Following what will undoubtedly be a busy Trivia Weekend, we turn our attention to Career Services and some of the upcoming opportunities for you to consider Life After Lawrence Now. Starting Wednesday, January 28, and running through the weekend, a number of alumni and friends will be on campus to help you think about your career. You can see who is going to be here and when by looking at the upcoming events calendar. Send an email to Career Services if you’d like to reserve a time to meet for a general career chat (email@example.com ).
This Wednesday, Basil Vasiliou (1972 alum) will be on campus to talk about the potential benefits of a masters in business administration (MBA) and a law degree. The Lawrence Scholars in Law and Lawrence Scholars in Business programs are co-hosting the event. Mr. Vasiliou’s talk will be at 5:30 p.m. in the Campus Center Cinema, and is followed by an informal dinner with students in Andrew Commons, Parish/Perille rooms.
After graduating from Lawrence, Mr. Vasiliou picked up an MBA from the University of Chicago and a law degree from Fordham, and he has worked in the financial sector, including serving as chairman and CEO of Vasiliou & Co. since 1986.
This Saturday, October 29 is a maelstrom of opportunities for those of you looking to eventually enter the working world as Lawrence launches its 2011More Light! Career Conference. There are many, many alumni coming back to give some pep talks on leadership, taking initiative, career paths into various vocations, and what you students can do to prepare for Life After Lawrence NOW.
The particulars are quite remarkable:
Leadership in Life After Lawrence – Stansbury Theater 9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. with the following distinguished alumni:
Arts & Entertainment…..2:30 – 3:45 p.m. Steitz Hall, Room 102
Medicine…..2:30 – 3:45 p.m. Steitz Hall, Room 202
You can also attend a Networking Lunch at Andrew Commons at 12:00 noon, giving you an opportunity to lunch with alumni.
Finally, there is the Japan’s Ministry of Education’s Japan English Teaching (J.E.T.) Info Session – Career Center 4:15 – 5:00 p.m., where Michael Van Krey ’94, Japanese teacher with Evanston Township High School and former JET teacher will discuss the application process as well as his experiences with the J.E.T. program. Michael will be joined by Joette Bump, President – JET Alumni Association, Wisconsin Subchapter.
Be sure to get over to the Warch Campus Center Cinema today at 5:30 p.m to see distinguished alumnus Tony Valukas (Class of 1965) talk about his career and the Lehman Brothers collapse. Mr. Valukas is a hot commodity right now, and just yesterday the Legal Times points to continued congressional interest in Mr. Valukas’s services.
Congress Keeps Calling on Jenner & Block’s Valukas
The Lawrence Scholars in Law program is pleased to announce that distinguished alumnus Tony Valukas (Class of 1965) will Thursday, April 7 at 5:30 p.m at the Warch Campus Center Cinema.
Mr. Valukas’ talk is Lawrence University to Lehman Brothers – a Journey, and it is indeed quite a journey. According to his biography:
Mr. Valukas has been a partner with Jenner & Block from 1976 through the present, with the exception of his tenure as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois from 1985 through 1989. Prior to Jenner & Block, Mr. Valukas held several positions with the U.S. Department of Justice, including Assistant United States Attorney (1970-1974), Chief of the Special Prosecutions Division (1974), and First Assistant United States Attorney (1975-1976)… Mr. Valukas was appointed in 1991 as Special Counsel to the City of Chicago to investigate and report on the City’s health care system. He was selected Special Inspector General to the Chicago Transit Authority to investigate vendor fraud, and counsel to the Chicago Housing Authority to investigate vendor and pension fraud. He has also served as chairman of the Governor’s Task Force on Crime and Corrections for the State of Illinois, a 2-year effort which led to the passage of major prison reform legislation in 1993.
Mr. Valukas is also a former member of the Lawrence Board of Trustees.
The Lawrence Scholars in Law kicked off in style with a capacity crowd (35-40 students) and a festival-type atmosphere, with about 15 students joining us for dinner. As I said in my introductory remarks, the alumni talent on hand for our panel was extraordinary. Each is a lawyer and a member of the Lawrence board of trustees, and each is very enthusiastic about he prospects for the LSL program.
A couple of points emerged from the discussion. The first is that there is no right major that you need to choose to apply. Our four panelists came from four different majors — history, government, economics, and piano performance. The second theme seemed to be that a law degree opens up many doors, not just the door to the big law firm.
Panelist Jeff Riester also pointed prospective law students to Law School: Getting In, Getting Out, Getting On, by Michael Ariens. This seems like a good resource, and pre-law advisor Steve Wulf and myself will hold onto it if you care to take a look at it.
We are planning one LSL per term this year, and we would like to encourage you to provide us with feedback, as well as input into content for future programs.
Firmly on the coattails of the extraordinary success of the Lawrence Scholars in Business program, the inaugural Lawrence Scholars in Law event kicks off at 5:30 on Wednesday, October 27 in the Hurvis Room of the Warch Campus Center.
Who should attend this session? I would suggest anyone who is thinking about a law career should clear their schedule for this one. Also, anyone who isn’t sure about their own career ambitions might consider poking her head in. Many students these days work for a few years before returning to pursue a law degree. And liberal arts majors generally, and economics majors in particular, have potential to succeed.
The talent on hand for this program is exceptional. We have five successful attorneys, each a partner or a shareholder (what’s the difference? Good question to ask) with a major law firm. And each with a member of the Lawrence University Board of Trustees. They are:
William J. Baer ’72 Attorney and Partner: Arnold & Porter
Thomas C. Kayser ’58 Attorney and Partner: Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP
Jeffrey D. Riester ’70 Attorney and Shareholder: Godfrey & Kahn
Priscilla Peterson Weaver ’69 Attorney and Partner, retired: Mayer Brown
William O. Hochkammer ’66 Attorney and Partner: Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP
Professor Gerard will also be on hand to moderate.
Please sign up in the Career Center or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to make your intentions known.
You are welcome to bring your dinner to the program. Or, better yet, plan to dine with the five panelists afterwords.