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"In Case You Missed It" Event Recap: Breakfast with the Bar: Public Interest Attorneys - Law Students News

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Posted on: Feb 11, 2014

The January Breakfast with the Bar series brought together attorneys from all facets of the public interest sector including The Hon. Jane Magnus-Stinson, U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of Indiana; Jerold A. Bonnet, Office of the Secretary of State; Kerry Hyatt Blomquist, Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence; and Cynthia Ridgeway, U.S. Attorney's Office.

Check out valuable tips and tricks learned at the breakfast below.

Tips for getting a job. The cover page of your resume should showcase what is unique about you. Practical experience is great, but what makes you stand out from the rest? Always take advantage of internship opportunities.

How do you handle the politics of a public interest position? Focus on doing the job you were hired to do. Hard work and professionalism almost always trump politics.

Tips for dealing with burnout. "You can't help everyone, but take solace in the small victories," shares Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson. While Judge Magnus-Stinson was in county court, she oversaw the probation department where on average there were 10,000 individuals on probation at any time. "You can't expect 1,000 to receive their GEDs but you are very proud of the ten who do."

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