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August Member Spotlight - Sherry Bridge

Fri, August 25, 2023 10:36 AM | Melissa Byrnes (Administrator)

Sherry Bridge

Professional Development Administrator

Williams & Connolly LLP

This month WALRAA is excited to shine a spotlight on Sherry Bridge! Sherry serves as WALRAA’s Treasurer and has been a member since 2015. She started her career as a practicing attorney, then found her passion for attorney professional development. Read about her favorite career moments, how she manages work-life balance, 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've been a member since 2015. My favorite events are trivia nights, but I've also learned a lot at the education conferences.

2.      How has WALRAA helped you in your field?
My current supervisor was my WALRAA mentor several years ago, so WALRAA has definitely helped me network in the field.

3.      How did you first learn about and get started in Attorney Recruiting/Career Services?
I was a practicing attorney and previously worked as a CLE and Pro Bono Coordinator at a local bar association. That's when I realized that working in attorney professional development was a good fit for me, and I've been in this field ever since.

4.      What is your favorite moment of your career so far?
My favorite moment in my career so far has been sitting down with and listening to students. It is a joyful experience to help them feel heard and to increase their confidence to take the next steps toward their desired path.

5.      What is it that challenges you most in your job?
It's challenging because certain times of the year that are so much busier than others (especially during the summer), but it helps that I work with the best team in the attorney recruiting department!

6.      How do you balance your career and personal life?
I try to plan time off regularly and unplug during these times so that I return to the office refreshed.

7.      What professional goals have you set for yourself this year?
My goal is to be more involved with WALRAA, and I'm currently serving on the Board which has allowed me to get to know other members better.

8.      What is the best professional advice you have received?
Never miss an opportunity to have a cup of coffee with someone.

9.      What do you like to do for fun?
I've always loved to read and have joined two book clubs since COVID! I also enjoy spending time outdoors and have started hiking recently.

10.  Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know?
I minored in classical studies because I found the classes interesting in college and have not used anything that I learned even once since I graduated!

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