Public Interest Academy

Public Interest Academy

Saturday, September 17 - G90

Sponsored by ACS, Briggs, LALSA, NLG, PILU, and the Office of Public Service

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12:00 PM / Registration, Lunch and Keynote
How to Keep Your Public Interest Dreams Alive
Edwin Lopez-Soto '81
Be inspired!
And network with alumni, faculty, and fellow students.

1:30 PM / The Wide World of Public Interest Law: Endless Possibilities
Learn about practice setting options!
Federal and state government, civil legal services, public policy, international, criminal defense, criminal prosecution, and private public interest law firms.

3:10 PM / The Law School Public Interest Timeline
Wisdom from alumni and upper-class students!
Discover how your interests and passions can translate into specific jobs. Includes a discussion of course and clinic selection, job search and application strategies, skills building opportunities, interviewing, and more.

4:14 PM / How Do I Get Into Public Interest? Transitioning vs. Diving Right In
Everyone's path is different!
Alumni share their stories.

5:15 PM / Cocktail Reception - Student Lounge


Tanya Douglas '92
Director, Disability Advocacy Project
Manhattan Legal Services, New York, NY

Steven Koh '08
Trial Attorney, Criminal Division
U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC

Edwin Lopez-Soto '81
Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations Yang-Tan Institute on Employment and Disability, Ithaca, NY

Ashe McGovern '13
LGBT Policy Analyst
Center for American Progress, Washington, DC

Alicia Paradis '14
Asylum Officer
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Citizenship and Immigration Services, Miami, FL

Stephen Reynolds '97
Deputy Chief/National Security Coordinator
U.S. Attorney's Office, DCT, Bridgeport, CT

Jonathan Sclarsic '08
Assistant Attorney General, Director, Division of Open Government
MA Attorney General's Office, Boston, MA

Sonali Shahi '11
Research and Writing Specialist
Federal Community Defender Office, EDPA, Capital Habeas Unit, Philadelphia, PA

Matthew Wessler '05
Gupta Wessler PLCC, Washington, DC