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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2018-19 Section Chair: Jenny Li, Arnold & Porter, jenny.li@arnoldporter.com

July 2018 Board Report (PDF)
November 2018 Board Report (PDF)

Work Groups:

Annual Education Conference / Bulletin Article and Webinar Planning
Brainstorm with Section membership to develop ideas and identify speakers for the 2019 Annual Education Conference and topics for Bulletin articles. Assist members through the completion of the RFP processes for both. Consider the production of educational webinars throughout the year.

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 to account for new recruiting technology; add relevant information regarding partner level recruitment.

OCI Forms
Annually review and update the various forms/communications used for the OCI process and housed on the NALP website (Open Letter to Law Students; Student Professionalism During the Interview Season; Travel Reimbursement Form and Instructions; Employer’s Interview Outcome Form; and Student Evaluation of OCI Employer).

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. Identify common challenges related to entry-level/OCI recruitment for small/mid-sized firms and work to provide resources for other NALP members in similar situations.

Summit Conference Planning
The liaison will serve as an ex officio member of the 2019 Recruiting Summit Planning team. Prior to the Planning Team Conference Call (June 27 2-4 pm Eastern) 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.

Sexual Harassment & Recruiting Conduct
Collaborate with the JD Career Advisors Section to engage in environmental scanning about employer anti-harassment policies and school recruiting conduct policies in connection with the NALP Open Letter to Members Seeking Engagement on Renewing Our Commitment To Prevent Sexual Harassment in the Hiring Process, November 14, 2017. Develop model best practices and provide member education on preventing sexual harassment through webinars, Bulletin articles, and conference programming.

Professionalism & Recruiting Training Videos
Continue three section collaboration (JD Career Advisors, Law Student Professional Development and Recruiting) on the production of 1-3 minutes training videos on various aspects of the recruiting process with an emphasis on professional interactions and quality decision-making.



2017-18 Section Chair: Jacki Herzog, Clark Hill PLC, jherzog@clarkhill.com

April 2018 Board Report (PDF)
February 2018 Board Report (PDF)
November 2017 Board Report (PDF)
July 2017 Board Report (PDF)


Work Groups:

Annual Education Conference Planning
Brainstorm with Section membership on programming/speakers at the 2018 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.


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

April 2017 Board Report (PDF)
February 2017 Board Report (PDF)
November 2016 Board Report (PDF)
July 2016 Board Report (PDF)


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


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


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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