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Going Public: Tips on Navigating a Career in Public-Interest Law

  • When: 15 February 2022, 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Where: Via Zoom Webinar
  • Cost: Free for law students and WCL Members; $5 for non-members

Going Public: Tips on Navigating a Career in Public-Interest Law offers a real-world, tip-filled conversation on how to navigate your way to a fulfilling public-interest career. Our panelists draw from their expansive legal careers spanning all sectors of the legal community, including fellowships, clerkships, big and small law firms, government service, national non-profits, and local legal services organizations. They have walked the walk. Now they will share what they have learned with you!

Our panelists include:

  • Jane Garrido, Senior Attorney for International Affairs and USERRA at the U.S. Department of Labor
  • Taryn Wilgus Null, Senior Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Employment Litigation Section
  • Stuart McPhail, Litigation Counsel at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington

The panel will be moderated by Deborah Birnbaum, Washington Council of Lawyers Membership Committee Co-Chair, and Assistant General Counsel at the Office of the United States Trade Representative. Our government panelists will be speaking in their personal capacities.

Drawing on their personal experience and knowledge of the legal community, this panel will share tips helpful to law students planning an immediate launch into a public-interest position and practicing lawyers seeking to move from private practice to a public-interest career.

Law student attendees who join Washington Council of Lawyers by Monday, February 28 will be able to participate in an informational interview program for law students, get access to Washington Council of Lawyers’ bi-monthly newsletter and Public Interest Jobs Clearinghouse (which provides DC area and national public interest legal positions, post-graduate legal fellowship, policy and academic positions, and internship/law clerk positions), and enjoy additional mentoring opportunities with Washington Council of Lawyers members.

The program is free for law students and Washington Council of Lawyers members (join) and just $5 for all others.

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