSA and will be discussing the complaints filed in each case and the basic legal theories behind them. RSVP Required (20 spots) - email deevas@umich.edu.  Co-Sponsored by the Privacy and Technology Law Association, MTTLR, the National Security Law Society, and the Office of Career Planning.



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.


Nuts and Bolts of Private Equity M&A
Date: 1/29/2015
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Location: 1225 South Hall
Description:

Kirkland & Ellis attorneys will provide a high-level overview of what Private Equity is, how it differs from other types of funds and investments vehicles and the implications of those differences on the M&A process.



Careers in Intellectual Property Law
Date: 1/30/2015
Time: 11:55am-12:55pm
Location: 1020 South Hall
Description:

A panel of attorneys from the Michigan Intellectual Property Law Association will discuss IP careers.



collapse : February
In-House at Dow Corning: Transitioning from Law Firm Associate to In-House Counsel
Date: 2/3/2015
Time: 11:55am-12:50pm
Location: 1020 South Hall
Description:

​Hear* Shandell Massey ('05), Counsel and Lynn D. Krause, Assistant General Counsel and Chief of Staff at Dow Corning in Midland, MI, speak about what it's like to practice at Dow Corning, what qualifications and skills they seek in their summer interns and attorneys, and how to transfer from a law firm job to an in-house position. 



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.



Paths to Immigration, Public Interest and Academia
Date: 2/6/2015
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Location: 1020 South Hall
Description:

Mike Kagan (UMLS '00) of UNLV and Jack Chin (UMLS '88) of UC- Davis are law professors who actively work on cases in addition to writing legal scholarship. They will discuss their journeys to the academy and public interest practice, and how Michigan prepared them for their careers. In particular, Mike will discuss practicing refugee law abroad and immigration law in the U.S., developing legal aid - and changing what legal aid means, why every lawyer needs to know immigration law, and about ending up as a law professor. Jack will discuss representing poor people in criminal cases, and his efforts to effect legal change in immigration and criminal justice policy.



What Do Debevoise Lawyers Do?
Date: 2/9/2015
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1225 South Hall
Description:

​Come learn what it's like to be an attorney at a panel hosted by Debevoise. A Zingerman's lunch will be served - please RSVP to Erik Brockmeyer at ejbrockm@debevoise.com no later than 5pm Wednesday, February 4, 2015 or call (212) 909-8739.



Career Chat with Michigan State Appellate Defender Office
Date: 2/9/2015
Time: 12:10pm-12:50pm
Location: 1025 South Hall
Description:

Listen to* ​Erin Van Campen ('12) and Katherine Marcusz (Dec. '11) talk about their career paths and their work with SADO, the State Appellate Defender Office in Detroit. 



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 professional dress (suits, preferably). Refreshments will be served.

First-year students who plan to attend must RSVP no later than 5pm on Thursday, February 5, 2015. Click here to RSVP: https://umich.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_ehu39KxMQZEUzzv We hope to see you there



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



Career Talk with U.S. Attorney Patrick A. Miles, Jr., U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of Michigan
Date: 2/12/2015
Time: 12:00pm-12:50pm
Location: 1020 South Hall
Description:
Hear* a talk with Patrick A Miles, U.S. Attorney for the Western Distinct of Michigan. Mr. Miles was nominated  by President Obama on March 29, 2012 to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan.& He is the district's first African American U.S. Attorney. Read his biography here. Mr. Miles will also be joined by two Assistant U.S. Attorneys from the office to talk about the career path to an AUSA, the work of their office and summer internship opportunities. Bring your questions!


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.



CANCELLED: State Court Clerkship Panel
Date: 2/19/2015
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1020 South Hall
Description:

Hear a panel of UMLS alumni describe their experiences clerking for judges in state trial, appellate and specialty courts.



Kirkland & Ellis - Transactional Practices Panel
Date: 2/23/2015
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1225 South Hall
Description:

Attorneys from the Chicago and New York offices of Kirkland & Ellis will talk about the Corporate, Restructuring and Real Estate practices.

Panelists:

Ross Kwastaniet, Chicago Restructuring Partner
Ted Schmadeke, New York Real Estate Associate
Maggie Flores, Chicago Corporate Associate



Bryan Cave Diversity Initiatives: Making a Successful Transition to the Practice of Law
Date: 2/25/2015
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1225 South Hall
Description:

1Ls - Please join Bryan Cave lawyers for a panel discussion regarding diversity and the legal market and what law firms are doing to add diverse attorneys to their ranks. Bryan Cave will share information about the firm’s commitment to diversity, identify issues faced by diverse law students during their transition from academia to a career in the practice of law, and provide concrete tips that will help diverse students not only survive, but thrive throughout their careers. The panel will include a question and answer section as well as practical tips and real-life narratives from practicing attorneys. Presenters: Kamao Shaw '07, Holly Lopez, Donald Cole.

 



collapse : March
What's It Like To Be a Lawyer at Sullivan & Cromwell?
Date: 3/10/2015
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 0225 South Hall
Description:

Partner Jared Fishman (UM B.B.A. ’01) and associates Matt Sullivan (UMLS ’09) and Polina Demina (UMLS ’14) will share about their experiences as lawyers at Sullivan & Cromwell. Lunch from Frita Batidos will be provided. 1Ls - Please RSVP to Rebeka Cohan at cohanr@sullcrom.com by Thursday, March 5, 2015.



How to Market Yourself for International JD Students
Date: 3/10/2015
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1025 South Hall
Description:

Prof. Tim Dickinson, together with Beth Chen and Jeremy Bloom from OCP, will provide advice to international JD students on conducting a successful 2L summer job search. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP at https://docs.google.com/a/umich.edu/forms/d/1L-095VbDKHeBi3KxUuG9k1_SOrZfFXFtmew4dZOQDXQ/viewform by March 6.



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

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! Come at 12:00pm for lunch (provided by OCP) and the presentation will follow. Please RSVP via google form:

RSVP

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:

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.



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:

Nancy Newman, President and founder of Newman Hawkins Legal Search - a legal recruiting firm specializing in in-house and law firm attorney placements - will 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.



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

Carol Kanarek (UMLS '79), founder of Kanarek & Brady, LLC - a firm offering career transition, coaching services, and learning and development programs for attorneys - will 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.



Careers Over Coffee with Sean Dean ('04): A Career in IP Law
Date: 3/18/2015
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 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. COFFEE CHAT SLOTS ARE LIMITED: please select a time at https://docs.google.com/a/umich.edu/forms/d/1ep_EF1fsXGm_97xXA8HbYaKHuTqgjKdegMq3s3DXV6I/viewform to RSVP.



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:

Matt Schwartz and Justine Donahue, Recruiters with Garrison & Sisson - a Washington, D.C. attorney search firm - will 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.



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

Robert DeLena, founder of Legal Staffing Solutions - a legal placement firm - will 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.



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 about the Equal Justice Works Fellowships program with Mia Sussman (MLaw Alum and Senior Manager, Pro Bono at Equal Justice Works)! Lunch will be provided by OCP. Please RSVP by Monday, March 23rd.



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.



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

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.



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

Amy Leafe McCormack, 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. A panel of UMLS alumni will 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:

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



The Nuts and Bolts of Applying to DOJ and Other Government Honors Programs
Date: 4/17/2015
Time: 11:50am-12:50pm
Location: 1025 South Hall
Description:

Join DOJ-bound Honors Attorney Kate Gilbert (13' ) and OCP Government Adviser Robin Kaplan to learn about the nuts and bolts of applying to DOJ Honors programs (3Ls and clerks), as well as other post grad government honors programs. We will also talk about the 2L DOJ Summer Legal Intern Program (SLIP) as well.

Kate Gilbert is a May 2013 graduate of the Law School, currently clerking for the Honorable Robert D. Sack, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit. In the fall she will be joining the U.S. Department of Justice as an Honors Attorney in the Civil Rights Division. Bring your lunch and your questions!



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.



 
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