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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."

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."

Roscoe Jones

Roscoe Jones '03

Washington, D.C.

"Washington is a town built on relationships. So keep in touch with the contacts you make there and find a mentor in the city- you never know when that one contact will open up a door for you to walk through."

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."

Lisa Friel

Lisa M. Friel '83

New York City

"UVA Law is unique in fostering an environment of teamwork and trust, both of which are so important to be successful in today’s world."

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."

James A. Pardo

James A. Pardo '79

Atlanta

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

Eduardo Ramos-Gomez LL.M.

Eduardo Ramos-Gomez LL.M. '85

Singapore

"Be global. Think of yourself and the United States only as a humble contributor to an international symphony."

Amy Lincoln

Amy Lincoln '02

San Francisco

"To this day, when I say to other lawyers, ‘I loved law school’ they have one of two reactions: they either look at me like I’m crazy, or they say, ‘Oh, you must have gone to Virginia.’"

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."