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Pam Occhipinti, Director, Career Services, Loyola University New Orleans School of Law,
received her Juris Doctor from Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, a Master of
Business Administration, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Loyola University
New Orleans College of Business. Prior to law school, she received her chef’s certification from
Gaston Lenotre in Bois D’Arcy, France, and worked as a professional chef for fourteen years.
While in law school, the Commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service and the ABA awarded
Ms. Occhipinti the National VITA Award for coordinating the best VITA Program in the United
States for (1994/1995). Following law school graduation in December 1994, Ms. Occhipinti
accepted the position as Director of Career Services. Since becoming Director, Ms. Occhipinti
has increased the law school’s hire rate within six months of graduation from 40% to 100%.
Loyola’s Career Services Office has gained national recognition as consistently achieving a
national employment rate in the top 5% of all law schools. In 2001, the Loyola Washington, DC
Alumni Chapter recognized Ms. Occhipinti’s dedication to the Chapter. Ms. Occhipinti is an
active member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Association of Women
Attorneys(New Orleans Chapter), and the National Association for Law Placement (NALP).
Ms. Occhipinti was appointed and served on NALP’s National Research Advisory Council
(RAC) from 2003-2005. During her tenure on RAC, Ms. Occhipinti presented an educational
program at the NALP 2004 Annual Conference, created an Annual Report Guide for other law
schools, a student survey on Career Services, and a national salary report on government and
public interest jobs, all of which have been published by NALP. Ms. Occhipinti presently serves
on the NALP Public Interest Service Committee, has served on the NALP Small Firm
Committee and co-chaired and published an article for NALP’s Alternative Careers Committee.
For the past eleven years, Ms. Occhipinti has served as the public speaker on legal matters for
the U.S. Small Business Administration/SCORE (Louisiana Chapter) Program. For ten years,
Ms. Occhipinti lecturered for Loyola University College of Business, Small Business
Development Center’s BEST Program, The University of New Orleans Small Business
Development Center, and the Entrepreneurship class for Tulane University’s Doctoral
Engineering Program.


“Career Services Law Student Handbook,” 2003

National Marketing Pieces: 10,000 piece mailouts

2005 Diversity Conference Brochure: Spring 2005
Open The Doors of Opportunity: Fall 2004
       Loyola Law Link Mentoring Program: 1995-2005
2002 Judges of Color Diversity Conference Brochure: Spring 2002
Recruitment Brochures: 1999-2003

NALP Educational Programming:

“Everything Is Negotiable,” Presented at the 2004 National Association of Law Placement
              Annual Conference

Diversity Conferences:

“Judges of Color, Celebrating The Riches Of Cultures Through The Law,” 2002

“Federal Legal Career Forum,” 2003

“Corporate Directives To Law Firm Initiatives,” 2004

Corporate Conferences:

“Going In-House: Opportunities For Lawyers In Corporate Legal Departments,” 2003

“The Counsel’s Roundtable,” 2001

Other Conferences:

“Career Paths: Getting There From Here,” 2003

Examples of Annual Programming:

On-Campus Interview Program, Fall (2Ls and 3Ls) and Spring (1Ls and 3Ls)
Off-Campus Interview Program, Fall and Spring
Freshmen Orientation, November 2005
Wine Tasting (Student and Alumni Networking Opportunity)
Mock Interview Day
Professional Development Series: Professional Correspondence, Interviewing Skills, Etiquette,
        Organizing Your Job Search, What Is A Summer Associate, Dress For Success
Faculty Talks With Students Series
Alumni Talks With Students Series
Students Helping Students Network Series
Law Practice Management Series for Graduating Seniors: The Business of Lawyering: From
        Backpack To Briefcase, Flying Solo, Billable Hours and Time Management, Financial
        Concerns: Law Students in Perspective,
Federal Judicial Clerkship Application Process
State Judicial Clerkships Application Process
The Benefits of a Judicial Clerkship
Military Recruitment: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, Don’t Pursue, Don’t Harrass.”
Issues Addressing Evening Students
Out-of-State Job Search Strategies

Minority Job Fair Executive Board Positions and Participation:

Louisiana State Bar Association’s Minority Section’s Job Fair: Executive Board (1996, 1997,
1998, 1999); Participation (1995, 2000-2005)

SUNBELT Minority Job Fair: Executive Board (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2004,
2005); Participation (1995, 2002, 2003)

Southeastern Minority Job Fair: Executive Board (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002);
Participation (1995, 2001, 2003-2005)

National Black Prosecutors Association Job Fair: Executive Board (1998); Participation (1996,
1997, 1999-2005)

DUPONT Minority Job Fair Participation: 1997-2005

Northwest Minority Job Fair Participation: 1995-2005

Minnesota Minority Job Fair Participation: 1997-2005

National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Career Fair: 2002-2005

Rocky Mountain Diversity Legal Career Fair: 2004-2005

Delaware Minority Job Fair: 2001-2005

Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair: 2005

National Hispanic American Bar Association Conference and Career Fair: 1997-2003

Other Job Fair Participation:

Equal Justice Works Public Interest Conference and Career Fair (Washington, DC): 1995-2005

Patent Law Interview Program (Chicago, Illinois): 1996-2005

Southeastern Intellectual Property Job Fair (Atlanta, Georgia): 2005

Louisiana Small Firm and Public Interest Job Fair: Executive Board (2003)

ABA Business Law Section’s Annual Career Fair: 1999-2003

Conferences/Association Events Attended:

National Association for Law Placement (NALP): 1995-2005
Association of American Law Schools (AALS): 1999-2004
American Bar Association’s Annual Meeting (ABA): 1999 - 2003
Louisiana State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting and Summer School: 1995-2004
National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Conference: 2002-2005
Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s Employer Awards Dinner: 2005
National Association of Colleges and Employers: 2001

Alumni Travel:

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