Friday, March 1, and Saturday, March 2, 2024

The Black Law Student Association (BLSA), Latin American Law Student Association (LALSA), and Native American Law Student Association (NALSA) are pleased to host the 13th Annual Professional Development Bootcamp (“Bootcamp”) for their members. Bootcamp connects students with Cornell alumni in private practice and public interest practice throughout the United States to foster professional development skills, provide an opportunity for networking, and a venue for students to learn about a variety of practice areas and settings.

Friday, March 1

Attire: Business Formal

6:00 – 9:00 PM
Cornell University Statler Hotel

Welcome Reception, Dinner and Presidents’ Remarks, and Solidarity Group Roundtables

BLSA, LALSA, and NALSA Presidents will welcome attorneys and students with a reception. Dinner and Presidents’ Remarks will be followed by Solidarity Group Roundtables for students and alumni.

Presidents
Dalton Sousa, class of 2025, BLSA President
Debbie Morales, class of 2025, LALSA President
Angelo D’Ercole, class of 2025, NALSA President

Saturday, March 2

Attire: Business Formal

8:00-9:00 AM
The Gallery
Myron Taylor Hall

Check-in and Breakfast

BLSA, LALSA, and NALSA will welcome students and attorneys to the day’s programming.

9:05-9:20 AM
Landis Auditorium,
184 Myron Taylor Hall

Remarks from Judge Diaz, Keynote Speaker

9:30-10:45 AM
Landis Auditorium,
184 Myron Taylor Hall

New York City Big Law

Attorneys at law firms with an array of practices will present on their experiences and career trajectories in the New York City market.

Panelists:
Sasha Belinkie, Paul Weiss, Counsel, Cornell Law School ‘15
Brittany Ruiz, Latham & Watkins, Partner, Cornell Law School ‘13
Christopher Austin, Gibson Dunn, Law Clerk, Cornell Law School ‘22
Marie Cain, Simpson Thacher, Associate, Cornell Law School ‘23

9:30-10:45 AM
182 Myron Taylor Hall

Alternate Markets Big Law

Attorneys at law firms with a wide array of practice outside the New York City Market will present on their experiences and career trajectories.

Panelists:
Don Izekor, Latham & Watkins, Associate, Cornell Law School ‘23
Alfonso Dulcey, Weil, Partner, Cornell Law School ‘14
Kezia Osunsade, Alston & Bird, Associate, Cornell Law School ‘21
Daniel Rosales, Mayer Brown, Cornell Law School ‘15

11:00 AM –
12:15 PM
Landis Auditorium, 184 Myron Taylor Hall

Clerkships

Former and current judicial clerks, including Cornell’s Director of Judicial Clerkships, will present on their experiences and the values of clerkships.

Panelists:
Carl Rizzi, CLS, Director of Judicial Clerkships Director, Cornell Law School ‘16
Victor Pinedo, NYS Supreme Court, Principal Law Clerk to Hon. Margaret A. Chan,
Cornell Law School ‘17
Seantyel Hardy, Kirkland & Ellis, Associate, Cornell Law School ‘18
Mateo de La Torre, Senior Associate, King & Spalding, Cornell Law ‘16

11:00-12:15 PM
182 Myron Taylor Hall

Alternative Careers

Attorneys who have found successful careers outside of the Big Law will present on their experiences and career trajectory.

Panelists:
Andrew Lacy, The Lacy Employment Law Firm, Managing Attorney/Owner, Cornell Law School ‘15
Emmanuel Arnaud, Cardozo School of Law, Assistant Professor, Cornell Law School ‘16
Leslie Richards-Yellen, Sidley Austin, Chief Diversity Officer, Cornell Law School ‘84
Ebony Ray, NYU School of Law, Acting Assistant Professor, Cornell Law School ‘15

12:20 – 1:30 PM
The Atrium, The Commons, Cornell Law School

Lunch and Roundtables

Roundtables will be assigned.

1:30 – 2:30 PM
Landis Auditorium,
184 Myron Taylor Hall

Unwritten Rules of Big Law

Big Law attorneys discuss some of the unwritten best practices for managing life within a law firm and will present on their personal experiences.

Panelists:
Jaime Bianchi, White & Case, Partner, Cornell Law School ‘91
Maria Ramirez, Hogan Lovells, Partner, Cornell Law School ’98
Emily Harwell, Lieff Cabraser, Associate, Cornell Law School ‘22
Federico Giustini, Ropes & Gray, Associate, Cornell Law School ‘21

1:30 – 2:30 PM
Landis Auditorium,
182 Myron Taylor Hall

Public interest

Attorneys in public interest jobs with a wide array of practice will present on their experiences and career trajectories.

Panelists:
Ali Wright, Michigan State Appellate Defender Office, Assistant Defender, Cornell
Law School ‘14
Marihug Cedeño Peña, Department of Justice, Trial Attorney, Cornell Law School ‘13
Law School ‘14
Cristina Quiñones-Betancourt, Communities Resist, Director of Fair Housing, Cornell

2:35-3:15 pm
Landis Auditorium, 184 Myron Taylor Hall

What Recruiters are looking for

Legal Recruiters in multiple law firms will discuss what they look for in candidates and what will help students stand out in 2L recruiting.

Panelists:
Ari Jones, White & Case, Legal Recruiting Coordinator, Columbia University BA ‘21
Noreen Gallagher, Freshfields, Head of Recruitment, Fordham University BA ‘91
Donna Harris, Cleary, Director of Legal Recruiting, 

3:30-3:55 pm
Held throughout Cornell Law School

Mock interview 1

Attorney volunteers will conduct one-on-one mock interviews and provide feedback to participating students

4:05-4:35 pm
Held throughout Cornell Law School

Mock interview 2

Attorney volunteers will conduct one-on-one mock interviews and provide feedback to participating students

4:45-5:00 pm
Landis Auditorium, 184 Myron Taylor Hall

Closing remarks

BLSA, LALSA, and NALSA Presidents will deliver closing remarks.

Guest Information

Getting around Ithaca. Many hotels offer shuttles from the airport, including the Statler Hotel from 7:00 AM to 11:30 PM daily. Check with the front desk of your hotel to arrange transportation. TCAT now has a Google Trip planner to assist with getting from the airport or downtown to campus. Uber and Lyft are also available throughout Ithaca.

Parking at the Statler. Valet parking and self-parking are available at or near the Statler Hotel.

Parking at the Law School. Parking is available in several lots directly behind the Law School and no permit is required after 5 PM on Friday. If you are planning to visit the Law School during the day on Friday, you can pay to park utilizing Park Mobile spaces on-campus or park at the nearby municipal lot in Collegetown.

Sponsors

Gold

Latham & Watkins LLP

Paul | Weiss

Silver

Bronze