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  • Wed, April 19, 2017 3:20 AM | Deleted user

    By Kate Farrar:

    Attending conferences might be one of the best things you can do for your career. You’ll learn about industry trends, gain some new skills, and make all kinds of new connections . (And yes, there’s usually travel and free meals involved.)

    But all those speakers, sessions, contacts, and conversations can also be overwhelming. Besides bringing boatloads of business cards and collecting them from other people , what else should you be planning on when you have an event coming up? From prepping beforehand to having a great time while you’re there, here’s what you need to know to make the most of your next conference. 

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  • Mon, April 17, 2017 4:39 PM | Deleted user


    KEVIN DONOVAN

    Senior Assistant Dean 

    Career Services

    University of Virginia School of Law


    How long have you been a member of WALRAA? What has been your favorite experience so far?
    1-2 years. It's hard to pick a favorite because all of the programming is good, but I really enjoy the holiday reception.

    How has WALRAA helped you in your field?

    WALRAA has been a great way to get to know the DC recruiters better and to develop a stronger knowledge of their firms. It has also provided more interaction with other Career Services professionals on the school side.

    How did you first learn about and get started in Attorney Recruiting/Career Services?

    I worked on recruiting throughout my 19 years in firm practice (serving on the Recruiting Committee for many of those years). When I decided I was interested in a new challenge, this was the only job for which I applied. (P.S. It has been a great choice.)

    How do you balance your career and personal life?

    You're supposed to do that? Just kidding. I try to stay committed to time with my family and one good hobby. I am one of those people who actually likes work, however. It took me a long time to admit that to myself. But that also allowed me to ease up on myself for spending more time working than is probably rational otherwise.

     What is the best professional advice you have received?

    You cannot litigate in fear. (And it carries over to other jobs.) Do the right things for the right reasons and don't be fearful about the consequences or the outcomes.

    Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know.

    Most people don't know that I have an absolutely great list of the best movies ever filmed.




  • Thu, April 13, 2017 9:57 AM | Deleted user

    By Julie Bagdikian, The Pollack PR Marketing Group

    Social media can be used to build a thought leadership platform, increase market share, improve business intelligence, network and attract new talents. There is no cookie-cutter recipe for success on social media though. It’s just like baking desserts; the ingredients must be carefully chosen and measured. If a single thing goes amiss, the whole dessert is ruined. The soufflé collapses. The meringue crumbles. But the good news is, the framework of a social media strategy is no different than a recipe

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  • Tue, April 11, 2017 9:43 AM | Deleted user

    By Ellen Rosen, New York Times

    Like other Silicon Valley giants, Facebook has faced criticism over whether its work force and board are too white and too male. Last year, the social media behemoth started a new push on diversity in hiring and retention.

    Now, it is extending its efforts into another corner: the outside lawyers who represent the company in legal matters.Facebook is requiring that women and ethnic minorities account for at least 33 percent of law firm teams working on its matters.

    Numbers alone, however, are not enough, under a policy that went in effect on Saturday. Law firms must also show that they “actively identify and create clear and measurable leadership opportunities for women and minorities” when they represent the company in litigation and other legal matters.

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  • Mon, April 10, 2017 10:16 AM | Deleted user

    By: Howard Flack, Law360

    By now, I hope we’ve all looked in the mirror and seen our own reflection as it relates to our respective lateral recruitment efforts. It is, of course, interesting to see the results of a number of the surveys and much of the research done around the topic of lateral partner recruiting. Some focus on the very simple question of whether firms consider their lateral partner recruitments to have been "successful" or "profitable." 

    Others focus on why lateral partners are leaving their firms, and, based on actual research, rank the factors that appear most important to a lateral partner's decision to leave. What is interesting, though, is that virtually all of the focus on the "success" of lateral partner recruiting in general, or why lateral partners consider moving in the first place, is on the individual lateral partner and not the firm.

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  • Fri, April 07, 2017 3:44 PM | Deleted user

    By: David Ruiz, Corporate Counsel, The American Lawyer

    SAN FRANCISCO — As corporate legal departments push for increased diversity in the outside counsel they hire, many departments are mirroring those efforts in-house, working with a national organization that provides training and education to minority attorneys through several programs.

    Early this year, HP Inc. said it would withhold payments from outside counsel that do not meet diversity requirements. And an April 3 The New York Times report said Facebook Inc.'s legal department requires outside counsel teams working directly on a matter to be 33 percent composed of women and ethnic minorities. Law is still one of the least diverse professions, according to many surveys.

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  • Tue, April 04, 2017 10:18 AM | Deleted user



    Courtney Carter

    Diversity & Inclusion Manager

    Jenner & Block

    How long have you been a member of WALRAA? What has been your favorite experience so far?

    I just joined WALRAA in the spring of 2016. My favorite experience has been connecting with wonderful colleagues at the meetings and events!

    How has WALRAA helped you in your field?

    I appreciated the Diversity focused meeting that was held last year - it gave me a chance to hear some insight into how others are approaching D&I at their firms.

    How did you first learn about and get started in Attorney Recruiting/Career Services?

    I'm a former practicing lawyer and moved from private practice to the non-profit world then back to the law firm world - just in a different role

    What is the best professional advice you have received?

    Forget a mentor, find a sponsor!

    What do you like to do for fun?

    I'm a passionate runner who has run 7 marathons and will be heading to Berlin, Germany for marathon number 8 this fall.

    Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know.

    I'm an avid Alabama football fan. Roll Tide!

  • Thu, March 30, 2017 5:15 PM | Deleted user
    By Kristina Evans, www.recruiter.com


    The job search process can certainly be difficult, but it’s important to understand that some of these “best practices” aren’t as important to recruiters as the experts claim. Specifically, here are four things recruiters really don’t take as seriously as you do:

    1. Cover Letters

    Most recruiters don’t even read cover letters. On the rare occasion we do read one, it usually turns out to be a template-based document that adds zero value to your resume. Anytime I have found myself on the job seeker side of the fence, I haven’t taken the time to craft a cover letter.

    Now that I’ve been in the recruiting industry for years, I am a firm believer that cover letters are and will forever remain dead. Instead of obsessing over a cover letter, you should spend more time on updating your resume and LinkedIn profile.

    2. Double-Spacing

    Articles like this one state that job seekers who double space after periods in their resumes may be seen as “old” and, therefore, screened out. I’ve seen my fair share of poorly formatted resumes riddled with misspellings and grammatical errors – but that’s a different story. However, I have never invested time in checking out the spacing at the end of your sentences.

    I see two major flaws when it comes to worrying about double-spaces. One, if a recruiter has time to review spaces in a resume, they aren’t taking the time to review the things that matter. Two, if a recruiter decides to pass on a candidate due to double-spacing, they probably don’t represent a company culture you want to be a part of anyway.

    Focus on creating a resume that highlights what you bring to the table. Don’t worry so much about whether or not you use one or two spaces at the end of your sentences.

    3. Reference Checks

    You’ve gone through the interview process, and now it’s time to provide your professional references. While you might stress over contacting your old bosses and coworkers to make sure they are available for the recruiter when they finally call, references really aren’t that serious.

    Recruiters know that you’re only going to provide individuals who will give you a phenomenal reference. Unless you provide someone who is going to give you an awful reference, you shouldn’t really worry.

    I am not going to tell you to ditch the references because, quite frankly, companies are still doing these checks. Just have your reference list ready to go, and don’t be too concerned as long as your references are responsive when the time comes.

    4. Mailed Thank-You Notes

    I’ve never met a recruiter or hiring manager who prefers to receive a mailed thank-you note after an interview. Any expert that tells you otherwise needs to get with the 21st century. In today’s digital age, it’s more acceptable to send an email thank-you note after your interview. Not only will your interviewer receive the note quickly, but you also might just get a response.

    How many of these do you identify with?”

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  • Tue, March 28, 2017 12:19 PM | Deleted user

    By: Elizabeth Olson, New York Times

    Cornell Law School, one of the top-ranked law schools in the nation, plans to offer a new juris doctorate program at the soon-to-be opened Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City.

    Students at Cornell Law — which is in Ithaca, northwest of New York City — will be able to study legal issues including technology information, especially privacy and cybersecurity, at Cornell’s new technology campus starting in the spring semester of 2018.

    The new program in information and technology law will accommodate up to 20 full-time law students each semester.

    The law school is No. 3 in job placement among law schools, but establishing a beachhead in Manhattan will put its students closer to a major tech center at a time when more legal employment is centered in and near cities.


  • Mon, March 20, 2017 4:31 PM | Deleted user

    By: Michelle Kim Hall, U.S. News & World Report

    The Law School Admission Council maintains standards of conduct in the admissions process that both law schools and applicants are expected to follow.

    For example, law schools must "respect the confidential nature of information received about applicants," while applicants should "provide accurate and complete information."

    When an applicant violates these standards, one potential repercussion is that an admissions office could revoke an admission offer.

    While this repercussion may seem harsh, bear in mind that as a lawyer, you will be tasked with upholding the rule of law. You need to demonstrate that you can conduct yourself with integrity and adhere to accepted standards of conduct in the field.

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