The fun and festivities of National Library Week may be over, but students are still buzzing about the dynamic presentation of Ari L. Kaplan, author of The Opportunity Maker: Strategies for Inspiring Your Legal Career Through Creative Networking and Business Development. Co-sponsored by the Charlotte Law Library and the CSL Center for Professional Development, the program by Kaplan about discovering ways to find opportunity in a faltering economy provided one of the highlights of National Library Week. A veteran practitioner and speaker, Mr. Kaplan has given presentations at dozens of law schools coast to coast, including Harvard Law School and Stanford Law School. Utilizing humor and audience interaction, Kaplan delivered a program that inspired and motivated the CSL students in attendance. He also challenged the audience to think in unconventional and creative ways to unlock the hidden potential each person has to offer.
Kaplan offered practical and enriching advice for networking and encouragement to all the students looking for career opportunities. He stressed the importance of both listening and being a good storyteller. Emphasizing the need to develop good relationships and good reputations, Kaplan provided sound strategies to accomplish both goals.
“I thought the presentation was dynamic and interesting. I really liked the unconventional approaches and thoughts presented concerning future employment. I found the presentation very effective in placing a human face and interest based approach to employment. My previous thoughts of employment searching have been enriched and deepened.” – Paul Jusseaume
“I thought Mr. Kaplan was enjoyable and informative. He had great ideas about networking that I don’t think I would have thought of on my own. His presentation was informative and captivating. He uses humor and interaction with the audience to keep the group involved. On a side note: Mr. Kaplan is a great example of a career opportunity for an individual with a J.D. that does not involve actually practicing law. I’m sure there are plenty of people that will use their degree for more than the courtroom and he seems to be a successful example of this.” – Josh Ortega
-Mary Susan Lucas-