Class of 2012 Newsletter


Volunteer Opportunities

Upcoming CLEs and Events for New Lawyers

Career Builder: Your Personal Brand

Symplicity Job Postings


Have a job, changed jobs, doing something temporarily? Tell us more

If you have found a job (whether legal or not, even if you are still looking for the dream job) please log in to Symplicity and update your employment information. If you are already logged into Symplicity just go to the homepage, and click on “Graduate Employment Survey” under the Shortcuts list on the right hand side of the screen. As you know, we must report this information on every single member of your class in March for ranking purposes. So, the sooner you fill out this survey, the sooner we will stop emailing you asking you to do it.

Career and Professional Development Job Tools Portal

The CPD Job Tools Portal is a website designed to show you what tools are available for you as a student or alumni at UST Law. Please contact CPD at if you have any questions.

Flying Solo?

If you are starting your own firm, check out the CPD Going Solo website. It is full of links, blog articles, tools and books to get you started and help you maximize your effort.

Volunteer Opportunities

Get Involved – Join a Bar Association Committee! 

Apply to serve on a committee within the MSBA , Ramsey County Bar Association, or Hennepin County Bar Association.

Upcoming Events & CLEs for New Lawyers

Check out the following events/CLE’s that we thought might be of interest to the Class of 2012 members:

RCBA New Lawyers Section: Happy Hours are held on the first Thursday of each month at bars throughout Ramsey County.

HCBA New Lawyers Section: Monthly section meeting on Wednesday, March 13, noon at the HCBA office. Please RSVP to

MSBA New Lawyers SectionMeetings are the second Thursday of every month at 5:30 p.m. in the MSBA offices.

Special Discounts for New Admittee / New Lawyer (Minnesota CLE Seminars)

Those admitted to the bar three or fewer years prior to a course may attend most full-day or multi-day courses at $60 off the MSBA member rate. (This discount may not be available on select courses. See individual course brochures for availability.) All new admittees receive free MSBA membership for 1 year.

*FREE* How to Start & Build a Successful Law Practice

(6.25 CLE credits)

Date/Time: Thursday, March 14, 2013; 8:30am-4:30pm

Location: Minnesota CLE Conference Center, 600 Nicollet Mall, Suite 370, Minneapolis

Cost: Free for Unemployed or Underemployed New Lawyers! Minnesota attorneys who are unemployed or underemployed and were first admitted to practice after March 14, 2010, may attend for FREE! Use coupon code START4FREE if you qualify. Includes continental breakfast and a boxed lunch.


A seminar designed specifically for new lawyers just starting their careers – with candid, practical advice from those who’ve done it and succeeded.

“The New Jim Crow”: A Look at a New Era of Discrimination

(1.5 hours of Elimination of Bias CLE credits applied for)

Date/Time: Thursday, March 21, 2013; 12:00-1:30pm

Cost: $30 HCBA members, $50 non-members, $10 to add lunch

Location: HCBA, 600 Nicollet Mall, #390, Minneapolis, MN 55402


All are welcome to attend this CLE. Reading The New Jim Crow in advance is strongly encouraged, but not required. Speakers: Moderator: Hon. Pamela Alexander, Fourth Judicial District; Panel: Hon. Edward Wahl, Fourth Judicial District, Luz Maria Frias, The Minneapolis Foundation and Nekima Levy-Pounds, University of St. Thomas School of Law.

Annual Tri-Bar Social

Join members of the New Lawyers Sections of the MSBA, HCBA, and RCBA in a great

networking event! The Tri-Bar social follows the Young Lawyers Leadership Conference on

April 5, 2013. For more information, head to

Date/Time: Friday, April 5 from 4:30 – 7:30 PM

Location: Windows on Minnesota, 50th Floor of the IDS Center, 80 South Eighth Street, Minneapolis.

Admission: $10

Career Builder: Your Personal Brand

Personal branding is a critical component of any career. Your skills, personality and values all tie into your personal brand and help others — particularly, employers — know what’s important to you, what you’re good at and what you’re able to give back.

An Introduction into the World of Personal Branding (

This article offers a high level overview of Personal Branding including the process and benefits of taking control of your own brand. [W]e are all being judged all the time, even when we’re sleeping (our online profiles are still up!). Second, we have to constantly sell our ideas to teachers, employers, managers, our friends and family, to make things happen in our lives.

New Lawyers (and Law Students) Need to Define Their Personal Brand (

What’s a good way to get that edge in perhaps the toughest legal market in decades? Develop a personal brand.

7 Habits of Highly Effective Personal Branders (

Although everyone’s personal brand is different, there are a few things that all successful “branders” do to maintain their identities.

Look At Everything, Yes Everything, From the Employer’s Perspective (

It will totally change the way that you approach your job search. It will change the way you write, the things you communicate and even the way you feel about your search. And, best of all, its easy to do, but so uncommon that it will make you shine. 

Symplicity Job Postings

Jobs are listed in order of deadline. Use the arrows in the top right to view more postings. Click on a posting to view the full job listing in Symplicity.