Friday February 5, 2010

Students Connect with Legal Community at Externship Fair

More than 100 students met with representatives of almost 50 law firms, government agencies, courts and businesses during the fair.

The UDSL Externship Office held its second Externship Fair on February 4. The turnout was tremendous. More than 100 students met with representatives of almost 50 law firms, government agencies, courts and businesses during the fair. The fair provided an opportunity for lawyers and judges to recruit and interview eligible students for externships in the 2010-2011 academic year.

Denise Platfoot-Lacey said the fair was another example of the legal community's eager participation in UDSL's Externship Program, providing opportunities to students to develop their skills in true legal apprenticeships. "Participation in this year's Externship Fair was no exception," she said, "with many of the offices in attendance offering externship positions to multiple students. We appreciate our partnerships with all of the offices that extend externship offers to our students and enjoy working together to facilitate our students' active learning."

Several field supervisors who participated in the fair were impressed with students' eagerness to get legal experience, and were also pleased with the level of preparation and professionalism displayed by many students seeking externships.

"Students were encouraged to ask the interviewers about practice areas and the types of assignments that might get assigned to an extern," said Externship Supervisor Monique Lampke. "Knowing this information can help a student secure an externship placement that is a good fit and will give them solid and practical legal experience to prepare them for the practice of law."

Next year's Externship Fair will be held February 3, 2011.

Representatives from the following offices attended the 2010 fair:

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality
Altick & Corwin, LPA
Baker Concrete Construction, Inc.
Baker Concrete Construction, Inc.
Behnke, Martin & Schulte, LLC
Biomet Orthopedics
City of Dayton Prosecutor's Office
City of Dayton Human Relations Council
City of Middletown Law Department
City of Middletown Prosecutor's Office
Clinton Co. Common Pleas Court
Crown Equipment Corp.
C R Washington Co. LPA
Faruki Ireland & Cox, PLL
Federal Public Defender
Gibson & O'Keefe Co., L.P.A.
Gottschlich & Portune, LLP
Greene County Prosecuting Attorney's Office
Hochwalt & Schiff LLC
Holzfaster, Cecil, McKnight & Mues, LPA
Howard Law Office
ITS Financial, LLC
Kettering Municipal Court
Law Office of Joseph C. Lucas, LLC
Legal Aid of Western Ohio
Luxottica Retail
MacMurray, Petersen & Shuster LLP
Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas, Chambers of the Honorable Mary Wiseman
Montgomery County Probate Court
Montgomery County Prosecutor's Office
Montgomery County Public Defender's Office
Ohio Attorney General's Office
Ohio Court of Appeals, Second District
Ohio Legal Rights Service
Ostrowski Law Firm Co., LPA
Pickrel Schaeffer and Ebeling
Scaccia & Associates, LLC
Tara C. Dancing, LLC
United States Attorney's Office, Southern District of Ohio
United States District Court, Chambers of Magistrate Judge Sharon L. Ovington
United States District Court, Chambers of the Honorable Thomas M. Rose
University of Dayton Office of Legal Affairs
Victory Wholesale Grocers
Waite, Schneider, Bayless & Chesley
Warren County CSEA
Warren County Prosecutor
Wolfe, LPA
Wright & VanNoy

For more information, contact Bob Mihalek at 937-229-4683.