Tips for Networking over the Winter Break

If you are planning to travel for the Winter Break, plan now to do some networking.  There are a few very easy ways to do this.  First, check with PDO about possibly meeting with alumni in the area where you are going to be.  Several students did this last winter break.  Second, attend a “Home for the Holidays” reception sponsored by a firm.

Over the holidays, some law firms host “Home for the Holidays” receptions for students.  These (like the ones hosted by Snell & Wilmer) are usually only for 1L’s, to give them a chance to see their firms and network with attorneys.  If you are a 1L, these can be great ways to connect with attorneys at firms and do some easy networking in cities where you might want to work.  Listed below are some of these receptions.  Dress for these is typically nicer business casual.  Note that you need to RSVP for the Snell & Wilmer receptions by December 15.

Monday, December 20:

Snell & Wilmer, Los Angeles (for 1L’s): 4:30 pm, at Two California Plaza, 350 South Grand Avenue, Suite 2600, Los Angeles, California. RSVP to Kara Blakeley by December 15, at

Tuesday, December 21:

Snell & Wilmer, Las Vegas (for 1L’s): 4:30 pm, at 3883 Howard Hughes Pkwy, Suite 1100, Las Vegas, NV. RSVP to Kara Blakeley by December 15, at

Barnes & Thornburgh, Indianapolis, IN: 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm, 11 South Meridian Street, 5th Floor
Indianapolis, Indiana. Please RSVP to Debbie Snyder, Director of Recruiting & Diversity, at

Wednesday, December 22:

 Snell & Wilmer, Tuscon, AZ (for 1L’s): 5:00 pm, Unisource Energy Tower, One South Church Avenue, Suite 1500, Tuscon, AZ, 85701. RSVP to Kara Blakeley by December 15, at & Wilmer, Phoenix, AZ (for 1L’s): 4:00 pm, at One Arizona Center, 400 East Van Buren St, Suite 1900, Phoenix, Arizona. RSVP to Kara Blakeley by December 15, at


Snell & Wilmer, Orange County (for 1L’s): 5:00 pm, at 600 Anton Blvd, Suite 1400, Costa Mesa, California. RSVP to Kara Blakeley by December 15, at

Tuesday, December 28:

Milwaukee, WI firms Godfrey & Kahn, S.C., Michael Best & Friedrich, and Quarles & Brady, LLP (for 1L’s):  They are being held on the same day, at different times, and at different locations.

The Quarles & Brady reception will be held from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm at 411 E. Wisconsin Avenue, 24th Floor, in Milwaukee, WI. To RSVP for the Quarles & Brady reception, please email Linda Lamp at

The Michael Best & Friedrich reception will be held from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at 100 E. Wisconsin Avenue, 33rd Floor, in Milwaukee, WI. To RSVP for the Michael Best reception, please email Brooke Buntrock at

The Godfrey & Kahn reception will be held from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at 780 North Water Street, M&I Bank Building, 17th Floor in Milwaukee, WI. To RSVP for the Godfrey & Kahn reception, please email Jenna Lauer at

Sweet Home Chicago Event: This annual holiday event, sponsored this year by Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP, Chapman & Cutler LLP, Duane Morris LLP and Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP, brings together minority law students, law firm attorneys and personnel, and in-house counsel in a festive setting to provide students with an opportunity to begin building a professional network in Chicago. The event will be held Tuesday, December 28, 2010 at The Library, 190 S. LaSalle St, 40th Floor, Chicago, IL 60603. The reception will be held from 6:00 – 8:30 pm. Please RSVP to the reception here  . Law students are invited to join us early from 4:30 – 5:30 pm for “How to Get the Job You Want After Law School”. This panel is designed to assist minority law students with beginning their legal careers on the right foot. It will provide law students with practical knowledge and advice from experienced attorneys about how to succeed in law school and ultimately secure the job they want after law school. Panelists will include attorneys from law firms, the nonprofit sector and government. Please RSVP separately for the panel at The format of this event will focus more on a meet-and-greet style reception rather than a recruitment event.

Wednesday, December 29:

Snell & Wilmer, Salt Lake City (for 1L’s): 4:30 pm, at Beneficial Tower, 15 West South Temple, Suite 1200, Salt Lake City, UT. RSVP to Kara Blakeley by December 15, at

Snell & Wilmer, Denver (for 1L’s): 4:30 pm, at 1200 Seventeenth St, Suite 1900, Tabor Center, Denver, CO. RSVP to Kara Blakeley by December 15, at