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05/04/06

Eckert Seamans expands its practice

The national law firm of Eckert Seamans Cherin and Mellott LLC is developing an Aviation and Aerospace Law group to bolster its presence in Washington, DC.

The firm will add five attorneys from the Washington, DC, office of Condon & Forsyth to create the new practice, which will be based out of Eckert Seamans' Pennsylvania Avenue offices.

Eckert Seamans Cherin & Mellott, LLC has eight offices throughout the eastern United States and provides a full range of legal services nationwide to businesses, institutions, municipalities, universities, government agencies and individuals in the areas of litigation, intellectual property, labor and employment, bankruptcy, environmental law and tax law.

Legal Services Corporation to be honored
In recognition of his services to the Legal Services Corporation, the American Bar Association will honor Albuquerque lawyer John D. Robb with an award. Robb, a partner in Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb, is known for his efforts in establishing the Legal Services Corporation and for his continued efforts to secure legal aid for the poor.

Robb was one of the key attorneys involved in building the National Legal Services Corporation. He served as chairman of the ABA Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants and as a board member of the National Legal Aid and Defender Association.

The Legal Services Corporation is a private non-profit organization, commissioned by Congress to ensure equal access to justice under the law for all Americans by providing civil legal assistance to those who otherwise would be unable to afford it. It was created in 1974 with bipartisan congressional sponsorship and the support of the Nixon administration.

Claire McCaskill Award for Missouri Supreme Court Justice
Missouri Supreme Court Justice William Ray Price Jr. was honored at the Missouri Association of Drug Court Professionals' annual conference for his contribution to the drug court system.

The Claire McCaskill Award, named after former Jackson County, Missouri, prosecutor Claire McCaskill, was given to Price in honor of his efforts to turn Missouri's drug court system into a national model. Price helped in the opening of the first drug court in Missouri and also was instrumental in pushing the legislation to formalize the Missouri drug court system. Later, he developed the statewide drug court commission.

The Drug Court is a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to handling criminal drug dependants. Consistency and focus is provided by a single Drug Court Judge and a dedicated program staff in order to ensure successful completion of all treatment, education and employment requirements.

The court works with a single mission to divert alcohol and drug abusing non-violent felony offenders from the normal criminal justice process by providing frequent judicial oversight, intensive supervision and treatment through a holistic approach to positively impact offender lifestyle and community safety.

COOL THREAD OF THE DAY
Job Search HEADACHE

legalease: I graduated from law school in 2001. I really enjoyed law school but my first 3 semesters were not that great (great second three). Unfortunately, I got a little discouraged about practicing and decided that I would probably be better off using my legal education in a corporate environment. After working a couple of JD preferred positions, in which I did everything a licensed attorney did but didn't get paid for it, I decided to take the bar exam. Now, I have been applying for Attorney's positions for about 7 mos and have not had any success. I have had a couple of interviews and in each they claim to be impressed with my credentials and state that I would be a great fit for their firm/company however, I have not received any offers. Can anyone provide any advice on how I can market myself?

alighieri: It's good that you are getting interviews, so don't get too discouraged that you haven't had an offer. The interviews mean you're marketing yourself well. It's always best if the experience listed on your resume is closely tied to the position for which you are applying. So whatever kind of work you did post-law school should be your focus. Unless, of course, you absolutely hated that work. If you can sit through an interview and honestly show enthusiasm for the type of work the firm wants from you, it helps a lot and makes a big impression on the interviewer. But, like everything else in life, it is more important who you know than what you know. Anyway, good luck, I know it sucks looking for a new job.

JBentham: I couldn't agree more. I'm a clerk right now, and the gig is not up until September. I'm not looking for a big firm, and small/medium firms don't seem to be looking for Fall associates yet. Plus, does it feel to anyone else like what you did prior to law school (other degrees and actual work experience, not just summer jobs) counts for nothing? Sorry, a little bitter about it at the moment. I'm glad to see I'm not alone, though. Good luck, legalease.

BullRunner: All associates are bitter and you will find solace here. Most of the posters here talk out of sheer misery. Myself included. Good luck with your search, keep us posted.

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