"No law school? No problem.
The Legal Professional Preparatory Program and HenLaw Society at the University of Delaware just held their inaugural Law Mentoring Weekend on campus at Clayton Hall in Newark, Delaware. The program was designed to provide mentoring skills and actual mentoring (from U-D alumni) to students interested in pursuing legal careers while also offering attorneys that are U-D alums an opportunity to network with colleagues.
Besides offering five program tracks for students and alumni of all ages and places in their careers, there was an opening “teaching” and “doing” session on mentoring. The luncheon keynote speakers also delivered powerful messages. Sandra Simkins, a U-D alum, is the director and co-founder of The Children’s Justice Clinic At Rutgers University School of Law. Professor Simkins gave some powerful examples of the work she does on behalf of juveniles in Camden, New Jersey, while showing future law students and lawyers one route of public interest law that can help change the world. Ted Ruger, Dean of the University of Pennsylvania Law School, discussed important factors for law school admissions, such as becoming more accessible to those that might not have the financial wherewithal, as well as issues of LSATS, GREs and GPAs—all things too far in my own past to fully recall or comprehend.
A number of law schools from the region, including my own Temple University School of Law, set up tables and sent representatives to offer up advice and enrollment information to the inquisitive U-D student attendees.
Thanks to an invitation from Associate Dean for Social Science David C. Wilson, at the suggestion of Alumni HenLaw Steering Committee Chair Kandis Kovalsky (one of my star “pupils” at Kang Haggerty & Fetbroyt in Philadelphia), I was invited to speak on a panel in the “Navigating the Successes and Failures of the Legal Profession” track on “balancing the workplace and personal life.” I was especially pleased to participate because of the role Delaware law firms have played in my own consultancy. I’ve worked with nearly a dozen Delaware firms since 2001, and have not only found the interactions rewarding, but came to learn just how powerful those circles are in the national legal landscape (from the Chancery Court to game-changing bankruptcy and intellectual property practices). Many of my former Delaware attorney clients have become trusted colleagues and dear friends." - an excert from Micah Buchdahl. Read more here!