Dinner with Litigation Support Newbies

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GraduatesLast Friday I could just barely get through the work day. I was so excited. I was beaming all day.

A few weeks earlier, I had arranged to have dinner with six of the graduates from Georgetown University’s eDiscovery/Advanced Litigation Technology/Legal Project Management program.

David Carns and Kelly Holdcraft started the program in the 2011 Summer semester. The program is still going strong and I really enjoy being a part of program.

A few weeks ago, I finished up teaching in the 2013 Spring semester. I taught my Thursday night Legal Technology class and I also taught the Friday night Advanced Litigation Technology class which is part of the above program. To be honest, it was tough to teach two hours on Thursday night and then four hours on Friday night in addition to an all-day Saturday hands-on lab class.

I have about a month break before the 2013 Summer semester begins so I thought it would be a perfect time to arrange a get together with the prior students I had bonded with. Additionally, I wanted some of the students that hadn’t met each other yet to have the opportunity to get to know each other. I thought it would be cool for them to share stories of their experiences with each other about the program itself and their job experiences so far.

Back: Rick, Melody, Nikolai, Me, Heather, Darrin Front: Andridia

Back: Rick, Melody, Nikolai, Me, Heather, Darrin
Front: Andridia

The really cool thing is that we had at least one student from every semester since the program began.

Melody graduated from the 2011 Summer semester and she landed a job right away in a law firm litigation support position. She interviewed so well that she had a couple of people fighting over her. Pretty cool, huh? Melody was a summer intensive student which means she took the year long paralegal program full-time for about 12 weeks that summer. Whew! She is from the DC area.

Andridia graduated from the 2011 Fall semester. She has a PhD in the mental health industry and she is a professor at Howard University. She is just beginning her job search for a litigation support position. I am positive that she will do well because of the skill-sets she will be able to transfer. She took the year long paralegal program in the evenings. She is a transplant from California but she has been in the DC area for a little while. She might go back to California but I hope not because I really enjoy our conversations.

Nikolai graduated from the 2011 Fall semester as well. He was working as an immigration paralegal and he decided to take the three courses in the eDiscovery program. I was immediately impressed with Nikolai’s passion and initiative. He goes after what he wants. Nikolai is currently in Philadelphia working in a litigation support position at a law firm. He has excellent mentors around him which makes me happy. He traveled to DC for this dinner and I was super excited to see him. The last time I saw him was in October 2012 when I was in town for the Philadelphia Womens’ Conference with my close friend Lana Schell. Nikolai is very much the gentleman; his mom raised him right; he was so thoughtful to bring me flowers to the dinner.

Rick graduated from the 2012 Spring semester. He had some legal work experience and he had helped his dad run a construction company. He decided to move from New York to DC to take the three courses in the eDiscovery program. He never went back to New York. Yay for us! Rick is an amazing young man — so mature and so driven. Right after the program, he landed a job at a service provider and now he is working with a government contractor and he loves it! He told us that he’s already been promoted within a few months. Both he and Nikolai really like to give back and help the other newbies. I do not hesitate to send people to them for advice.

That brings us to Darrin and Heather. They both graduated from the 2012 Summer semester. I wrote about them previously in this article. Darrin is working at a service provider and Heather is working with a government contractor.

Dinner was awesome. We shared stories, we laughed, I tested them on their knowledge! We gave Andridia advice for her job search. They shared what tools they have had exposure to so far. They compared government to law firm working environments. We ate yummy food.

I feel blessed to know them and I look forward to watching them excel in their careers for years to come.

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  • Craig Ball

    Wonderful that you are keeping up with your students and letting the community get to know them!

    • http://litigationsupportguru.com/ Amy Bowser-Rollins

      Thanks Craig. I really enjoy keeping in touch with them.

  • Coach B

    Andridia transition appears to be a dynamic shift in disciplines. It would be great for some of the current students if we could meet some of your old students. You obviously laid a great foundation for their journeys.

  • http://litigationsupportguru.com/ Amy Bowser-Rollins

    This comment was submitted by Author: Coach B

    Andridia transition appears to be a dynamic shift in disciplines. It would be great for some of the current students if we could meet some of your old students. You obviously laid a great foundation for their journeys.