Florida Justice Association Discusses Job Search Process with Students


WMU-Cooley law students, Devan Hardaway, Daniela Mendez, Andrew Yatkman, and Rebecca Bayle-Hager attended the Florida Justice Association presentation.

WMU-Cooley’s Tampa Bay campus hosted a panel of young lawyers from the Florida Justice Association (FJA) from Tampa Bay and Orlando, a personal injury law attorney, local doctor, and recent Cooley graduate, on Feb. 17, to discuss with the law students what a law firm looks for in résumés and during the interview process.

More than 100 law students attended to hear advice on how to approach the job search process after graduating. Recent WMU-Cooley graduate Daniel Murphy, associate at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh, spoke about his steps to securing employment after graduation.

Murphy spoke about the beneficial legal experience and the skills he gained during his externship and how they had helped him once he began his legal career. He also advised students to attend as many networking events as possible to gain invaluable connections with local attorneys.

Featured presenter Bernard Walsh, personal injury attorney at Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh, spoke about his initial law experience following graduation and how he became a partner of his firm. Walsh is an AV Preeminent rated attorney in Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating in both Legal Ability and Ethical Standards. He received his law degree from Cumberland School of Law.

Local doctor, Santo Steven Bifulco, spoke about closed head injuries and brain injuries in personal injury cases. He focused on the importance of personal injury attorneys and their responsibility to dispute cases that arise when one suffers harm from an accident or injury.

Bernard Walsh

Bernard Walsh, personal injury attorney at Shapiro, Goldman, and Babboni & Walsh spoke to WMU-Cooley students about his law career.

Christina Walsh, Daniel Murphy

Christina Walsh, WMU-Cooley student and FJA ambassador with Daniel Murphy, recent Cooley graduate and associate with Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh.

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