Professional Development

2018 Write On Info Session

Attention All First-Year Students! The Write-On Committee Will Hold a Mandatory Informational Meeting – Wednesday, March 21

12 p.m., Bryan Cave Moot Courtroom (AB Hall, Rm. 310).

This meeting is MANDATORY for all who would like to participate in the 2018 Write-On Competition!

The Write-On Competition is the only way to obtain membership on one of the school’s four academic journals: Washington University’s Law ReviewJournal of Law & Policy, Global Studies Law Review, and Jurisprudence ReviewIf for any reason you are unable to attend this meeting, you must contact the Write-On Committee by March 19 at

Write-On Competition Timeline

Saturday, May 5 – Competition will begin at 9 AM

Friday, May 11 – Competition will end at 4 PM

Please make your travel plans accordingly to afford time for the competition. This year all submissions will be electronic. This process will be discussed further during the informational meeting.

If you have specific concerns, please email

The Write-On Committee
Marriam Shah, Chair

HollyWU SKYPE Panel with California Alums in Entertainment

HollyWU’s Leadership Committee including WashULaw alums: Ellen Eichner, Lan Du and Cary Simowitz want you you connect with alums in California. Join the chat @ 1pm CST via SKYPE or in the Career Center @ the DUC (Danforth University Center, Suite 110). Skype ID:ellenaeichner


Scheherezade Daftary

Scheherezade Daftary is Finance & Accounting Consultant with over a decade of experience in the entertainment industry.  She graduated with a BA in Art History and Spanish Literature from Wash U and then went on to pursue an MBA at Case Western Reserve University.  She worked for 8 years at News Corporation/21st Century Fox before branching out as a consultant.  She has worked on projects at most of the major studios and some smaller ones such as Fox, Paramount, DreamWorks Animation, ABC Networks, Disney, Sony, Open Road Films, Sonar Entertainment, New Regency, and Tang Media Partners.

Ellen Eichner

Ellen Eichner is an entertainment and intellectual property attorney at Nolan Heimann LLP, where she specializes in digital media transactions.  In addition to practicing law, she manages her firm’s social media presence and is an influencer for Glossier.  Previously, she was a corporate associate at a boutique tech transactional law firm and spent her summers in law school interning in the Legal and Business Affairs departments of HBO and Starz.  She holds a J.D. from Washington University School of Law and a B.A., summa cum laude, in Political Science and Communication from The Ohio State University.

Ellie Kirshenbaum

After starting as an assistant at WME and 20th Century Fox TV, Ellie Kirshenbaum was promoted to Coordinator in the 20th TV Current department. In addition to working as the covering current production executive on EMPIRE, MODERN FAMILY, AMERICAN HORROR STORY and THE X-FILES, she works in conjunction with Ryan Murphy HALF Foundation to increase representation of female and diverse directors across the Studio’s 21 live-action shows.

Merigan Mulhern

Merigan Mulhern has just completed her third season as the Writers’ Assistant on The CW’s hour-long comedy Jane The Virgin, for which she has written two freelance episodes.  She was a staff writer on Season 2 of The CW Seed’s musical webseries I Ship It, and has prior experience in talent representation (both agency and management) and as a television producer’s assistant.

Neil Wade

After several years of teaching, traveling and odd jobs, Neil Wade broke into the animation world as a production intern at Nickelodeon Animation. His first position was as a production assistant at Family Guy followed by coordinator and social media rolls at Nickelodeon. Currently he is a production coordinator at Dreamworks TV, while also pursuing animation and directing in his spare time.

Join Other First Generation Students March 6th by Branka & Raquel

WashU Law is excited to launch a resource for first-generation students to assist with the transition into the legal community. Come meet students from different backgrounds but with similar challenges and join us in creating a supportive community. We will be meeting this Tuesday, March 6th at noon in AB Hall Rm. 403 @ noon to discuss what kind of support would be most essential and next steps.   Raquel Maragh and Branka Damjanovic will lead the discussion.  Add it to your calendar here

Grad Student Speed Networking in Chinese with Employers by St. Louis Mosaic Project

Meet local Chinese speaking professionals, and learn how to stand out in a crowd!

Many US interviews require applicants to mingle and/ or interview in groups. Learn how to navigate this process in a comfortable, small group environment.

The St. Louis Mosaic Project, along with the Washington University Graduate Student Senate and the Chinese Students and Scholars Association, invites graduate students to join local professionals in different fields to practice speed networking in Chinese and English. We will start in Chinese, then transition to English as the groups move around.

This is a fantastic opportunity to practice your interview skills, as well as make contacts with St. Louis professionals from top companies and fields.



What is group speed networking?

In group speed networking, a small group of students is paired with one profesional at each table. Each group gets to ask questions and interact for a set period of time. After this, students rotate to the next table and professional. Attendees will share their professional backgrounds and goals. Networkers are generally seeking exposure to new contacts. Please bring business cards (or your Wechat) and expect to exchange them. It is an excellent way to meet new people and increase your pool of professional contacts.

Can I ask about job openings and internships?

Yes. Some of these companies represented are actively hiring for both employees and interns. However, keep in mind that even if the professional’s department is not actively hiring, they may know people at their company or different companies who are actively hiring. But keep in mind that if you network just to build a relationship with a person, that may be more beneficial and reduce the amount of pressure on both sides.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

WashU’s campus is currently under construction. Danforth University Center underground parking is the closest lot to Simon Hall. It is right next to the Danforth University Center, and is located between Olympian Way and Wallace Dr north of Forsyth Blvd. MAP

Please see WashU parking information:


Fri, March 2, 2018

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM CST

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Simon Hall Courtyard and Foyer

Wallace Dr and Forsyth Blvd

St. Louis, MO 63105

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3rd Annual WashU Family Business Symposium by Olin Family Business Initiative



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7:30–8:00 a.m. BREAKFAST AND NETWORKING, First Floor, Emerson Auditorium

8:00–9:00 a.m. KEYNOTE ADDRESS: MARCEL SMITS – Executive Vice President, CFO, Chief Complaince Officer Cargill –“The Cargill Way: Lessons in Sustaining a Family Business”

9:15–10:15 a.m. PANEL PRESENTATION: ”The Role of Independent Directors in a Family Business”

MODERATOR: Mike DeCola, President and CEO, HBM Holdings, Inc.


John Dubinsky, Independent Director (Drury Inns and Stifel) and CEO (Westmoreland Associates)
Jeff Miller, Independent Director (Watlow Electric) and Former President (MARKEM Corporation)
Carol O’Neill, Group President, Packaging, (Barry-Wehmiller)

10:30–11:30 a.m. PANEL PRESENTATION: “Perspectives of Family Business Owners”

MODERATOR: Tom Hillman, Managing Partner (Lewis & Clark Holdings)


Melissa Markwort, Talent and Employee Relations Leader (Spartan Light Metal Products)
Tom Stern, Executive Chairman (Gershman Commercial Real Estate)
Pat Tracy, Retired Chairman (Dot Foods, Inc)