Alumni Discuss Financial Indices, Environmental Law, and Medical Malpractice With Externs

Posted on Friday 2/9/2018
Eileen Millett L'74

Externships offer College of Law students opportunities to gain real-world legal experience, explore different areas of the law, understand potential career paths, engage with alumni, and build professional networks. In late January and early February 2018, students heard from New York City and Central New York alumni about how the "Power of Orange" helped developed their successful careers. 

As part of the New York City Externship Program (NYCEx), Alex Matturri L’83, CEO of S&P Down Jones Indices, hosted externs in the beautiful 55 Water Street offices of S&P Global. Matturi, also the Founding Board Member of the Index Industry Association, provided students with an overview of financial indices, global indexing trends, the role of intellectual property licensing at S&P Dow Jones Indices, and a summary of his fascinating career path in asset management and the index industry.

In late January, Eileen Millett L’74, a Partner at Phillips Nizer, served as a guest lecturer for the NYCEx program, summarizing for the students the history and development of environmental law. Millett—a former general counsel in the Interstate Environmental Commission and former Staff Counsel to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation—then joined the students at the NYSBA Constance Baker Motley Diversity and Inclusion Symposium, where Director of Externship Programs Kim Wolf Price L’03 served as a panelist and conversation moderator. Millett and the externs also attended the Diversity in the Bar reception after the symposium.

The Central New York Externship Program (NYEx) spans from the cities of Rochester to Binghamton. These externs heard from Syracuse-based Michelle Billington L’13, Environmental Law Associate Attorney at Bond, Schoeneck & King PLLC, who spoke to the NYEx students about both her career in environmental law and the planning and effort that goes into developing a rewarding legal career. Paul Lyons L'09, an Associate at Bottar Law PLLC, discussed his practice in medical malpractice and personal injury law. He also talked with them about developing practical skills as a young attorney and about "finding your own voice".