May 5, 2017
Considered law school? Wonder what it takes to get into the top law firms, prestigious government positions, or to start your own private practice? NYU and non-NYU Law and undergraduate alumni convened for a half-day conference to discuss what a potential law student should consider before applying to law school. The dialogue explored how to prepare for a career in law and how to navigate once you graduate. Panelists shared their personal experience, provide advice and offer tips.
DC Dialogues, a student-led initiative at NYU Washington, DC presentedthis Pre-Law Conference.
Patrick Holvey is a judicial law clerk for the Hon. Judge Pauline Newman at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., where he works at the intersection of administrative law, regulatory policy, and intellectual property rights. Following completion of his term clerkship in August 2017, he will be serving as a judicial law clerk for the Hon. Judge Rodney Gilstrap in the Eastern District of Texas where roughly a quarter of all U.S. patent cases are filed each year. Holvey is a graduate of NYU law. During his time there, he worked at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, small and large law firms, the ACLU, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. Holvey has a bachelors degree in chemistry from the University of Notre Dame and a masters in materials science and engineering from Johns Hopkins University. His interests include administrative law and policy, intellectual property rights, travel, frozen strawberry margaritas, and board games.
J.D., New York University School of Law - 2015
M.S.E., Johns Hopkins University - 2012
B.S., University of Notre Dame - 2010
Josh Savey is a Law Clerk to Chief Judge L. Paige Marvel of the U.S. Tax Court. He received his LL.M. in Taxation, from New York University School of Law, and his J.D., magna cum laude, from Willamette University College of Law. During his time at NYU, Josh served as a graduate editor of the Tax Law Review.
Chumma Tum is a 3L at Georgetown University Law Center where she serves as a Notes Development Editor for the American Criminal Law Review. She is deeply involved in the Georgetown community as an academic tutor for 1L students. As a 2L she organized a silent auction for the Equal Justice Foundation to raise money for students working in public interest jobs.
Chumma has experience in both the public and private sector as a judicial intern for Chief Judge Patti B. Saris at the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and as a Summer Associate at Latham & Watkins. She has also worked in the Family Law and Domestic Violence Unit at the Legal Aid Society of DC. Upon graduation, she will be joining the firm of Latham & Watkins in Boston.
Chumma is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she was an Executive Board member of the Student Ambassadors program and an intern at the University’s Student Legal Services office. She holds a B.A. in Politics and Art History.
Alec Webley is a litigation associate in the Washington, DC office of Covington & Burling LLP. In addition to general litigation practice, he counsels corporate, political, and individual clients on a wide range of matters related to electronic discovery, election law and political law. In 2018, he will be leaving the Firm to clerk for Judge Rowan Wilson of the New York Court of Appeals (the highest court of New York state).
Alec is a 2016 graduate of NYU’s School of Law, where he was a Florence Allen Scholar and Editor-in-Chief of the Moot Court Board. He holds an MSc. in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and a B.A. in Political Science, Classics, and English from the University of Pennsylvania. He is originally from Melbourne, Australia.
Alec welcomes questions from NYU students about the law school admissions process.
Giovanni Di Maggio is an Assistant United States Attorney with the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia, which serves as both the local and federal criminal prosecutor for the nation's capital. Mr. Di Maggio earned his Bachelor of Arts from Colgate University and his Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law, where he completed one year of full time legal work prior to graduating. This work included three internships with the Department of Justice (specifically, the Civil Division of the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts, the Appellate Section of the Office of Immigration Litigation, and the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division) and a human rights fellowship with the Asylum Program of Physicians for Human Rights. After law school, Mr. Di Maggio completed judicial clerkships with the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, and the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. He is barred in Virginia and is an active member of the Virginia State Bar's Young Lawyers Conference, which named him the 2016 R. Edwin Burnette, Jr. Young Lawyer of the Year.
Mindy G. Farber graduated as valedictorian, Phi Beta Kappa from Johns Hopkins University and then won the prestigious Root-Tilden Scholarship at NYU Law School, where she graduated with the Labor Law Prize . She was an associate at a large national law firm, a civil rights attorney at the US Department of Labor and the Justice Department, a partner at a medium sized firm, and then started her own successful civil rights and employment law practice when her children were young. She litigated landmark, nationally- acclaimed civil rights cases involving epileptic rights, people who could not speak English when it was not necessary, transgender rights, and matters involving the separation of church and state. Mindy was inducted into the MD Human Rights Hal of Fame and won the lifetime Heritage Award from Johns Hopkins University. Her daughter, Emilie, is also a graduate of NYU Law School.
Shook D.C. is home to the firm’s Public Policy, National Amicus and FDA and Regulatory Guidance practice groups, as well as business and product liability litigation teams.
Our Public Policy attorneys are members of the American Law Institute, contributing to thought leadership and helping to draft the Restatements of the Law. They are authors of casebooks and legal reference materials, and are frequent contributors of scholarly work to leading national journals and law reviews. They have written and lectured on, among other topics, product liability, tort doctrines, consumer law, punitive damages, federal regulation, judicial selection and jury service, class action, international disputes and other civil justice issues. In addition, they are often sought out by national media for insight and commentary on legal issues, including by The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the National Law Journal, 60 Minutes, CNN, Bloomberg, NPR, CNBC and MSNBC.
In addition, D.C. attorneys lead our national Data and Discovery Strategies practice, working on privacy and data security matters as well as discovery and eDiscovery management.
Our business litigation and product liability teams handle a wide range of issues involving FDA, FTC and other government regulations; product recalls; and white collar defense and government investigations. We represent clients in pharmaceutical and medical device, food and beverage, life sciences and biotechnology, pet care and animal health industries. We handle matters involving banking and financial services, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, commercial recoveries, insurance and reinsurance.
Individual attorneys have been named among the “100 Most Influential Lawyers in the United States” by the National Law Journal, and three have received Burton Awards for legal achievement or excellence in legal writing. They also have been honored and recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; The Best Lawyers in America; Lawdragon; Washington D.C. Super Lawyers; The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers; Washingtonian Magazine; U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform; Lawyers of Color Hot List; Finance Monthly; Expert Guides: Women in Business Law; ICFM 500 Leading Lawyers; and BTI Consulting.
Shook, Hardy & Bacon’s D.C. office was founded in 1999.
Faiza Majeed is a Staff Attorney at Disability Rights DC at University Legal Services, where she advocates for Washington, D.C. residents with psychiatric disabilities and traumatic brain injuries to live in the community, to receive appropriate and individualized mental health services, and to be free from abuse and neglect. Her practice includes individual case representation, investigating abuse and neglect in psychiatric facilities, systematic advocacy, and conducting trainings and presentations. Prior to joining Disability Rights DC in 2015, Faiza was a Robina Public Interest Fellow at Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid, where she represented Minneapolis residents in housing discrimination cases, and seniors in public benefits cases. Faiza received her J.D., magna cum laude, in 2013 from the University of Minnesota, her M.A. in Trauma and Violence Transdisciplinary Studies and her B.A. in Political Science from New York University.
Jennifer McCollough is a 2001 graduate of the United States Naval Academy with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. After graduation, she embarked on a career as a naval aviator flying the MH-60S helicopter, completing three deployments to the Middle East on various ships and with the U.S. Marine Corps in Fallujah, Iraq. Between deployments, she orchestrated a cross-country mission following Hurricane Katrina rescuing indigenous personnel and delivering food, water, and supplies throughout Louisiana and Mississippi. During her deployment to Iraq, Jennifer volunteered for missions outside the wire supporting Iraqi women in rebuilding their communities. One of her concurrent duties on the “ground” was seven collective years as the command legal officer. During her last two years on active-duty, Jennifer was a part-time law student at Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California where she graduated with honors in 2013. Following graduation, Jennifer served as a law clerk to U.S. Magistrate Judge John D. Love in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas and U.S. District Judge Sue L. Robinson in the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. In 2016, Jennifer joined the U.S. Department of Justice as a Trial Attorney through the Attorney General’s Honors Program, and currently defends civil lawsuits against the United States in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
Jason Scheff is currently a Trial Attorney in the Northern Criminal Enforcement Section of the Tax Division at the United States Department of Justice, a position he has held since October 2013. In this position, Jason prosecutes various types of white collar crime in jurisdictions all over the Northeast, Midwest, and Mid-Atlantic. Prior to joining DOJ, Jason graduated magna cum laude from NYU School of Law in 2013. Jason is also a 2010 graduate of the University of Rochester, where he graduated summa cum laude and received a B.A. in Political Science and Linguistics with Highest Honors.