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Alumna Alice Fisher '92 to CUA Law Students: Be all in for Law School

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“Ask for what you want. Be ready to fail. Be ready to understand that while you might not get it the first time, you might get it the next time.”

This was some of the advice Alice Fisher '92 gave to a group of current CUA Law students and alumni.

During the February 10 event held in the Keelty Atrium, Fisher reflected on her legal education and the personal connections she made with fellow students and faculty. “I loved my time at CUA Law. It was a fantastic experience for me. It was a place where I felt 100 percent happy with my colleagues, with the practical education I received, and values that I learned,” she said.

Fisher presented her advice to students and mentors through a unique series of Tweets.

She advised students to be open to new opportunities, to build strong networks, and to make friends, not enemies. “Building a strong network is something you have to be responsible for. You have to nourish it. I promise if you invest in your mentor relationships, those people will invest in you. Be all in for law school,” she said.

Fisher told the mentors in the audience to be “fearless in their advice.”

Before she took questions from the audience, Fisher closed her presentation by reminding the students of their endless possibilities. “With a law degree you can do anything. It is fantastic. You are going to have so many different options to do so many different things.”

After the conclusion of the presentation, students, alumni, faculty, staff, and guests were invited to a reception in the Atrium for a chance to personally speak with Fisher. Students were also able to continue their conversations with their alumni mentors.

Fisher is a member of the Executive Committee and a partner at Latham & Watkins and is the former managing partner of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. She focuses her practice on white collar criminal investigations, internal investigations, and advising clients on a range of criminal matters.

From 2005-2008, she served as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Criminal Division of the United States Department of Justice, leading more than 750 attorneys and staff responsible for federal criminal enforcement policy, as well as handling criminal matters in federal courts across the country in all areas of federal criminal law enforcement.

Earlier, Fisher also chaired the National Procurement Fraud Task Force, supervised the Medicare Fraud Strike Force and served as a member of the President's Corporate Fraud Task Force.

Fisher is also a member of the Columbus School of Law’s Board of Visitors.