boblawlob wrote:What does your 9 yrs of WE consist of?
Here is a general overview of those years:
1. Finished undergrad in 2004.
2. Student services work for my undergrad institution for one year
3. In mid-2005, I began managing a small research team for a publishing/technology company that produced alamacs and directories about a niche industry (both print publications and websites).
4. I noticed a number of unresolved consumer disputes in the industry the company's publications focused on, and persuaded them to let me devote some time to resolving these disputes. In mid-2006, they devoted me full time to expanding the consumer advocacy program. This advocacy is a free service to the public and is not revenue generating, so it felt pretty amazing that they were willing to expand it.
5. In mid-2007, the company took over a defunct professional association, which I used as a launching point to expand beyond our consumer advocacy by adding a business-to-business dispute assistance program and creating professional ethics certification programs specific to our industry. Since then, I've been handling the operations of the professional association as the Program Manager - raising funds, assisting in disputes, and some administrative matters like helping our editorial division with a magazine for our members and helping run our member discussion forum.
The people I end up helping with the dispute resolution are mostly doing ok for themselves to begin with, so I sought out involvement in my community to be of service where there is a greater need. While continuing to run the professional association during the day, I started two activities that related to my intended legal career:
A. In early 2011, I began doing field research for a civil rights organization as a contractor, and I am continuing to do this.
B. In September 2012, I began volunteering with a legal clinic that gives employment law advice to low-income clients. I get to help with some discrimination issues, among other things, so I thought it relevant to mention even though it is not paid work.