D.C. Affiliates Help Young Lawyers Find Jobs
By Justin A. Pan and Amy Y. Yeung
Justin A. Pan is a member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of D.C. and an Associate in the Washington, D.C., office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP. Amy Y. Yeung is Chair-Elect of the Young Lawyers Section of the Bar Association of D.C. and is an Associate in the Washington, D.C., office of WilmerHale.
It probably doesn’t need to be said, but this is a bad time to be a lawyer looking for a job. With big firms, governments, and others laying off attorneys and new lawyers graduating with huge student loans and limited job prospects, having the right skills to land a job is more important than ever.
To help young lawyers in their job hunt, the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of D.C. (APABA-DC) and the Young Lawyers Section of the Bar Association of D.C. (YLS-BADC) co-hosted a “Job Panel Question and Answer” discussion on June 11, 2009.
The panel was set up so that individual attendees could submit anonymous questions to the event organizers. These questions then provided the structure of the Q&A. Panelists discussed a broad range of topics concerning the current legal job market. Topics included everything from a general assessment of the legal job market to specific advice on transitioning into the government to conducting job searches.
Because of the diverse backgrounds of the panelists, each gave unique insights and perspectives on different issues. For example, career counselors provided perspective on conducting effective job searches. Others who work with law firms spoke on recent trends with private law firms and how the current economic condition has affected hiring. Still others discussed transitioning into government and the qualities government employers look for when making hiring decisions.
After the panel discussion, a networking session was provided that allowed attendees to follow-up with panelists, other professionals, and career counselors. Attendees had the opportunity to mingle with panelists and ask follow-up questions. Many also sought further career advice based on their interests.
Attendees said the “Job Panel Q&A” and networking sessions provided them with helpful information.
Both groups want to thank the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law for providing the location for the event. They also want to thank the panelists: Jessica Heywood, Director of Catholic University School of Law’s Office of Career and Professional Development; Mathew Pascocello, Assistant Director for Alumni Counseling at American University’s Washington College of Law; Jeffrey Schimelfenig, National Director of Project Management for Kelly Law Registry; Leah Frazier, Attorney, Federal Trade Commission, Bureau of Consumer Protection, Division of Financial Practices; Hsinyu Yu, Attorney Recruitment & Retention Manager at the Office of Chief Counsel, Internal Revenue Service; and Nicole Puri, Manager, Deloitte Financial Advisory Services. Amy Yeung, Chair-Elect of the YLS-BADC, moderated the discussion.