Stuart Young, SVP and GC, AECOM Management Services
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Non-legal job you’d love to have: Manager of the Washington Nationals
Let’s be honest, it’s better to be in-house because: You already have an established client base
The career advice you’d offer to a law school student: Try to get your first job in an established institution such as the government or a good sized company – you can then discover the issues you’re passionate about.
Elizabeth Regan, VP & AGC, Global Intellectual Property, Marriott
Hometown: Richmond, VA
Non-legal job you’d love to have: Professional sports executive or TV Critic (no guilt for all the hours spent rooting for my favorite teams/players or binge-watching my favorite shows)
Let’s be honest, it’s better to be in-house because: You can roll your sleeves up, partner with your business clients and truly be an integral part of the day-to-day business enterprise.
The career advice you’d offer to a law school student: The practice of law is ultimately about listening to your clients and helping them avoid the legal landmines on the path toward accomplishing their goals. To be successful you still will need your common sense, your people skills and your desire to keep learning every day.
Emily Werner, Senior Associate Legal Counsel and Local Privacy Officer, Giesecke+Devrient Mobile Security America, Inc.
Hometown: Sylvania, OH
Non-legal job you’d love to have: Co-host of “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unkown"...food/travel…one can dream right?
Let’s be honest, it’s better to be in-house because: It provides you with an opportunity to work on a variety of legal matters. I love problem solving, so I am never bored!
The career advice you’d offer to a law school student: Work hard and roll up your sleeves - you never know where a job will take you or who you will meet along the way. Here’s my story: In 2012, jobs were hard to come by, but I wanted to move to D.C. so I took a temp position at Targeted Victory, as a junior political analyst in their advertising ops department. I figured the job would be a great way to get my foot in the door and network in DC. I wasn’t the only lawyer at the company in a non-legal position at that time, but I was the only one to stick it out and put in the work. It paid off nicely because fast forward a year and I was the sole in house counsel overseeing all legal matters for a company with over 100 employees!
David Woolston, VP & General Counsel, Nuxeo
Hometown: Fairfax, VA
Non-legal job you’d love to have: Traveling Folk Band
Let’s be honest, it’s better to be in-house because: It's about breadth, not depth, and that's way more fun.
The career advice you’d offer to a law school student:Don't get boxed in by a "career path." Stay in-tune to your strengths and weaknesses, and play to the former. Most importantly: when you get the chance to work with/for someone good -- take it; people make all the difference in your career.
Benjamin Roca, General Counsel, National Electronics Museum
Hometown: Annapolis, Maryland
Non-legal job you'd love to have: Real Estate Speculator
It's better to be in-house because: You're in & directly working with helping to run the business outside of just the legal tasks
The career advice you'd offer to a law school student: Follow your passion, just don't forget the sunblock...