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    Washington, D.C. Area Alumni Chapter

    2009-2010 Academic Year

    The Washington, D.C. Area Alumni Chapter seeks to attract participation from the over 150 McGeorge alums located in the District of Columbia,

    Virginia, and Maryland. The Chapter organizes several social events throughout

    the year, assists McGeorge students in obtaining summer employment in the

    area, and assists McGeorge graduates in obtaining employment following

    graduation. The Chapter also seeks to raise McGeorge’s visibility throughout

    the area and to increase goodwill towards and donations to the school.

     The Washington, D.C. Area Alumni Chapter is a resource to current and

    former McGeorge students. Over the last two summers, the Chapter has

    offered information and guidance to McGeorge students summering in the area

    and the Chapter’s capacity in this regard is growing. Similarly, the Chapter has

    offered guidance to students hoping to work in the D.C. area and the Chapter is

    working hard to improve its success rate in placing students.

    For Students Seeking Summer Employment:

* Start early, start early, start early!

    * Decide whether you are able to accept a non-paying internship with a local

    alum in your possible practice area

    * Decide whether you may enjoy a government position

    * Look online for positions and application deadlines

    * Work with the school and the DC chapter to call upon McGeorge contacts

    * Decide what your housing budget will be and where you want to live (many

    local law and undergraduate schools offer summer housing (packets available

    from Kevin Hennessey))

    * Decide your start and end dates

    * Find other McGeorge summers, attend the social events, locate local alums in

    your possible practice area

    * Contact the CDO regarding Matsui Scholarship opportunities

    McGeorge Students Who Interned In The Washington, D.C. Area

    Summer Position McGeorge Student Year

    Design Registration League Theresa Esquerra 2007

    Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims in the Paula Gluzman 2007 Chambers of the Honorable Judge Lawrence B.

    Hagel

    Department of Homeland Security - FEMA, Jennifer Plescia 2007 Office of Chief Counsel - Litigation Department

    American Rights at Work Kelli Black 2008

    Fair Vote Sarah Dansereau 2008

    National Naval Medical Center Cynthia Grande 2008

    Millenium Challenge Corporation Megan Herberger 2008 Office of the Solicitor, Department of the Interior, Scott Keefe 2008

    Land and Water Division

    U.S. Air Force Jeremy West 2008

    For Recent Graduates And Those Seeking Long-Term Employment: * Start early, start early, start early!

    * Work with the school and the DC chapter to call upon McGeorge contacts

    * Prepare an error-free resume and forward it to Mr. Gustavo Matheus. Mr. Matheus will

    distribute it to local alums who may be able to assist with placement

Current D.C. Alumni Chapter Co-Chairs:

Kevin Hennessy 96 Evening

    Born in Long Island, New York. Received a B.S. in Economics with majors in Accounting

    and Finance from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania in 1985. After receiving

    his J.D. from McGeorge in 1996, Kevin obtained an LL.M. in taxation from Georgetown

    University Law Center in May of 2004. Since 2004, Kevin has been the Director of Tax at

    Feld Entertainment, the largest producers and presenters of live family entertainment in the

    world, including Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey circus “The Greatest Show on Earth” and “Disney on Ice.” Prior to that, Kevin worked at MCI Communications for

    fourteen years at various locations, including Washington, D.C., New York , and Sacramento,

    where he worked in various federal, state, and local tax areas. Kevin started his career at

    Price Waterhouse in Washington, D.C.

    To contact Kevin: 202-251-6603 (cell) or khennessyxo@aol.com

Gustavo Matheus 96 Day

    Born in Venezuela and raised in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. Gustavo obtained

    a B.A. in Biological Sciences from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in 1990.

    After graduation, he worked in the field of molecular biology at the Johns Hopkins School

    of Hygiene and Public Health and was subsequently employed as a science writer by

    Prospect Associates, a contractor with the National Cancer Institute. Since 1998, Gustavo

    has been in solo practice, representing hospitals, physicians, and allied healthcare providers in first- and third-party collections, and with issues involving compliance and contract

    negotiations. Gustavo has also been general counsel to several businesses. Prior to opening his law firm, Gustavo worked as support staff at a lobbying firm in Washington, D.C. and

    later graduated from the United States Marine Corps Office Candidate School in Quantico,

    Virginia. His next chapters include teaching and writing.

    Gustavo may be reached at 240-447-8550 (mobile) or by email at

    gustavo@legalhealth.com.

Shakira D. Pleasant ’04 Evening

    Born and raised in Sacramento, California, Shakira earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in

    Political Science from California State University, Chico before attending Pacific-McGeorge

    from 2000-2004. She moved to the Washington, D.C. area shortly after graduating from

    Pacific-McGeorge and currently resides in the District of Columbia. Shakira is employed as

    an Assistant Attorney General with the D.C. Office of the Attorney General, Office of the

    General Counsel for the Department on Disability Services. She formerly served in the

    Office of the General Counsel for the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory

    Affairs. Her legal practice is in the area of administrative law with a focus on disability law.

    Shakira also has prior experience in the areas of land use litigation, civil and criminal law,

    appellate and civil rights law.

    Shakira may be reached by email at shakira.pleasant@dc.gov (work e