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
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.
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
Alyssa Ertel (2L, she/her); Hannah Middlebrooks (2L, she/her); and Russell (2L, they/them) will offer opening remarks.
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
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.
- Sarah Evans (she/they), Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP
- Sabrina Hsieh (she/her), Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
- Jared Ham (he/him), Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
- Milo Primeaux (he/they), Law Office of Milo Primeaux, Esq.
- Molly Griffard (she/they), Equal Justice Works Fellow: The Legal Aid Society (NY)
- Carl Charles (he/him), Lambda Legal
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.
- Prof. Jaclyn Kelley-Widmer (she/her), Assistant Clinical Professor of Law, Cornell Law School
- Victoria M. Rodríguez-Roldán (she/her), AIDS United
- Molly Griffard (she/they), Equal Justice Works Fellow: the Legal Aid Society
- Omar Gonzalez-Pagan (he/him), Lamba Legal
- Matthew Lopas (he/him), National Immigration Law Center
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.
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.
- Elizabeth Peck (she/her), Assistant Dean for Judicial Engagement and Professional Development
- Alex Bransford (he/him), Law Clerk for the Hon. Bernice Donald, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
- Grant Shillington (he/him, 3L), Law Clerk (2022-2023)
- Stephanie Jurkowski (she/her), Senior Court Attorney at the New York Court of Appeals
- Jessica Lam (she/her), Kirkland & Ellis LLP
|Virtual Lunch Room||Zoom 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|
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.
Transition to Second Interview
Transition to Third Interview
|Interviewer Name||Zoom Link|
|Carl Charles||Join Carl Charles|
|Matthew Lopas||Join Matthew Lopas|
|Victoria M. Rodríguez-Roldán||Join Victoria Rodríguez-Roldán|
|David Sakowitz||Join David Sakowitz|
|Pedram Moussavi||Join Pedram Moussavi|
|MacLane Taggart||Join MacLane Taggart|
|Zaheer Hadi Tajani||Join Zaheer Hadi Tajani|
|Andrew Karp||Join Andrew Karp|
|Gulliver Bradley||Join Gulliver Bradley|
|Ethan Weinberg||Join Ethan Weinberg|
|Sarah Evans||Join Sarah Evans|
|Sabrina Hsieh||Join Sabrina Hsieh|
|Jessica Lam||Join Jessica Lam|
|Stephanie Jurkowski||Join Stephanie Jurkowski|
|Alex Bransford||Join Alex Bransford|
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.
Alyssa Ertel (she/her, 2L) will present closing remarks.