Virtual Legal Career Boot Camp

For Incoming 1Ls, Rising 2Ls, and LLM students

July 13-24, 2020

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About The Boot Camp

AltaClaro and Leg Up Legal are proud to present this 2-week Virtual Legal Career Boot Camp jam-packed with informative career development sessions, networking opportunities, and virtual career panels.

This Virtual Legal Career Boot Camp was created to help students cope with the ways that COVID-19 has impacted the legal profession so that they can learn more about how to connect with professionals during times of social distancing and adapt to new remote work environments. We hope to provide students a window into the professional world so that they know how to better prepare themselves for employment opportunities in the wake of coronavirus. 

Guided by lawyers, law school faculty and staff, thought leaders, and entrepreneurs, this Virtual Legal Career Boot Camp will assemble the top minds in the industry to shed light on the changes in the legal industry as a result of COVID-19, including the challenges of working, networking, and learning remotely.  

And the best part about it? It's completely FREE!

The Virtual Legal Career Boot Camp is open to all incoming 1Ls (who will be starting law school in Fall 2020), rising 2Ls, and LLM students.

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Full Agenda

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM CDT

CAREER DEVELOPMENT SESSION

Welcome to the Virtual Legal Career Boot Camp

Speakers:

Anjie Vichayanonda (Founder/CEO, Leg Up Legal)

Abdi Shayesteh (Founder/CEO, AltaClaro)


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CDT

CAREER DEVELOPMENT SESSION

Career Exploration - How do I decide what legal career path I want to choose

Speaker:

Olivia Vizachero (Lawyer & Certified Life Coach, The Less Stressed Lawyer)


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT

NETWORKING SESSION

Networking Topic: Why do you want to be a lawyer? / Why do you like being a lawyer?

Moderator:

Tal J. Lifshitz (Trial & Class Action Lawyer, Kozyak Tropin and Throckmorton)


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT

LUNCH BREAK


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT

CAREER DEVELOPMENT SESSION

Law School Recruiting and Career Moves for Your First Year

Speaker:

Tanya Lundberg (Assistant Dean, Career Services & Outreach, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law)


2:30 PM - 3:30 PM CDT

CAREER DEVELOPMENT SESSION

Preparing Your 1L Resume

Speaker:

Aisha Joseph (Director, Office of Academic Planning and Career Development, New York Law School)


3:30 PM - 4:30 PM CDT

CAREER DEVELOPMENT SESSION

How to Write a Cover Letter

Speaker:

Alex Smith (Assistant Director of Career Development, South Texas College of Law Houston)

Moderator:

Jonathan Coley (Third-Year Student, Inter American School of Law)


5:00 PM - 6:00 PM CDT

CAREER PANEL

BigLaw Career Panel

Speakers:

Emily Stork (M&A/Corporate Associate, Holland & Hart, LLP)

Hisham Masri (Employment Law Associate, Jackson Lewis, P.C.)

Chizoba Onyeise (Trial Attorney, Allstate)

Moderator:

Rachel Beard (3L, South Texas College of Law Houston)

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM CDT

NETWORKING SESSION

Networking Breakfast - Topic: What I wish I knew before I started law school

Moderator:

Mariam Chubinidze (Recent Graduate, Hofstra Law School)


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CDT

CAREER PANEL

Law School Extracurricular Activities: Moot Court Panel

Panelists:

Megan Moffett (Third-Year Law Student, Howard University School of Law; Charles Hamilton Houston National Moot Court Team)

Bomkapr Kanu (Third-Year Law Student, Mercer University School of Law; National Director Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Competition)

Vernetra Gavin (Intellectual Property Attorney; LL.M. Student at U.C.L.A)


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT

CAREER PANEL

Law School Extracurricular Activities: Law Review Panel

Panelists:

John Yoon (Third-Year Law Student, Texas A&M School of Law; Senior Articles Editor for Texas A&M Law Review)

David Bass (Recent 2019 Graduate, Pepperdine School of Law; Pepperdine Law Review)

Alice Giang (Third-Year Law Student, University of California Hastings College of Law; Executive Technology Editor for Hastings Law Journal)


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT

LUNCH BREAK


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT

CAREER DEVELOPMENT SESSION

Alternative Career Paths - Litigation Consulting

Speaker:

Shari Belitz (Founder, Shari Belitz Communications)


2:30 PM - 3:30 PM CDT

NETWORKING SESSION

Networking Topic: What undergraduate college did you attend and what did you major in?

Moderator:

Stephan Joseph (Rising Junior, City University of New York, Lehman College Pre-law Society President)


3:30 PM - 4:30 PM CDT

CAREER DEVELOPMENT SESSION

How to Make the Most of Your Law School’s Career Services Resources

Speaker:

Aisha Joseph (Director, Office of Academic Planning and Career Development, New York Law School)


5:00 PM - 6:00 PM CDT

CAREER DEVELOPMENT SESSION

What To Do At Job Fairs

Speaker:

Dina Billian (Deputy Director of Career Development, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law)

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM CDT

CAREER DEVELOPMENT SESSION

Personal Branding & Social Media

Speaker:

Alexis Robertson (Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Foley & Lardner, LLP)

Moderator:

Rachel Crooks (Incoming Associate, Vinson & Elkins, LLP)


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CDT

NETWORKING SESSION

Networking Topic: What legal practice areas are you interested in?

Moderator:

Rachel Barnes (3L, University of Virginia School of Law)


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT

CAREER DEVELOPMENT SESSION

Soft Skills: Facing Adversity and Developing Resilience

Speaker:

Jessie Spressart (Leadership Coach/Consultant/Facilitator/Managing Director, Optia Consulting)


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT

LUNCH BREAK


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT

CAREER PANEL

Solo Practitioner Panel

Panelists:

Natalie Elisha Gold (Managing Attorney, Gold Legal Group, LLP)

Katie Lipp (Owner, The Lipp Law Firm; Owner, Law Practice Queen)

Barry Bisson (Principal Attorney, Bisson Law)

Moderator:

Beasia Dozier (Third-Year Law Student, Thurgood Marshall School of Law)


2:30 PM - 3:30 PM CDT

CAREER PANEL

Current Law Students Discuss: What my job search looks like?

Panelists:

Saloni Mathur (2020 Graduate Duke Law School)

Lara Esteves Teixeira, (Attorney & LLM Graduate, Cardozo School of Law)

Daphne Spector (Rising 3L, Brooklyn Law School)

Moderator:

Alexandra McInturf (Third-Year Law Student, UC Hastings College of Law)


3:30 PM - 4:30 PM CDT

CAREER PANEL

Mid-size Firm Panel

Panelists:

Tal J. Lifshitz (Complex Commercial Litigation Associate, Kozyak Tropin and Throckmorton)

Ryan Van Olst (Associate, Wolf Greenfield & Sacks)

Randi Rosenblatt (Business Development Consultant/Founder & CEO, Upward Stride, LLC)

Moderator:

Kyara Murry (Second-Year Law Student, Thurgood Marshall School of Law)


5:00 PM - 6:00 PM CDT

CAREER PANEL

Law School Extra-Curricular Activities: Clinics Panel

Panelists:

Saloni Mathur (2020 Recent Graduate, Duke Law School; Certified Student Attorney, Duke Law Start-Up Ventures Clinic)

David Bass (2019 Recent Graduate, Pepperdine School of Law; Student Attorney, Low Income Tax Clinic)

Katrina McCullough (2L Inter American School of Law)

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM CDT

CAREER DEVELOPMENT SESSION

Creating a Killer LinkedIn Profile / How to Use LinkedIn Effectively

Speaker:

Lisa Lang (General Counsel, Kentucky State University)


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CDT

CAREER DEVELOPMENT SESSION

Using Social Media and Video to Stand Out and Get Noticed

Speaker:

Patricia Baxter (Managing Partner PA, NJ, and NY, Morgan & Akins PLLC; Host of The Defense Never Rests podcast)

Moderator:

Rachel Crooks (Incoming Associate, Vinson & Elkins, LLP)


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT

NETWORKING SESSION

Networking Topic: 1:1 networking opportunity with breakout rooms

Moderator:

Alex Su (Director of Business Development, Evisort)


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT

LUNCH BREAK


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT

CAREER PANEL

JD Advantage Career Panel

Panelists:

Adam Kamal (Director of Corporate Development and Operations, Komplete Group Inc)

Sarah Cottrell (Founder, Former Lawyer)

Dorian Varga (Lead Career Coach & Academic Advisor, University of Washington School of Law)

Moderator:

Cynthia Offordile (Third-Year Student, Thurgood Marshall School of Law)


2:30 PM - 3:30 PM CDT

CAREER PANEL

Public Service Panel

Panelists:

Peterson Tavil (Assistant State Attorney, Florida 9th Judicial Circuit)

Laura Gregory (Partner, Sloan and Walsh LLP; Chairwoman, Andover Select Board)

Barbara R. Barreno-Paschall (Commissioner, State of Illinois Human Rights Commission)

Moderator:

Ashley Nash (2020 Law Grad, Faulkner Law)


3:30 PM - 4:30 PM CDT

NETWORKING SESSION

Networking Topic: Ask me anything about law school

Moderator:

Mariam Chubinidze (Recent Graduate, Hofstra Law School)


5:00 PM - 6:00 PM CDT

CAREER DEVELOPMENT SESSION

Diversity in the Legal Profession - Why does it matter and what does it mean for you?

Speaker:

Dr. Artika Tyler (Director of Center on Race, Leadership, and Social Justice, University of St. Thomas School of Law) 

Moderator:

Renata Mitchell (Third-Year Law Student, George Washington University Law School)

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM CDT

CAREER DEVELOPMENT SESSION

Interviewing Skills - How to Excel in a Job Interview

Speakers:

Natasha Alladina (Attorney Recruiting Director, The Partner Group)

Annie Little (Lawyer Career Coach/Founder, JD Nation)


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CDT

CAREER PANEL

Trademark Practice Panel

Speakers:

Stephanie Clausen (Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Newell Brands)

Nyssa Chopra (Attorney, Microsoft)

Andrea Sager (Owner, Andrea Sager Law PLLC)

Moderator:

Arielle Jeter (Third-Year Law Student, University of Florida Levin College of Law)


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT

CAREER DEVELOPMENT SESSION

Strategies for Maintaining Your Mental Health in Law School

Speaker:

Judith Gordon (Performance Coach & Facilitator, Work Productivity & Wellbeing Advocate, LeaderEsQ, LLC; Lecturer, University of California Los Angeles School of Law)

Moderator:

Rachel Crooks (Incoming Associate, Vinson & Elkins, LLP)


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT

LUNCH BREAK


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT

NETWORKING SESSION

Networking Topic: What is one practice area that you absolutely do not want to practice and why?

Moderator:

Riqui Bonilla (Principal & Litigation Attorney, Fish & Richardson)


2:30 PM - 3:30 PM CDT

CAREER DEVELOPMENT SESSION

Emotional Intelligence for Law Students and Young Lawyers

Speaker:

Dina Eisenberg (Law Firm Leader Coach, Intentional Attorney; Ombuds Program Consultant, LawFirmOmbuds)

Moderator:

Tequoria (Second-Year Law Student, Inter American School of Law)


3:30 PM - 4:30 PM CDT

CAREER DEVELOPMENT SESSION

What is an actual law school Legal Writing Class like? (Real class lecture)

Speaker:

Clayton Steele (Visiting Assistant Professor, Brooklyn Law School)


5:00 PM - 6:00 PM CDT

NETWORKING SESSION

Network Topic: What is the best thing you have learned from the boot camp so far?

Moderator:

Olivia Vizachero (Lawyer & Certified Life Coach, The Less Stressed Lawyer)

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM CDT

CAREER DEVELOPMENT SESSION

Paying for Law School & Financial Considerations for Law Students

Speaker:

Rikeshia Davidson (Talent Acquisition Manager, Specializing in HBCU Outreach) 


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CDT

CAREER DEVELOPMENT SESSION

Judicial Clerkships - What are they and how to apply for them

Speaker:

Angela Vorpahl (Creator/Founder Law School Master Plan)

Moderator:

Kisa Motiwala (2020 Graduate, The George Washington University School of Law)


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT

NETWORKING SESSION

Networking Topic: Name one challenge you’ve overcome

Moderator:

Bree Vculek (Part-time Evening Juris Doctor Program, George Washington University Law School)


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT

LUNCH BREAK


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT

CAREER DEVELOPMENT SESSION

Salaries and Compensation in the Legal Industry

Speaker:

Natasha Alladina (Attorney Recruiting Director, The Partners Group)


2:30 PM - 3:30 PM CDT

CAREER PANEL

BigThree Consulting Firms and BigFour Accounting Firms Panel

Speakers:

Son Nguyen (Associate M&A Tax / Tax Attorney, KPMG US)

Brandon Jones (Project Leader, Boston Consulting Group)

Edward Sohn (Managed Services, Technology & Innovation Executive)

Moderator:

Kelechi Eke (Third-Year Law Student, Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law)


3:30 PM - 4:30 PM CDT

CAREER DEVELOPMENT SESSION

Relationship Building: Maintaining your personal relationships in law school

Speaker:

Rachel Coll (Certified Life Coach, Rachel Coll Coaching)


5:00 PM - 6:00 PM CDT

CAREER DEVELOPMENT SESSION

Finding the Right Mentor and Building a Mentoring Relationship

Speaker:

Anjie Vichayanonda (Founder/CEO, Leg Up Legal)

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM CDT

CAREER DEVELOPMENT SESSION

Timekeeping Best Practices

Speaker:

Anjie Vichayanonda (CEO/Founder, Leg Up Legal)


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CDT

CAREER DEVELOPMENT SESSION

Networking Topic: How can you best communicate with your supervisors and colleagues in a remote work environment?

Moderator:

Yolanna Carter (Third-Year Law Student, Inter American School of Law)


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT

CAREER PANEL

In-House Panel

Panelists:

Lisa K. Lang (General Counsel, Kentucky State University)

Tanya Kiatkulpiboone (Senior IP & Licensing Counsel, Jakks Pacific)

Chris Ogle (Corporate Counsel, Business Leader, Military Veteran)

Moderator:

Kenny Vacharee (Second-Year Law Student, North Carolina Central University School of Law)


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT

LUNCH BREAK


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT

NETWORKING SESSION

Networking Topic: What is the most motivational thing you’ve seen in the last month?

Moderator:

Ashley Nash (Recent Graduate, Faulkner Law)


2:30 PM - 3:30 PM CDT

CAREER DEVELOPMENT SESSION

What is e-Discovery and what e-Discovery career paths are available for law students?

Speaker:

C. Dawn Edwards Martin (Director, Business Development, Legalpeople)

Moderator:

Kymberly Porter (Recent Graduate, Faulkner Law)


3:30 PM - 4:30 PM CDT

NETWORKING SESSION

Networking Topic: What strategies do you use to manage stress?

Moderator:

Amber Thomson (Associate, Mayer Brown; Board Member, Ms. JD)


5:00 PM - 6:00 PM CDT

CAREER PANEL

State Court Judges Panel

Panelists:

Hon. Brett Busby (Justice, Supreme Court of Texas)  

Hon. Eric Moye (Judge, 14th Civil District Court of Dallas County)

Hon. Kandace Walter (Part-Time Magistrate Judge, Dallas Criminal District Court) 

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM CDT

CAREER DEVELOPMENT SESSION

Soft Skills: Assertiveness Skills

Speaker:

Sherine Clarke (Founder/Host, The Path to Partnership Lawyers Summit)


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CDT

CAREER DEVELOPMENT SESSION

Diversity Pipeline Programs

Speaker:

Leslie P. Culver (Professor (Clinical) of Law at University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law)

Moderator:

Katrina McCullough (Second-Year Law Student, Inter American School of Law)


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT

NETWORKING SESSION

How to Excel in a Remote Work Environment

Speaker:

Katie Day (Staff Attorney, Covetrus; Programs Chair, Ms. JD)


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT

LUNCH BREAK


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT

CAREER DEVELOPMENT SESSION

Job Searching Tools for Law Students

Speaker:

Courteney Harris (Founding Assistant Dean for Career and Professional Development, UNT Dallas College of Law)

Moderator:

Tamarrin Johnson (Third-Year Law Student, Villanova University School of Law)


2:30 PM - 3:30 PM CDT

CAREER DEVELOPMENT SESSION

How to Learn More About Different Legal Practice Areas

Speaker:

Dave Strousberg (Director & Specialized Legal Services, Employers Council)


3:30 PM - 4:30 PM CDT

CAREER PANEL

Law School Extracurricular Activities: Mock Trial Panel

Panelists:

Shaelan Williams (Third-Year Law Student, Faulkner University Thomas Goode Jones School of Law)

Kyara Murry (Second-Year Law Student, Thurgood Marshall School of Law)

Kristen Corpion (Attorney & Founder, CORPlaw)


5:00 PM - 6:00 PM CDT

CAREER PANEL

Federal Court Judges Panel

Panelists:

Hon. George Hazel (U.S. District Judge, United States District Court, District of Maryland)

Hon. Irma Carrillo Ramirez (U.S. Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Northern District of Texas)

Hon. Christine Nowak (U.S. Magistrate Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas)

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM CDT

CAREER DEVELOPMENT SESSION

LLM's Guide to the D.C. and N.Y. Bar - LLM only session

Speaker:

(Melanie Orhant, Career Coach, The George Washington University Law School)


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CDT

CAREER PANEL

Legal Tech Career Panel

Panelists:

Olga Mack (CEO, ParleyPro)

Nehal Madhani (Attorney & CEO, Alt Legal)

Colin Levy (Seasoned In-house Counsel / Legal Technology & Innovation Thought Leader)


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT

CAREER DEVELOPMENT SESSION

The Path to Becoming a Federal Judge

Speaker:

Hon. George Hazel (United States District Judge, District of Maryland)

Moderator:

Kelechi Eke (Third-Year Law Student Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law)


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT

LUNCH BREAK


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT

CAREER PANEL

Family Law Career Panel

Panelists:

Alison Spirito (Associate, McGaughey & Spirito)

Greg Girvan (Partner, Feinberg Mindel Brandt & Klein)

Kendra Thomas (Founder, Thomas Law Offices)

Moderator:

Teqouria Wheeler (Second-Year Law Student, Inter American School of Law)


2:30 PM - 3:30 PM CDT

CAREER PANEL

Administrative Law Judge Panel

Panelists:

Hon. Jonathan Hudis (Administrative Law Judge, United States Patent and Trademark Office, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board)

Hon. Patricia Hurt (Administrative Law Judge, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission)

TBD

Moderator:

Kara Mason (Second-Year Law Student, North Carolina Central University School of Law)


3:30 PM - 4:30 PM CDT


5:00 PM - 6:00 PM CDT

CAREER PANEL

Entertainment Law Panel

Panelists:

Dana Kempler (Entertainment Attorney, RGP)

Jeff Lee (President, Arod Productions LLC)

Stephanie Ward (Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs at Lionsgate Television & Starz Entertainment)

Moderator:

Kenny Vacharee (Second-Year Law Student, North Carolina Central University School of Law)

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM CDT

CAREER DEVELOPMENT SESSION

LLM-specific Networking Strategies

Speaker:

Saurabh Nathany (Associate, Inventus Law)


10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CDT

CAREER PANEL

JAG Officer Panel

Panelists:

Dan Saumur (U.S. Army JAG Corps)


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CDT

CAREER PANEL

Estate Planning Panel

Panelists:

Leigh Malone (Owner, The Law Office of Leigha Malone)

Megha Patel (Founder & Managing Attorney at Law Office of Megha K. Patel, LLC)


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CDT

LUNCH BREAK


1:00 PM - 2:00 PM CDT

NETWORKING SESSION

LLM Networking Session: Which law school are you attending and what questions do you have about U.S. culture?

Moderator: Francisco A Moran (Commercial & Corporate Attorney; LLM Graduate, George Washington University Law School) 


2:30 PM - 3:30 PM CDT

CAREER DEVELOPMENT SESSION

Professionalism in Your Remote Work Experience

Speaker:

Dina Billian (Deputy Director of Career Development, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law)


3:30 PM - 4:30 PM CDT

CAREER PANEL

Litigation Career Panel

Panelists:

Veronica Canton (Co-Founder, Impowerus, Inc.; Professor Lecturer - Trial Advocacy, Notre Dame Law School)

Daniel Zarchy (Associate, Buchalter; Adjunct Writing Instructor, UC Hastings)

Elizabeth Lang-Miers (Partner & Director of Attorney Development, Locke Lord LLP; Former Justice at the Fifth District Court of Appeals)


4:30 PM - 6:00 PM CDT

HAPPY HOUR

Closing Session & Networking

Speaker:

Anjie Vichayanonda (CEO/Founder, Leg Up Legal)