University of Pittsburgh
The Pitt Law Academy presents:

Where Should I Live/Practice Law? Advice From Alumni Living All Over the United States.

October 12, 2012 - 12:00pm
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Teplitz Moot Courtroom
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

From Professor Burkoff:


Next Friday, October 12, at Noon in the Courtroom, the Law School will host the third Pitt Law Academy program for this Academic Year. The program next week is on the topic: “Where Should I Live/Practice Law? Advice From Alumni Living All Over the United States.”
The six panelists in this program are an extraordinarily interesting group of lawyers and one judge. They are all Pitt Law grads, and they are coming back into town from DC, Dallas, Boston, Philly, and St. Paul for alumni events during Homecoming weekend. (Actually, there will also be as many as 20 additional alums from other places in the audience as well, available for you to talk to after the presentation.) They are:

• Tom Beline '08 (Washington DC), Cassidy Levy Kent (USA) LLP
• Dorothy (Dot) Culham '82 (Dallas, TX), Office of General Counsel, Hewlett Packard
• Jeff Horwitz '87 (Washington DC), Captain, U.S. Navy, JAGC, General Counsel, White House Military Office
• Tom Kinzler '82 (Boston, MA), VP, General Counsel, John Hancock Funds
• Tim Pescsenye '87 (Philadelphia, PA), Managing Partner, Blank Rome
• Honorable David Washington '60 (St. Paul, MN), Administrative Law Judge

As you know, this PLA series is designed to assist our current law students in thinking about life after law school. But – this time – not just in deciding what you might do when you graduate . . . but where you can and should do it! Where should you live your life?

Hey, Western Pennsylvania is great. We’re here. We’re here on purpose. We love it! But – and this will come as a shock to some of you, I know, so maybe you better sit down to read this – there is life outside of Pittsburgh. A good life. A great life (although, let’s be honest here, there is no place in the world you can go with a better sports team than the Pittsburgh Steelers–just saying).

So . . . where should you live your professional life? Where should you go? And, strategically, how do you even go about looking at getting into the Bar (note the capital “B”) in other places? What’s it like to work there as a lawyer? Are there any jobs? What’s the legal culture like?

Okay, glad you asked. Our six panelists will each briefly answer those sorts of questions, talking generally about working in other cities and states . . . and in the White House! Can you really end up practicing law in the White House? Hey, our answer is: why the hell not?

Moreover, as an extra, added benefit – many thanks to our Pitt Law Alumni Office!!! – since this program is at Noon, instead of the traditional cookies at the Reception afterwards, hey, we’re serving a buffet lunch in the Student Lounge (sandwiches, fruit salad, coleslaw, desserts, and drinks)! Come and grab a sandwich, mingle, and network. Don’t be shy! Meet your future fellow alumni! One of the reasons they are coming back for Homecoming, is to meet you!

Oh, and one other thing. This program is part of the Pitt Homecoming festivities on campus next weekend. Another one of those events to which you are invited as well is the Pitt Law School and Pitt Business School Alumni Joint Tailgate prior to the Pitt-Louisville football game on Saturday morning. (Tickets to the game are easy to get.) The tailgate will start at 9:00 am (but no need to get there that early, kickoff is at 11:00 am and the grill will be fired up all of that time). The location is Gold Lot 1, just outside Heinz Field, along the guardrail. Look for the Pitt Law banner flying high. Lots of good food and drinks, and terrific company. Speaking of good company, both Professors Burkoff will be there. We wouldn’t miss it! Be there or be square!

2ls and 3Ls: This is a particularly good program for you to drop in on, especially if you are considering leaving this region to work. You are, of course, more than welcome to come and listen, and to come to the Reception, too, and troll for information . . . or jobs . . . or sandwiches. And, of course, you’re welcome to join us the next morning at the Tailgate as well!

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