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Junior Healthcare Litigation Associate from Tennessee Relocates to Baltimore and Finds New Opportunity

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While moving to a new state to start a job sounds like an exciting experience, it is not something attorneys can do easily most of the times. Some states, like New York, have reciprocity with very few states, and only after a certain number of years of continuous practice. So while I encourage candidates to expand their job search to include various locations (cast a wider net), I recognize it can also be problematic if the candidate does not want to sit for another bar exam and cannot waive into the new state's bar. Luckily in this particular instance, I was working with a candidate looking to relocate to the D.C. area. In Washington, D.C., having a certain score on your state's bar exam will allow you to waive into the D.C. bar without taking an examination.
Junior Healthcare Litigation Associate from Tennessee Relocates to Baltimore and Finds New Opportunity

This candidate grew up in the south and attended undergraduate and graduate school in Knoxville, Tennessee. She graduated from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2015. She received a J.D. with a concentration in Advocacy and Dispute Resolution and graduated cum laude. She served as Managing Editor of the Tennessee Law Review and was awarded the Third Year Prize, which recognizes the contributions of third-year members and editors. She received her B.S.B.A, cum ladue, from The University of Tennessee as well.

After law school, this candidate joined a local firm in Memphis, where she began honing in on her litigation skills. She hit the ground running and was quickly representing clients in business and appellate litigation and breach of contract actions. After a year of practice, the candidate served as a Judicial Law Clerk to a Judge on The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals. This experience can be invaluable to a litigator.
Once her clerkship was over, this candidate joined a full service law firm with offices in Memphis and throughout the South and Northeast. She joined as a litigation associate and focused on health care and insurance defense litigation with an emphasis on medical malpractice, business and commercial litigation. She also worked on premises liability and other general liability litigation.
This candidate was a real go-getter. Even as a young associate, she was managing her own caseload and developing litigation strategies. She was managing a litigation docket of more than 25 to 35 cases at any given time. Her supervisors trusted her to draft pleadings and motions, and handle all aspects of discovery, including depositions, witness preparation, and e-discovery issues.
This candidate was doing great and her firm and was sure to continue impressing her supervisors. She came to me because her husband had finished medical school in Tennessee and had accepted a residency at the University of Maryland Hospital in Baltimore. Fortunately Maryland is one of the states with favorable reciprocity rules. Luckily for her she was not only eligible to waive-in for admission without examination to the Maryland Bar, but she was also eligible to waive-in to the Washington, D.C. Bar!
This candidate's performance in law school, her solid litigation skills, her clerkship, her class year and her reasons for relocation all made her a strong candidate for firms in Baltimore and D.C. This candidate also had such a confident yet personable demeanor that added to her marketability.
I began searching for firms for this candidate, and she was very responsive to my suggestions. She preferred to continue on the defense side of litigation and wanted to stay in the Biltmore area to avoid a long commute to D.C. We settled on about 15 submissions. She received multiple indications of interest and a request for an interview with a mid-size full service law firm in Baltimore. We prepared for the interview, she nailed it and the firm made her an offer the next day.
While she was very excited about the offer, she was also considering another offer from a firm she had applied to on her own (before working with BCG). Also, her current firm had made her an offer to work for them remotely, so she had a lot to consider. Ultimately she decided to accept the position with the BCG firm. She really connected with the attorneys, and although she admired her current colleagues, she realized that working remotely wasn't the best platform for her professional growth.
I really enjoyed working with this candidate. I knew she would make a valuable addition to any active litigation practice, and I'm happy to say she is thriving at the firm!

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