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The UVA Law Network is an occasional series on the careers of alumni across the nation and world. The school's 20,000 graduates are located in 50 states and more than 60 foreign countries. Each network feature showcases several alumni who explain their work experiences and offer tips for students and graduates on how to succeed in their city or region.

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J. Leonard Teti

J. Leonard Teti '05

New York City

"Be ready to see lots of things you haven't seen before in law school, and bring with you a sense of curiosity and willingness to learn what you don't know."

Doug Bouton

Douglas Bouton '10

Chicago

"I think the people are what make UVA Law so special, enjoyable and distinguishable from other law school experiences."

Susan L. Fox

Susan L. Fox '91

Washington, D.C.

"Don’t let inertia keep you in a job that isn’t leading you in the right direction. Be open to nontraditional jobs and work in government and policy fields to expand your horizons."

Karen Owen Gibbs

Karen Owen Gibbs '92

Chicago

"As I've progressed in my career, the softer skills have been highly important. I credit UVA with preparing me to help my clients navigate opportunities and challenges from a 360-degree perspective."

Aditi Goel

Aditi Goel '12

Boston

"As a public defender, I am advocating for my clients in court almost every day — making bail arguments, requesting discovery, arguing motions, cross-examining witnesses, and having jury trials. There is no question in my mind that Virginia Law trained me for this job."

Steven R. Okun

Steven R. Okun '91

Singapore

"While being bilingual can be a prerequisite for getting a job in certain markets, such as China, being multicultural is a prerequisite in every market."

Ruthie Ma Swilling

Ruthie Ma Swilling '03

Boston

"It was during my 4th year working for a Big Law firm in Boston that I decided to assess ‘Where is this ladder heading?’ and made the choice to switch to an in-house position."

Terrica Redfield Ganzy

Terrica Redfield Ganzy '02

Atlanta

"I could go on and on about the professors who encouraged me, the students who supported me, the environment that allowed me to find my path and take it. In sum, however, I found my passion at UVA Law, and I haven’t turned back since."

James A. Pardo

James A. Pardo '79

Atlanta

"Do your homework and think through what you are looking for beyond a paycheck."

William M. Bosch

William M. Bosch '92

Washington, D.C.

"The Virginia lawyer graduates with an understanding that it is possible to be a gladiator without losing touch with humanity. In fact, it is essential to a long and successful career - especially as a trial lawyer and litigator."