Sections, Groups, and Committees

2016-2017 Sections and Interest Groups
Committees and Task Forces
Advisory Groups
Event Planning 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. 

2016-2017 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:
Lynn Iding, McInnes Cooper

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. This section will also serve as the home of the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (SOGIE) Work Group.  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:
Karen Hester, Center for Legal Inclusiveness

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:
Lee Anne Masetti-Martin, Morrison & Foerster LLP

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: Caroline Springer, Georgetown University Law Center

JD Career Advisors Section
The JD Career Advisors Section is for NALP members who have an interest in or responsibility for the career development of law students and alumni. The section will include work groups on developing resources and conference programming on career development. The section will also serve as the home for the Solo & Small CSO Work Group and the CSO Employer Outreach Work Group, and for those interested in alumni career services.
Section Chair: Tony Waller, University of Georgia School of Law

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: Maureen Kieffer, Loyola University Chicago School of Law

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 Chair: Katelynn McBride, University of Notre Dame Law School

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: Jennifer Gallinson, Much Shelist PC

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.
Section Chair: Elizabeth Claps, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP

Newer Professionals Section
The Newer Professionals Section is for NALP members who have been in the profession for two years or less.
Section Chair: Amber Brugnoli, West Virginia University College of Law

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:
Katie Dilks, Georgetown University Law Center

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: Nicole Oddo Smith, Dechert LLP

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Committees and Task Forces

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

Nominating Committee
Chair: LeaNora Ruffin, Widener University Delaware Law School. Vice Chair: Dana Mandell, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP. The Nominating Committee will cultivate nominations for and develop a slate of officers and board members for the 2017-2018 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 Legal Employment Outcomes Task Force
Chair: Heather DiFranco, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Cleveland State University. Members: Marcy Cox, University of Miami School of Law; Katrina Denny, Southwestern Law School; Karen Kowalski, University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law; Stephanie Powell, Mercer University School of Law; Shannon Schaab, DePaul University College of Law.

Emergent Employer Engagement Task Force
Chair: Kristen Hulse, Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP. Members: Susan Atkinson, Capital One; Jill Backer, Pace University School of Law; Shawn Beem, Capital University Law School; Anna Maria DeCia, University of Windsor Faculty of Law; Gary Greener, UCLA School of Law; Karen Kupetz, Seyfarth Shaw LLP; Amy Perez, University of Miami School of Law.

Engaging Small Law Firms Task Force
Chair: Donna Gerson, Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law. Members: Ray English, Arizona State University Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law; Michele Hoff, University of Connecticut School of Law; Tammy King, Washburn University School of Law; Keya Koul, University of San Francisco School of Law; Lindy Resh, Beveridge & Diamond, P.C.

Transforming Talent Acquisition Task Force
Chair: Georgia Emery Gray, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. Members: Jessica Buchsbaum, Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP; Bruce Elvin, Duke University School of Law; Kate Kerr, Armstrong Teasdale LLP; Marcia Shannon, Georgetown University Law Center; Jessica Sisco, Reed Smith LLP.

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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; Josie Mitchell, Seattle University School of Law; Susan Reonegro, Manatt, Phelps & Phillips LLP.

Ethics & Standards Advisory Group
Chair: Beth Moeller, UCLA School of Law.
Members: Eric Bono, University of Denver Sturm College of Law; David Diamond, Northwestern University School of Law; Kathy Gilloran, Wiggin & Dana; Mike Gotham, Perkins Coie; Caroline Menes, Proskauer Rose LLP.

PD Quarterly Advisory Group
Members: Steve Armstrong, Armstrong Talent; Andy Hales, Venable LLP; 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: Michelle Grossfield, Boston College Law School
Members: Kathleen Behan, University of Windsor Faculty of Law; Michael Bergmann, Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI); Sharon Booth, University of Miami School of Law; Stella Boswell, Duke University School of Law; Rena Cervoni, US Department of Justice;  Lauren Dubin, Georgetown University Law Center; Alexander Lee, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law; 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; Dina Wreede, Foley Hoag LLP.

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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 Boston.
Chair: Lisa Dickinson, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Vice-Chairs: Yvonne Denenny, UCLA School of Law; Karen Laymance, Frost Brown Todd LLC; Melissa Lennon, Temple University Beasley 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 Diversity Summit in years that the Summit occurs.
Members: TBD

Lateral Recruiting Summit Planning Work Group
The Lateral Recruiting Summit planning team will plan and present the NALP Lateral Recruiting Summit.
Members: Jean Durling, Fox Rothschild, LLP; Shannon Davis, Mintz, Levin, Cohen, Ferris, Glovsky & Popeo P.C., Valerie Fontaine, Seltzer Fontaine Beckwith; Paul Giangola, Dechert LLP; Nicole Lancia, Bryan Cave LLP; Alexis Reed, Jenner & Block LLP.

Legal Recruiting Summit Planning Work Group
The Legal Recruiting Summit Planning Committee will plan and present the NALP Legal Recruiting Summit.
Members: Nicole Cohen, Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto;  Fiona Trevelyan Hornblower, Boston University School of Law; Jenny Li, Arnold & Porter Kay Scholer LLP; Jason McCann, Harvard Law School; Abraham Pollack, The George Washington University School of Law; Nicole Oddo Smith, Dechert LLP.

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: Lois T. Casaleggi, The University of Chicago Law School; Lauren Howard, Stoel Rives LLP; Molly Peckman, Dechert 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: Rob Cacace, Georgetown University Law Center; Stephanie Felder, McGuireWoods LLP; Melanie Priddy, Crowell & Moring LLP.

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