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Mark Weber is the current chair of the Board of the ABA Legal Career Central. 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 year 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.
Kathy Morris was the founding chair of the Board of the American Bar Association Legal Career Central and remains an Advisor to the LCC as well as a regularly contributing author to the ABA Voice of Experience Magazine. Kathy is a longtime career counselor for lawyers and law students through Under Advisement, Ltd., www.underadvisement.com, launched in 1988 in Chicago. She can also be found on LinkedIn and tweeting @LawyerCounselor.
Kathy is a former criminal defense lawyer, adjunct professor in ethics at Northwestern Law School, pioneer in the large firm lawyer professional development arena in C-suite roles for firms such as Sidley Austin, and an inaugural Board Member of the Professional Development Consortium. Kathy also created the first Career Resource Center and the web-based Career Advice Series for the ABA.
A graduate of Northeastern University School of Law in Boston and the University of Michigan, with honors, Kathy lives in Chicago and spends part of each month in New York City. She roots for the Bears and the Giants during football season, enjoys completing the Sunday New York Times crossword puzzle, and raised two daughters, a son, and their two cats.
Casey Berman graduated from the University of California, Hastings School of Law after receiving his BA from the University of California at Berkeley. He practiced law for several years before moving to business and finance endeavors, ongoing to this day. Casey continued his entrepreneurialism by founding Leave Law Behind in 2009 when he noticed, while speaking at his alma mater, all the interest fellow lawyers have in alternative careers.
Casey’s website at www.leavelawbehind.com includes blog posts and advice…sometimes irreverent but always honest…for lawyers he helps who no longer are or never were focused on a traditional legal career. His aim in helping build the LCC is to drive online content to attract readers and foster connection to the profession and beyond. A person of many interests, Casey is also the co-founder, with his wife, of Kid Friendly San Francisco.
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.
Susan Fine is the Director of Professional Development at The George Washington University Law School. She is also Co-Director of the Inns of Court program, an initiative to foster a happier law school experience, to equip students to find a job that is meaningful to them and to prepare them more effectively for practice. A frequent speaker on law student professional development topics, Susan is a PDC member and a past chair of NALP’s Law Student Professional Development Section. This year she serves on NALP’s Nominating Committee. Earlier in her career, following a federal clerkship, Susan was an attorney in the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice. She has a BA and a JD from the University of Michigan.
As a member of the LCC Board, Susan will continue helping law students become practice-ready professionals equipped to make well-informed career choices. She is focused on students’ strategic exploration of the diverse contexts in which lawyers work, their understanding of different definitions of success and “fit” and their development of a set of essential professional skills not typically taught in law school, such as self-awareness, team collaboration and professional communication. She is enthusiastic about enriching the work of the LCC through further advancing law school students’ and graduates’ skills and success.
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.
Carol Kanarek has provided career related services to lawyers, law students and law firms for over 30 years. Previously a transactional lawyer, she is a past Chair of the ABA Young Lawyers Division Career Issues Committee, a position from which she conceived of and edited the first edition of Changing Jobs: A Handbook for Lawyers. Carol is a widely published author and frequent speaker at bar associations in New York and nationally and at NALP. She has a JD from the University of Michigan Law School and an MSW from NYU.
Carol’s longtime legal career counseling career set the standard for job search guidance for lawyers across the spectrum. She continues to advise lawyers and legal employers on hiring best practices and career issues. She is enthusiastic about returning to a leadership role in the ABA and to contributing her wisdom and insights to the LCC initiative.
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.
Thomas J. Schoenherr is the Assistant Dean of the Public Interest Resource Center (PIRC) at the Fordham University School of Law, a program which he founded and has directed since it was established at Fordham in 1991. The PIRC is staffed by four full-time professionals and serves as the administrative center for twenty six student-run volunteer organizations which involve over 400 students, alumni, faculty, and administrators annually in a wide range of PIRC-sponsored pro bono and community service activities.
Dean Schoenherr has been a moderator and a speaker on numerous public interest program panels at conferences of NALP, Equal Justice Works, the AALS, the ABA/NLADA’s Equal Justice Conference, and the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. He is a member of the: ABA, AALS, NALP, New York State Bar Association’s President’s Committee on Access to Justice, NYS Bar Association’s Pro Bono Coordinators’ Network and the NYC Metro Law School Public Interest Administrators Network. He currently serves on the Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Pro Bono and Public Service Opportunities, and in the past has served on NALP’s Board of Directors, as chair of NALP’s Public Service Committee, and as inaugural co-chair of the National Advisory Committee of Equal Justice Works.
Prior to accepting his position as Assistant Dean of the PIRC, he was the Associate Director of the Career Planning Center at Fordham Law School for 5 years. He has counseled thousands of law students and alumni for the past 25 year in all phases of public sector career planning.
Marcia Pennington Shannon is the Assistant Dean of the Office of Career Strategy at Georgetown Law. She has served in this role for over four years. Prior to re-joining Georgetown career advising staff, she was the co-founder and principal of Shannon & Manch, a nationally recognized consulting firm focused on career and professional development of attorneys. With six offices around the country, Shannon & Manch called many of the AmLaw 100 firms clients. Marcia is the Managing Editor and contributing author of The Lawyer’s Career Management Handbook (West 2010) and Co-author with Susan Manch of Recruiting Lawyers (ABA, 2015).
Liz Stone is the Managing Director of The Dubin Group, a legal search firm based in the Bay Area hired by firms and companies for placement services and moderator of the Legal Career Central’s Career Choice Series introducing different practice areas to law students and young lawyers. She was formerly a litigator in Am Law 100 firms. On the side, Liz performs standup comedy at clubs throughout the country. She is a graduate of the University of California, Hastings College of Law and the University of Virginia.
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…recovering well from any mistakes or missteps along the way. She looks forward to providing advice on these topics, and more, as an LCC Board member.
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.