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Highlights from the First Annual D.C. Student Networking & Leadership Summit

On Saturday, September 25th students from D.C.-area law school schools convened at Georgetown University Law Center for the First Annual D.C. Student Networking & Leadership Summit Sponsored by LexisHUB.  The event featured an impressive group of speakers, each sharing the tools needed to succeed in their respective fields. 

A few common themes emerged from the panel discussion:

  1. Stay true to yourself and do what you love.  It’s important to find your voice.
  2.  Network, network, network.  Even after you have the job of your dreams, remember that law firms are businesses too.  Also, you never know when you are going to shift gears and try something new.  
  3.  Find multiple mentors.  It’s not enough to have just one.  Send email updates.  Set up a lunch.  Let them know about the projects you are working on.
  4.  It’s okay if you enter law school not knowing what you want to do.  Professor West didn’t realize she wanted to be a law professor until she found a research focus that captured her heart and mind. Looping back to theme number one: Pick a career that excites you!
  5. For the second and third year law students in attendance, Noha Sidhom offered the following advice for interviews:
  • Research the employer.  Know specifics and cite to them in the interview.
  • Know your interviewers. Google is a powerful tool to help you prepare for your interview. 
  • Let the employer know you’re interested.  Follow-up and, of course, be sure to thank your interviewers!

After the panel discussion, thanks to generous support of the event by LexisHUB, law students from the College of William & Mary, George Washington University, Georgetown University, American University, Catholic University, University of the District of Columbia, Howard University, George Mason University, University of Virginia, Washington & Lee, and the University of Richmond had the opportunity to network with our panelists and one another. 

The heads of several women’s law organizations from these law schools met briefly during the summit to discuss the possibility of starting a DC-Area Women’s Law Student Organization.  We are currently working with the Bar Association of DC to get the ball rolling on this project.  We are also hoping to partner with the Women’s Bar Association of DC.

Interested in getting involved?  Contact Julie Silverbrook at jmsilverbrook@email.wm.edu

D.C. SUMMIT SPEAKERS:

  • Robin West, Frederick J. Haas Professor of Law and Philosophy; Associate Dean; Frederick J. Haas Professor of Law and Philosophy, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Lisa Horowitz, Senior Manager of Professional Development, McDermott Will & Emery LLP
  • Julia B. Weatherly, Associate Judge, Prince George’s County Circuit Court
  • Noha Sidhom, Office of the General Counsel, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Barbara Washburn, Former Director, Legislative & Regulatory Affairs-Tax for General Motors Corporation
  • Moderator: Caprice Roberts, Visiting Professor Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law

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