April 2, 2012 Office of Career Development and Public Service Alumni Newsletter 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. Contents Still Seeking Work? More Government & Public Interest Jobs (New!) Job Opportunities for Late 2012/Early 2013 Advising on the Go - Knowing Practice Areas Looking Ahead 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. U.S. Department of Labor, Office of the Solicitor, Boston, MA The Boston Office of the Solicitor seeks a trial attorney to assist in serving the litigation and legal advice needs of Department of Labor agencies in New England. The Office of the Solicitor has independent litigating authority in both federal court and administrative tribunals under numerous federal statutes, including the Employee Retirement Income Security Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and the Fair Labor Standards Act. Other major practice areas include litigation under the Mine Safety and Health Act, whistleblower protection statutes and employment standards for federal contractors. Demonstrated interest in public interest law and/or experience in employment litigation and labor law desirable. Starting salary is commensurate with experience, ranging from $65,758 to $105,702. The Office of the Solicitor is committed to diversity and encourages all qualified individuals to apply. Veterans' preference eligibility is considered as a positive factor. Please send a cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, April 13, 2012. Prince, Lobel, Glovsky & Tye, LLP, Boston, MA Prince Lobel is actively seeking an associate level attorney to join its Litigation Practice Group. Qualified candidates should have one to five years of sophisticated, complex commercial litigation experience including experience with consumer finance claims and class actions. Candidates licensed in additional jurisdictions including New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey a plus. Taking the Right Step The steps you take to grow your legal career are critical to your long-term professional path. At Prince Lobel, we understand that taking the right step is important and that there is always a right fit for every professional. When looking to hire, we engage attorneys who are committed to excellence, teamwork and have a thirst for diversity. In turn, we are dedicated to the growth and development of all of our attorneys and know that the more we invest in tools, training and mentorship, the better chance there is for long-term success. Real Opportunities Prince Lobel differentiates itself from its competition by offering a professional environment that allows for experiential legal practice, real collaboration and exceptional growth opportunities. With more than 60 attorneys, we service clients through nine distinct areas of practice: Corporate, Domestic Relations, Employment, Estate Planning and Probate, Insurance & Reinsurance, Litigation, Media and Intellectual Property, Telecommunications and Real Estate. As a true Boston-based firm, Prince Lobel makes an effort to service our diverse client base with the best and brightest attorneys. We focus on building small, focused client teams and developing creative solutions to our clients' legal needs. Our attorneys are accessible and creative which help produce learning experiences that are unique to Prince Lobel. Diversity Having our workforce represent the diversity of your client base is important in this changing market. Our attorneys encompass a broad range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds and represent many law schools from throughout the region. We see great reward in having a diverse attorney group with a variety of perspectives and talents, and we focus our recruiting efforts to keep that diversity thriving. Prince Lobel is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Attorney Benefits Prince Lobel offers real work-life balance, competitive compensation and excellent benefits. * Health and dental insurance * Full benefit of life, short-term and long-term disability * Same gender domestic partner benefits * Maternity and other paid leave of absences * Dependent care and health care flexible spending account * Transportation benefits through pre-tax deductions, including public transportation, parking, etc. * Tuition Reimbursement * Reimbursement for bar association dues * Profit Sharing Plan and 401K plan * 401K matching contributions * PDA devices (depending on availability) * Four weeks vacation * Personal days and sick leave * Approximately 11 paid holidays per year * Quality Awards * Wellness Benefits including firm fitness room Interested candidates should send their resume and writing sample to hr@PrinceLobel.com. Please note the job title in the subject line of your email. U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, New York, NY - Attorney Advisor Practice Areas: Administrative Law, Government/Regulatory Affairs, Judicial/Judiciary, Municipal Law Job Description The Office of Staff Counsel is the circuit's pre-argument mediation program for all counseled civil appeals. Principle tasks include assisting staff counsel in preparing for mediation, screening cases for jurisdiction, responding to inquiries from counsel, legal research and analysis, writing legal memoranda, coordinating procedural motion practice, assisting in development and coordination of standard operating procedures, and acting as liaison to the Clerk's Office. The Attorney Advisor will also perform other legal and administrative functions as needed. Qualifications Juris Doctor required. Applicants must have excellent academic credentials and possess superior analytical, research, writing and organizational skills. Prior federal and appellate experience is preferred including externships. ALL APPLICANTS MUST BE U.S. CITIZENS OR ELIGIBLE TO WORK IN THE UNITED STATES. APPLICANTS SELECTED FOR THE POSITION ARE SUBJECT TO A BACKGROUND CHECK. EMPLOYEES ARE REQUIRED TO USE ELECTRONIC FUNDS TRANSFER FOR PAYROLL DEPOSIT. THE FEDERAL JUDICIARY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER Salary $51,785 to $64,729 To be considered for the position you must submit a cover letter, resume, law school transcript, unedited writing sample, and a list of three references. Submit electronic versions of these materials via e-mail to email@example.com. Please include reference #FY12-22 in the cover letter and the subject line of your e-mail. Legal Outeach, New York, NY - Law-Related Education Coordinator For over 25 years, Legal Outreach has been raising the bar of academic achievement for urban youth from underserved communities in New York City. Through intensive legal and educational programs, Legal Outreach works with students from middle school through college to provide them with the vision, skills, and support they need to matriculate at selective colleges and competitive law schools. Please see http://www.legaloutreach.org for more information. Job description: 1. Under the supervision of the Director of Legal Education, coordinate the Constitutional Law Debate Program, including recruiting and training law student coaches on substantive aspects of constitutional law, refining debate problems and instructing high-school students on the legal issues. 2. Assist with coordination of Mentoring program, including recruitment of attorney mentors, managing mentor-mentee pairs and organizing social-cultural events. 3. Recruit 8th grade students to participate in Summer Law Institutes by presenting law lessons at schools. 4. Train law students on substantive aspects of criminal law and pedagogical techniques, as well as oversee the implementation of Legal Outreach's Summer Law Institutes at various law schools. 5. Develop mock-trial cases and materials and constitutional law fact patterns. 6. Assist with program related administrative tasks. Job Qualifications: * Candidates must have obtained a JD. * Candidate must be willing to make a 2-year commitment. * Individual must have strong oral, written, and interpersonal skills. * Legal experience, teaching experience or prior involvement with schools, community activities, or youth programs is a definite plus but not an absolute requirement. Salary Details: 50's, depending on qualifications Benefits: Generous medical and vacaton benefits How to apply: Please email cover letter and resume with two reference to Heather Creed, Managing Director of Academic Programs, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Write "LRE Coordinator Applicant-Name" in the subject heading. 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 Portland-based attorneys. Reply to: Jonathan T. Harris Lambert Coffin Portland, Maine 04101 (207) 874-4000 email@example.com 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. Apply online: https://applyonline.quarles.com/virecruitselfapply/redefault.aspx 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. More Government & Public Interest Jobs In addition to looking at the positions posted above and on Symplicity, we recommend looking at sites such as PSLawNet (http://www.pslawnet.org, log in using your BU email address), Idealist.org (http://www.idealist.org) and USAJobs (for federal government positions; http://www.usajobs.gov) when conducing your search for government and public interest work. Below is just a sampling of positions currently posted on these sites: - Attorney, http://pslawnet.org/page.cfm?PageID=24&OppID=42830, Federal Election Commission, Washington, DC - Attorney, http://pslawnet.org/page.cfm?PageID=24&OppID=42938, LGBT Immigrant Rights Initiative Staff Attorney, National Immigrant Justice Center, Chicago, IL - Staff Attorneys, http://www.idealist.org/view/job/34S6K22fmCSCp/, Legal Aid Society - Parole Revocation Defense Unit, New York, NY - Domestic Violence Legal Services Staff Attorney, http://www.idealist.org/view/job/F75P57Sns2fP/, Bread for the City, Washington, DC - Community Lawyer, http://www.idealist.org/view/job/34KcpSg9nw4bD/, Legal Aid Justice Center, Petersburg, VA Job Opportunities Starting in Late 2012/Early 2013 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 Susie.Waller@ferc.gov Mid-Minnesota Legal Assiatance, The Jerry Lane Fellowship To honor Jerry Lane and carry on his legacy of service, Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance (MMLA) has established the Jerry Lane Fellowship. Jerry Lane has worked in legal services for more than forty years, and served as Executive Director of MMLA from 1981 until February of 2011. The Fellowship recognizes that the opportunity to provide direct service to low-income individuals, families, seniors, and persons with disabilities makes a difference not only in the life of the individual served, but in the life of the lawyer providing the service. The mission of the Fellowship is to develop the leaders of the future, committed to meeting the legal needs of the most vulnerable, whether they continue to work in the Legal Aid arena or become pro bono advocates in the private bar. When told of the establishment of the Fellowship, Jerry said: I know what a life-changing impact a Legal Aid lawyer can have on a client and their family. When I multiply that by the number of people one lawyer sees here in the course of a year, it carries quite an emotional charge. Touching the lives of clients has been what brought me into Legal Aid work in 1969, and has kept me in it ever since. I cannot imagine any form of recognition which would mean as much to me. POSITION This is a one-year Fellowship. Fellows will be attorneys who have been out of law school for less than two years, or who have just completed a judicial clerkship. The Fellowship will begin in September 2012 and will be located in our Minneapolis office. The Fellow will practice poverty law; specific work areas will be developed in conjunction with the Deputy Director. ORGANIZATION DESCRIPTION Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance (MMLA) is a 5-office, 60-attorney program providing the full range of civil legal services free to low-income Minnesotans including elderly persons and persons with disabilities. It provides services to 20 counties in Central Minnesota, including Hennepin County, and serves people with disabilities throughout the state through its Disability Law Center. In addition, MMLA runs a support center which provides CLE training for legal services programs and manages two websites - one for clients and one for pro bono attorneys. It also runs the Legal Services Advocacy Project which does policy advocacy for low-income Minnesotans. The Minneapolis office provides services to the diverse population of eligible clients living in Hennepin County. QUALIFICATIONS Demonstrated interest in the needs and rights of low-income clients required. Applicant must be licensed or willing to take the next bar exam. Applicants should have been out of law school for less than two years or have just completed a judicial clerkship. Diverse economic, social, or cultural experiences and relevant language skills are a plus. SALARY AND BENEFITS The position is a full-time exempt position. Starting salary is $44,000 DOE. Benefits include family health insurance, life insurance, sick leave, and vacation. Applications should include a resume, three job-related references, and a letter explaining interest in this position. Resumes preferred by July 31, 2012, but will be accepted until the position is filled. Information should be submitted to: Pamela Cunningham, Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance, 430 First Avenue North, Suite 300, Minneapolis, MN 55401 or by email to email@example.com. No Calls Please. Advising on the Go Knowing Practice Areas When looking for a post-grad job, it can be very easy to simply say "It does not matter what an employer does, I will take any job!" The problem with this view is that not only does it negatively impact your own career satisfaction, it can also very easily turn off a potential employer. Legal employers want to make sure you know what they do for many reasons. It shows that you are interested, that you are more likely to stay long-term if hired and that you have thought about your skills and how they relate to their work. Truly understanding legal practice areas is undoubtedly hard! Particularly in private practice, there are dozens of different practice areas, some of which overlap with other practice areas. Additionally, different law firms might call the same practice area by different names. However, there are ways to see the forest through the trees when it comes to practice areas. Here are a few tips: Conduct targeted informational interviews with alumni and other contacts. Naturally, the best way to find out what a "personal injury" lawyer actually does, for example, is to ask one of them. Martindale (http://www.martindale.com) is a good resource for identifying lawyers by geographic area and practice area. An informational interview can be a great way to prepare for an actual interview that you might have, especially when you are concerned with understanding the interviewer's practice area. Ask questions about day-to- day activities and for their opinion on what other lawyers have told you about the practice. Talk to your law school professors. Think of the classes that you had in law school and whether you took any related to the practice area you are investigating. Call or email the professor and ask them to describe a practice area in their own words. Come into the CDO and use our resources! In our office, we have a great book called The Official Guide to Legal Specialties by Lisa Abrams. This comprehensive book covers all of the major practice areas and includes information from interviews of actual practioners. You can also make an appointment with a CDO adviser. We have all come from different pratice areas and can offer our own perspectives and experiences. Looking Ahead 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/GovHonors11-12/Table5.cfm. 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. 4/2/2012 - Steel Fellowship - Pride Law Fund 4/15/2012 - Borchard Fellowship on Law and Aging - Borchard Foundation Center on Law and Aging 4/15/2012 - Distinguished Environmental Law Scholar Fellowship - Lewis and Clark Law School 4/15/2012 - Legislative Fellows Program - New York State Senate 4/15/2012 - Richard Wiebe Public Service Fellowship - New York State Senate 5/2/2012 - Fellowship Sponsor - Legal Services of New Jersey Upcoming Programs: 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. 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 MBA Legal Networking Night - April 9, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Scholars American Bistro & Cocktail Lounge, 25 School Street, Boston Please join the Massachusetts Bar Association and New England Law | Boston's Student Bar Association for a free networking reception with Massachusetts lawyers and law students, in various practice areas. For more information, contact Jillian Cappucci here. DC Comics Lecture with Jay Kogan - April 20, 2012 at 1:30 p.m. at the BU Law Tower, Room 620 BU Alum Jay Kogan ('86), General Counsel for DC Comics, will talk about legal issues in the comic book industry. 13th Annual Charles River Cleanup - April 21, 2012 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Charles River Esplanade, Boston, MA The Charles River Cleanup aims to provide Bostonians with a cleaner, healthier and more beautiful Charles River. Come join members of the New Lawyers Section as we partner with over 3,000 volunteers from various neighborhood, school and professional organizations to help clear trash, debris and other harmful items from the banks of the Charles River. This event will be an excellent opportunity to enjoy the company of fellow new lawyers in a non-professional setting. Volunteers will receive a t-shirt and be invited to the post-cleanup BBQ on the Esplanade. To register, contact Patricia Johnson firstname.lastname@example.org. Registrants will be contacted prior to the event with further information. Gateway Cities Forum - April 30, 2012 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Worcester Trial Court, Jury Assembly Room, Worcester, MA Following the success of its debut forum in Dartmouth on Jan. 26, the Massachusetts Bar Association will host its second Gateway Cities forum in Worcester on Monday, April 30 beginning at 5 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room at the Worcester Trial Court. "Like with the first forum, the focus of the Worcester event will be to identify ways in which attorneys can lend their expertise with issues affecting Gateway City communities across Massachusetts," said MBA President Richard P. Campbell, who set Gateway Cities as a prioritized initiative. Massachusetts' Gateway Cities are those mid-sized cities whose residents are experiencing significantly higher rates of unemployment and a stalemate in social, economic and civic innovation. Some examples are Brockton, Fall River, Lawrence, Springfield and Worcester. Margaret D. Xifaras, who practices in New Bedford, and Francis A. Ford, who practices in Worcester, have led the MBA's Gateway Cities initiative. Ford will serve as moderator at the April 30 event. Area leaders who have long worked with the issues impacting the state's Gateway Cities will share their insight and be part of the conversation to pinpoint ways in which the legal community can help address these issues. Confirmed speakers to date include: Massachusetts Secretary of Education S. Paul Reville; Massachusetts Sen. Harriette L. Chandler (D-Worcester); Craig Blais, executive vice president, Worcester Business Development Corporation; and Benjamin Forman, research director, MassINC. Look for more specifics in e-Journal and in other e-communication in the coming weeks. Members interested in attending should R.S.V.P. to Gwen Landford at (617) 338-0694 or email@example.com. Boston Bar Association Solo & Small Firm Meet & Greet - Every second Friday, from 12:00 p.m.- 1:00 p.m. at the BBA 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 General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer . . . or Both? Corporate Counsel article reflecting on the evolution of the "compliance officer" role. Making the Judicial Clerkship Work for You Above the Law article about making the most of your clerkship experience. Bye-Bye Big Firm Another Corporate Counsel article about recent success for smaller law firms.
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