Stories from The Docket
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In many ways, Lauren Fuiman Cell’s story proves the value of the Kline School of Law for any bright student who comes to law school without a specific game plan but who is motivated, strategic and able to adjust to changing circumstances.
Like many law students Cell, ’09, arrived at law school without a fixed career goal, undecided about the area of law or type of practice she would pursue.
As a 2L, Cell was still torn about pursuing a career in the courtroom versus the negotiating table. Taking full advantage of experiences like her co-op placement at the Wilmington-based Young Conaway and guidance from faculty like Karl Okamoto and Natalie Pedersen, Cell began moving toward a career in litigation and employment law.
Matt Genkin, ’09, has a knack for disproving certain rules and affirming others. The pattern began when he was in law school, where he concentrated in intellectual property law despite a lack of technical training. A brief stint working for a software company piqued the one-time business student’s interest in intellectual property law before he arrived at law school.
Tiffany Alford’s career path is a study in contrasts. It began when Alford, ’09, clerked for Judge Nan Famular in the Superior Court of New Jersey’s Family Court in Camden, immersed in the roiling emotions that accompany divorce, custody battles and domestic violence.
“You’re seeing really good people in their worst moments,” Alford recalled. “It could be really challenging some days. You really are dealing with people’s emotions, with love taking a back seat to fights and legal issues.”
From there, Alford moved to the Veteran’s Administration in Eatontown, NJ, where she worked as a staff attorney within the administration’s Office of General Counsel.
Upon graduating from law school at NYU, newly appointed Dean Dan Filler confronted the fork in the road familiar to all new JDs.
He chose the careful, eat-your-vegetables path designed to open a career’s worth of doors while retiring his student debt. He clerked at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and then joined the white-shoe firm, Debevoise & Plimpton in New York City, initially working on private financing of real estate transactions and structuring major deals, and later litigating on behalf of banks and other big clients that had lost a lot of money.