Get Ready for Phase II of OCI: Resume Workshop

Need to get your resume ready for Phase II of OCI?  No time like the present!

The CDO will conduct a Resume Workshop on Tuesday, August 18 at 12:30 p.m. in Room 108. Attend and you’ll get all the information you’ll need to prepare a solid resume in time for bidding on the first session of Phase II of OCI.

We hope to see you there.

Phase II of the Fall 2009 OCI Program Begins Soon!

Phase II of the Fall 2009 On Campus Interview (OCI) Program will begin on Tuesday, September 8 and will end on Friday, October 23.  Because of the length of the phase, bidding will be conducted in several sessions.  Bidding for the first session of employers (who will interview between September 8 and September 17) begins on Saturday, August 15, 2009.

A detailed explaination of the bidding process for Session I was sent to all 2L, 3L and LL.M. students via the email address listed on Symplicity.  A list of participating employers was included in this email.  If you did not receive this email, please let your CDO advisor know.

Callback Interviews

With Fall OCI underway, it is not too early to start thinking about callback interviews.  OCI interviews are just the first step in the fall recruiting process.  Employers typically conduct callback interviews which often last for several hours, include a meal and are held at an employer’s office.

The CDO has prepared a guide specifically for callback interviews.  The CDO Callback Interview Guide is available on the CDO Student Portal under “shared documents” and “CDO Job Search Publications.”  You must use your UM Law login information to access the Student Portal.  You may also request a copy of the Callback Interview Guide by emailing the Career Development Office.

Please read the Guide prior to the start of any callback interviews so that you are as prepared as possible.  Should you have any questions about the Fall OCI and callback interview process, please speak with your CDO advisor.

Welcome to the New CDO Blog!

The CDO is pleased to announce the launch of its new blog.  As in the past, the CDO blog will continue to provide useful job search and professional development resources in what we hope is an easier to use format.  Visitors may search by a large number of subcategories as well as by keyword.

An easy to use navigation bar allows users to look at information specifically for students and alumni. Also easy to find is the weekly “This Week at the CDO” posts that detail upcoming events and deadlines for the week.

To view the blog in its entirety in reverse chronological order, simply click on “blog” on the top navigation bar.

We hope you find the CDO blog to be a valuable resource and that you will subscribe to the blog so that you can be informed of new posts.

This Week at the CDO Returns on August 17

The weekly “This Week at the CDO” posts will return on August 17.  Be sure to read these posts each week to learn about  events and deadlines for that week.

Social Networking Sites and the Job Search

Social networking sites like Facebook and MySpace are great to use but there can be pitfalls to using such sites.  Therefore, it is important to review and update your social networking pages and be aware of any information about you that is searchable on the web.  In this day and age, it is not out of the question for employers to google a potential candidate’s name or to search a social networking site to see if a candidate has a page.  You should always use your discretion when dealing with online materials.  Your online reputation is as important as your real life one so you should take steps to ensure that any online information about you will not derail your efforts to obtain a position.  Google your own name and see if you are comfortable with the information available.  Also, take a look at your social networking pages and make sure that the details do not reflect poorly on you.  You do not have to remove your pages.  Instead, take advantage of the access restriction available to you by making your pages private and be sure that any photos visible to any visitor to the page are ones that you are comfortable having a potential employer see.  Also, the following two articles are great resources:

Potential social medial pitfalls (from careerbuilder.com)

Professional Facebook Privacy in Under 10 Minutes (from lawyerist.com)

Free Webinar Training for Deferred Firm Associates Taking Public Interest Placements

Public Interest Perspectives–An Introductory Training for Private Attorneys in Public Interest Placements

Save the Date:  September 9, 2009 at 1:00pm Eastern Time

The Association of Pro Bono Counsel and NALP are pleased to announce a free national training for attorneys beginning volunteer public interest placements.   Please pass this on to interested parties.

What: A free national web-based training for attorneys who are beginning extended public service placements with legal aid and other nonprofit legal organizations.   The training will provide an overview of the differences in law firm and nonprofit practice settings, insight on working with low-income clients, and background on the economic challenges presently being confronted by the public interest community.

Who: The training is designed for all attorneys taking temporary, extended public interest placements.   While the training focuses particularly on practice in civil legal services organizations, the information is relevant to most public interest settings.   A coalition of public interest leaders from the legal aid community and the private bar designed and will present this training.

Why: As a result of the current economy, many attorneys, especially newer attorneys, who expected to be in private practice are beginning extended placements in legal aid and other public interest organizations.    This training aims to provide a bridge program for associates transitioning into a practice setting with which they may be unfamiliar.  By providing this preliminary training, we hope to best prepare these attorneys to engage in this unique opportunity to contribute to and learn about the public interest legal community.

When: This 2 hour program will be offered on September 9, 1:00pm Eastern Time.

Where: This training can be accessed from any computer and phone line.  In many cities, organizers are planning a central location (bar association, law firm, etc.) so attorneys may participate in the training together. Following these sessions, a discussion on issues relevant to fellowships will follow the long-distance training.  We encourage attorneys to attend the live session with their colleagues.  Details will follow from local organizations.

Register: If you are able to participate in this training, please register now: http://tinyurl.com/meggy8.

Questions: If you have any questions or for more information, please contact Kelly Tautges at ktautges@chicagobar.org or 312-554-8356.

Program Faculty:

  • Margaret C. Benson, Executive Director, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
  • Tiela Chalmers, Executive Director, Volunteer Legal Services Program of the San Francisco Bar Association
  • Steven Grumm, Director of Public Service Initiatives, National Association for Law Placement (NALP)
  • Bruce Iwasaki, Senior Partner, Lim Ruger & Kim, LLP; and former Executive Director, Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles
  • Harlene Katzman, Pro Bono Counsel, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP
  • David Lash – Managing Counsel of Public Interest and Pro Bono Services, O’Melveny & Myers, LLP; and former Executive Director, Bet Tzedek
  • Steven H. Schulman, Pro Bono Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP
  • Jonathan Smith – Executive Director, Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia
  • John Tull – former Executive Director, Southern Arizona Legal Aid; and former Vice President for Programs, Legal Services Corporation
  • Angela Vigil – North American Director, Pro Bono & Community Service, Baker & McKenzie; and former Director, Children’s Law Pro Bono Program, Northwestern University School of Law

K&L Gates Change Your World Campaign

A message from the law firm of K&L Gates, LLP:

Conservation. Community. Change.

The world is changing all around you. Right now, you have the opportunity to make an impact. By joining our global law firm, you will work with a wide array of organizations making a difference in communities around the world. You can also make a difference today by helping us donate $20,000.

Continuing on the success of last year’s Change Your World campaign, K&L Gates LLP is reducing waste by minimizing printed recruiting materials and eliminating promotional items. The money we save will be donated to a worthy charity. Here’s where you come in.

Visit www.klgates.com/changeyourworld, play the “Change Your World” trivia challenge, and decide which of three outstanding nonprofit organizations you want your score to count toward. If you are good enough, the organization you choose could receive the cash. Compete for your school, compete for personal glory, compete for a cause you believe in. While you are there, find out why you should be a part of K&L Gates.

You can help spread the word and assist your school and charity gain more points by letting your fellow students know about Change Your World or becoming a Change Your World fan on Facebook.

Latham Diversity Scholars Program

Latham & Watkins is once again pleased to announce the Latham Diversity Scholars Program which will award a $10,000 non-renewable scholarship to each of four second-year law students for use during their third year of law school (2010-2011). Factors considered in choosing the Latham Diversity Scholars will include a candidate’s:

• Ability and commitment to contribute to the diversity objectives of global law firms;

• Life experiences that have shaped values and that provide a unique perspective, including any obstacles or challenges faced in choosing or pursuing law as a profession;

• Academic and/or leadership achievements; and

• Desire to practice in a global law firm environment.

Students will be asked to submit an application form, personal statement, resume and official or unofficial law school transcript by September 15, 2009. This scholarship is not contingent upon receiving or accepting an offer of employment at Latham. Rather, it is open to all law students in the hope that greater diversity among the attorneys at large law firms will benefit the entire profession. Recipients will be announced in the spring of 2010.

The Latham Diversity Scholars Program, among other outreach efforts by Latham’s Diversity Hiring Sub-Committee, enhances Latham’s efforts to recruit and hire diverse summer clerks and attorneys.

Application forms are available online under the Diversity Scholars Program heading.

Volunteer for Super Bowl XLIV and Pro Bowl 2010 in South Florida

Miami-Dade residents have an opportunity to volunteer for Super Bowl XLIV and Pro Bowl 2010 in South Florida next year.  Volunteer ambassadors can experience the fun and excitement of the event first hand and are eligible to win a Host Committee prize pack that includes two tickets to Pro Bowl 2010.

Time commitment for volunteers is minimal. Interested residents are encouraged to register as soon as possible as shifts fill up quickly. Go to SouthFloridaSuperBowl.com/volunteer to register, or contact 305-614-7564 or volunteers@SouthFloridaSuperbowl.com.