Hi, I am a co-founder of Good Mockingbird. Welcome to our website. I am a former corporate partner of a large New York firm, and further information on my background can be found below under “About me”.
Most importantly for this website and our readers, I spent a number of years on the recruiting committee at the firm, where I gained insight into big firm hiring practices. At both of my former firms, I interviewed a countless number of law students and lateral attorney candidates. I also observed first hand the inner workings of a law firm recruiting committee, and participated in the deliberation process.
For many years, I also was very active in advising local law students, especially with job search and interviewing. Through this experience, I came to find out that I truly enjoyed mentoring law students and young associates. To be a better mentor, I challenged myself to become a true student of the interviewing process to provide more effective assistance and guidance to my mentees. After a while, I began to realize that a number of the students that I mentored received offers from excellent firms, seemingly overachieving in relation to their academic qualifications.
Even though I did well in my first year of law school, transferred and graduated from a then Top 5 law school, I was initially unsuccessful at getting an offer for a summer associate position, as well as later for a permanent associate position, at a large firm in New York City. Looking back, I was a horrible interview at the very outset and didn’t even realize it. It was a very frustrating, confounding and humbling experience to not receive offers despite what I thought was pretty decent academic credentials. As a result of that, to this day, it pains me greatly to hear that a law student or recent graduate is having little success with their legal job search. However, I recognized that once I studied and analyzed how to interview more effectively, I was able to get every single position that I have interviewed for ever since. That’s not bragging — I am making a point that interviewing is a learned skill that anyone can master with proper guidance. I draw from my own experience, and subsequent learnings and my mentoring experience, to form my expertise.
To be frank, we established this website to fill the void that we identified in the currently available resources online, namely that such resources do not:
- explain the entire recruiting process, start to finish, in one place;
- discuss the inner workings of law firm recruiting committees, particularly its deliberation process;
- make available means to ask questions and receive comprehensive answers from attorneys with experience serving on a recruiting committee;
- dispel the myths of one-minor-faux-pas-and-you-are-out notion that is so prevalent;
- point out that those online resources place too much emphasis on certain topics, such as possible questions from the interviewer, questions to ask the interviewer, clothing to wear, resume/cover letter formatting, thank you notes, and so on, vis-a-vis the relative importance of such matters to actually receiving an offer; and
- facilitate through a discussion forum a community of law students and recent graduates seeking employment.
We seek to help law students and experienced attorneys who do not feel comfortable about the interviewing process or have not achieved success in finding a desirable job. We believe that you need confidence to realize your full potential in your job search, and confidence comes only from extensive preparation and knowledge. That’s our mission.
Just to tell you a bit more about myself, I graduated from an exceedingly nerdy high school in New York City. I then went on to attend a tiny 1,900 student liberal arts college in the Northeast. Honestly, I didn’t study much in college and didn’t get into a great law school. In fact, I ended up going to what is known as a third tier law school (a.k.a, TTT) back then. I wish I could claim that I went to the school because they offered me more money, but that would be highly misleading. The fact is, I didn’t get into a better school thanks to my very mediocre LSAT score. Nevertheless, by some miracle powered by a copious amount of caffeine and sheer determination, I ended up being first in my class after the first year, and was accepted to transfer to a Top 5 law school.
I was hired as a 2L summer associate for an Am Law 100 law firm based in New York City with well over 300 attorneys. I am not being modest when I tell you that I totally didn’t know what I was doing and I was showing off my world-class social awkwardness at all firm events. I somehow managed to end up with an offer to come back as an associate after graduation. I accepted their offer . . . . . after not securing any other offer. I enjoyed my experience at the firm, but I interviewed at other firms just to see if I could get into a more prestigious firm. No cigar. So, I started out as a corporate associate at the Firm.
After a few years, I moved on to a New York full-service law firm with more than 10 offices and nearly 300 attorneys today. After toiling away for several years, I was elected equity partner in the corporate department and later appointed to chair two major practice groups. I was also a co-chair of the firm’s legal opinion committee and, as I noted above, I served on the recruiting committee.
I hope that this website will give you comfort as well as confidence to approach the interviewing process. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us to get individualized help. I hope to speak to you soon.