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Alumni Return for 2011 Public Interest Legal Career Symposium

To introduce first-year law students to the world of public sector law practice, and to provide upper-class students with valuable networking contacts, the Office of Public Service invites alumni practitioners back to the Law School each January for the annual Public Interest Legal Career Symposium. While January may not be the best month to return to upstate New York, the first week of spring semester is a great time to draw a good-sized student audience to this very popular program.

The 2011 Public Interest Legal Career Symposium was held on January 27 and 28, and featured four varied practice-area panels.  Participants shared inspiring stories from the field and valuable insight into current legal and political issues relevant to their work.  Students listened attentively and peppered panelists with questions. The knowledge, advice and encouragement provided by alumni are invaluable to our students.  We greatly appreciate their time, wisdom and generosity.

2011 Public Interest Legal Career Symposium Panels

Immigration Law Practice

Cristina Velez '02:  Supervisor, Immigration, HIV Law Project, New York, NY
John Inkles '00:  Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Immigration Litigation, Washington, DC
Moderator:  Professor Stephen W. Yale-Loehr

Public Interest Law Practice in a Private Firm Context

Matthew Wessler '05:  Bud-Kazan Attorney, Public Justice, Washington, DC
Barbara Kagan '78:  Public Service Counsel, Steptoe & Johnson, Washington, DC
Angela B. Cornell:  Associate Clinical Professor of Law, Cornell Law School
Moderator:  Elizabeth K. Peck, Director of Public Service

Education Law Practice

Eve Kessler '85:  Founder, SPED*NET, Wilton, CT
Jonathan Fischbach '02:  Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Educational Opportunities Section, Washington, DC
Moderator:  Professor Michael Heise

Criminal Law Practice

Amanda Steenhuis '08:  Staff Attorney, New Hampshire Public Defender's Office, Nashua, NH
Eve Kessler '85:  Staff Attorney, The Legal Aid Society Criminal Appeals Bureau, New York, NY
James Yoon '03:  Senior Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal Division, Human Rights and Special Prosecution Section, Washington, DC
Moderator:  Karen Comstock, Assistant Dean for Public Service