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Rosa Newman ( Class of 2015)

Hometown: Miami, Florida

Undergraduate school and major: University of Chicago, Political Science

What did you come to law school to become:

An attorney with a focus area in community development.

Current employer:

Laurel Street Residential

Location:

Charlotte, North Carolina

Job title:

Development Manager

Previous positions:

Development Associate with Atlantic|Pacific Communities in Miami, Florida.

What is your pinnacle career goal:

Ideally, I would like to maximize my legal background and experience in real estate development to found my own firm/NGO which operates globally.

Description of what you do:

I manage housing developments - affordable, workforce and mixed income -  from idea inception through completion of construction and full lease up. I am responsible for structuring the financing of a deal, vetting and selecting the architectural/engineering/legal team, overseeing permitting and entitlements, reviewing and negotiating construction contracts, reviewing and negotiating loan documents and operating agreements, and managing the team responsible for construction and lease-up.

Your interests outside of work:

I enjoy swimming, reading and visiting local museum exhibits.

What is your favorite movie:

Armageddon.

What do you wish your 1L/2L/3L self knew about the job search:

I wish I understood how simple it can be to establish connections with folk based on commonalities. Soft skills and relationships are just as important as substantive knowledge - in any field.

What advice do you have for success in summer positions:

While it is a great idea to take the initiative to exhaust all resources at your fingertips before escalating up, it is also just as important to ASK QUESTIONS. If you're not asking questions, the people you work with are not able to assess where you are and if/when you need help until it's too late. Also note that summer positions are typically designed to be more collaboration intensive than the typical associate role. Take advantage of this opportunity to get in as much face time as you can by asking pointed questions to team members across the board.