The annual event once again drew a sizeable mixed crowd of current law students, alumni, faculty and staff members, and diplomats, who gathered to mingle and listen to a panel of international trade experts discuss what it takes to succeed in that area of legal specialty.
The panelists offered students a blend of experiences and perspectives.
Jerry Erickson is the managing partner and senior immigration attorney at Erickson Immigration Group, which offers immigration services in areas such as guidance and counsel on I-9 compliance issues and assistance with securing work authorizations and U.S. permanent resident status for employees. Erickson’s advice to students was to “Be open to reinventing yourself. How you start out may be a very different place/field then where you end up. Be willing to stand out.”
Khaliunaa Garamgaibaatar, a 2012 graduate of Catholic University’s law school, is an investigative analyst for the East Asia and Pacific Team of the World Bank’s Integrity Vice Presidency, where she investigates allegations of fraud, corruption and collusion in World Bank financed/administered projects in Vietnam, Cambodia, the Philippines and Indonesia. Garamgaibaatar’s insight for students was to take advantage of externship opportunities. She recommended moot court experience as a great way to learn how to think on your feet.
Robert Heilferty, a 1988 alumnus of CUA Law, serves as deputy chief counsel for Trade Enforcement and Compliance, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Department of Commerce, where he manages an office of 26 attorneys involved in trade remedy proceedings. Heilferty is also a former adjunct lecturer in the law school’s Comparative and International Trade program. He urged students to consider government work as a great opportunity to learn and grow, as well as a career path that offers the ability to move into other sectors or the private sector.