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Lizzie Gomez

Building Community

By Kelly Carroll

Spring 2014

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As a summer associate in the Buenos Aires office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton this past year, Lizzie Gomez ’14 immersed herself in a world of cross-border transactions, capital markets, and joint ventures. But one of the most valuable lessons she took away from her experience in the six-lawyer workplace was how much she could learn in a tight-knit, hands-on environment.

“[The summer associates] were really integrated into the smaller office,” explains Gomez, who was born in Peru and raised in Los Angeles. “There was no hesitation in giving us feedback from the start.”

Gomez applied a similar managerial philosophy to her role as executive editor for the Columbia Science and Technology Law Review, where she oversaw the journal’s publication process. This past academic year, Gomez helped implement a new management approach, which she refers to as “community groups.” Each staff member was appointed to a team and tasked with promoting the journal through one of several avenues—such as fundraising, social media, or web development. The new system offers students more opportunities to participate in the online-only publication, while simultaneously helping to raise the profile of the journal.

“The work we did at the journal was not just about publishing articles—it was about building your own little network and mentoring students,” she says.

Later this year, Gomez will return to Cleary as a corporate law associate in New York City, though she would like to spend time in one of the firm’s Latin American offices.

“Every deal that Cleary works on is so different and has an interesting twist in it,” she says. “There’s always a new aspect to it. I think that’s incredibly fun.”

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Photographed by David Yellen