Office of Career Planning Weekly Events

Have you logged into your new Symplicity account yet?

Valparaiso Law is excited to share the new Symplicity system for assisting students with career development and opportunities. Over the course of the summer students will receive a number of communications about how to use Symplicity and its many helpful features. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Career Planning at (219) 465-7814 or

Summer Mock Interview Opportunity

Are you interested in setting up a summer mock interview at the office of an attorney who practices in a geographic or legal area of interest to you? If so, please contact your assigned Career Planning Adviser directly or call (219) 465-7814.

Sign Up for PILI’s Education Sessions

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Are you a recent graduate or law student intern in the Chicago area this summer? You’re invited to attend the Public Interest Law Initiative’s 2014 Summer Educational Series, a series of weekly seminars about substantive law topics related to public interest law, as well as career development issues for attorneys interested in legal aid and pro bono.

For those serving in an Internship or Fellowship outside of Chicago or during the school year, PILI also webcasts most of our seminars through and maintains an online archive of past seminars.

If you’re having trouble signing up for updates or if you have any questions, please contact PILI’s Outreach & Education Manager, Katie Pieper.

Mark your calendar and register for the first two presentations:

• Writing for Public Interest Lawyers

June 10, 11:45 a.m., at DePaul University – College of Law

This seminar features specific strategies for writing clear, concise legal documents, whether briefs, memos, or letters. Learn to eliminate common writing weaknesses on various levels.

• Legal Protections for Chicago’s Homeless

June 19, 11:45 a.m., at DePaul University – College of Law

Speakers during this seminar will update attendee’s on the legal issues, existing laws and needed protections of Chicago’s homeless population. Stay tuned for more details!

Summer Kick-Off – Are you from St. Joseph County or working there this summer?

Consider attending the Summer Kick Off sponsored by the New Lawyer Committee of the St. Joseph County Bar Association.

When – Thursday, June 12, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Where – Parisi’s Ristorante Italiano

1412 S. Bend Avenue, South Bend, IN

To RSVP -Please click here to register here now!

Questions can be directed to Mike Misch at

Etiquette Tips of the Week

Punctuation for Your Salutation

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When writing a business letter or business email, begin with the “salutation.”  When should you use a colon and when should you use a comma in a salutation?

With a formal business letter or email, especially when contacting someone you don’t know, use a colon.

Dear Ms. Honeybun:

With people who are more familiar to you, you may use a colon or a comma.

Dear Mr. Sugarpie, or Dear John,

Dear Mr. Sugarpie: or Dear John:

Even less formal:

Hi, Lambchop, or Hello, Lambchop,

Lambchop  —

With people who are completely unfamiliar:

To The Consumer Affairs Department:

Always try to find the name of the person you are trying to reach.  Avoid, “To whom it may concern.”  It may not concern anyone.

The Three Most Commonly-Made Smartphone Faux Pas

  1. Using your smartphone during meetings and business meals.
  1. Making more eye contact with your device than with people in elevators and other common areas.
  1. Reacting to messages as they are received rather than responding to them periodically.

Manage your smartphone communication rather than letting it control you!