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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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Jamie Bence

From the Seat of Power: Alexa Chappell

From the Seat of Power will focus on interviews with women lawyers working in the federal government. This column will explore the unique challenges and rewards of government work, including why these women chose their paths, how they got there, and what they hope to do next. The interviews will focus on balancing personal and professional goals as well as advice for aspiring civil servants.This month's column features Alexa Chappell, Associate Director in the Office of the Intergovernmental and Public Liaison at the United States Department of Justice. Alexa received her bachelor's in public finance from the School of Public…

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jessie

Congratulations to Fernande Duffly, Nominee to the Massachusetts Supreme Court!

Yesterday, Governor Deval Patrick nominated Massachusetts Appeals Court Justice Fernande Duffly to sit on his state's Supreme Judicial Court.  Duffly is Indonesian-born and, if confirmed, would become the court's first Asian-American justice. Duffly is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a former attorney at K & L Gates.  She was first appointed to the Family and Probate Court before being promoted to the court of appeals.  She has been a tireless advocate for equality in the profession and is a past president of the National Association of Women Judges.I've had the privilege to work with Justice Duffly through the American…

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An Interview with Sandra Swirski: Lawyer, Lobbyist, and a Juggling Success Story

Sandra Swirski co-founded two public policy/government affairs companies, advised 2 senior U.S. Senators, was an executive at a Fortune 10 company and advised multinational clients at one of the largest professional services companies. At Urban Swirski & Associates, LLC, a public policy and government affairs firm in Washington, D.C., Ms. Swirski's practice focuses on advising Fortune 500 executives and leaders of non-profit organizations about public policy and government affairs issues.  Other private sector experience includes running the Washington government affairs office for Mobil Corporation, and advising multinational clients on economic and tax issues while at Ernst & Young. Ms. Swirski’s…

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