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Pitt Law Academy presents:

Pitt Law Academy: Program For 1Ls (2Ls and 3Ls Welcome) With Free Lunch

September 27, 2013 - 12:00pm1:30pm
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
3900 Forbes Avenue Teplitz Courtroom (Ground Floor)
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Pitt Law Academy: Program For 1Ls (& 2Ls & 3Ls: this one’s for you, too) & FREE LUNCH!

Next Friday, September 27, at 12:00p.m. in the Courtroom, the Law School will host the second Pitt Law Academy program for this Academic Year.  The program next week is on the topic: “How Do I Figure Out What Kind of Law I Want to Practice?: Advice From Pitt Law Alumni Living All Over the United States.”

The five panelists in this program are an extraordinarily interesting group of lawyers.  They are all Pitt Law grads, and they are coming back into town from for alumni events during Homecoming weekend.  You will notice they all graduated in class years ending in a 3; three of them are coming back for their 10-year reunion; one will be here for his 20-year reunion; and one will be here for her 30-year reunion.  (Actually, there may also be some other alums from other places in the audience as well, available for you to talk to after the presentation.)  The five panelists are:

  • Chip Amoe '03 (Detroit, MI), Assistant Director, Legislative Network, Henry Ford Health System

  • Nate Bailey '93 (N. Canton, OH), Director, Law - Affiliations & Acquisitions, Timken Company

  • Heather Champion Brady '03 (Basking Ridge, NJ), Senior Patent Counsel, Johnson & Johnson

  • Rolando Medina '03 (Boston, MA), Associate, Choate, Hall & Stewart

  • Janice McSherry '83 (Weirton, WV), Vice President & Associate General Counsel, GlaxoSmithKline

As you know, this PLA series is designed to assist our current law students in thinking about life after law school.  But – this time – we are focusing not only on what kind of law you might practice when you graduate... but also where you might relocate to 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, although maybe not this particular year).

So... what should you do and where should you live your professional life?  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 five panelists will each briefly answer those sorts of questions, talking generally about what they do and what it’s like to live and work in other cities and states.

Moreover, as an extra, added benefit – many thanks to our Pitt Law Alumni Office! – since this program is at 12 p.m., instead of the traditional and much-beloved cookies at a Reception afterwards, hey, we’re serving an informal, 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 all invited as well is the Pitt Law School Alumni Tailgate prior to the Pitt-Virginia football game on Saturday morning.  (Tickets to the game are easy to get.)  Any and all 1L's – and all other Pitt Law students – are welcome at the tailgate. It will be located in Gold Lot 1, just outside Heinz Field, and will begin at 10:30 a.m. (2 hours before the 12:30 p.m. kickoff). 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!

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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