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Pitt Law Works: Volume 5 Issue 14 - February 11, 2010

Networking: Fact or Fiction?

Networking is one of the most important career development skills you can hone. Unfortunately, some are intimidated by the thought of "working a room" and are discouraged by myths about networking. If you let these myths deter you, you may miss out on making important contacts that lead to career advancement opportunities. 

It's "old school." Fiction.

Networking is gaining popularity. Nearly half of professionals are doing more networking now than three years ago, because the majority of jobs are never advertised; instead they are filled through word of mouth. 

You need to be an extrovert. Fiction.

You don't have to be outgoing to make meaningful connections. If crowds make you uncomfortable, create your own networking opportunities: Invite friends or co-workers to lunch and ask that they bring along two other contacts. Ask questions to shift attention away from yourself. Since most people enjoy talking about themselves, you'll have no trouble keeping the discussion rolling.

Networking is time-consuming. Fiction.

CLEs and meet-and-greets aren't the only ways to forge new relationships. Reach out to people while going about your day -- waiting in line at the supermarket or working out at the gym, for example. Make conversation with those you meet outside of professional settings; valuable contacts can come from any number of sources. 

Only face-to-face interactions pay off. Fiction.

Chat rooms and discussion lists are excellent ways to obtain information. Becoming a member of an online community, like Facebook or LinkedIn, also can yield connections. Remember to be professional at all times. 

Small talk is a turnoff. Fiction.

Small talk is the first step to getting a more meaningful conversation started. Don't limit yourself to topics like the weather; instead ask contacts whether they've taken any vacations or tried the new restaurant down the street. Also, prepare some stories to share, such as a quirky news item you've come across or celebrity encounter you once had, in case your conversation partner is a bit bashful. 

Your contacts will be annoyed if you ask for help. Fiction.

Asking people for information and advice is hardly bothersome, as long as you do so gracefully. When soliciting assistance, make it easy for the other person. For instance, if you ask someone to serve as a reference, provide that person with a copy of your résumé and let him know when a potential employer might be calling. 

It's just as important to give as it is to receive. Fact.

Consistently serving as a resource to others is the most effective way to forge long-term relationships. Offer to help whenever you can and always respond promptly to the requests you receive. Forwarding relevant news articles and information to your contacts is another way to build rapport and stay in touch.

.org Non Profit Job Fair

Thursday February 25, 2010 11am-3pm -- Duquesne University Student Union

Talking with employers in person is the most common way of hearing about opportunities and getting a job. Often, getting a job is about meeting people who introduce you to other people. As a result, the Pitt Law CSO has partnered with area universities and nonprofit organizations to co-sponsor a nonprofit job fair. Over 70 organizations are currently registered, with more nonprofits added daily. Not all organizations are law related, but many are public health, environmental, social work, and business related; law students are well able to contribute to these, nontraditional organizations. Students can distribute resumes and speak with organizational representatives about current and future employment and internship opportunities in the nonprofit sector. To register, please visit:

CSO Sponsored Events

Cover Letter Workshop (RSVP Required) 

Tuesday, February 23, 1:00-2:00pm, Room 113

To Whom It May Concern:

I am writing to you because I struggle to craft effective cover letters, yet I am seeking a job for the summer. As a student at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, I do not feel I have any skills or experience to offer; however I would very much like to begin my career in Los Angeles… If you dread writing cover letters; don’t know what to say; or know why you should take the time to write them in the first place, this session is for you. We will briefly review what purpose cover letters serve. We will also go over cover letter do’s and don’ts. And we will provide an opportunity for you to try your hand at cover letter drafting. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Mary Thinium at by Thursday, February 18.

2L and 3L Spring Job Search Focused Counseling Sessions

Extended through February 26th - By appointment

Now is a great time to meet with a CSO counselor to help you focus/refocus your energies on your job search. Stop by Room 235 to schedule an appointment or email If your schedule does not permit a meeting during these weeks, students are welcome to schedule an appointment on another date.

Educational Opportunities


TUESDAY, February 16, 2010, 8:00 a.m.

Academy Room, ACBA Conference Center, 9th Floor City County Building

Co-Chairs: Elisabeth Molnar & Dawn K. Gull

AGENDA: Tough Love.. A discussion of differing parenting strategies and how that impacts split or divided families and children. Discussion with Steven P. Schachner, Ph.D., and Samuel K. Schachner, M.S., L.P.C.

"Helping Domestic Violence Victims Obtain Protection Orders"

March 5, 2010, 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

This course trains attorneys to obtain final protection from abuse orders (PFAs) for victims of domestic violence. It is open to all attorneys interested in volunteering for NLSA's PFA program. The law firm of K&L Gates will host the training at the Henry W. Oliver Building, 535 Smithfield St., 2nd floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, on Friday, March 5, 2010, 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. COST: $20. Click here for a registration form.


The ACBA Family Law Section Mentoring Committee has developed a program to provide opportunities to shadow and observe experienced counsel at hearings, conciliations, and conferences in the Adult Section and in Children's Court. To take advantage of shadowing opportunities, please contact the following: Kurt Mulzet ( - custody and divorce; Mark Greenblatt ( - children's/Juvenile Court; Lea Anderson ( - support

Where in the World Are Pitt Law Students?

This is a sampling of where Pitt Law students have spent their summers. This list focuses on jobs in PA.

  • A Second Chance
  • Abernethy Auld & Young LLP
  • ACLU of Pittsburgh
  • Ainsman, Levine & Dexler
  • Allegheny Co. Ct. of Common Pleas
  • Allegheny County Coroner
  • Allegheny County District Attorney
  • Allegheny County Public Defender
  • Allegheny Law Offices
  • American Association of Blood Banks
  • American Eagle Outfiters
  • Andracki Law Offices
  • Armstrong Co. Court of Common Pleas
  • Armstrong County District Attorney
  • Attorney Caroline Roberto
  • Attorney James Elder
  • Attorney Joseph Walsh
  • Attorney Mary Ellen Chajkowski
  • Babst Calland Clements & Zomnir
  • Ballard Spahr
  • Barilla Shaw Law Offices
  • Barley Snyder Senft & Cohen
  • Bartifay Law Offices
  • Beaver County District Attorney's Office
  • Bentz Law Firm
  • Blair Co. Ct. of Common Pleas
  • Blank Rome
  • Brown & Levicoff
  • Blumling & Gusky
  • Brennan Robins & Daley
  • Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney
  • Bucks County Ct. of Common Pleas
  • Bucks County District Attorney's Office
  • Burns White & Hickton
  • Butler County Court of Common Pleas
  • Caesar, Rivise, Bernstein, Cohen & Pokotilow
  • Cambria Co. Ct. of Common Pleas
  • Cambria County DA
  • Campbell Durant & Beatty
  • Caroselli Beachler McTiernan & Conboy
  • CASA
  • Chapter 13 Trustee for Western PA
  • Chester Co. DA’s Office
  • Children's Hospital
  • Chiurazzi and Mengine
  • Cindrich & Company
  • Cipriani & Werner
  • City of Pitttsburgh Legal Department
  • Cohen & Grigsby Pittsburgh
  • Commonwealth Court of PA
  • Community Econ. Development Group
  • Community Justice Project
  • Community Legal Services
  • Conrad O'Brien Gellman & Rohn
  • Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas
  • Davis and Davis
  • Dechert
  • Dell, Moser, Lane & Loughney
  • Deloitte & Touche
  • Dickie McCamey & Chilcote
  • Dillon McCandless King Graham & Coulterr
  • Disabilities Law Project
  • Disciplinary Board of PA Supreme Court
  • District Justice Valerie Costanza
  • DKW Law Group
  • Dougherty Levanthal & Price LLP
  • Duane Morris
  • Ducote & Associates
  • Dugan & Associates
  • Eastburn Grey
  • Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott
  • Eddy, Osterman & DeLuca
  • Edgar Snyder & Assoc
  • Education Law Center
  • Ekker Kuster McConnell & Epstein
  • Elder Law Clinic, Professor Mannix
  • Elder Law Office of Kemp Scales
  • Elk County District Attorney
  • Environmental Law Clinic
  • Environmental Law Institute
  • Evans Portnoy & Quinn
  • Ference & Assoicates
  • Fluke Weiers, PC
  • Forward Labs
  • Fox Rothschild
  • Frank, Bails, Murcko Gubinsky & Gale
  • Fried Kane Walters Zuschlag & Grochmal
  • Gefsky & Lehman
  • Gilardi Cooper & Lomupo
  • Gismondi & Associates
  • Goehring Rutter & Boehm
  • Goldberg Persky Jennings & White
  • Goldstein & Associates
  • Goodrich & Goodrich
  • Governor Rendell Campaign
  • Governor's Office of General Counsel
  • Greene Co. Court of Common Pleas
  • Haber Corriere & Backenstoe
  • Health Law Clinic
  • Hergenroeder Rega & Sommer
  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Horty Springer & Mattern
  • Indiana County DA
  • Israel Wood Puntil & Grimm
  • Iwanyshyn & Associates
  • James N. Perich, Esq.
  • Jimmy Divergilis
  • JMB Immigration Group
  • John Elash, Esq.
  • Jones Day
  • Jones Gregg Creehan & Gerace
  • Juvenile Court Project
  • Karlowitz & Cromer
  • Kaminsky, Thomas, Wharton & Lovette
  • Kennametal, Inc.
  • Kenneth B. Burkley, Esq.
  • Keystone Mercy Health Plan
  • KidsVoice
  • Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Gates
  • Kline & Specter P.C.
  • Klink & Co.
  • Knox McLaughlin Gornall & Sennett
  • Koerner Colarusso & Bloom
  • Latasha Davis Yohe & McKenna
  • Laurel Legal Services
  • Law Office of Alfred G. Yates, Jr.
  • Law Office of Bethany Notaro
  • Law Office of Caroline M. Roberto
  • Law Offices of Cook and Tate
  • Law Office of Donald S. Mazzotta
  • Law Office of Frank Natale
  • Law Office of Ira Weiss
  • Law Office of Robert L. Williams
  • Law Office of Susan DiGirolamo
  • Law Offices of Claudia Davidson
  • Law Offices of Robert Goldman
  • Lawrence Co. DA’s Office
  • LeBeouf Lamb Greene & MacRae
  • Leech Tishman Fuscaldo & Lampl
  • Leger & Ball
  • Lundy Flitter Beldecos & Berger PC
  • Luzerne Co. Ct. of Common Pleas
  • MacDonald Illig Jones & Britton
  • MacElree Harvey, West Chester
  • Maiello, Brungo and Maiello
  • Mansmann-Moore
  • Marcus & Shapira
  • Marshall Dennehy
  • May Law Group
  • McCormick Law Firm
  • McGrath & Lawrence PC
  • McGuire Woods
  • Mercy Hospital, Dept. of Legal Services
  • Meyer Darragh Buckler Bebenek & Eck
  • Meyer Unkovic & Scott
  • Meyers Kenrick & Giuffre
  • Michalek Schipper & Assoc.
  • Mohajery and Stachtiaris
  • Morella & Associates
  • Morgan Lewis & Bockius
  • Mylan Corporation
  • National Housing Legal Services
  • NLSA
  • Northhampton Ct. of Common Pleas
  • Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippell
  • PA Attorney General's Office
  • PA Commonwealth Court
  • PA DEP
  • PA Human Relations Commission
  • PA Superior and Supreme Courts
  • PA Turnpike Commission Legal Dept.
  • Papernick & Gefsky
  • Patberg Carmondy Ging Filippi
  • Peirce Raymond & Coulter
  • PA Environmental Law Council
  • Pepper Hamilton
  • Petrina & Thompson
  • Philadelphia Cnty Ct of Common Pleas
  • Pietragallo Bosick & Gordon
  • PGH Council for International Visitors
  • Pittsburgh Cultural Trust
  • Pittsburgh Life Sciences Greenhouse
  • Pittsburgh Mercy Health System
  • PGH Regional Immigrant Assistance
  • Pollock Begg Komar & Glasser
  • PPG
  • Pribanic & Pribanic
  • Quinn Buseck Leemhis Toohey & Kroto
  • Rabner Law Offices
  • Radcliffe Cehaas & Monahagh
  • Reed Smith
  • Recording Industry Assoc. of America
  • Regional Housing Legal Services
  • Rhoads & Sinon
  • Robb Leonard Mulvihill
  • Rosen Louik & Perry
  • Rothman Gordon
  • Safe Co. Insurance
  • Santillian Eisen & Boyer
  • Schnader Harrison Lewis & Segal
  • Schall & Bard
  • Seewald Mielnicki & Petro
  • Sherrard German & Kelly P.C.
  • Shopping Center Law Associates
  • Sikov & Love
  • Sittig Cortese & Wratcher
  • Steiner & Blechman
  • Stember Feinstein Krakoff
  • Stone & Stone
  • Stradley Ronon Stevens and Young
  • Swensen Perer & Kontos
  • Tarasi Tarasi & Fishman
  • Tershel & Associates
  • Thorp Reed & Armstrong
  • Tobin & Debor
  • Tucker Arensberg
  • U.S. Airways
  • U.S. Attorney's Office
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court
  • U.S. Steel Corporation
  • United Electrical, Radio & Machine Workers
  • U of PGH Office of General Counsel
  • U of PGH Office of Judicial Affairs
  • U of PGH Office of Tech. Mgt.
  • University of Pittsburgh School of Law
  • UPMC
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit
  • U.S. District Court WD PA
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Dev
  • Vincler & Knoll Associates
  • Vuono & Gray
  • W. Timothy Barry & Associates
  • Wallace Barroziai
  • Washington Co. Court of Common Pleas
  • Washington County District Attorney
  • Wayman Irvin & McAuley
  • Webb Law Firm
  • Weber Gallagher Simpson Stapleton Fires & Newby
  • Weinheimer Schadel & Haber
  • Weisman Goldman Bowen & Gross
  • Weiss Jones
  • Welch Gold & Siegel, P.C.
  • Weltman Weinberg & Reis, Co
  • Westmoreland Co. Common Pleas Ct.
  • Westmoreland County Public Defender
  • White & Williams
  • Wilbraham, Lawler & Buba
  • Wilkinsburg Borough City Manager
  • Williams Colson
  • Willman & Arnold
  • Women Against Abuse Legal Center
  • Women's Law Project
  • Womer & Friday
  • Women’s Center and Shelter
  • York County Public Defender
  • Zimmer Kunz

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