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Jane Zhi ( Class of 2011)

Hometown: Hoffman Estates, Illinois

Undergraduate school and major: UC Berkeley, Anthropology

Extra-curricular or co-curricular activities in which you were involved during law school: Journal of Transnational Law & Contemporary Problems; Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA); Clinical Law Program (Immigration Clinic with Professor Barbara Schwartz); U-VISA/VAWA Immigration Project

What did you come to law school to become: I received a minor in disability studies at UC Berkeley.  I went to law school because I was interested in disability rights and other areas of law affecting persons with disabilities. 

Current employer: American Bar Association

Location: Washington, DC

Job title: Staff Attorney

Your favorite part of your job: One of the best parts of my job is coordinating trainings in different parts of the country.  The process of planning and putting on our trainings is rewarding and exciting.  Most of our participants are legal aid attorneys.  I enjoy witnessing the progress the lawyers have over the course of the trainings, and hearing from them afterward how we were able to inform and enhance their practice of law.

Your interests outside of work: I enjoy long distance running.  Because I live near the National Mall, I have the opportunity to run around the monuments and memorials.  I also like trying all the different cuisines the city has to offer.  There are a number of amazing Ethiopian restaurants in the area.  Living in D.C. has given me many opportunities to see some amazing people speak.  In the month of September, I was able to see Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, Madeline Albright, Amy Tan, and Matthew Desmond.

What is your favorite movie: The Joy Luck Club

What do you wish your 1L/2L/3L self knew about the job search: It is wonderful if your first job is your dream job, but it does not have to be.  There are infinite paths that can lead you to where you want to go. 

What advice do you have for success in summer positions: The term "networking" might seem daunting, but it may start with just meeting and talking with one or two people in your office about their experiences.  Don't be afraid to ask direct questions.  The attorneys in your office are probably more than willing to talk with you about  passing the bar exam, interviewing, and what it is like working for the firm or organization.  The attorneys you work with may also be able to make introductions to other people.