Staying Public: Survival Skills for a Lifetime Career in Public Service Law

Sponsored by
Equal Justice Foundation, Office of Public Interest, Office of Career & Professional Development,
Office of Development and Alumni Relations, Office of Student Affairs, and the Public Interest Student Coalition

February 7, 2008
American University Washington College of Law
4801 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Room 603, Washington, DC

Panel I: Managing Debt While Planning for a Career in Public Interest - 12:30pm-1:20pm
Key strategies for balancing a career in the public sector while paying off law school debt. Including, discussions about the College Cost Reduction Act and ways to make money to support public interest work during law school.

Speakers Include: Steve Grumm, Executive Director, PSLawNet, Charlene E. Gomes, Public Interest Coordinator, Washington College of Law, Claire Raj, Asst. Director & Public Interest Specialist, Washington College of Law

Panel II: Public Interest Work Opportunities at WCL - 3:00pm-3:50pm
Meet with WCL's public interest community leaders to speak about opportunities to get involved with public interest and pro bono initiatives while in law school. Learn how to make the most of your unpaid internship from faculty and students who will share advice and personal experiences.

Panel III: WCL Alumni: Sustaining a Long Term Career in Public Service - 5:00pm-6:15pm
A panel of Washington College of Law alumni from a variety of public service backgrounds will discuss the challenges and rewards of committing to a public interest career.

Speakers Include: Elizabeth Dewey, Pro Bono Partner, DLA Piper, Vincent A. Eng, Deputy Director, Asian American Justice Center, Dean Claudio Grossman, Professor, Washington College of Law, Naznin Saifi Deputy Director, NE New Jersey Legal Services, Passaic County Division

Dinner: First Annual Public Interest Alumni Dinner - 6:30pm-8:30pm
Keynote Speaker: Michael T. Kirkpatrick, Public Citizen Litigation Group, Washington, DC




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For further information, please contact:
Office of Special Events & Continuing Legal Education,
American University Washington College of Law
Phone: 202-274-4075; Fax: 202-274-4079; or

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