February 21, 2012
Office of Career Development and Public Service
This is the Alumni Newsletter, a bi‐weekly newsletter you will receive from the CDO for the next year. The
purpose of the Alumni Newsletter is to keep recent graduates informed about job opportunities and programs
of interest, pass along interesting news on legal trends, and to provide on‐the‐go career advice. If you have any
feedback or suggestions for content you'd like featured in future Alumni Newsletters, the CDO would love to
hear from you.
So that we can serve you better, please let the CDO know where you are working or will be working if you have
not already. You should also join BU Law Connection, an online database that allows BU Law alumni and
students to easily and quickly connect with one another. With nearly 1500 students and alumni currently
registered, it is a great resource for identifying and contacting alumni working in practice areas and geographic
locations in which you may be interested.
Whether you are searching for permanent employment or preparing to start a clerkship or a new job, the CDO
is here to help. We have recently added an Alumni Resume Handbook to our website that is geared toward
issues unique to alumni,including updating a resume after graduation, career transitions, and alternative
careers, including examples.
(Due to the holiday yesterday, the Alumni Newsletter is being sent today. We will resume with the Monday
schedule for the next newsletter, on March 5, 2012.)
Still Seeking Work?
Job Opportunities for Late 2012/Early 2013
Advising on the Go - Asking Questions in an Interview
Articles of Interest
Still Seeking Work?
If you're still seeking a permanent post‐graduate position, do not despair! There are still opportunities out
there. Here are a few that recently came across our desks. Continue to check Symplicity, as opportunities are
added every day. The postings below represent only a small fraction of those posted on Symplicity right now
for recent grads. We ask that you please keep these job opportunities within the BU Law community.
Ficksman & Conley, LLP, Boston, MA
Associate attorney wanted for small firm specializing in defense of significant personal injury cases. 0-2 years
Matthew R. Connors
Ficksman & Conley
98 N. Washington St suite 500
Boston, Massachusetts 02114
Lambert Coffin, Blue Hill, ME
We are looking for an attorney with some real estate and/or probate experience to help staff our Blue Hill
office. A commitment to becoming an active and visible member of the greater Blue Hill community and
growing the local practice is required. This could be the best of both worlds‐the opportunity to live and work in
one of the most beautiful parts of the State, with the support, smarts and collegiality of a talented group of
Jonathan T. Harris
Portland, Maine 04101
Quarles & Brady LLP
Quarles & Brady LLP seeks a junior level associate, entry‐level to three years of experience, to specialize in
health law with our growing, dynamic national health care practice in any of the firm's following offices:
Phoenix, AZ; Chicago, IL; or Milwaukee or Madison, WI. The attorney should have an understanding of the
regulatory aspects of health care law and should preferably have experience in advising pharmacies, drug /
device manufacturers and distributors, hospitals, physicians, health systems and other health care providers or
payors on federal and state law regulatory issues affecting the health care industry. In addition to holding a
license to practice law, the attorney should have a demonstrable interest in regulatory health law and possess
at least one of the following: (1) a background in health care, including prior work experience in the industry;
(2) an LLM in health care; (3) a masters in health administration; or (4) commensurate practical experience.
The candidate must have a strong academic record paired with the skills, enthusiasm and commitment to
become a partner at this firm.
The successful candidate must have a very strong academic record paired with the skills, enthusiasm and
commitment to become a partner at this firm.
Qualified applicants please submit your resume, cover letter, writing sample and law school transcript.
Swiggart & Agin, LLC, Boston, MA
Wanted: Recent graduate of top tier law school with excellent grades sought for first year associate's position
by AV rated, Boston law firm for bankruptcy, corporate, intellectual property and litigation work. Would start
immediately. Excellent analysis, problem solving and communications skills required. Competitive salary, bonus
and benefits offered. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with cover letter and resume.
Heafitz & Sullivan, Brighton, MA
Boston civil litigation law firm concentrating in construction/contract litigation seeks full time, entry level
associate who has passed the MA Bar and has an engineering degree or similar technical background. Qualified
applicants must be organized, experienced in research (both traditional and computer) and computer literate.
Apllicants with practical construction management work experience will also be considered.
Apply by regular mail to:
Heafitz & Sullivan
56 Chestnut Hill Avenue
Brighton, MA 02135
LegalZoom.com, Glendale, CA
Our legal department is looking for a junior attorney with 1‐3 years of experience. This is a rare opportunity to
join a legal team that not only serves as a traditional corporate legal department but is also integral to product
development. The staff attorney will work on a wide variety of matters and aspects of the business.
Legal research and analysis
Provide junior‐level legal support for product development and maintenance
Draft, review and revise certain aspects of policies related to online business and specific products and
Assist with the development, implementation and enforcement of legal compliance programs
Contract management and processing
Draft, review and revise contracts, initially under the direction of senior attorneys
Assist with other legal department matters, as needed
Member in good standing with any US State Bar (California preferred).
Outstanding legal research skills. 1‐3 years of recent experience with robust legal research, writing,
and analysis is strongly preferred.
Exceptional attention to detail and communication skills. In particular, ability to distill legal analysis
clearly and succinctly in both written and oral form.
Strong interest in gaining contract management, drafting, review and negotiation skills.
Self‐motivated with the ability to develop and execute project plans to questions or problems, often
without detailed directives.
Ability to adapt to changing goals and priorities.
Flexibility and desire to work on a wide variety of legal matters.
Excellent interpersonal skills, dynamic and highly team‐oriented.
Demonstrated ability to manage multiple matters in a time‐sensitive environment.
Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal skills, including the work and communicate effectively with
all levels of management.
Send your resume to: email@example.com
Job Opportunities Starting in Late 2012/Early 2013
O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, Law Fellow
The O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law is seeking exceptionally qualified candidates to serve
as O'Neill Institute Fellows. Housed at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC., the O'Neill
Institute is a leading research institute for health law. For more details about the Institute and its ongoing work
please visit www.oneillinstitute.org.
Fellows are based at the Law Center and report to the O'Neill Institute Director and to the Faculty Director.
Law fellows work on academic legal research and scholarship projects. Duties include working closely with
faculty to produce scholarly works for publication, in some cases leading to joint publication. Allocation of time
is mainly determined by O'Neill Institute Faculty needs and taking into account fellow preferences;
additionally, some time may be allocated to O'Neill projects. Fellowships are for one year with possible
extension for two years, and will begin in July 2012. Fellows will receive an annual salary of $66,747 with great
Candidates should have a J.D. degree (or the equivalent), exceptional academic credentials, including
publications, and health law‐related research interests in areas like public health law, global health law,
domestic health care law, empirical studies, regulatory impacts of health, health and human rights, etc.
Successful candidates will have knowledge and/or experience in aspects of national and or global health law
and ethics. A post‐graduate degree (MPH, LL.M.), health degree, or significant work experience may be
Applications should be submitted electronically at the following website
http://www.law.georgetown.edu/oneillinstitute/about/application‐fellowship.html and must include: CV,
cover letter, writing sample, professional references, official law school transcript, and other graduate school
transcripts (if applicable).
The application deadline is Friday, February 29, 2012. Any questions about the position should be directed to
Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy at New York University School of Law, Privacy Research
The Information Law Institute of NYU's Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy is accepting applications
for one or more one‐year fellowships in the area of privacy law and policy to begin in Fall 2012. The fellowship
is open to law school graduates or PhDs in relevant disciplines with excellent credentials. Additional legal or
policy experience is a plus, particularly if in a related field.
While in residence at NYU School of Law, the fellow will be expected to devote time to joint projects, pursue
his or her own privacy‐related research agenda. and help with programming of topical events. Joint research
may be supervised by Florencia Marotta‐Wurgler (Professor of Law), Helen Nissenbaum (Professor of Media,
Culture, and Communication), Katherine Strandburg (Professor of Law), or Ira Rubinstein (ILI Senior Fellow).
The fellow will have the opportunity to participate in Information Law Institute activities, including the
multidisciplinary Privacy Research Group, to interact with other faculty associated with the ILI and Engelberg
Center, and to take part in many other activities at NYU School of Law. Further information about the ILI and
our associated Privacy Research Group is available at http://www.law.nyu.edu/centers/ili/index.htm.
Applications for the fellowship should be sent by email to ILI assistant Nicole Arzt, firstname.lastname@example.org, and
should include:a cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of or links to any relevant publications, and the names
and contact information of three references. We will begin reviewing applications on March 10, 2012 and
continue until the position is filled.
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Federal Judicial Clerkship Opportunities
The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) anticipates approximately six (6) law clerk vacancy in the fall
of 2012. FERC regulates all interstate aspects of the national energy (electric, natural gas, oil pipeline) industry.
FERC administrative law judges are, in effect, the trial judiciary of that industry. They operate in much the
same fashion as Federal District Court Judges presiding over complex civil, non‐jury cases. FERC judges preside
over all cases set for hearing at FERC, issuing initial decisions on which the Commission bases its final orders. In
addition to decisions there are many orders issued on motions, often after oral argument. FERC judges also
serve as mediators in many cases.
The normal procedure followed by a judge in working with a law clerk on a decision or order is to discuss the
case with the law clerk, advise him/her of the decision and approach to be taken, as well as to discuss the style
in which the decision or order is to be written. The law clerk then independently conducts the necessary
research and prepares the draft decision or order for the judge's review. Outstanding critical analysis and
writing skills are therefore essential. Law clerks will have the opportunity to sit in on parts of trials, oral
arguments and mediations.
It is highly preferable for candidates to have taken the bar exam prior to commencing their clerkships.
Appointees commencing work prior to passing the bar exam are designated by the Office of Personnel
Management as "Law Clerk" ‐ a designation that cannot under any circumstances exceed 14 months and
cannot be extended. This means that the appointee must pass the bar exam before the 14‐month period ends.
Once admitted to the bar of any state, the appointee's designation is converted to "Attorney Advisor."
The FERC law clerk position requires a firm two‐year commitment. The energy field is highly technical and
requires substantial training to achieve competence. Once achieved, however, this competence affords our
attorney advisors highly coveted and otherwise unavailable employment opportunities, both within the agency
and in prestigious private law firms throughout the country. FERC law clerks typically receive multiple job
offers within weeks of becoming eligible to interview (after twenty‐two (22) months of service).
As a general rule the starting grade for law clerks at FERC is GS‐11, currently starting at $62,467, where one or
more of the following apply:
(1) Top third of law school graduating class.
(2) Member, Law Review.
(3) Member, Order of the Coif.
(4) Winner of moot court competition; member of law school moot court team.
(5) Full‐time or continuous participation in a legal aid program.
(6) Significant summer law office clerk experience, particularly in the economic or energy regulatory fields.
(7) Other equivalent evidence of superior achievement.
Law clerks also receive such annual cost of living increases as may be approved by the Congress each January.
In addition, if performing at the fully successful level at the end of the first year, the law clerk will be eligible
for promotion to GS‐12, currently starting at $74,872 (plus any cost of living increases).
Interested candidates should submit an updated resume, two (2) writing samples, and law school and
undergraduate transcripts, and an optional two references to:
Office of Administrative Law Judges
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, NE, Suite 11‐F
Washington, DC 20426
ATTN: Susie J. Waller, Administrative Officer
PSLawNet 2012‐2013 Fellowship, Washington, DC ‐ Application deadline: February 29, 2012
The PSLawNet Fellow is the principal manager and administrator of the PSLawNet website. PSLawNet, which is
housed at the NALP, is the nation's largest public interest law jobs database, and also includes detailed
information on thousands of public interest and government employers, as well as a library of resources to aid
The Fellow has responsibilities for: development of online educational content, management of student
interns, basic technology and data management, co‐editing the PSLawNet Blog, using social media to promote
PSLawNet, interacting with NALP members, delivering presentations about the public interest job search, and
other tasks as they arise. Just before the 2012‐13 PSLawNet Fellow begins work, NALP will launch a new
version of PSLawNet. The fellow will play an integral role in marketing the new website, improving its
functionality, and orienting website users to new features. The fellow reports to NALP's director of public
The PSLawNet Fellowship provides a wonderful opportunity for a public‐interest minded law graduate who
also has an interest in nonprofit administration and technology. Further, the fellowship offers a bird's‐eye view
of the public interest arena for law graduates on public service career paths.
Performance Expectations ‐ Content and Responsibilities of the Position
Program Administration ‐ takes primary responsibility for day‐to‐day management of PSLawNet functions
Supervises part‐time data entry staff (3‐6 part‐time interns each semester), coordinates schedules and
Manages website content ‐ continuously updates substantive content, reviews work for accuracy and
form, and performs some data entry as needed
Oversees data management, including the maintenance of job listings and employer organization
profiles on PSLawNet
Responds to support requests from PSLawNet users, via telephone and email
Maintains relationships with administrators at law schools which subscribe to PSLawNet
Recommends and implements enhancements to website content and functionality
Implements substantive and stylistic changes to PSLawNet web pages
Interacts with PSLawNet's outside web development contractor to address website operation
Manages PSLawNet's social media platforms, including The PSLawNet Blog as well as PSLawNet's
presence on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn
Education and Resource Development
Plans the content and logistics for NALP's annual Public Service Mini‐Conference
Produces NALP's 2012‐13 Federal Legal Employment Opportunities Guide
Researches and produces new PSLawNet content, and edits existing content
Delivers presentations to law students, law school administrators, and public interest employers at job
fairs, conferences, on‐campus events, and other events
Submits original content for publication in NALP's monthly Bulletin
Travel may be required 2‐5 times during the fellowship.
The fellowship candidate will be a recent law school graduate with a demonstrated commitment to public
service and should have:
the ability to interact well with legal and other professionals at law schools and public service
strong computer/electronic media skills (a basic understanding of HTML, web design, and database
management ‐ or a background that would allow for quick learning in these areas ‐ is highly desirable);
experience in the public service legal arena (strongly preferred);
highly developed organizational and writing abilities; and
public speaking experience.
S/he should also have demonstrated abilities to:
work independently and be self‐directed;
pay very close attention to detail;
handle multiple tasks and deadlines;
manage part‐time personnel (prior supervisory experience is preferred); and
maintain friendly working relationships with colleagues
The salary range for the fellowship position is $48,000‐50,000, annually, depending on qualifications. Benefits
include medical and dental coverage, paid holidays and vacation. This one‐year fellowship will run from
approximately mid‐August 2012 through mid‐August 2013, with a possible option to renew. Only candidates
who can commit to a full year should apply.
Email a cover letter and resume to Steve Grumm at email@example.com
Please write "ATTN: PSLawNet Fellow Search" in the email's subject line. The cover letter should detail
experience in public interest work and with Web‐based technology/social media. Feel free to contact Mr.
Grumm by phone/email with questions about the position. Candidates selected for further consideration will
be asked to submit a writing sample and at least two professional references.
The application deadline is February 29, 2012.
Americans United for Separation of Church and State, Constitutional Litigation Fellowship, Washington, DC
Americans United for Separation of Church and State ‐ the nation's leading church‐state advocacy organization
‐ is accepting applications to join our seven‐attorney legal team for a one‐year or two‐year term as a Litigation
Fellow starting in September 2012. We have a diverse litigation and amicus curiae practice addressing a wide
variety of constitutional questions regarding religious activities in the public schools, government‐sponsored
religious displays, and public financing of parochial schools and religious social‐service providers. Most of our
cases are litigated in federal court and involve novel, cutting‐edge First Amendment questions.
A Fellow's primary responsibility is to participate in all aspects of litigation before federal and state courts
across the country, at the trial and appellate levels. Tasks may include conducting research, drafting pleadings
and discovery, taking depositions, and writing trial‐level and appellate briefs; presenting oral arguments,
questioning witnesses, and introducing evidence at the trial‐court level; working closely with clients and
interviewing witnesses; communicating with co‐counsel and opposing counsel; participating in settlement
negotiations; and screening incoming complaints and assisting with identifying new cases. Over the course of
their term, a Fellow receives intensive training in trial and appellate litigation under the close supervision of
our three experienced litigators.
Eligibility and Requirements: Third‐year law students and recent law‐school graduates are eligible to apply.
Applicants must have strong research, writing, and analytical skills and an interest in First Amendment
Compensation: $52,000 to $55,000, depending on experience; excellent medical and other benefits.
Please mail a cover letter, resume, law‐school transcript, writing sample, and the names of three references to:
1301 K St. NW, Suite 850E
Washington, D.C. 20005
You may also e‐mail an additional copy of your application to firstname.lastname@example.org. No faxes or telephone calls
Deadline: Open until filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply no later than February 29, 2012.
For more information about Americans United's legal program, please access our website at www.au.org.
Advising on the Go
Asking Questions in an Interview
An interview for a position is almost always broken down into the same three basic sections: greetings and
introductions; substantive questions about the candidate; and questions for the interviewer. Candidate
questions almost always end an interview. They are particularly important because they are how you can
communicate sincere interest in the position and serve as the last impression that the interviewer will have of
you. According to one local hiring director, the attorneys in her firm assume that a candidate is not interested
in a position if they do not fill remaining interview time by asking questions.
When developing questions for an interview, consider the following:
Avoid questions that are easily answered in public information sources including the job posting or
Ask open‐ended questions ("what"/"how" not "why")
Ask the interviewer's opinion about the employer including what drew them to the employer, what
keeps them there and/or what they like most/least
Ask follow‐up questions
Ask questions that demonstrate your depth and breadth of knowledge about the organziation, practice
Ask questions that will get the interviewer talking, particularly about their own work as a lawyer
For public interest and government employers, ask mission‐related questions
Some examples of good interview questions specific to new attorney positions include:
What types of assignments do your junior attorneys work on and how are assignments distributed?
What is the process by which new attorneys are reviewed? How frequently are they evaluated?
Could you tell me a little about how you ended up here?
What are some of the cases on which you have recently worked?
What types of assignments are your current new attorneys working on?
The Looking Ahead section will be updated each issue with information about upcoming CDO programs and
other programs and events of interest to recent graduates and upcoming deadlines for fellowships or other
opportunities for which you may be eligible.
Upcoming Government Deadlines:
For a table outlining a number of government opportunities available to recent grads and their respective
deadlines, check the Arizona Government Honors and Internship Handbook for 2011‐2012 (username:
snicker, password: doodle). The table can be found here: http://www.law.arizona.edu/career/GovHonors11‐
Upcoming Fellowship Deadlines:
The following list is not exhaustive. You should also regularly be checking PSLawNet for opportunities,
including those with deadlines later in the fall.
2/22/2012 ‐ California Senate Fellows ‐ California State Senate
2/22/2012 ‐ California Executive Fellowship Program ‐ Center for California Studies
2/22/2012 ‐ Capital Fellows Program ‐ Center for California Studies
2/22/2012 ‐ Jesse M. Unruh Assembly Fellowship Program ‐ Center for California Studies
2/22/2012 ‐ Judicial Administration Fellowship Program ‐ Center for California Studies
3/1/2012 ‐ Fellowship Sponsor ‐ New York Civil Liberties Union
3/12/2012 ‐ Bernard L. Schwartz Legal Program ‐ New America Foundation
4/1/2012 ‐ LSC Legislative Fellowship ‐ Ohio Legislative Service Commission
4/2/2012 ‐ Steel Fellowship ‐ Pride Law Fund
BBA Trusts & Estates Series
Through this series, the BBA subcommittee will identify and educate new practitioners about potential traps
and pitfalls in estate planning. This will include a basic overview of legal technical knowledge required to be
competent in this area as well as law practice tools, management and marketing concepts to build a
successful Trusts & Estates practice over time. The series will provide a foundation so that, with interest and
experience, new attorneys and attorneys in transition can benefit from other programming opportunities of
the Trusts & Estates Section. The series is free and open to BBA members.
3/7/12 ‐ 706 & 709 Preparation: Practical suggestions on how to prepare the Gift and Estate tax return forms
with highlights of common pitfalls and insights on how best to liaise with CPA's.
4/4/12 ‐ Death Bed Planning: Traps for the Unwary.
5/2/12 ‐ Retirement Benefits: Paying Attention to Beneficiary Designation Assets.
6/2/12 – TBD
Boston Bar Association New Lawyers Section Happy Hour Social ‐ February 23, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00
p.m. at Howl at the Moon, 184 High Street, Boston, MA
It's Happy Hour Somewhere.. and this February, please join the New Lawyers Section for their happy hour
social at Howl at the Moon in the Financial District. When you arrive at the door, say you are with the BBA,
New Lawyers Section, and you will get a wrist band which includes drink specials, free buffet, and the
opportunity to enjoy a dueling piano show! One catch, you have to get there before 8pm to receive free
admission. See you there!
Contact: Patricia Johnson
Get Your Educational Loans Forgiven: Public Service Loan Forgiveness (webinar)‐ February 23, 2012 from 2:00
p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
For recent graduates with jobs in government or at a nonprofit, this webinar explains how to make sure you
immediately begin fulfilling requirements to qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness so that your
educational debt will be forgiven as soon as possible.
You will learn about:
The importance of having the right kind of Federal Loans
What you need to do to qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness
How long it will take to have your educational debt forgiven
Go here to register: https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/270234313
5th Annual Young Bar Meets Bankruptcy Bench Program ‐ March 12, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the
BBA, 16 Beacon Street, Boston, MA
Join the New Bankruptcy Lawyers Committee of the Bankruptcy Section at the 5th Annual "Young Bar Meets
Bench" Event. Panelists from the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Massachusetts will offer
suggestions to the newest members of the bankruptcy bar. The panel will be followed by a cocktail reception.
Speakers include the Hon. Frank J. Bailey, Hon. William C. Hillman, Hon. Melvin S. Hoffman, Hon. Joan N.
Feeney and James M. Lynch, all of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
Go here to register: https://www.bostonbar.org/membership/events/event‐details?ID=9919
Online Reputation Management for Lawyers ‐ March 13, 2012 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the BBA, 16
Beacon Street, Boston, MA
It's sound business advice to get online, and to market your practice. But, what happens if people start to say
some not‐so‐nice things about you? How do you protect your online reputation against those who would
This presentation will review the current online landscape, including an uncovering of the ways in which
potential clients and others access negative information about you and your business. Most importantly,
various strategies for managing negative online information will be addressed, including: creating and
maintaining an effective web presence and utilizing search engine optimization techniques.
Go here to log in to attend: https://www.bostonbar.org/membership/events/event‐details?ID=8386.
MBA Member Appreciation Reception ‐ March 29, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at The Citizen, 1
Exchange Street, Worcester, MA
Join the Massachusetts Bar Association and Worcester County Bar Association at a Member Appreciation
Reception and Networking Event from 6 to 8 p.m. at The Citizen, 1 Exchange St., Worcester.
This event will feature passed hors d'oeuvres. Cash bar available.
Space is limited; R.S.V.P. today at http://www.massbar.org/cle/cle‐programs?p=2710.
Boston Bar Association Solo & Small Firm Meet & Greet ‐ Every second Friday, from 12:00 p.m.‐1:00 p.m. at
Solo and small‐sized firms do not hire on the traditional firm timeline or model, so they often need help from
recent grads on a temporary or permanent basis. Meeting some of these practitioners is a great "in" to
working in a firm of this type.
Articles of Interest
There's a Bloomberg Rising
Interesting blog article about the Bloomberg's rise in the legal research industry.
Foreign Law Firms Rush Into Korea
Trend of U.S.‐based law firms opening offices in Korea, spurned by new trade agreements.