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Wayne Law Career Services Office articles continue to be published in NALP publication

April 22, 2013

Wayne State University Law School staff members Diane Fears, director of Career Services, and Kathy Fox, director of Employer Development, have been busy raising the profile of the school by writing articles for the NALP Bulletin.

 NALP —The Association for Legal Career Professionals —is a nonprofit educational association designed to continuously improve legal career counseling and planning, legal recruitment and retention, and the professional development of law students and lawyers.  

Most recently, both Fears and Fox have been called upon to write articles in their respective areas of expertise for the organization. 

Fears co-authored an article titled “An Update on Federal Hiring Reform” for the November 2012 edition of the bulletin.    Fears’ efforts in the Career Services Office focus primarily upon public service.  Her advising specialties include government employment opportunities including state and federal judicial clerkships, and public interest opportunities such as post-graduate fellowships.

 Fears works tirelessly to make sure these types of significant opportunities are available to Wayne Law students through the school’s Student Voluntary Pro Bono Program.  As a member of the Board of Directors for the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Project, where law students provide legal counsel to jobless workers with the supervision of licensed attorneys,  Fears further encourages students to become in worthwhile public service.

Fox wrote an article titled “The Match Game:  Connecting Law Students and Lawyers as an Approach to Employer Outreach,” which was published in the January 2013 edition of the bulletin.  In the article, Fox shares some of her innovative techniques for creating networks between law students and legal employers.  This includes the annual “An Evening at the Ballpark with Wayne Law”, an event where law students mingle with legal employers during a picnic at a Detroit Tigers baseball game.

She also works with law firms to set-up law firm tours for law students, and organizes numerous events that allow students to network with attorneys during the academic year, including MentorJet — a program similar to speed dating in which law students speak with 10-12 mentors in 6-minute time periods. 

 James Leipold, NALP executive director, said he thinks Fox’s article is the best employer outreach article the publication has seen, offering tangible ideas that are new to many NALP members.  Fox also has published several book reviews for the NALP Bulletin and continues to review publications and provide insight to NALP regarding the resources the organization offers for purchase to its members.

Both Fears and Fox said they find it incredibly satisfying to help students and alumni explore their career options, develop a career or job search strategy, and then celebrate with them as they achieve their goals.  Writing articles for a national publication allows them to share this enthusiasm on a larger scale.

Fears earned her J.D. from Wayne Law in 1989, and Fox earned her J.D. from Hamline University School of Law in 1998.

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