Dean Manson, Executive Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary, EchoStar Corporation
Hometown: Toledo, Ohio
First job: Paperboy
Let’s be honest, it’s better to be in-house because: It’s about the law of business rather than the business of law.
The career advice you’d offer to a law school student: Your career will be full of developments you can control and ones you can’t. Focus on the former, and don’t get distracted by the latter. Put your ego in check, and develop a reputation as someone who consistently does excellent work. Specialize in something you really enjoy.
Delia Patterson, General Counsel and VP of Human Resources & Administration, American Public Power Association
Hometown: Port Charlotte, Florida
First job: Cashier at Dairy Queen in high school
Let’s be honest, it’s better to be in-house because: The work is more interesting!
The career advice you’d offer to a law school student: Grades are important, but don’t spend all of your time focused solely on grades. Spend time building your network and planning for your career.
Meet Kate O'Connell Scavello, Deputy General Counsel, Alarm.com
Hometown: Chevy Chase, Maryland
First job: Lifeguard
Let’s be honest, it’s better to be in-house because: You get to be more invested in the solutions to some really interesting challenges and see the long-term impact of the advice you give every day. Plus, no billing!
The career advice you’d offer to a law school student: Spend time developing relationships in law school - with other students, professors, and mentors outside the law school if you have the opportunity. You’ll remember the people longer than any case you ever read.