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Big Law Firm Practice: Disappointments for Women (and Men)

The following article was in the NY Times on Sunday, March 19, 2006:

Why Do So Few Women Reach the Top of Big Law Firms?By TIMOTHY L. O’BRIENHUNDREDS of feet above Manhattan, the reception area of Proskauer Rose’s headquarters boasts all of the muscular, streamlined ornamentation that symbolizes authority and power in a big city law firm — modern art, contemporary furniture, white marble floors, high ceilings and stunning views. The background music floating about this particular stage set is composed of the steady, reassuring cadences of talented, ambitious lawyers greeting their clients.Bettina B. Plevan, a 60-year-old specialist in labor and employment law, has spent more than three decades at Proskauer navigating the professional riptides and intellectual cross-currents of firm life on her way to reeling in one of the legal world’s most storied and most lucrative prizes: a partnership. Her corner office has evidence... read more »

Law Career Talk: Intellectual Property and Patent Law

The following is a summary of a UMass lawyer-alumni career talk offered on March 31, 2005, sponsored by the UMass Pre-Law Advising Office.Panelists:Nicholas Triano, III, Mintz Levin, BostonBiochemistry and Chemistry, ‘83Suffolk Law, ‘91Joshua Grey, Bulkley Richardson & Gelinas, SpringfieldHistory, ‘97Northwestern Law, ‘01Q: How did you get into this area of law?Attorney Triano was working as a bench chemist for several years, and had never considered law school until his then-future wife started at Suffolk Law. He sat in on a couple of classes and found himself immediately interested. Further investigation revealed that his science background would serve him well in the area of patent law. He attended Suffolk part-time while continuing to work in a high-tech firm.The combination of his experience and legal education made for a relatively easy job search, and he was offered a position in the in-house counsel department of a large multi-national corporation,... read more »

Law Career Talk: Public Interest Law

UMass Alumni Attorneys Carla Halpern (Lingustics ‘90, Harvard Law ‘97) and Stefanie Krantz (Legal Studies ‘89, WNEC Law ‘93) will speak about their careers in Public Interest Law on Tuesday, April 19th, at 2:00 pm in E27C Machmer.Attorney Halpern has for several years practiced family law and housing discrimination law on behalf of poor people at the Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts in Worcester.Attorney Krantz is a staff attorney at the Disability Law Center in Northampton where she advocates on behalf of disabled individuals. Please join us to hear about their rewarding careers in public interest law, including how they chose this work, how they prepared for their careers, and how they have managed to live on public interest salaries.

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Career Talk: Intellectual Property and Patent Law

On Thursday, March 31st, we will host UMass alumni attorneys Nicholas Triano and Joshua Grey, who will speak about their careers in Patent and Intellectual Property Law. Attorney Triano graduated from UMass in 1983 with degrees in Biochemistry and Chemistry.  After several years as a bench chemist, he went on to Suffolk U. Law School, and is now a Senior Associate at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo in Boston, specializing in Patent Law. Attorney Grey received his B.A. in History from UMass in 1997, and his law degree from Northwestern in 2001.  He is an associate at Bulkley Richardson & Gelinas in Springfield, specializing in Intellectual Property and Real Estate. This is an excellent opportunity to speak with attorneys currently practicing in an exciting and expanding area of the law, find out how they chose this field, and what their day-to-day work is like.  Thursday, March 3... read more »

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