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Career Choice Series

How to Apply for a Government Job

Presented by Chris Fortier, Sam Wice, & Cheryl Rich Heisler

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.


Hear from two practicing attorneys out of two different Federal Agencies about the ins and outs of applying for and landing jobs within the government.  Our speakers will provide invaluable insight into how they went about their job search both in terms of where they found the job posting and what to look for with respect to different types of positions and levels.


Sam Wice is a special counsel at the Securities and Exchange Commission. His practice focuses on approving rule filings of self-regulatory organizations.  Previously, he was a council member of the ABA’s Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice and an assistant analyst at the Congressional Budget Office.

Chris Fortier is an attorney-advisor with the Social Security Administration’s Office of Hearings Operations in Falls Church, Virginia.  He works for the Chief Administrative Law Judge supporting the national hearing operation. Before coming to Northern Virginia, he was at the Charlottesville hearing office and the National Hearing Center.  He has served in various capacities for the ABA Section of Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice and Young Lawyers Division as well as the Virginia State Bar Young Lawyers Conference.


Cheryl Rich Heisler, President/Founder, Lawternatives; ABA Career Center Board Member; Chicago, IL

PLEASE NOTE: These remarks reflect solely the personal views of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Securities and Exchange Commission or the Social Security Administration, the individual members of the Commission or Administration, or their Staff.

Sponsored by ABA Career CenterYoung Lawyers Division, and Law Student Division

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