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The OutLaw Career Workshop includes speakers, panels, and a rigorous mock-interview program, all tailored to help LGBTQ+ students navigate the law firm and public interest recruiting process. The workshop gives OutLaw members the opportunity to meet LGBTQ+ attorneys, ask them questions, and find lifelong friends and mentors.

Friday, February 26th

4:30 PM

Loan Repayment Information Session

Michaela K. Rosettie Azemi, Esq. (she/her), Director of Pro Bono Services and Externships at Cornell Law, will present a session on loan repayment, particularly focusing on options for those working in public interest. She will be joined by Pamala Eaton (she/her), Admissions and Financial Aid Counselor, who administers Cornell’s Public Interest Low Income Protection Plan (PILIPP) and Akua Akyea, Assistant Dean for Public Service at Cornell Law School.

5:30 PM

How to be Sort of Happy in Law School: Guided Discussion and Dinner

This will be a community-building opportunity for students to meet in small groups, lead by upperclassmen, and have a candid discussion about law school. Attendees will receive a free copy of Kathryne M. Young’s book, How to be Sort Of Happy in Law School, and will eat dinner with small discussion groups.

Saturday, February 27th

9:00 AM

Opening Remarks

Alyssa Ertel (2L, she/her); Hannah Middlebrooks (2L, she/her); and Russell (2L, they/them) will offer opening remarks.

9:15 AM

What I Wish I Knew: Job Search 101

A moderated panel of students and recent graduates will provide reflections on their summer and post-graduate job searches.

  • Joanna Schacter (she/they, 3L)
  • Ben Bussmann (he/him, 3L)
  • Yuehui Ji, (she/her, 2L)
  • Emery Staton (she/her, 2L)
  • Russell (they/them, 2L)
  • Lorelei Lee (they/them), Justice Catalyst Fellow

9:50 AM


10:00 AM

Career Paths in Public Interest and Big Law

This panel will include both Big Law and Public Interest attorneys and will expose students to the breadth of career options available to them. Students will have the chance to hear about why attorneys chose different tracks and how they ended up where they are.

10:40 AM

Joint Sessions: Public Interest and Big Law

Students will select one of the following sessions to attend.

Paving Your Way to a Career in Public Interest Law. This panel will feature attorneys that practice in a variety of specialty areas within the realm of public interest law. Students will get to hear from attorneys from organizations such as Lambda Legal, the National Immigration Law Center, AIDS United, and more.

Finding Your Fit: Firms and Practice Groups. Alyssa Ertel (she/her, 3L) will moderate a panel that will give students the opportunity to hear about different lawyers’ career paths, from how they chose a firm that aligned with their interests and values, to how they learned about and ultimately chose a practice group.

11:20 AM


11:30 AM

Clerkship Panel

Russell (they/them, 2L) will moderate a panel on the clerkship application process and give students the opportunity to ask both current clerks and clerkship applicants questions.

12:15 PM


Virtual Lunch RoomZoom Link
Room 1: Alyssa Ertel (she/her) and Emery Staton (she/her)Join Alyssa Ertel and Emery Staton
Room 2: Joanna Schacter (she/they) and Marisa O’Gara (she/her)Join Joanna Schacter and Marisa O’Gara
Room 3: Matt Sunday (he/him) and Ashley Stagmegna (she/her)Join Matt Sunday and Ashley Stagmegna
Room 4: Bree Peilen (she/her) and Yuehi Ji (she/her)Join Bree Peilen and Yuehi Ji
Room 5: Hannah Middlebrooks (she/her) and Selma Oprasic (she/her)Join Hannah Middlebrooks and Selma Oprasic
Room 6: Russell (they/them) and Tom Chapman (he/him)Join Russel and Tom Chapman

1:00 PM

Virtual First Impressions with Crystal Bailey, Esq.

Crystal Bailey, Esq., (she/her) Director of the Etiquette Institute of Washington, will be sharing best practices for interviewing and making a great virtual first impression.

2:00 PM


2:10 PM

Prep for Mock Interviews

Attorney PrepJoin the Attorney Prep Zoom session
Student PrepJoin the Student Prep Zoom session

Links to Zoom rooms for individual interviewers are provided in the table below the schedule.

2:20 PM

First Interview

2:50 PM

Transition to Second Interview

2:55 PM

Second Interview

3:25 PM

Transition to Third Interview

3:30 PM

Third Interview

4:00 PM


Interviewer NameZoom Link
Carl CharlesJoin Carl Charles
Matthew LopasJoin Matthew Lopas
Victoria M. Rodríguez-RoldánJoin Victoria Rodríguez-Roldán
David SakowitzJoin David Sakowitz
Pedram MoussaviJoin Pedram Moussavi
MacLane TaggartJoin MacLane Taggart
Zaheer Hadi TajaniJoin Zaheer Hadi Tajani
Andrew KarpJoin Andrew Karp
Gulliver BradleyJoin Gulliver Bradley
Ethan WeinbergJoin Ethan Weinberg
Sarah EvansJoin Sarah Evans
Sabrina HsiehJoin Sabrina Hsieh
Jessica LamJoin Jessica Lam
Stephanie JurkowskiJoin Stephanie Jurkowski
Alex BransfordJoin Alex Bransford

4:10 PM

Keynote with Wesley Bizzell, President of the National LGBTQ+ Bar Association

The interview-style keynote address will be given by Wesley Bizzell (he/him), Senior Assistant General Counsel and Managing Director of Political Law & Ethics Programs for Altria and President of the National LGBTQ+ Bar Association. OutLaw member Marisa O’Gara (she/her, 3L) will interview Mr. Bizzell.

5:10 PM

Closing Remarks

Alyssa Ertel (she/her, 2L) will present closing remarks.



Davis Polk

Debevoise & Plimpton

Kirkland & Ellis LLP


Sullivan & Cromwell

Ropes & Gray

Winston & Strawn

Silver Level

Paul | Weiss