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Posted Nov. 23, 2010

Hayden ’02 Joins Career Services as Director of Law Firm Recruiting

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Patrice Hayden ’02 has joined the Career Services Office as the director of law firm recruiting, a new position in which she will assist students who wish to pursue law firm employment.

Hayden, a graduate of the Law School’s J.D.-M.B.A. program, returns to UVA after an eight-year tenure at Bryan Cave in Washington, D.C., and said she looks forward to working with students.

“I know I was very excited about my first job and learning what it means to be a practicing attorney, and I’m excited to help students as they make that transition,” Hayden said.

Like other members of the Career Services Office, Hayden offers students interview preparation, career counseling, cover letter and resume review, and assistance with job search strategies.

“I’ll also help students narrow down their selections and target potential employers,” she said.

In addition, Hayden will serve as a liaison for law firms that recruit at the Law School or wish to do so, and will help develop Career Services programming on recruiting topics.

“Patrice brings tremendous strengths to the Career Services Office,” said Kevin Donovan, the senior assistant dean for career services. “Her successful career gives her great credibility with the students and her extensive experience on the law firm side of recruiting allows her to immediately help students who are interested in law firm jobs. She is also a very polished public speaker. We are quite fortunate to have her joining us.”

While at Bryan Cave, Hayden specialized in white collar, regulatory and consumer protection issues. During her career there, she increasingly came to appreciate the parts of her job that dealt with recruiting, such as her work on her firm’s recruiting committee and with its summer program, she said.

“Those were the things I enjoyed the most, the people aspect of my job,” she said.

A return to Charlottesville and a position in the Career Services Office seemed like a good fit, Hayden said.

Hayden advises students not to become disheartened with the changing job market. Though the market has slowed, there are still many positions available. It may just take more effort to identify the right one, she said.

 “UVA has a wonderful reputation among legal employers, and our students typically do really well,” she said. “That doesn’t mean students won’t have to work hard and apply themselves, but certainly employers are usually happy to meet UVA students.”

Hayden said that her door is open to students, and that they should feel free to stop by.

“My main advice to students is this: Be persistent and stay positive,” she said.

Hayden earned her undergraduate degree in international relations from Stanford University. While a student at the Law School, she was the Career Services chairperson for the Black Law Students Association, an articles editor for the Virginia Journal of Law & Technology, and a member of Phi Alpha Delta and the Women of Color student organizations. She was also elected to Omicron Delta Kappa and the Raven Society.