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Prepare for your career as a junior lawyer with these expert tips (webinar)


A career as a lawyer can be rewarding but also challenging. While law school teaches you how to analyze the substantive law, other skills are just as critical to your success. Learn these skills in this webinar, “Thriving as a Junior Lawyer: Practical Advice from the Experts.”

Thomson Reuters Academic, Practical Law and the American Bar Association assembled a panel of experts from law firms and law departments to provide practical advice on what actions junior lawyers should take to thrive at work.

The issues addressed by our panelists include:

  • Developing and maintaining your network of contacts.
  • Knowing your strengths and weaknesses and asking for feedback.
  • Being responsive.
  • Accepting that you will make mistakes.
  • Understanding that your career is a marathon, not a sprint.
  • Being proactive and taking charge of your career.



Lauren Hakala
Lauren Hakala is currently Professional Development Director at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP where she oversees the development and execution of legal training and development resources for attorneys in the firm’s corporate and transactional departments worldwide. Lauren previously practiced corporate and securities law at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP in New York and London, and worked as a Senior Legal Editor for Practical Law’s Capital Markets & Corporate Governance service.

PatrykRobb W. Patryk  
Robb W. Patryk is a partner at Hughes Hubbard & Reed LLP and co-chair of the firm’s class action and product liability and toxic torts groups. He is a trial lawyer and focuses on complex litigation related to tort and fraud claims involving the sale of consumer, industrial and medical products and securities. Robb has over 25 years of experience in the national and international defense of numerous mass torts.  He has successfully defended several consumer fraud class actions in some of the nation’s most difficult jurisdictions, and has litigated securities, employment discrimination, and other commercial claims on behalf of the world’s premier banks, accounting firms and mutual funds, among others. Robb is also active in providing legal services to the music community and has a deep commitment to providing pro bono legal services.

WashingtonGeorge Washington 
George is Head of Litigation for the Americas at Orange Business Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of Orange S.A. and a global provider of business-to-business communications solutions and network services.  He is primarily responsible for litigation and employment law matters for the company’s entities in North and South America, and he also advises senior management globally on a broad range of issues, including investigations, ethics, compliance obligations and corporate security matters.  Before working at Orange Business Services, George worked in private practice at Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C.  George is active in the Labor and Employment Law Section of the American Bar Association.  He is a member of the Section’s governing Council and is Program Co-chair of the Section’s Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee.

Jessica CherryJessica Cherry
Jessica Cherry is a Senior Legal Editor with the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation service at Practical Law/Thomson Reuters. Prior to joining Practical Law she was a partner in the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation group at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP in New York. Before that she worked as an associate in the Global Equity Services group at Baker & McKenzie in San Francisco. Jessica had other careers before going to law school, including working in television, most notably for ABC’s Good Morning America and at a not-for-profit health promotion research organization promoting children’s health education.

Follow-Up Material 
Expert Q&A on Career Advancement and Professional Development

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