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2013 NALP Conference Recap. Sheila Driscoll - GW Law Lauren Marsh - Akin Gump Melanie Priddy - Bingham McCutchen. Don’t Let the Door Hit Them on the Way Out! Counseling Your Alumni Before and After They Leave Julie Alvarez (Cardozo School of Law), Norma Cirincione (Cleary).

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2013 nalp conference recap

2013 NALP Conference Recap

Sheila Driscoll - GW Law

Lauren Marsh - Akin Gump

Melanie Priddy - Bingham McCutchen

2013 nalp conference recap

Don’t Let the Door Hit Them on the Way Out! Counseling Your Alumni Before and After They LeaveJulie Alvarez (Cardozo School of Law), Norma Cirincione (Cleary)

  • Best Practices for Successful Law Firm Alumni Programs:

    - Visibility and buy-in from firm management

    - Updated and accurate contact list

    - Programming - CLE, social events, alumni speaking


    - Tracking alumni generated business

    - Unique aspects of Cleary's program

2013 nalp conference recap

Building Better Women’s Initiatives: Strategies, Tools and Information to Move Your Firm ForwardJeanne Picht (Lawyer Metrics), Karen Hahn (Threshold Advisors), Sonia Menon (Neal Gerber), Jane Pigott (R3 Group)

  • Markers for success in firms (1) equity partnership; (2) origination credit; (3) leadership roles; and (4) compensation

  • Typical challenges: effecting change, dialogue among partners, pipeline - case for "it gets better"

  • Program examples - partner policy group, women attorney networking teams (WANT), business development

  • Role of PD Professional

  • Re-define what women's initiatives mean

2013 nalp conference recap

Client Development Readiness: Aligning Professional Development and Marketing in a Competitive MarketRoss Fishman (Fishman Marketing), Lee Ann Daly (Thomson Reuters)

  • Biggest Challenges for lawyers within 5 years of practice

    • Differentiating themselves from others

    • Building marketing and networking skills

    • Knowledge of what marking is

    • How to build a marketing plan and execute

  • Take away message: find a niche

  • No matter context, motto should be "practice broadly, market narrowly"

  • Year-by-year marking guide

2013 nalp conference recap

New and Alternate Career Models for Lawyers:Implications for Law Firms and Career Services OfficesTask Force: Elizabeth Armour (Suffolk University), William Chamberlain (DePaul University), Sonia Menon (Neal Gerber), Carrie Weintruab (Holland & Knight)

  • Business Drivers

    Implications for Law Firms

  • Approaches to Implementation - top down, bottom up

  • Considerations

  • Execution

    Implications for Law Schools

  • Learn about these jobs – speak in positive terms with students

  • Include alums in these jobs on panels


  • Initial report to NALP membership - March 2013

  • Resource Guide for law firms and law schools - post-conference

  • Task force to continue in 2013 - 2014

Knowledge is power using data to raise your profile kay nash wiley rein jennifer queen mckenna long

Knowledge is Power: Using Data to Raise Your ProfileKay Nash (Wiley Rein), Jennifer Queen (McKenna Long)

  • Useful Reports to Consider:

    - Judicial Clerkships

    - Gender and Ethnicity

    - Breakdown by Departments

    - Breakdown by Level or J.D. Year

    - Search Firm Fees

  • Cheat Sheet for Firm

  • Viewpoint of an Outsider

  • Cost for Recruiting Candidates

  • Annual Self Evaluation or Annual Report

2013 nalp conference recap

Developing a Training Curriculum for Your Summer ProgramsDyana Barninger (K&L Gates), Celeste Herrera (K&L Gates), Lauren Marsh (Akin Gump), Amy Pretty (McGuire Woods)

  • Importance of Training

  • What to Consider

  • Four Key Types of Programming

  • Examples of Training

  • Implementation

2013 nalp conference recap

Show Them the Money: Creating Student Buy-in for Self-AssessmentSusan Fine, The George Washington University Law School; Lorri Olan, Washington and Lee University School of Law; Jennifer Queen, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

  • Importance of Self-Assessment in Career Satisfaction

    • GW Law’s Inns of Court Program

  • Overview of Assessment Tools

    • MBTI

    • HBDI

  • Shultz & Zedeck 26 Effectiveness Factors & Law Firm Competencies

    • McKenna Long’s Interview Process

  • Self-Awareness leads to Better Interviewing

2013 nalp conference recap

Plenary: Legal Careers in the Global Age of More-for-Less David B. Wilkins, Vice Dean, Global Initiatives on the Legal Profession; Director, Program on the Legal Profession, Lester Kissel Professor of Law, Harvard Law School

  • Structural Changes

    • Globalization

    • Rise of Information Technology

    • Blurring of 19th C categories of knowledge and organization

  • Consequences

    • Clients have more information (thus “unbundling”)

    • Clients use metrics/value and less reputation/credentials

    • Networks of relationships more important than specific firms

  • Future Bets

    • More competition (LPO’s)

    • More demand for knowledge of cross-border implications

    • Clients want firms to share risks/benefits, i.e. partners

    • Legal education should focus on career success factors—relationships and networking & global outlook/multicultural

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