Career Toolkit

Career Toolkit: WBA Career Conversations

The WBA is pleased to launch “WBA Career Conversations” as an added member benefit. These are 5-minute video interviews with WBA members and past presidents, industry experts, and leaders in the legal community, who present valuable insight on a range of career topics and practice areas.

Interview Title Interviewee Description
Go Solo! But First, Build Your Expertise Joanne Young, WBA President, 2004-2005 Join WBA Social Media Committee Co-Chair Sameena Kluck as she discusses career transitions with WBA Past President Joanne Young. Joanne (who has 45 years of practice under her belt!) shares about her experience transitioning from big law to starting her own firm, the benefits and challenges of setting up your own practice, and the importance of specializing and building your expertise.
Insider Hiring Tips: How to Land and Ace the Interview Jill Dash, WBA President, 2019-2020 In this spotlight, you’ll learn resume and interview tips from WBA Past President Jill Dash, who shares about her wide range of attorney recruiting experiences. Join WBA Social Media Committee Co-Chair Sameena Kluck as Jill reveals how to craft a tailored resume that will land you an interview (finally, the verdict on the “Hobbies” section is in!), how to set yourself apart during the interview, and surprising interview dos and don’ts.
Keep Calm and Interview On: Making the Firm Transition Sadina Montani, WBA President, 2020-2021 Find out what WBA Social Media Committee Co-Chair Sameena Kluck learned during her sit-down with WBA Past President Sadina Montani. Sadina discusses her mid-pandemic transition from a mid-sized firm to big law, shares how to make your transition smooth and successful while remaining confident and calm, and reveals two pleasant surprises that came with her transition.
Getting Kicked Into the Arena: Tips from an Expert Litigator and Negotiator Paulette Chapman, WBA President, 2003-2004 Learn from WBA Past President Paulette Chapman as she chats with WBA Social Media Committee Co-Chair Sameena Kluck about how she built a successful career as a litigator and negotiator. Paulette shares her top pieces of advice for young litigators and mediators, the benefits of losing a trial oland not meeting your goals during a deposition (you heard that correctly!), and the importance of telling people “what you do.”

The Committee welcomes feedback from the WBA membership about the Toolkit at careertoolkit@wbadc.org. If you have suggestions for resources to include, please use “TOOLKIT RESOURCES” in your email subject line.