Lunch and Learn with the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan-Wayne Region
By Sana Khokhar, 2L
(L-R): Maro Houhanisin, 3L and UDM Women’s Law Caucus President; Deanne Bonner Simpson ’00, Bonner DiSalvo PLLC; Allison Bach, Dickinson Wright and WLAM-Wayne Region Immediate Past President; Elizabeth Joliffe, Your Benchmark Coach; Hon. Patricia Fresard, Wayne County Circuit Court; Professor Margaret Costello, UDM Law; Abril Valdes, 3L and UDM Women’s Law Caucus Vice President; Susanna Brennan, Kelly Law Registry; and, L. Nichole Hunter ’07, Allen Law Group and WLAM-Wayne Region President.
(L-R): Sana Khokhar, 2L; Hon. Patricia Fresard, Wayne County Circuit Court; Abril Valdes, UDM Women’s Law Caucus Vice President; and, Sara Lowry, 3L.
The Career Services Office recently hosted a Lunch and Learn event with the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan-Wayne Region. The event brought to UDM Law a dedicated panel of female professionals who spoke to students about their different experiences. Each panelist spoke about what they liked and disliked about their specific practice and firm. A common dislike was the short notice for a meeting or a task. The panel also informed students about the appropriate dress code in each of their respective firms. The trend in each of the panelist’s firms was professional business attire with some firms hosting a casual Friday. The panelists advised students on traits that they thought are useful in successfully fitting in to various sized firms. Susanna Brennan, a Recruitment Director for Kelly Law Registry thinks that “Responding to clients and colleagues promptly” is a tip that allows you to succeed at a firm. L. Nichole Hunter, a shareholder with the Allan Law Group in Detroit, and the president of Women Lawyers Association of Michigan – Wayne Region, said “being personable with both clients and colleagues” is important when you are trying to fit into a firm. To top the event off, Elizabeth Jolliffe, a career management and business development coach for lawyers, who was leading the panel, asked each panelist how could students obtain employment at their firms. Allison Bach, a Partner at Dickinson Wright, advised students to, “be a team player but be distinguishable”, “get good grades,” and “be ready to talk about everything you have on your resume.”
Careers in Immigration Law
The CSO hosted 18 programs during the Winter 2012 term to help students become career- and practice-ready. For example, the CSO and the Immigration Law Students Association co-hosted Careers in Immigration Law. Professor David Koelsch, Clinical Associate Professor and Director of the Immigration Law Clinic, moderated a panel of private practitioners including John English, former UDM Law Adjunct Professor and partner, English & Van Horne, P.C.; Asma Alghaiti ’08, solo practitioner; and, Anthony Mosko ’09, George Mann & Associates P.C. The panelists, who have specialized in immigration law for as little as 3 years to more than 35 years, shared sage advice on how to find employment opportunities in this ever-evolving practice area.