The McGeorge CDO team recently participated in the NALP Annual Education Conference in San Diego from April 9 – 12. The conference brought together law school and legal employer career professionals from around the country for four days of educational programs. Topics included career counseling, recruiting, professional development for lawyers and law students, diversity and inclusion, and more. The event also provided opportunities for networking and broadening knowledge of career development best practices, allowing the McGeorge team to share and learn how we can best serve our students.

On the third day, our own Molly Stafford presented on how law school and law firm professionals can become effective Diversity and Inclusion advocates, particularly when non-diverse, or perceived as non-diverse.  She was joined by Dana Gray, Manager of Professional Development at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP; Meredith O’Keefe, Director of Career Planning at University of Connecticut School of Law; and Nicole Netkin-Collins, Director of Law Firms at University of Colorado Law School.  Molly co-wrote an article on the same topic, which will be appearing in the next edition of the NALP Bulletin.

It was a fun and informative conference for all, and we are excited to implement all that we have learned to better support the McGeorge community!

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Leah is a 2007 graduate of McGeorge School of Law. Before joining the Career Development Office at McGeorge, Leah managed her own practice as a criminal defense attorney and family law litigator in the Bay Area. Prior to that, she worked for a…

Leah is a 2007 graduate of McGeorge School of Law. Before joining the Career Development Office at McGeorge, Leah managed her own practice as a criminal defense attorney and family law litigator in the Bay Area. Prior to that, she worked for a litigation boutique law firm in San Jose and as an attorney with the Pro Bono Project of Silicon Valley. Leah also has experience working for public agencies including an Arizona public defender and the State of California, and taught high-school students evidence and the nuances of trial advocacy skills for several years.

As the Director of CDO Communications, Programming, & JD Employment, Leah provides one-on-one career counseling to full-time and part-time JD, LLM, MSL, MPA, and MPP students and alumni and is our go-to networking expert and is available to work with students and alumni to develop their individual career search and networking plans.

Leah is also responsible for managing Career Development Office programing, designing and managing CDO communications both internally (to faculty, staff, and students) and externally (to alumni and the public), as well as presenting interactive programs and workshops for students and alumni. Among other things, Leah has presented on rural public interest jobs, the ethical pitfalls of social media in a legal context, how to work with difficult clients and opposing counsel, and how to build a successful solo practice.

Leah teaches as an Adjunct Professor of Global Lawyering Skills, focusing on teaching legal writing, legal research, oral advocacy, and other core lawyering skills. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from Hendrix College and a BA in Social Science with a focus on History from the University of North Texas. She is an active member of the California Bar.