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July 14, 2009

CONTACT: KATIE GALLAGHER
517/432-6848, galla145@law.msu.edu

Professor Brenner to Present at Ms. J.D.'s "Avenues to Advancement"

Conference geared toward many career options available to those with J.D.

East Lansing, MI — Michigan State University College of Law Professor Hannah Brenner will present at Ms. J.D.'s Third Annual Conference "Avenues to Advancement," to be held in Chicago, Illinois on November 20-21. Brenner's roles in the conference will include serving as a facilitator in the workshop "Essential Skills for Women Lawyers: What You Need to Know to Achieve Success and Satisfaction in Your Career" and presenting on the panel "Avenues to Public Interest" as a part of a variety of sessions geared toward different career options in the legal field.

"Students sometimes think that the practice of law means joining a firm or corporation; those are great options, but there is an exciting continuum of opportunity that exists for law graduates, in government, with nonprofits or NGO's, in higher education, and beyond," Brenner explains. "Especially in these economic times as students are facing ever increasing competition in the job market, students need to be thinking about ways to distinguish themselves in creative ways, and build their networks."

Brenner, who just recently came to MSU Law from the Center for Women in Law, has worked with many national organizations that deal with women/gender in the legal profession. She says conferences such as Ms. J.D.'s "Avenues to Advancement" are essential to allow students an opportunity to interact with law students and young lawyers from all over the country, gain skills and information that will be invaluable as they make their way into the profession, and network with some of the profession's most outstanding women leaders.

The conference keynote address will be given by Michele Mayes, vice president and general counsel for Allstate, and conference panelists will include practicing lawyers, law professors, judges, and other legal leaders from across the United States.

Ms. J.D. is a national nonprofit organization started as a student effort in 2007 that fosters dialogue about women in the law and of which Michigan State University College of Law is a part of its Midwest region.

Michigan State University College of Law is a leading institution of legal education with a long history of creating practice-ready attorneys. As one of a few private law schools affiliated with a major research university, MSU Law offers comprehensive interdisciplinary opportunities combined with a personalized legal education. After a hundred years as a private and independent Law College, the affiliation with MSU has put the Law College on an upward trajectory of national and international reputation and reach. MSU Law professors are gifted teachers and distinguished scholars. Law College curriculum is rigorous and challenging and the facility is equipped with the latest resources-all affirming MSU Law's commitment to educating 21st century lawyers.

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