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February 21, 2009

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally (GLBTA)

A resource for our GLBT community.

The Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Ally (GLBTA) Programs Office is dedicated to improving campus climate for all University of Minnesota students, staff, faculty, alumni, and visitors by developing and supporting more inclusive understandings of gender and sexuality.

We recognize the intersections of gender and sexuality with race, ethnicity, class, ability, age, culture, and all social systems; we are committed to holding ourselves and others accountable for working against all forms of oppression.

The GLBTA Programs Office seeks to bridge and build communities that create affirming and welcoming environments in which people can be their whole selves and which honor all identities and experiences.

February 18, 2009

LGBT National Career Fair and Legal Education Conference

The National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Bar Association is a national organization of LGBT judges, lawyers, law students and other legal professionals committed to promoting diversity within the legal profession. Each year, the LGBT Bar hosts the only national career fair and legal education conference. Last year, the career fair featured 169 recruiters and over 590 students from across the country.

WHEN: September 10-12, 2009
WHERE: Brooklyn, NY

*For more information visit LGBTbar.org/Annual

Thank you to our friends at Barry University School of Law Career Services .

February 16, 2009

Please don't do or say...

SHARED FROM career services professionals' email…. (not from U of MN students)

FROM Cover letters from the fall of 2008 ---

Not all people are criminals, but even criminals are people too

But then I realized that I was not applying to a stuffy ass federal prosecutor or corporate law job

Trial advocacy and the defense of the indignant are the two primary forces behind my study of the law.

As an inspiring defense attorney, I am particularly interested in working with the Public Defender Service.

I would appreciate an opportunity to discuss my qualifications and how foregoing a relationship would be mutually beneficial.

“If assiduousness and passion were candy, then I would leave you with a mouthful of cavities.?

“My anal retentiveness to minute details is quite possibly one of my greatest strengths, not withstanding my sense of humor.?

“My interest in labor Relations and Employment started before my birth as my grandfather was a Treasurer for the AFL-CIO for Canada.?

FROM Interviews from the fall of 2008

Don’t walk in to the Hiring Partner’s office and say “I’d like to work here for a couple of years and then decide what I really want to do.?

Don’t post your rejections with commentary naming and slamming each individual firm. Employers read blogs, too.

If you don't see the issues that these sentences or behaviors raise, see your counselor in the CPDC immediately.

Washington [State] Law & Politics 50 Largest Law Firms


Washington [State] Law & Politics 50 largest law firms list.

Minnesota Law & Politics -- MN Fifty Largest Law Firms


Minnesota Law & Politics annual 50 largest law firm chart.

February 11, 2009

Self-Marketing Is Key to Being a Top Lawyer

"Self-Marketing Is Key to Being a Top Lawyer "

Shai Littlejohn, The National Law Journal, February 3, 2009

"Young attorneys are often led to the field of law because of a seductive proposition: You can do anything with a law degree.

Unfortunately, a law degree does not even guarantee an opportunity in law, let alone an entree into a different field. For those law graduates who choose to pursue legal careers, many find that navigating the profession is far more complex than the bar itself, and while some learn to tread water and stay afloat, others tank.

A multitude of smart folks pass the bar, only to find themselves stuck behind prefabricated desks without much interest in the subject matter that fills their days. Their brains overloaded with statutes and data, many wonder why opportunities fail to abound.

Unfortunately, a critical message was omitted from the recruiting process: Although you may be able to do anything with a law degree, a law degree and solid experience alone will not do it for you. For those young attorneys who dream of becoming top lawyers, the key is to be three parts lawyer and one part marketing agent."

For the complete article, click here.

February 6, 2009

Personal Branding 101: How to Discover and Create Your Brand

Here is an informative article that gives many ideas how to invent yourself and manage your perception.

"Personal Branding 101: How to Discover and Create Your Brand" by Dan Schawbel

In the past few years personal branding has been discussed exhaustively throughout the Net. The difference between today and over ten years ago when it was first mentioned by Tom Peters, is the rise of social technologies that have made branding not only more personal, but within reach.

From the corporate brand (BMW), to the product brand (BMW M3 Coupe) and down to the personal brand (car salesman), branding is a critical component to a customer’s purchasing decision. These days, customer complaints and opinions are online and viewable through a simple search, on either Google or through social networks. There is no hiding anymore and transparency and authenticity are the only means to survive and thrive in this new digital kingdom.

Many people think that personal branding is just for celebrities such as Paris Hilton or Britney Spears, yet each and every one of us is a brand. Personal branding, by definition, is the process by which we market ourselves to others. As a brand, we can leverage the same strategies that make these celebrities or corporate brands appeal to others. We can build brand equity just like them.

For the entire article, click here.

February 4, 2009

What is Your Greatest Weakness?

In the Career Journal of the Wall Street Journal online, an article by Joann S. Lublin, entitled A Question to Make a Monkey of You, focuses on correct and incorrect answers to the classic interview question: "What is your greatest weakness?" A small portion of the article is here:

Worldwide Panel LLC, a small market-research firm, is getting flooded with résumés for four vacancies in sales and information technology.

However, officials expect to reject numerous applicants after asking them: "What is your greatest weakness?" Candidates often respond "with something that is not a weakness," say Christopher Morrow, senior vice president of the Calabasas, Calif., concern. "It is a deal breaker."

The weakness question represents the most common and most stressful one posed during interviews. Yet in today's weak job market, the wrong answer weakens your chances of winning employment.

Some people offer replies they mistakenly assume that bosses love, such as "I am a perfectionist." That response "will be used against you" because you appear incapable of delegating, warns Joshua Ehrlich, dean of a master's program in executive coaching sponsored by BeamPines Inc., a New York coaching firm and Middlesex University in London.

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The key? Thorough preparation. Career specialists suggest you take stock of your weaknesses, focusing on job-related ones that won't impede your ability to perform your duties. Tony Santora, an executive vice president for Right Management, a major outplacement firm in Philadelphia, says an information-technology manager flubbed a 2007 interview by choosing a personal foible as his reply: "My true weakness is that I am a terrible cook."

Rehearse your responses aloud, role play with a friend or videotape yourself -- but don't memorize your words. As you review the video, look for aspects "you would like to change so you can continue to get better as you practice," says Peggy Klaus, a leadership coach in Berkeley, Calif.

To read the rest of the article, go here.

For additional interviewing tips from a great site from the University of Southern California School of Law, go here (and check out other links on the blogroll to the right).

Thanks to our friends at Touro Law Center.


February 2, 2009

Halleland Lewis tells its story

First year law students begin to try to distinguish law firms from one another in the spring and they are hungry for useful information. Lateral candidates with a body of knowledge with which to compare firms are looking for information all of the time.

One firm has gone to great lengths to give both students and lawyers the information they need to seek out a firm with a well-defined point of view and a willingness to put character and culture on the line.

Halleland Lewis Nilan & Johnso, a 13-year-old firm in Minneapolis, consulted associates and partners and created the Lawyer Job Interview Translator. It is funny and pointed. It addresses the questions and issues that law students and lawyers care about. It offers a wry perspective on issues that are often muddled, mumbled and glossed over in interviews, and it opens the door for students and lawyers to ask serious questions about diversity, leadership, technology, office culture and compensation in their interviews.

This 58-lawyer firm has focus: labor and employment, business law, intellectual property litigation, product liability and mass tort litigation, commercial litigation, and health care, and a clear plan to develop lawyers and to connect them with clients. The firm represents national and regional clients, and by culture and demonstrated history, junior lawyers get first-class training and front-line responsibility.