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Published in the October 18, 2011, 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, October 18, 3-4 p.m., Wayne L. Morse United States Courthouse, Eugene
Oregon State Bar’s Oregon New Lawyers Division: PROFESSIONALISM FOR NEW ATTORNEYS CLE on Ethics presented by the Hon. John Acosta (UO Law ’82). Law students may attend at no cost. Stay after the CLE for a social, 4-5 p.m.; appetizers provided; no-host bar.

Tuesday, October 18, 6 p.m., Reception, McMenamins East 19th Street Cafe
Velikanje Halverson P.C., Yakima, WA, is hosting a casual gathering while in Eugene for on-campus interviews. The medium-sized, regional firm’s practice areas include agribusiness, family business, corporate, business and tax, land use, real estate transactions, estate planning, and litigation. Velikanje offers the sophistication of medium-large firm practice in a smaller, more collegial setting, where associates have immediate client contact and active involvement in cases. Quality of life is important to the firm, and the Yakima valley offers an affordable housing market and a family-friendly environment. Four alums work in the office: Sara Watkins (‘02), Kevan Montoya (‘89), Jay Carroll (‘87), and Adam Anderson (‘09). See the firm’s website (http://www.vhlegal.com) for additional information. All students are welcome. Drinks and appetizers will be provided; no RSVP necessary.

Thursday, October 20, 12-1 p.m., Multnomah County Courthouse, Room 208, Portland
Oregon State Bar’s Oregon New Lawyers Division: FAMILY LAW 101 CLE presented by Shawn Menashe (UO Law ’03) and Zach Fruchtengarten (UO Law ’00) of the Oregon State Bar. There is no charge for law students.

Thursday, October 20, 9 a.m-4:15 p.m., Oregon State Bar Center, Tigard
This seminar will provide valuable advice about client intake, key claim documents, working up the case, handling the hearing and appeal, and tips for a successful workers’ compensation case. Scholarships are available for law students; contact Steven Schoenfeld or Rob Guarrasi at 503-699-5588.

Saturday, October 22, 6-9 p.m., AMF Pro 300 Lanes, 3031 SE Powell Blvd., Portland
Oregon State Bar’s 9th Annual BOWLIO, a fundraiser and networking event for Opportunities for Law in Oregon (OLIO). OLIO is an OSB affirmative action program that promotes recruitment and retention of diverse law students from historically underrepresented communities. There is no charge for law students. Free pizza, snacks, and non-alcoholic beverages. Register by phone toll-free at 800-452-8260, ext. 413.

Friday, October 28, Sessions between 8:30 a.m. and 5:15 p.m., U.S. Federal Courthouse, Portland
Oregon State Bar’s Continuing Legal Education Seminars Department needs upper-level law students to volunteer as witnesses and jurors for the Oregon Trial Advocacy College. Attorneys will conduct mock trials in front of state, federal, and local judges, as well as some of Oregon’s most experienced litigators. Volunteers are needed during the following times: 1) Voir Dire, 8:30-10:30 a.m.; 2) Opening Statement, 10:45 a.m. – noon; 3) Direct and Cross-Examination, 1-4 p.m.; and 4) Closing Argument, 4:15-5:15 p.m. Jurors are needed for all sessions; witnesses are needed for direct and cross-examination. Volunteers may also listen, on a space-available basis, to the instruction sessions on Thursday, October 27. Complimentary box lunches are available both days, and volunteers may attend the Friday evening reception with judges and lawyers. See http://osbarcle.org/Brochures/2011/OTAC11.pdf. To sign up as a volunteer, contact Kes Joerg, OSB CLE Seminars Dept., by noon, October 26, at kjoerg@osbar.org or 800-452-8260, ext. 326. (Provide your contact information, your availability on Friday, and whether you plan to listen to instructional sessions on Thursday.)

Saturday, October 29, 10:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., Miller Nash, Portland
Oregon State Bar’s New Tax Lawyer Committee: LL.M. Fair. A presentation, “Why do the LL.M.” by Prof. Scott Schumacher, director of the University of Washington LL.M. program and a graduate of the New York University program, followed by a panel discussion by local tax partners. Materials from LL.M. taxation programs will be available. The event includes informal networking and lunch. RSVP to nicki.heath@millernash.com.

Thursday, November 3, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Jonathan’s, 136 High Street SE, Salem
Oregon State Bar’s Oregon New Lawyers Division: PROFESSIONALISM FOR NEW ATTORNEYS CLE on Ethics presented by the Hon. John Acosta (UO Law ’82). Law students may attend at no cost. Stay after the CLE for a social, 6:30-7:30 p.m.; appetizers provided; no-host bar.

Friday, November 4, 8 a.m. – 7:30 p.m., Oregon Convention Center, Portland
Oregon State Bar’s 2011 Convocation on Equality. This is a great opportunity to participate in the ongoing conversation about diversity and inclusion, hear from leaders in the field, network with attorneys, and learn about the various organizations that support diversity in the Oregon community. Volunteer for a shift on the day of the conference and/or volunteer for a discrete task with one of the Committees, helping to prepare for the Convocation. If you would like to volunteer, contact Ellen Jones, Director of Career Services, Lewis & Clark Law School, at ekjones@lclark.edu or 503-768-6886. You will also need to register online to attend; the $35 registration fee includes lunch and the reception. (You can apply for reimbursement of up to half of your expenses through the Career Center.) See the website at http://2011coe.wordpress.com/.

Thursday, November 17, 12-1 p.m., Multnomah County Courthouse, Room 208, Portland
Oregon State Bar’s Oregon New Lawyers Division: PRODUCT LIABILITY DEFENSE CLE presented by Anne Talcott (UO Law ’96). There is no charge for law students.

Thursday and Friday, November 17-18, UO Law School
Portia Project Annual Conference, “PRISONS AND PEOPLE: A Focus on Women and Their Children”
The free conference features presentations by former inmates of Coffee Creek Correctional Facility, members of the families of incarcerated women, experts in criminal justice, corrections administrators, counselors, representatives of organizations that assist women during the reentry process, and students enrolled in the Law School’s seminar on “Women in Prison.” If interested in also attending the reception in the Lewis Lounge on Thursday night, contact Prof. Barbara Aldave at 541-346-3985.

Saturday, October 29, and Saturday, November 19, Near Autzen Stadium, Eugene
Mingle with UO Law alumni and faculty before home football games.

Thursday, December 15, 12-1 p.m., Multnomah County Courthouse, Room 208, Portland
Oregon State Bar’s Oregon New Lawyers Division: PROFESSIONALISM FOR NEW ATTORNEYS CLE on Ethics presented by the Hon. John Acosta (UO Law ’82). Law students may attend at no cost.

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