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Upcoming Networking Opportunities

Published in the September 4, 2012, Advisor

Taking advantage of networking opportunities like the ones noted below can help you achieve your professional goals. You will be receiving additional information about some of these events through email. Note that partial reimbursement for eligible expenses may be available through the Career Center if arranged in advance. Stop by for details.

If you feel a little apprehensive about networking skills or just have some questions, please make an appointment and come talk to us. In addition, you can check out these three resources from our library:

How to Work a Room: Your Essential Guide to Savvy Socializing
by Susan RoAne

Building Career Connections: Networking Tools for Law Students and New Lawyers
by Donna Gerson

The How-Tos of Informational Interviewing: A Step-by-Step Guide (brochure)
by NALP

Tuesday, September 11, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., White Stag Building Main Theater Room, 70 NW Couch, Portland.
Duck Biz Lunch.
(Law students may attend.) Have lunch and get to know Portland-area alumni. All are welcome to attend, whether you are interested in meeting other professionals in your field, developing contacts in complementary professions, or broadening your social network. Bring your own lunch or choose from lunch options from Elephant’s Deli. Register here as a non-member for $10 (optional $11 for lunch): UO Alumni Duck Biz Lunch.

Friday, September 14, 4-9:30 p.m., University of Oregon
Interested in a fun way to engage with Oregon Law alumni? Volunteer to assist with the Reunions 2012 celebration! Your help is needed with last-minute event logistics and set-up, greeting of alumni and check-in for the reunion dinner, hosting, and escorting alumni to the law school for the post-dinner dessert. You'll have the opportunity to meet and learn from those who have walked in your shoes.  Contact Rachel Kahn at raj@uoregon.edu if interested.

Sunday, September 16, 2 p.m., Portland.
Portland Timbers Reserves vs. Seattle Reserves.
Friendly competition between UO and OSU to see which school can sell the most tickets. The school to sell the most will be recognized during half-time of the match. Tickets are $10; each school will receive $3 for every ticket sold through this link. Tickets are limited, so act now.

Wednesday, October 24, 3-5 p.m., World Trade Center, Mezzanine Room, 26 SW Salmon, Portland
Public Speaking for Attorneys.
What are the most common public speaking mistakes litigators make in the courtroom? What is the number one nonverbal indicator of credibility? How do you keep from using distracting fillers such as “um,” “like,” “so,” and “you know”? How loudly should you speak and what effect does pitch have on a listener? When is it better to read a presentation, memorize it, or wing it? What are effective tactics for dealing with situations when you have to improvise? Come hear Judge Janice Wilson and Laura Dominic, Senior Consultant at Tsongas Litigation Consulting, reveal how even the most confident, talented advocates can stumble in oral advocacy, and get some tips for improving your own arguments and presentations. Free if space is available. RSVP to Ryan Mosier at ryan@mbabar.org at least one week in advance.

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Law students may join the UO Student Alumni Association for $35 (the fee that is listed for juniors or seniors) at Join UO Alumni Association. The Association facilitates interactions between students and alumni; for example, student members may join the mentor database, which provides opportunities to connect with UO alumni. When you graduate, you may join the UO Alumni Association through the same website for a lifetime fee of $375 (minus $35, if you joined as a student), and payment plans are available. (If you wait to join until four years after graduation, the fee will be $750.) A list of chapters across the country, including Lane County, is available at UO Alumni Chapters. The Portland chapter hosts many networking events, such as the two listed above, and welcomes law students and graduates; check its website often at Portland UO Alumni Association Events. In addition, as an Alumni Association member, you can access the online alumni directory for personal and professional networking.

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