Nena StreetI am pleased to join the Lawyerist community as a contributor writing about success in law school and during your first few years of practice. I will write from the perspective of a recent law school graduate who was successful in law school and has thus far been successful in large firm private practice.

Through my posts, I will offer strategies for cultivating and maintaining a robust professional network, building successful mentoring relationships, and charting your own professional course. I will also write about the importance of professionalism, public service and good written and verbal communication to success in law school and practice.

I am a 2006 graduate from the University of Minnesota Law School. Since August 2006, I have been practicing at Dorsey & Whitney LLP in Minneapolis. I am now a third year associate in Dorsey’s Regulatory Affairs Group practicing in the areas of public private partnerships, environmental law, and regulatory affairs. I am also a primary contributor to Dorsey’s new Consumer Products Law Blog.

For the past two years, I have taught a seminar on Local Economic Development at University of Minnesota Law School. During law school and since graduating, I have mentored several current law students and recent graduates. In my civic life, I serve on the board of the Citizens League and as co-chair for the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Civic Education Committee. I am also active in the University of Minnesota Law School Alumni Association.

Through personal trial and error and by watching mentors, peers and mentees, I have learned what works and what doesn’t in law school and practice. My purpose here is to share what I’ve learned.