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Breaking Chains to Build New Links - Networking within the Law School!

For the last several months, I've been looking at how networking varies in different legal fields.  This month, however, I'm going to take a hiatus and post on something slightly different.  I’m posting on law school networking because of a couple personal experiences I’ve had in the last few weeks.       Now, for some of you Law School Networking means attending bar review on Thursday nights, making friends among your classmates, or spending some extra time with a professor.  I think all of those things are important parts of law school networking.  (Indeed, you can hear me and many other…

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Breaking Chains to Build New Links - Small and Mid-Sized Law Firms

A few months ago now, I started a series in this column to look at how (and whether) networking varies in different areas of the law.  After my column on networking and self-promotion in law firms, I received a request from a reader to do a column about networking and self-promotion for mid-sized law firms since my previous law firm column had featured Ashley Bauer of Latham & Watkins.  As the reader rightly pointed out, some of the strategies and tools Ashley spoke of were not as readily available in a small to mid-sized firm.  (I must digress for a…

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Breaking Chains to Build New Links: For the Public Interest Lawyer

A few months ago, I started a feature to look at how networking and self promotion varies for different areas of the law.  You can see the feature on government lawyering here and the feature on networking for large law firms here.  This month, I’m covering networking and self promotion for the public interest lawyer. I am deeply indebted to Lucy Quacinella, Principal and Founder of Multiform Advocacy Solutions in San Francisco, and Julia Harumi Mass, Staff Attorney at the ACLU of Northern California for their contributions.  Through Multiform Advocacy Solutions, the small law firm she founded after many years in-house…

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Breaking Chains to Build New Links - Law Firm Networking

Last month I started a series to look at how networking varies, if it does at all, for different types of lawyers. In the first piece, I covered networking for government lawyers. This month, as many law students start their summer positions in an improving but still scary economy, I thought it would be a good time to cover law firm networking. Law firm networking means two things to me: (1) internal “networking” and (2) business development. Internal networking is the networking that is most important for summer associates now; it means taking the time to get to know the…

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Breaking Chains to Build New Links - For the Government Lawyer

This month, I’m starting what will be a several month long installment on networking in different areas of the law.  My question is: does or should your networking and self promotion style change depending on what type of law you practice.  By “type” I mean are you a government lawyer, at a big law firm, in public interest, etc.  I’m going to try to cover the gamut by speaking to professionals who have been successful in their field and finding out what they did to succeed.  I’m starting with government lawyers.This month I spoke to Marian Bruno, Deputy Director of…

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Breaking Chains to Build New Links: Social Media

If you are anything like me, you have never approached networking or self promotion in a systematic way.  In fact, you may be terrified of it.  Yet, our ability to network and self promote is essential for building a client base, building our own name, and building our careers.  Each month I’m going to tackle one strategy for networking or self promotion in an effort to help all of us break the chains we’ve put around ourselves and begin building new links.  If you have a topic you’d like covered, e-mail me at chainstolinks@gmail.com.    This month we’re talking about…

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Breaking Chains to Build New Links: Networking Follow Up

Note: If you are anything like me, you have never approached networking or self promotion in a systematic way.  In fact, you may be terrified of it.  Yet, our ability to network and self promote is essential for building a client base, building our own name, and building our careers.  Each month I’m going to tackle one strategy for networking or self promotion in an effort to help all of us break the chains we’ve put around ourselves and begin building new links.  If you have a topic you’d like covered, e-mail me at chainstolinks@gmail.com. Before getting into this month’s…

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Breaking the Chain to Build New Links: Informational Interviews

Note: If you are anything like me, you have never approached networking or self promotion in a systematic way. In fact, you may be terrified of it. Yet, our ability to network and self promote is essential for building a client base, building our own name, and building our careers. Each month I’m going to tackle one strategy for networking or self promotion in an effort to help all of us break the chains we’ve put around ourselves and begin building new links. If you have a topic you’d like covered, e-mail me at chainstolinks@gmail.com. We’re now in the throes…

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