During the week of June 3, WMU-Cooley Law School’s Tampa Bay campus hosted career week activities. Throughout the week, legal professionals from the Tampa Bay region spoke with law students about various careers in law.
On June 5, Carla von Grieff, enforcement supervisor with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Judge Wesley Tibbals of the Hillsborough County 13th Circuit Pro Bono Committee shared experiences and tips on working as attorneys. On June 6, Jennifer Feld, shareholder with Kubicki Draper, spoke to students during a Lunch with a Lawyer program.
Pictured (left-right): WMU-Cooley students George Rhoden and Sarah Volmy, WMU-Cooley Associate Director of Career and Professional Development Laura Bare, students Natallia Chong and Judy Alexander, von Grieff, and students Winnie Jean-Pierre, and Noreka Thomas.
During von Grieff’s discussion, she spoke about her experiences as a trial attorney with the EEOC and now as an enforcement supervisor working with EEOC investigators. She shared information on how to learn about positions for attorneys such as policy makers and adjudication officers by searching for law jobs with the U.S. government at USAjobs.org. “Your career does not have to be the traditional practice of law. With non-traditional positions you are still vindicating someone's rights,” said von Grieff.
Tibbals spoke to students about pro bono opportunities in Hillsborough County and shared information about various programs in need of attorneys including Wills 4 Heroes, the Attorney ad Litem program, and Crossroads for Kids. He explained that pro bono service can be accomplished in any area of law imaginable and attorneys should not limit themselves to serving pro bono in the area of their practice. They should use service as a learning experience, he said.
"Most people do not need a lawyer or know a lawyer in their life but sometime they will and when you walk out of the room and feel like you really helped somebody that is the reward for pro bono," said Tibbals.
During the Lunch with a Lawyer Program, Feld spoke about summer associate programs at Kubicki Draper. She spent time sharing leadership tips for women practicing law and work/life balance.
The career week activities were coordinated by Laura Bare, WMU-Cooley associate director of career and professional development.