Center for Professional Development Changes

To better prepare students for careers in the legal field and meet the needs of the legal community, Seattle University School of Law has revamped its career services division and named a new director.

Now the Center for Professional Development, the office will provide all students with the tools and coaching they need for success after graduation; increase opportunities for work-related experience as students; strengthen and expand relationships with alumni to increase networking opportunities; and enhance and create connections with employers in the local area, the state, and major domestic and international cities. Further, the center will feature expanded programming in such areas as leadership and business development to assist students in their growth as ethical leaders devoted to justice and the common good.

Shawn Lipton, who has served as interim director, has been named director of the center after an extensive national search.

“Shawn stood out among an impressive group of candidates as our top choice to lead an aggressive expansion of the career-related support that we provide to students and alumni,” Dean Kellye Testy said.

Lipton will be building on the impressive work he started as interim director as the law school accelerates an ambitious transformation of the department that will broaden the scope of services. He started the Continuing Legal Education program at the law school and was director of the program for four years before starting his own Chinese language, culture and business etiquette education company. He is a graduate of University of Connecticut School of Law.

Details from "Triumvirate," by William Morris Robinson