Laura Bladow

Ms. JD Chats: Law Firm 1L Programs

First year hiring is open!

Join Ms. JD and our panel of esteemed lawyers and diversity professionals on Thursday, December 15th at 3:00 PM ET for a discussion of their law firm's 1L hiring programs, including their specific diversity programs. Wondering if you've got a shot at a law firm job as a 1L student? Don't know anything about 1L hiring? Ms. JD and our panel of experts from firms with 1L Summer Programs are here to help!  They'll give you the tips and tricks for making your application stand out and tell you more about their successful programs. 

Have questions that you're afraid to ask? Submit them in advance by email or on Ms. JD's social media channels and we'll ensure they get asked anonymously.

We will livestream the panel on Ms. JD's YouTube channel. The program will be recorded and available on Ms. JD's YouTube channel, so that even if you can't make our live feed, you can hear the answers to your questions later! 

Learn more about the participating firms and their 1L programs!

Learn more about our panelists!

Joanna Fuller, Fish & Richardson

Associate, San Diego

Ms. Fuller represents pharmaceutical and high tech clients in patent litigation nationwide. Her cases have encompassed a wide range of technology, including pharmaceuticals, video coding, backup and recovery software, GPS technology, medical software, network security software, and email encryption.  In 2016, she was named as a San Diego Rising Star in Intellectual Property Litigation. Prior to joining Fish, Ms. Fuller clerked for the Honorable David R. Thompson and interned for the Honorable M. Margaret McKeown, both of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She also clerked for the San Diego U.S. Attorneys’ Office and the U.S. Department of Justice. Before becoming a lawyer, Ms. Fuller practiced as a chemical engineer. She did pharmaceutical research and development work at ALZA Corporation and chemical manufacturing at Dow Chemical Corporation. 

Manu Gayatrinath, Latham & Watkins

Finance Partner, Washington D.C. and Global Chair of the Recruiting Committee

Manu is a member of the Finance Department and the Private Equity Finance Practice.  She represents sponsors, borrowers and lenders in secured lending and other financing transactions, including acquisition financings, cash-flow and asset-based loans, mezzanine and subordinated debt facilities, private equity bridge loan facilities and secured notes offerings.  She was named as a “D.C. Rising Star” by the National Law Journal and as a Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD) Fellow.  Manu currently serves as Chair of the firm’s Global Recruiting Committee and has played an integral role in the development and management of diversity pipeline initiatives, such as the 1L Fellowship Program, as well as initiatives that promote leadership and provide mentorship to diverse law students, such as the Diversity Leadership Academy.

Rose Leda Ehler, Munger, Tolles & Olson

Attorney, San Francisco

Rose Leda Ehler is a litigator in Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP’s San Francisco Office.  Her practice focuses on complex civil litigation with a particular emphasis on legal problems faced by the technology and entertainment industries.  She serves as Co-Chair of her firm's Women’s Initiative as well as on the Jay Fujitani 1L Diversity Summer Program.  Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Ehler clerked for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She received her J.D. from Stanford Law School.   

Maja Hazell, White & Case

Director of Diversity and Inclusion, New York

Maja Hazell is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at White & Case. She oversees the Firm's global diversity and inclusion strategy as a member of the Business Services Leadership team.  Maja has led diversity and inclusion and career development initiatives for over twelve years, working for law firms, Fried Frank LLP, as their Director of Diversity and Inclusion, and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP as an associate. She also served as an Assistant Dean for Career Development at Pace University School of Law.  Maja is a member and past President of the Association of Law Firm Diversity Professionals, and a member of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, NALP, Professional Development Consortium, and Society for Human Resources. She is a frequent speaker on diversity and career development issues for these organizations and at several national law schools. Maja currently serves as a member of the Hunter College Pre-Law Advisory Board, the Leadership Institute Board of Advisors of the Council of Urban Professionals, and the New York City Bar Association (NYCBA) Committee to Enhance Diversity in the Profession. She has previously served on the NYCBA Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Lawyers, assisting in its administration of their long-standing Diversity Fellowship Program. Maja is also a certified graduate of Accomplishment Coaching, an ICF-accredited coach training program for leadership coaching. 

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