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You call it Giving Thanks, I call it Making Connections

So you’re heading home for Thanksgiving.  A long weekend filled with opportunities and challenges – yes, I’m talking about your family! They offer you the opportunity to connect with lawyers, maybe even lots of lawyers. But you might have to be assertive in ferreting out those connections.

They’ll present you with challenging questions about your future. You need to know the answers to some key questions to keep yourself sane and make those conversations productive. 

Ready for some tips? Let’s go.

Opportunities The family is gathered around the sumptuous meal. The whole family. Even that second cousin you barely know, the real estate lawyer from Billerica. Otherwise known as your new best friend. Seriously, if there are any lawyers in attendance at the festivities, it’s super bonus time. Quickly get them past the “don’t go to... read more »

Mock jurors needed in Northampton

The Hampshire County Bar Association is looking for students to act as mock jurors for a training later this month. From Attorney Marissa Elkins, President of the bar association:

This is a very important training to familiarize attorneys with new attorney-led jury selection procedures that have been put in place in Massachusetts. The training will be conducted by Superior Court Judges Bertha Josephson and Mary Lou Rup (UMass ‘70). We are trying to round up 30 - 40 people to serve as mock jurors.

The training will take place on November 17th at 3 pm at the Hampshire Superior Court in Northampton..  This is a great opportunity to meet lawyers and judges, and to see up close and personal what jury selection looks like (without being on an actual jury!).

Interested students should contact Attorney Elkins directly at melkins@marissaelkinslaw.com.

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Internship: Youth Restorative Justice

We’ve just learned of a new internship opportunity—see below for the details. Note that even though the organization is located in Brattleboro (about 35 minutes north of Amherst), much of the work can be done remotely. This looks an especially good opportunity for those of you exploring the large overlapping areas between social work and law.

Youth Services, Inc. in Brattleboro, Vermont is seeking committed, thoughtful, and compassionate volunteers to assist in our victim outreach work. Legislation in Vermont provides the option to the State’s Attorney to refer cases where there may be an opportunity to repair the harm that was cause by the crime. We receive a wide range of referrals including theft, property destruction, crimes related to substance abuse, crimes where mental illness is a factor, and simple assault crimes. We do NOT take cases involving domestic violence or sexual assault.

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Meet the Lawyers of “Meet the Law Fall 2015”

We’ve got a great group of alumni lawyers lined up for the Fall 2015 edition of Meet the Law, our speed networking event for prospective lawyers (coming up Wednesday, October 14th at 6:00 pm). Check out the list of attorneys, and don’t forget to register in advance here.

Starlene Alves Legal Studies ‘11, New England Law ‘14 Associate Attorney, Law Offices of Moira Tierney

Eric Beal Sociology ‘93, UConn Law ‘00 Neighborhood Liaison, UMass Amherst

Daniel Devoe Economics & Hospitality/Tourism Management ‘04, BU Law ‘10 Co-Founder and Director of Marketing, Legal Hero, Inc.

George “Luke” Goodridge III Civil & Environmental Engineering ‘01, UConn Law ‘04 Partner, Curtiss, Carey, Gates & Goodridge

Rua Kelly Political Science ‘92, Stanford Law ‘99 Trial Attorney, Securities & Exchange Commission

Maura Murphy Osborne Political Science ‘94, Cornell Law ‘98 Assistant Attorney General, Connecticut Attorney General’s Office

Joseph Roche Political Science ‘05,... read more »

Tick tock…

Fall 2015 is almost here…

So, two quick things:

First, the office will reopen Monday, August 31st, and regular office hours will begin Tuesday, September 8th.

Second, WE’VE MOVED! And by “we,” I mean me. The new office is upstairs in 210 Thompson—new space, same great advice.

Have a great last few weeks of summer, and see you in September!

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