A career in law extends beyond the drama-ridden courtroom that we see in crime shows. Opportunities in the legal industry include working for private law firms of all sizes; local, state, and federal government; in-house corporate legal departments; and nonprofit organizations; among others. This industry will provide a sense of the variety that a career in law can offer and will provide the opportunity for students to discover how they might begin to explore a legal career. Panelists and guests are College alumni who have experience in diverse practice areas and sectors of the law. Whether you are curious about whether law might be a career path that makes sense for you, about the steps involved in entering the legal field, or about the different paths that a legal career can take, the speakers in this industry will answer your questions and you will be able to meet and interact with inspiring University of Chicago graduates.

Panel Participants

Eric Gorman, AB'92, AB'92, AM'92

Partner, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Mr. Gorman is a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher, & Flom LLP, specializing in complex litigation and government enforcement/white collar crime investigations. Mr. Gorman represents corporations and boards of directors in courts around the country regarding mergers, acquisitions, securities litigation, shareholder disputes, trade secrets claims, intellectual property rights, and constitutional issues. Mr. Gorman also leads corporate investigations, often in conjunction with government enforcement actions, investigating issues around the world including allegations of corporate bribery/corruption (FCPA), insider trading, and accounting fraud. Mr. Gorman holds a degree in Public Policy Studies and in International Relations from the College. He holds a JD from the University of Michigan Law School. While at the College, he was active in the Velo Club (cycling team) and intramural sports. He remains active within UChicago, including serving recently on the board of the University of Chicago Alumni Club of Chicago. (Table 75)

Christine Jeon, AB'98, JD'03 University of Maryland School of Law

Senior Attorney, Securities and Exchange Commission - Chicago

Ms. Jeon graduated from the College in 1998 with a degree in Law, Letters, & Society. While in the College, she was a member of the Varsity Tennis team and Samahan (Filipino-American student group). After graduating from law school, Ms. Jeon joined the law firm of Alston & Bird LLP in its securities litigation group, where she gained experience conducting white collar internal investigations. From 2007-2014, Ms. Jeon was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California, where she investigated and prosecuted a variety of federal crimes, including securities fraud, public corruption, and money laundering. Ms. Jeon then became a partner at Akerman LLP. She is now a Senior Attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, Division of Enforcement, where she investigates violations of securities laws. (Table 79)

Neil Kawashima, AB'93, AB'93

Partner, McDermott Will and Emery LLP

Mr. Kawashima is a partner in the law firm of McDermott Will & Emery LLP. As a member of the private client department, he advises clients regarding estate planning, trust administration, wealth transfer techniques, and business succession matters. His clients range from individuals, and families, to fiduciaries, and family-controlled businesses. Mr. Kawashima also specializes in philanthropic issues affecting individuals and families, as well as private foundations, supporting organizations, public charities, and religious groups. Mr. Kawashima frequently speaks on matters related to estate planning and philanthropy. (Table 77)

Maria Maras, AB'01, JD'04 Harvard

Senior Intellectual Property Counsel, Accenture

Ms. Maras graduated with honors from the College in 2001 with a degree in Political Science. While in the College, she was involved with the Major Activities Board, Kappa Alpha Theta, and the club lacrosse team. Ms. Maras attended Harvard Law School and graduated in May of 2004. As Senior Intellectual Property Counsel at Accenture, she manages IP litigation and disputes, as well as the protection of IP in general. She also advises management on IP-related matters and proactively develops and implements training, policies, and best practices designed to mitigate IP-related risks to the company. Previously, Ms. Maras was an IP litigation partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP. She lives in Bucktown with her husband and three daughters. Ms. Maras helped organize her five year College Reunion and loves to attend UChicago alumni events. (Table 78)