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Mini-Mentoring Helps 1Ls Sort Through Career Choices

Mini-Mentoring Helps 1Ls Sort Through Career Choices
Mark Ellman L'83

THE DEAN’S ROUNDTABLE. It’s not an elective or a seminar or an extension of Career Planning and Placement. Rather, it is a forum for successful alumni to return to the Law School and proffer advice to students.

Periodically, ILs gather in Tanenbaum Hall’s Rare Book Room for a kind of mini-mentoring session. They hear life stories and do’s and don’ts, and get to ask pointed questions.

This school year, students heard from Joseph Gatto, L’84, Managing Director at Goldman Sachs & Co.; Rick Schifter L’78, Partner, Texas Pacific Group; Pam Johnson L’83, Senior Vice President at Fannie Mae; and Mark Ellman L’83, Managing Director, Credit Suisse First Boston.

In November, Ellman advised students who want to be corporate securities lawyers or investment bankers to take several finance courses. He also counseled the 1Ls to cultivate passionate interests and to learn to write and speak clearly.

“The ability to simplify complicated things is the mark of a great lawyer,” Ellman said.


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