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Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell hosts professional development series at FAMU Law

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The law firm’s partners, associates, and non-lawyer professionals will share insights and skills training

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Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell has partnered with Florida A&M University College of Law to present a series of workshops and lectures designed to help students hone their professional and practical skills before entering the legal profession.

“The Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Professional Development Series” will feature attorneys, as well as human resources and marketing professionals, who will share experiential knowledge on a variety of career topics critical for law students.

“We are very excited to partner with the firm of Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell to offer our students this unique opportunity to expand their knowledge,” said Nicky Boothe Perry, interim dean of FAMU College of Law. “Our goal is to develop law students who are practice-ready when they graduate, and our new professional development series will provide students with key skills to help them achieve that goal.”

Rumberger has assembled nearly a dozen attorneys — including partners — and non-lawyer professionals to conduct the workshops that will focus on strengthening students’ employability and practice skills.

“We are honored to partner with FAMU on this program, as our firm is committed to developing the next generation of confident, sharply skilled, and well-rounded trial attorneys,” said Managing Partner Frank Sheppard. “The practical sessions and mock trial experience will expose the law students to litigators’ daily tasks, both inside and out of the courtroom, and will ensure students are exceptionally prepared as they begin their professional careers.”

The Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell Professional Development Series began June 12 with a presentation on “Depositions” by Darryl Gavin, a partner who practices in the areas of insurance coverage and bad faith and employment law, and associate Shenele Pettis Bright.

The series continues with a Mock Trial to be held at the law firm on July 29.

All remaining workshops and lectures will be conducted at the FAMU College of Law in Orlando.

  • August 28:  “Bar Admissions Overview,” presented by Jack Weiss, an of counsel attorney with a specialization in professional responsibility.
  • September 18: “Interviewing Do’s and Don’ts,” presented by Angela Sterley, director of human resources and recruiting.
  • October 23:  “Motions Practice,” presented by Daniel Gerber, a partner who represents clients in the areas of toxic tort, class actions, commercial litigation and governmental affairs.
  • January 15:  “Pre-suit Investigations,” presented by Steven Klein, a partner who represents clients in the areas of product liability defense and warranty and lemon law.
  • February 19: “Marketing and Business Development,” presented by Marisa Eubanks, director of marketing, and Chase Hattaway, a partner who represents higher education institutions and companies in employment law.