Recruiting Section

The Recruiting Section is for NALP members who are responsible for, or who have an interest in, issues related to recruiting and hiring law students, new graduates and lateral attorneys.

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2016-17 Section Chair: Nicole Oddo Smith, Dechert LLP, nicole.oddo@dechert.com

Work Groups:

Annual Education Conference Planning
Brainstorm with Section membership on programming/speakers at the 2017 Annual Education Conference. Assist members through the completion of the RFP process.

Bulletin Article Planning
Solicit authors and contributions for feature length articles in the NALP Bulletin

Entry Level Recruitment/OCI
Review and update NALP travel reimbursement form.

Lateral Hiring
Provide opportunities for those who specialize in lateral recruiting to communicate and network with one another through work group conference calls and NALPconnect. Develop resources aimed at lateral recruiting specialists, (including Partner recruitment) including programming at the annual education conference, Bulletin articles, results of environmental scanning efforts, and other resources to be made available on NALPconnect and the NALP website. Review and update lateral recruitment guide. Develop and prepare a partner recruitment guide.

Small/Mid-Sized Firm
Provide opportunities for those who work for small/mid-sized firms to communicate and network with one another through work group conference calls and NALPconnect. Develop resources aimed at the small/mid-sized employer market, including programming at the annual education conference, Bulletin articles, results of environmental scanning efforts, and other resources to be made available on NALPconnect and the NALP website.

Summit Conference Planning
The liaison will serve as an ex officio member of the 2017 Recruiting Summit Planning team. Prior to the Planning Meeting, which is scheduled for June, the liaison will survey the Section to compile a written list of possible sessions for the Summit and a list of possible speakers, which will be submitted to the Planning Committee well in advance of the Planning Meeting. These lists should include suggestions for Hot Topic Sessions. The liaison will also solicit proposals from Section members for the Summit and report back to the Section on the results of the Planning meeting.


2015-16 Section Chair: Lynn Herron, Hogan Lovells US LLP, lynn.herron@hoganlovells.com

April 2016 Board Report (PDF)
February 2016 Board Report (PDF)
November 2015 Board Report (PDF)
July 2015 Board Report (PDF)


Work Groups:

Annual Education Conference Planning
Brainstorm with Section membership on programming/speakers at the 2016 Annual Education Conference. Assist members through the completion of the RFP process. In developing topics, give careful consideration to those that would be appealing to mid-career professionals with 4-6 years of experience.

Bulletin Article Planning
Solicit authors and contributions for feature length articles in the NALP Bulletin

Entry Level Recruitment/OCI
Review and update NALP travel reimbursement form.

Lateral Hiring
Provide opportunities for those who specialize in lateral recruiting to communicate and network with one another through work group conference calls and NALPconnect. Develop resources aimed at lateral recruiting specialists, (including Partner recruitment) including programming at the annual education conference, Bulletin articles, results of environmental scanning efforts, and other resources to be made available on NALPconnect and the NALP website. Review and update lateral recruitment guide. Develop and prepare a partner recruitment guide.

Small/Mid-Sized Firm
Provide opportunities for those who work for small/mid-sized firms to communicate and network with one another through work group conference calls and NALPconnect. Develop resources aimed at the small/mid-sized employer market, including programming at the annual education conference, Bulletin articles, results of environmental scanning efforts, and other resources to be made available on NALPconnect and the NALP website.

Summit Conference Planning
Recruiting Summit Planning team. Prior to the Planning Meeting, which is scheduled for June, the liaison will survey the Section to compile a written list of possible sessions for the Summit and a list of possible speakers, which will be submitted to the Planning Committee well in advance of the Planning Meeting. These lists should include suggestions for Hot Topic Sessions. The liaison will also solicit proposals from Section members for the Summit and report back to the Section on the results of the Planning meeting.


2014-15 Section Chair: Lauren Marsh, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, lmarsh@akingump.com

February 2015 Board Report (PDF)

November 2014 Board Report (PDF)

July 2014 Board Report (PDF)

Work Groups:

Annual Education Conference Planning
Brainstorm with Section membership on programming/speakers at the 2015 Annual Conference. Assist members through the completion of the RFP process. In developing topics, give careful consideration to those that would be appealing to mid-career professionals with 4-6 years of experience. Vice Chair: Amy Pretty, McGuireWoods.

Bulletin Article Planning
Solicit authors and contributions for feature length articles in the NALP Bulletin. Vice Chair: Lesli Hutchinson, Proskauer.

Lateral Hiring
Provide opportunities for those who specialize in lateral recruiting to communicate and network with one another through work group conference calls and NALPconnect. Develop resources aimed at lateral recruiting specialists, including programming at the annual education conference, Bulletin articles, results of environmental scanning efforts, and other resources to be made available on NALPconnect and the NALP website. Vice Chair: Wanda Woods, Baker Hostetler.

Small/Mid-Sized Firm
Provide opportunities for those who work for small/mid-sized firms to communicate and network with one another through work group conference calls and NALPconnect. Develop resources aimed at the small/mid-sized employer market, including programming at the annual education conference, Bulletin articles, results of environmental scanning efforts, and other resources to be made available on NALPconnect and the NALP website. Vice Chair: Soraya Walden, Jackson Walker.

Summit Conference Planning
The liaison will serve as an ex officio member of the 2015 Recruiting Summit Planning team. Prior to the Planning Meeting, which is scheduled for June, the liaison will survey the Section to compile a written list of possible sessions for the Summit and a list of possible speakers, which will be submitted to the Planning Committee well in advance of the Planning Meeting. These lists should include suggestions for Hot Topic Sessions. The liaision will also solicit proposals from Section members for the Summit and report back to the Section on the results of the Planning meeting. Planning Committee Liaison: Lauren Marsh, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld.

Long Range Strategic Planning Reporting
Vice Chairs:  Dyana Barninger, K&L Gates and Elissa Britto, Kirkland & Ellis


2013-14 Section Chair: Dyana Pinkerton Barninger, K&L Gates LLP


2012-2013 Section Chair: Kristina Gajewicz, Baker McKenzie LLP


2011-2012 Section Chair: Melanie Priddy, Bingham McCutchen LLP


2010-2011 Section Chair: Erin Springer, Alston + Bird LLP


2009-2010 Section Chair: Christina Fox, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP


2008-09 Lateral Recruiting Section Chair: Beth Fuson, Howrey LLP


2008-09 Law Student Recruiting Section Chair: Cristin Bolsinger, Kirkland & Ellis LLP

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