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Being in the World: Law Career Panel
January 31, 2024 | 6:00PM – 7:00PM PT
Considering a career in law after earning your Philosophy degree? Join us for a virtual career panel discussion and Q&A with UCLA Philosophy alumni who have built successful careers in the field of law!
Laura Neacato, Matthew Snider, and Ed Wunch will discuss their careers as attorneys in a broad range of fields and answer any questions you might have about pursuing a career in law.
Find out what our alumni are doing now and how they got there. Walk away with real-world advice for how to approach your post-grad career.
Meet the Speakers
Laura Neacato, Associate Attorney, Delfino Madden O’Malley Coyle Koewler
Laura Neacato is an associate attorney at Delfino Madden O’Malley Coyle & Koewler LLP. Prior to joining private practice, Laura clerked for the Honorable Gregory G. Hollows (Ret.) (2022-2019) and the Honorable Allison Claire (2019-2017) of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California. Prior to her federal clerkships, Laura worked with California Indian tribes as a California Bar Foundation Fellow (now ChangeLawyers) with California Indian Legal Services. Laura maintains an active pro bono practice with the Eastern District of California’s Pro Bono Panel where she assists prisoners in their habeas corpus appeals.
Laura Neacato earned her B.A. in philosophy from the University of California, Los Angeles. She received her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law with an International & Comparative Law Certificate. Laura is the current Secretary for the Federal Bar Association, Sacramento Chapter. She also serves on the Executive Committee for the Milton L. Schwartz/Levi American Inn of Court in Davis, California.
Matthew Snider, Associate Attorney, Winston & Strawn LLP
Matt transferred to UCLA after a brief collegiate baseball stint at Azusa Pacific University and Cabrillo College in Santa Cruz County. He earned his B.A. in philosophy from UCLA in 2017 and his J.D. from Tulane University in 2023. Matt is a litigation associate attorney at Winston & Strawn LLP in downtown Los Angeles, where he works on a range of business litigation matters in trial and appellate courts. Over the next few years, he will clerk for federal trial and appellate judges in consecutive terms. As a young attorney, Matt hopes to continue developing his practice and sharpening his writing abilities, building on the stellar philosophy education he received in Dodd Hall.
Ed Wunch, Criminal Justice Debt Attorney, Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma
Ed Wunch is the Criminal Justice Debt Attorney with Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma, Inc. (LASO), where he has served indigent Oklahomans since 2016. Mr. Wunch represents individuals in District (County) and Municipal Courts across Oklahoma regarding their fines and fees related to prior criminal cases. He has appeared before more than 30 courts across the state defending clients unable to pay fines and fees. Mr. Wunch also provides training to judges and attorneys on these issues and consults with national organizations working on fines and fees advocacy and reforms. Additionally, Mr. Wunch chairs the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Law Day Committee, which coordinates education and pro bono service for the public around May 1 every year. Mr. Wunch has received multiple awards from the OBA for his Law Day work. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from UCLA with a B.A. in Philosophy in 2010 and earned his J.D. from UC Irvine in 2013.
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