UB Law Career Services Lecture Series

         A lecture series provided by the University at Buffalo Law School's Career Services Office.

September 15, 2011

Presidential Management Fellows Program Informational Session

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The PMF Program is a flagship leadership development program for the Federal Government at the entry level for advanced degree candidates.

The purpose of the program is to attract to the Federal service outstanding men and women from a variety of academic disciplines and career paths who have a clear interest in, and commitment to, excellence in the leadership and management of public policies and programs.

Speakers: Former and current PMF Alumni, Steve Trynosky ’05, Jenna Moran ’10


August 9, 2011

Law Firm Interview Preparation Program

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Robert Schwenkel  offers information and advice on how to prepare for and what to expect in your interview.  This interview prep session will focus on interviewing with large firms, especially those in the NYC legal market.


Robert Schwenkel, UB Law Alum ’82 and Partner at Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson, New York, NY.


March 28, 2011

Clerkships in the Courts

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This informative program addresses the many questions students may have about clerkship opportunities in the state and federal courts, such as:

  • What jobs are available in the courts?
  • What can a clerkship do for me?
  • Where are the clerkship jobs?
  • Why would I want to clerk?
  • Whom do I need to know?
  • Do I need Law Review?
  • When can I apply?

Guest Panelists:
Robin Barovick ’00, Law Clerk to the Hon. Christina Reiss U.S. District Court, District of Vermont (Burlington, VT), (Former Law Clerk to the Hon. Peter W. Hall and to the Hon. Robert A. Katzmann, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit)

Paul McGrath ’85, Chief Court Attorney NYS Court of Appeals (Albany, NY)

Craig Peterson ’76, Chief Appellate Court Attorney, NYS Supreme Court Appellate Division, Fourth Department (Rochester, NY)

Margaret Russell-Shepard ’11, Law Clerk to the Honorable Joseph L. Marczyk, Superior Court of Atlantic County (Atlantic City, NJ)

Chelsea Selby ’10, Law Clerk to the Hon. David Hurd, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York (Utica, NY)

Professor Rick Su, UB Law (Former Law Clerk for the Honorable Stephen Reinhardt, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit)

November 10, 2010

What can I do with my law degree?: A multidimensional career panel

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These panels feature prominent local attorneys from private firms, the judiciary, and government, public interest & non-traditional employment sectors.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 speakers include:

Kevin Espinosa, Hodgson Russ
Honorable Craig Hannah, Buffalo City Court
Aaron Mango, US Attorney’s Office, Western District of New York
Stephen Yonaty, Cannon Heyman & Weiss



Wednesday, November 10, 2010 speakers include:

Honorable Lisa Bloch Rodwin, Erie County Family Court
Tasha Moore, NYS Division of Human Rights
Sarah Kim, Phillips Lytle
Karen Kaczmarski, Associate Dean for Development, UB Law

October 14, 2010

People in Practice

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By way of background, People in Practice started as an in-house program at Hodgson Russ.  This past spring they took People in Practice “on the road”  to UB in another of their many efforts to connect with UB law students.  People in Practice features lawyers describing their legal careers, the paths they took after law school, and a range of related issues.  Every People in Practice program they’ve done, either  in-house or on the road, has been interesting and fun.  The goal of the series is to demonstrate the diversity of people and practices in the field of law.

The featured speakers for this informal discussion are Adam Perry, a Hodgson Russ partner, and Ryan McPherson, UB’s Associate Vice President for Government & Community Relations (and a UB Law graduate).

October 12, 2010

HUD Office of General Counsel Informational Session

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We welcomed the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on campus for a informational session on October 12th, 2010.

Our alumni speakers presenting:
Mr. James Brylinski, Chief General Counsel for the Buffalo Office
Ms. Maura Malone, Office of the General Counsel in DC (by phone)

The discussion covers the work of the agency and working for the federal government in general.

October 5, 2010

Presidential Management Fellows Informational Session

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The US Office of Personnel Management is currently seeking candidates for the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program. This highly selective, rigorous leadership program recruits outstanding graduate students for a two-year developmental fellowship at various Federal Agencies. Students working on their graduate degrees, including Law, are strongly encouraged to apply. Fellows Receive: Two-year paid fellowships; 80 hours of training each year; Competitive pay and benefits; Potential accelerated promotions.

Still not sure what PMF is? Not sure whether or not you should apply?

The CSO office held an informational teleconference featuring current and newly selected UB PMF fellows to explain the program in more detail and to help you with the application process:


* Emily Conley (JD 2008), Dept. of Homeland Security, US Citizenship and Immigration Services (Asylum Adjudicator)

* Gabrielle Petersen (JD 2009), Veterans Benefits Administration,
Loan Guaranty Service

* Jenna Moran (JD 2010), National Institutes of Health,
Department of Health & Human Services

* Heather Strachan (JD 2010), Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security

August 10, 2010

Law Firm Interview Prep Program

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Are you preparing for law firm interviews? This interview prep session will focus on interviewing with large firms, including those in the NYC and upstate legal markets.

Our presenters:

Robert Schwenkel (UB Law ’82) of Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson LLP (New York, NY)


Elizabeth Hofmeister, Director of Legal Recruiting and Development, Harter Secrest and Emery LLP (Rochester, NY).

August 9, 2010

DA/NYC Law Dept Interview Prep Program

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Do you have interviews coming up with a NYC DA’s Office, the NYC Department of Law, or any public sector organization?

This interview prep session will focus on the District Attorney and NYC Department of Law interviews.

Our presenters are Amy Weiswasser (2002 UB Law Grad), who is an ADA at the Bronx County DA’s Office, and Stuart Smith, who is the Director of Legal Recruitment at the NYC Law Department.

April 20, 2010

Judicial Clerkships After Graduation

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Interested in clerking for a judge or becoming a staff court attorney? This informational session on post-graduate judicial clerkship opportunities will include a description of the work, application process and real practical advice. Though the focus is US and NYS courts, the information is transferable to other state courts.



Robin Barovick, ’00

Law Clerk to Judge Christina Reiss

US District Court, Vermont (Burlington, VT)

Former clerk: SDNY; Second Circuit; and US Bankruptcy Court

Caroline Brancatella, ’07

Associate, Greenberg Traurig

Former Law Clerk to Judge Cynthia Rufe

US District Court, EDPA (Philadelphia, PA)
Paul McGrath, ’85

Chief Court Attorney

NYS Court of Appeals (Albany, NY)
Craig Peterson, ’76

Chief Appellate Court Attorney, NYS Supreme Court

Appellate Division, 4th Department (Rochester, NY)

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