"Compelling Conversations with Colleagues" is a series of audio podcasts that examines different lawyer positions within the public sector. Hear from a city attorney, a county attorney, a public defender, a prosecutor, a federal agency attorney, an AUSA, and a JAG officer about what their day-to-day is like, and the pathways that led them there. Each podcast is short, and contains a wealth of information for young lawyers or law students who are interested in a career in the public sector.

Federal Agency Attorney

City Attorney

County Attorney

Public Defender


JAG Officer

Assistant U.S. Attorney

State Assistant Attorney General

Law Student

Nonprofit Advocacy

Free audio program - listen now!

Created in partnership with the ABA's Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section, this program examines issues surrounding civility in today's legal practice. Jill Mariani, an assistant district attorney with the New York County District Attorney's Office moderates the program and the panelists are Dick A. Semerdjian, a partner in Schwartz, Semerdjian Ballard and Cauley, LLP, and current chair of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section; and Gregory Brooker, chief of the Civil Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Minnesota.

Diverse Pathways to Success in the Public Sector – free audio programs below

Developing a satisfying legal career requires thoughtful decisions about our job choices. Public sector lawyers face challenges that differ from those in the private sector. Learn about diverse paths to success in the public sector from: the Hon. Susan Burke, Hennepin County District Court, Minneapolis, MN; Jenae Naumann, Assistant City Attorney, Tempe, AZ; Steve Vieux, attorney, Bureau of Competition, Federal Trade Commission, Washington, DC; and Anne Dewey-Balzhiser (moderator), former General Counsel of two federal agencies.

This program is divided into four 20-minute segments, which you can hear separately:

Print out the accompanying four PowerPoint presentations first, which contain slides for each of the four segments. Click on each segment to learn more about the topic. The panelists are introduced on the audio in Segment 1. Their biographies are provided below.

Panelist Bios

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