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Meet the Lawyers of Meet the Law - Spring 2017

This semester’s Meet the Law speed-networking event with UMass Amherst lawyer-alums features a great group of attorneys in diverse areas of law. Check them out below, mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 28th from 6pm to 8pm in the CHC Events Hall, and don’t forget to register here. Most fun and informative networking event of the spring.

Colin Black (Legal Studies ‘93, Suffolk Law ‘01) Partner, Donovan Hatem Employment litigation, lawyer professional development Brett Blank (Political Science ‘05, Western New England Law ‘09) Assistant General Counsel, Mass. Executive Office of Health & Human Services Litigation, healthcare and non-profit regulation

Lillian Chukwurah (Legal Studies ‘12, New England Law ‘15) Principal, Lilly Legal Immigration and family law

Chase Liu (History ‘04, Northeastern Law) Founder & Managing Attorney, ArkSwan Legal Advising business start-ups

Carole Sakowski Lynch (Political Science ‘80, Western New England Law ‘87) Partner, Morrison Mahoney Employment, discrimination, municipal law... read more »

Local law firm internships available

This just in from Dunn & Phillips, a law firm with offices in Amherst, right over on Fearing Street:

The Law Offices of Dunn and Phillips (Amherst) is currently accepting applicants for positions in our firm. We have 2 opportunities for internships, one as a Legal Intern, and one as a Marketing Intern. Descriptions of the two positions are listed below. If interested in either position, please submit your resume and a writing sample to our email: dunnandphillipsamherst@gmail.com Legal Intern: The duties of Legal Intern will consist of the following: legal research, drafting documents (motions, affidavits, memos, etc.), and client interviews. Legal interns will have the opportunity to observe courtroom proceedings including but not limited to: depositions, MCAD hearings, MCAD mediations, arbitrations, conciliations, Clerk Magistrate’s hearings, Pre-Trial Hearings, etc. Marketing Intern:Tthe duties of Marketing Intern will consist of the following: maintaining the firm’s... read more »

Meet the Lawyers of Meet the Law - Fall 2016

Another great line-up of lawyer-alums is in formation for the October 25th, 2016 edition of Meet the Law (6pm, CHC Events Hall). Here are the participating attorneys. Don’t forget to sign up here.

Ray Dinsmore (History ‘02, Western New England Law ‘06), Partner, Dinsmore Stark, Northampton (primarily labor and employment law)

Sheila Flaherty (Political Science ‘87, Georgetown Law ‘93), formerly Chief Legal Counsel, Demandware, Burlington MA (corporate law)

Natalie Higgins (Political Science & Spanish ‘09, Northeastern Law ‘14), Executive Director, PHENOM (Public Higher Education Network of Massachusetts), Boston (higher education, lobbying)

Caroline MacKenzie (English ‘03, Suffolk Law ‘12), Associate Attorney, Arlanson Law Offices, Norwell, Mass. (estate planning and probate)

Anthony Maio (Psychology ‘90, Mass. School of Law ‘96), Law Offices of Anthony Maio, Boston (personal injury, real estate)

Vanessa Martinez (Spanish ‘06, Western New England Law ‘11), Associate, Egan, Flanagan & Cohen, Springfield, MA (primarily real estate and civil... read more »

Real Advice from Real Lawyers (who happen to be UMass alums)

At the beginning of this school year, I asked some of our UMass Amherst lawyer-alums to share their best advice for undergrads who are considering legal careers, and they responded with some great stuff!

From Samantha Duncan, a contract enforcement attorney at a large labor union in Washington DC:

Have realistic expectations of the three years in law school. I was at the top of my class at UMass so I assumed law school wouldn’t be that difficult. It was. I also assumed since college was so fun, law school would be too. More often than not, it wasn’t. It’s a grind.

Samantha Clarke, an associate in a Providence RI law firm, recommends research:

Spend at least a week at your legal dream job, and that’s the bare minimum. Observe carefully what the attorneys at that office... read more »

Law-related courses: Fall 2016

It’s Fall 2016 course registration time! Here are some law-related courses you might find interesting, as well as a bunch of caveats to keep in mind.

First off:

There is nothing you MUST do as an undergrad in order to prepare for law school – no required classes or majors, no magic extracurricular activities.

Study what you love, pursue your passions, explore your interests.

You’ll find pages of info on undergraduate preparation for law school right here. 

Academics

Beyond studying what you love, the most important things you can do in the classroom to enhance your eventual application to law school are the following:

  • Learn how to be a good writer – take classes in which you’ll write a lot and get good feedback on your writing.
  • Maintain a strong GPA.... read more »
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