On November 15, 2017, the military and legal communities came together for a night of networking and connections. Sponsored by Mayer Brown and White & Case, MSJDN was thrilled to work with Hiring Our Heroes, the American Bar Association, and Nestle to host approximately 80 jobs seekers and supportive employers at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C.

The evening opened with comments from Vice Admiral Nanette DiRenzi, USN (ret.), Brigadier General Marilyn Chiafullo, USA, and John Newby, Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services.  The speakers shared their insights as servicemembers and civilian job seekers, and encouraged employers to recognize the leadership, work ethic, and problem-solving skills veterans and servicemembers bring to the workplace.

The ABA’s toolkit for transitioning military lawyers was also featured during the evening’s program.  In addition to a LinkedIn group connecting job seekers and supporters, the ABA’s website hosts a roadmap to civilian employment, including sample resumes and cover letters, tips on compensation and negotiations, and much more.

MSJDN is encouraged by this event and the growing support for veterans and family members seeking to establish and expand careers in the legal profession. While 27 jurisdictions have enacted licensing accommodations for military spouse attorneys, the challenge of identifying supportive employers continues.  The Military Legal Networking Reception highlights those employers eager to embrace the unique skills of veterans and military spouses and encourages other employers to tap into this talented portion of the workforce.