By Maysa Eissa, Esq. Associate Director of Career Services
Lucy Arnold a May 2013 grad will begin her legal career with the San Diego office of Duane Morris LLP. Duane Morris LLP, based in Philadelphia, PA, is an AmLaw Top 100 international law firm comprised of more than 750 attorneys in 24 offices across the nation and overseas. International offices are located in Hanoi, Singapore, Vietnam, Oman and London. Currently, Lucy serves as the firm’s HR Transactional Specialist. In this role, she provides HR guidance to clients and drafts all employment-related documents for the attorneys. She is also the go-to person for California compliant employee handbooks. Upon passing the California Bar Exam, Lucy will transition to an Associate position in the firm’s Employment Law group, where she will be focusing on both transactional and litigation matters.
Prior to beginning her legal studies, Lucy earned a degree in Sociology at UC San Diego. Upon receiving her undergraduate degree, she started a family and began a career in human resources. Immediately prior to law school, Lucy worked at Cymer, a large San Diego-based semiconductor company as an HR analyst. She also worked for several years as an HR representative in both the biotech and manufacturing fields. Lucy soon realized that the most fascinating aspects of HR were the legal issues that came across her desk, and this inspired her to pursue a legal career. While working towards her law degree, Lucy continued to work full-time at Cymer and then transitioned to Duane Morris LLP as the firm’s HR Transactional Specialist in November 2011. She has been with the firm since then and was thrilled to receive a post-grad associate offer. She will be taking this summer to study for the bar exam and will return to the firm in mid-August after a well-deserved cruise throughout Scandinavia, with stops in Germany and Russia as well.
“I want to thank Thomas Jefferson School of Law for keeping its promise that I would not have to quit my day job in order to gain legal experience,” said Lucy. “I could not be more excited to work at such an amazing firm with such talented, thoughtful and humble attorneys. Duane Morris LLP is all I could have hoped for in terms of securing my dream job.”