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Interview with Jessica McKinney

Posted by Jack West on Nov 17, 2017 1:45:46 PM

Jessica McKinney, a corporate and securities attorney at Maynard, Cooper & Gale, LLP, speaks about life as a transactional lawyer working with investors and emerging companies. She recommends that students interested in corporate transactional work do everything they can to get drafting experience while in law school. Her firm recently released Maynard Innovate to provide resources for early-stage companies. 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Interview with Cedrick Coleman

Posted by Jack West on Nov 6, 2017 4:56:01 PM

Hear Cedrick Coleman talk about the varied day-to-day expereiences working at a small civil litigation firm. Cedrick recommends attorneys learn to be flexible and prepared to respond to clients. He advises that law students interested in starting their own firms or working at small firms gain as much practical experience as possible while in school, even if it means taking an unpaid internship. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Interview with Laura Collins

Posted by Jack West on Oct 18, 2017 12:19:46 PM

Laura Collins, an associate in the advocacy group at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, talks about her experience working as part of a team at a large firm. Laura defends corporate clients against tort claims in personal injury suits and handles general business litigation.

 

 

 

 

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Interview with Catherine Long

Posted by Jack West on Oct 5, 2017 11:51:29 AM

We sat down with Catherine Long, a shareholder in the financial services practice group at Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, to hear about her litigation practice representing financial institutions. Catherine stresses the importance of building relationships with opposing counsel and developing a positive reputation while in law school.

 

 

 

 

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Interview with Sheree Martin

Posted by Jack West on Sep 20, 2017 10:03:08 AM

Sheree Martin of Sheree Martin Law sits down with us to talk about her ecletic career path, including her experience in private practice, academica, starting a virtual law practice, and building an educational resource portal for business owners, aspiring entreprenuers, and creative professionals to help them understand legal challenges. She recommends that law students and new lawyers embrace technology to better serve their clients and stay relevant in a changing profession. 

 

 
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Interview with Jack Gray

Posted by Jack West on Sep 14, 2017 11:30:34 AM

Hear Jack Gray of Smith, Spires, Peddy, Hamilton & Coleman P.C. talk about practicing in the area of insurance defense. Jack describes the life of a defense litigator and recommends that students take advanced civil procedure courses and get involved in moot court or mock trial activities. 

 

 

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Interview with Wilson Nash

Posted by Jack West on Aug 31, 2017 2:49:06 PM

We sat down with Wilson Nash to hear about his exerience as an in-house lawyer with Brasfield & Gorrie, one of the country's largest privately-held construction firms. Wilson talks about his transition from outside to inside counsel and the breadth of legal challenges he faces as a company lawyer. He also provides some advice to law students interested in pursuing a career in-house. 

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Introducing the Micro-clerkship

Posted by Jack West on Aug 29, 2017 10:45:35 AM


To become capable attorneys, law students need experience handling real legal matters. Students are generally exposed to the challenges of practicing law through traditional summer and school-year clerkships. But in a market where many employers expect students coming out of school to be practice-ready, every opportunity to work on actual matters counts. Yet the perennial student dilemma remains: 
“How do I get experience when no one will hire me because I don’t have any experience?”

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