Thirteen rural practice attorneys and 22 students got a chance to meet each other briefly during the ISBA Rural Practice Committee’s fourth annual meet and greet event Saturday afternoon, Jan. 27, at bar headquarters. ISBA President Steve Eckley and President-elect Tom Levis also visited with students, as did Rural Practice Committee Chair Phil Garland.
Patterned after the speed dating concept, the meet and greet was started in 2015 as a way of bringing rural attorneys and students together in the hopes that each attorney would make a connection with one or more students sufficient to start an ongoing conversation. The ultimate goal is for the attorney to find at least one student to hire for the summer or as a full-time associate.
Attorneys and students gave the four-hour event high praise. Almost all of the attorneys said they found at least one student, usually two or three, that they would like to communicate with further.
A number of attorneys, who said conflicts prevented them from attending this year’s event, asked that the committee send them resumes of students who might be prospective hires. That process will continue in the next weeks.