Bruce Elvin '93 accepts position as Assistant Dean for Career Services
Elvin comes to Duke from a position as a consulting associate at Heidrick & Struggles, an executive recruiting firm in New York City. Through the work of helping law firms grow, as well as finding the right lawyers to fill new jobs, Elvin came to realize that many young lawyers and law students lack direction for their careers. He hopes to help Duke Law students find that direction. "Even a little bit of guidance can make a big difference," he said. "The key is to know yourself and your values. Then you are more likely to choose the kind of career you'll enjoy. If you're naturally engaged in your work, you will excel."
Following graduation from Duke Law, Elvin worked at the University of Munich, Germany, for two years in the areas of finance and tax law. He then worked for two major international law firms in New York, Baker & McKenzie and later White & Case, for close to four years. He subsequently worked in a business role at two high-tech firms, including JumpStart Wireless, a developing software company.
Elvin pursued a position at Duke Law because of his positive experiences as a student and later as a participant in various activities at the School, such as the Directors' Education Institute. "I believe in the values and the culture of the School," he said. "It's a very collaborative environment and a very open environment between and among students and faculty."
Dean Katharine Bartlett finds Elvin is a perfect fit for the job. "Bruce brings everything we were looking for in a new career services director," she notes. "He is one of our graduates who knows the Duke system well. He brings a commitment to the values of professionalism and personal growth that is becoming the hallmark of a Duke law education. He knows the major law firm markets and he brings special expertise to cultivating opportunities for our students wishing to practice abroad, and for our students from abroad seeking to practice for a year or two in the United States. He sees the potential in a continuing relationship with our outgoing dean of career services, Bob Smith, for the provision of placement services to our graduates and law firms who hire our graduates. Bruce is enthusiastic, knowledgeable, creative and ambitious. I am delighted he has agreed to join the Duke Law School administrative team."