This fall, the Career Center organized a variety of diverse and exciting programs for students to help them learn more about their career options. From meeting alumni-authors, government agency staff, and mentors, to “chats” with Dean Nick Allard, students had numerous opportunities to learn about a variety of employment options after they graduate.
“To help students make informed decisions about their career options, the Career Center draws on many resources, including the Law School’s extraordinary community of alumni, our invaluable clinical program, and our supportive faculty, to organize both large and more intimate programs, workshops, and events on established and developing practice areas, as well as to improve job search skills,” said Camille Chin-Kee-Fatt, Director of Career Services. “We also partner with student organizations to develop programming tailored to the interests of our student body.”
This fall’s events included the following panels and talks:
• Michael Grohman ’83, Amy Altman ’07. and Judith Grimaldi ’93 spoke to students about their diverse careers working in Trusts & Estates and Elder Law;
• Andy Siegel ’88, author of Suzy’s Case, talked about his training as a personal injury and medical malpractice lawyer who took his experiences in the courtroom and combined them with his passion for writing;
• Keith Tashima ’00, trial attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division, Environmental Enforcement Section, spoke to students interested in a career in environmental law;
• A panel of graduates working for New York City Government agencies. including Family Court Legal Services, New York City Civil Service Commission, and the New York City Housing Authority discussed their career paths and offered advice for students interested in working at city agencies;
• Dean Allard met with students to share his experience working in the public and private sectors, and encouraged students to explore careers in Washington D.C., where he has strong ties from his years in government and as an advocate and lobbyist;
• Tax and accounting students were introduced to a panel of professionals who work in tax law for each of the Big 4 companies—Deloitte, Price Waterhouse Coopers, Ernst & Young, and KPMG;
• Future fashion lawyers heard from four alumni working in fashion, including Susan Posen '78, Chair of the Board, Zac Posen, Lee Sporn '86, Senior VP Business Affairs and General Counsel, Michael Kors, Sherry Jetter '86, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, HMX, LLC, and Avery Fischer '93, Senior VP, General Counsel & Secretary, Ralph Lauren at a panel moderated by Les Fagen, a litigation partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP with expertise in Intellectual Property and Trademark Law;
• The 2012-2013 Mentor Program was kicked off with a well-attended reception at Weil Gotshal where approximately 140 alumni mentors were paired with second third-year students; and
• Students came out in numbers to attend the 18th Annual Career Conversations Event, held in the dining hall on November 8, 2012..The Annual Career Conversations event was an opportunity for students to learn first-hand about different practice areas through one-on-one conversations with alumni practitioners who will be seated at individual practice area tables in the dining hall.
Panel discussions, information sessions, and career events will continue throughout the remainder of the semester, including panels on bankruptcy law, labor and employment law, diversity fellowships, starting a law practice, and further Career Chats with the Dean.