Talent Acquisition & Development Administrator
This month WALRAA is proud to feature Ashley-Marie Julian. Ashley serves on WALRAA's Board of Directors and is next year's At-Large member. She started her legal career as an Associate in New York and quickly realized she had a passion for recruiting. She's been a member of WALRAA since 2016. Read about her experience with in recruiting, her best advice for getting through OCI, 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 member of WALRAA since 2016. I’ve really enjoyed serving on the Board of Directors and look forward to another year of creating fun and informative content for our members.
2. How has WALRAA helped you in your field?
WALRAA is an excellent community of professionals who have a wealth of knowledge. Often times, if I’ve been stumped, I’ll reach out to my mentoring circle for advice. The WALRAA network has been invaluable to my career and development over these past 4 years.
3. How did you first learn about and get started in Attorney Recruiting/Career Services?
I actually started my legal career as an Associate at a firm in New York. I was very close with our recruiting team and loved the energy and excitement every summer and with every new incoming class. As time went on, I found myself looking for more ways to get involved in legal recruiting and decided to make the leap to the administrative side when our family was transferred down to Virginia (I’m a proud Navy wife).
4. What is your favorite moment of your career so far?
I don’t have just one! It’s always rewarding to connect with students at OCI and see them thriving as successful associates a couple years later after having spent the summer with us. I’m looking forward to the day when one of my summers is elected to partnership, I imagine that’s the ultimate full circle moment.
5. What is it that challenges you most in your job?
If this year has taught me anything, it’s to remain flexible and nimble and that a little creativity goes a long way. One of the things I love most about this job is that no two days are ever the same and this year has definitely kept me on my toes!
6. How do you balance your career and personal life?
The two have definitely blended during these times. I have a toddler and it’s important to me that I’m there for bath-time and bedtime. While we’re currently in a WFH environment, I appreciate that I have the flexibility to spend time with my daughter and then log back in later if I need to.
7. What professional goals have you set for yourself this year?
As a new mom, I hoped to keep all of the balls in the air without dropping them! COVID has brought forth a number of challenges within our industry. I’ve been amazed at how we’ve all been able to quickly pivot to virtual programming and recruiting events and beyond proud of how we’ve kept things moving without missing a beat!
8. What is the best professional advice you have received?
It’s a marathon not a sprint – I can’t think of a better way to describe OCI!
9. What do you like to do for fun?
I love spending time with my one year old daughter and our two dogs and cats. It’s been great getting extra time with her and being home to catch all of her milestones.
10. Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know?
Before buying our first home in 2018, I moved a total of 15 times across 6 states in a 10 year span.