Introducing the Office of the General Counsel’s Professional Development Committee

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Introducing the Office of the General Counsel’s Professional Development Committee – Launching January 29, 2024

Joining the Office of the General Counsel (OGC) at the Department of Commerce offers a unique opportunity for lawyers and non-lawyers to gain insight into all aspects of the Department’s operations. OGC not only allows its team to specialize in specific areas of trade and commerce law, but also provides opportunities for professional growth outside of their expertise. However, finding time for professional enrichment can be challenging, especially with busy schedules and the need to balance work and personal commitments. That’s why when OGC Management approached us to lead the Professional Development Committee (PDC), we knew we couldn’t pass up the opportunity.

The PDC’s mission is to provide skills-based programming to OGC staff. As a staff-led committee, it offers employees the chance to gain exposure to the organization through participation and leadership, as well as access to professional development opportunities. We are excited to chair this cross-cutting, interdisciplinary group and help others find the same development opportunities we were seeking for ourselves.

The PDC’s first event of 2024 will feature a discussion with SCOTUSblog reporter Amy Howe. She will share her career journey from attorney to journalist, her insights on the inner workings of the Supreme Court, and advice for attorneys practicing appellate advocacy. We are thrilled to have Amy as our speaker and are confident that her discussion on the Court’s trends and current operations will be highly informative.

Looking ahead, the PDC has planned a series of brown bag sessions with various OGC offices and bureaus, revamped onboarding processes, and competitive and entertaining Trivia Nights. We are excited about the year ahead and the opportunities for professional growth and development that the PDC will provide.

At OGC, leadership recognizes the importance of professional development for its staff. It is one of the many reasons why the Department of Commerce’s OGC is a sought-after workplace for lawyers and paraprofessionals. If you are interested in learning more about OGC, employment opportunities, or submitting a resume, please visit our website.

We look forward to seeing you at our events and helping you advance your professional development at OGC.  

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