10 Reasons Students Pick the University of Virginia School of Law

In a recent article, students explained ten reasons that they chose the Law and Business Program at the University of Virginia School of Law. Here are a few of the reasons:

The director of the program, Andrew Vollmer, served at the as deputy general counsel at the Securities and Exchange Commission from 2006 to early 2009. He brings a great deal of experience to his position and students appreciate being among giants of this sort.

Other faculty members also teach from their real world experiences. This includes George Yin, Paul Mahoney, Jim Donovan, Ned Kelly and others. Jim Donovan, for instance, is a managing director of Goldman Sachs and brings his real business experience to his students. So does Paul Mahoney, one of the country’s experts on securities regulation.

Alumni actually run Fortune 500 companies; they aren’t just working at them. Many of the UVA Law alumni are general counsel to companies and lead established corporations.
Read the whole story and see the other seven reasons.

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Jose Manuel Barroso Hired by Goldman Sachs

Goldman Sachs, where James Donovan is a partner, has hired Jose Manuel Barroso. Barroso is the former European Commission president and also the former prime minister of Portugal. He will be an adviser and non-executive chairman for the Goldman Sachs International arm.

As Michael Sherwood and Richard J. Gnodde, the co-chief executives of Goldman Sachs International said in a news release,

“José Manuel brings immense insights and experience to Goldman Sachs, including a deep understanding of Europe. We look forward to working with him as we continue to help our clients navigate the challenging and uncertain economic and market environment.”

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Working With Clients is a Learned Skill Says Donovan

Certainly, new lawyers can learn a great deal from those who have been in the field for a long time. James Donovan, partner at Goldman Sachs and University of Virginia School of Law Adjunct Professor, can offer such advice. The first thing that he advises is that new workers “put aside your ego, and be an open book.” He says that covering clients isn’t something that is innate. Many people look around an office and assume that others have a natural skill that they may not posses. But James Donovan is saying that this isn’t true and that learning to work with clients is a learned skill.

Therefore, he recommends that people who are new in a law office should find a mentor. They should find someone from whom they can learn the ropes and learn how to work well with clients.

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James Donovan: Effective Client Relationships

Watch the Goldman Sachs managing director and UVA Law adjunct professor Jim Donovan share his insights about how to be an effective manager and how to cultivate client relationships. This was part of a talk that he gave which was sponsored by the Career Services Office at the UVA Law school on October 4, 2013.

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James Donovan Speaks at the UVA School of Law

Listen to Goldman Sachs managing director and UVA Law adjunct professor Jim Donovan sharing insights about effective management and cultivating client relationships. This is a talk he gave sponsored by the Career Services Office at the UVA School of Law.

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Great Activities Today At the University of Virginia School of Law

There is always something new happening at the University of Virginia School of Law, where Jim Donovan is an adjunct professor, and today is no different. Early this morning there is a unique activity from the Virginia Animal Law Society. It’s the Virginia Animal Law Society Paw Review where students and faculty can submit pet pictures and be part of a contest. Donations will be given to local companion animal charities. AT 11am they are having a Westlaw Cost Effective Training session about training for your summer job. Then, at 12 there is a lecture about The Fate of Net Neutrality.

During the lunch hour, there will be a WilmerHale Lunch Event and at 3:45 they will have a Conversation With “Making a Murderer” Attorney Dean Strang ’85. At 5pm there will be a Virginia Law Women “Women in Big Law” Panel and at 6:30 they will have a Virginia Law Women “Women in Big Law” Reception.

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New Funding for the NINDS National Career Development Program

Every single day something new and innovative is taking place at the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH), where James Donovan is on the board. They recently announced that the Congress of Neurological Surgeons has contributed $200,000 in funding to a NINDS national career development program.

The NINDS national program offers two years of funding for a clinical-research career for neurosurgeons who have unique clinical and research skills. These are surgeons who are being identified as the next generation of neurosurgical leaders. Learn more about the program and who has been selected.

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Supporting Cancer Research

James Donovan explains that he dealt with his grief over the cancer death of a friend by getting involved. Feeling helpless after his friend died, Donovan said that he decided to use his business and finance background to help. As he said, “Today I serve on the Board of Trustees of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health Board of Directors. I am a member of The Lank Center for Genitourinary Oncology, and my wife and I established the Christy and Jim Donovan Fund for Prostate Cancer Research at Dana-Farber. I also co-host an annual breakfast fundraiser for the Institute; these gifts provided critical support to Mission Possible: The Dana Farber Campaign to Conquer Cancer.”

He explained that this process helped him to deal with his grief. He continued to say, “I realized it takes much more than doctors in the operating room and researchers in the lab. It takes regular people devoting their time, talents, and resources, whatever those may be, to champion the cause. I’m thankful I can use my business and financial background to support organizations dedicated to cancer research. I’m also an avid runner, so I also participate in road races to raise money. And, as corny as it may sound, I think of my friend when I run, and I really do feel as though I’m running towards the cure.”

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Turning Towards Finance

In an article for Harvard Law, James Donovan urges students to think about other avenues besides law as they finish their degrees. Having used his law degree very successfully in the business and finance world, he offers his expertise to others.

As he said, “But I still worry that too many [students] at law schools, including Harvard, don’t look at all their options. They’re just assuming they have to practice law and they don’t look at finance.”

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Recent Lecture by James Donovan

As an adjunct professor in the School of Law at the University of Virginia, James Donovan helps students to think about their futures. In this recent lecture from November 6, 2015, James Donovan, the Goldman Sachs managing director, shares insights and advice to the law students.

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