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Fall 2015 Resume Books for Upper Level Students

2015 October 7
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The Career Center often receives requests from alumni and employers of all types for resumes of students interested in certain practice areas or geographic markets. These alumni and employers may seek these resumes for internships, full-time positions, networking, mentoring or other professional opportunities. When the Career Center receives these requests, we will rely on the resumes in the Resume Books as a primary resource for sharing student resumes.

The Resume Books are not a substitute for continuing to apply to job postings and in developing your professional contacts, but are intended as an additional tool allowing the Career Center to provide resumes to alumni and employers.

We encourage all upper class students to use these resume books as an additional tool in their job searches.  For more information on the resume books and submission instructions, click here: Resume Book Handout (hard copy) Fall 2015

Robert E. Wone Judicial Clerkship and Internship Conference

2015 October 5
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The Robert E. Wone Judicial Clerkship and Internship Conference is a unique opportunity for law students to hear from a variety of federal and state, trial, administrative, and appellate court judges and their clerks as they describe the application process and the role a clerk plays in the judicial process. Mark your calendars as this is a date you do not want to miss!

This year’s conference will be on Saturday, October 17, at the David A. Clarke School of Law at the University of the District of Columbia (4340 Connecticut Ave, N.W.) starting at 9:00 AM. There is no cost to attend and lunch will be provided. Students are encouraged to register at: 

The Conference will be sponsored in conjunction with the Hispanic Bar Association of DC (HBA-DC), Asian Pacific American Bar Association of DC (APABA-DC), APABA-DC Education Fund (AEF), Capital Area Muslim Bar Association (CAMBA), and The George Washington University Law School.

Interested In Using Your Legal Skills to Start A Business?

2015 October 2
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Join us for
Laying Down the Law: Lawyers Turned Entrepreneurs
Wednesday, October 7th | 5:00-7:00 pm
Tasher Great Room

Please RSVP (Space is limited)! GWVentures_Laying Down the Law_Oct7 (FINALI)

Register Now! Equal Justice Works Conference Table Talk Registration Closes Oct. 9th!

2015 September 30
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Friday, October 23rd and Saturday, October 24th, 2015
Crystal Gateway Marriott (Metro Accessible)

Registration deadline: Friday, October 9th2015.
Click here for an updated list of participating employers.

The Equal Justice Works annual Conference and Career Fair is the largest national public interest legal career fair in the country.  More than 1,200 students from 165 law schools attend for two days of interviews, workshops, networking and other career opportunities.  Public interest employers conduct interviews* for internship and full-time positions and meet with students in informal “table talk” settings to discuss public interest legal opportunities.  The Conference and Career Fair also features workshops on various public interest careers and job search advice, resume and cover letter review, mock interviews, and more.

GW Law School is making this event free to all currently enrolled students.  To register for the 2015 Conference and Career Fair, visit the Equal Justice Works website  and follow the instructions in their guideNote: You will find GW Law School under “The George Washington University Law School”. Follow the directions below to have your registration fee billed to GW Law School:

  • Follow the instructions for “creating an account” or “using a previous account” on page three of theguide.
  • Follow the instructions for “registering to attend” on page four of guide.
  • Once you click Save, you will be registered and a credit card payment screen will appear.
  • At this point, you can log out.Your registration will be complete even though it says you have not paid.
  • Once you log back in, you will have a note in your “task list” on the home page that says your event registration is incomplete.  However, this will not affect your ability to attend the event or view the employers attending. Please ignore the message and continue following the instructions in the guide to upload documents, submit applications and accept interview invitations.

If you have any registration questions, please contact

Please email by October 9 if you no longer plan to attend.

* The application deadline for EJW interviews has passed.

Additional questions? Contact Tamara Devieux-Adams at

PMF and Edmund Burke Fellowship Applications Now Open!

2015 September 28



Class of 2016 Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) Program
Application Period: Monday, September 28-Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Attention 3Ls and 4LEs! If you are interested in a career with the federal government, learn more about the Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) Program, a flagship leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates.  A number of GW Law graduates are selected as fellows for this prestigious program each year.

To learn more about eligibility and how to apply, please review the “Become a PMF” section on the PMF website. In addition, the 2016 PMF Assessment Preparation Guide has been published to the website.

Application Materials
Now is the time to finalize your resume and order your unofficial transcripts so that you will be prepared to submit them with your application. The online assessment is estimated to take 3 hours to complete. Be sure to schedule your time appropriately. Visit the PMF website and the above-referenced guide for more information.

Please note, you are required to submit a transcript with your anticipated graduation date (current students) or date degree conferred (graduates). Since this information is not included on GW transcripts, applications must also include a letter indicating the conferred or anticipated graduation date. You can obtain this letter from the Career Center. Please contact Tamara Devieux-Adams at to request this letter. Please email your letter request by 9 am on Tuesday, October 13th.

Applicants have the option of providing a federal-formatted resume. Below are a number of resources available to help you create a federal government resume:
• Click here to access GovLoop’s Rock Your Resume Guide.
• The Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration has a great guide on creating a federal resume that you can access here.

Questions about the PMF program? Please contact Tamara Devieux-Adams at


Upper-Level Inns of Court: Success in Trial and Mock Trial

2015 September 24

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Success in Trial and Mock Trial

with Mark Shaffer, The Shaffer Law Firm

Thursday, October 1, 2015
4:00-5:30 pm
Jacob Burns Moot Courtroom (L101)

Trial Advocacy and Mock Trial professor, Mark Shaffer, will lead an interactive discussion designed to both improve the overall quality of your trial advocacy as well as your chances of success in mock trial competitions.  All students are invited to attend, whether their interest is in the fall Upper-level Mock Trial Competition, the spring First Year Mock Trial, or an external mock trial.  Pizza will be served.

About the Speaker:

Mr. Shaffer earned both his BA and JD from the University of California, Berkeley.  He is a principal and Managing Member of the Shaffer Law Firm, PLLC, with 40 years of experience in a broad range of practice areas, focusing primarily in civil and criminal litigation.  Prior to founding the Shaffer Law Firm, Mr. Shaffer was a partner in four other smaller firms in the DC Metropolitan area.  Before entering private practice, he served as Senior Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, Employment Litigation Section, where he received two Attorney General’s Outstanding Achievement Awards.  Mr. Shaffer also previously served as Associate Majority Counsel for the United States House of Representatives October Surprise Task force.  He is currently an Adjunct Professor at The George Washington University Law School where he teaches Trial Advocacy and Mock Trial – External (against other schools).  His mock trial teams have enjoyed much success over the years including:

2008-09 ABA Quinnipiac University School of Law Criminal Justice Trial Advocacy Competition – Champion

2009-10 Georgetown White Collar Competition – Semi-finalist

2010-11 American Association of Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition – Semi-finalist

2010-11 Georgetown White Collar Competition – Best Advocate of Preliminary Rounds

2011-12 Georgetown White Collar Competition – Champion

2014-15 American University Capitol City Challenge – Quarter-finalist

GW 100 Mentor Meet-Up Event

2015 September 18
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 The GW Office of Entrepreneurship is pleased to announce that the generous gift from Andrew Pearlman, a GW Alumni, has resulted in the broadening of the scope of the GWERT Mentor Program to provide support to GW Students in early-stage social entrepreneurship and business idea creation and evaluation. This program expansion will help students turn imaginative and creative ideas in viable concepts for pitch competitions, business plan competitions, or startup companies.
To launch the expanded GWERT Mentor Program, the GW Office of Entrepreneurship is hosting the 100 Mentor Match-up on Thursday, October 8, 2015 in the City View Room at the Elliott School of International Affairs from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. This event will allow aspiring GW student social and business entrepreneurs to connect with other entrepreneurs, business professionals, and industry experts. This event will kickoff with a short talk on “Idea Creation & Protection” followed by the Student Quest and Mentor Meet-Up.  For more information, please see the announcement here: 100+Mentors+Meetup

Registration Open! Montgomery County Bar Assoc. Diverse Summer Scholars Program Information Session

2015 September 14


Diverse Summer Scholars Program Information Session
Wednesday, September 16th at 5pm

Faculty Conference Center (FCC)

Join us on on Wednesday as representatives from the Montgomery County Bar Association present an informational session about the County’s Diverse Summer Scholars Program.  The Summer Scholars Program places diverse students in summer intern positions within selected Montgomery County, Maryland law firms.  This is a great non-OCI summer internship program that you should consider participating in.  Plan to come learn more about the program and the application process!

This is a great opportunity for 2Ls/3LEs interested in working for a law firm in the area next summer.  A former participant and GW Law alum will be in attendance to answer questions. 

Register now to attend this event in the “Events” section of Symplicity under “Information Sessions.”

Inns of Court Reunions

2015 September 11
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Another school year has started (for some this will be your last) and to welcome you back the Inns of Court Program invites you to an upper level Inn social! We want to give you a chance to catch up with all of your fellow Inn of Court members as well as your staff and faculty advisors. The Inns Program will be hosting a mid-September social for each Inn, complete with a pretzel bar and drinks! We hope you’ll join us!


All the socials will be held in the Faculty Conference Center on the following dates and times:

 Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Cardozo Inn: 4:00 – 5:15 pm

O’Connor Inn: 5:45 – 7:00 pm

Brandeis Inn:  7:30 – 8:45 pm

 Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Jackson Inn: 4:00 – 5:15 pm

Marshall Inn: 5:45 – 7:00 pm

Jay Inn:  7:30 – 8:45 pm


Upper-Level Inns of Court: Law Firm Economics

2015 September 8

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Law Firm Economics

 with Molly Peckman, Global Director of Legal Talent, and Gene Berger, Director of Financial Analysis and Application, Dechert, LLP

Thursday, September 10, 2015
4:00-5:30 pm
Tasher Great Room

If you intend to make your living practicing law, this primer on the business of law is for you. You’ll leave with a working knowledge of how firms get paid, alternative fee arrangements and the ABC’s of law firm finances. This will be an interactive and engaging program with prizes available.

About the Presenters:

Molly Peckman is Dechert LLP’s Global Director of Legal Talent.  She has over 25 years of law firm experience and is responsible for building and oversight of an integrated Legal Talent Department, including attorney training and development; legal personnel matters including associate evaluations and compensation; new and lateral associate orientation and integration, and alumni relations for Dechert’s 950+ lawyers and alumni worldwide.

Prior to joining Dechert, Molly led another firm’s professional development program for five years and, before that, she was a trial lawyer in Philadelphia, practicing in the areas of commercial, medical malpractice and employment litigation. Prior to her legal career, Molly worked in the field of public relations.

Molly served for two years as chair of the Lawyer Professional Development Section of NALP and held a number of leadership positions with the Philadelphia Bar Association including serving as chair or co-chair of the Bench Bar Annual Conference, the Women in Profession Committee, the Young Lawyers Division Section, and the Membership Committee; and as Editor in Chief of the Bar Association’s newspaper. She is a member of the Professional Development Consortium, NALP, the ABA, the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania Bar Associations and other legal organizations.

Molly is a frequent writer and lecturer on legal talent management and law firm life. She was a monthly columnist for The Legal Intelligencer, and for ten years wrote “The Pecking Order,” a column about law firm and associate life.  She also has written for The National Law Journal, The New York Law Journal. The NALP Bulletin and The Legal Times.

Molly maintains a pro bono practice and is involved in a number of organizations dedicated to community service.  She has been recognized for her work on behalf of neglected and abused children.  Molly is a graduate of Temple University’s School of Communications and Theater, B.A., cum laude, 1986 and Temple University School of Law, J.D., 1992.

Gene Berger is Dechert’s Director of Financial Analysis and Applications.  His responsibilities at the firm are focused in performance metrics, data modeling and decision support.  Gene currently oversees the FP&A, Budget/Forecast, and Lateral Planning teams at the firm.  Prior to joining Dechert in 2008, Mr. Berger’s experiences include finance and technology roles in the Financial Services and Telecommunications industries.