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  • Mon, December 03, 2018 2:15 PM | Sarah Hayden (Administrator)

    ARIELLE DUBIN
    Legal Personnel & Development Coordinator
    WilmerHale

    How long have you been a member of WALRAA? What has been your favorite experience so far?
    I've been a member of WALRAA for just over two years. I've enjoyed getting to know colleagues in other firms and law schools and being a member of WALRAA always reminds me that I'm part of a dynamic profession and not simply an employee of one particular firm.

    How has WALRAA helped you in your field?

    In all sorts of ways, but the most important part of being a member of WALRAA is the opportunity to meet and get to know more senior colleagues who end up serving as supportive mentors.

    How did you first learn about and get started in Attorney Recruiting/Career Services?
    I guess you could say Attorney Recruiting/Career Services is in my DNA! I was probably one of the only kids that knew what NALP, OCI and "the fall" meant long before I joined our profession. My story is that my mom has worked in the Public Interest Advising Office at Georgetown Law my entire life, so after college when I was figuring out what I should do, she somewhat randomly suggested I look into legal recruiting. She connected me with Megan McGrath who at the time (and to this day) was an incredible mentor and she helped me get a foot in the door. I first worked at Sidley Austin for a summer, decided I wanted to work in higher ed, so I worked at Georgetown SCS for a few years, and then returned to the field after missing the fast-paced environment of legal recruiting.

    What is your favorite moment of your career so far?
    There have been so many, but I think that the stand out moments always involve being part of a team. The opportunity to feel that my contributions strengthen the team's overall excellence is deeply rewarding and important to me.

    What is it that challenges you most in your job?
    Being in a high-speed, non-stop environment can be challenging yet exhilarating. No one day is the same, and since I just joined WilmerHale this past summer and transitioned from recruiting to legal personnel, I still have a lot to learn, but I love learning by doing. Even when there's more to do than the hours in the day!

    What professional goals have you set for yourself this year?
    This past year I wanted to get more involved in WALRAA, so I volunteered to be the co-chair of the Mentoring & Networking Committee. My goals were to meet more members, mentor junior recruiters just starting out, and I was also interested in helping to revamp the existing mentoring program. For example, this year we created mentoring circles of 5 - 7 members from all different experience levels, rather than just creating mentorship pairs, and I think they were a success!

    What is the best professional advice you have received?
    If you're interested in a getting involved in a project or learning more about a subject, you should always let someone know. We control our own careers, so if there is something that interests you, the best thing you can do is ask to learn more about it. People will notice your sincerity and you will likely be offered the opportunity to stretch yourself. I love to work out, read, take my dog for walks around the monuments, and try new and amazing restaurants in DC. As a former pasty chef, I'm still food obsessed, so eating my way around DC is a top priority.

    What do you like to do for fun?
    I love to work out, read, take my dog for walks around the monuments, and try new and amazing restaurants in DC. As a former pasty chef, I'm still food obsessed, so eating my way around DC is a top priority.

    Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know.
    After college, I went to the Culinary Institute of America (the other CIA) to become a pastry chef and then worked at The Ritz-Carlton, DC.

  • Thu, October 04, 2018 2:24 PM | Sarah Hayden (Administrator)

    The American Bar Association is launching an innovative campaign targeting substance-use disorders and mental health issues among lawyers, and some of the nation’s largest law firms have already pledged to support the initiative and adopt its framework for improved well-being.onigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP; Latham & Watkins LLP; Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP; Nixon Peabody LLP; Perkins Coie LLP; Reed Smith, LLP; Schiff Hardin LLP; Seyfarth Shaw LLP; Snell & Wilmer LLP; and Wiley Rein LLP. The ABA hopes all legal employers take the pledge by Jan. 1, 2019, to be included in the inaugural class that is making this commitment to lawyer well-being.

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  • Fri, July 06, 2018 9:33 AM | Sarah Hayden (Administrator)

    Most online hiring plans occur via email, but when it comes to scheduling interviews, managers may want to switch to text.

    It's a job seeker's market and potential hires want to see the hiring process include reminders, text messages and other app-like bells and whistles.  Most online hiring plans occur via email, but when it comes to scheduling interviews, managers may want to switch to text.

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  • Thu, July 05, 2018 10:14 AM | Sarah Hayden (Administrator)


    JENNIFER GEWERTZ
    Firmwide Director of Attorney Recruiting
    Arnold & Porter

    How long have you been a member of WALRAA? What has been your favorite experience so far?
    I have been a member of WALRAA for 15 years (typing that makes me feel really old)! My favorite experiences have been serving on various WALRAA committees over the years. I've made a lot of wonderful friends and learned a lot along the way.

    How has WALRAA helped you in your field?

    WALRAA has helped keep me informed and up to date on important industry developments and provided a network of colleagues within the industry that I can turn to for perspective and advice as my career has progressed.

    How did you first learn about and get started in Attorney Recruiting/Career Services?
    I was a year and a half out of college and recruiting for a small family-owned company that managed fitness centers and spas in hotels. I knew I wanted to stay in recruiting but wanted to expand my horizons. Coincidentally, my mother attended a summer associate event at my father's law firm and ended up having a long conversation with one of the attorney recruiters at the firm about what their job entailed. My mom called me that evening told me she thought it was a job that I would really enjoy and I reached out to that recruiter (who was a WALRAA member) to get more information. She told me about the WALRAA job listings and I started applying for jobs at firms shortly thereafter. I wasn't offered a job at the first firm I interview with but through WALRAA connections, I was referred to someone else who was also looking to hire someone and the rest is history! This was one of those times when mom really does know best!

    What is your favorite moment of your career so far?
    It's hard to narrow it down to one moment but I think it would have to be the first time I felt like my guidance and support had a direct impact on a summer associate receiving an offer at the end of the summer. But, I have also had so many amazing moments just being in the trenches with my recruiting colleagues over the years. Those moments mean so much to me and helped keep me sane through all of the long hours and professional challenges.

    What is it that challenges you most in your job?
    In my current role, managing a team of people spread across several offices. At this point in my career, the recruiting part is easy but being sure that the team of people I am responsible for are happy and feel fulfilled by their job is definitely a daily challenge!

    How do you balance your career and personal life?
    I have no idea! If someone has this figured out, please call me to fill me in!

    What professional goals have you set for yourself this year?
    This year I am really excited about the work I am doing as a member of WALRAA's Safety & Wellness Task Force and one of the Vice Chairs of NALP's Sexual Harassment & Recruiting Conduct Work Group.

    What is the best professional advice you have received?
    Always do the right thing. It's seems pretty simple but often times it's the more difficult path.

    What do you like to do for fun?
    Quality time with my family, relax near any body of water, wine tasting and way back in the day...karaoke at NALP conferences!

    Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know.
    My claim to fame is that John Krasinski (Jim from The Office) was a classmate of mine in college and since my maiden name is Kraemer, our pictures were right next to each other in our college Facebook (back when it was actually a printed book that you received as a Freshman)!

  • Tue, June 19, 2018 2:25 PM | Sarah Hayden (Administrator)

    Arent Fox LLP will once again host an Evening at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, featuring General Counsel and Arent Fox Partner, Gerard Leval. This year’s event takes place on Wednesday, July 11 at 5:00 PM. Below is the invite and RSVP link. Please forward to your summer associates, interns and students. Thank you in advance for your help in publicizing the event.

    If you have any questions, please contact Amber Flowers.

    Photo Credit: Timothy Hursley

    Join Us
    for an Evening at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

    Sponsored by Arent Fox

    Attorneys, summer associates, and legal interns of Washington, DC law firms and government organizations are invited to attend a program at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

    Gerard Leval, General Counsel of the United States Holocaust Memorial Council and a partner at Arent Fox LLP, will discuss legal issues relating to the development of the museum and those affecting the museum’s operations since its opening in 1993.

    Senior museum officials will explain the operations of the museum and will describe the museum’s programs and activities.

    Following the presentation, participants will have the opportunity to independently tour the museum, including the permanent exhibitions and various special exhibits, which will remain open until 8:00 pm.

    Questions? Contact Libby Tracy or Amber Flowers

    Details


    Date & Time
    Wednesday, July 11
    5:00 PM - 7:30 PM

    Location
    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
    100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl SW,
    Washington, DC 20024

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    RSVP

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  • Fri, March 23, 2018 11:50 AM | Sarah Hayden (Administrator)

    LINDA BYSTROWSKI

    Attorney Recruiting Manager
    Crowell & Moring LLP

    How long have you been a member of WALRAA? What has been your favorite experience so far?
    I've been a member of WALRAA for an entire decade.  WALRAA has given me the opportunity to keep up with friends and former colleagues as we have changed jobs and progressed in our careers.  WALRAA is a "common ground" organization that keeps us connected. I love coming to a meeting and unexpectedly being able to catch up someone I haven't seen in years!

    How did you first learn about and get started in Attorney Recruiting/Career Services?
    Like many of us, I fell in to attorney recruiting by chance.  My first job out of college was as a paralegal.  After two years I decided I didn't want to continue in the paralegal field nor go to law school, and I sat down with a member of the HR team to ask about other opportunities.  There just happened to be a recruiting assistant position available at the firm, and I took it, having basically no idea what "attorney recruiting" even meant.  Much to my surprise, it turned out to be a good fit, and I've been in the field ever since.

    What is your favorite moment of your career so far?
    I love seeing people on my team achieve their goals and get excited about their work.  As a manager it is most rewarding when I can see someone work through a challenge, or have an "ah-ha" moment that gives them confidence and energy.  I am motivated by the success of others around me, and my favorite moments are when everyone on the team is engaged and productive and working towards a common goal.

    How do you balance your career and personal life?
    I put things like daycare pick up, gym time, and lunch with friends on my Outlook calendar.  This protects the time that I need for myself and for my family, and also reminds me when I'm having a long day and work keeps piling up, that it is important for me to take a break and go for a run or call a friend.  Visualizing those pockets of time by having them pop up on my schedule throughout the week helps me keep balance.

    What is the best professional advice you have received?
    Read everything.  This advice was given to me when I was an intern at the Department of Commerce and my job was essentially to make copies and hole punch large stacks of paper for hours on end.  My supervisor told me that the way to lend meaning to these tedious tasks was to read everything - it would keep my mind active and I just might learn something. I've found this to be useful in all of my roles: if you're typing resumes in to a database, read them.  If you're filing papers in personnel files, read them.  If your boss asks you to print out reports for a meeting, read them.  You may discover some useful information, and by keeping yourself occupied, you'll become a more integral part of your department or company.

    Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know.
    I had a college job at the National Archives, and during a building renovation we were moving the Declaration of Independence, and I was able to touch the original document.  Through a plastic sleeve, but still!

  • Fri, March 09, 2018 11:51 AM | Sarah Hayden (Administrator)


    Through a reimagining of its legal spend, Avis' legal department has taken law firm convergence to the next level.

    Just a few years ago, Avis Budget Group Inc. had hired approximately 700 different law firms to do its legal work around the globe. By 2017, the international vehicle rental company cut that number drastically—down to only seven.

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  • Tue, March 06, 2018 12:11 PM | Sarah Hayden (Administrator)

    NAFY19-SKL-Moving-on-up-infographic.jpg

    PwC research, which involved over 40,000 Millennial's representing 18 countries, found that 82% of female millennials identified an employers’ policy on diversity, inclusion and gender equality as an important factor when deciding whether or not to work for an organization.

    Once hired, how will your organization work to address these daily challenges women face both professionally and personally? Read the above infographic to learn more about these challenges and how Skillsoft's Women in Action program can support the women in your organization.

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  • Thu, March 01, 2018 9:47 AM | Dmitriy Galyutin (Administrator)


    The conference will feature informative sessions related to hot topics and best practices of interest to all members. It will also provide a great opportunity to mix and mingle with your recruiting, professional development, and career services colleagues!

    REGISTER NOW!

    Tuesday, March 13, 2018

    The Grand Hyatt Washington

    OPEN PLENARY
    12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

    Approach Your Career with Confidence and Authenticity

    • Lindsey Cloud Mervis, KNP Communications
    • Alexa Polmer, KNP Communications


    BREAKOUT SESSIONS

    1:30 pm - 3:15 pm

    Life Happens! The Impact of Personal Changes in your Professional World  

    • Emily Busse – Owner, District Legal Staffing
    • Melissa Grossman – Legal Recruiting Manager, WilmerHale
    • Traci Mundy Jenkins – Assistant Dean, Office of Career & Professional Development, American University Washington College of Law
    • Kay Nash – Chief Talent Officer, Wiley Rein LLP
    • Tacie Williams (Moderator) – Associate Recruitment Manager, Hogan Lovells LLP

    It’s Good to Be the Client: Maximizing Your Influence Over Search Firms

    • Martha Ann Sisson, Esq.,  Garrison & Sisson
    • Justine Donahue, Esq.,  Garrison & Sisson

    Can’t Always Get What You Want: Get What You Need (for Your Department or Career)

    • Vivian Wexler, Vantage Partners

    Reinventing Your Career

    • Janie Piemonte – Recruiting and Program Manager, GMU Antonin Scalia Law School
    • Timm Whitney – Chief Legal Personnel Officer, Covington & Burling

    Bringing Out Your Inner Entrepreneur

    • Jason Levin, Ready, Set, Launch
    • Lori Mihalich-Levin, Esq., Mindful Return and Dentons 

    Book Club: Transform Your Professional Development

    • Jolie Blanchard – Firm Director of Lawyer Recruiting, Jones Day


    CLOSING PLENARY

    3:30 pm - 4:15 pm

    HOT TOPIC: Addressing the Elephant: How to Bring the Conversation about Gender, Harassment, and Work to your Attorneys

    • Rachael Bosch, Fringe PD
    • Sarah Stein Professional Development Manager, Crowell & Moring LLP


    VENDOR FAIR & HAPPY HOUR

    4:15 pm - 6:00 pm 

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