L-R: Will Troost, 2010;FINRA; Margaret Blake, 1992, Bingham;
Philip Feigan, 1993, Patton Boggs; Stacy Chittuck, 1994, FINRA; Joe Morra, 1992, SEC.
Professor David Lipton stands behind the panelists, all former students of his.
From the Source: Students Get an Inside Look at Careers in Securities Law
Six alumni of Catholic University’s Securities Law Program returned on Feb. 23 to participate in a career discussion panel for current students at the Columbus School of Law.
The program was sponsored by the Securities Law Program and the Office of Career and Professional Development and drew an engaged and inquisitive crowd of current and prospective securities program students who hung on the panelists’ every word.
The alumni ranged in class year from 1992 to 2010. All are currently in securities legal practice.
Much of the give-and-take focused on advice and tips on how to make a good impression in a tight employment market. The panelists discussed and took questions on how to present yourself in an interview, how to prepare a resume, and to how to gain impressive credentials in the securities field after graduating.
The importance of connections was strongly emphasized. Job seekers were advised to try to identify CUA Law alumni at any firm or organization at which they are applying and to make direct appeals to those individuals.
Three of the alumni panelists are employed at large securities firms. Another two work for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), and one is an attorney with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Most of the speakers had to work their way toward their current positions. One or two did not even start out in securities law. However, all of them offered to help out the soon-to-be-graduates in finding jobs or seeking advice.
“We have such generous and wise and cheerful alumni,” said Professor David Lipton, director of the Securities Law Program. “This was among the best panels I have seen. They were each original, thoughtful, and caring.”