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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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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."

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."

Adrienne Penta

Adrienne Penta '03

Boston

"There are more UVA lawyers than you might suspect in Boston, and we will all find time to speak with a Virginia Law student interested in working here."

Kurt L. Davis Jr.

Kurt L. Davis Jr. '09

Houston

"Employers know UVA Law in Houston, in the U.S. and beyond the borders of the U.S. "

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."

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."

Neil McKittrick

Neil McKittrick '87

Boston

"In the new legal market, networking is more important than ever. "

James A. Pardo

James A. Pardo '79

Atlanta

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

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."

Todd C. Jacobs

Todd C. Jacobs '89

Chicago

"Many cases we handle do not have straightforward answers, and new subject matters arise daily. It’s within these gray areas that I appreciate how UVA Law teaches students to think through complex questions."