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Landing a Job with a Federal Agency

Note: This is not for CLE.  Live webinars are free and open to the public. The recorded program and materials are exclusively for ABA members.


The Career Choice Series is designed to help you choose your career path. Whether you’re a law student, young lawyer, or transitioning attorney, find out what it’s like to work in various practice areas and the best way to position yourself to get there.

In this segment, our speakers will share how they landed a job in their respective federal agencies. There are many perks to working as an attorney in the federal government such as the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Education, Social Security Administration or the Department of Justice:

  • opportunities to immediately develop your knowledge, skills, and abilities
  • exposure to many areas of law
  • may advise on agency legal or policy matters
  • no billable hour requirement
  • manageable work/life balance with a reasonable work week, federal holidays, and ample vacation and sick leave
  • health and retirement benefits and loan repayment programs
  • flexibility in terms of geographical location and movement between agencies

Our speakers will provide invaluable insight into how they broke into their respective positions*, the pros and cons, and what a typical day in their practice entails.


Adele Rapport has held management, plaintiff, and government attorney positions. She was the Regional Attorney for the U.S. EEOC Detroit District office from 1993-2006, and currently is the Regional Director for the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (Chicago). From 1994-2006 Ms. Rapport was an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Detroit Mercy School Of Law where she taught employment discrimination and disability rights.

Steve Vieux is an attorney with the Federal Trade Commission in Washington, DC, where he practices antitrust law conducting investigations and litigation on behalf of consumers. He was formerly a Special U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia prosecuting domestic violence cases.

Cheryl Rich Heisler, President and Founder, LAWTERNATIVES, Chicago, IL; Board Member, ABA Career Center

*Please note, both our speakers are presenting as individuals and do not represent or speak on behalf of the Department of Education or Federal Trade Commission or any governmental entity.

Sponsored by ABA Career CenterYoung Lawyers DivisionLaw Student Division, and Government and Public Sector Lawyers Division

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