An Open Letter to Mitchell Alumni

Category: Job Market Tags: October 6, 2011 @ 9:11 pm

As we all know, the new economy has dramatically changed the legal landscape, particularly in the area of job opportunities for new law school graduates. This is true for William Mitchell students and graduates as much as it is for others.  However, one major advantage at Mitchell is our incredible group of alumni, over 11,000 strong. Our Alumni Association is leveraging this Mitchell advantage for our students and graduates through the Hachey Initiative. This Initiative is named after the late Judge Ron Hachey, a 1943 graduate who gave so much of himself to Mitchell and touched the lives of every Mitchell student he met. The Hachey Initiative carries on his tradition of truly caring about our students.

Our goal is simple—connecting our alumni to recent graduates and current students to help them network as they seek job opportunities in this tough economy.  Who you know makes a difference—we want to help them “get to know” our alumni.

Our “ask” is simple—take a recent graduate or student to an association or bar event in your area of practice, to get them involved and to meet people who can help them. Sign up at and we’ll contact you to get more details. We’ll then get you connected with a student or recent graduate to go with you to the meeting or event.

We are proud of the impact that the Hachey Initiative has already had, but we need more alumni to get involved so that we can really make a difference.

If you’d like to learn more about the Hachey Initiative or if you already have an idea for how you’d like to help, please e-mail our Hachey Initiative student coordinators, Liliya Donovan and Courtney Lawrence, at

Thank you in advance for your support.

John Degnan ’76
President, William Mitchell Alumni Board