Connecting with Others in the Bottom 90%
By Michele Katz, NAWBO President | Published July 2015




Michele Katz
President, NAWBO Chicago
Founding Partner, Advítam IP, LLC







Back in 2010, I was a 1L. We all were as first-year students at Chicago-Kent College of Law. (Think of it like your first job with a twist: you work endless hours and write a big, fat check to subsidize your 18-hour days.)


Early on, we were invited to an event called The Bottom 90%. A vast sea of 1Ls filed into a big lecture hall, buzzing with conversation. Speaker after speaker talked about topics like constitutional law, civil rights, contracts, legal research and Torts.  


While the speeches have long faded from memory, it was the networking with practitioners afterward that remains vivid in my mind. The weight of their business cards felt heavy in my hand, like my future could be at any one of those firms. The event lit a fire in me. After that, I lined up lunches with practitioners and set the stage for something great. I even got my next job from one of those conversations.


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