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Career Programming for Law Students

Below is a list of events that law students might find of interest for learning about different types of law and connecting with attorneys. You are welcome to attend one or all of them!

A note about FOUNDATIONS and CAREER SERIES requirements: Attending one of these events during your 2L year - or meeting with your Career Advisor - will satisfy your Career Services graduation requirement. Please RSVP on Career Connect as each event draws near for attendance credit. These events are also open to 1L and 3L students for enrichment purposes, but they do not meet graduation requirements. Questions? email lscs@lclark.edu 

 

Coffee Chats Lineup

Coffee chats are small group meetings with an attorney or two for the purpose of networking and advice. 2L, 3L, and recent grads are given priority on attendance. 1Ls will be placed on a wait list and if space allows, will be invited to join 24 hours in advance.

September

  • Smiling photo of Attorney Bonnie RichardsonSeptember 9, 3:00 pm Bonnie Richardsonprincipal attorney of Richardson & Wright Attorneys at Law;  topics: Medical Malpractice, Litigation.



  • Head and shoulders photos of Anaiah Palmer and Ali SchneiderSeptember 21, 11:00 am Ali Schneider, Meadowlark Immigration, and Anaiah Palmer, Parker Butte and Lane; topics: Immigration Practice and AILA.


  • Head and shoulders of Nicholas Rogers and Valerie SakasaiSeptember 22, 12:00 pm Valerie Sasaki and Nicholas Rogers, Samuels Yoelin Kantor; topics: business and tax law in the Portland area.

 

 

  • Head and shoulders photo of Attorney Kimberly StuartSeptember 28, 5:00 pm Kimberly Stuart, Washington County Counsel’s Office; topics: government litigation and defense, clerking, midsize firms and summer associate jobs.

 

 

October 

  • October 15, 5:30 pm - Michael HsuOregon Board of Parole; topics: Administrative Law, Criminal Law, and Government Law.

 November

  • November 5, 9:00 am - Leslie Boro, LS Networks; topics: Compliance, Business Law, Utilities and Communication Law. Register HERE.




  • November 6, 12:10 pm - Tim Rooney, US Patent and Trade Office; topics: patent processing, opportunities, and work environment at the USPTO. (NOTE: this will be hosted by the USPTO and no limit on attendance; registration not required unless you seek 2L attendance credit.)
  • November 10, 3:00 pm - Tanya Green and Trevor Cartales, Navigate Law; topics: Cannabis Law, Business Law, Family Law. Register HERE

 

 

This lineup is still in the planning phases! If you are student who has a request for a topic, or an idea for a collaboration, please email Holly Puckett at hollypuckett@lclark.edu and we will see what we can do to get your speaker in the plans.

Career Series Lineup

Career Series events are open to all students and alumni of Lewis & Clark Law School. Each event is a presentation by a subject expert or experts focused on skills, tips, tricks and general info about a unique feature or area of practicing law.

Fall 2020 Upcoming Events:

Spring 2021 :

This lineup is still in the planning phases! If you are student who has a request for a topic, or an idea for a collaboration, please email Holly Puckett at hollypuckett@lclark.edu and we will see what we can do to get your speaker in the plans.

  • February/March Event: What’s It Like to Work in Animal Law (details forthcoming)
  • March/April Event: Business Law Practice Panel (details forthcoming)

We hope to see you at one of our panels.

Additional Events that Meet the 2L Graduation Requirement:

Our office has not planned or hosted these events, but our wonderful students and community partners have. We know they had quality content and good advice that meets our Career Services high standards of information that qualifies for the 2L Career Foundational Credit for our students. 

  • August 26th, 4:30 - 5:30 pm - Oregon Hispanic Bar Association: Law Practice Outside of Portland, Salem, and Eugene. There is no recording of this event, but you may email dhermosilla@lclark.edu if you are a 2L who attended and would like credit for attendance (see notes under Past Events for detail to include in the email).
  • September 30th, 4:30 - 6:00 pm - South Asian Bar Association (SABA) of Oregon: Networking in a Pandemic - various practitioners will discuss how the pandemic has changed communication and hiring in different work settings and the dos and don’ts for law student networking. There is no recording of this event, but you may email dhermosilla@lclark.edu if you are a 2L who attended and would like credit for attendance (see notes under Past Events for detail to include in the email).
  • September 30th, 5:00 - 6:15 pm - Environmental And Energy Lawyers: A Law Student’s Guide To What We Do. A discussion led by environmental and energy practitioners from the public, non-governmental, and private sectors, who will speak about their career trajectories, what they do on a day-to-day basis, and offer some helpful advice regarding those interested in pursuing this type of career. There is no recording of this event, but you may email dhermosilla@lclark.edu if you are a 2L who attended and would like credit for attendance (see notes under Past Events for detail to include in the email).
  • October 21st, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm - Nike Roundtable: Doing Business in 2020 (A Center for Business Law and Innovation Speaker Series). Learn about the part attorneys play in defining corporate strategy to meet unforeseen difficulties with Dominique Alepin, Zoe Braithwaite, Tony Lim, and Trevor Pratt, all attorneys from varied areas of Nike. There is no recording of this event, but you may email dhermosilla@lclark.edu if you are a 2L who attended and would like credit for attendance (see notes under Past Events for detail to include in the email).
  • October 23rd to 25th, All Day - Animal Law Conference: Student tickets are discounted ($75 for students, versus $175 for attorneys). When students register, they can simply check the student admission and will receive that discounted price. Students who are members of the Lewis & Clark Animal Legal Defense Fund Student Chapter are eligible to apply for a grant to cover the registration cost: https://aldf.org/article/student-chapter-travel-grants/.
  • October 28th, 4:30 - 6:00 pm - Oregon Minority Law Association (OMLA): The Transactional Lawyer Career Path - Four prominent transactional lawyers will share their experiences working outside of the courtroom in different transactional fields. There is no recording of this event, but you may email dhermosilla@lclark.edu if you are a 2L who attended and would like credit for attendance (see notes under Past Events for detail to include in the email).
  • November 4th, 9:00 - 10:00 am - Department of Justice: Non-litigating Components at DOJ - We will host representatives from the Office of Information Policy, Office of Privacy and Civil Liberties, Office of the Pardon Attorney, and others. Law students interested in learning more about the unique work of these offices won’t want to miss this webinar! There is no recording of this event, but you may email dhermosilla@lclark.edu if you are a 2L who attended and would like credit for attendance (see notes under Past Events for detail to include in the email).
  • November 10th, 9:00 am; 12th, 12:00pm (NOON) - Department of Justice - Volunteer Legal Internship Program. Students will learn about summer and academic-year vacancies, the application process, and get answers to their questions. Students will have two chances to attend this webinar, either Tuesday, November 10, at 9:00 AM PT or Thursday, November 12, at 12:00 PM PT. To get the link for the webinar, log in to Career Connect here.
  • November 19th, 4:00 - 5:30 pm - Oregon Asian Pacific American Bar Association (OAPABA): Recession Resilient Law Practices - Four lawyers will discuss how they have seen their practice evolve during downturns, how new lawyers can market themselves during a recession, and what practice areas consistently need new lawyers. There is no recording of this event, but you may email dhermosilla@lclark.edu if you are a 2L who attended and would like credit for attendance (see notes under Past Events for detail to include in the email).

Past Events

Fall 2020 Past Events: Where possible, we have an option to watch a recording of past presentations.  In order to receive 2L Career Series credit for watching a recorded event, once you have watched the presentation, email Assistant Dean Hermosilla ( dhermosilla@lclark.edu ) what you watched and your top three takeaways from the information.

  • August 19th 12:00 -1:00 pm - What’s it Like to Work at the United States Department of Justice? Please email lscs@lclark.edu to receive a link to view this past presentation.
    Head and shoulders photo of Particia McKenna of the US DOJ Enforcement Section of the US DOJ
    Patricia McKenna is currently an Assistant Section Chief in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD). 



  • September 15th 12:10 - 1:00 pm - Overview of the Oregon Department of Justice: Practice Areas and How Law Students Can Work With Us. Please email lscs@lclark.edu to receive a link to view this past presentation. 

    The Oregon Department of Justice serves state government and supports safe and healthy communities throughout Oregon by providing essential justice services. Headed by the Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum, it is the main legal branch of the government of the U.S. state of Oregon. The DOJ is part of Oregon’s executive branch, and most of its employees work in Oregon’s capital, Salem. For more information and a deeper overview, including how you might work in the many program offices and areas, attend this panel.

    AG’s Office - Attorney General Rosenblum (tentative)
    Criminal Justice Division – Sr. Assistant Attorney General Kurt Miller
    General Counsel Division – Assistant Attorney General Erika Hamilton
    Appellate Division – Sr. Assistant Attorney General Carson Whitehead
    Civil Enforcement Division – Sr. Assistant Attorney General Kate Campbell and Attorney-in-Charge Carmen Brady-Wright
    Human Resources – Mistie Slauson

  • October 7 at 10:00 am and 2:00 pm - PANEL: What’s It Like to Be a 2L Summer Associate at a Large Portland Firm? Please email lscs@lclark.edu to receive a link to view this past presentation. 

    It’s a chance to learn from Recruiters as Career Services hosts a panel featuring recruiters for a talk tailored for students from all three Oregon Law Schools. They talk about the kinds of work and mentorship you might expect working at their offices for a summer program as well as tips and ideas for your application materials. Panelists include:

    Hiroko Peraza, Davis Wright Tremaine
    Rebecca Schermerhorn, Perkins Coie
    Dana Taylor, Stoel Rives
    Alvin Ma, Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt

  • October 12th 12:00 - 1:00 pm - Associates at Midsize Portland Firm Offer Career Tips for Law Students. Please email lscs@lclark.edu to receive a link to view this past presentation.

    Hear from Lewis & Clark law alums (Emily Clark-Cuellar, Colleen O. Muñoz, and Nicholas D. Rogers, pictured above)
    who are just a few years into their law practice as they talk specifically on what they did to get where they are (midsize private law practice in downtown Portland) and how they think about job searching, what experiences in school (including clerking) were most helpful to their career so far, and what students might need to know as they are approaching midsize Portland firms.

    Areas of practice include: Business & Corporate, Construction, Employment, Estate Planning, Family Law, Fiduciary Litigation, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Litigation, Real Estate, Taxation, Trust & Estate Administration and Litigation, Debtor/Credit
  • October 23 11:30 am - 12:30 pm - Equal Justice Works Fellows Panel (Learn about unique public interest careers) - Join PILP and Career Services to welcome a panel of three current Equal Justice Works Fellows for the fourth week of Public Interest Law Month! Explore careers in medical-legal partnerships and first amendment law with Gabriela Sevilla, Ashley Maddison and Najmu Mohseen

    Ashley Maddison
    Camden Coalition through the Rutgers Medical-Legal Partnership
    Equal Justice Works Fellow

    Gabriela Ines Sevilla
    Disability Representation Education Advocacy Medical-Legal Partnership
    Homeless Persons Representation Project, Inc.
    Equal Justice Works Fellow

    Najmu Mohseen
    Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America
    Equal Justice Works Fellow

  • ***A SPECIAL OCTOBER NETWORKING SERIES: MEET AND GREET JUSTICES & JUDGES***

    • October 19, 8:00 am - Judge Michael Greenlick, Multnomah County Circuit Court
    • October 19, 8:30 am - Judge Cheryl Albrecht, Multnomah County Circuit Court
    • October 19, 11:30 am - Chief Justice Martha Walters, Oregon Supreme Court
    • October 19, 5:00 pm - Judge Eric L. Dahlin, Multnomah County Circuit Court
    • October 20, NOON - Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
    • October 21, 8:30 am - Judge Richard Melnick, Washington Court of Appeals
    • October 21, 3:00 pm - Judge David Mann, Washington Court Appeals
    • October 22, 11:00 am - Judge John Acosta, U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
    • October 22, 11:30 am - Justice Lynn Nakamoto, Oregon Supreme Court
    • October 22, 3:00 pm - Justice Meagan Flynn, Oregon Supreme Court
    • October 26, NOON - Judge Melvin Oden-Orr, Multnomah County Circuit Court
    • October 27, 11:30 am - Judge Peter McKittrick, U.S. District Court, District of Oregon Bankruptcy Court
    • October 27, 5:00 pm - Judge Stacie Beckerman, U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
    • October 28, 5:00 pm - Judge Gregory Gonzalez, Clark County Superior Court
    • October 29, 8:30 am - Judge Youlee You, U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
    • October 30, 9:30 am - Justice Sheryl Gordon McCloud, Washington Supreme Court
    • October 30, NOON - Judge Marco Hernandez, U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • October 30, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm - Family Law Employment for the Post-COVID Future

    Join the Family Law Society, Career Services, and a partnership with Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University for a Panel Presentation. The legal practice and operation of the judicial system is rapidly evolving. To succeed, young lawyers will benefit from being equipped with competitive strategies that will allow them to stand out in the marketplace. From unbundling of legal services, to collaborative law, to the availability of remote access to clients and courts, the post-COVID future will offer new attorneys a multitude of fresh opportunities. 


    William J. Howe, III

    Of Counsel, Gevurtz Menashe, P.C., Portland, Oregon (pictured at left)

    Andrew Schepard

    Sidney and Walter Siben Distinguished Professor of Family Law and Director of the Center for Children, Families and the Law (pictured above, at right)

  • November 2 1:00 - 2:00 pm - AVANGRID 2L Internship Information Session

    Please join us for an information session with AVANGRID Renewables.

    About the Company

    Avangrid Renewables is at the forefront of transforming the way the U.S. produces and uses energy. Strongly positioned to develop, build, and operate the clean energy infrastructure of the future, Avangrid Renewables is already generating power from nearly 70 renewable energy projects for its utility-scale customers in the United States and helping lead America’s transition to a renewable energy future.

    About the Event

    AVANGRID is currently seeking an intern for the spring, and would like to network with students and share more about the opportunity.

    The purpose of our session is to provide 2Ls an overview of AVANGRID, what’s in it for them, our timeframe, address frequently asked questions and the next steps within the recruitment process. Most importantly, we will have a member of our team talk through potential assignments or exposures within the organization.

    Presenters:

    Norma Ortega, Program Manager, Talent Acquisition-Pipeline Development
    Taon Ngyuen, Deputy General Counsel

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