Senior Recruiting Coordinator - US
Latham & Watkins LLP
This month WALRAA is proud to feature Dayna Browne! Dayna serves at WALRAA’s Vice President. She has been a member since 2019. Read about her path to working in attorney recruiting, favorite career moments and more in her own words below.
1. How long have you been a member of WALRAA? What has been your favorite experience so far?
I have been a WALRAA member since 2019. It's been fun serving on the Board of Directors and as Vice President this year! I've been able to build genuine relationships with colleagues from other firms and law schools and I'm grateful for that.
2. How has WALRAA helped you in your field?
WALRAA has been a great resource to build my network since joining. Whether I need bounce a quick idea around or vent about how hectic our jobs can be, it's nice to have folks that just "get it".
3. How did you first learn about and get started in Attorney Recruiting/Career Services?
Like most of us (I think), I fell into attorney recruiting and didn't really know much about it. I had plans of going to law school and was curious about how the summer associates at my first firm were getting hired and generally what law firms were looking for. Five years later, I'm not a practicing attorney shockingly but I am loving the role I'm currently in!
4. What is your favorite moment of your career so far?
There have been so many, but two that stick out would be hiring my first class of summer associates and being able to represent my firm externally this year to market a new pre-law program.
5. What is it that challenges you most in your job?
Not being able to do everything!
6. How do you balance your career and personal life?
In order to be my best self at work, I have to prioritize myself. I got back into working out about 9 months ago so staying active helps ALOT. Other than that, I make time for hanging with friends/family and traveling. I also have a supportive team that knows how important self-care is to me and encourages me to take time off when I need it.
7. What professional goals have you set for yourself this year?
This year, I want to continue improving my public speaking skills and leadership skills to support the junior members on my team.
8. What is the best professional advice you have received?
You are your best advocate - no one will believe in you if you don't believe in yourself first! Also, go after what you want even it scares you or seems unrealistic.
9. What do you like to do for fun?
Working out has been my thing lately! I weightlift about 4-5 times a week and I just started boxing 2 times a week. If I'm not in the gym, you can catch me planning my next vacation!
10. Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know?
I hope to compete professionally in bodybuilding in the next 2 years.