Carl Greci of Baker & Daniels dedicates his time to advising law students and recent graduates at his alma mater, according to the article, "Maurer School Alumni as Career Mentors: A Special Report," in the Indiana University Maurer School of Law alumni publication Ergo.
A 1993 graduate of the Maurer School of Law, Greci meets with students to help them evaluate their career options and lend whatever assistance he can. "Sometimes students need encouragement," he told Ergo. "I try to help them focus on their strengths and remind them that they have been successful in the past and there is no reason to believe this will not continue. I also remind them of something that's easy to lose sight of: You just need one job offer."
In smaller markets, students often need assistance networking and getting in touch with potential employers. "Northern Indiana, where I primarily practice, has many small markets and smaller law firms that might be the perfect career fit for someone," Greci observed. "If I can help facilitate an interview or provide some local insight, it can help energize or re-energize someone's job search."
By helping students form connections in the South Bend area, Greci is also contributing to the future of law practice in Northern Indiana. "These markets not only need a continued influx of good lawyers over the course of time as practitioners, but also as community leaders, serving on not-for-profit boards and holding local office," he explained to Ergo.
"In St. Joseph County, we have a local bar association of over 500 lawyers, and much of our leadership consists of newer and younger lawyers," Greci said. "This bodes well for our future, and I hope I can help attract law students to consider South Bend and other communities as great places to live and work."
Besides mentoring IU law students, Greci also serves as a role model for younger lawyers in his firm. He has supervised or coached at least six different lawyers at the firm and received a firm mentoring award from Baker & Daniels in 2008.
Greci sees his volunteer efforts as a way to pay forward the guidance he received as a student, according to Ergo. "Helping students now is not only rewarding, but it's one small way I can give on behalf of those who helped me on my journey," he said. "I feel so privileged and grateful to have had mentoring and support throughout my career, and it's an equal privilege to help complete the cycle by giving back in whatever way I can."
"After all," he continued, "if we fail to assist others, we make a mockery out of our own requests for help."