Shauna knows what it takes for lawyers to build successful careers.
Shauna C. Bryce, Esq. is the founder and principal of Bryce Legal, a career coaching and résumé writing boutique exclusively for lawyers.
With more than 20 years in law and legal hiring and degrees from Harvard Law School and The Johns Hopkins University, Shauna is a nationally recognized expert in professional development, career development, career transition, social media, and résumés for lawyers. As a former practicing attorney and member of an AmLaw 200 law firm hiring committee, she knows what it takes for lawyers to build successful careers. She’s worked with some of the nation’s top attorneys—at places like Global 100 law firms and companies, Google, DreamWorks, Major League Baseball, the U.S. Supreme Court, and the White House.
Shauna helps and advises attorneys—and aspiring attorneys—at every stage of their legal careers:
- Maximizing their law school experience and ability to win legal or law-related employment at graduation
- Defining and achieving individual career goals
- Creating and seizing opportunities, both short-term job and long-term career development opportunities
- Returning to law practice after personal hiatus or work in other fields
- Transitioning among practice areas or sectors (law firm to in-house, military to civilian, government to private, etc.)
- Preparing for career advancement and transitioning to leadership roles
- Downshifting or designing a fulfilling retirement
Shauna’s mission is simple: helping lawyers get jobs and build careers. To execute this mission, she has developed deep and broad knowledge of the peculiarities of the legal industry, including legal hiring, workplaces, and the challenges facing today’s attorneys. Her work with attorneys emphasizes:
- Access to world-class career services for every lawyer and law student
- Balance of short-term job needs with long-term career goals
- Incorporation of employers’ perspective on hiring and career advancement
- Practical advice taking into account each lawyer’s needs, experiences, abilities, and goals
- Individually-crafted solutions rooted in client and marketplace realities, as well as battle-tested career strategies
Shauna encourages attorneys to look beyond traditional prestige-based definitions of success in order to pursue their own definitions of success—incorporating personal factors like fulfillment and happiness.
Background in Law and Legal Hiring
Shauna C. Bryce has been a lawyer in an AmLaw 100 firm, an AmLaw 200 firm, and in a corporate legal department.
She graduated with honors from The Johns Hopkins University (BA, 1993) before attending Harvard Law School (JD, 1996). Among other honors, she was an editor on the Harvard International Law Journal and a research associate for Research Assistant for the late Hon. A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., former Chief Judge of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals who was then a professor at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
After law school graduation, Shauna began practicing law in the Manhattan flagship office of the AmLaw 100 international law firm Paul Weiss. After moving from New York to New Jersey, Shauna joined the commercial litigation department of the AmLaw 200 law firm Sills Cummis. At Sills, she represented Fortune 500 multinationals, regional companies, and state businesses before federal and state courts. Shauna also worked on trademark and other intellectual property litigation, commercial contract disputes, and medical device and product liability matters. In addition to the law firms of Paul Weiss and Sills Cummis, Shauna spent nearly two years in a regulated utility before being asked to return to Sills as the lead associate on a pharmaceutical manufacturer’s national defense team. That mass tort grew to a federal multi-district litigation with parallel state court actions in more than a dozen states nationwide. As part of that litigation, Shauna served on joint defense committees with lawyers representing co-defendant global manufacturers.
At Sills, Shauna sat on several law firm management committees—including the technology committee and the hiring committee. She reviewed countless résumés, conducted interviews, participated in hiring decision-making, and mentored associates and legal staff. Organically, she became a career confidante of partners, associates, and staff across a range of on-the-job and career-related issues, like:
- Changing practice areas
- Delegating work
- Managing difficult partner and client personalities
- Accepting constructive criticism without falling prey to imposter syndrome
- Learning to say “no” and define limits
- Having difficult conversations
- Navigating office politics and workplace relationships
- Managing reputations and perceptions
- Recruiting and retaining minority lawyers
- Deciding among career opportunities
- Securing quality work assignments
- Building relationships with targeted partners
- Developing technical legal skills
After these closed door sessions, Shauna was often told by law firm partners, associates, and staff alike: “This was great,” “I feel so much better,” “This was like therapy,” and “You should do this for a living.” Going into legal careers was an easy decision when she stepped off the partnership track.
She started formally working on the careers-side by becoming a Certified Professional Résumé Writer (CPRW) and by interviewing more than 150 attorneys nationwide to learn more about employers’ expectations in the hiring process, as well as how prospective candidates can meet—and exceed—those expectations. This research was the foundation for Shauna’s first book, the acclaimed “How To Get A Legal Job: A Guide for New Attorneys and Law School Students.”
Since then, How To Get A Legal Job® has since expanded into a series. Shauna’s LexisNexis webinars and her expert advice column in Bloomberg Law and the American Bar Association have been made available to nearly every law school and law student in the country. She’s been featured in news, publications, or events with Harvard Law School, PennLaw, Forbes, Fortune, National Association of Women Lawyers, Law360, U.S. News & World Reports, and many others. Her roles have included job search and career development coach, legal résumé writer, author, columnist, blogger, speaker, trainer, alumni leader, and board member for nonprofits devoted to best practices for career professionals.
One thing that hasn’t changed over the years: Offering clients lessons learned from an ever-expanding network of attorneys across sectors and industries—in addition to her own experiences and expertise—remains a founding principle of Shauna’s work.
Sample Board Memberships and Affiliations
Shauna has been a leader in and member of a variety of associations, including numerous Harvard and Johns Hopkins alumni and affinity groups.
Career and HR Associations
- Past President and Executive Board Member, former Ethics Chair, national conference speaker, national conference workshop presenter, and 2x teleseminar presenter for The National Résumé Writers’ Association (The NRWA)
- Former Board Member and Secretary, and annual conference speaker for the Maryland Career Development Association (MCDA)
- Legal Résumé Expert for The NRWA’s Expert Corner (renamed Ask a Colleague)
- Career Directors International’s (CDI) Expert in Legal Résumés
Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
National Career Development Association (NCDA)
Career Thought Leaders (CTL)
Professional Association of Résumé Writers & Career Coaches (PARW/CC)
Bar Associations and Affiliations
- National Association for Law Placement (NALP)
- National Bar Association (NBA)
- National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL)
- Corporate Counsel Women of Color (CCWC)
- National Legal Mentoring Consortium (NLMC)
- and state and local bar associations in DC, MD, NJ, and NY
Bar and Court Admissions (Inactive)
- New York, New Jersey, Maryland, and DC bars
- U.S. District Courts for EDNY, SDNY, DNJ, and DC
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Author of the How To Get A Legal Job® series and other books:
- LinkedIn® for Lawyers and Law Students: Profiles, Job Search, Networking, Ethics, and Etiquette (update expected 2018)
- The 3-Step Secret to Landing Your Next Job Faster (with Charlotte Weeks)
- Writing Samples for New Lawyers and Law Students: Proving Your Research, Analysis, and Advocacy Skills
- Reference Checks for New Lawyers and Law Students: An Essential Tool for Getting a Job in the Early Stages of a Legal Career
- Networking Cards for New Lawyers and Law Students: A 30-Minute Investment That Enables You to Market Yourself and Network Effectively
- How To Get A Legal Job: A Guide for New Attorneys and Law School Students (update expected 2018)
- How To Get A Legal Job: A Guide for New Attorneys and Law School Students—Outtakes! (update expected 2018)
Speaking Engagements, Presentations, Panels, and Events
Moderator. “How to Make the Most Out of Your End of the Year Performance Evaluation When Meeting with Senior Management,” Corporate Counsel Women of Color (CCWC) 14th Annual Career Strategies Conference, full day pre-con General Counsel Training and MBA for Lawyers, New York, NY, Oct. 10, 2018 (upcoming).
Co-Presenter. “Success and Wellbeing for Lawyers: How can you be more successful and less stressed?” Harvard Law School Association of Washington DC, hosted by George Washington Law School, June 2018.
Panelist. “Career Development Forum: Next-Level LinkedIn: Advanced Strategies to Achieve Your Career Goals,” Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) National Capital Region hosted by Hogan Lovells, McLean, VA, Feb. 2018.
Presenter. “Building an Executive Presence,” Harvard Club of Washington, DC co-sponsored by the Harvard Law School Association of Washington, DC and hosted by Hogan Lovells, Dec. 2017.
Host. “Tai Chi & Brunch,” Johns Hopkins Women in Business Affinity Group, Annapolis, MD, Nov. 2017.
Host. Johns Hopkins Women in Business Affinity Group Retreat, Annapolis, MD, Oct. 2017.
Executive Career Coach. Corporate Counsel Women of Color (CCWC) 13th Annual Career Strategies Conference, New Orleans, LA, Sept. 2017.
Host. “Red Sox vs. O’s: Tour & Talk with David Friedman, Red Sox Senior VP, Legal & Government Affairs,” Johns Hopkins Alumni Association Boston, Law Affinity & YAC, at Fenway Park, Boston, MA, Aug. 2017.
Moderator. “5 Creative Strategies for Career Development: You Don’t Have to Play Golf to Get Ahead,” Corporate Counsel Women of Color (CCWC) One-Day Career Strategies Conference, hosted by K&L Gates LLP, New York, NY, Apr. 6, 2017.
Moderator. “5 Strategies on How to Gain Visibility and Become Invaluable as a Law Firm Associate,” Corporate Counsel Women of Color (CCWC) One-Day Career Strategies Conference, hosted by K&L Gates LLP, New York, NY, Apr. 6, 2017.
Speaker. Envision National Youth Leadership Forum on Law & CSI, Chantilly, VA, July 11, 2016.
Presenter. “Improving With Age: Making the Most of Your Legal Vintage,” Harvard Law School 1996 Class Symposium, Spring Reunion, Cambridge, MA, Apr. 2016.
Alumni host. “Get Fiscally Fit: Focus on Financial Wellness,” Jania Stout, Johns Hopkins 4th Annual Women in Business Conference, Washington, DC, Feb. 2016.
Panelist. “Carpe JDiem: Leveraging Legal Skills in Alternative Careers,” Penn Law Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) 15th Annual Conference “Amplify: Promoting Diversity in a Time of Progress,” University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA, Jan. 2016.
Host. The National Resume Writers’ Association (The NRWA) National Conference, Charlotte, NC, Sept. 2015.
Co-presenter. “Eye on the C-Suite: A Crash Course for Your Future,” Harvard Club of Washington, DC, hosted by Hogan Lovells, June 2015.
Panelist. Towson University’s College of Liberal Arts Career Symposium, Apr. 2015.
Co-presenter. “Build a Niche Career Services Firm to Attract and Serve Your Ideal Clients,” pre-conference workshop, The National Résumé Writers’ Association (The NRWA) National Conference, Denver, CO, Sept. 2014.
Presenter. “When Dreams Confront Reality: Preparing Students for the New Normal,” Maryland Career Development Association (state division of the National Career Development Association, which is, in turn, part of the American Counseling Association) annual conference, Columbia, MD, Apr. 25, 2014.
Co-presenter. “Preparing for On-Campus Interviews,” LexisNexis, July 1, 2014.
Co-presenter. “Preparing for On-Campus Interviews,” LexisNexis, July 18, 2013.
Co-presenter. “Preparing for On-Campus Interviews,” LexisNexis, Aug. 12, 2012.
Presenter. “5 Secrets to Getting a Job in the Legal Profession,” Careerealism Expert Hour, Apr. 2012.
Presenter. “PITA Self Defense Class,” The National Resume Writers’ Association (The NRWA), teleseminar, Jan. 2012.
Panelist. “A Career Panel: Seeking Employment and Building a Career in the Public Sector,” Alliance of Black Women Attorneys of Maryland (affiliate of the National Bar Association and the American Bar Association), hosted by University of Baltimore Law School, Nov. 2011.
Panelist. “Internship Interview Techniques and Etiquette,” The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, Nov. 2011.
Guest speaker. “The Practice of Law,” Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University, Jan. 2011.
Presenter. “Attorney Resumes,” The National Resume Writers’ Association (The NRWA), teleseminar, Nov. 2010.
Guest speaker. “The Practice of Law,” Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, The Johns Hopkins University, Jan. 2010.
Panelist. “Job Interview Techniques and Etiquette,” The Johns Hopkins University, Sept. 2009.
Featured speaker. “Client Agreements,” The National Résumé Writers’ Association (The NRWA) National Conference, San Diego, CA, Sept. 2008.