Jerald Hess '04, "From Service Learning to Service Lawyer" WhenWed, October 2
7:00pm – 8:30pm
When Jerald Hess was interviewing with law firms, he was adamant about finding a place that supported his philosophy about doing pro bono work in conjunction with billable hours. He found his match at DLA Piper Global Law Firm in Washington, D.C., where he now practices in the area of commercial litigation and arbitration. He focuses much of his pro bono practice on family law proceedings, where he represents individuals who otherwise would not be able to afford counsel, in important domestic matters such as child-custody, visitation, divorce and domestic violence. Last year, the D.C. Bar Association named him their pro bono attorney of the year in recognition for his pro bono efforts. While at Eckerd, Mr. Hess double majored in philosophy and religious studies, and served as a boat captain and instructor for the Eckerd College Search and Rescue (ECSAR) team. He will describe his transition from Eckerd to American University’s Washington College of Law to DLA Piper as well as provide real-world advice to students wishing to combine their commitment to serve with a career in law. Sponsored by the offices of Service-Learning and Marketing and Communications. Part of the 2012-13 Presidential Events Series, "Cultivating Service: People, Politics, Planet."