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Jamie Bence

From the Seat of Power: April Randall

April R. Randall is an attorney in the D.C. Office of the Attorney General. She attended the University of Baltimore School of Law, and upon graduating in 2006, clerked from the Honorable Sherrie L. Krauser, Circuit Court of Prince George’s County. She previously served as a staff attorney for the Sexual Assault Legal Institute. April graduated from Wellesley College in 2003, where she majored in economics and minored in psychology. What factors led you to attend law school?  Before going to Wellesley I knew I wanted to go to law school. My mother was a paralegal at my Uncle Hal’s…

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Amanda

An Interview with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan

Lisa Madigan is the Illinois Attorney General. In 2002 Attorney General Madigan became the first female general elected to serve as Illinois Attorney General. She was elected to her third term in 2010. Before her election, Madigan served in the Illinois Senate and worked as a litigator based in Chicago. Prior to becoming an attorney, she was a teacher and community advocate. She also volunteered as a high school teacher in South Africa during apartheid. She has a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Attorney General Madigan recently spoke with Ms. JD…

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Jamie Bence

From the Seat of Power: Melanie Krebs

Melanie Krebs is a trial attorney in the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division, Transportation, Energy, and Agriculture Section. Melanie graduated from Wellesley College, and spent time working as a paralegal and traveling in Portugal before law school. She attended the University of California Hastings School of Law. Following graduation, Melanie completed a year-long clerkship at the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, a civilian appellate court which reviews appeals within the military justice system. She was subsequently hired by the Department of Justice in her current position. What factors led you attend law school, and ultimately…

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jessie

Highlights from UCLA NWLSO Judicial Panel

Last week, the UCLA chapter of the National Women Law Students Organization hosted a judicial panel on campus.  It was a great event and there are both organizational and substantive highlights.Event Planning Best Practices:Partner with a Professional Association: UCLA NWLSO worked with California Women Lawyers on the event. CWL helped identify and recruit judges for the panel. Focus on alumnae: All three judges on the panel were UCLA grads. Not only is it easier to recruit these folks to help students, but they will be more relatable to the audience.Chaperone your dignitaries: UCLA NWLSO assigned one board member as a…

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Sarah Ferguson

Going Public: So Many Options!

So now that you are (hopefully) thinking about choosing the public path, you may be wondering “what next?” The ultimate goal is to get a public sector job. However, if you’re anything like the save-the-world bleeding heart I am, it’s hard to focus on a direction because you want to help every cause. Trust me, I know that feeling. Making a decision about what policy/social justice area to pursue for a career can be intimidating. So, take a couple deep breaths and remember, having these options is part of why people go into public service—it’s like a Chose Your Own…

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Jamie Bence

From the Seat of Power: Jami Westerhold

Jami Westerhold has wanted to do environmental work since she was in high school. A self-described “notorious planner,” she decided she would attend Vermont Law while she was still a high school student in Wyoming. Jami learned that most of Vermont Law's students are from out of state originally, but attend undergrad in Vermont. Thus, she chose Green Mountain College for her bachelor's, an environmentally-focused liberal arts school, where she majored in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Public Advocacy. Jami has worked for numerous environmental organizations, including the Vermont Natural Resources Board, regional and local planning commissions, and the…

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Sarah Ferguson

Going Public: Wise Women

Most days I’m confident I’ve made the right decision to go to law school and devote my career to public service. Most days. There are other days when I find the prospect of my future career on the public path downright scary.  On those days it’s nice to know there are women out there who have made the less obvious choice to “go public” and have succeeded. Once I start talking to women (and men) I know in the public sector, I’m reminded that there are innumerable ways to jump-start a career in public service and there are ever evolving…

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Jamie Bence

From the Seat of Power: Mary Rouvelas

Mary Rouvelas is the Senior Counsel for the American Cancer Society in Washington, D.C. Mary graduated from Wellesley College magna cum laude in 1992, and worked in Venice Beach, CA for a year as a private investigator before attending the University of Virginia School of Law, graduating in 1996. She is a member of the bar in Virginia and the District of Columbia and is also admitted to practice at the United States Supreme Court. She currently directs the American Cancer Society and the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network’s Judicial Advocacy Initiative, which recruits law firms on a pro…

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Sarah Ferguson

Going Public: Choosing Your Path

So, you’re in law school (or maybe a recent grad) and you’re assessing your career trajectory. Your school hosts lawyers in various fields, your professors discuss their previous careers in practice, your friends talk about their summer internships. There are so many options! How to narrow it down? It’s not easy, but if you think you may be leaning towards public service, there are some indicators that show it may be just the path for you. I know, I know, last month I stated that there’s no list you can check off to determine if the public sector is right…

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Jamie Bence

From the Seat of Power: Lisa Kaeser

This month's column features Lisa Kaeser, who currently serves as a senior program analyst in the Office of Program and Public Liaison at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) at the National Institutes of Health, HHS. She works as a liaison between the NICHD’s leadership and its many constituencies, which include Congress, the scientific and research advocacy communities, and the public. Prior to joining the NICHD over ten years ago, Ms. Kaeser worked for over a decade in women’s health research and policy issues at The Alan Guttmacher Institute, and before that for…

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