Press Release – July 1, 2014

PracticePro Partners With WilmerHale, O’Melveny & Myers, & SoFi for Summer Conferences & Diversity Receptions

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – On June 16, 2014, PracticePro held its inaugural San Francisco Summer Conference for law students and new attorneys. Following its mission to make transition-to-practice easier for law students and their employers, the Summer Conference included two seminars – Super Summer and Career Management – and concluded with a reception for attendees, sponsors, and other scholarship supporters to celebrate diversity in the legal profession. The reception honored 3L+ Diversity Sponsors, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr (WilmerHale) and O’Melveny & Myers, and corporate sponsor, Social Finance Inc., whose sponsorship provided scholarships that made it possible for several law students and new attorneys to attend the conference.

The full-day conference included training on producing excellent work product, step-by-step guidance on implementing a career development plan, and building effective relationships with coworkers and clients. The conference concluded with several panelists who gave inspiring advice on how to develop and implement a career plan aimed at finding fulfillment and developing a sustainable practice. “You have to take reasonable risks to find fulfillment,” said Jim Moore, Career Development Advisor at O’Melveny & Myers. Regardless of sector—academia, professional development, in-house, or firm—all panelists agreed that new lawyers must take chances and follow their interests. Panelists also emphasized the importance of a positive perspective. “You can be fulfilled, in work and many other areas of life, even if there are some bad days,” said John Demeter, Counsel at WilmerHale.

The inspiration continued at the following evening Diversity Reception, with noted speakers Karen Korematsu and Cloey Hewlett sharing valuable lessons to become successful attorneys. “If one asked me what has been the one thing that has really made my career successful, it is that—no matter what—I refuse to give up,” said Cloey Hewlett, partner at Nossaman and one of the National Diversity Council’s “Most Powerful and Influential Women in California.” “You have to take chances because you never know where it’s going to lead you,” said Karen Korematsu, Executive Director of the Korematsu Institute and daughter of Japanese-American civil rights activist Fred Korematsu. Video of speeches from the Diversity Reception, also sponsored by local bar associations, is available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RYI_D2J_YRo.

PracticePro is proud to work together with its sponsors to continue its mission to improve the legal profession by training lawyers and law students that are better prepared for the realities and stresses of practicing law. “The Career Management seminar prompted and enabled me to construct a concrete career plan with achievable goals. The satisfaction resulting from greater control over my professional life is truly wonderful,” said new law school graduate and attendee, Yegor Fursevich.

The next Summer Conference will be held July 9, 2014 in Houston, TX.

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Founded in 2013, PracticePro is a national company bridging the gap between law school and law practice through a variety of training, consulting, and diversity programs. Visit www.practicepro.cc

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