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Mar 10, 2023

In this episode, Kathryn welcomes Michelle Kallen, a Partner at Jenner & Block, to her journey to becoming an appellate lawyer. She explains that the more she learned about law, the more she was drawn to the field. She then goes on to talk about the appeal process and how it can be a difficult one to enter. Finally, Michelle shares her advice on how to get into the field of appellate law, including the importance of continuing to educate yourself on the legal field.

Who’s The Guest?
Michelle Kallen is a former Solicitor General of Virginia who helps clients navigate complex matters before federal and state appellate courts. Leading companies in the aerospace and defense, hospitality, technology, and transportation industries benefit from her extensive government experience, unique insight into multistate and constitutional litigation matters, and award-winning appellate work.

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    Episode Highlights
  • What made her decide to specialize in Appellate Law
  • Transitioning from government to private practice and working on high profile cases
  • Exploring different aspects of litigation and appellate practice
  • Breaking down the day-to-day practice of Biglaw as an appellate lawyer
  • Different practice models as an appellate lawyer
  • Finding the right fit: The pros and cons of the different practice models
  • Appellate practice for junior associates
  • Strategies for success as an associate and partner
  • Overcoming roadblocks and advancing in a legal career

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