January 30, 2018
Kim Boyle, a partner at Phelps and Dunbar and a member of Tulane’s Board of Trustees, speaks to students about career paths and goals.
Finding a successful career path in law takes more than just earning a JD. It requires opportunities to develop practice skills through clinics and externships and networking skills with professionals who can offer guidance.
Tulane hosted such a full-day event Jan. 27 to help students to hone their networking and career-building strategies through interactions with dozens of distinguished lawyers and judges.
The 3rd annual Pathways and Pipelines to Success Program, organized by the Greater New Orleans chapter of the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, was geared toward diverse students from all four of Louisiana’s law schools. This year, registration doubled to 110 students who listened and networked with panelists that shared similar backgrounds and challenges as they developed their professional identities and law practices in the public and private sectors.
Notable Tulane alumni volunteers included:
• Hon. Candice Bates-Anderson ( L’95), Chief Judge, Orleans Parish Juvenile Court
• Douglas Carey (L’94), Managing Attorney, Family Law Unit, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services
• Wayne Lee (L’ 74), Member, Stone Pigman; served as the first African-American President of the Louisiana State Bar (2003-2004).
• Daniel Davillier (L’94), founder of the Davillier Law Group, LLC. Davillier Law Group
• Albert Thibodeaux (L’94), Magistrate Commissioner, Orleans Parish Criminal District Court
• Gina Recasner (L’91), previously served with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
• Terrel Broussard (L’73), Broussard Dispute Resolutions, and served as Judge Pro Tempore, Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal
• Michelle Beaty (L’94), Special Counsel, Louisiana Judiciary Commission
• Kimlin Lee (L’93), Deputy City Attorney for the City of New Orleans
From there, students heard panelists discuss topics ranging from career paths outside of the law to ways to practice both in the private and public sector. The keynote luncheon, featured Judge Brian Jackson of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, who provided salient and candid advice to students as they prepare for a summer clerkship, including the timeless directive, “NEVER enter a lawyer’s office without a note pad!”
Later in the day, students received feedback from seasoned lawyers conducting mock interviews and sought advice on cover letters and resume writing from Tulane Law School’s new Assistant Dean for Career Development and Diversity Initiatives Lezlie Griffin and career counselors Vanessa Beary and Meghan Carney.
“Martinet just celebrated its 60th Anniversary in the fall and its historic partnership with the network of Louisiana Black Law Student Association (BLSA) Chapters continues to be a source of pride and focus for the organization which is committed to expanding the diversity pipeline for our next generation of diverse legal professionals,” said Professor Tonya Jupiter, Tulane’s Assistant Director of Pro Bono Programs.
Gary Johnson, Law Clerk to Chief Justice Bernette Johnson, Louisiana Supreme Court, led a panel discussion on career paths. At right is panelist Sunni LeBeouf, Deputy Civil Chief for the United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Louisiana.
Jupiter said Tulane Law was excited to host the Pathways and Pipelines to Success program as the law school begins a year-long celebration of Tulane Law’s Black alumni achievement in honor of the 50th anniversary of the graduation of its first African American student, Michael Starks.
"Many of our local alumni heeded the call for volunteers for this important Martinet program and gave freely of their time and advice to help prepare our future lawyers for success in securing post-graduate employment," Jupiter said. "At the end of the day, students walked away with a sense of the possible and armed with the practical steps and tools to chart their individual path knowing they have support of a responsive network of diverse attorneys."