Doctoroff Class of 2016

Stephen Carrington

Undergraduate Institution: University of Illinois

Undergraduate Year: 2013

Law School Class: 2016

1L Summer Job: Innovation Fund (CIE) & Illinois Tool Works (ITW)

2L Summer Job: McGuireWoods

Prior Business Experience: Limited, primarily new product development from the technology side

What has been your most memorable experience in the Doctoroff Program thus far?

Connecting with the entrepreneurs and members over at the Chicago Innovation Exchange (CIE), a business incubator right on campus.  The list of CIE activities include: a) attending workshops on entrepreneurial topics; b) working for the Innovation Fund, learning a tremendous amount about venture capital deals

How do you think participating in this program will impact your professional development?

It has greatly expanded the opportunities that I could see myself pursuing.  Without a robust business background, I felt limited in the transactional legal space.  With the additional business curriculum and activities available through the Doctoroff program, I now feel much more comfortable and confident going forward in the transactional world.

 

Lauren Faraino

Undergraduate Institution: Harvard College

Undergraduate Year: 2013

Law School Class: 2016

1L Summer Job: Summer Investments Analyst, Ocean Tomo

2L Summer Job: Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Prior Business Experience: I went straight from college to law school, but I have held internships in commodity futures advising, education policy, and IP valuation and investments.

What has been your most memorable experience in the Doctoroff Program thus far?

My summer internship at Ocean Tomo with my mentor, Michael Friedman, was an invaluable experience that provided foundational business training. I entered the role with little knowledge of financial modeling and Excel, and even less knowledge of patents. Michael and the investments team helped get me up to speed on the ins and outs of IP investing, and I quickly became fascinated with the subject. Going into OCI interviews, I had a great set of skills that I could share with interviewers. They were really interested in hearing about my time in a non-legal position, and I found the difference of perspective that I could offer as a result of this internship a strength as I conducted my 2L job search. I have since become involved with multiple startups in the tech space--something I would not have been able to do without the expertise I gained at Ocean Tomo.

How do you think participating in this program will impact your professional development?

The Doctoroff Program is unique in that it gives students the opportunity to develop new interests, the support to dive into existing ones, and the access to learn from the best in the industry. Through internships and coursework, I have gained technical and "soft" skills that differentiate me from many law students who have a more narrow legal focus to their JD experience. I have already begun to see how the training I have gotten in the Program gives me an edge in a law firm. I am able to analyze 10-Ks with greater proficiency and evaluate business problems with a more critical eye. Additionally, the Doctoroff Program has allowed me to build a professional network that will stay with me well beyond graduation.

 

Maggie Guidotti

Undergraduate Institution: University of Virginia

Undergraduate Year: 2010

Law School Class: 2016

1L Summer Job: Business Intern, CDW

2L Summer Job: Summer Associate, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz

Prior Business Experience: I spent three years prior to law school working as a Legal Analyst at a boutique litigation firm, first in Washington, D.C., and later in Hong Kong.  I worked primarily on legal matters, but I was also involved in the firm's business development efforts.  That experience made clear to me how important it is for lawyers to have a well-rounded skill set that includes competency in the sorts of business disciplines that are not traditionally taught in law school.

What has been your most memorable experience in the Doctoroff Program thus far?

In my opinion, the enrichment events that we have several times each year have been one of the most memorable and enjoyable aspects of the Doctoroff Program thus far.  It is extremely valuable to hear from alumni who have used their law degrees in creative ways to develop careers outside the traditional law firm path.  Their insights about the breadth of opportunity available to lawyers has been eye-opening for me, and from a personal perspective, it is nice to have the chance to sit down and chat in small-group settings with so many interesting and accomplished people.

How do you think participating in this program will impact your professional development?

The academic components of the program have already proven extremely useful in my work as a Summer Associate.  Understanding the language of business truly is crucial to being a successful lawyer in almost any type of practice, and having had exposure to MBA-level accounting and finance during my 2L year has made me a much stronger and more sophisticated contributor to the legal teams I have worked with this summer.  I expect that the academic components of the program will continue to benefit me as I begin my legal career.

 

Darell Hayes

Undergraduate Institution: Claremont McKenna College

Undergraduate Year: 2010

Law School Class: 2016

1L Summer Job: United Airlines

2L Summer Job: Milbank

Prior Business Experience: Before law school, I completed an education policy fellowship at the Tennessee Department of Education.  Immediately after college, I spent two years as a management consultant with the Monitor Group (now Monitor Deloitte), a global strategy firm, in Chicago. At Monitor, I completed corporate strategy projects for financial services, health care, aerospace and national defense.

What has been your most memorable experience in the Doctoroff Program thus far?

My mentoring relationship with Brett Hart. When I was half-way through my internship at United, my mentor (Brett Hart, GC of United) and I went to coffee. He asked me very pointed questions about my career plans. More importantly, he gave me a cost-benefit framework for evaluating career choices. The framework had two threshold questions: (1) will the experience leave you enriched? and (2) if you fail, will you be better off than you were before you made the switch? Since that moment, I have used that framework to think through strategic career decisions.

How do you think participating in this program will impact your professional development?

I am specifically interested in banking and finance law. Being able to think and speak like a business manager will be great asset as I grow as a lawyer.

 

Braden Parker

Undergraduate Institution: University of Utah

Undergraduate Year: 2011

Law School Class: 2016

1L Summer Job: Summer associate at TMZ/Warner Brothers

2L Summer Job: Summer associate at Holland & Hart

Prior Business Experience: Started a legal research business; worked at Goldman Sachs for two years as a financial analyst

What has been your most memorable experience in the Doctoroff Program thus far?

Taking the courses offered through the Doctoroff Program

How do you think participating in this program will impact your professional development?

It will provide a business foundation to my legal career. I will build relationships with other students in the program and also with the business professionals we interact with.

 

Erin Steigerwald

Undergraduate Institution: Vanderbilt University

Undergraduate Year: 2011

Law School Class: 2016

1L Summer Job: Bloomberg LP

2L Summer Job: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom & Affiliates (NYC Office)

Prior Business Experience: Summer Consulting Program at the Vanderbilt Owen Graduate School of Business; Legal Assistant for Viacom Media Networks

What has been your most memorable experience in the Doctoroff Program thus far?

Working closely with my mentor Dan Doctoroff

How do you think participating in this program will impact your professional development?

The classes have provided me knowledge that I feel has really enhanced my experience in my 2L summer job.  I am thinking about things from both a legal and a business perspective.

 

Alison Wirtz

Undergraduate Institution: The University of Chicago

Undergraduate Year: 2010

Law School Class: 2016

1L Summer Job: Gerchen Keller Capital, LLC

2L Summer Job: Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP & Affiliates

Prior Business Experience: I worked for 3 years at NERA Economic Consulting.

What has been your most memorable experience in the Doctoroff Program thus far?

My most memorable experience to date has been working at Gerchen Keller Capital, LLC during my 1L summer. It was an opportunity to work with a group of incredibly talented people and see how the fundamentals of a legal education can seamlessly apply to the business setting.

How do you think participating in this program will impact your professional development?

I have developed greater technical skills through the coursework component of the Doctoroff program and will be able to call upon them throughout my career. By building relationships with my classmates, mentors, and professors engaged with the program, I will have a network to rely on as my career progresses.

 

Ryan Zielinski

Undergraduate Institution: University of Wisconsin - Madison

Undergraduate Year: 2012

Law School Class: 2016

1L Summer Job: J.P. Morgan; Investment Banking (Diversified Industries)

2L Summer Job: J.P. Morgan; Investment Banking (Mergers & Acquisitions)

Prior Business Experience: G.E. Healthcare, Rockwell Automation, BMO Harris Bank

What has been your most memorable experience in the Doctoroff Program thus far?

Meeting Dan Doctoroff and discussing his career with him. Getting his perspective on life and success.

How do you think participating in this program will impact your professional development?

It has helped me expand my business knowledge, especially in their areas of finance and valuation, and also refine my career interests by exposing me to successful people in different careers.