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Assistant U.S. Attorney Visits with Students

Posted November 9, 2009

As part of the Color of Law Roundtable Discussion series, David Vatti, assistant United States attorney at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Hartford, spoke to students on "Career Paths: The U.S. Attorney's Office". The main focus of Vatti's talk was to help students to prepare for the road ahead of them and to help them make the most of the time they have in school.

davevattijpg“In terms of what prepared me for this career, I can think of three things that were useful to me in law school that have, I think, had a great deal of influence on my ability to be able to stand up in a courtroom and try cases and make arguments to the bench. Number one, I got involved in moot court in law school. I thought that was a very helpful experience for me. Growing up, I was not always comfortable on my feet and I think the one thing that moot court really helped with would be the process of being able to prepare a brief and then having to argue both sides of that issue. The second thing that helped was doing a clinical course in law school. I was a member of the criminal practice trial clinic and in that clinic we represented indigent defendants. And finally, the other thing I did in law school that helped me out a lot was a worked for a law firm,” said Vatti.

Vatti summed up his advice telling students to "network and try to build your resume to demonstrate you want to be in a courtroom.” He went on adding that “the other thing I would emphasis is public service. The more you can put on your resume that shows you have some kind of commitment to public service, that gives you an edge as well.”

The next Color of Law Roundtable Discussion speaker will be Roderick Ireland, associate justice for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Ireland's talk will take place November 16 at 12:00 noon in the Blake Law School Commons.


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