Sections, Groups, and Committees

Sections and Work Groups

NALP thrives on member involvement, and one of the many benefits of NALP membership is the opportunity to actively participate in the NALP community.

For information on elected and appointed groups, see Committees, Work Groups, and Task Forces below.

Sections are a great way to join colleagues with whom you share interests and work responsibilities, and also provide an ideal way to get involved in the work of NALP. Sections provide an opportunity for networking and for sharing information, ideas, and best practices. Sections also provide information and education to the rest of the NALP community on the Section members’ particular area of interest or expertise.

Work Groups will address specific tasks; they will work on the specified project, and will disband when the target task is completed. Several Work Groups fall under the auspices of a Section, while others are stand-alone. Where already known, Work Group projects are listed below within each Section description (follow the "learn more" link). Section members are encouraged to identify additional issues and projects of interest to the group.

All Sections have open membership, and many Work Groups need volunteers. NALP members are invited to contact Section Chairs to learn more about Section activities and involvement. Section membership is based on individual membership with NALP. Click on the "learn more" link for each section to find out about the work of that section and how you can get involved.

2015-2016 Sections and Interest Groups

Canadian Section
The Canadian Section is for NALP members with a particular interest in Canadian legal education, Canadian law school career services, and issues surrounding legal employment and admission to the bar in Canada.
Section Chair: Stacy Keehn, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law (Common Law)
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CSO Employer Outreach Section
The CSO Employer Outreach Section explores goals and best practices (including technology, long distance vs. local employer relations and visibility issues) of law school employer outreach.
Section Chair: Jill Backer, Pace University School of Law
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Diversity & Inclusion Section
NALP has a longstanding commitment to be an advocate for diversity in the legal profession and in our membership. The Diversity Section is for NALP members with a particular interest in or responsibility for advocating for diversity in legal education and legal employment. This section will serve as a resource for all NALP members on matters of diversity. Diversity directors and those focusing on diversity matters at law firms and law schools are encouraged to join their colleagues in this section.
Section Chair: Kristine McKinney, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP
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Experienced Professionals Section
The Experienced Professionals Section includes NALP members who self-identify as "experienced" in the legal recruitment industry and seek to collaborate with similarly situated colleagues for purposes of networking and professional development and to contribute to activities, services, and educational programs to benefit NALP. Section members can be characterized by years of NALP membership, years in the industry, and/or levels of leadership engagement within their organizations or with NALP. (It is suggested that members have at least eight years of experience in a lead role and have actively participated in NALP.)
Section Chair: Katie White, George Washington University Law School
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International and Advanced Degree Advising and Recruiting Section
The International and Advanced Degree Advising and Recruiting Section is for NALP career services members who advise domestic and international advanced degree and LL.M. candidates and for NALP legal employer members who hire graduates with advanced and LL.M. degrees. The Section is also for NALP members who advise JD degree candidates and alumni regarding international opportunities and NALP legal employer members who are involved in JD international recruiting and the evaluation of international experience for both international and domestic positions.
Section Chair: Sara Marshall, Boston University School of Law
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Judicial Clerkship Section
The Judicial Clerkship Section is for NALP members who have an interest in or responsbility for preparing law students for judicial clerkships or for managing the departure and return from employer organizations of associates who pursue judicial clerkships. This Section serves as a clearinghouse for judicial clerkship information important to the NALP membership.
Section Chair: Amy Killoran, Georgetown University Law Center
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Law School Alumni Career Services Section
The Law School Alumni Career Services Interest Group is for NALP members who work regularly with alumni, or have an interest in developing resources and services to provide their alumni.
Section Chair: Christine Guard, Mercer University School of Law
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Law Student Professional Development Section
The Law Student Professional Development Section is for NALP members with an interest in or responsibility for educating law students about expectations of professionalism in the legal profession.
Section Co-Chairs: Susan Fine, The George Washington University Law School and Gerald Slater, Suffolk University Law School
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Lawyer Professional Development Section
The Lawyer Professional Development Section is for NALP members who are interested in or have a responsibility for law firm professional development programming.
Section Chair: Kara Dodson, Young Conaway Stargatt & Taylor, LLP
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Legal Employer Alumni Relations/Programs Section
The Legal Employer Alumni Relations/Programs Section is intended to include NALP members who have an interest in or responsibility for alumni related issues.
Group Chair: Graziella Reis-Trani, White & Case LLP
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Newer Professionals Section
The Newer Professionals Section is for NALP members who have been in the profession for two years or less.
Section Chair: Shannon Schaab, DePaul University College of Law
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Public Service Section
The Public Service Section is for NALP members who have an interest in or responsibility for advising law students whose career paths lead to public sector, public interest, and pro bono work during law school and after graduation. The section supports NALP's role as one of the leading providers of information and education about public service opportunities for law students and lawyers. NALP's public sector and nonprofit employer members and those responsible for implementing or marketing law school or law firm pro bono programs also participate in this section.
Section Chair: Danielle Sorken, Brooklyn Law School
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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.
Section Chair: Lynn Herron, Hogan Lovells US LLP
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SOGIE Section
NALP has a longstanding commitment to be an advocate for diversity in the legal profession and in our membership. The SOGIE Section is for NALP members with an interest in issues concerning LGBT law students and lawyers, and law schools and legal employers.
Section Chair: Melanie Rowen, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law
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Solo & Small CSO Section
This Section is for NALP members working in career services offices with two or fewer career services professionals.
Section Chair: Alisa Rosales, University of Wyoming College of Law
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Committees, Work Groups, and Task Forces

NALP Committees, Work Groups, and Task Forces are either elected by the membership or appointed by the President to complete a specific task or project.

Nominating Committee
Chair: Diane Downs, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. Vice Chair: Bruce Elvin, Duke University School of Law. The Nominating Committee will cultivate nominations for and develop a slate of officers and board members for the 2016-2017 NALP year. The Committee will also oversee the nomination and election process of regional representatives , conference planning coordinators, and nominating committee members. NALP members elect regional representatives to the Nominating Committee each year. For more information and a list of committee members, see Board of Directors and Leaders.

ABA Audit Protocol Work Group
Chair: Heather DiFranco, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Cleveland State University. Members: Marcy Cox, University of Miami School of Law; Markeisha Miner, University of Detroit Mercy School of Law; David Montoya, The University of Texas School of Law; Shannon Schaab, DePaul University College of Law.

Innovating Talent Acquisition Work Group
Chair: Dyana Barninger, K&L Gates LLP. Members: Betsy Armour, USC Gould School of Law; Kevin Donovan, University of Virginia School of Law; Carrie English, Husch Blackwell; Georgia Emery Gray, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton LLP; Melissa Lennon, Temple University Beasley School of Law; Kisha Nunez, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz.

Three Generations in the Workplace Work Group
Chair: Jami De Lou, Jenner & Block LLP. Members: Shawn Beem, Capital University School of Law; Rachael Bosch, Paul Hastings LLP; Karen Britton, University of Tennessee Law School; Katie Dilks, Georgetown University Law Center; Lynn Iding, McInnes Cooper; LeaNora Ruffin, Widener University Delaware Law School.


Advisory Groups

Advisory Groups support NALP staff on matters of policy, procedure, and content with our core products and services. Advisory Groups are appointed by the President on an annual basis. Although membership in Advisory Groups is appointed rather than open, all members are invited to share ideas with Group leaders and members.

Communications Advisory Group
Chair: Katherine Fox, Wayne State University Law School. Members: Jolie Blanchard, Jones Day; Julie Inouye, McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP; Tammy King, Creighton University School of Law; Josie Mitchell, University of Washington School of Law; Susan Reonegro, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP; Craig Spitzer, University of Iowa College of Law.

Ethics & Standards Advisory Group
Chair: Marilyn Drees, Yale Law School. Members: David Diamond, Northwestern University School of Law; Kathy Gilloran, Wiggin & Dana; Mike Gotham, Perkins Coie; Beth Hansen, BYU Law School; Caroline K. Menes, Proskauer.

NDLE Advisory Group
Chair: Sarah Staup, Dykema Gossett PLLC.

Professional Development Quarterly Advisory Group
Members: Steve Armstrong, Armstrong Talent; Stacey Kielbasa, Chapman and Cutler LLP; Kay Nash, Wiley Rein LLP; JD Neary, McGuireWoods LLP; Thelma O’Grady, Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP; Beth Shackleford, University of Georgia School of Law; Scott Westfahl, Harvard Law School; Sherri Zachary, Saul Ewing LLP.

PSJD Advisory Group
The PSJD Advisory Group supports the use, development, and enhancement of the PSJD service. In addition to working closely with and providing feedback to NALP’s Director of Public Service Initiatives, the advisory group contributes programming ideas for the Public Service Mini-Conference preceding the Equal Justice Works Conference and solicits nominations for the PSJD Pro Bono Publico Awards that are made in conjunction with the mini-conference.
Chair: Lauren Dubin, Georgetown University Law Center
Members: Michael Bergmann, Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI); Sharon Booth, University of Miami School of Law; Jamila Frone, US Department of Justice; Michelle Grossfield, Boston College Law School; Stacy Keehn, University of Ottawa Faculty of Law; Alexander Lee, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law; Rachel Peckerman, New York University School of Law; Bill Penn, Lewis & Clark Law School; Nicole Simmons, The University of Texas School of Law; Michelle Vodenik, Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Research Advisory Group
Chair: Kisha Nunez, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz
Members: Kevin Battle, Schiff Hardin LLP; Lisa Doster, Belmont University College of Law; Randi Lewis, Miles & Stockbridge P.C.; Susan Schell, University of Arkansas School of Law; Andrea Shaheen, Santa Clara University School of Law; Dina Wreede, Foley Hoag LLP.

Technology Innovation Advisory Group
Chair: Kristen Hulse, Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP. Members: Ethel Badawi, George Washington University Law School; Chris Boyd, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati; Ann Chernicoff, UC Irvine School of Law; Crisobal Modesto, Davis, Polk & Wardwell LLP; Jennifer Zwagerman, Drake University Law School.


Event Planning Work Groups

Annual Education Conference Planning Work Group
The Annual Education Conference Planning Work Group will plan and present the 2016 Annual Education Conference in Chicago.
Chair: Alissa Golden, Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP Vice-Chairs: Randy Liss, Bryan Cave LLP; Cybele Smith, The Ohio State University, Moritz College of Law; Marty Grenhart, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law. The elected Conference Planning Coordinators serve as members of the Annual Education Conference Planning team.

Diversity Summit Planning Work Group
The Diversity Summit Planning Committee will identify specific topics for and execute the 2016 Diversity Summit.
Members: TBD

Newer Professionals Forum Planning Work Group
The Newer Professionals Forum Planning Committee evaluates the event's programming and makes recommendations for changes, if any, for the event for the following year.
Members: Catherine DiVincenzo, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP; Melissa Lennon, Temple University Beasley School of Law; Kristine McKinney, Faegre Baker Daniels LLP

Professional Development Institute Planning Work Group
The Professional Development Institute Planning Committee, in partnership with ALI-ABA and the PDC, plans and presents the annual Professional Development Institute.
Members — NALP Representatives: Julia Borginis, Fox Rothschild LLP; Jean Durling, Fox Rothschild LLP; Jennifer Gallinson, Much Shelist PC; Christine Guard, Mercer University School of Law. ALI CLE Representatives: Leslie Belasco, ALI CLE; Leanne Cherry, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP; Sabrina Franconeri, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C.; Supria Kuppuswamy, Chadbourne & Parke LLP. PDC Representatives: Ruth Alexandor, Miller Thomson LLP; Jeanette Lee, Sullivan & Cromwell LLP.

Recruiting Summit Planning Work Group
The Legal Recruiting Summit Planning Committee will plan and present the 2016 NALP Legal Recruiting Summit.
Members: David Diamond, Northwestern School of Law; Lynn Herron, Hogan Lovells US LLP; Nicole Lancia, Allen & Overy; Melissa Maynard Leger, Stanford Law School; Kelly Mixon Morgan, Fish & Richardson, P.C.


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