Welcome to ABA Legal Career Central!
Liz Stone is the current Chair of the Board of ABA Legal Career Central. She is Principal of Stone Legal Search, a legal search firm based in the Bay Area hired by firms and companies for placement services, and the moderator of the inaugural LCC web program in September 2015 on Job Search Do’s and Don’ts. Prior to becoming a legal recruiter, Liz practiced commercial and patent litigation with Pillsbury Winthrop, Goodwin Procter, and Buchalter Nemer. She is a graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of Law and the University of Virginia.
Liz regularly speaks at legal conferences and career programs, including the Women in Law Institute, ABA Young Lawyer’s Division, Stanford Law School, Pepperdine Law School, Trebuchet Legal Catapult Conference, and the Women Lawyers Association of Los Angeles. She also serves as an expert advisor for the Bay Area legal market for Harvard Law School.
Regularly helping employers attract their ideal talent and advising attorneys on career options, strategically mapping career moves, networking, and interviewing, Liz firmly believes that law students should begin taking control over and managing their own careers, starting in law school, and that all attorneys should continue the process on an ongoing basis. She looks forward to providing advice on these topics, and more, as an LCC Board member.
On the side, Liz performs stand-up comedy at clubs throughout the country.
Mark Weber is the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of ABA Legal Career Central Central and remains an Advisor to LCC. He has more than 20 years of experience counseling and advising students and attorneys about their careers. Before becoming the Assistant Dean for Career Services at Harvard Law School in 2000, he held that role for six years at the University of Illinois College of Law, his alma mater. He previously practiced law at a mid-sized Chicago firm, focusing on tax, corporate and bankruptcy matters; as a CPA, he also worked in the tax department of a Big Four public accounting firm. Mark is an active member of NALP and has held numerous leadership positions within the organization including serving on the Board of Directors, the Long Range Strategic Planning Committee and Chairing the Nominating Committee.
The priority focal points and topics Mark looks forward to addressing through the LCC include Self-Assessment; Career Exploration and all the things you can do with a law degree; Professionalism; and Effective interviewing to set yourself apart from the crowd.
Dan Binstock is a partner with Garrison & Sisson, a Washington, DC legal recruiting firm. Dan is the author of “The Attorney’s Guide to Using (or Not Using) Legal Recruiters: Answers to important questions most attorneys don’t know to ask … but should” (2015). He has also been named one of the Top 100 Legal Consultants and Strategists (Lawdragon, 2017).
He is the current Chair of the Ethics Committee at the National Association of Legal Search Consultants and on their Board of Directors.
He is frequently called on by law schools (e.g., Harvard Law School, Georgetown Law Center) to serve as an expert adviser on the Washington, DC legal market. His commentary and/or articles on the legal market have appeared in publications including the Wall Street Journal, American Lawyer, National Law Journal, Law360, ABA Journal, Fortune, Washington Post, and Washington Business Journal.
Prior to becoming a legal recruiter in 2004, Dan practiced intellectual property law with Finnegan Henderson, a national intellectual property boutique based in Washington, DC. He earned his J.D. magna cum laude from American University, Washington College of Law, where he served as editor on the International Law Review. Dan received his undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Maryland, during which time he also performed as the pianist for the musical political comedy troupe, the Capitol Steps.
Avery Blank uses her legal training as a consultant and is a nationally recognized women’s advocate. She is currently a Contributor with Forbes. Avery acted as a Team Advisor for the first-ever Women in Law Hackathon sponsored by Bloomberg Law and hosted by Stanford Law. She was previously a Senior Law & Policy Analyst with the Center for Health and Homeland Security at the University of Maryland, devising crisis plans and advising clients. She also served as a trainer on goal-setting and personal development at the Ms. JD 2014 Conference on Women in the Law. Avery received her law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law where she was the recipient of the 2011 National Association of Women Lawyers Outstanding Law Student Award. In 2014, she was named to the “Top 20 In Their Twenties” by the Maryland Daily Record for her professional accomplishments, civic involvement and impact of achievements. She graduated magna cum laude from Colgate University.
Having worked on sensitive and significant issues as a policy counsel, Avery knows how hard yet crucial it is for law students and lawyers to hone their judgment and be able to work quickly and decisively, in crisis mode or not. One particularly difficult juncture she cites is in knowing how to recover from mistakes while keeping intact your credibility and professional relationships. Another important interest of hers is the development of women entering and working in the profession. She looks forward to focusing on these and other core issues through her work on the LCC Board. You can connect with her on LinkedIn and follower her on Twitter @BlankAvery.
Derek Davis is the current executive director of the Harvard Law School Center on the Legal Profession (CLP). Prior to joining HLS, Derek worked as a business attorney for more than twenty-three years in a legal practice focused on corporate and public policy related matters involving privately held companies, public corporations, and non-profit organizations and institutions of higher education. As executive director of CLP, Derek works collaboratively with a talented team of professionals, research fellows, and faculty to examine the structures, norms, and dynamics of the global legal profession.
Prior to joining HLS, Derek was a partner at several Boston area law firms. His legal experience covers a broad spectrum of corporate transactional matters including venture capital financings, private placements of securities, mergers and acquisitions, and public project finance. Derek also has extensive experience representing non-profit and tax-exempt institutions on matters relating to education law, public law, and corporate governance.
Derek was a member of the Board of Overseers of Boston University for eleven years, where he has served on various committees including the athletics committee. Until October 2014, Derek also served for ten years as the Chair of the Board of Trustees of Cambridge College, a private, non-profit institution dedicated to providing academically excellent, time-efficient, and cost-effective higher education for a diverse population of working adults.
As an active member of the Greater Boston community Derek has also served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the USS Constitution Museum, the Corporation of the Perkins School for the Blind, the Corporation of Milton Hospital, and the Board of Directors of Greater Boston Legal Services. He is a both a BA and JD graduate of Boston University.
Judith Gordon is a facilitator, mediator and coach, and founder of LeaderEsQ, a consultancy devoted to providing high achievers with the mental and emotional fitness tools they need to improve productivity, performance and personal satisfaction. Her programs and coaching focus on building a sustainable career through leadership, resilience, emotional intelligence, stress management, and well-being training.
Judith is on faculty at UCLA School of Law, the Women Leaders Forum, and the California Health and Longevity Institute. She trained in emotional intelligence with the Institute of Social and Emotional Intelligence, and in mediation at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. She serves on the NAWBO-LA board of directors as Board Strategy and Leadership Chair, and she writes and presents regularly on success, well-being and the high-achieving professional.
Judith is a long-time meditator, nutrition enthusiast, occasional adventurer, and one-time immunology researcher with a continued deep interest in science.
Cheryl Rich Heisler is the president and founder of LAWTERNATIVES. Ms. Heisler graduated from the University of Illinois College of Communications in 1980 with Highest Honors and received her J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law in 1983. She practiced corporate law for three years with the law firm of Katten Muchin Zavis in Chicago before leaving the practice of law to pursue a career in brand management with Kraft, Inc. There she contributed to the marketing efforts of such well-known brands as Parkay™ Margarine and Kraft Real Mayonnaise™.
Since forming LAWTERNATIVES in 1988, Ms. Heisler has consulted with individual clients at all stages of their careers and has lectured to both legal and non-legal audiences on such topics as Recycling Your Career, Career Changes and Choices and Creativity Beyond the Law. Ms. Heisler has been quoted in numerous business, legal and popular publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, Crain’s Chicago Business, U.S. News & World Report, The National Law Journal, Chicago Lawyer, Working Woman, Glamour and Cosmopolitan.
A professional speaker, Ms. Heisler is often interviewed on radio and TV as a career expert. Her radio features, “Making It Work For Your Career,” and “WorkingWise,” aired regularly on WBBM-AM Newsradio 780 in Chicago.
Currently she consults and lectures at law schools across the country on “Exploring Alternative Careers” and related topics.
Fiona Trevelyan Hornblower is the Assistant Dean for Career Development and Public Service at Boston University School of Law. Fiona began her legal career as a litigator at Bingham McCutchen, and was the firm’s first National Director of Legal Recruiting, where she oversaw the entry-level recruiting program for all U.S. offices. During her seven years in this position, she developed integrated, firm-wide recruiting systems for the firm, bolstered Bingham McCutchen’s talent management program, forged partnerships with law schools nationwide, and partnered with diversity organizations to enhance the diversity of the firm’s summer program and incoming entry classes. Fiona has also practiced as a Principal in a boutique family law practice.
Fiona received her B.A. from Harvard University and her J.D. from Boston College Law School, where she was the President of the Public Interest Law Foundation. Following law school, Fiona clerked for the Honorable Frank M. Coffin on the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Fiona has served as President of the Massachusetts Legal Recruitment Association, co-chaired the National Association of Law Placement’s Judicial Clerkship Committee, co-authored the National Association of Law Placement’s “Diversity Best Practices Guide”, and served on the planning committee for NALP’s Legal Recruiting Summit.
Skip Horne has a long and distinguished career in university administration, with an emphasis in legal education. He brings extensive experience in admissions and financial aid, student affairs, career services, and diversity outreach to the LCC from working at the University of Texas School of Law, Santa Clara University School of Law, and the University of San Diego School of Law. He recently concluded a year’s assignment as Careers Consultant with Trinity College at the University of Melbourne in Australia. In addition, Skip spent five years as Global Recruiting Manager for Latham & Watkins LLP. He currently serves as the Senior Assistant Dean for External Relations at Santa Clara Law, a position he has held since returning to the Bay Area in 2014.
Skip is well-known nationally in law school placement and admissions circles. He has served as the President of NALP and the President of the National LGBT Bar Foundation, and has been active with the Bay Area Legal Recruitment Association and the Law School Admission Council. He received his MBA from the University of Virginia and his BSFS cum laude from Georgetown University.
Elizabeth (Betsy) Munnell is a business development coach, career advisor and social media trainer who brings to her work the wealth of experience she acquired in her twenty-five years as a successful partner at Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge (now Locke Lord LLP).
Through her Boston based company, EHMunnell, Betsy coaches and advises law firm partners and associates at all levels of experience, helping them build and expand self-sustaining practices. A vocal presence online, she trains lawyers and other professionals to use social media and other internet tools to create and implement effective networking, branding and business generation strategies.
Betsy is a frequent contributor to the ongoing debate on the future of legal education and practice, advocating intensive training in business and financial skills and business generation. She is also an active advocate for progressive diversity strategies at large law firms. As one of the chief architects of her former firm’s diversity program, she urges the women, minority and LGBT lawyers she coaches to seize the essential competitive advantage that financial skills and business development training can afford. Betsy is among the select group of coaches featured on Diversity Lab’s new site, Top Lawyer Coaches.
In addition to her coaching and consulting work, Betsy is the co-founder of a business education program distinctive for its use of a complex case study that enables participants to apply finance, business strategies and valuation concepts to the interpretation, negotiation and amendment of legal documents.
Betsy attended Harvard College and Harvard Law School. She serves as a Visiting Advisor in the Office for Career Services at HLS, where she provides intensive, individual coaching, and an accelerated transition to law firm practice, to select BigLaw-bound 2L women every year.
Betsy lives in Cambridge with her husband, also a lawyer. They have three grown daughters.
Samorn Selim is the Founder of Samorn Selim Coaching. Samorn has presented at Talks at Google, UC Office of the President’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women, and the National Association for Law Placement. She has successfully worked with over 1,000 clients to effectively land dream jobs, be promoted to leadership positions, and develop a book of business.
Samorn is committed to and involved in diversity and inclusion initiatives, and is a frequent featured speaker and moderator at professional associations on hot topics such as managing cultural code switching, supporting first-generation professionals, sponsoring women of color, and developing leadership skills. She has provided pro bono legal services, helping refugees, children, and elderly dependents, and pro bono career coaching services to first-generation professionals, women of color, and other diverse groups.
Samorn received her B.A. with High Honors in Social Welfare and Legal Studies with a minor in Education and J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She was formerly the Director of Employer Outreach and Associate Director for Private Sector Counseling and Programs at Berkeley Law and an attorney at Manatt, Phelps & Phillips.
Robert (Bob) Young is a partner at English, Lucas Priest and Owsley, LLP, in Bowling Green, Ky. His 26-year career in law has primarily focused on personal injury litigation, concentrating his work in medical negligence and medical device injuries. He is also a focused and respected mediator. Bob is involved extensively in the American Bar Association, serving as Chair of the Law Practice Management Strategy and Planning Committee and Chair of the LPM Diversity Committee. From August 2014 to 2015, he served as Chair of the Law Practice Division. He is now serving on the Law Practice Division Council and the Law Practice Division Legal Technology Resource Center Board. Find out more about Bob on the firm’s web site, www.elpolaw.com, or by following Bob on Twitter @BobYoungELPO.