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Florida State welcomes top practitioners, including the General Counsels of 15-plus state agencies, to meet with students this spring semester

Numerous alumni and others have graciously offered their time to speak with current students this spring semester, as part of a growing calendar of events. Organized by the Florida State University College of Law Placement Office, this semester's events give students an opportunity to network with some of the state's top attorneys - many of whom make hiring decisions.

The semester's events include virtual networking opportunities, allowing alumni from any location to see and connect with students. Our 8,000-plus engaged and helpful alumni are the principal reason why, as reported in the Wall Street Journal, we are the nation’s 25th best law school in terms of placing new graduates in jobs that require law degrees.

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Spring 2013 networking events include:

JUMP! Professional Development Session
January 14, 2013
12:30-1:15 p.m.
Room R241, Rotunda

The JUMP! Professional Development series is a workshop taught by Assistant Director of the Placement Office Nicole Scialabba. In this first session, law students will learn how to utilize their talent, mentorship and professionalism while covering topics such as resume writing and interviewing skills.

Networking Nosh: Shannon Salimone ('95), Holland & Knight
January 15, 2013
12:30–1:15 pm
Room A216, Advocacy Center

Our Networking Nosh luncheon series is an opportunity for law students to meet very successful alumni and others in a small group setting. Speakers provide insight on their particular practice area; about the legal market in the city they work; or other trending issues in the practice of law. Ms. Salimone is a partner and the regulatory and litigation leader of Holland and Knight's Healthcare & Life Sciences Team, as well as co-chair of the Data Privacy and Security Team.


Networking Nosh: General Counsel Panel
January 16, 2013
12:30–1:15 pm
Room A101, Advocacy Center

The general counsels for several state agencies will participate in a panel discussion. Members of this week's panel include Sarah Rumph (Parole), Laura Rush ('86) (OSCA), Stephen Hurm (Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles) and Alan Abramawitz (GAL).


Networking Nosh: Clint Saxton, FedEx
January 17, 2013
12:30–1:15 pm
Room A101, Advocacy Center
Mr. Saxton is the General Counsel/Managing Director of Litigation of FedEx.


JUMP! Professional Development Session
January 22, 2013
12:30-1:15 p.m.
Room R241, Rotunda

The JUMP! Professional Development series is a workshop taught by Assistant Director of the Placement Office Nicole Scialabba. The topic of this session is job searching strategies.

Networking Nosh: General Counsel Panel 

January 23, 2013
12:30–1:15 pm
Room A101, Advocacy Center
The general counsels of the Agency for Health Care Administration and Department of Business and Professional Regulation will speak with students during this networking nosh. Members of this week's panel include Stuart Williams ('03) (Agency of Health Care Administration), Layne Smith (Department of Business and Professional Regulation), Eric Lipman (Florida Elections Commission), Dotti Ridgway ('99) (Florida Department of Corrections) and Robert Sechen (Department of Economic Opportunity).


JUMP! Professional Development Session
January 28, 2013
12:30-1:15 p.m.
Room R241, Rotunda

The JUMP! Professional Development series is a workshop taught by Assistant Director of the Placement Office Nicole Scialabba. The topic of this session is networking.

Networking Nosh: Ash Williams, Florida State Board of Administration 
January 29, 2013
12:30–1:15 pm
Room A101, Advocacy Center
Mr. Williams is the executive director and CIO of the Florida State Board of Administration in Tallahassee.


Networking Nosh: Alia Faraj-Johnson, Ron Sachs Communications, Inc.
January 30, 2013
12:30–1:15 pm
Room A101, Advocacy Center
Alia Faraj-Johnson, partner and executive vice-president of Tallahassee-based Ron Sachs Communications, Inc., will offer students advice on interviewing from a public relations perspective.


Networking Nosh: Bronwyn Stanford, Department of Children and Families
February 1, 2013
12:30–1:15 pm
Room A216, Advocacy Center
Ms. Stanford is the acting southern regional director for the Florida Department of Children and Families.


JUMP! Professional Development Session
February 4, 2013
12:30-1:15 p.m.
Room R241, Rotunda

The JUMP! Professional Development series is a workshop taught by Assistant Director of the Placement Office Nicole Scialabba. The topic of this session is interviewing skills.

Networking Nosh: Felicia Nowels ('03), Akerman Senterfitt
February 5, 2013
12:30–1:15 pm
Room A216, Advocacy Center
Ms. Nowels is a shareholder of Akerman Senterfitt in Tallahassee.


Networking Nosh: General Counsel Panel
February 6, 2013
12:30–1:15 pm
Room A101, Advocacy Center
The general counsels of Military Affairs and Agriculture will speak to students during this panel. Panelists include Lorena Holley (Department of Agriculture), Terrance Gorman (Department of Military Affairs), Jennifer Tschetter (Department of Health), Glenda Thornton ('89) (Florida Lottery) and Drew Parker ('03) (Department of Children and Families).

Networking Nosh: Davisson Dunlap, III ('01), Dunlap & Shipman
February 7, 2013
12:30–1:15 pm
Room A216, Advocacy Center
Mr. Dunlap is partner at Dunlap & Shipman and practices out of their Tallahassee office.

Networking Nosh: Holly Dincman ('97), Coppins Monroe Adkins & Dincman
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ebruary 11, 2013
12:30–1:15 pm
Room 241, Roberts Hall
Ms. Dincman is shareholder of Coppins Monroe Adkins & Dincman, P.A. in Tallahassee.


JUMP! Professional Development Session
February 12, 2013
12:30-1:15 p.m.
Room R241, Rotunda

The JUMP! Professional Development series is a workshop taught by Assistant Director of the Placement Office Nicole Scialabba. The topic of this session is ethics and etiquette.

JUMP! Professional Development Session
February 18, 2013
12:30-1:15 p.m.
Room R241, Roberts Hall

The JUMP! Professional Development series is a workshop taught by Assistant Director of the Placement Office Nicole Scialabba. This session's topic is "tales from the trenches."

Gubernatorial Fellows Program, Executive Office of the Governor
February 19, 2013
12:30-1:15pm
Room 241, Roberts

Ted Stratton, Executive Director of the Gubernatorial Fellows Program, will be here to provide information about the program, including application information.

Networking Nosh: General Counsel Panel
February 20, 2013
12:30–1:15 pm
Room A101, Advocacy Center
The general counsels of various state agencies/organizations are participating in a panel discussion to inform our students about their roles as well as provide internship/entry-level information, and tips about making you marketable. Members of this panel will include
Jason Dimitris (Florida Department of Management Services), Chesterfield “Chet” Smith (Office of the Attorney General), Carolyn Egan ('98) (Florida State University) and J.R. Kelly ('88) (Office of Public Counsel).

Board of Visitors Mach-Speed Mock Interviews
February 25, 2013
9:30-11:30 a.m.
Student Lounge, Roberts Hall
Members of the College of Law's Board of Visitors will interview students in a mach-speed format.

Networking Nosh: General Counsel Panel
February 27, 2013
12:30-1:15pm
Frost Courtroom, A101, Advocacy Center

The general counsels of various state agencies/organizations are participating in a panel discussion to inform our students about their roles as well as provide internship/entry-level information, and tips about making you marketable. Members of this panel will include Samantha Padgett (Florida Retail Federation), Betsy Daley (Florida Commission on Ethics), Brian Berkowitz (Florida Department of Juvenile Justice), and Marianne Trussell (Florida Department of Transportation).

Networking Nosh: David Milam ('04), Dunlap & Shipman
F
ebruary 28, 2013
12:30–1:15 pm
Room A216, Advocacy Center
Mr. Milam is partner at Dunlap & Shipman and practices out of their Santa Rosa Beach office.

Virtual Networking Nosh: Leron Rogers ('99), Lewis Brisbois Bidgaard & Smith, LLP
March 5, 2013
12:30–1:15 pm
Room 310, Roberts Hall

Leron Rogers, a partner at Lewis Brisbois Bidgaard & Smith, LLP, who practices in their Atlanta office, will meet with students via video during this virtual Networking Nosh.

Virtual Networking Nosh: Robert Rigsby ('93), Invesco Ltd.
March 6, 2013
12:30–1:15 pm
Room 310, Roberts Hall
Mr. Rigsby is the managing director of the corporate legal department of Invesco Ltd., in Atlanta. He will meet with students via video during this virtual Networking Nosh.

Virtual Networking Nosh: Charles Griggers ('01), Thomas Horstemeyer
March 18, 2013
12:30–1:15 pm
Room A216, Advocacy Center
Charles Griggers, partner at Thomas Horstemeyer, is an Intellectual Property attorney at the Georgia firm. He is a member of the firm's prosecution section.

On-Campus Interview Orientation
March 25, 2013
12:30–1:15 pm
Room 310, Roberts Hall
Join Assistant Director Nicole Scialabba as she goes through the on-campus interview process including Symplicity.