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Paths to Success

Alumni find satisfaction in diverse workplaces.


Rhona Silverbush ’92
1-2-3 Eyes on Her: She’s co-author of the Terrific Toddlers books, including Potty!, New Baby!, and Time to Go! The series has drawn the attention of early childhood initiatives, such as the Clinton Foundation’s Too Small to Fail, the National Diaper Bank Network, and the National Black Child Development Institute. Inspiration: Her son, Jack, now 17. “Seeing the world through his toddler eyes led us to start the series with Bye-Bye!, inspired by his misery at separating from me.” As Luck Would Have It: She also writes for adults: she’s co-author of Speak the Speech! Shakespeare’s Monologues Illuminated, and coaches actors portraying the Bard’s characters. “I keep switching professional hats throughout the day. All creative, all very satisfying.”

Jennifer Moss ’01
Lead by Example: For those thinking about transitioning from firm practice to other legal sector roles, she’s done it herself: from practicing in New York, Paris, and Boston to staying home with kids to re-entering the workforce as a legal recruiter for Major, Lindsey & Africa. Lessons Learned: “My years of practicing law inform my approach to recruiting every day. My advice is to work with a great recruiter for law firm opportunities and leverage your network when seeking a non-firm position.” Helping Hand: “Making a lateral move can be stressful. I help my candidates every step of the way, which might be talking at all hours, dropping off snacks while they complete their business plans, or answering their spouses’ questions. Building relationships in this way is one of my favorite things about what I do.”

Branden Brooks ’08
It’s About the Journey: Since graduating, he’s written for GQ, worked as a child advocate, became a prosecutor, and is now an associate with Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice in St. Louis. “The trick is to be ambitious and find transferable skills that will allow you to change career paths. I never wanted to look back on my life and wonder what if I never tried something.” Firmly Focused: “What I like best about my current firm is that the path to success is already laid out. You do not have to reinvent the wheel, just follow the path. Public interest jobs have a lot more twists and turns, where firm jobs are very linear.”

Palash Gupta ’08
Global Go-Getter: As a partner and head of international arbitration at Jerome Merchant+Partners, based in Mumbai and Singapore, he’s building cross-border business that relies on his years of dispute and arbitration experience in Boston, New Delhi, and Singapore. On the Fast Track: “Business in Asia is growing at a remarkable pace. The mix of growth, cultures, expectations, and demand for good quality, price-effective services is high.” Fruitful Forays: “Interacting with people of different cultures, going to new places, and trying out different types of food all contribute to making international practice so exciting. I had a client from Dallas who came to Singapore to set up a company and all he wanted to do after work was to get chili lobsters and durian.”