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Brown Bag Brief - "Resume & Application Preparation; Competing Against Flawless Applications", Professor Hilary Kao hosts prominent legal employers

Event Date and Time: 
Thursday, October 4, 2012 - 11:30am to 12:30pm


Professor Hilary Kao will be hosting prominent legal employers who will speak to students about what they expect to see on a well prepared legal application.  Points that will be discussed will be:

1)  Skill sets - proofing/researching your application
2)  How will your cover letter, resume & writing sample present themselves against other flawless applications?  Take the time to prepare your application by carefully researching the employer's website and other information.
3) Application packet preparation - E-mails should never replace well prepared letters of introduction and thank you letter responding to interviews
4) Prepare a resume & cover letter template carefully and keep in an easily accessible location.
5) Take time to prepare all materials including cover letter & writing sample carefully. Prepare your cover letter as a first writing sample.  Have your writing sample edited by a professor & make all necessary corrections. 
6) Keep several up-to-date official transcripts readily available for an application.
7)  Keep a list of references with addresses up-to-date,   Samples of all application materials are available on the Law Career Services website.

 Biographies of speakers will be added as they come into Law Career Services

Jerome Bishop received his B.A. from Georgetown University in 1994 and his J.D. from Georgetown in 2001.  He currently serves as Associate Counsel at Ohio National Financial Services, a 103 year old mutual insurance company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio, with over $30.6 billion of assets under management and a AA rating from S&P.  Mr. Bishop is in charge of overseeing all of Ohio National’s litigation across the country.  He also serves as government relations counsel for the company and is a member of the company’s political action committee.  Ohio National issues a variety of insurance and financial programs through a national network of over 50,000 independent representatives.   In June, 2012, the Cincinnati Inquirer rated Ohio National as the #1 workplace in Cincinnati.  It has consistently been rated as a top employer for a number of years.  Prior joining Ohio National, Mr. Bishop was a partner in two different firms in Cincinnati and worked in other law firms in Cincinnati and Washington, DC previously, as described below.  Before law school, Mr. Bishop was active in politics both at the campaign level and on Capitol Hill.  His prior experience is detailed below. 

Partner, Litigation, Gonzalez, Saggio & Harlan LLP, Cincinnati, OH, Served as outside counsel for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation; and acted upon the authority of statutes, regulations and procedures related to the powers of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.  
Served as defense counsel for Fortune 500 Company in litigation matters throughout southwest Ohio including responsibility for drafting of all pleadings, motions and briefs and investigating facts.  Shareholder, Litigation, Katz, Teller, Brant & Hild, Cincinnati, OH, Named Ohio Rising Star for 2006 and 2007.  Served multiple terms on the firm’s Administrative and Recruiting Committees.  Achieved shareholder status in five years in firm's Litigation Department. Associate, Business & Finance, Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP, Cincinnati, OH, Began legal career at the Cincinnati's largest law firm (at the time). Associate in the corporate department. Law Clerk, Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton, Washington, D.C.  Worked on Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice filings for client companies.  

Campaign Manager, Committee to Re-elect Congressman Chris Smith, Hamilton, New Jersey, 1996 Managed campaign staff and budget.  Supervised more than 70 local county and municipal organizers and leaders. Wrote and edited all campaign press releases and press packets.  Mr. Smith won with 64% of the popular vote.

Director of Special Projects, Legislative Aide, Staff Associate, Representative Christopher H. Smith (NJ-04), U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC, July 1993-December 1997  Drafted legislation in the 104th and 105th Congresses, including the Netizens’ Protection Act of 1997 and the Omnibus Adoption Act of 1997.  Worked with central New Jersey leaders in a successful effort to prevent the closing of the Lakehurst Naval Air Warfare Center. Cooperated with Defense Appropriations subcommittee to fund the Superlab project at Lakehurst Naval Air Warfare Center.


College of Law Room Number: 129 - Moot Courtroom