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Big Law 101

Thank you to the attorneys, recruiters, and students who attended our 2019 Big Law 101 event. APALSA was pleased to welcome an estimated 100 students to our panel and reception, an organizational record.


Our panelists from Gibson Dunn, Orrick, and Akin Gump shared insight on what led them to their practice areas, what factors helped them distinguish firms in the choosing process, and what unique challenges and rewards come from being an APA attorney in big law. After the panel, an additional 35 attorney representatives from our 22 sponsors joined us at the networking reception to provide information about their respective firms and (hopefully!) form long-lasting mentorships with our students. Butternut squash wontons, bulgogi quesadillas, mini crab cakes, and Bollywood Bites along with assorted desserts were provided by our partner, B.Lin Catering. Students were happily surprised to take home portable chargers, collapsible water bottles, and vanilla chapstick (among other gifts) from tables of firm advertising materials (or "swag," as we call it).


This event would not have been possible without each of our sponsors (with a special thanks to our top sponsors: Gibson Dunn, Sidley Austin, Orrick, and Akin Gump). A special shout out to our Professional Co-Chairs, Wanying Chai and Shen Tang, and President of Internal Affairs, Andrew Lee, who gave countless hours to plan this event, and to the many members of APALSA who graciously volunteered their time in the planning and execution of this event.


APALSA has many events coming up throughout the rest of October. Join us this Friday at 5pm in the Hotung Private Dining Room to welcome Congressman Ted Lieu for a keynote speech and networking reception. Submit questions you have for the Congressman here. Next, our second Public Interest 101 event will be held next Tuesday and will feature APA attorneys from the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, Advocates for Justice and Education, the Harrison Institute for Public Law, the U.S. House of Representatives, and the Public Defender Service of DC. RSVP to the event here

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