Monday, October 13, 2014

          Alumni Host Networking Dinners to Inspire and Connect with Students

          ASUCH organizes 50+ events each year and is looking to matchmake between alumni and students for career opportunities.
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          A recent Six@Six dinner hosted by Basil Plastiras '75, at top right.

          A partnership between UC Hastings Alumni Association’s Board of Governors and ASUCH, 6@6 pairs alumni with small groups of current students for mentoring and career exploration.

          During these intimate social gatherings of six students held around 6:00 p.m., students can ask alumni for their unvarnished views about the practice of law, and alumni are able take the pulse of the current student population.

          2L Nicolas Kerr, in his role as External Vice President of ASUCH, is responsible for managing the 6@6 program this year. Kerr sees his role as “trying to help bridge the connection between two groups of peoplestudents and alumniwho are very busy.” Events range from home-served meals to tennis matches and restaurant dinners. The alumni hosts pick up the tab at the end of the night.

          While the events are extremely successfulmore than 60 alumni hosted and 350 students attended approximately 50 events during the 2013-2014 academic yearKerr would like to take the program to the next level. His goals are threefold: to raise awareness of the program with current students and alumni, streamline the processes for organizing the events, and increase the number of gatherings. “I’d like to expand the program beyond the Board of Governors, which is our primary feeder for alumni hosts, to alumni who may not be as familiar with the 6@6 initiative, but who would be happy to participate if asked,” said Kerr.

          Simona Agnolucci ’06 and her husband, Elias Batchelder ’06, recently hosted a 6@6 dinner at their home. “We were inspired by the students’ enthusiasm for the careers they were about to embark on. We think the students appreciated candid advice from me about careers in private practice and from my husband about his work representing inmates on California’s death row. It was a great experience for everyone,” remarked Agnolucci.

          While students are generally selected at random after they bid on an event, Nico and his team of five ASUCH representatives have added an element of matchmaking to the process. “This year, we’re trying to group together students who are like-minded in their career focus. We’re asking alumni to specify what kind of students they’d like to meet, whether it be class level or practice area interest, so we can help to ensure that the host and the students have a dynamic conversation,” Kerr said.

          Basil Plastiras ’75 has participated in the 6@6 program for several years. “I draw tremendous energy from the law students. They inspire me in my practice and leave me grateful for the opportunities a legal education offers,” said Plastiras, who enjoys playing a role in helping the students settle on their career paths.  

          The 6@6 program is open to all UC Hastings students. To view the slate of gatherings and bid on an upcoming event, click here.

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