If I said the names: Karen Rinehart, Marjorie Williams, Mark Lamia or Mark Geragos to you, I would probably get in return, a blank stare. (Ok, maybe not for the last name.)
But if I said O’Melveny & Myers, BET and Comedy Central, Call of Duty and attorney for famous actors who find themselves in hot water, respectively, you would smile knowingly.
The second list represents the law firms, businesses and projects of a few alums from Loyola Law School (LLS). Admitted students have had a chance to meet these alums and many others this winter, spring and summer at our campus events. The passion these alums have for Loyola is evident. And they are not alone.
Over the course of this Admissions cycle, hundreds of alums have been involved --- attending events, making calls, connecting with student organizations and contacting our admitted students. The strength of the Loyola Alumni Network is real and powerful, and it dominates the Californian (especially southern Californian) market.
These events are important opportunities for entering students and it helps them understand the power of networking --- even as a 1L. Networking (aka just meeting folks!) leads to externships, mentorships and important jobs. Over the course of a 30- or 40-year career, it’s who you know that will help your success. While attending the reception at Mr. Geragos’ home this Sunday, I spoke with an alumnus, Shane who made the move from large firm to small boutique law office. This change of life was spurred by his new marriage, baby and home. He took his time in his job search to find the right fit, and the resource that led to his recent offer and job move --- another LLS alum who put him in front of the right people at the right time.
The force of the LLS Alumni Network is seen every day: when a judge contacts our Externship department looking for a Loyola student, when a student connects with an alum at a bar association event or when a seasoned alum decides to change jobs. (Nearly 40 successful alums attended our most recent event for admits and many business cards were exchanged.) It’s a powerful community to become a part of.
And there’s no telling where it will take you.
Reception hosted by Paulette & Marc Geragos ‘82, June, 2014
Pictured L to R: Carmen Ramirez (front), Jannell Lundy Roberts, Karen Rinehart ‘96, and John Horn ‘96